As I crossed the Chevron Houston Marathon finish line, I couldn’t have felt more blessed to have completed my second marathon.
I didn’t quite know what my finish time was only that I had made the “Guaranteed Entry” time for the Bank of America Chicago 2021 Marathon. I called my husband a few short minutes after crossing and said, “We’re going to Chicago!”
The Chicago Marathon was my plan B. My plan A was Boston.
God’s plan A was apparently different than mine.
When I saw my finish time of 3:35:41, it was a hard pill to swallow. To qualify for Boston, I needed to run a 3:35:00 marathon, the 41 seconds is what stands between me and becoming a Boston Qualifier. Those seconds are my current mountain.
Even though Boston takes the faster runners, and I wouldn’t have made it in, I still could have said I got my first BQ!
I snapped some photos with a big smile on my face, as I was still trying to gain consciousness from the last 10k of the race.
I headed to grab my finisher gear and then went straight to see my family. I first saw my parents waiting for me with a sign that they made. My mom held back tears as mine started to come.
Next, I saw my best friend and her mom. Her dad was running too, and it was his 5th year to participate! The day before the race, her dad walked with my husband, son and I around the expo and drove us around the 26.2-mile course. He wanted to make sure I was fully prepared for the race! I like to geek out with her dad about running. It was SO MUCH fun to have them all a part of this journey.
Lastly, my husband, kids, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, niece, and nephew showed up! I had no idea they had met up with my husband to surprise me!!
To have all these people surround me after the marathon was a piece of Heaven. Words cannot express how blessed I felt at that present moment.
Accepting God’s Plan A
Later that afternoon I talked to my coach and had a great conversation with her about how I obtained a New Personal Record! I shaved twelve minutes off my previous marathon of 3:47:46!
Once we got off the phone, the tears started coming. It was at that point I allowed myself to grieve the loss of my plan A. The morning before the race, in my prayer journal I wrote
“God if it is your plan, I hope I can reach plan A, I surrender this run to you.”
Surrender being the keyword.
To be honest, was I truthfully surrendering to God because it’s been a struggle that I didn’t get MY plan A?
When messaging a friend, God spoke this to me:
“My Plan A was your Plan B.”
I know this is true. I am still struggling as I look at the mountain between me and the Boston Qualifying time, but I know God has a plan and I am going to trust in it.
My word for 2020 is Surrender, I need to live it out and not just say it.
As I move forward, I am picking up the pieces, and will continue to run for the stars with God by my side.
Boston – I am not giving up on you yet! It just might not be until 2022 when we meet!
- How have you handled it when your Plan B was God’s Plan A?
- What is your focus for 2020? How are you living it out?