My Reward and My Cheerleader

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Do you ever have those moments that only you truly appreciate – one of those “God-moments” that only makes sense to you?

Well, I’m going to share one of mine with you. Even if you don’t completely understand, I trust that some will “get it” and relate.

Last week I started my journey doing the Couch to 5K program.

“The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months” From the Cool Running site

Day 1 Plan:

5 minutes of warm up
60 second run followed by a 90 second walk repeated for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

What I love about the program is that even for me it sounded “do-able”.

The fact that I even wanted to try the program was a shock, even to my husband.  I’ve never been a runner.  I’ve broken my left ankle 2 times and sprained it more times than I can count.  I’m over 70 lbs overweight…All of these facts would be an acceptable excuse to not even try.  Regardless, I decided to give it a shot.

Last Wednesday night I hopped on the treadmill and started Day 1.  I set up my Ipad so I could use the C25K app (it allows you to play music from your iTunes while you do the program).

I walked for 5 minutes, then I ran for 60 seconds (not bad…), then walked again…back to the run…(oh my!)

About half way through, I was ready to give up. I turned to my husband and told him, “I don’t think I can do it.”  He just smiled.

I kept going.

A determination inside me showed up. I don’t know where it came from but I was determined to persevere, to push through the pain, to pace myself and not give up.


I wanted to prove myself wrong and finish.  It was hard. My legs hurt and I was exhausted. During my run, the music that played was from the Biggest Loser workout mix–fast paced workout tunes.  The very moment the little voice said “cool down” Pachalbel’s Canon came on.  A beautiful, peaceful, classical guitar version played by Trace Bundy (amazing classical guitarist). It was like receiving my little reward, my blessing for finishing the run.

“So I run with purpose in every step.”  1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT)

I had my cheerleader – He was looking down on me, I believe that with all my heart. He knew I could do it, He believes in me! 

I’m only on my 3rd day with the Couch to 5K program. I’m determined to keep going.

Have you challenged yourself to do something that’s hard?  What keeps you going, how do you stay focused and motivated?  You’ve got a cheerleader too, you know.

He believes in you. 

About Donna S

Donna is mom to two energetic toddlers and a wife of 7 years to her sweet hubby, Kevin. She has been blogging for 4 years and currently blogs at She is the creator of EatPrayLose a website and Twitter group (#eatpraylose) that offers accountability and encouragement for woman trying to lose weight and gain healthy habits.

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  1. You can do it! You’re right about Him cheering us on! Repeating scripture over and over was my secret to endurance. We really CAN do all things through Christ! :) Blessings to you.
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  2. Oh, Donna, that gave me chills! I love it when those moments happen, even when no one else gets it. Great job~!
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  3. Donna, I didn’t know you were writing here, but I found your site by clicking the Eat, Pray, Lose link on this website, then after subscribing to Hey Donna, I came back and found you here! So glad to have met you! Looking forward to hearing more about your Coach to 5K journey, as well.
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