Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Running Man

Running is a great activity with lots of benefits. Everybody has their own reason/s for running, some want to loose weight, some want to beat their own record and some for health maintenance; the list goes on and on. There are lessons that can be learned from running that can also be applied to our daily lives and I like to share some of the things I learned.

I as a runner have been plagued with many injuries many of my friends know that. One of the main reasons was I was taking things too fast (in terms of distance and pace), this is a no no in running, experts say that we should only increase our load by 10% each week to avoid injuring ourselves. We should be patient while slowly building our base, no shortcuts, everything in God's time.

Long Slow Distance or LSD are long runs that are done in an easy conversation pace. This helps build endurance, teaches us to maintain pace and proper form. In the past when I run LSD I get bored and end up increasing my pace, sure enough that lead me to the path of the injured and ended up learning/gaining nothing from my LSD run. Nowadays LSD runs is my way of appreciating everything that God has made, it is when I go slow that I appreciate the beauty of sun when it hits the mountain, the freshness of the air that flows through my nose, the heavy rain which blesses the earth. Another lesson I learned is that it is when I am slow that I learn to go fast.

As written in 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God". Running is also my expression of thank you for the energy, patience, youth and health that God has given me. Every time I run I thank Him, because if he so chooses and wills it, He can take away all those things in one word, therefore I am thankful that I can still run another day.

Enjoy everyone and do the running man!

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