This Sunday (1 day, 14 hours, 30 minutes, to be exact), the boys will be running in their very own 1.2 mile kid's marathon, while I run an impromptu marathon.
My initial commitment was a walk/jog effort, with a good friend of mine who, after battling through a serious health trial last year, trained tirelessly and truly brought her body into subjection, completed the Tough Mudder nearly one month ago and was going to FINISH her first marathon this Sunday. She didn't know if her body would allow for an entire 26.2 miles of running, but she was definitely going to accomplish that feat, one way or another. Now THIS was enough to inspire me to run another marathon...by her side.
Due to some recent issues with her back, she was advised not to run Sunday's race. She called me to tell me "You're off the hook for the marathon." I immediately saw this as a way out, nonetheless a great and persistent inner-battle ensued, and after much debate, I could not allow the challenge to die. I had to meet it.
SO, I am going to run 26.2 miles on Sunday. It won't be graceful or painless... Last month brought a bout of sickness therefore, training was...pretty non-existent ,but REST was abundant and has left my body refreshed. I've done this before. I know what to expect. I know, from past experience, when my body breaks down in a race. I know what starts hurting first and how to push through it. And while I'd like to avoid the pain altogether...I know it won't kill me. And besides, my husband says, "you can do it".
This race will be accomplished by sheer force of will...determination...perseverance...and a slice of stick-to-it-ive-ness. I plan to take this race a little slower, placing less pressure on my time and more emphasis on the experience. I want to meet people...encourage people...take photos of all the things I love about the OKC Memorial Marathon...and SHARE the experience. Yes, I've done a few marathons before...but THIS marathon will be different. (I hope.)
"We run to remember"
Every year, before and during the race...this ALWAYS runs through my mind:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring itinto subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.