Go the Distance

I am a huge fan of the Rocky movies and use them to keep me motivated. One of my favorite scenes came in the original Rocky, when after visiting the arena where he was going to fight Apollo Creed, Rocky goes back to his apartment and tells Adrian that “he can’t win, but all he wants to do is go the distance.”
It is a common practice in the running world to do a “shake out” run a couple days before a race. For example, if you are going to run a marathon, a couple days before you go for a 3-mile slow run just to keep everything loose and to get the “eye of the tigers” mentality going. I have done this before, and it works!

In two days, I am attempting a type of race that I did not even know existed until a couple years ago—I am going to run up the tallest building in Kansas City—42 floors, 902 steps. I just completed my “shake out” for this run this which consisted of 15 minutes sprinting up a steep hill. My mind wandered to Sunday and that tall building. Am I ready? Did I do enough training? Was it the right training?

The answer to all these questions is “we will find out Sunday morning!” I have trained and as I reflected on this journey I smiled when I thought about the makeshift workouts I had in the early morning hours while staying in the home of some wonderful friends in Cuba—that’s something Rocky would do!

My bottom line for this race is I just want to go the distance I want to stand on the 42nd floor of One Kansas City Place . The race director sent a message about the details of the race and one of them states that floors 11, 24, 32, and 39 are “early release floors if you cannot make it to the top”. I am happy those safeguards are in there…but I am going the distance!

More importantly than this race I am striving to “go the distance” for Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” The eternal, spiritual race is so much more important than a run up a building and some day each of us will be held accountable as to our answer and our actions.

I encourage you to look deep into the fight and the course you are running.

I have dedicated the run up the building to the men and women who run into buildings the rest of us are running out of—our firefighters. If you would like to contribute, please go to this site and remember there is no amount to small.

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