** I’ve been taking a different approach to our Porn to Purity blog this week. I’m reflecting on my experiences training for and running the Buffalo Marathon in 2003. There are many parallels to being successful in our sexual purity journey.
Perhaps this marathon metaphor will help you think about your purity journey in a different light?
I had run for several years before I started training for a marathon. I had run several 10k races (6.1 miles) and a couple of half marathons (13.1 miles). So I knew a little bit about how my body reacted to big challenges.
But there were a lot of unexpected consequences to preparing for a marathon. I never thought I’d learn all of the places my body could hurt. And I was surprised how long it took me to find the right balance so my body wouldn’t give out.
- My body would quit on me if I didn’t get enough rest.
- My feet would hurt if my shoes were too tight.
- My clothing would cause chaffing if I didn’t dress properly.
- My heart rate would get too high if I ran too fast
- My knees and joints would have problems if I ran too much, too soon.
- My muscles would tighten if I didn’t stretch before hand.
If I pushed myself too hard, too soon, it would actually have a negative effect.
Dave used to be in high school football, His coach’s philosophy of training was to “run as hard as you can, for as long as you can, until you can’t run any more.”
Sounds great for the football player? (it’s not really)
But it’s terrible advice to follow when training for a long race.
Dave and I pushed each other in our training. He pushed me to be a little faster. I pushed him to slow it down and go longer. It was hard for both of us. But it worked for us.
I needed a push. Super Dave needed to slow down.
We both became better runners.
- I had to become a student of my body to train successfully.
- My body was capable of more than I expected.
- I needed someone else around to push me.
- Good marathoners are constantly trying to find the balance between training and rest.
Marathon / Sexual Addiction Posts:
1.0 – Running a Marathon on 5k Legs
2.0 – Training For a Marathon: 3 Essentials That Will Save You
3.0 – Training For a Marathon: Hurting in New Places & Finding Balance
4.0 – Race Day: The Lowest Lows and the Highest Highs