An official marathon is 26.2 miles long. Eliud Kipchoge is considered one of the best marathon runners in the world. He holds the world record for covering the 26 mile trek in a mere 2:01:39 (4:38 mile pace). Truly astounding.
This past October, Eluid made headlines for doing what many believed was impossible—a sub 2 hour marathon (1:59:40 / 4:34 pace)! As amazing as the time is, it won’t be recognized in the record books and Eluid totally understands why. He used Pace Setters.
Pace Setters help push a runner. Their purpose is to run at a high pace for a short amount of time to help the runner stay on record time. To accomplish this feat, Eluid had a team of 35 runners who took turns running with him as well as a car set on cruise control, keeping him on perfect pace. This allowed him to trim 4 seconds per mile off his previous best time, thus breaking the 2 hour threshold.
When reading about Eluid, I was touched by his mindset. He knew his time would not be a world record but wanted to show that the 2 hour mark could be broken. Eluid believes that working as a team, runners can excel beyond what was commonly thought. “Together, when we run, we can make this world a beautiful world,” he said after finishing.
This Sunday we will be starting a series on the book of John. I have said many times that if there was just one book in the Bible to read, that book would be John. He provides beautiful insight into the life of Jesus, His priceless interactions with others, His power and miracles, all leading to His Crucifixion and Resurrection.
I truly believe that when God’s People study His Word, He pours into them! 2020 could be the year when God becomes your Pace Setter, helping you through the highs and lows that lie ahead.
Let’s run together!
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3: 13 – 14