LIFE HAPPENS.

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When my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I seriously contemplated shutting if off and staying in bed. I was tired—so very tired. “Maybe I’ll just run tomorrow,” I thought. But then I realized it is the last day of the year. My last chance to log miles in 2015. And I needed this.

So I peeled myself out of bed, got dressed and laced up my shoes. As I stepped outside into the cold misty morning, I turned on a random Spotify playlist and started to run. The path was mostly dark, interspersed with the yellow glow of streetlights every few hundred feet.

My legs went into autopilot as my mind took off racing. Oh how I love this quiet time with myself.

I thought about how I should have done this more and how unprepared I feel to run in the Disney Half Marathon next Saturday. This race was a big part of my plans for 2015, but obviously God had bigger plans—and much greater blessings—for me. Since I would have been 32 weeks pregnant at the time of the race, we decided to defer until 2016.

I thought about all the plans I had for training post-baby. And how far off track I got from my plans because, well life happens.

Life happens when your child is sick and needs you more than you need to run.

Life happens when you are so busy at the office that you work straight through your lunchtime run without even knowing it.

Life happens when your body says slow down and you keep going because you think you’re strong, but you end up in bed feeling sick and weak for four straight days.

Life happens when you get to the start line of a half marathon and the furthest you’ve run in training is five miles.

LIFE HAPPENS. And it’s all part of the journey. Without those sudden change of plans, there wouldn’t be moments where my cuddles give the best medicine, productive days that leave me feeling accomplished and rest that by body so desperately craves.

As these thoughts raced through my head, a song came on through my earphones that drowned out my fears and feelings of self-doubt. As I listened intently to the words, I noticed my path grew lighter as the sun started to slowly rise into the foggy sky. That song couldn’t have come on at a more appropriate time. The title of the song? The Sun is Rising.

In 2015, LIFE happened when my second child was born. LIFE happened when I traded my plans for God’s plan. LIFE happened when I let go of my doubts and let the sun rise.

And when I cross the finish line next Saturday to see my husband and two precious girls cheering for me, LIFE will happen. And it will be AMAZING.

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Last run of 2015

The Sun is Rising | Britt Nicole
When life has cut too deep and left you hurting
The future you had hoped for is now burning
And the dreams you held so tight lost their meaning
And you don’t know if you’ll ever find healing

You’re gonna make it
You’re gonna make it
And the night can only last for so long

Whatever you’re facing
If your heart is breaking
There’s a promise for the ones who just hold on
Lift up your eyes and see
The sun is rising

Every high and every low you’re gonna go through
You don’t have to be afraid I am with you
In the moments you’re so weak you feel like stopping
Let the hope you have light the road you’re walking

You’re gonna make it
You’re gonna make it
The night can only last for so long

Whatever you’re facing
If your heart is breaking
There’s a promise for the ones who just hold on
Lift up your eyes and see
The sun is rising

Even when you can’t imagine how
How you’re ever gonna find your way out
Even when you’re drowning in your doubt
Just look beyond the clouds

Whatever you’re facing
If your heart is breaking
There’s a promise for the ones who just hold on
Lift up your eyes and see
The sun is rising

Even when you can’t imagine how
How you’re ever gonna find your way out
Even when you’re drowning in your doubt
Just look beyond the clouds

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