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The Impossible 5k

 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
– Luke 18:27

Munro and Andrea standing together with finisher medals after race

On Saturday, Munro and I ran the Women’s Distance Festival 5k together at Monument Valley Park. I’ve run lots of 5ks but this one was pretty significant for me. It was my first race since developing a back injury in October 2013. At the beginning of this year I really didn’t believe I would be back to running this soon. I was living with a lot of pain! But after 8 weeks training I finished! Munro ran with me the whole way for moral support. He’s pretty amazing.

Without telling you all the details of the past 6 months since moving to Colorado Springs, I’ll try to be brief. We started attending this amazing church, Charis Christian Center, in December last year. Since going, we’ve learned the truth about what the Bible saying about healing. Through prayer and changing the way I believed, I started seeing manifestations of God’s healing power in my body. My pain lessened and I was able to take short hikes. Food sensitivities and the IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) I had all my life disappeared. The anxiety I dealt with also left and I threw away my emergency stash of Xanax (I used for panic attacks if needed). I started standing on God’s word for complete healing because I knew he wanted me to start running again.

Some of the scriptures I stood on and continue to read over myself are:

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:4-5

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

If you want to learn more about the healing Jesus provided for you on the cross, I really recommend reading “God Wants You Well” by Andrew Wommack. It explains a lot of these truths that I won’t go into here.

Here are some more pictures from the race. It certainly wasn’t my fastest race, but considering the amount of time I gave myself to train and that I haven’t run in over 3 years, I was just really happy I finished! And I totally plan on doing another one this summer.

Andrea running along trail
Feeling good during the first mile.


Selfie of Munro and Andrea while running
We can do this! About 1/2 mile left to go!


Andrea crossing the finish line
Crossing the finish line felt amazing!


Andrea smiling right after finishing the race
OMG I did it!!! This is like the best day EVER!


Praise the Lord for His healing power!

Hiking the Seven Bridges Trail

Seven Bridges hike mountain view
On Saturday, Munro and I went hiking at North Cheyenne Park on the Seven Bridges Trail. So far, it’s one of our favorite hikes in Colorado Springs! The trail is about 4 miles long and took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete. We actually hiked longer than 4 miles I’m sure, as we got off the trail at one point and had to turn around. We also stopped halfway through for a short break.

I feel like this was the hardest trail we’ve done together, as I haven’t hiked that much before coming to Colorado. The high elevation has also been something we’ve had to adjust to. My ideal form of exercise was always running through my neighborhood. However, I recently switched to trail running instead of concrete because I had hurt my back and am only starting to run again since a couple months ago. Running on trails is much more comfortable for my body and I’m finding I prefer it to running on concrete.

Anyways…back to the hike.

The first part of the trail is flat and wide. There were a lot of people on it in the beginning – which is to be expected for a Saturday afternoon, but the further we went the more it cleared out. I wanted to go in the morning but getting up early on a Saturday is something that basically never happens for me.

You eventually turned to the right to get on the fun part of the trail where the path narrows and it starts going up. This is right past crossing North Cheyenne Creek. Look for the pole labeled “Trail 622” and follow the sign past it. (We actually didn’t turn right here and continued along the wide path for a while before realizing that there weren’t any bridges!)

There are indeed seven bridges you will pass over until you get to the end, although the path continues higher up but I believe that’s a different trail. We turned around after bridge number 7. What we both really liked about this trail was how it went through the forest and you really felt far away from the city. Being Spring, everything was very lush and green. The path stays next to the creek for the most part all the way up.

Seven Bridges trail beginning path

Seven Bridges trail water stream with rocksone of the seven bridgesAndrea standing on one of the seven bridges

Munro standing in front of last bridgeSelfie of Munro and Andrea along Seven Bridges trail

Overall, I highly recommend this trail if you want to do a moderately difficult hike. You can get directions to it from the Alltrails website or app. It says it’s a loop trail but that’s not correct – it goes out and back.

I’ve fallen in love with hiking since moving to Colorado. There are so many places to explore up in the mountains and it just clears my head. You really can’t be stressed out in the middle of the woods (unless you are lost…that would be stressful!) In our society that is so urbanized, I believe it’s important to get away from all the hustle and bustle, get off the internet for a few hours, and go play outside!