Friday, May 24, 2013

Running Hills (part 3)

It seems like I've been running hills for a long time now. 

All the places I have lived for the past three years have been surrounded by hills. 

And any kind of running, meant going up a hill.

I realized as I was running a hill yesterday that the home we are in the process of buying is surrounded by farms; flat land.

There won't be any hills that I have to run up.

And I thought, "What am I going to do to feel like I'm pushing myself if there aren't any hills?"

I'm going to have to seek out other ways to improve myself. 

Maybe it will mean going faster. 

Maybe going longer distances. 

Maybe I'll have to look for hills to run, instead of them just being there.

I think there will always be times in my life when there are hills that I can't avoid. 

Challenges that I must face even if I don't want to.

And then there will be times when everything is just flat. 

It's those times that I need to find other ways to push myself harder.

Maybe that means giving more service. 

Studying my scriptures harder. 

Praying more fervently.

Or looking for hills.

The important thing for me is to not lose any of the ground that I have gained while running "my hills." 

I want to use what I have already gained to push me farther.

I want to keep running.


  1. I hear ya! I started getting bored with my routes (I've lived in this house for almost 10 years) and started running a block at a time up and down the sidewalk. Think running stairs, but you're running straight ahead in the gutter and stepping up onto the sidewalk and back down on one foot. I switch sides of the road to keep my muscles even. Who knows what people think when they see me. I've also lengthened my route. Not many hills in my neighborhood, but my life has had plenty! ;o) Miss ya girl!

  2. Great post marla :) Miss chatting with you!



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