I’m a terrible blogger…I realize that. Oh well. Today is April 4th which means yes, I ran a marathon yesterday. If only I could actually explain what it was like. I have a few words.
It was painful, because I ran (and walked :) ) 26.2 miles. I was consistently going for 5 hours and 14 minutes. I did it though. I took a really long tour around Knoxville yesterday and I never want to do it again, unless I am driving.
It was rewarding. I ran a marathon! for crying out loud, that was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. I ran a marathon. I got to do something not many people are capable of doing. It was also rewarding for so many other reasons. My sweet boyfriend, parents, and friends were there cheering me on. It was rewarding to know that Jesus has blessed me with people who are willing to drive around Knoxville like crazy people just to cheer me on a bit. Man I’m blessed. Nat, Mom and Dad, Amy, Katherine, Bethany, Allix, Grace, Bekah, Jenna, Jordan, Amanda, Casey, Mark, Courtney, Emily, Brooks, and Britton. Thank you for being there yesterday. You got me through.
It was exciting. Crossing that finish line and getting that finishers medal was probably the most thrilling thing ever. I did it. I finished it. I am a marathoner. That 26.2 sticker is going to look beautiful on my car.
Humbling. Man, this morning I am humbled. I am humbled that the Lord chose to give me the strength enough not just to finish a marathon, but to train for a marathon. The past 4 months have been horrendous but fantastic. My life has been captured by running and I’m excited to get it back. I’ve done things I NEVER thought I could do. And I came through alive. I know this is a well used verse but it has been truth in my life and I hope people have seen it as evidently as I have
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Until this marathon, I didn’t really think on this verse. I knew that Christ could get me through everything but I never realized the strength part. He is strong and mighty. He has made me strong. Thank you, Jesus.
I am also humbled because of my thankfulness. The Lord has done a lot of good in my life but never before have I seen it like I did yesterday. I ran a marathon (good!). But most importantly, I didn’t run it alone. I have sweet sweet friends who were willing to tag along for a few miles just to give me a little company, and boy did I need it. I am just so humbled at the fact that my friends were willing to give up their morning just to see me do this. Thank you, Jesus. And thank you, friends (and mom and dad!).
All I can say is I can’t believe it is over. I can say that I am glad though. Also- ouch!