I went running this morning.
It was another slow run.
I watched wistfully as other runners blazed past me.
The run is called the “Starbucks 5 @ 5”. The idea is that you come out to run five miles and then, after about an hour, you are done.
I ran three.
I chose to run three miles because there was another girl who only wanted to run three miles and if I didn’t run with her then both she and I would be by ourselves. It was 5:00 a.m. and still dark outside. Not good to run alone.
So I stuck with her.
For a while, I lamented the fact that even if I wanted to run with the five-milers and be apart of the group, I wouldn’t have been able to.
I found myself dissatisfied, frustrated, and discontent.
I know you may be thinking… “Chrystal! Get it together! You were outside running when most of the people you know were in the bed asleep!”
Yea… but I was discontent remember? It’s funny how the encouragement of others doesn’t help unless you are able to receive it 🙂
The only thing that enabled me to get my act together this morning was to stop looking at the run that my group members were having, and to enjoy the one I was having.
I enjoyed my music. I enjoyed talking to God. I enjoyed talking to the new acquaintance that I’d made and who had become my running partner for the morning.
I stopped letting where other people were in their run determine how I felt about my own.