Eleven weeks ago tomorrow I began a training program. It is a 12-week program designed to teach people two things: how the Christian life is a parallel to running and how to run a 5K race. There are many references in the bible to the Christian walk being much like a race. At times we lose focus in the midst of all the hurdles of life and just want to quit. But we can’t. We keep pressing on to the finish line. These hurdles can be anything that keep us from moving closer to Christ, whether it be unconfessed sin, pride, self-pity, or just plain laziness. I have been guilty of all these and many, many more. It’s the same way in our physical lives. Many people that exercise do so with a specific goal in mind. Perhaps it’s a certain number on the scale or tape measure they’re looking for or a closet full of clothes that somehow shrunk that they’d like to wear again. Maybe it’s a class reunion or wedding coming up and you just want to look your best. Or for me personally, I’d like to finish a 5K – alive. I know I’m going to be one of the last, if not THE last person to cross the finish line. And that’s ok. I just want to finish. I’ll admit that yes it does get discouraging to see people out there that are 20+ years my senior that are going much, much faster than I am. While I do have health problems that contribute to my lack of physical prowess, fibromyalgia being the main one, if I’m really honest with myself I have to admit that the main contributor to my physical condition is just plain ol’ laziness. Thanks to my wonderfully supportive husband and my adorable, very energetic 15-month old daughter, I am no longer allowed to wallow in self-pity and laziness for too long. Sure I have my moments but they are few and far between now. I’d love to be able to say I am now an energetic person but I haven’t yet reached that place. Everyone keeps telling me that it will come. They’d better be right.