THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4
I”M FINALLY ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
WITH ALL MY WHINING I”M RIGHT ON TRACK
I”M CLOSER TO GOD!! WOW WHAT A HAPPY FEELING
As I start my blog today I thank the Lord for allowing me to run and be healthy! I had taken life for granted and fell on my face. That might have been the best thing that happened to me. You might say a “wake up call”. I didn’t think about my Lord when I was healthy. I never gave God the praise that was due to him. Then when my health went bad I asked God what happened, why the heart attack, why the hip problems. What did I do wrong. Please help me God. I’m not strong enough to do this by myself. I need you. I’m so sorry for not staying in touch with you.
Thank you God from the bottom of my heart for hearing all my prayers for the sick. Please place your loving hands on the sick and comfort them. I have a deep compassion for the sick. I pray to God everyday. I will light a candle for the sick. When I decide to discontinue my blog I will still continue praying for the sick and asking for your help. My Lord I’ve haven’t heard from Emily. I ask you to comfort my friend. I am on my knees every time I pray for the sick. BLESS All THE SICK. EMILY, JOE WILL NEVER STOP PRAYING FOR YOU!!!! I LOVE YOU AS A FRIEND.
Lately I’ve been asking myself where are you going, seriously. I found myself protecting my new hip and in turn the pain moved over to the other hip as well. I lose a lot of energy when my hips hurt, that’s not good. But I’m still a happy person, with a positive attitude. I love life and I love JESUS with all my heart. My endurance has come a long way. I take one day at a time. I might have an awesome run one day and a painful run the next time. If I could only put it together that would be awesome. My Lord has allowed me to get up and kick butt.
Friday I ran into a novice runner while I was doing push-ups after my run. She asked if I had a minute to talk. Well of course I do. She told me the reason she is out here was that she heard about me and said that if Joe can get out and run with his health, then why can’t I. One of her friends knew me. I laughed when she told me she would drive by and see me working out. She said she just wanted to stop and talk to me. That was very thoughtful. This is one of the reasons I can’t stop running or working out. I just get an awesome feeling inside. I enjoy giving advice on training when asked. I can see the happiness in their face. It’s pretty awesome!
Friday was tough. The air was heavy and the hip pain was there. But, I had a smile on my face. I have to admit when my body is in pain it’s hard to get motivated to exercise. And I love exercising. I feel in my heart that one day it’s going to all come together. I’ll know I’m ready when a runner invites me to run all three lakes with them. I’m resting now and icing my hips. I will never say it was easy. That’s why I need the Lord!!
Saturday, it was raining and the humidity was so thick. Oh well. So, I asked myself should I take the day off or run. I decided to run and it felt good. It’s awesome to see all the runners out there training for all the upcoming marathons. I’m starting to put a little speed into my run, but it does wears me out fast. I find the only way for me to get in running shape is to open it up sometimes. I worked on the universal gym for ninety minutes. Pretty good workout!
Sunday I took off running, I thought I would give my hips a rest. Instead I did a nice long workout in my gym. I started on the crunch machine, then to the universal gym. I did seven different routines on the universal gym. Every muscle was sore, but it felt good. I spent two hours working out, it was an awesome day. My Lord was with me!!!
Monday, no run today. I hit the gym again. When I’m feeling good it’s not hard to get on the machines. I’ve been using light weights so I won’t pull any muscles. I don’t need another set back as my journey has been going pretty good. I’ve been working every muscle group. My body knows that it has gone through an awesome work out. Yes, I’m back on track!!
Tuesday, I’m back on the running course. It’s 6:00am and nice and cool out. I started out slow in order to loosen my legs. I caught up with some runners and ran with them for one mile, wow that felt good. I’m a talker so I did all the talking, it made that mile go fast. I finished the remainder of my run by myself, they where going for a 16 mile run and I was only running three miles. When I finished my run I did my push-ups and some serious stretching. That evening I went on the crunch machine and worked my abs until they were hurt and then I worked hard on the medicine ball. My body said a enough. I finished with some push-ups. A good Tuesday!
Wednesday I didn’t feel good but I got up and did a run. My pain was back but I was able to fight through it. A runner ran with me for a mile, his company helped me to finish. I felt that I had a pretty good run. I have so many great friends that want to help me get back into my running. I thank all of them for helping me out. What great friends! I was sick today but I still made it downstairs. I felt sick but I went on my universal gym anyway and actually spent one hour on it. Then I did thirty minutes on the crunch machine. For feeling sick I did a great job!
Thursday, its early morning and cooler out and still dark. I just have to be careful that I don’t step in a hole. My hip would not like that. I’m so happy that I’m on the right track. I still get a lot of pain and I think about quitting, but it’s not going to happen. I felt weird today. A runner came up to me and said Joe you have that same smile as when you were running marathons. My first thoughts were thank you Lord for sticking by my side. No way could I be running without him. I feel so awesome. I’m not running fast mind you, it’s only baby steps right now as I’ve gone through so much pain. I had to learn to run all over again with my new hip. My run was good. I have some pain when I stop and start back up again. When I finished went to my knees and thanked the Lord. Afterwards, I did my push ups. It felt good. Another runner stopped by and thanked me for inspiring her. Their kind words make me feel extremely happy. At home I went on the universal gym, did thirty minutes on the exercise bike and finished on the crunch machine!! What a great week. Thank you Lord, all praise and glory are yours.