(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover; the inexperienced keep going and are punished. (Proverbs 27:12 HCSB)
My first marathon, Virginia Beach, March 2009. I felt ready. All was going well until Mile 16. I had brought enough gels to get me that far. The race guide promised gels would be at that aid station. Promise broken. I had 10 miles to go. Without needed energy, what was I to do?
I know now what I should have done, but all I knew to do that day was keep running and deal with the eventual wall I was going to hit. Mile 21. BOOM. Nothing left in the tank.
I didn’t “take cover.” I was definitely “punished.”
What can we do with danger or the unknown?
- Own your inexperience-Surround yourself with experienced people.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself “keeping going.” Stop. Learn from the punishments for your inexperience. Forgive yourself.
- Look for other inexperienced people. Bring them some sense. Help them own, stop and look.