I so enjoyed my breakfast this morning because I had “Breakfast at Wimbledon.” Okay, maybe I wasn’t in London physically, but I was there in every other way to watch my favorite player on the tour, Miss Serena Williams, win her 5th Wimbledon Singles title. What an incredible match to watch and whether you are a tennis fan (how could you not be) or not, you simply cannot ignore true talent when you see it. I just love watching first-class athletes display the gifts and talents given to them by God to not only rise to the top of their game, but to entertain all of us at the same time. My heart just fills with such joy when I get to see that awesome combination of talent, hard work, and perseverance come together. I got the same feeling last week watching the gymnastics and track and field trials for the Olympics. To see Michael Phelps glide across the pool and my sisters-in-Christ LoLo Jones and Allyson Felix hurdle and run their way to London, keeps me encouraged to continue to do my best with regard to my own fitness goals. Yes, I’m a long way from an Olympic victory, but that is the great thing about physical fitness; you don’t have to win every race to keep your body in the best physical condition you can. For me, it is about setting my own personal goals and working diligently to achieve them, recognizing each step of the way what a blessing it is to try and do your best.
That is exactly the way I felt last weekend when I ran in the Boston Athletic Association’s 10K race. Starting and ending in the beautiful Boston Common, this race took over 4,500 runners from all over the world along part of the renowned course for the Boston Marathon. Needless to say it was a beautiful course, full of history and delight, making it one of my favorite racing experiences to date. My time was back where I wanted it to be and while I didn’t finish first (far from it), I was so thankful to the Lord for the gift to be there and achieve – much like what I imagine Serena felt today when she held her trophy in the air.
So, my summer is filled with great expectation as I look forward to the 2012 Olympics and another exciting turn at the U.S. Open in New York this September. Moreover, I’m continuing to run and cross-train even though the heat and humidity are excessive. Remember that you can’t let the weather prevent you from working out to the best of your ability. Tips include working out in the morning or late evening when it is less humid, increasing your water intake even when you don’t feel like it, and doing more workouts indoors (my least favorite alternative but certainly helpful during this time of year.)
Another post is coming very soon concerning target heart rates so stay tuned and see you on the course!