On September 29th, I ran the Bonitas 50km marathon. I had approached the marathon with caution and some fear because for starters, my running partner with whom we have compatibility of soul mates was not going to make it because he had to attend a funeral and as main course, his wife who was also meant to run 21km and transport us back to Pretoria was also not going to be there for the same funeral reason. This then meant I was going into this race not only partnerless but also without transportation arrangements to get me back to Pretoria from Melrose after the race. As if this was not enough, I had been going through an insatiable desire to fast and pray during the week of the marathon, so when the running gurus were talking carbo loading as part of preparation for the marathon, I nodded just to be agreeable and not that I was doing it. As part of my preparation, I had also asked everyone close to me to pray with me, given that this was a very big milestone for me, as the longest I had ran so far was 28km Great Train Race. I woke up during the morning of the 29th September, read Psalm 23, took a bath and off to the starting point at Centurion Gautrain Station; partnerless, with no clue how I was going to come back but had faith that God will provide
I was 5km into the race when I met a guy who had the same running rhythm as my absent running partner as if that was not enough to tell me that he was the one, he also belonged to the same running club as my absent partner. The signs were so clear that I don’t miss them. We had a brief chat and decided that we were going to explore this journey together. It is at this point that a string of Aha moments ensued.
The saying goes whatever you are seeking is seeking you. I found a partner on the day of the race, this partner had the qualities I seek in a running partner and was compatible with me at that time and for that moment. I have learned that it is when we have faith and are not desperate for anything that we receive that which we want. When I got to the finish line, God had already prepared someone who was willing to drop me off at the Sandton Gautrain Station. Lesson affirmed- Have a little faith, you well-being is always assured
Run Your Own Race
Any runner knows how not to compare yourself with other runners and respect other runners. Whether a person seems too old or slightly bigger in architecture than you, you respect the fact that you cannot compete with someone who you have no clue on their training programme and experience in running. You therefore run your own race based solely on you, your abilities, and goals. It is however different with life, we want to compete with our colleagues, friends, neighbours, yet we do not know the details of these people’s lives, their plans, what they have been through, salary ,if they have off-shore investments or even the amount of money they inherited from their parents. We could take a leaf from a runners approach and run our own race and not be lost in our journey because we are competing with others
The Best recipes in life are the ones we make for ourselves
I heard this saying in a movie called No Reservations and what a beautiful statement. In preparing for the 50km marathon, I ran the Pretoria 16km ou pad race, walked the Discovery 15km and ran 10km in the scorching sun on the eve of the race. All of which was deemed under preparation. I had also been fasting in contrast to the revered carbo loading. What a great race I had though, not an ounce of muscle pain. So as we approach life, it is wise to learn and listen to the best practices but its wiser to develop your best practices, be it how to have a great career, loveful marriage/relationship, be a great parent. The best life recipes are truly the ones we make for ourselves.
I am very thankful for the running partner I was afforded on the day, but at 25km mark, I had discovered that he was slightly less unfit as compared to my partner and was not as mentally and physically ready to endure hill running as my partner and I have developed this practise well. Being a believer in people, I tried to motivate him but I realized that I will have to let him go. So it is with life, every situation and person you meet has a specific purpose to serve in your life and vice versa. We however need to be open and flexible and know when it’s time to let go, be it of a job, lover or friend. However as people, we sometimes like to hold on to situations/people that have served their purpose in our lives. We should know that by hoarding people or situations that have served their purpose in our lives, we invite pain, disappointment and anger in our lives.
The Universe knows what is best for you
I had previously flatly refused to buy compression tights, because I could not comprehend how tights could cost a thousand rand plus. However when I went to collect the race pack for the 50km race, there was a strong centripetal force drawing me towards the compression tights, be it fear that I was going to be partnerless or maybe the universe’s knowledge that I actually need them. I bought the tights and the sales gentleman was able to reduce my price from R 1200 to R1050 because, I am not afraid to ask a simple question that most people find diminishing and my question is always, do you not have cheaper ones I can afford. I soon realized that these tights also supports one’s back as you run and I have a back that does get sore from long walks. I am shamefully going to admit that compression tights were amazing, I have no back pain and my muscles are not stiff. We will at times think we know what’s best in our lives but the universe truly knows what will optimize our lives.
I always say of all the secrets to success, I find that God is overlooked, underestimated and not revered enough. I honestly would not have completed this race without God. I prayed in preparation for the race, during the race and after the race. Prayer makes life so much easier. Be a walking prayer as your explore this journey called life
Enjoy the Race
I went into this 50km marathon with strong conviction to enjoy the race; I explored the marathon, one step at a time not even a kilometre at a time. At any given point I was focused on the here and now, not on what I had achieved or still need to achieve, but on the here and now. We miss to enjoy life because we are always chasing destinations, Executive Positions, The Best Car, Marriage, Children, Lots of Money, Doctorate degrees. I am not saying we should not have goals, dreams, but I am saying we should be patient and ensure that our journey to achieving our goals is a pleasant, unrushed one. Take life one breath at a moment and one step at a time.
Be blessed and fear nothing!
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