This past Tuesday was the first day of my newest challenge: marathon training.
I started running March 2010, and ran my first half marathon the following August. This will be my first marathon.
In 2010 I became addicted to running because it physically embodied running away from my problems. Outside of commitments I did nothing else, but run….away. I even prioritized it ahead of spending time with my husband. My husband called me out on it, and I attempted to balance my life.
Those problems are still there. But I no longer run from them. Running for me has transformed. It has become the physical embodiment of overcoming the obstacles. Instead of escaping, now when I run, I feel like I’m meeting challenges head-on. Which enables me to believe that I can overcome challenges in other areas. God has used running to illustrate transformation in my life. I was reminded of all this when I read Chris LoCurto’s Blog entry Why You Can’t Stay Focused On The Past.
Hopefully, besides reaching a goal and enjoying the endorphin highs, I will also be able to keep my life balanced…and not drive my husband crazy!
If anyone has marathon experience, tips are appreciated!