Five Minute Friday

I’m dusting off my keyboard and joining in on the Five Minute Friday community. This week the prompt is pace and I’m going to see what comes out in 5 minutes and I won’t even go back and edit! If you want to join in here’s the link (


I have been helping out with this program called BIO Girls this summer. We meet weekly and have a time for a devotional, a lesson, small group time, and a workout. We are working our way up to running a 5k race together. The girls are 2nd-6th grade and the idea is to teach and share that we are beautiful inside and out (BIO). The girls have been taught about positive self talk, cheering each other on, being a friend, and also have been given practical tips on running.

As we have been training, I have realized just how much I do know about running (I still feel like a newbie since I never was in track or cross country even though I’ve since run 2 marathons, trained for a 3rd that was cancelled due to a blizzard, finished a half marathon under 2 hours, and put on countless miles…I still don’t always feel like a “runner”…kind of silly!). Regardless, this opportunity has shown me what I have learned about pacing as I’ve seen how the girls are learning how to pace themselves. Some of the girls have experience running and others running is not even their exercise of choice.

There’s so much to pacing from starting out too fast and burning out to not pushing yourself and keeping a slower pace than what is possible. There are all sorts of things that can get in the way of your pace too–heat, negative self-talk, a friend who wants to slow down or speed up, a change in terrain, and even knowing the course ahead of time.

As I think about pace, I keep thinking back to my own pace in my life in general and how I want to run the race God has set before me. I keep telling some friends that I feel like life is slipping away…and I wonder if it has to do with my pace and my long term vision..I wonder if God has more to say to me about my pace and my race…

Time’s up!

Thanks for reading my unedited, raw thoughts. Maybe see you next Friday!

2 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday

  1. Running is definitely not my ‘exercise of choice’! But it’s really interesting to hear of the work you’re doing and what a wonderful programme BIO Girls sounds – I hoper there’s an equivalent for boys, who need that message just as much.
    Thanks for reminding me too of those great verses from Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” It’s made me think a little differently about a situation in my family at the moment.
    God bless,
    Your FMF Neighbour #35

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