Your browser does not support JavaScript!

Athens Marathon | Donna Douglas

2500 years after the first person ran from Marathon to Athens, bearing news of victory, I seized the opportunity to retrace his path with 12,499 of my closest running friends (lol). Thankfully, unlike that first runner, none of us dropped dead. Rather, we celebrated completion in the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.101031_marathon (20)

At the start, a race announcer spun up the crowd like they do at many races: “You are a part of history! There is a great medal waiting for you at the finish line!” Under the golden beauty of sunrise over the sea, the words echoed in my mind, “They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable”1. Here, where spectators lining the course handed competitors the very branches used to make those perishable wreaths, I considered the transience of this race, of this life. Like a physical weight on my heart, I felt the emptiness of the announcer’s words.

The marathon, like few other races, teaches much about endurance. During the race, time seemed to crawl (it resembled my pace!) but I know from experience that all races, no matter how painful, are complete for a much longer time than one suffers during them. So I reflected: will I be satisfied later at with my effort now? Because I can never come back and change it.

And as I ponder that, I wonder, when I look back on my endurance, my performance, in this life, will I be satisfied as I stand on the brink of eternity? What do I need to change now, to know then that, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race”2?

1 1 Cor 9:25

2 2 Tim 4:7

We’ve returned from Greece to France and resumed our French language learning. Snow has fallen twice high in the Alps all around us, but for now the brilliant colors of autumn dominate the landscape. We hope you are well wherever this finds you!


A special thank you to Donna Douglas for writing her experience in Athens. Donna Douglas is treasured former board member attending language school in France with her husband Slick. More of her writing and insights can be found at

19 comments (Add your own)

1. Lojo wrote:
Thank you again for making me think again about my path forarwd. I am walking in fear for sure. But I do understand why. I am fearful of my life before, now and future Wow what a place to be. So, Now what??? All I can do right now is to take baby steps and plug along. I believe strong in what you say about courage, because it takes alot of courage to make changes because fear causes me to stand still, afraid to move. It does take courage to make a move to better a situation but then you take on a new life or situation and fear takes on a new role. Now you have a choice to stay in fear or listen to your words and go for what you strongly believe will make you suceed in your journey. But for me my old stinking thinking brings me back to old habits that keep me in bondage and makes me a prisoner in my own fear. I'm finding myself more fearful everyday as the holiday season gets closer. But . I think No, I KNOW I WILL, I MUST, I NEED, to take the minute by minute hour by hour day by day endurance race your talking about to work hard on living without fear and moving toward sucess! Thank you, Now What !!

Tue, August 28, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

2. wswucrx wrote:
rCnjcq lehlfjrozzgg

Wed, August 29, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

3. wrote:
After checking out a few of the articles on your site, I truly like your technique of blogging.
I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website list and will
be checking back soon. Take a look at my website as well and tell me how you feel.

Sat, May 4, 2019 @ 1:24 AM

4. wrote:
I'm gone to inform my little brother, that he should also visit this blog
on regular basis to get updated from hottest information.

Fri, May 10, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

5. wrote:
Why viewers still use to read news papers when in this technological globe all is presented
on net?

Sun, June 9, 2019 @ 3:10 AM

6. wrote:
I don't even understand how I stopped up here, but I believed this post
used to be good. I don't know who you're but certainly you're going to
a well-known blogger should you aren't already. Cheers!

Fri, June 14, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

7. wrote:
Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I'd figured
I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or
maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same subjects as
yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
If you are interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look
forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!

Tue, July 9, 2019 @ 12:40 AM

8. wrote:
These are actually great ideas in on the topic of blogging.
You have touched some nice points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

Wed, July 17, 2019 @ 12:59 AM

9. wrote:
Highly descriptive article, I liked that a lot.

Will there be a part 2?

Fri, July 19, 2019 @ 12:31 AM

10. wrote:
Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one
and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything
you can recommend? I get so much lately it's driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

Sun, September 1, 2019 @ 5:12 PM

11. wrote:
Keep this going please, great job!

Mon, September 23, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

12. wrote:
Excellent web site you've got here.. It's hard to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays.
I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

Sun, October 13, 2019 @ 10:06 PM

13. wrote:
Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website
is great, as well as the content!

Tue, October 22, 2019 @ 1:36 AM

14. wrote:
If you want to improve your knowledge only keep visiting this site and be
updated with the newest gossip posted here.

Fri, October 25, 2019 @ 7:06 AM

15. wrote:
This information is invaluable. How can I find out more?

Thu, November 21, 2019 @ 11:07 PM

16. wrote:
Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of
volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the
same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work
on. You have done a extraordinary job!

Mon, December 30, 2019 @ 4:57 AM

17. wrote:
I'm really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever
run into any browser compatibility problems?
A number of my blog visitors have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but
looks great in Firefox. Do you have any tips to help fix
this issue?

Tue, December 31, 2019 @ 3:27 AM

18. wrote:
Wow! At last I got a blog from where I be capable of in fact obtain valuable information regarding
my study and knowledge.

Mon, January 13, 2020 @ 7:01 PM

19. wrote:
This is my first time go to see at here and i am genuinely happy to read everthing at alone place.

Tue, January 28, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.