17 Days Until 26.2

In 17 days, I’ll be starting the biggest race of my life, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.  My feet are starting to turn to clay.  I’m feeling that sneaky demon I Can’t lurking in the background.

This past weekend we ran the longest run of our training, 21 miles. 005It was not nearly as difficult as I thought it might be, and if I had not been dealing with low blood sugar, I think I  could have gone further.  So why the doubt?

I think it’s the fear of the unknown.  I don’t know what it’s like to run 26.2 miles.  I’ve never done it before.  But then, I’d never run 13 miles or 15 miles until I did a half marathon and then the 25K.  The difference between those races and this marathon, though, is that I was always within a mile or two of completing the race distance before I went into the race.  One or two miles is a lot different than the 5 miles between my longest training run and the marathon distance…and I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to go the distance, that I won’t have the mental fortitude to fight through the fatigue.

It’s got me thinking a lot about faith.  Now is the time to trust my training.  I’ve taken what my coaches have taught me to heart.  I’ve done the work, put in the miles, followed the training plan.  Now is the time to just walk in faith that the training has prepared me for what lies ahead.

One thing that I’ve come to appreciate about running is how much the sport, and especially racing, parallels life.  A successful race involves training, planning, preparation, and is so much better when it’s not run in isolation.  The same could be said of life, right?  And just as in life, sometimes runners have to do things that are hard and uncomfortable to reach our goals.  And then, there comes that time when you just have to trust all that you’ve learned and experienced and just go for it.  Make the move.  Apply for the job.  Begin that project.  Run the race.  Take the step of faith…

And when the going gets tough, you just have to press on.

One step in front of the other…that’s my plan.  Press on.  Finish the race.  17 days until 26.2

What’s your 26.2?  What’s a step of faith you’ve taken or think you should take?

Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

2 thoughts on “17 Days Until 26.2”

  1. So I didn’t run the aquarium run because of a death in the family….in some ways it was a relief…in other ways I feel a huge disappointment in myself. I’m consoling myself with the fact that I have enrolled in a virtual run and plan to run on the same day as best friends in Colorado. Essentially, you can run anywhere you are and report your time. You can even be a team in separate states. I’m pretty excited and thought I’d share the link. It’s going to allow me to run, without being in a throng of people. Not sure if its the traditional way, but I think it will be a great way for me to get started. Truly, you’ve inspired me. Thank you Juanita.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss. But no self-condemnation! You signed up for the race and that’s huge! The virtual run sounds fun. I’ve read about those runs but have never participated. Good for you! Let me know how it goes!

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