Until that moment I was not really focused on the race nor was I excited about the race. The weather forecast is a huge bummer. I know how much it is going to hurt this time. I have big hopes and that scares the crap out of me. After this not so chance meeting (at least in my mind) I felt more focused and encouraged.
I have my verses ready to get me through the rain, the hurt, the frustration, and the excitement. I can't rest any more or run more miles. Tomorrow is the day! I am ready!
Matthew 7:25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.
Exodus 15:2 Do not be afraid. Stand firm!
Romans 8:26 The Spirit helps us in our weakness
2 Timothy 1:7 God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self control.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
I have run 570 miles since August 1 in preparation for this marathon. I have done the speed work, suffered through horrible long runs, wanted to quit on myself more times than I can remember, run through pain, and battled past the mind games. I have run in all kinds of weather except snow. I can't imagine what else could happen tomorrow that hasn't occurred in the past five months. Tomorrow in my mind is the kind of easy part of this process.
My focus is to follow my plan. I plan to push when it hurts. I will focus on the mile I am running not the one to come. I will enjoy the journey because I have earned it. I will breathe out weakness and breathe in strength!
8:00am tomorrow the fun begins!!