People are always saying that running is a great metaphor for life, I agree 100%. Running is a mental sport. I usually have to mentally push myself through the last mile or so when I run. My body is capable of much more than my mind says it is during most workouts. I often find myself wanting to quit and some days I do…..most days I pray, repeat one of my favorite quotes, or play a power song, some days I do all three. I always feel great for making myself go the extra distance. During the Cooper river Bridge Run around mile 4 I had to begin my mental routine but …. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time, little by little I made it and that finish line felt great!!
Today I am exhausted, both mentally and physically. I have a million things on my mind and a long week ahead of me. I know that if I can make it through Sunday then next week will be easier, my schedule will be lighter. Sunday is my finish line and the mental routine has begun. This morning was mile 4 and this week will be taken one step at a time, one foot in front of the other and little by little I will make it to the finish line. There will probably be a water break or two and maybe a stop at the port-a-john but the finish line will be crossed!! LOL
Running has helped me to better handle some of life’s tough times. I have started to look at tests and trials as races and I envision my finish line to help me stay focused. Most of all running has also helped me to weather storms that do not have a pre determined finish line, the situations in life that catch me off guard and I don’t know when or if they will end. The situations where I find yourself asking GOD why me, what’s the purpose or when is this one going to end GOD.
I have learned to remember that GOD is always with me and he will never give me a race I cannot finish. I tell myself he has brought me through some times I did not think I could survive, and therefore there must be a finish line on the other side of one of these hills or around one of life’s unexpected corners, and when I cross it, I am going to feel soooo awesome!
Life is definitely a marathon not a sprint. For me there will be days when I just don’t want to run that extra mile. Some days, I will run two, some days I will take a nap instead, but no matter what there will be lots of Finish Lines!!
My Finish Line Quotes:
“All it takes is all you got.” –Marc Davis
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Pain is Weakness leaving the body”. -Tom Sobal, 3-Time World Snowshoe Racing Champion
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –Martin Luther King Jr.