Posted by runningwithkoachkesta on March 28, 2016
This weekend we ran the Wicked Half Marathon where the temperature was in the 40’s, rain, and it was very hilly. You have a choice when challenges appear, you embrace them or fear them; I choose to embrace them. Embracing challenges isn’t always easy but the reward is great. To embrace life may mean we must get out of our comfort zone.
I met some fascinating ladies on the journey of 13.1 miles. Four ladies were teachers from Nebraska, some were from Kansas, one lady was a new mom, some women were running their first half marathon—all of these women were inspirational. I truly enjoyed getting to know some of these women as we ran together, the race went by much faster and it helped when I started to feel tired.
I was nervous for various reasons, I told a friend and she messaged her prayer for me. I know the Lord was with me every step and carried me when I was tired. I was nervous about running in the rain for that distance, what to wear, would I find someone my pace to run with, could I conquer the many hills on the course, would I be able to perform well, etc. All of these thoughts could have overcome me and ruined the race but I made the choice to give it all to God and enjoy the journey the best I could. The reward was worth it.
My husband and his running partner finished the race, then he came back to find me and we ran the last mile together. I conquered all of those fears previously mentioned, enjoyed the journey, ran the entire distance, and crossed the finish line with a huge smile on my face thanking God for the experience.
Posted by runningwithkoachkesta on October 17, 2016
This year has been an interesting one. I never would have imagined that 2016 would have been full of amazing opportunities and challenges. Starting at the end of March, I noticed I was experiencing some different health issues. Then in May I decided to enroll in a course to become a Certified Health Coach in hopes of learning how to help myself and others.
The journey of learning at first was scary and I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision. I was working two part-time jobs and coaching a running group, did I really have time for one more thing? I trusted God had put me on this path for a reason, He had a specific purpose for this journey.
Fear had taken hold and I didn’t know how to shake it. I continued to pray and trust God had a purpose for my life and for this school. I feared I wouldn’t be good enough or remember enough in order to help others. I thought I had to know everything. I finally realized, I didn’t have to know everything. What I did realize was I needed to prioritize and find more balance in my life; once I did things began to fall into place.
The course is teaching me 100 dietary theories, information on functional medicine, and much more. I began seeing a naturopathic doctor a few months ago and I have learned so much. My energy levels were so low and I found out I had adrenal fatigue. My doctor recommended certain supplements, rest, restorative yoga, as well I could still run and lift weights but had to modify my activity. I am slowly learning to find balance and some days I feel great and others I am drained. While I eat well and exercise, I am reminded that rest is equally important.
I knew I needed to make some changes so I would not be running in circles. I now will be working one full-time job and still coaching. I had options of which position I wanted. The old me would have taken a position with more responsibilities and stress; however, the new me decided to keep the same position just more hours since I truly enjoy my job and I will have the energy to enjoy the things outside of work. I am choosing happiness. I will have time to work, exercise, coach and work on building my business while maintaining a healthy balance.