The marathon is a long race. So long so that my mind still can not truly wrap itself around the distance after running seventeen 26.2’s.
When racing – I no longer count how many miles to go. It is discouraging. Instead I find words, phrases, quotes that motivate me to keep going when I think the pain is not bearable.
The night before Columbus Marathon my best friend Ashley said – I have to go get my Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle. There is a quote on it – I think you will love.
Love it I did.
God has not promised skies always blue
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through!
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain!
But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the laborer, light on the way!
Grace for the trial, help from above,
Undying sympathy, unfailing love!
The marathon will most likely hurt. God does not promise – peace without pain – but he can and WILL give you strength for the day. When you are tired in the last 10K remind yourself that pain is only temporary but a marathon is FOREVER.