"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Forget the Energy Drink ..... Go for a Run!

I was reminded this morning of a primary reason for why I run; more energy! (Yes, I know, that's primary reason #14 since the blog kicked off last year, there's just so many good ones.) It's counter-intuitive to most of us.  You would think that early mornings, extreme temps, and regular training would keep you constantly zapped and fatigued.  But it's not that way at all.  The more regular the runs, the more I tend to accomplish outside of running. In other words, I have often found that more training hours = more available hours in my day. Don't ask me how, I just know it works.

This morning, I had thought, if only for a passing moment, about how nice it would be to sleep in and run later in the day.  However, I knew a Run For God group was heading out at 7:30 and, honestly, I really enjoy being around you all. So, it was 3 miles at a good pace and then on with the rest of my day.  But a strange thing happened on the way to the 'rest of my day'.  I felt ALIVE! From the yard to the laundry to some tasks at work ... check, check, check. Completed early enough to enjoy a little of that elusive personal time; i.e., strumming some Springsteen good and loud down in the basement! 

The best part is that this isn't abnormal. Running stimulates endorphins that boost our energy.  And unlike that chocolate, raspberry-filled Krispy Kreme doughnut that I would devour if it weren't for a guilty conscience, the energy is sustained throughout the day.  When you finally power down, it's just in time for a great night's sleep that you need. Wow, what a pattern.  Imagine stringing together week after week, month after month, year after year of this sort of pattern.  I know I sure feel the difference, and without having to fork over $3 / can for any of that silly 'Toro Rojo' concoction that is all the rage.

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