Here Without You

Part of marathon training is getting my weekly distance run up to 20 miles.  Some distance days when I knew I had to run 15 or more miles (according to my running plan) I’d just go out and run till I either ran out of time or ran out of gas.  Then I’d come home, map it, and see how far I went.  I was really enjoying that process and thought of it as an “organic” approach to running, as the sport is lending itself to more and more gadgetry (GPS shoe chips, ipods, etc) — until I noticed that I kept finishing at 18.5 miles.  Realizing that I was falling just short of my 20 mile goal, which is kind of the pre-marathon max distance one conquers to prepare for 26.2, was starting to play mental games with me.  In an effort to stay as low-tech and high-fun as possible I found myself 1.5 miles too short 3 times in a row… and I began to doubt myself.   I firmly believe distance running is 90% mental and if I didn’t hit the 20-mile mark I was beginning to fear I wouldn’t be mentally prepared to go the distance in May.

So last week I broke down and bought a Garmin GPS watch.

And let me tell you… it ROCKS!!!  I took it for 2 runs last week, a 9-mile loop and a 20-mile out & back, and it’s really hard to not be obsessed with your pace!  I found it actually pushed me to run the 9-miler really strong and was almost like the running coach or partner I’ve never had and I loved it.  I thought it was a bit of a distraction for the longer run but it helped me get the job done, which was really all that mattered.

As I often find in life I think my distance running escapade made for a good metaphor when it comes to our relationship with Christ.  We go to church (our *distance* (or commitment) run of the week) and we hope that’s enough to help us stay in the race and cross the finish line – with the result a “gold medal” into Heaven.  But just going to church isn’t enough.  Look at my situation:  I was doing my weekly distance run.   Keeping things basic and uncomplicated.  And my running fell flat and I began to doubt myself.  I hadn’t done the homework to pre-plan my runs to make sure I was hitting 20 miles.  And I should have.  Also I’ve had a TON going on in my personal life and it’s cut into my cross-training time, which has hurt my running quite a bit.  Just going to church isn’t going to keep you on track and with God Monday through Saturday.  You’ve got to do your prep-work and spiritual cross-training.  Start with studying the Bible.  It’ll help you make better decisions when faced with things of this world.  And it’ll remind you that wordly things, such as lust, money & greed, aren’t important and help you appreciate your life exactly as it is and the many gifts God has already given you.

1 Tim 4:7-10 says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”

Put God in your daily GPS. His is a race we should all strive to win.

Run by faith,

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allieksmith
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 18:52:34

    You truly have a talent for connecting faith and running ❤
    keep up the good work! I LOVE reading your posts and I know you are going to do amazing in the marathon. I'm so glad you're loving your watch!!


  2. chaleyknight
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 16:42:35

    What an awesome metaphor:) What Garmin GPS did you end up getting…I have been wanting to get one and I think Ill shoot for one for Christmas so that next spring I can possibly train for the marathon. YOU will do AMAZING!!! Almost time:)


    • marathonmom12
      Apr 15, 2012 @ 01:43:11

      WOW I am getting nervous about it… we have A LOT going on (that I wasn’t expecting when I signed up for the full marathon) that’s coinciding with trying to fit training in (like having 3 littles isn’t busy enough, LOL) so I haven’t been as dedicated as I’d like to be… but I’m still trying to squeeze it in because once I commit I really don’t like throwing in the towel so we’ll see how it goes =^\ I truly appreciate your support! I’ll be thinking of you when I’m digging deep for inspiration 20 miles in 🙂 I got the Garmin Forerunner 210 and I really like it! My friend (& fellow blogger) Allie has a Polar with a foot pod and she really likes hers too 🙂 Hope those TWINS are being good to you! When are you due?


      • chaleyknight
        Apr 24, 2012 @ 18:01:34

        I’ll be praying for you that morning!!!
        We are due on September 29th but Doctor anticipates and earlier arrival. We find out on Tuesday the sex of the babies. Very excited to know:) Maybe I’ll be blessed, as you are, with three girls:) No matter what we will feel blessed!!!
        Happy last part of training. 🙂
        Hope this week treats you well!

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