The marathon is the most popular endurance race (sure, people run "ultra-marathons" but that is a completely different category of crazy). To be honest running or finishing a marathon isn't that impressive of an event. Running a FAST marathon is impressive. In fact, finishing a marathon is not as impressive as TRAINING month after month to race a marathon. The mental endurance of training for a marathon is more difficult than the physical endurance required to travel about 26 miles. To train for a marathon requires the ability to endure injuries and lack of motivation and time conflicts. Enduring obstacles requires effort and being intentional.
Lord, thank you that you can endure all things, including enduring my faults enough to love me.