"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, October 5, 2012

And the Winner is ..... 6,750th place!

The countdown now stands at 38 hours and 12 minutes until my most anticipated marathon to date officially starts; Chicago. One of the five World Majors and, according to most experts (including my brother and other close friends), one of the very best running events you can hope to experience. Approximately 45,000 other runners will set out across the windy city on Sunday morning, each with his or her own personal goal.

I have yet to decide my final strategy for Sunday, but I do have a goal. For the past 18 weeks, I have been waking up each morning to a posted 3:39:59 on the bathroom mirror. That's my win / loss criteria in Chicago.  A single second over and I will be disappointed.  A second under and I will be as excited as an Olympic gold medalist.

But that's the way it is with running. Unlike any other competitive event I can think of, winning and losing have almost nothing to do with 1st place.  Maybe for a small number of elite athletes it does, but for the remaining 44,990 of us, it's about winning our personal race.  Think about it, I figure to come in somewhere around 6,750th place with my projected time.  I couldn't care less. In fact, if I were to come in 45,000th, yet run a sub-3:40, well it's still party time in Chicago!

Wouldn't it be nice if life in general were more like running. If we were more concerned about being our best and encouraging others to meet their goals as well, even as they go higher, farther, or faster than we might go. I'm not talking about awarding participation for participation's sake, but rather focusing our efforts on personal goals and objectives rather than on always having to be number 1 to avoid the tag of failure.

Anyway, can't wait to get to Chicago in the morning.  I have the 'Playlist of the People' ready to go and I have an absolutely beautiful forecast that awaits (see below). A race recap will follow, which I'm sure will have some pretty good stories of people watching and race day adventures.  OK, 37 hours, 43 minutes to go ........
Perfect weather for the start of the Chicago Marathon
Previous post on weather conditions:
The Perfect Marathon Temperature .... BRRRRR

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't in time to wish you good luck, but I hope it went well! Look forward to reading your recap.