Self-Discipline

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1: 7

Running gives me POWER! But, it is important to realize that that power comes from the Holy Spirit.  In fact, it is when I run outdoors that I feel closest to God. Looking around at nature and listening to the natural sounds in my environment puts me in awe every time.

I also see running as a way of showing myself LOVE and appreciation for what my body can accomplish.

Las but not least, runners are definitely SELF-DISCIPLINEd.  It definitely takes discipline to commit to running on a regular basis.

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This is the view of the reservoir along one of my favorite long run routes.  While I run, I really do feel like the Holy Spirit is running along with me like a happy little cloud.  I try to tune in to what spirit is trying to guide me towards while I run.

Do you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when you run? How do you feel POWER, LOVE, or SELF-DISCIPLINE during a run? Do you link faith and fitness in your life?

National Women’s Health Week

Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve neglected you all, my beloved blog readers. If you follow me on Instagram (@drnayaka) or Twitter (@doctornayaka), then you have seen how much I’ve been doing as both a hysterrunner and a scientist over the past month.  I’m aiming to make up for that this week and am going back to a regular blog schedule. Let’s see if that works! Winking smile

This week is National Women’s Health Week! Our health as women is important, especially if you are a hysterrunner.  This week we are asked to pledge as women to take steps to keep us healthy.  They are:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

These 5 steps are definitely a regular part of my routine.  Being a hysterrunner means being active and eating healthy to me.  It also means paying attention to our mental health and avoiding unhealthy behaviors.  I saw my doctor last Friday to get cleared before starting marathon training.  Yes, MARATHON training.  While I’ve been away from the blog, I ran in the Marine Corps 17.75K in Quantico and qualified to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in October.  I am ready to move on to my next personal challenge – my first marathon!!! Open-mouthed smile So excited!!!

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It is my goal over the next few months to share with you my journey to the marathon! The challenge coin we received states – EARN, COMMIT, TRAIN, INSPIRE, ACCOMPLISH. In April, I EARNed a place in the marathon.  This month is all about COMMIT.  To me, that includes getting cleared by the doctor, maintaining my basic level of fitness/running (15-25 miles/week), and building up my core strength.  In June and July, I will focus on my TRAINing.  In August and September, let’s see how we can INSPIRE each other. Then in October, I will ACCOMPLISH my goal to run a marathon!

What is your running challenge for this year? How are you doing with your running related goals?  Have you pledged to be a healthier you?

Don’t forget to go to the NWHW website and make the pledge to be a well woman. I’m taking steps for a HEALTHIER me!

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!