Running LONG Races

One year ago I went to physical therapy for some joint issues in my legs and was told I should not be running at all, let alone a four mile race! Today I finished a half marathon, praise the Lord!

In order for my husband to allow me to sign up for this, he told me I had to go out and run six miles. I woke up the morning I planned on doing this and thought, ‘Lord, I don’t know if I can do this!’ His still small voice said, “I know you can.” I ran seven that day, praise God! Then I signed up for the half marathon.

When I started training for this, I was supposed to run three miles at the start of my training. I ran two and then walked the last one because I about died! Lol. So there’s hope for you all out there, runners and non-runners alike! I will admit; I love running. And when I say that, what I really love is the feeling I get after I’ve run. Yes, the endorphins, and all the other benefits that come with it.

As a Christian, I love the analogy of running and pressing on toward the prize to which God has called me heavenward (Philippians 3:14). God gave me this verse today to keep me focused on not only my goal in running today to finish the race, but my overall life goal in living for the Lord. 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” I may not have won in the world’s eyes, and in life we rarely do win according to the world. But I believe I won according to the Lord by staying focused on my race and not getting distracted by what others were doing. This has been His lesson for me lately, Amen!

After having finished the half today, here’s a little something I’m realizing you runners might enjoy…

TOP 10 Things normal people do every day that are extremely difficult for runners after having done a LONG distance race…

10. Wear heels or dress shoes

9. Bend over (put on shoes, pick up a child, etc.)

8. Get in a bathtub (or to take a shower, stepping into the tub part of the shower can be a challenge)

7. Be away from a bathroom for very long (while your body may have stopped running, your insides probably still have the runs!)

6. Get enough to eat (or go more than 2 hours without eating)

5. Kick the flush stick in public bathrooms

4. Stairs, especially going down

3. Sit without ones’ legs propped up (i.e.: driving or riding in a car is tough!)

2. Walk without waddling (or moaning)

1. Feel down or be upset about anything!

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