from such great heights

the city to the sea

Posted in life by chapwoman on September 24, 2009

i have hated it all my life.  i hated it when i was a child, so i rollerbladed instead.  i hated it when i was a teenager, so i skipped cross-country try-outs and looked toward the basketball court instead. i hated it last year, so i biked and gave lame excuses for using the elliptical at the gym (though it’s my favorite workout…you glide!), instead .

so i can only point to the Lord who is responsible for this sudden, blue-moon urge of mine. on October 11th, I, Kayla Rochelle Chapman, will be running a half-marathon (that’s 13.1 miles, people) from a small park in San Luis Obispo to the beautiful Shell Beach south of here. if you don’t know me, just trust that this will be pushing my physical limits. but training has been going amazing (!) these past three weeks and with only one bump in the road so far, all I can do is praise God. He cracks me up.  Kayla Chapman. 13.1 miles. ha.

have i felt a runner’s high? no.
have i felt blisters and sore legs? uh huh.
have i learned to like something i have always hated? YES.

it’s funny because running seems sooooo boring, even when i think about it now.  but if you can believe it, it’s actually exciting–when you realize that cars become noisy colors blurring by you on the highway, that nothing matters except your trust in the One who gives you strength, that you can and will do anything if you put your mind to it.  i’m telling you, it is possible.

i put up with the leg cramps and the sore knees, i put up with the side-aches and the dry throats, all quelling to the final mile when I can appreciate the san luis landscape and when I can appreciate this body that I have never truly been proud of. i think these thoughts are called endorphins.

or miracles.

please be praying for me, friends. i will need it in a couple of weeks.

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  1. anna said, on October 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

    kayla chapman.

    you are an amazing girl…always pushing yourself to fall in love with the things in life that are sometimes hard, unfun, or painful (i.e. running/anna’s worst nightmare)…which is something i LOVE about you!!!

    school is in full swing for you by now, and i can only imagine all the craziness that third year has brought to you, but know that i am thinking of you from far away. and much love to you, dear friend, in the midst of it all. (and some very happy marathon running!)

    miss you much,

  2. Shayla said, on October 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Kayla, my beautiful, fantastic, wise, funny Kayla,

    I’m so proud of you. I’m so glad you got to experience the awesomeness of running for 13.1 miles, supported by our beautiful and loving Creator. It was the coolest thing I’ve done in a long long time. I miss you so much girl!

    -Shayla M.

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