Laying aside every weight, running with perseverance!
Well folk, here we are – it’s race day eve and I’m making my list and checking it twice: Visor? Check! Sunscreen? Check! Chapstick, hydration belt, tissues, interval tracker, armband? Check, check, check! And last but not least– my race bib which I’ll be picking up this evening. I’ll set out to get 8 hours of restful sleep tonight – but if past race day eve’s are any indication, the sweet anticipation and nervous energy coursing through my legs won’t allow me to rest as well as I’d like.
Nevertheless, I’ll manage to get to the race site about 1.5 hours early Saturday morning to avoid road closures, meet with my fellow Striders, have pre race prayer and take photos. Oh - and use the Porto potty three times (there’s that nervous energy again!) I’ll drink a protein shake for breakfast and stick a banana in my bag “just in case”. And then folk, I’ll celebrate the past 12 weeks of training by running my little heart out. JOY. If you’re looking for a group of folk to run with, we’d love to have you join us. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at http://www.spcstriders.com for info. I leave you with a quote from Olympian Eric Liddell whose story the movie Chariots of Fire is based: “...I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul…I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, "Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me." If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” And the runners say, Amen.