Running the Race


I have a son who runs marathons. I am very sure he did not inherit that skill from me and his father doesn’t claim it either. He must be a throwback to some ancestor who did not look at running as a chore. To be honest, the only time my husband and I run is when we are chasing a critter who has escaped. (Fortunately those days are mostly in the past!)

You should also know that it is pretty hard to run and mutter under your breath (about the escaped critter) at the same time. Truthfully it is hard to breathe when running (at least for me). Breathing becomes more of an action like say……sucking wind.

Anyway…..this son has now signed up for a race in July called the Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run. This is like running 50 miles!  I am not sure if I should be impressed or wonder about his sanity.

When he posted this on Facebook I had a niece who was incredulous and asked: “You’re going to run 50 miles? All at once? You’re nuts!”
Son’s response: “No no…..that’s crazy. It’s more like 50 one-mile runs… after the other.”
(He may or may not have gotten his somewhat twisted sense of humor from me…..but I am not totally sure I should admit to that.)

I am not sure what it all takes to train for that type of a road race. I have a feeling the training for both life and a marathon race might be somewhat the same.I do know that running the race of life requires great dedication and perseverance.

We need people to hold us accountable in our training….to make sure that we are indeed training. For me that is people who ask how my spiritual walk is going. It is a blessing when they really want an honest answer and are honest, without judgement, in return.

I also know that to run the life race we need those who will encourage us when the road gets rough and seems all uphill. We need those same people when our feet begin to blister and our lungs are burning like fire and it seems we cannot go one more step.

I believe God puts those people in our paths for just those times. He puts them there to cheer us on, to be a witness to the path that we have been given in this life….to share in our joys, pick us up and dust us off when we fall, and to make sure we stay on the trail and reach the finish line.

I know I will not be running a marathon like my son does. He does, however, inspire me to run the race of life with perseverance. He gives me a great example of the dedication it takes to stick with it. When I cheer him on at a race, it is a great visual of the crowd of witnesses that surround us and cheer us on in this race of life.

It is a blessing this thing called life. The people we encounter and those who inspire us are blessings upon blessings.  The seen and the unseen crowd of witnesses who cheer us on.

since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith,
let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Hebrew 12:1
New Living Translation

51 thoughts on “Running the Race

  1. Ame says:

    “”You’re going to run 50 miles? All at once? You’re nuts!”
    Son’s response: “No no…..that’s crazy. It’s more like 50 one-mile runs… after the other.””

    awesomeness right there! much to be proud of if he takes after you 🙂

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I am having a difficult time even sitting at my desk at this moment…I also think that I would get out of breath walking around the block at this moment! I spent too much time walking around Walmart today! However…50 MILES? I cannot even fathom such a task. I admire his obvious dedication and focus! Someone, somewhere put the thought into his mind that with effort…he could overcome any obstacle. I think that the “someone” is you and another “someone” is your husband. Without your guidance, he might not have even begun to think about running long distances! So…congratulations to you two!

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Our children also ran cross country at one time or another. We were at every race and I was in total awe about just running far enough for cross county! Our daughter likes to run…in fact she likes most every sport, but I can’t imagine that she would ever want to run a marathon! They both ran track on a city summer program…Justin went to state in El Paso and the trip was lots of fun…but the races were incredibly competitive! Those kids were “in it to win it” for sure. Ha! Justin just wasn’t into it that much! I think it was 102 degrees in the shade!! That is a great goal to run a marathon in each state! Maybe you two can follow him to some of the races…like in Hawaii or Alaska! Tell your husband that there are lots of interesting “Pete the Pirate” type stores in both states!

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  3. susieshy45 says:

    Congratulations to your son for attempting what is probably “impossible” to many of us- even to think of but that is our God working in him telling him, he can do it, if he wants to.
    I love the metaphor with life that you used. All races are easy if there is someone to cheer us on. Even life journeys are easy when we have a partner. I used to wonder about the need of getting married ( I still do sometimes) but at times of sanity, I can understand that our partner stands by us and sits with us and holds us wherever we are in the race- and so partnership is essential. I guess it can be extrapolated to the heavenly partnership we have with God and how it keeps us accountable and motivated at the same time.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You made me laugh when you said you still wonder about the married part :). I have been married 36 years and there are times……I talked to my folks who have been married 62 years and they said the same thing! It is probably good that our spouses can still surprise us…..maybe


  4. George says:

    Terrific analogy here and I love he story and humor your son has. I have never been able to run for distance but I admire those who do. It takes great discipline and dedication. God bless him😊

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  5. Anne Mehrling says:

    To me, one of the most beautiful parts of this post is your admiration of your son.

    As to going 50 miles, I’d like to know how long it would take to rack up that distance in the aisles of Walmart going at an average shopping rate. Wouldn’t that be a practical life number?

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  6. peggyjoan42 says:

    Great post Faye. I try hard to run the spiritual race daily. I am determined this year that I will read my Bible every single day of 2017. So far on day 17 I am on track. As for a physical race – not me – don’t want to pass out from lack of air. Lol Have chased many critters in my life also.

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  7. Al says:

    Beautiful analogy. Still, though, kudos to your son. As a former runner, I know what devotion that takes. Is it going to be in Leadville, Colorado? That’s the highest incorporated city in the country.

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  8. whitneyibeblog says:

    While reading this I thought this was all about the Olympic games and so I was looking forward to seeing him with his gold medal but smiled when I saw this was a unique way of getting readers to stay glued to the page while you tell them about the spiritual race that the price is “eternal life”. I love the way you related the story Ma’am,it’s remarkable. You just reminded me that it’s time to run the heavenly race diligently and tirelessly. Maybe I will start considering the physical one too!. Smiles….. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.

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