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Facing the Hills….

Photo Credit: Creative Commons- yalaminy

Photo Credit: Creative Commons- yalaminy

Here’s a great guest post from one of my favorite online writing buddies, Eileen Knowles. She’s funny, insightful and loves coffee as much as me – how can you NOT like somebody like that?

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My family and I recently moved from North Carolina to Georgia. It’s a coming home sort of move for my husband who was born and raised in North Georgia.  For me, it still feels like I’m on vacation visiting my in-laws.

Today, I plan on forcing myself to go for a run.  I have not made time for one since the big move. I know one of the reasons I’ve been reluctant to run is that I dread the agony of defeat…or rather the agony of da feet and da legs.  I have not run in hilly terrain for over 12 years.

The area of North Carolina I resided in had only two types of terrain. Flat and Very Flat. You might think I’m exaggerating…but let me assure you that I am not. In fact, I am certain the highest percentage of people in the world who once believed the world was flat and not round must have lived in NE North Carolina.

I know that my first run in my new peachy state is going to kick my butt. It’s going to hurt. I am not going to look like someone who has run and completed a couple of 1/2 marathons and 10Ks. In fact, I envision it looking something like this…

However, I plan on getting out there today. I plan on accomplishing something that will be far from pretty or perfect. Because, I know the truth (even though I’ve been avoiding the truth) that the only way to move from failure to success is by doing.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go put on my running shorts. There are intimidating hills calling out my name and taunting me. And, today, a part of me will conquer those hills simply by making the choice to run up them rather than away from them.

What about you?  Are there any mountains of fear you need to conquer today?  How do you find the motivation and the courage to face your fears?

Eileen Knowles is a small town Arizona girl who studied English at The University of Arizona a long, long time ago. She now lives in North Georgia with her husband, Roger, their nine-year old son, and one quirky dog named Bisbee. When she is not working part-time as a virtual assistant for eaHelp, she thoroughly enjoys drinking coffee, running, playing Scrabble, and writing about how cool it is to journey through life with Jesus holding her hand.

Eileen is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope poured into their weary lives.
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  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com/ Ken Hagerman

    NICE. Two of my favs together on one page. That list of mountains seems to grow daily Eileen. I think that the fact I don’t have to face them alone bolsters my resolve. God is right there with me. I can say to Him “I can’t do it.” and He says “I know but you can try.” Then some how, some way I get through it. Hm. He must be helping…

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      So true, Ken. We can accomplish so much more than we thought we were capable of because of Him!

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    Love it! I have not been walking or running as much lately either. I loved the video. Can’t wait to hear how your run went. Keep facing your fears!

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Yes, that video/movie cracks me up, Tammy. Well, the day I wrote this post, I went for one and like most fears…it was not NEARLY as horrible as I imagined it being. I did go running again this morning and it’s getting easier. :)

  • http://www.kenzimmermanjr.com/ Ken Zimmerman Jr.

    I envy all you runners. Arthritic knees dictated the end to my running two years ago. You have inspired me to go out for a hike this weekend though. I hiked with my sons last year for their merit badge. They were done once the badge was complete but I fell in love with it. Good luck on your run. I’m sure you will do better than the video.

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      You’re right, Ken…it wasn’t as bad as that! Hiking can certainly be just as challenging/exhausting/rewarding as running! Good to hear you fell in love with it. By the way, my husband had to give up running for awhile because his knees were in pain and arthritic…he switched to the barefoot running style and now he runs long distances again without the pain. Just an idea, if you haven’t considered it.

  • Carol Peterson

    Your new “peachy state”! Good one. Great video of Simon Pegg. I’m heading to the mountains this morning. Will be thinking of your post all weekend altho no running is planned…

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Thanks, Carol. Enjoy the mountains!

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Thanks again, Tor. It’s always a pleasure to hang out here. :)

  • http://MikeLoomis.CO/ Mike Loomis

    Great post – full of smiles. You’d think running would get easier, even if you venture out every day (Or get dragged outside… which I’m thankful my wife does for me) I suppose that applies to facing fears, as well. We may not ever FEEL like it, but it’s worth it!

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      I like this thought, Mike. With each new endeavor comes potential new fears to overcome. Just like new running terrain. And so glad my hubby inspires/encourages me to run too!

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

    Eileen – great post. Being a South Floridian I can relate to the flat and flatter areas for running. Our tallest geography is the man-made “Mt. Trashmore” a.k.a. the loca landfill. Enjoy the doing!
    ps. thanks for the smiles (and groans).

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Ha! We have a Mt. Trashmore not too far from us as well! It is the highest peak around.

  • http://jorgesilvestrini.com/ Jorge Silvestrini

    We walk, jog then run! The main thing is to get out there and do something. Fear is not going away unless we start a step by step approach of facing the fear… I love the Spanish phrase: #SiSePuede

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Nice. It’s definitely all about progression.

  • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

    Great post, Eileen. Love how you linked overcoming fears with your current reality. I enjoy reading your craft every week.

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Joseph, it seems I’m overcoming fears in my current reality most every day. ;)

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    Very nice Eileen, hoping the run went well! I live in the land of extremely flat (Florida) but we have a massive bridge that crosses the intracoastal waterway, but it’s fun to run over because of the awesome view. That’s sort of the way I try to view the mountains in life that we have to conquer sometimes, the view from the top.

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      Yes! The view from the top is spectacular!

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Chris, where are you located? I’m a bit south in Boca Raton, but the view is still excellent!

      • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

        I’m in Jacksonville, love it here!

  • http://undergodsmightyhand.blogspot.com Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    I’m going to guess your running shorts were a bit different from Simon’s in the video, though. :-)

    As always, great job relating our everyday moments to our faith, Eileen. Thank you!

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      You are correct, my friend, my running shorts are not nearly as cool as the ones in the video. ;)

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    Sometimes I’m afraid to talk to people if I know I need to bring up a topic that could cause conflict. I find that when I turn away the anticipation of what I need to do is worse than actually having that conversation. When I don’t waste any time and do what needs to be done I find that 99% of the time it’s not as bad as I thought it was.

    • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

      I can definitely relate to this, Caleb. Avoidance from the difficult usually just amplifies our fears!