We learned two things; You must drink plenty of water BEFORE the day of the race and You must train diligently prior to running 13.1 miles. We had a "good" run, but we were capable of a GREAT run...had we prepared accordingly.
At the beginning of last week I posted on my facebook page a photo that said "What am I training for? LIFE!"
This morning I really thought about yesterday, and that post.
Training for life. Sincerely, it is an every day training plan. If you want just want to live, you really need not put a lot into it. You wake up, do your day and hit the hay at the end. A routine day with no highs or lows would be an "good" day.
I don't just want a "good" day.
Just as I don't prefer a "good" run.
What I want is THE BEST day and THE BEST RUN. Yesterday God spoke to me, in the midst of belly troubles due to not enough hydration. And He spoke to us as we wound down the last few miles. Neither of us were "feeling it". Oh we talked one another up sharing we were farther than had we not started and we had a goal of 13.1 did it really matter how fast we got there. Welllll...
if we truly felt that way it would be good. But we both know we are capable of a GREAT run. We've had them together in the past, we just ran a strong GREAT half marathon in October! For which we both trained for.
To me, getting the BEST our of a day requires a few things. For me, it starts with filling my love tank full of Jesus. Putting Him first before the line of things which will come my way during the day. I know for me, when I begin my day with Him, my day has all the potential for a best day! It is part of my "training plan" for life. I know I need Jesus in the morning, filling my heart. I know I need to soak in Him and drink Him in throughout my day. I know when things get difficult or I have a moment of uncertainty, I need to breathe Him in. Training for life, for me, means having the best coach/trainer ~ I choose Jesus!
As we look forward to beginning our training for our next race, I'm mindful of the race which is set before me each and every day ~
"Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us."
Hebrews 12:1-2 (LTB)