[not literally. no worries]
3 days until my 3rd marathon. love it. even with my new injury [huff] and chipmunk cheeks [huge huff] from prednisone. can't wait. I am slightly looking forward to 6 weeks off though too. [sorry in advance for the possibly bad analogy to follow but I've been meaning to write this since the marathon in Tucson 5 weeks ago].
There is something completely awesome about the marathon. Forgive me, I had a good 3-4 hours to think about this. The "marathon" is so much like life. [This may get thick - I'm the girl who truly thinks each Disney movie in some way or form can be spiritual and has a lesson we can all use in day to day life.]
Running: We hear the gun. we are excited. we want to be here. we have a goal.
Life: We all so badly wanted this chance to come to earth. to prove ourselves worthy to return to live with Him. we signed up for this chance. we have a goal.
Running: We see hills that look defeating.
Life: We have trials [really hard ones and daily ones]
Running: we are given things to help us [water/sports drinks/energy packets-Gu]
Life: we are given tools [prayer/scriptures]
Running: we hear cheering. we see posters. encouragement.
Life: we have family support. church leaders. friends.
Running: we have aid stations to fix what ails us. ibuprofen. band-aids. wraps.
Life: we have forgiveness. repentance. another chance to get back on course.
Running: we cheer for each other. realizing we have a common goal.
Life: we cheer for each other. realizing we have a common goal.
Running: seeing those we love with all our hearts, at the finish line bring tears to our eyes.
Life: the thought of seeing love ones lost, in this life - is reason enough for me to do even better each day.
Running: to be wrapped in the foil blanket knowing you just achieved something great. awesome.
Life: to be wrapped in my Heavenly Fathers arms - - to know I've achieved the greatest goal/gift I could ever hope to. amazing.