Today marks 24 days until my first marathon. The race. The race I have been training for 15 weeks, 2 days, and 10 hours (not that I’ve been counting). I have reached a point in my training where my longest mile is capped, my total weekly milage is over 40 miles, and I have calculated and trampled every route in my neighborhood. I have beat my best 5k time, 10k time and even my half marathon time. Let me just say, I am not fast, nor do I desire to be fast. I just want to finish the marathon without passing out at the finish line. With all of this being said, I can finally see my training nearing its end.
Within the last week or so, I have felt a little stressed over the race (probably the reason for so many reinforcing devotions on endurance and patience). So, after my workout this morning, I decided to take some time off the rest of the day mentally from my training. I played with my son, picked every single weed in my front yard (Kerry as my witness!) and even crepe murdered all four of my crepe myrtles. I know, a little over board, but it sure did give me time to focus on God’s beautiful creation and my precious son. I stayed outside for six straight hours. It was the most beautiful day. Please know, this is not a typical day for me, but I did find myself refreshed and, believe or not, strengthened. Lately, I have been so focused on checking off my daily training plan and looking towards the race day that I had lacked the confidence to accept my overall progress. Today’s revelation: I am ready. I have been properly trained. I won’t be first or last, but I will finish and achieve my goal. I will not stress any more over my progress.
I think many of us focus on the initial speed of our progress, but overlook one far greater factor of successful athletic competition: consistency. We may start out in the front lines, leading, but if our progress is not consistent, if we become entangled with the affairs of this life (2 Timothy 2:4; Galatians 5:1), we will fall back as we weary with the stress of the race.
Our lives in eternity are being affected now by the choices we make daily. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36