I ran the London Marathon…

…no, not this year, but 36,500 others did today here in the great city. Its an amazing event passing many of Londons famous landmarks – I guess its the greatest marathon in the world!  I did run it twice a few years ago, and nearly died both times…though I do look a lot younger in the photo for it!wolfi-marathon-cropped.jpg          I didn’t struggle in the marathon because I’m a lazy-couch-potato-unfit-slob, but more because my preparation was all wrong, more suited to what used to be my own personal running specialities: The mile, 1500m, and the 800m. Obviously that didn’t work too well, and both times I ran out of steam and suffered badly through the latter part of the marathon.  I can learn some valuable life lessons from my marathon experiences:

  1. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  I want to life to make it through to the end victoriously…
  2. Some new challenges in life require change. I can’t just keep “doing what I’ve always done the way I did it.” If I don’t change anything, nothing will change, and I wont succeed at the new challenge… 
  3. A coach who specialises in marathon running would have helped greatly. I need to find the right people to help me succeed in life…
  4. I am actually more a middle distance track runner than a long distance slogger. I am better at some things than others. Accept it. Stay in your lane. Be good at what you’re good at, and applaud those who are good at the other stuff.

I’m not sure if I’ll attempt the marthon again, but I am certainly committed to “running life to win.” Like the apostle Paul, I want to say at the end: “I have run the race. I have kept the faith.” Anyone for a run?

By the way, my two marathon times were 3:40 & 3:58, and my PB’s (Personal bests) for  800m were – 1:49.9; 1500m – 3:45; the Mile: 3:58 – yes, thats sub-four…but it was half a life-time ago!  Has anyone reading beat those times, or other PB’s from days gone by?  Keep running to win…

6 thoughts on “I ran the London Marathon…

  1. Pingback: It's Marathon Time « Life Encounters

  2. Pravesh Chetty

    Great blog Wolfi. I read Ps. Steve’s and its great to know that I can now read yours. Will certainly be looking out for more in the future.


  3. Geoff

    Wow a sub 4 minute mile! Thats really shifting….my pb for the marathon is 3:12 as a human and 4:37 as a Camel 🙂

    There is nothing quite like the London Marathon, for one day in your life you have a million people cheering you on. I think everyone should have at least one shot at it.

    Super blog Wolfi, keep it up (we are reading!)

  4. Thanks for this post….I like the thought that sometimes our failure is not just a matter of laziness but of wrong taining because we focused on what we were used to. thank you for blogging. Just want you to know that my family and I ddeply respect you and Allie and look forward to many years of working with you.

    In the meantime may i interest you in a post about rockers and pastors that will hopefully give you a break for the busy-ness of pastoral work: http://joeybonifacio.multiply.com/journal/item/160

  5. weckleben

    Congratulations Joey on your 50th Birthday – you always have so much energy that I think I’m the older one (but for the record, I’ve got a LONG way to go!). Looking forwardward to many years of great friendship and partnership with you. Wolfi

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