It’s all about training.
If you are on Facebook you could hardly miss that Brett and I ran a marathon last Sunday, February 19, 2012. This was a first for both of us. It all started when he asked me to run the Chicago marathon last fall. Well Brett got deployed to Afghanistan so we missed the Chicago and chose to do the Austin Livestrong to give him time to train.
The above pictures were the day before the race, full anticipation of what lies ahead for the next day.
Lined up and ready to run!
I showed Kirsti I got to 23 miles!
I received a message on Facebook from Samantha that said, “You would think after all the metaphorical marathons, this wouldn’t be that intimidating” Amen to that!
Today we will talk about training. I can’t let this slip by.
My self portrait of the finish. Vanity? Haha! It was an accomplishment I wanted recorded.
I’m kinda a rule follower. As I was growing up, I hated to let people down; I didn’t like getting in trouble and I really wanted attention and people to like me. Therefore, I followed rules and well got into some trouble but really tried to avoid it at all cost. So when given the challenge of training for a marathon I did two things; talked to Mike Haverdink (well Kirsti mostly) because he is a successful marathon runner. Secondly, I found a training schedule the Livestrong marathon organization recommended. Now mind you, I did veered from the schedule now and then but the majority of the time I followed it. I didn’t want injury or failure.
This may be seriously corny but doesn’t a marathon reflect life? We run the race, Hebrews 12:1. As we are running the race we need to be prepared. 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. The only way to run the race God has set forth and to divide the truth is to study the word, train if you will. Ephesians 4:14 says we shouldn’t be like children tossed to and fro by every wind of new or better ways of doing things. When a trial, temptation, cunning proposition comes along, the only way to stand strong is to be trained and complete the race God set before you.