Saturday, March 26, 2011
Although I've run farther distances in my training, I can gladly say that finishing today's half-marathon in my hometown was a satisfying achievement. The conditions were far from ideal as we were pelted with sleet and some biting winds throughout much of the race.
Obviously, I did not set any land speed records, but I was able to complete the race in under 2 hours. All of those months of training, and getting up early have been worth it. When I started back running a little over ten years ago, something like this was not even a pipe dream.
Along the way, I have been blessed with the support and encouragement of my wife, Debbie. She has tolerated my annoying habits of getting up early, smelly running clothes, and somewhat obsessive behavior. All the while she has supported me in this endeavor, and has now become a runner herself.
There have been several friends who have enocouraged me on this journey. However, two guys had a lot to do with me reaching this milestone in my life.
Scott Brawner got me started running again, and challenged me to set a goal of running for an hour without stopping. We would run together in the late hours after meetings in Jeff City. Jim Thorne gave me some helpful advise that helped me increase my distance and run farther than I'd ever dreamed. Other than getting us lost on an early morning in a thunderstorm in Cape Girardeau, our runs together have been an encouragement and helped me to push myself to new limits.
I am reminded through this experience of just how interdependent we are with one another. Those people in our lives who walk with us, encourage us, and believe in us even more than we do ourselves enable us to do things that we never thought possible.
Is not the same thing true in our relationship with Christ? As a believer, it is easy for me to see His handiwork in various areas of my life. Those people whom He brings into my path help me to see things from a different perspective. If anyone deserves a thank you for enabling me to accomplish this feat, it is the One Who breathes life into my being and believes in me far more than I believe in myself.
After an event like this in my life, I am truly grateful as well as a little sore.