Singer Jordin Sparks says she depended on scripture to help her complete the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday where she ran for over seven hours.
Sparks, the “American Idol” alumna, decided to join the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Sunday and glorified God after finishing one of the nation’s largest marathons that welcomed over 24,000 athletes.
“TO GOD BE THE GLORY! I wouldn’t have made it on my own strength,” she wrote on Instagram. “I leaned on Isaiah 40:31 and Phil 4:13 all day. And, a good friend told me, ‘Anytime something starts to hurt, thank God for it.’”
This was Sparks’ focus as she felt her body break down during the grueling marathon that started at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and ended 26.219 miles later in Santa Monica, California.
The singer explained how another friend’s encouraging words motivated her.
“Another [friend] said, ‘think about why you started and PUSH,’” she recalled. “And I did both of those things when my hip flexor gave out, when my left foot went numb and when my right leg eventually locked up. I remembered my why and thanked God for it all the way up to the finish line!”