Marathon Training

What am I getting myself in to????

Never did I imagine I would be training for a marathon.  EVER!  My first goal was to run down to our stop sign (.75 miles) and back.  I didn’t want to do any more.  Well… once I accomplished that, all I wanted to do was a 5k (3.1 miles).  Then I wondered what it would be like to run down the end of the next road (5.5 miles total).  Umm… do you see where this is going?  I remember specifically saying, “I will never run a marathon.  That’s not for me.  Those people are crazy.”  And yet, here I am!  I’ve been wondering, What happened to change my mind?

At the time of writing this I will be running a ten mile long run this weekend.  Which isn’t bad, I’ve ran that before, but with 13 miles already for this week, I wonder if my body will take it.  I can feel the muscles soreness that my body is having to deal with.  After my speed workout on Wednesday they feel much better, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to make it.  I have to be honest, I am tired.  And that in itself scares me because I’m not even half way through training yet.

 If it wasn’t for the calling from God to run this marathon, I probably never would have signed up.  Actually I may have never even started running.  It’s just not me. 

Has there ever been a time in your life when you knew your life was about to change but you couldn’t quite make out what it was going to be?  I get that feeling about this marathon.  I don’t know if it’s good or if it’s bad, but I feel total peace about where I am going.  I still feel like I am directly in the center of God’s will.  To be honest I never would have dreamed a marathon was a “good work” that God had chosen for me to accomplish in my life time.  What glorification could God possibly get out of that?

As I sat grimacing with pain on the foam roller the other night, I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to say in this blog post.  I knew I wanted to talk about marathon training, but I didn’t know what about it.  Then it hit me.  Marathon training takes determination and effort over a long period of time.  I am about nine weeks into my training plan, with 94 days left. It is a daily grinding away.  It takes labor, planning, sleep, rest, nutrition, tears, pain, and work in order to get through this.  And I am tired.  But I lace up for every workout because I know if I’m going to run this marathon, I have to build up.

I’m told it will be worth it.

Isn’t that what the Bible teaches about heaven?  It will be worth it.  Everything we did on earth to glorify our Lord and Savior will be restored to us and we will get to live with Him forever!  Oh what a day that will be!  I look forward to that first look of Jesus face-to-face.  I plan on running up into his arms and crying tears of joy to be finally home!  What do you look forward to most about heaven?  Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Happy Running Ya’ll!

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