Not alone

Yesterday morning the clock said 6:15 and the temperature said it was 33 degrees out. Due to a busy schedule during the day, it was the only opportunity I would have to get in my miles. Still not completely awake I emerged from my warm covers, and was soon out the door for a run. As I was walking to my starting point I was overcome with a bizarre sense of discouragement. Things were flooding my mind and I was trying to process through them all – but one thought kept coming back, “You are alone in your training.” I didn’t want to believe it, because I have enjoyed company on a number of runs, but something inside me was struggling to shrug it off as a completely false statement. With this battle raging in my mind and heart I began my run feeling lonely and alone. 

Thankfully that feeling did not last for too long. As I began jogging down what has become my usual trail, I could see three other people on the path. From a distance I could not identify who it was, or exactly what they were doing (it’s still not completely light at 6:15). Yet as I got closer and closer to them, I could tell that they too were running. Then, as I was coming up behind them, I realized it was three of my colleagues. We exchanged a brief “good morning” and continued on our separate ways. It was a brief encounter, but it was such a refreshing one. 

I was not the only one who awoke early to get a run in. I was not the only one forced to run in the cold temperatures. I was not the only one training for a race on April 7. I was no longer alone. I was no longer feeling lonely. We didn’t really talk as we passed, and I haven’t seen any of them since. Yet, their training inspired me and filled me with encouragement. Their dedication and commitment spurred me on. Their presence reminded me that I am not alone. Which is a reminder my heart was in need of that morning. 

KC, MT, RB, thanks for the encouragement and reminder. 

PS. I did a longer run tonight and my trail brought me right to the doorstep of one of our school’s dorms. Knowing I was going to pass by, someone had put out a glass of water and this note. Another bit of encouragement that was greatly appreciated. 

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One thought on “Not alone

  1. I don’t know how this status caught my eye…but it did and I’m SO glad! I don’t think you realize how much of an encouragement YOU are for us and what a JOY it was for you to see your face bright in the am. It was great rising with the sun and seeing you (even though staying in bed feels more comfortable). But that’s just it, eventually we all have to get out of our comfort zone. 🙂 thanks for the encouragement! Always a blessing!

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