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Addiction RecoveryMegan's Mosaic, is a blog for addiction recovery topics and resources. Written by former Addiction Therapist Megan Fisher, this forum addressed the unique needs of each individual through a holistic and spiritually guided approach to addiction treatment.

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You Will Join Them

October 15, 2014
By Megan, Fisher, MHS, CAADC

Approximately ten months ago, a perky man with an impressive physique visited my church and explained how he organizes marathon runners for a charity which provides clean water for Africa.  I was barely paying attention when the Spirit spoke to me, saying “you will join them.”  I kid you not;  I looked around that church as if someone was playing a practical joke on me.  I responded in my head, “who me?”  There was absolutely no way God was referring to me and running in the same breath.  I had never run a day in my life.  I was excused from the mile requirement during my school years because of a knee issue.  I did my best to ignore the message and continued worshipping.   After the service, however, I found my feet taking me over to where the happy, buff man was talking to a group of eager running beavers.  I sat down and signed a sheet that I would participate in Team World Vision.  That, my friends, is how I ended up training for the Chicago Marathon. 

I began a journey of training which took way more time and energy than I had ever considered.  I ran on my own several times a week at 6am before getting my daughter ready for school.  I woke at 5am every Saturday to join my team for group runs with ever-increasing mileage.  I was fitted for proper running shoes, learned about different brands of nutrition chews for sustaining energy during runs, and began foam rolling my muscles.  I exercised my mind as much as my body, discovering how to play games with myself in order to pass the time when running for hours on end.  I prayed, prayed, and then prayed some more for God to keep me healthy and injury free.  During my training, I ran over 500 miles and went through two pairs of shoes.  I lost about 15 pounds and gained multiple friends.  I met my fundraising goal of providing clean water for as many people as miles I was running in the marathon – 26.2. 

Finally, the weekend arrived, and I was as nervous as could be.  More time went into this goal than my pregnancy!  I prayed some more and trusted that I had done all I could to ready myself for this life-changing event.  This past Sunday, October 12, 2014, I completed my very first marathon and it was one of the most incredible experiences with which I have ever been blessed.  I am in awe of the opportunity God gave me to achieve something I had never believed achievable.  I am amazed at World Vision and the good deeds they do on a daily basis.  Last, but certainly not least, I am so grateful for all of the support I have received from family, friends, and New Leaf Resources.  Thank you for your encouragement and love.