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,--Hebrews 12:1

Saturday, March 3, 2012

'Twas the Night Before the Marathon

Twas the night before the marathon, when all through the house
The runner was scurrying, within and without.
The training was over, finished and done.
All that remained was a race to be run.

That is, except for the plan, the food and the gear,
To forget something now is all he had to fear.
All the sweat and the miles that brought him to this night,
Could all be for naught if he didn't get something right.

So he laid out his race clothes and checked them again,
Shoes, shorts, shirt and socks--be sure he had them.
In his bag a change of clothes, for after the race,
And a clean towel for the salt and the sweat on his face.

Next to his packet, was all there and complete?
His timing chip and his race bib, all in place and neat.
Did he have safety pins? And ties for his chip?
Any one of these missing could cause him to slip.

And what about food he'd need for this run?
Leave it behind and he'd certain be done.
Did he have all his crackers, bars, and his gels?
Without these he knew his race couldn't go well.

Going over his plan, to the course map he went back,
It had to be perfect, his plan of attack.
He studied the plot, where everything went.
Water stops, porta-potties, hills, and medical tents.

Then again he went to his bag for a check,
To look for again anything he dare not forget.
Not just his clothes, but some other supplies,
Band-aids, deodorant, powder, and Body Glide.

One last check to make before he's off to bed,
To sleep through the night with race dreams in his head.
His phone and his Garmin on charge for the night,
So he can take pictures and keep his pace just right.

With all checks done, and everything right,
One more thing before going to sleep for the night.
He knelt by his bed thanking Jesus, his Lord,
For getting him here and what He'll do tomorrow.

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