I am beginning to love running. A friend invited me to join her to run for at least one hour once a week. I tried it since we will be running in a place that brings so many memories of my youth (college years!!).
According to experts, there are a number of benefits you will get when you run. Running improves health and prevents diseases. It also helps in losing weight that will eventually boost one’s confidence. It can somehow relieve stress and therefore eliminate depression. With all of these, I decided that running will be good for me.
So the first time I took running seriously, was when I was in college. I took Running for Fitness, the only PE class that fit my schedule. I thought it will just be running for fun. The least I wanted that time was something that will eat up time for my activities and school work. I did not know that it was serious running I am about to face because my grade would depend on the time I will finish 8 or 10 laps ( i cannot remember anymore!) in the athletic oval. And not finishing means failing grade.
I ended up running every day to make sure I will finish the laps and pass the exam. I did finish it!! If I did not reach the finish line in 4 more seconds… I could have failed the course. I remembered I was almost breathless, my feet would not want to move anymore.
The first day I run again…after so many of years… I felt the pain. I tried to be on the move for the one hour that we set. Then, moving after that was painful. Climbing the stairs was torture. But I felt good inside…so I continue on.
While running, I was contemplating about life. And there were a lot of things that came to my mind. Our journey in life is so much like running.
- Some people run for fun, some run for a purpose. Some run for both.
And the same way we take our lives every day. Some live just for fun, some for a purpose and others can do both. I was observing people while I was running and there are those who seemed very serious and intense with their running. There are those who would stop here and there for selfies.
Some people take their life journey seriously. They set goals and timelines. They try their best to get better. They sweat and enjoy their accomplishments. There are also those who take life easy. They enjoy the moment and take things with little effort and take the path that is less challenging. But there are people who exert effort doing their best to reach their goal and enjoying their way to success.
- Some will be fast, some will be slow.
I was very slow when I started running. I was overtaken by so many runners in the area. In life, some start slow, while others are equipped enough to speed up in getting to where they want to be.
Just keep running. This reminds me of the story of the Turtle and the Hare. If you keep on moving, you will reach the finish line no matter how slow or fast you are. And we are all created uniquely. We will never run together at the same speed. There will be times when we will be ahead in life, and there will be times when we are behind. What matters is that we remain humble when we are ahead and keep the faith when we are behind.
- Some run alone, some run with someone.
I am running with a friend, but she is way too fast than me since I am only a newbie and she is a 21km finisher already. We usually start the run together then she would go ahead with her usual speed and pace. Then we meet again at the end of our run.
I see others running side by side with each other. I see others run as a group. But most people are running alone. In life, we have moments when we go through it with someone and most of the time we go through most of our “life stuff” alone.
In those moments of being alone, I usually felt that I am really NOT alone. In those moments of helplessness and despair, I felt the extraordinary presence of my Creator, my God. Even I am alone, I know that I am not. He is the best person you can run with.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:23-24
What is your running experience?