IT FIGURES – number can be misleading. That’s no joke! Your GPS tells you one time and the clock at the finish line states another fact which you have to live with. Your body cries out one story and the pace may just state another. You train hard, help site sign up and pay for an upcoming race and even with the seemingly endless number of training miles your efforts fail after you cross the start line with not a PR but a ‘DNF”.
I was a victim of this at the Graveyard 100. Months of hard training, with a mixture of miles done, eating healthy meals, and the purchase of expensive running gear to get me through the winter month race along the coast of North Carolina only resulted with my name being listed as: DNF. I could, and I did to myself, argue that I ran enough miles for a ‘100k’ – but in the eyes of the race officials I had signed up for the ‘100 miler’. The ‘DNF’ still is recorded.
The same results were shown when I signed up for a ‘100k’ and only got in enough to call it (in my mind) a ‘50k’.
You will be greatly impressed if you get a copy of the book, TEN MARATHON IN TEN DAYS written by Davey Green. On the back cover these words say it all! ~ “On this journey Davey discovered the Brathay Trust 10 in 10, the world’s toughest road endurance race and he was immediately hooked into an addiction that took over every thought that he could envisage during the next twelve months.” And I will add a part of this other comment: “Davey witnessed some very ordinary people doing some very extraordinary things…”
The Savage Seven: I did seven marathons in seven days (foolishly only a few weeks before trying the Graveyard 100 – I shared how that worked out!).
That course was an easy repeat of a half mile course around a parking lot. Mentally it was sometimes tough with the seemingly endless ‘going around and around’, but all and all it was not all that tough to do. It sounds great to say you did it and ware the shirt. But, numbers can be misleading. Yes it was ‘7 marathons’ but not like any collection of marathons that I have ever run. And defiantly NOT anywhere as tough as what Davey did.
I’ll close with a reminder that I know you will be blessed reading this book, and with a very important spiritual note.
The most important course you will ever be on is the one that leads you, as my last book is titled: HEADING TOWARD THE FINAL FINISH LINE…. Add up all the miles you want to in your log book, list all the races you finished, and share with others (or maybe just to yourself) how often you have gone to church.
If your name is not recorded in the ‘Lambs Book of Life’, that meaning that you had accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, it will be eternally more heartbreaking than any ‘DNF’ or poorly run race in your lifetime.
“…physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (I Timothy 4:8 NIV).
“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize” (1 Corinthians 9:25 NIV).
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).