Tomorrow I’ll be doing something I never thought I’d do. I’ll be running in the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15k in Tampa.
I know. It’s not a marathon or even a half. But it is 9.3 miles.
And that’s about 9.3 more than I ever thought I’d sign up to run.
I’m not sure how well I’ll do.
I’ve only been training since the New Year.
Eating healthy is still a work in progress.
I’ve battled blisters and bleeding.
And a conversation with a college student a few weeks ago makes me a bit nervous. It went like this:
Her: “Hey, I saw you running yesterday.”
Me: “Yeah? Awesome. I’m running in the Gasparilla. How did I look?”
Her: “You looked like you were about to die.”
Me: “Ha. Thanks! What about the guy I was with?”
Her: “Oh, he looked great!”
HA! I love her honesty. We have laughed about that conversation since. And I probably did look like I was about to die. 🙂
Regardless of how I look tomorrow, training for this race has reminded me of three things:
1) There is nothing like setting a goal and going for it. My time may be terrible tomorrow. I may pull a muscle and have to walk a couple of miles. But it’s the “going for it,” the journey, that matters. It’s being able to look back on where you started and see how far you’ve come. The journey propels you to carry on in this and in other areas of your life. It shows you how much you really can accomplish when you decide to discipline yourself.
2) Life is better when you do it with others. We weren’t created to do life alone. And that includes training for a race. That guy that “looked great” when I looked like death has encouraged me tremendously. He’s given me tips on running. Texted me to check and see how I’m doing. And we’ve become closer through this process. Thanks, Joe!
3) Your spiritual life is like a race. Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” You and I are on a journey with our faith in God. We haven’t arrived. We may have doubts. Setbacks. Lows. Highs. Some days we are closer to Him than others. That’s okay. Just don’t give up. Keep pursuing Jesus. Keep Jesus as your focus. Look to Him to know how it is you are to run this race called life. And one day you will arrive at the finish line. You will see face to face who it was you were trusting in all along. Jesus.