Have you ever felt like the race is just too hard and you want to give up?  You have to battle the physical and mental part of it and that can be a challenge!

Once again, I am training for a half marathon (13 miles) coming up this fall!  I have my 3-4 miles that I run throughout the week, but on the weekends I increase my run by a mile.  This last weekend I had a 7 mile run ahead of me!  You know how when you begin an endeavor you’re in high spirits, thinking “let’s do this!”  Sure I didn’t fuel my body with anything before the run, but somehow I’d be okay….NOPE!  (Let’s just say breakfast from the morning before wasn’t enough to get me even five steps!)

Three and a half miles in, my body started slowing down and the mind games began!  The physical toll is hard enough to push through and deal with, now I have to deal with the mental part too?  You know the thoughts, “just quit, give up” or “you’ve gotten this far, it’s good enough” and so on and so on!!

Ahhh, then the positive light bulb went off in my mind saying “if you give up now, then you’re going to think that you’ll never be able to go that distance next time”…it’ll be an even tougher battle next time!

Needless to say, I did run the whole 7 miles and I’m glad I did!  When you end up finishing something that you set out to do, you find out your mind and body can make it in the end because you have an awesome coach, God!  As you run, He coaches you with the classic “you can do it” and the “I’m right here with ya giving you strength!”  Little by little as you get down to the last mile, look ahead to your destination and picture God cheering you on, encouraging you to keep going! Oh yeah, He might just be waiting there with confetti and an ice cold cup of water at the end!!

When you are running the “race” in life and you feel like giving up my friend, just remember the reward at the end…

1 Corinthians 9:24  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize

2 Timothy 4:7-8   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith  8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.



2 Responses to "You want me to run how far?"

  • Linda says:

    Hey Lauren,
    this posting was very timely for me. I am also a runner and am attempting to train for my first 1/2 marathon. Somedays it’s hard to find the ambition to go run. Also, my husband has indicated he wants a divorce, so I’m struggling with life at home….(this is just another race) and God is right there giving me strength (your words). Your words encourage me to go on.
    Thank you, Linda

    1. lbanik says:

      Oh Linda! Thank you so much for sharing, what an encouragement you are to me! Just by sending this note to me truly lifted me up and put a smile back on my face after having a rough day! I’m so sorry to hear that about your marriage, praying for you my friend! Keep on keepin’ on girl, and if you ever need a listening ear just drop me a note!!

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