In February 2019, I registered to run the TCS New York Marathon, one that had been in my bucket list to run for over six years. As I waited to hear if I got into this world renown race, I yearned to set another goal of reaching another marathon finish line.
It had been years since I have run that distance, and quite frankly, I was nervous. I wrestled with confidence, strength, and endurance after attempting to run over six miles. I was coming to the realization that I wasn’t getting any younger and not accepting the fact that I could no longer run the distance.
There are many reasons people run. Some run against loneliness, heartache, grief, fear, pain, insecurity, anger or pride. I can honestly say that I have run for all of these reasons this year alone, but mostly it has quieted my mind. Not only was I yearning to train my body for endurance, but I was also ready to break free of those things that can bind us and keeping us moving forward.
This type of endurance training reminds me that I am alive. God created our bodies for endurance mentally and physically. So running a marathon is symbolic to the marathon of life. There are days when life seems like too much to handle. It’s then when God reminds me to keep my eyes fixed on Him and stay in the race in order to finish strong.
So when my alarm startles me awake with the pounding of my heart and the heaviness of my thoughts, I ask God to fill me with His strength to live my day with passion and to fill my soul with the hope that comes from knowing I’m not alone.
I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize… Philippians 3:13
By the way, I was accepted to the marathon, but that’s another story…