It is said that it is not the destination but the journey that matters and I think my reluctance to write a final post for my canrunwillrun blog is because the journey has been so amazing that I don’t want it end.
Officially, my destination was the finish line of the London Marathon 2016, which I crossed after 4 hours, 25 minutes and 30 seconds of running through London to music, cheers, chants and other wonders.
However, there were other ends to the journey, like doing my last ‘long run’ a few weeks before and then afterwards discovering that the £4,625.72 raised on my justgiving page for Bowel and Cancer Research is contributing to the incredible sum of £75,000 total raised that will be used to fund a PHD student for all three years, who will be trying to find a cure for Bowel Cancer.
The journey, though, has been so fulfilling and encouraging it almost dwarfs the results.
I learned that my body is amazing and can run non-stop for almost 4.5 hours without stopping (not even for a ‘comfort break’…yes, really!).
I learned that I can set a goal, work towards it and complete it, without giving up when it gets tough (maybe that’s a lesson I should have learned along time ago – but there you go!).
I learned that I have amazingly generous friends and family, not just very giving with their finances but also with their time, energy, encouragement and love.
I learned that my husband and children are far more patient than I think I would be, letting me disappear for hours on end and listening to me going on and on about nutrition, training, my goals and other (what I thought were) interesting snippets of information I gleaned about marathon running.
I learned that God really is always with me and is interested in everything I do – He really is! On the morning of the race, He gave me the wonderful scripture:
‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak’ (Isaiah 40:29)
It’s Him who made the whole thing possible in the first place and it was Him I prayed to in those difficult last few miles, quoting the scripture right back at Him!
This amazing adventure, this incredible journey is over now…and I feel a little sad but also extremely grateful. I could run and I did run the London Marathon 2016!
Thank you for coming along with me and may God bless you in all your individual journeys now and in those adventures you have to come.
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