Wild Goose Chase


Today (Saturday, Aug. 2) I ran a race called “The Wild Goose Chase”.  This is a 18.6 mile (30K) race that goes around Lac Qui Parle Lake near my hometown of Dawson.  Before this race my longest run was 12 miles so I knew this was going to be a huge test for me.  Up until the 15 mile mark I was doing fine, but at the 15 mile mark I hit what is called “the wall”.  Basically there was a lot of walking during the final 3.6 miles,  but I did finish hard.  But more importantly…I FINISHED.  My goal was to finish in under 3 hours.  My time was 3:00:21.  Missed by that much…21 seconds.  Oh well…I FINISHED.

The Twin Cities Marathon is two months away and I still have a lot of work to do, but I do feel encouraged.  I have an idea of what I am going to face in Oct.  Overcoming “the wall” is very much psychological so now I have some experience to draw from.  What got me through “the wall” today?  The mere fact that I would always regret not finishing.  I am hoping that motivation will get me through the Twin Cities Marathon in October.  And…there has to be a sermon illustration in here some place.

So now I sit here feeling very good about myself; nursing some sore muscles.  But when asked by my wife if I am glad I ran this race…my answer is “Yes”.  Sore muscles will heal and I will be back running on Monday morning looking forward to my next race (10K — 6.2 mile) in September.

With that I continue with my vacation so I will be back with you next week.  Take care and God bless.


9 thoughts on “Wild Goose Chase

  1. Nice Work! You have hit on two important keys to your marathon attempt. The wall is mostly mental (easy to say, hard to push through) and the ultimate goal is finishing. There is a very small minority of our population that can finish running 30K, and an even smaller segment who will ever finish a marathon. Keep up the good work!

  2. heartofapastor

    Thanks Brad…I appreciate the encouragement. Part of me was pretty nervous when I hit the wall earlier than I wanted. But I am hoping this experience will help me in Oct.

    Thanks again.

  3. heartofapastor

    The Twin Cities marathon is Sunday, October 5 at 8:00am. There is a way to track my progress online which I will share with people here when we get closer to the time.

  4. Julie Schulz

    I am excited to see you run your marathon and know you will do a great job. On another note, I am writing to encourage people to do something nice for someone else today, even a total stranger. I was at the drive thru at McDonald’s ordering my breakfast. When I arrived at the window to pay, the cashier said it was paid for and gave me a note. The car in front of me paid for my order and this made my day. They heard about this while listening to a radio station (KTIS, 98.5). I went to the website and it is a christian station and very nice. Make someone’s day today.

  5. heartofapastor

    Wow…that is neat. There is a person in Sioux Falls that does that sort of thing at Starbucks; paying for the coffee for the car behind him.

    Also…KTIS is a good station. It is the one I always listened to when I was in seminary.

    I am glad you are excited for my marathon. I will need all the encouragement I can get.

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