I can’t believe I’m only three weeks away from my half-marathon. I really need to get another long run in this week – as in 10 miles. I didn’t run while we were in New York nor this past weekend, and now my deadline is creeping up on me. My longest run has been 8 miles during training the past few months. There will be an extra 5.1 added to that on race day. Girlfriends, please pray I can run the whole thing before they end the race and kick me off the road.
I was asking myself again why I’m doing this (as I strained my muscles into obedience while jogging up a hill last week). God reminded me that I didn’t set out with the goal to run the half-marathon. I set out with the goal to do something my husband really wanted me to do with him. I wasn’t sure I could even run 2 miles, much less 5 and then 8 and now 13. But all JJ wanted me to do was try because he wanted us to have something to do together – other than laundry, kids, bills and school projects – with a little romance thrown in once and a while!
We used to run together when we first got married but stopped once we had kids. Although it’s been hard and taken LOTS of time out of my days that I didn’t really have, it’s been worth it because we’ve grown so much closer. We’ve spent much more time together the past several months than we had in a while. All because we had a common purpose – a goal we were running towards together.
Even on days like I described in yesterday’s post, when our relationship is a bit tense, we have a reason to put that aside because it’s time to run. We measured a new running course Sunday night near our house while we were still in the midst of processing our honor/dishonor issues. I was grateful we had something to pull our hearts and pride out of that yucky place.
Do you and your husband have a goal that you are running toward together? It doesn’t have to be a half-marathon! Maybe it is spending 15 minutes a day just talking, or going for a walk. It could be renting a movie and laughing together once a month. Maybe it’s getting a budget so you start drinking instant coffee at home and now have a reason to sit down in the morning. Or maybe it’s learning to dance or joining a bowling team.
I’d love to hear how you, or someone you know, have come up with a common goal to run towards with your man. Or is there something you want to do that will bring you together? We could all start praying with you for it! If you are not married, what is your picture of together time with the man of your dreams?