A Four Season Runner

Some women expect to get flowers on Valentine’s Day. When a loved one surprises her by giving flowers on a random Tuesday in June for no apparent reason, it seems to count for more. The giver does something nice but because it is unexpected and out of the ordinary, the act is multiplied (and hopefully the gratitude).  Objectively, the action in June may be the same as in February,  but the timing is a multiplier.

Running works the same way. Running in rain, extreme cold or heat, in off-beat locations, or at strange times of day yield a similar feeling. The mile in freezing cold feels like it counts more than the one in temperate weather. It’s all a mental game for me to feel more “hardcore” and keep the zeal strong.

Moving into the spiritual realm, it is safe to say that most people pray when they are in a dire situation, some pray when things are needed, and fewer pray in the good times. The daily prayer and meditation help keep my relationship strong with God since during periods in my life, my prayer did not have depth because I only intermittently spoke to God. The prayer sounded similar to movies, “Dear God, I know that we don’t speak very much…”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”  What an inspiring quote for both runners and pray-ers!


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