The marathon... through my iPhone.
I ran a marathon just over a week ago.
Never in a million years would I have seen myself doing that. But I did it. I actually did it.
The day before the marathon, my mom and I cruised around the marathon expo full of lots of pink booths selling running clothes. She pointed to a cute pink tank top that said "I love running."
"Oh, that's perfect for you, you should get it," my mom said.
I just laughed.
"It's cute," I said back, "But to be honest, I don't love running. I actually hate it. I can't wait until this dang marathon is over!"
Long walks, I love, running and gasping for air while my legs burn and my feet ache, nope, running I could pass on. But in addition to running the marathon in my dad's honor, I wanted to do a marathon to prove to myself, if I can run a marathon, I can do ANYTHING through Christ Who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). This wasn't just a challenge physically for me, it was a challenge spiritually for my own personal faith and journey that I daily take each step with the Lord. I did this so that anytime in the future I come to the Lord in prayer full of doubt and worry, I want Him to throw back in my face "I helped you run a marathon, now let me accomplish this next impossible thing through you." It was, uh, my own version of Him parting the Red Sea, I guess.
What an amazing experience Sunday was. I took my iPhone and filmed bits and pieces throughout the day to put together this video recap for you to experience the sights and sounds with me. Knowing me, I'll probably never run another marathon, so I wanted to remember every gasping breath, every aching step, every cheerleader along the way believing in me when I didn't believe in myself.
If you've never run a marathon, I invite you to watch this exhilarating experience and run along with me. I apologize ahead of time for the sea sickness holding my iPhone while I ran and walked, but here is me as raw as I can get. Without any make up. Hair just tossed up. Zits and sweat and all. Tears and all. But it was worth every painful mile running for your loved ones on the back of my t-shirt. Running to FINISH cancer. Running for my mom. Running for my dad. Running for what felt impossible, but being reminded that with the joy of the Lord as my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), ALL things are possible.
And a big THANK YOU to those who reached in your wallets and helped me to raise my goal of $1000. It was so exciting to be able to tell founder of the marathon,Donna Deegan, about your thoughtfulness in person when I saw her along the race.