But God wasn't ready to cast us into the fiery furnace of Summer just yet. This week blew in cooler temps and fantastic weather to get out and pound the pavement. So I took advantage. The beautiful weather encouraged me to step out and pick up 15 miles on Saturday, my longest run this month.
Training Week: Apr 16 - Apr 22
This week I also signed on for a new challenge. I'd been toying with the idea of doing 3 marathons this fall, 3 in 30 days to be exact. I've known I was going to do St. Jude on December 1 for a while, but there are two others here in Arkansas in November, one two weeks before St. Jude and the other two weeks before that. I'd had in mind to do these two and St. Jude to close the year with 3 marathons in 30 days. I'd just about talked myself into it when God led me a different direction.
"in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."--Proverbs 3:6
It was this week I stumbled onto two marathons in December on two subsequent days--the 21st and the 22nd. If those dates sound familiar, that's because the world's supposed to end on the 21st according to some ancient Mayan calendar. A bunch of pagan nonsense if you asked me, but some folks down in Humble, TX decided to have a little fun at the Mayan's expense. So they put together the End of the World Marathon and the Day After the End of the World Marathon.
So we thought we'd join them (That's right, I said "we." Janice is doing both halves!) for both, to poke fun at the whole end-of-the-world-because-the-Mayans-said-so thing and to demonstrate our faith in Christ by allowing Him to use us to accomplish what many think is insane or impossible.
"He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”"--Matthew 17:20
It wasn't so long ago that I thought running 26.2 miles was impossible. Now I've completed two marathons. Only last month, my friend Jesse ran a 100K race on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. That's more than 62 miles! When he first told me he was doing it, I thought he was crazy, that it was impossible for him. He told me a few days before he ran that race, "I can't run 62 miles, and if the Lord doesn't show up, it's going to be a really short day." He finished the race in just over 16 hours.
He had that faith that can move mountains. That race was his first ultra-marathon (race over 26.2 miles). Before that, the most he'd ever run was a full marathon. No scientist, no trainer, pretty much nobody would have believed he could do it. And Jesse didn't believe he could do it on his own. But God was there, with him all the way, through 62 miles from start to finish. He made it!
So I'm going to attack this the same way, with faith that Jesus Christ will carry me through these back-to-back marathons. I only hope I can represent Him as well, the way Jesse did in North Carolina. If God doesn't show up, I won't be able to run 52.4 miles in two days. But I have complete faith that He will show up, and He'll carry me through the miles...all of them!
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