I ran a half marathon ... What?!?!

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I ran a half marathon ... What?!?!

October 17, 2011

Yes ... I ran the Columbus half marathon over fall break! Let's just say that I was really sore after running 13.1 miles. I am really proud of myself because I would not label myself as a runner. I have always done sports growing up, but straight up running was never for me. In high school for soccer conditioning, I would barely make it through a four-mile run and now look at me. I ran the half marathon in 2 hours and 4 minutes and 53 seconds. My goal was to run it at a 10 minute pace for a finish time at 2 hours and 11 minutes. So I broke my goal by over 6 minutes!!! I am thankful that my dad also ran with me. We would run our long mileage together throughout our training. Throughout the training I realized that you can do a lot more than you think you can do. Many times it is a mental game and that is why I am thankful I ran with my dad because he would distract me and keep me motivated to keep going. I had a few pictures from the half marathon but they did not turned out. I am bummed I cannot show them to you.

I did not just want to tell you about my half marathon but something that is on my heart that relates to my half marathon. Many people have always told me that running could really enhance your spiritual walk but I did not really believe it until I experienced it for myself. Running a half marathon reminded me of how our spiritual walk with Christ is not a sprint but more like a half marathon. It is a slow and steady race that requires faithful training to finish the race well. In our daily walk with Christ we must continue to grow and be disciplined because we are on a journey that requires faithfulness to Christ in order to run well. Just as in it takes faithful running daily to finish a half marathon well. Obviously this analogy has some loopholes but you get what I am trying to say.

I am so thankful that Cedarville has been my home for college. It has taught me many important values and how to pursue Christ faithfully because we are not in a sprint but a marathon. College is a time where there is a lot of growth in maturity physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. I am thankful for such a Christ centered education that has directed me to seeking after Christ and knowing Him more each day and giving me a solid foundation of truth to stand upon. I have gotten distracted many times but I have had friends, faculty, and staff remind me time and time again where my focus should be. Cedarville University truly cares about the condition of your heart and that you are seeking after Christ and using your talents for His glory alone. Our mission for the university is "a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth." I have definitely seen this play out in my own life and I am so thankful for the influence Cedarville has had on me. I know that when I enter into my career I will know how to engage that culture for Christ.

If you are interested in finding out more about Cedarville spiritual atmosphere then check out our Christian ministries site.  Also, if you have never been to Cedarville to experience the environment, I would strongly encourage you to visit and see the campus for yourself! I hope thar you are feeling peace in your college decision process. Cedarville is offering a fee waiver on your application before Nov 1, so Apply today!!! I am so glad that I took that step 4 years ago, and I know you will be too!