My stomach has that flip-flopping feeling, which signifies another marathon. Sunday will mark my 5th, which is 5 more than I ever thought I would do in a lifetime.
This will also be my first marathon as a Crossfitter, yet another activity in which I had never pictured myself. It just goes to show, you never know the path God will set before you.
I am nervous about the marathon because there are so many unknown factors:
- I’ve been doing Crossfit in lieu of my shorter runs
- I want to fuel with ‘natural’ foods
- Marathon #5 is in a new location
- The first three miles will be up a mountain to a glacier
- I will be running at altitude (though I live in the countryside)
- It will be cold in the mountains but (hopefully) will warm up as we descend
- The weather forecast is bleak
- I’ll be wearing barefoot shoes (which I can’t wear my compression socks with–or else my feet slide around)
- They only offer cola at km 36 (bummer…I love a cola halfway through)
- I can’t bring cola in my hydration pack
The list could go on and on…
However, for me, it is a worthy endeavor, as the spiritual/mental/physical aspects of my life are rolled up into one package. If one suffers, the others suffer. The physical training helps me to be more focused, disciplined and peaceful in other areas of my life.
The rewards of training are not merely physical, but I’ve learned many life-lessons as well:
- Quitting is mental before it is physical
- When things get tough (and painful) just hang on
- When the weight is too heavy, let it drop
- Use the correct muscles for each exercise
- Don’t squander energy
- Keep good form, even when you’re tired
- ‘Relax’ does not mean being sloppy
- Commitment increases strength
- Trust the coach, and do what he says
God is the one who created the body, and we can learn spiritual lessons from something as seemingly innocuous as a WOD or a really long run. The point is to stick with it, and to run well on the path before you.
2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”