A week ago, I ran my first 5K. For those who don’t know metric system conversions, a 5K is 3.1 miles. I have been asked several times over the past few weeks why I started running. I want to give 7 reasons here. I will post the first 3 today and finish later.
1. Physical Health- I have never been very physically active. The only time I used to run was to “run to the border” when Taco Bell had a special on. My physical health has always been a weakness. Some people are given physically fit bodies through good genes and heritage. Physical health for me will only come through discipline. I have had times when I have been upset with God about this, but now I am seeing what a gift this is for me.
2. Accomplishment- Mondays can be a terrible time for me. I will have preached my heart out on Sunday, feeling more alive than I’ve ever been while proclaiming the Gospel. And then the realization happens that Sunday is just a few days away and I have to do it again. In my life, I need some markers that I can post and say, “There, I DID something.” No matter what happens for the rest of the day or week, running has given me a sense of accomplishment. I can say, “I did this.”
3. Soul Care- I don’t know why, but I have never wanted to listen to music while I run. Instead, I listen to sermons and messages from other Christian leaders. When I am running my best, my mind is absorbed in the message. I find myself reflecting on the scriptures and the messages throughout the day. This routine has become a spiritual discipline for me and helps to feed my soul.
What benefits have you encountered to running and exercise?