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I ran well! I persevered! I ran for God! I finished!

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I ran the race. I persevered. I finished well!

It is officially over. Unfortunately, I am not writing as a Boston Qualifier but as a sub 4 hour finisher. My official time was 3:51:51! I had to have a 3:50:59! It was so close it hurt! It hurt real bad. 52 seconds! I could taste it. But, today it was not meant to be.

Our family has a verse we live by: Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Today was the Lord’s day. I ran for Him. So, this is where I am supposed to be.

Now granted, it took me all day to get here. I had wonderful encouraging conversations with my mom, dad and sister, tons of ‘make me smile’ texts and many encouraging Facebook posts. All of these things helped me see what I couldn’t.

I ran well!
I finished!
I ran a sub 4 hour marathon at age 42!
I bettered my personal best by 41 minutes with only 7 weeks of training.
I have an amazing support system of family and friends!
I have an incredible husband who encouraged me at mile 13 and had me crying tears of joy! Once I crossed the finish line unsuccessful he surrounded me with a hug filled with comfort and love.
God provided him an angel named Marnie to help him find his way. Thanks, Marnie!

What more could I want? 😉 A Boston qualifying time. But, this is just one step(of many taken today) toward that goal. God’s glory is more important than my BQ. He will use this and has already to get me there. He just thought I needed two more mailboxes instead of one. 😉

Prayers were felt every step of the way! I tried my best! It was hard! But today, I ran 11 more miles than I have run in over 5 years and God carried me on His wings because my legs were done at 18. Your prayers are what got me through! Thank you!

Today is over. It was almost a perfect day! It was a perfect day! Sea World post marathon, In and Out Burger for dinner and chocolate covered strawberries from my sis and nieces for dessert!

I ran blessed the race set before me. He will be with me as the journey continues. Thanks for joining 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. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

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Final words….

This time tomorrow it will be done. The hard work will have paid off. I visualize the celebration at the end with Mike, my number one fan. He will wrap me up in a hug so tight I will feel everyone who has gotten me to this point. Friends, family, new friends and God, first and foremost! Thanks to each of you! As my new said it best with scripture:

Proverbs 27:17…Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

I have had a wonderful trainer sharpening my skills. I have had wonderful friends sharpening my attitude. I have had wonderful family sharpening my emotions. I have a wonderful husband who continues to sharpen my thoughts about finishing this goal and has supported me EVERY step of the way. And finally, I have the Lord sharpening me by continuing to show up every running step of the way.

What more could I ask for? Nothing! Tomorrow, I run for God. My specific goal is to qualify for Boston. But my true desire is to run well the course set before me and glorify Him who has given me the strength and desire.

Hebrews 12:1 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.

To God be the Glory! Running blessed and for Him tomorrow!

Next post will be done by a Boston qualifier!
Trish

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21 hours and counting!

The Lord is my strength! The Lord is my guide! In Him I will reside! As I wait and as I anticipate, I will remember He won’t be late. My run tomorrow will be for Him. I will sing His praises once again. Thank you Lord for allowing me to run for you and use your talents to give glory to all you do!

I am ready! Thanks for all the prayers! Lord you alone are the reason this is possible! Here I go!

I am feeling great. So many people have humbled me be praying for and supporting me! I am so looking to forward to see Him shine. 🙂

More tonight…..

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Mental preparation!

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Mental preparation!

Today I found 26 scriptures to go with each mile of the marathon. They are all perfectly placed to give me encouragement all the way. I will post them tomorrow when I am on my computer…much easier than phone. 🙂 The Lord is holding me upright and carrying me through until the end.

Currently I am surrounded by His beauty in Florida. Friday it will be California. The beach is so calming and peaceful. I feel His presence in the wind. This is the wind which will allow me to soar like an eagle to His finish for His Glory!

Physically I feel good. My taper runs have been good despite the heat and humidity of the Florida beach. So I am ready for the cool breeze in San Diego. Real ready!

Mentally I am ready too. God is proving Himself daily. He is showing me that I am His creation. He has given me this talent. So I am going to use my mind, body and spirit to glorify Him!!

I am ready! Ready to Run For God!

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