Rising up to challenges, speaking positively to ourselves and drawing on strength of God allow us to make the climb. As this climb began, I knew I had committed to 6 miles and a 1700 ft elevation gain. All that meant to me was it was about twice the elevation gain we had climbed in the spring. While that was hard, I thought I could handle a little more. A little more is the key phrase.
I looked up and pointed to the brown peak above when my husband said that’s where we are going. I replied that no we are not. That’s too high. I’ll never make it that far. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t know that it was actually our destination.
The first mile the elevation change was gradual. The path was wide and well maintained. Then it changed. It became rocky and steep with switchbacks. My body was working hard, taking breaks as needed and drinking my water. Then the rain came, but we were prepared. We pulled out the rain gear and kept going. Hubby was patient with his short legged wife who kept slowing down.
As my body wanted to stop, I started hearing my coach @flynn.Kayla and super trainer @autumncalabrese in my head spurring me on. I had been training for this. I knew my body could do more than I thought. At some point, that was not enough. My body started to fail. I was getting light headed. I was also determined not to quit.
We stopped the climb so I could eat an apple and take a longer break. Ready to tackle the final push to the end, it was time to bring out the big guy. I asked Jesus to help me get to the overlook, and visualized Him walking with me. With legs and lungs burning and this scripture going through my head, we made it to the top. I was literally repeating, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. (Philippians 4:11-14 NIV)
The rain had stopped. The sun was streaking through the clouds. I was exhausted and proud of my perseverance. Challenging myself physically has strengthened me mentally and spiritually. I didn’t see that coming.
What do you do when you are facing a climb? How do you persevere? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.