This week has flown by.... literally. I cannot believe that the marathon is only 3 nights out. I am FREAKING out.
I have been watching all of the videos on YouTube about ITB stretching, Chi Running, and other running related videos that You Tube thinks I need to see. My ITBS is dormant right now... but I am on Day 2 of REST... so who knows. My left hip... the one that suddenly started to hurt after Saturday's 8 miler... still aches. Not excruciating, but definitely hurts. My calf muscles seem really tight, my feet feel all swollen, and I cannot sleep.
Well, I can fall asleep, even early, but I have been waking up before 4 am. Is it because I am going to bed to early? Is it because I am nervous?
I do feel ready, prepared. My outfit is ready. I am going to back my belt today. I am going to the MCM Expo to pick up my bib tomorrow as soon as the kids get on the bus. But then I cannot take my time as their Halloween parties start at 1:30... and I think that is where I really will freak out. With all of the kiddos in their cute costumes, I will be thinking... about my marathon.
I have made no secret of my faith here in blogland. So I can share with you that yesterday, I officially started to REALLY pray about the race. You all have offered me great advice, awesome first marathon recaps (thanks for digging way back to give me the links), and I KNOW that I WILL be successful. Not just because I have trained. Not just because I want too, but because I have the BEST running partner - even better than Bob - (who is AMAZING).
This running partner is often forgotten by me, I have to confess. But He has always been faithful. My running partner knows my pain before I even do. My running partner knows my limits but takes me beyond them. My running partner does not ask much of me. Even when I forget about him and when I do not invite my partner, he is there with me EVERY DAY! And even more heart wrenching for me to consider is that my partner, the often neglected one, endured so much more for me. The pain I may or may not feel during the marathon does not EVEN compare to what He endured so I could have eternal life in his name. I feel so blessed that I do know my risen Savior. I know his grace and mercy is sufficient for me. I know that even though I do not show it enough, talk about it enough, experience it enough, that Jesus will not only take me to the finish line, but CARRY me over it.
I " know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?"... I will "Run in such a way as to get the prize" (1 Cor. 9:24). This prize is not the medal or a PR.
"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air" (1 Cor. 9:26). "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever" (1 Cor 9:25).
I have certainly not earned my crown that will last forever; but through Jesus, it has been placed lovingly on my head where it is a perfect fit - just for me! Do you KNOW that you have a crown that is a perfect fit for you? If not, please email me... and I will be happy to tell you more!