making room for the work

Five days from today, I’ll be running in my first marathon. And walking. Because my focus is finishing. (track me if you’d like.)

Among the things I’ve learned during my training is that long distance running is as much about the mind as about the body. I need to concentrate on the task at hand. I need to let my body not have to worry about things other than running, at least during long runs.

And that’s a challenge for me. Because I worry about, or am concerned with, or am aware of needs in many areas. When my mind and heart are full of worry or fear, my body slows down and tightens up.

At the moment, these words from Hebrews are not metaphoric for me: “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.”

If I am going to survive on Saturday, I have to spend time this week unencumbering.

So I’m taking theandrewjon week off writing here. And a couple other places. I have other commitments which cannot move, but I’ll get margin where I can.

Have a great week. I’ll see you on the other side of 26.2. Unless, of course, I see you on the course. If you’re there
, just yell “perseverance.”  I’ll know what you mean.

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