What I have come to realize is that I (without knowing it) picked verses that are applicable for different parts of the race. I also know that these verses do not relate to running in the Bible stories; however, they apply to me and my journey. So, here they are:
Verses for before and the first miles of the marathon:
May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him.
Humble yourself before the Lord; He will lift you up.
Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.
Verses to sustain me during the marathon:
Anything is possible if a person believes!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I am with you and watch over you wherever you go...
Do you not know that those who run a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
1 Corinthians 9:24
Be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.
Be sure of this, I am with you always even to the end of the age.
With God's help we will do mighty things.
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.
Let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles; let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I consider our current suffering are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us!
But glory in our sufferings for we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope; and hope does not put us to shame.
The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
And we pray that you...may be strengthened with all power...so that you may have great endurance.
Colossians 1:10, 11
For those last killer miles:
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I have fought the fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith
2 Timothy 4:7
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint.
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
2 Samuel 22:30
So don't throw away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded!
I press on toward the goal to win the prize...
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
My heart and flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.
Yes, I memorized 28 because I miscounted. However, I believe each of these verses serves a purpose for me. I don't think it is an accident that I learned 28. I also believe that a verse will come to me when I need it. I am feeling ready and I know God will be running with me!