With today being Easter, I changed my schedule up a bit. I was up early this morning, but not for my run. I headed off to early church service. Usually when I go to service it is Sunday evening. Starting Easter off with service was what I needed. After all, my core mantra is Believe. For me I couldn’t think of a better way to “exercise” what I believe than to celebrate the core belief I have – my faith in the God who created me to be the crazy triathlete I am. Also going to early service gave me time to get my 8 mile run in after and still be finished just after noon.
My long run was good, much better than last week. It helped that is was a shorter long run (?) of only 8 miles compared to the 12 miles I ran last week. My legs felt good and not stressed at all from my ride yesterday. That was encouraging. My pace was faster than last week too – over 30 seconds per mile faster. Odd how running can be, on any given day a runner can wake up and have the run of their life or stumble along just hoping to finish. Today was more toward the good day, all the more encouraging.
As I ran I thought about my mantra Believe, and how today is a celebration of faith, belief, and hope. I have strong faith as a Christian and do not intend to use this blog to preach. There are several very good blogs written by people far more gifted than I in sharing their faith in writing. But it is hard for me to ignore what Easter is about. Especially since I don’t believe a bunny can travel the world faster than Santa in his sleigh delivering candy. What I will share is a what is engraved on my RoadID band and give a greater insight to my motivation to train as I do. I have room on my RoadID for 6 lines of information. Five lines have all the information needed if an emergency response person couldn’t talk to me. So the sixth line is for me, a reminder. It says “1Cor 9:24-27”. It is a verse that in summary says that in a race, all runners run but only one gets the prize. I will run in such a way as to get the prize. I will run with purpose, not aimlessly.
I know it will not be often, if ever, that I will actually win a race I compete in. But when it comes to competing to be the best I can be, that I will train hard for, with purpose, and have faith I will win the prize. And that goes far beyond swimming, cycling and running.