Posted by: Chuck Farley | January 31, 2008

Day 23 & 24

 Day 23 – Rest & Day 24 5 Miles – Guess what guys, we are running a marathon.  In our official training we have run about 70 miles. Only about 350 mile left to the finish line.  After 5 miles this morning I was tired.  My body is beginning to ache.  I felt like I was running in slow motion through most of the run.   It is only one more mile than I ran last Wednesday, but it felt like more.  Is this what this going to be like for the next 13 weeks?  Great!

Actually, this is exactly what I signed up for.  Like Taylor says, if it was easy, everyone would do it.  We are pushing through some pain for a no apparent reward.  I have seen guys endure long hours and time away from family to push out  projects, pass exams, perform critical maintenance, and train and prepare for battle.  We are running for children that endure pain every day and doctors that labor to take away that pain.  What is a little ache in my hip or or throbbing legs in comparison to some of the real trials endured in life?  In the end, there is a hope and a plan for each of us and if we endure, we are sure to be renewed at the end of the race.

28 Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,  the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  30 Even youths grow tired and weary,  and young men stumble and fall;

 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint.  (Isaiah 40:28-31)

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