Running with endurance takes great sacrifice. It is difficult to calculate the sacrifice needed to prepare properly for an Ultra-marathon. Even though I have trained for and ran many races in the past, including marathons, training for and running a 50-mile Ultra-marathon is a whole different story. I knew that it would take a great deal more sacrifice to accomplish it. I would need to make some hard decisions and sacrifice time, energy, comfort, convenience, personal and family activities, and much more. I also knew that it would not only be a sacrifice for me, but also a sacrifice for my family. There will be times when I would need to stick to my training schedule which might be in the way with family plans, particularly during the scheduled Saturday long runs. I tried not to impact my family too much with the training; however, there were many times where it was unavoidable.As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I would not have even begun the training process if I did not gain the support of my wife and family. After they got over the crazy idea of a 50-mile race, they were very supportive of the entire process. When thinking about the sacrifice for this race, I was reminded of the sacrifices needed to be a Christ-follower.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” – Romans 12:1