In April 1994, I traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, for the Boston Marathon. I had won this prestigious event the previous 4 years, and I was more excited than ever to be returning to this race.
Three days before the marathon, I went out to eat with several people at a local restaurant. The next morning, I woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. A phone call from a friend informed me that seven other people in our party of fourteen were dealing with the effects of food poisoning too.
The day before the marathon, I was still feeling bad, and I was beginning to despair as I thought about the next day’s event. As I read my Bible, I came across Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” I knew this was not a guarantee of success, but right then and there I committed my race to God. I would leave the “success” part up to Him.
Amazingly, though I felt like pulling out of the race on several occasions, I won my fifth straight Boston Marathon and broke the world record in the women’s wheelchair division with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, 22 seconds. That record still stood as the racers competed in the spring of 2005.
Since that event, I have committed everything to God: every workout, race, interview, speaking engagement, and whatever else. When I give every situation to God, the pressure is off me, regardless of the outcome.