Believe

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.

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  1. I wish I had thought of putting that passage on my RoadID. I’ve been to ancient Corinth a couple of times — not far outside of town you can still see the starting blocks that were used at the Isthmian Festival (the “race” that Paul was probably comparing our “race” to).

  2. Now I feel silly for just having my name and address on my road ID. What an opportunity I wasted. There are so many things I could have put on there that could have motivated me on those long runs. Great idea.

    1. Thank you. Never feel silly! Upgrades are always possible. I have the interactive ID so I don’t have to put addresses and numbers on the band, that’s stored online.

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