Oh the Long Run: Prayers for the Miles

Happy Tuesday! It’s dreary here but nothing a little caffeine, summery music, and bright flowers can’t fix!

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Last week I met up with a few sweet friends, Haley and Krista, for dinner at a local Mediterranean restaurant called Taziki’s. This was my third time eating at this spot, and if you want fresh vegetables, this is absolutely your place. I’ve had the Mediterranean Salad once and the Grilled Veggie Plate twice, and I cannot rave enough about either one. The menu is inexpensive, the portions are plenty, and both dishes that I’ve tried have been so flavorful. It’s a great place for a girls’ dinner, and I can’t wait to branch out and try a few different menu options.

While we were eating and catching up about life, the conversation turned to running and exercise. Krista and I have been running together for the past few months to get ready for the Chick fil A half marathon that’s coming oh so quickly (THIS SATURDAY–prayers please)!!! One thing I’ve realized leading up to the race is that running with a partner changes everything. During our runs, Krista and I talk the whole time, and I haven’t listened to music once during a run. This is so different from previous running on my own, and it makes the miles pass by so much more quickly.

As we were telling Haley about the race, Krista mentioned an article she’d seen in Fitness magazine about how to make a long run pass by faster, so of course we were all ears. The article suggested dedicating each mile to a different person. I was so intrigued by the idea, and as we talked about how cool and effective it seemed, we realized that we could choose 13 different people, places, or events and turn each mile into a prayer for that thing. Not only will this give us encouraging thoughts for each mile, Krista and I can share what makes each one special to us. On that note, here are my 13 prayers for the Chick fil A half marathon!

1 // For the blessing of a body that is physically and mentally capable of running!

2 // For the cross. For salvation. For grace upon grace.

3 // For UGA and the city of Athens. For salvation, restoration, and light in the darkness.

4 // For Mema and Papa. For health and love and the legacy they’ve built for our family.

5 // For Krista. For the many miles and conversations we’ve had over the past few months. For the way the Lord  used a cooking lab and running to create a friendship that means so much to me.

6 // For my boys aka Chelsea and Sam. For your support, for each of us being completely different, and of course, for endless laughs.

7 // For graduation, graduating friends, and new seasons of life. For assurance in who holds our futures and where our hope is secure.

8 // For persecuted believers. For perseverance, encouragement, and eternal glory.

9 // For missionaries around the world. For safety, open hearts, and a full harvest.

10 // For the ones who aren’t able to run. For a passion that makes you feel empowered and an outlet that reduces your stress.

11 // For Cole. For getting me to the gym to do weights instead of just running. For showing me how to loosen up, not stress out, and enjoy life.

12 // For my dad. For his support, laughs all the time, and for always inspiring me to chase dreams.

13 // For my mom. For all the miles together, for starting my running journey, for her daily encouragement, her love, and her listening ears.

Each of these people and groups have a special place in my heart, and I am honored to run a little part for them! Seeya Saturday, 13.1!

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