Such a beautiful day it's been today, highs in the 70s, lows in the 60s...it was a perfect day to run! It's been almost 8 weeks since my last run or my last workout, I confess I was slacking. Much to blame upon my increased work load but running is the best thing to cope with the stresses of work and life's other little problems.
So, I got back out there. I was back on track, literally. I thought I would've had a difficult run the first time back out but guess what? It's like I never stopped. I got on the track of Mt Trashmore and settled my thoughts for a nice, long, strenuous 45 minute WALK. However, approximately 1/4 mile into it I couldn't stand such a slow pace and my hips and calves started screaming, "Work me out!" So, I commenced a light jog and before you knew it I was running again! Surprisingly, I discovered some essential things while I was in a sort of meditational sprint. I will share my discoveries in hopes to be a blessing to you. So, here they are:
1) Running forces me to slow down and focus on the journey and NOT too intently on the destination.
Whenever I began to concentrate on finishing I began to breath harder, get more anxious, fluctuate my pace, and not enjoy the running experience. Sometimes we do this in life.
2) Running forces me to be patient.
I can't finish until I finish! That may sound crazy but think about it. I can think about being finished my run mentally BUT I'm not actually finished until the run is completed physically. I haven't truly succeeded until I meet whatever predetermined goal I've set in advance. This can only be achieved through patience. If I decide to quit early it's because I wasn't patient enough to see it through to completion.
3) Running builds endurance.
The more I run the stronger I get (mentally, physically, and spiritually). I don't have to run fast...I just have to keep going and not stop. I have to work my muscles (heart, legs, and thighs) so that they become strong. Strength doesn't come quickly or automatic. Strength and endurance comes with practice, working at it, and being consistent.
4) Running forces me to "Keep It Moving".
Before I get into this one, I will say that when I run....I run forward not backwards (lol). With that said, running allows me to concentrate on moving forward, progressing towards the goal (perseverance), and not looking backwards (not digressing or being stagnate). I'm not focused on my past shortcomings or previous failed attempts. It doesn't matter what's behind me. The most important thing is what's before me. It's paramount that I not give up, not get distracted, that I focus on the journey and complete the task on target.
In closing, "the race is not for the swift or the strong but to those who can endure to the end". Life is not a race, it is a journey. A journey which is meant to be enjoyed every step of the way. Clear your mind, set a good pace and although pains, trials, and disappointments may come along the path they are all meant to "work together for the good because we are called according to His purpose!" (Rom 8:28)
Be Blessed and remember to "Run, Forest! Run!"
God Bless, Peace, and Be Encouraged. Shariva