"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.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Good Sunday Mornin' To Ya!

In a not so scientific, yet totally credible, data collection exercise today, I made an interesting observation. Compared to a similar survey of "friendliness" amongst runners, taken last Spring, I found that there is just something about Sunday morning running that results in a significant increase to an already respectable mutual greeting count.  In other words, Sunday mornings seem to bring out the community in all of us.

Going long and slow this morning, I completed 10 miles up and down the Muddy Creek Greenway.  Given the absolutely beautiful weather there were dozens of runners.  So, with either a flick of the hand, (aka, the "runner's wave"), a nod of the head, (yep, you guessed it, the "runner's nod"), or a pleasant "good morning," I decided to keep track of the responses.  I discovered that over 80% of the 60+ runners out today responded in kind.  That's pretty good, particularly since I understand when others are deep into an intense training run, or are running and conversing with a buddy.  Last Spring, I tracked those numbers against 90+ encounters on a Saturday morning and had a response from just under 60% of them.

What gives?  My hypothesis is that on a morning with less traffic, less noise and less of the week-ending stress, we just can't help but be a little lighter and care-free.  In addition, at least for me, the pre-worship service worship time I find on the Sunday trail, further reminds me of counting blessings and a call to encourage others. Who knows, but I can tell you that once you start getting up and out on Sunday morning, you will feel the difference.  Heck, even the cyclists seemed to be in a good mood! (Still not sure how to crack the roller-blader code.....)

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