“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it you feel that you can do anything.” –unknown
“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” –Emil Zatopek
I was surfing the web, googling anything that came to my mind, when I thought about sharing with you a couple of running quotes that resonated with me.
At first I had no attraction to the marathon. I had settled on a half, 13.1 miles seemed doable. But 26.2 looked like a lot! The more I ran,however, progressing from a fight to complete 4, to running 8 and feeling like I could go farther; the more I got energized about that really long 26 miles. There is at once something inherently crazy and admirable about marathoners. Former NFL player (Minnesota Vikings) Alan Page said running a marathon was like playing a football game where hitting was allowed ONLY below the waist. This guy was tough, and he felt like that!?
But I am drawn to this culture of running and the subculture of the marathon. I want to experience this—I think.
But I also equate the marathon with my spirituality. My faith looks a lot like a marathon. From the descriptions I hear of the various stages of a marathon and what the mind and body go through, I really cannot help but think of my faith. Start out with faith and optimism, find fatigue along the early going. Hit some short but scalable walls in the middle, go through hell in mile 21, experience doubts and second guessing along the way–even to the point of panic–cry a little , laugh a little, and struggle to finish. All the while you have run a course, with all your might, failing and succeeding at various times and places, but holding fast to a vision of the finish line and of an eternal reward. For Christians, eternity with the Creator. For marathoners, the right to say that you have conquered 26.2 miles and knowing that you have done something few other people have. For the believing marathoner, a double benefit of eternity and marathon completion!