I’ve been running since second grade. I love pushing my body farther distances at faster speeds.

My legs move in rhythm to my music. My lungs fill with air. My eyes survey nature’s artistry. Endorphins cause a smile to form on my sweaty face. I’m sure I’m running slow as a turtle, but the steady pavement-pounding of my feet makes me feel like I’m flying. I’m free.

In 2011 I developed Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), which makes the outside of my left knee and hip shoot with pain if I run too fast or far. The pain sometimes flares up when I’m sitting, standing, or lying in bed. It used to keep me from running for months at a time, but I’m now able to run weekly (though slowly and for much shorter distances) with the help of my sports chiropractor.

I’m thankful to run while I still can, because I know one day my aging body won’t be able to. Well, that’s not entirely true. I will be able to run in the future. And I’ll be faster, stronger, and no longer constricted by ITBS.

This is just one of the many benefits of resurrection.

Read the rest of my post at The Gospel Coalition.

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon's articles, poems, and spoken word videos have been featured on The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Journey Women, Fathom Mag, and The Witness: BCC. She resides in Tampa, FL with her husband Jon and beautiful, three-year-old daughter. Quina's first children's book, Love Made, is a poetic retelling of the creation story that highlights God as the Trinity, humans as His image bearers, and children as a delightful gift.

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