Getting Past Obstacles (Half-Marathon Training Update)

There are less than 3 training weeks remaining before I run my first half marathon to celebrate my birthday. You may never have trained to run a half marathon before, but you’re familiar with my current circumstances.

*Illness, schedule changes, and spiritual attacks abound.
*Plenty of people around me are better runners than I am.
*I’m not yet reaping any visible physical benefits (weight loss, etc.) by logging these miles every week.

Sound familiar? No doubt you could replace “half marathon training” with almost any project you have going on in your personal or professional life at the moment and nod your head in agreement with me.

Here are some counter-points to the common difficulties listed above.

*Obstacles consistently appear along worthy paths. Run anyway.
*There will always be people better at this than you. Learn from them and run your own race, at your own pace. (The term “personal best” has nothing to do with others.)
*1 Sam 16:7b “For man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (Translation: God’s focused on the discipline and spiritual lessons I’m learning through this process and not my dress size.)

Get back out there and run your race today, friends!


2 Responses to “Getting Past Obstacles (Half-Marathon Training Update)”

  1. Amanda Sims August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    This is SO where I am right now. (Except for the half-marathon part. My immediate goal is an upcoming 5K.) Thank you for saying what my head and heart needed to hear.

  2. Dana Byers August 17, 2011 at 6:28 am #


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