I registered on a whim because another friend had already committed to this race. Unfortunately he injured his ankle
and was unable to join us that day. So there I was, all alone and about to face my biggest race yet. I love running and
had worked my way up to 12 miles in training so I wasn’t worried about the distance. I had a solid race plan: go out at a comfortable pace, pick it up as I went and really work hard those last 3 miles.
Obstacles come in many different forms: mental, physical, situational, etc. For me, my obstacle during this race was mental. I was fine until the last 3 miles and then it all broke down. For some strange reason I kept allowing the pain to win, it was telling me that I couldn’t go on, wasn’t good enough to finish as fast as I’d planned to. I mentally couldn’t
coach myself any further. No matter what I tried I couldn’t conjure the words of encouragement from coaches on former runs and couldn’t find the feeling of inspiration at watching my collegiate friends compete. I was dumbfounded to know that I’d been completely caught off guard by this feeling. I hadn’t expected it’s arrival, yet here it was and I didn’t know how to handle it. Yes, there was a steadily growing pain in my right foot and I knew something wasn’t right but there wasn’t any other option but to finish. I had told myself I was going to finish strong and it wasn’t happening.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I’ve since seen the doctor and my right foot is not broken or fractured, it’s probably just a soft tissue tear. I’ve been advised to stay off of it for at least 2 weeks. Unfortunately I’m unable to run, walk long distances, or cycle to stay active. I’m going crazy! I do plan to institute swimming (arms only) this week in order to get some type of cardio. This injury only serves for God to teach me another lesson, patience.