Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#SOTG Giveaway



Beating my personal record for a 5K?  Check!

Supporting a blogger I like on the publication of her first book?  Check!

Thanking a friend who doesn’t know she needs thanking?  Check!

Jennifer Fulwiler is doing all kinds of fun activities in conjunction with the release of her new book, “Something Other Than God.”  Contests galore!  I am not witty enough to win “epic selfie,” “weirdest place,” or “create a drink” categories.  I am mentioning the book here on my blog, with a link (no personal gains for that link), so I can enter that contest.  However, it seems a bit lazy, as my three lone readers probably know about the book already. Ha!

I was running a 5K last week, when I was inspired to do a giveaway of my own.  Not a giveaway as Super Bloggers do.  Rather, I’m going to purchase another copy of “Something Other Than God” to give it away to a friend.  I came up with the idea just around the 2 mile mark, when I realized I was about to break my personal best record for a 5K.  It’s a spontaneous, celebratory, give-happiness-to-others idea. I’ve only been running for a year, but I’ve never yet run faster than an 11-12 minute mile 5K. Today, I averaged a 10:25 mile.  Go me!

This was a big moment for me.  I never thought I was able to be a runner.  There were physical reasons against running: I had recurring knee and back pain. There were emotional reasons against it: I hated to run.  What other excuses do you need? 

Well.  It turns out that running has cured my recurring pain.  In fact, if I catch a cold or the flu and I’m unable to run, my back pain starts up again.  So, I run.  Even when I don’t feel like running, I run.  It’s what I do to feel my best, much to my surprise.

The emotional effects have surprised me more than anything.  Running is a meditative thing.  Lots of good comes from it.  In fact, running is quite a bit like prayer: sometimes I go to it dragging my feet (pun intended), but I’m always glad I did it, when I’m done.  Also, the times I think I feel energetic are sometimes the hardest runs to do; the runs I dread and insist will be only one mile end up being a longer run where I wind up breaking a personal distance or speed record.  Prayer is like that: when we think we’re on top of our game, we find out we’re not; when we struggle, we can end up with very fruitful prayer.

I’ve gone off on a tangent.  Back to the celebratory thing.

As I was running, and deciding who to share the book with, I thought of a friend who helped me accomplish something else that was a spiritual biggie, like the running has been.  I won’t go into the details here, but I will let her know, when I tell her she’s getting the book. 

So. 

Running is going well!

Jennifer’s book launch is going well.  I enjoy her blog and I am enjoying her book.

Conquering myself in yet another small way is going well, both with the running and with that thing I’m thanking my friend for.

Deo gratias!

sotg party What do you get when you mix wine, tequila, and bacon? A drink inspired by my life story.

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