...and when I run I feel his pleasure.
-Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire.
Musings of a family that sometimes run together
Sep 9, 2008
lessons from the trail
The local paper did a nice article on my recent Where's Waldo run. It got me thinking how ultramarathoning is similar to life in several ways. 1) If you don't take in sustenance during the event you will bonk. My favorites are Gu, Heed electrolyte drink, prayer and scripture study. 2) There are trail hazards, and we can get lost. Guides can help us avoid these or find our way back, which can be long and painful. 3) We can be off track and not know the lay of the land even if we have a written map. We can be reoriented by radio or revelation. 4) There are truths (such as the position of the sun, and the message of Jesus) that we can't change by rationalizing. 5) there is a reward for every finisher. You don't get an award if you don't finish, even if you were ahead in the middle. 6) If we are faithful to true principles, we will have a renewing of our strength and bodies, sometimes after a period of feeling down. 7) The last 20 miles may be slow and painful, but as long as we move the right direction on the right trail, there can be tears of joy, rest, healing, and a welcome committee at the end. 8) The only pain that isn't temporary is the anguish of wasted possibility