When I look back and try and figure out what got me into running these marathons I am able to see that there were those who talked me into it. However I think there is more to it than that. It has been a growth journey for me and it continues to be. Since the time I decided to start running the marathon it seems my life has been rocked by something all the time.
I can assure you that the lessons I have learned in running the marathon have been a major part of my survival month after month for the last couple of years. I think it is only fitting to talk about what I have learned in running the marathon. I will try and do a lesson a day.
My first lesson is “You can’t do it alone”. Most people hear me say that and they think I am crazy but there is no possible way for me to do this alone. Here are some examples of who and what I need:
I need the encouragment and willingness of my family to support me, I need the encouragment and belief of friends to keep me going, I need someone to keep me in line and make sure I am doing the training, I need the support on the course, I need the volunteers on race day for hydration, fuel and encouragment, I need the necessary equipment for running.
I have been able to use this everyday for me personally as well. Life is not meant to be lived alone. God gave us each other and wants us to have the ability to use the strengths of others to lift us up. Yes it can get messy but that is what we are here for. As a good friend of mine said, “Welcome to the life that God has for you, One where you are known”.
My challenge to you is to learn from my marathon lesson, be known and use those around you. They need you and you need them.