I am pretty sure this is no secret anymore. I’ve been talking about it for the last 3 months when I first started running. It’s all over my Instagram account, Facebook, and Twitter, but I think I hesitated to actually write about it because then it would be real. In all honesty I also battled doubt, fear, and lack of confidence. I’m going to run a half marathon!
Could I REALLY run 13.1 miles? And why? Why am I doing this?
I’m ready to answer those questions out loud and online because then? It will be real.
Question 1: Can I really run 13.1 miles?
There is absolutely no turning back for me. I believe my body and my mind can run 13.1 miles, but it’s not just me who believes it. It’s also my husband and my children. For Mother’s Day this year I received a simple white envelope. Inside? Registration for the Texas Bridge Series. I AM doing this.
Each day as my body grows stronger I am more confident in my ability to reach my (temporary) goal. In fact, just the other day I experienced the most amazing win ever.
I ran 7 miles without stopping for the first time EVER. I mean, I ran cross-country in high school, but I don’t remember running more than 4-5 miles at a time. Plus, I was super duper young back then. Just the fact that my body…. THIS body that has birthed three babies… can run 7 whole miles without stopping is unfathomable.
Question 2: Why am I doing this?
There are several SEVERAL reasons why I am doing this, but I want to tell you a very intimate reason… my number one reason.
No seriously. My son joined the track team this year and he asked me to go out and “train” him. As I mentioned before, I ran cross-country in high school and had my own private coach. My son knew this and thought I could help him develop strength and endurance for the race before him.
Little did I know, God planted a seed in my son to help ME develop strength and endurance. As I watched him struggle through the miles and the sprints, I knew I needed to do something more.
So, I hit my knees in prayer.
God, give my son strength and victory.
God, show me how to help him.
God, show him your power.
God, light a fire in him.
God, keep him safe and free from injury.
God, allow me to be a positive coach for him.
God, allow others to see YOU in him.
God, never allow him to give up.
As I prayed vigorously for this boy, I came to a moment where I felt peaceful. I sat in silence as God’s presence filled the room and that’s when I heard it. I heard God tell me, “Go. Run. Don’t stop. Do this for me.”
It sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it? It sounds crazy to those who might be unbelievers, but I know, deep down in my soul, that God told me to run for His glory.
Yes, I want to be healthy. Yes, I want to lose weight. Yes, I want to lead my family in healthy living.
But the number one reason I’m running right now is because I heard God tell me to do it. Since that day, He has shown me more of His strength, His mercy, His glory, His endurance, His love, His path, and His perfect plan.
My runs are my time with Him and I am so glad I stepped out in faith and heard His calling. He is not done with me yet. So, this is me telling all of you…. I am doing this! I am running a half-marathon in November with the vision of running a full marathon early 2016.
I invite you to follow my journey through photos, videos, and blog posts. I’ll be posting my own personal “marathon journey” right here on FamilyAppeal.com, on Facebook, Twitter, but MOSTLY on Instagram. Instagram has been so encouraging for me. There I’ve met so many people in the running community and they keep me encouraged.
Sponsor me: If you’re a company with a product that would help my running development, please don’t hesitate to reach out through my ‘Contact Me‘ page. The training process is a little more complicated than I realized as I learn how to fuel with different food/supplements/drinks, how to dress with running clothes, shoes, socks for my personal body shape and how to grow stronger through diet and nutrition. I’m also looking for sponsors for upcoming races. Any company willing to help me reach MY goals is a company I’m willing to help reach theirs.
Donate: In addition, with my running I’m looking to raise money for a particular charity. Which one? I don’t know yet. I’ve put it to prayer and God will reveal it to me I’m sure. I just know that, this running journey is not just a personal journey of strength.. this is for HIS glory and I know He has plans bigger than my own.
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