Marsha Middleton completed her first ever half-marathon in Kansas City on October 15th. As the CEO of Alliance for Life Missouri, Marsha works to unite pro-life efforts in the state of Missouri and to support Pregnancy Centers through awareness, training and more. Marathons for Moms was excited to receive the following reflection from Marsha:
I will share with you how I even came to the place of attempting to do this marathon. Tim, I don’t know if you remember we had a conversation early on back in June as I was trying to figure out how this entire Marathon for Moms process would work as I was planning on recruiting runners. You suggested that I go on and sign up as a runner so I could see exactly how it would work so I could explain to runners as I recruited. So that is what I did, however as I was walking through the process, I felt the Lord nudging me that I was to actually do this. I argued with Him a bit, but that urging was so strong… that I had to be first. Lead by example. So I committed to do it with the idea of walking or breaking it down and doing several 5ks. I think you and I even talked about that aspect at one time. But I just kept getting the message that I needed to begin training to do a half marathon; I needed to do one event, not several. So in late June I began the training process to run a half marathon and raising the money.
While the half marathon was harder than I expected and I had some knee issues midway that created a very painful end, I have learned many lessons about myself and from a spiritual perspective that I would not trade. I finished which was my ultimate goal. I will be working all year to deal with these physical issues so that I can do it again with hopefully less pain. But more importantly to run because life matters and encourage others to join me.
Thanks for introducing me to Marathon for Moms and suggesting I sign up as a runner. I know you didn’t know what you really were inspiring me toward, but the Lord used that to move me to actually “do it” instead of hoping others would for me.
We are working toward building this thing across Missouri for 2012 to raise funds statewide. I am expecting great things from God as we attempt great things for God!
His for Life …running because life matters!