I have finished my training and now it is time to rest to allow my muscles to be ready for the race. Since I am two days away from the marathon, I chose to take advantage of these next two days to rest and recoup. The rule of thumb in marathon training is to get plenty of sleep two nights before race day. One reason being that no one hardly sleeps the night before any race. (Who can sleep with all the excitement and dreams of reaching the finish line.) Most importantly, extra rest over the final days will enhance your performance.
Experienced marathoner, Kevin Lohner, speaks of the sleepless night before the big race. In an online article with Competitor.com, he said that “the night before marathon, people get nervous. The last thing you want to worry about is not being able to sleep—and once you get that in your head, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.” According to Athlinks.com, Lohner ran his fifty-first marathon last April.
Throughout my training, my body was growing stronger, but I was also beginning to feel weary. This is what makes tapering so wonderful. I can now rest and allow time for my body to recover. I have trained and I am ready, but I will not be doing any more running until the gun goes off Saturday morning. Tonight, this weary runner is heading to bed early to catch up on plenty of Z’s in order to wake up energized for the race.
We all have experienced times of weariness. However, God has so beautifully set His Word in our lives to provide rest and renewal to our hearts and minds. So, if you are heavy-laden and you’re weary to the point of exhaustion look to God who has love and cares for you.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” The reason He says “Come to Me” is because He is never weary. He never faints. He is never tired. Isaiah 40:27 explains further to us that, “…the everlasting God of the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to those who have no strength. Those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”
God promises us that if we trust in and rely on Him then He will renew our strength. Often we will need to wait patiently, knowing the needed strength will be given, perhaps after a long rest (as God helped Elijah rest and fed him). God will lift us up so we will be able to serve Him once again and not be weary until the task is done up to that moment in time. We may not run during this resting period, but perhaps we can walk in serving God, and not faint or quit before our work for God is done.