All part of His plan. Coincidence that Psalm 26:2 talks of testing the heart and mind… and the marathon distance is 26.2? I think not. The marathoner characterizes strength and weakness. Courage and fear. Power and helplessness. A distance that tests your body and mind and heart. Raw and open and deep. An act of Faith and trust to believe you are worthy and strong and wonderfully made. And with trust that you cannot cover the distance alone. He is right there with you, always.