Training Week 4: Are You B.U.S.Y.?

Of course you're busy! I haven't met a single person who has said, "Oh my, I am SO un-busy these days..." Lately, the weekdays have felt like I run from one thing to the next. The world has you going and going, always in a hurry. I've assessed my daily routine to better manage time each day; working out is now something that only happens early in the morning and who needs a TV anymore! I learned what B.U.S.Y. actually stands for in a Bible study a few years ago.

B - Being

U - Under

S - Satan's

Y - Yoke

Satan loves keeping us busy; he uses "busy-ness" as a sign of prestige - "If you are busy, you are a very, very important person!" What a load of lies! When we are busy and rushing around with our heads down, we miss out on the beauty of God's creation all around us. When I'm stuck in "B.U.S.Y. mode", I find that I don't live life for the present rather my mind is floating around somewhere in the future. I do what I can to prioritize time with my husband and son, but it never feels like enough!

Staying at home with Eli is going to present many challenges, but I know that I will never regret investing my time in my son, our family, and our home. I am so thankful for the freedom God has given us through His Son. Despite the whirl of daily life and the temptation from Satan to fill up every second of our time, I'm choosing to take the yoke from Jesus, not Satan. My importance does not come from how busy and important I am in this world, it comes from Jesus Christ.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Marathon Training Week 4

On a slightly random note, a coworker shared this comic strip with me about running and "hitting the wall". In future marathons, I'm no longer going to hit a wall of any sort; instead, I'm going to kill "The Blerch". Training has been going well. Each week, I want to get in at least three focused runs - speed, tempo or hills, and long run - and whatever else I can get in is a bonus!

Unique cross-training exercises this week included walking in the fair parade and dancing with Leo on Friday night! Leo and I had some tasty fair food; fortunately the fair is only once a year! We split a deep-fried Muskateer bar on a stick (see photo). Bleh... those are good, but too sweet. Our favorite "real food" was the chicken gyros and favorite treat were the shakes and malts.


Running Recap

M –3 mile speed intervals

T – 6 mile run

W – XT: planks, push-ups, crunches. Leo, Eli, and I walked in the fair parade!

H – 4 mile tempo run

F –Leo and I had a date night out dancing at the fair!

Sat – Rest from training. Gardening day.

Sun – 10 mile long run in 1:26:04, 8:36/mile

Total Mileage: 23 miles


  1. Lovely timing of the post!

    We just returned from Moab for a side trip and while there, I relaxed fully and reflected a ton. Of course, my hub got an earful of my thoughts...

    Choices. I can choose to be relaxed or I can choose to be stressed. I kind of wondered why I choose to live stressed. Hmm...

    It's all about choices and perspective. At least it is to me. Guidance and faith certainly help a ton, too!

    Oh, and gardening as a rest day? I get it. Yet, sometimes gardening is hard work. I wonder if gardening could be considered XT or house renovating, too! (I'm counting packing and moving as XT!)

  2. Hope your Moab trip was great! I'm with you on choosing to live stressed - not sure why I end up that way; it seems like a "default" for me. I choose to worry instead of trust.

    And, I agree, gardening/renovating/packing and moving can definitely be considered XT! I wasn't hardcore weeding or anything, just harvesting :) The fun part! My husband was being productive; me, not as much. I need to stay away from the peas because I can eat them as fast as I pick them! "Power housecleaning" is another form of XT. Just gardening and house cleaning seem like they can take a whole day and I'm wiped! (Our house isn't even that big!)


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