Marathon or Sprint: Which one to chose?

Life is a marathon.  It’s of course not a sprint.  Should we look at life as a marathon or sprint?  A marathon by definition is a contest of endurance.  An activity that requires prolonged effort or endurance.  It’s an undertaking.  It’s laborious.  The definition is exactly what we think of when someone says marathon.  But I’m not talking about running a marathon, but metaphorically describing how we live our lives.  As some of you may know, when you’re training for any sort of long distance race, such as a marathon, or triathlon, you don’t jump into the race itself.  Your training starts out slow with short distance running.  I’m not a long distance runner or anything, and actually hate it, but it’s just like fitness training.  There’s a systematic, tiered system in which one travels through to be the most advantageous.  If the pre-training is too fast, muscle strain and fatigue may result in burnout.  With that, motivation and self-doubt begins takes over, creating a “I have to” mentality, rather than a “I want to” mindset.  It’s the same with how we live each day.  Do we “have to” serve others every day because we’re contractually obligated or do we “want to” serve others because we sincerely care?  Remember, life is a marathon.  It takes work.  It takes regular amount of patience, hard work, and dedication.  But, as much as we know life is precious, we must not look at life as a sprint.  Especially when you find yourself in a relationship with a new person or to rekindle an old relationship.  Take your time.  Embrace the timely manner in which you get to know someone.  Cherish the experiences, the novelty of getting to know someone.  Time is worthless if you don’t embrace it in the present.  Treasure the slow, thorough process of getting to know someone.  Our relationship with God isn’t quick.  It isn’t a sprint.  The marathon may be exhaustive, but the benefits will be infinite in His name.


About jthealthyfit I am passionate about health/wellness, nutrition, sports and most importantly, my relationship with God. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. I am a corporate wellness coordinator and personal trainer in Columbus, OH. Please email me for personal training rates at I'm excited to be working with you, God Bless! View all posts by jthealthyfit

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