Friday, September 19, 2008

Expectations

I love the book Great Expectations. LOVE. IT. In a nutshell... we have expectations for our life that don't always work out.

And I had an expectation of running a 4:30 marathon. Well, given my lack of serious training these last two weeks due to a strain/ pull/ tendinitis (what is it?).... I'm going to have to adjust my expectations. My new goal might be just to finish. OR, it might be to go cheer my hubbie on from the sidelines. He's lost 40 lbs, and has had a great time becoming his old, "fit" self. If my marathon training accomplished nothing else, this alone was worth it.

I'm supposed to run 20 this weekend, and I've been working on recovery strategies to be able to do that. I've had conflicting advice...run, don't run. Train, don't train. In the end, it's up to me.

All I can say is, if I can't run Chicago, I'm going to be forced to run another marathon in the late fall or Spring. I've been looking into triathlons. They look so much more fun. Better cross-training. My niece ran one and said it was easy compared to a marathon (tri's have varied distances, so I'm not talking about an Ironman race). I don't know, though...there's such a high experienced from running the race.

I'm reminded of Hebrews 12: 1 & 2 ... let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2fixing our eyes on Jesus...

I guess I like the idea of the finish line, of finishing strong by keeping my eye on the goal. Somehow, for me, finishing the marathon lets me know that everything ELSE in my life is going to be OKAY!

And THAT is a reasonable expectation.

2 comments:

bluesugarpoet said...

Amen, sister. If I finish my marathon, I will be happy. :)

bluesugarpoet said...

I forgot to say that I love the verses you've shared. The whole training process sure has given me perspective regarding everything else in my life...

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phil 3:14