Running Partner

Jon Stolpe – Facebook Status

Saturday, November 6, 2011

20.87 miles 3 hours 10 minutes 40 seconds. The last 4 or 5 were pretty tough. I definitely could have used a running partner (or FIGILC – Joe will get this). I saw 68 people – 2 whom I knew, 6 deer, and a bunch of dogs. What a beautiful morning for a run on the (entire) Perkiomen Trail!

This was my Facebook status an hour or so after finishing a big run on Saturday morning.  There’s a lot of different things you can pull from the update like the fact that I’m a big numbers guy (who counts people and deer while they’re running?), I must be serious about this running a marathon thing (who runs 20 miles for fun on a Saturday?), or that I was still positive after putting my body through over three hours of pure torture (did you notice how nice it was on Saturday morning?).

But I keep coming back to two sentences in this update.  “The last 4 or 5 (miles) were pretty tough.  I definitely could have used a running partner.”

I guess that would be expected.  After Saturday’s experience and the soreness I’ve been dealing with since, I’m not sure the body was meant to run this long.  For me, Saturday’s run was such a great reminder that we need people in our lives who will “run” the tough miles with us.  Life will not always be easy.  We will face times in our life when we want to give up, when we doubt ourselves, when we feel like we just can’t go on.  These are the times when we need people who can push us, encourage us, and maybe even carry us.

While I didn’t have anyone with me for those last few miles on Saturday, I did have the anticipation of seeing my wife at the finish – that thought definitely helped.  When it comes to the rest of life, I know there are people in my life who will “run” the tough miles with me.  I’ve experienced this.  When my wife and I went through tough times last year, we had family and friends who surrounded us with meals, prayer, and all kinds of support.  I’m so thankful for these “running partners” in my life.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12

How about you?  Do you have any “running partners”?  Who’s got your back?  Who in your life will “run” those tough miles with you?