** Today I’m continuing to reflect on the marathon I ran in 2003. There are obvious applications to our sexual purity journey and sexual addiction recovery. I’ll leave them to you to make the connection.
Yesterday’s Blog: “Running a Marathon on 5k Legs”
DISCIPLINE AND SACRIFICE
How can a busy person who works 40 hours a week train for a marathon?
It’s not so bad for the guy running the 5k race. A few sessions in the gym each week for a couple of weeks. A little more time on the tread mill and your there.
Not so with the marathon! Marathon training require structure, discipline, accountability, and structure. I had to be very intentional in my training.
- I had to have my goal in mind.
- I had to start training several months back in order to build up my running.
- I often went to the gym early in the morning.
- I gave up my Saturday mornings to go on my long runs.
- My family had to be supportive of me and my being out for a run.
- I would sometimes run with a group of buddies.
- My body would often be sore.
- I would have to eat right.
- I would often be tired after my long runs and have to rest.
- I would have to go to be early to get the rest I needed.
Running a marathon is a great goal to have, but the personal sacrifice to get there is tremendous! The discipline required is way more than I’m used to.
If I didn’t eat the right things it would affect me in my training. I was very aware of my body and how I responded to food.
I also had to learn to eat on the run. When you’re running for a long distance your body can’t produce enough fuel. So I had to learn to eat before I got hungry and drink before I got thirsty so I could continue.
- A big goal keeps me focused as I’m training for the marathon.
- Marathon runners have to sacrifice a lot.
- Marathon runners need discipline and structure.
- Others around me might have to sacrifice to help me achieve my goal.
- Marathon runners learn the value of rest and fueling the body.
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