Monday, March 16, 2009

The Best Laid Plans

And that was good.

It was a slow death. I decided to train for a marathon. A group from church was doing the Houston HP, and it seemed like the perfect diversion from my sulking self-absorption. I paid the entry fee and immediately increased my mileage.

Four and six miles morphed into eight, ten, and fifteen miles. Sometimes my runs were so long it felt like the seasons changed from the beginning to the end. I trudged forward like a soldier because it wasn’t just about running, but creating my place in our new life. It gave me value, friends, an identity.

I completed a twenty-miler, our longest pre-race distance, two weeks before that chilly afternoon in January. I stopped by my trail after work for a quick eight. The temp dropped during the day, and all I had with me was shorts. I thought about skipping to bundle up with a latte, but it mattered too much to me. I changed clothes and set out. My legs never got warm. When I finished, they were red and splotchy, tight, and a searing pain shot down my right thigh.

Everything rational told me to rest, but I didn’t. The next Saturday I was back on the trail with a group from church, limp-running to keep up. A dull burn in my leg heated into a raging fire until I couldn’t force another step. I sat down on my butt in the middle of the path and cried.

All the training. All the time. All the plans.

But no marathon.


  1. I'm sorry. I can't imagine all the work for a full marathon. I have no words for comfort, but I am sorry.

  2. Ahhh..the raging fire...know that sensation all too well. But, that pain has a purpose in my life... To continue to strip down my pride until I have nothing that steps in as an idol in my heart! Running, who knew??

  3. Ah at least you had the journey of training, sometimes i like that better then the actual race day.

  4. You. Are. Kidding. Me. I would have been so mad. Wish I had some thing filled with wisdom to say, but that would imply I have lots of wisdom. ha ha!