2018 is rapidly approaching and I couldn’t help musing about my top two goals for the new year. I spent some time journaling about it and would love to share. 

I’ve heard it said, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

This has been said to me so many times that I’ve lost count.  I thought I knew what it meant then but it’s not until now that it is making more sense.

You see, I’m going to run my first marathon in 2018.

I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would finish a marathon before I turned 40. I am just 14 months away from turning 40.

Running a marathon has been on my bucket list for probably 20 years already. I can’t really explain exactly WHY I want to cross that finish line. I just know that there is something deep inside me that says I will always have unfinished business if I don’t run a marathon. I think God has some work to do with me while I’m training.

Could it be that it is more about the training than the finishing? Click To Tweet

So, I have signed up for a marathon to be run in November 2018. That gives me a year to build a base and then ramp up mileage.

Running long distance requires great discipline and focus.

It means putting in the miles when the weather is perfect and when the weather sucks (i.e. cold and wet or hot and humid).

It means getting out of my comfort zone.

It means growing grit and not running away from discomfort.

It means early mornings or late nights of just getting the time on my feet.

It means always coming back even when it hurts. 

It means sucking it up when I just don’t feel like running.

It means my head clearing as soon as I start moving and then learning something new about myself by the end.

It means creating a mental place where I can be lost in my thoughts and work through it all.

Being a marathon runner means that I CAN do this and all my excuses can be damned to Hell where they belong.

It is a perfect pairing that 2018 is also the year that I am diving head first into WRITING.

The parallels between running and writing are astounding. Click To Tweet


Being a writer means putting in the time at the computer pounding the words out.

Being a writer means early mornings and late nights.

Being a writer means embracing the discomfort.

Being a writer means putting in the time so that I can reach word count goals.

Being a writer means working hard for a finish line that I can’t even see yet but knowing that it is there.

Being a writer means working towards that finish line knowing full well that it isn’t really a finish line after all. It is merely a stepping stone to achieving bigger and greater things.

Being a writer means being comfortable with mining through my soul and giving voice to my deepest thoughts and feelings.

Being a writer means opening myself up to what God wants to do while I’m “out there.”

Being a writer gives me an outlet for all the thoughts I have while I’m outside chasing after that marathon. (And Lord knows, there are plenty).

Being a writer means going after goals even when it sucks and hurts.

Being a writer means leaning in when it’s hard instead of giving in to comfort.

Being a writer means I am growing major Grit.

Being a writer means that I CAN do this and all my excuses can be damned to Hell where they belong.




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6 comments on “Journal Entry: Writing And Running A Marathon”

  1. Hey Sarah, I found you in the Christian Women Blogger Unite group! I got really excited when I saw the title of your post because running and writing are both things I really love…at least in theory. 🙂

    It’s so cool and motivating to hear that you’re not discouraged by excuses, difficulty, or the time it takes to accomplish something. Also, I really love the idea of writing journal entries for a blog.

    • WELCOME!!!! I am so happy to find a kindred spirit.

      As I write this I am about to close up my laptop and go for my afternoon run. And let me say, I really REALLY don’t want to go because it is cold and gloomy out there right now. But, I’ll go and I will most likely feel better after I’m done. 🙂

      Keep up the good work…..writing and running!!!!

  2. You are so right about the connections between running and writing. I trained for a 5K this year and like you said, there were times I didn’t feel like training. But similar to writing, you know it will make you better. Praying this year is fruitful in your goals!

    • I so appreciate your prayers!! Whoo!! This is going to be a tough, but FRUITFUL year!!! I am claiming it!!!

      Keep up the good work…in running AND writing!!! 🙂

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