Why do we enjoy things that cause us pain? Running makes me sore, has caused me injuries in the past that still hurt me at times, and quite frankly is not fun sometimes.
But I’ve found that running, for me, is a challenge I need in my life. And it can be so rewarding. Putting on my shoes and heading out the door is half the battle most of the time. With my schedule, I am often tired and have sore feet from work. Sometimes I just don’t want to get up and go, but when I do it is always so rewarding. I always regret choosing to not run, but I never regret pushing past my resistance of body and mind and going for a run, even when the run itself ends up being a flop. I’m just glad I did it!
I headed out in the cool weather this morning after working the past two nights. The sun was shining bright so I had to come back inside to grab my sunglasses. Despite being tired, I was pumped for a nice run in the sun and started out at about a 9:00 pace. After 1.3 steady miles, I turned a corner and it all fell apart.
The sun was gone, I was on an uphill stretch, and a cold wind was practically blowing me over. I walked for a minute, then picked it back up and pushed. My ipod lending a fast beat, I pounded through the obstacles.
At the next turn, the wind slowed and the rain started.
It was beautiful. It was cold and gray and rainy and beautiful. I turned my ipod off and my face to the sky.
The rest of my run was perfect as the Lord just drew me into His presence in the most random way. He has a funny way of doing that. I’m sure I looked like a lunatic with my sunglasses in the rain, the goofy smile on my face, and my occasional raised arms.
I’m okay with that.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness…” Isaiah 61:10
Today, running was so much more than running. And that’s why I do it.