Lessons from Marathon Training

Lessons from Marathon Training

Nov 16, 2010


For the last two months I have been in the process for training for the Memorial Marathon that is going to be held on May 1, 2011.  I am 3o years old and 30 pounds over weight and have never ran a day in my life.  So when the crazy idea of running a marathon popped in my head, I begin to ask advice from people that have previously ran a marathon.

The #1 piece of advice that every runner has offered me has been: STAY HYDRATED.

One runner even went as far as to say this, if you wait till your thirsty you have waited too late.  Being hydrated for a run starts long before you even start running.  The proper hydration is key to maintaining long distance runs.  This piece of advice is also a fundamental in leadership.  As ministers it’s easy to get busy running the race before us and forgetting key principles to help us survive the

long hall of ministry; leaders must stay hydrated.  I know this sounds simple but I know that it is even something that I found myself struggling with.  At times I let busyness get in the way of constant prayer and bible reading.  These are always the times that my to do list never gets done, stress builds high, and ministry feels frustrating.  One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to schedule daily time for spiritual hydration (prayer, bible reading, etc.)  Never allow yourself to believe that you are too busy to take time to pray and read your bible.  Because ministry is a lot like a run, if you wait till your thirsty you have waited too late.

Psalm 1:2-3

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

One comment

  1. Staying hydrated is crucial for a successful marathon. Your body will shut down quickly if it is not.

    I’d say your right…the same is true for ministry.

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