I'm coming up on a marathon this weekend. I'm in the tapering phase (doing less miles, healing up the legs). I thought it'd be a great time to share why I do what I do…pounding out the 40-70 mile weeks…getting up while it's dark…going to the track to do high-intensity repeats.
- I run to EAT — I like eating. And I flat out get to do more of it when I run. Running's the fastest, sustainable calorie-burning activity out there!
- I run to stay HEALTHY — I've got a pretty rigorous schedule. You need to stay fit to keep the pace with family, & ministry, & life.
(I also have nightmares about becoming your typical
overweight-comb-over-out-of-touch-pastor…not for me!!!) Running's my
- I run to manage STRESS — The book of Genesis talks about people needing to work & to "sweat." I don't think that's metaphorical. I burn off tons of stress as I cover the miles.
- I run to WORK — One of the greatest things I discovered is that I can think while I run. I either take my message text or a blank sheet of paper, and a ballpoint pen, and hit the road. My best thinking and meditating is done on the road.
- I run to WORSHIP — Some of my best worship times (prayer & praise) are on the road. When I take my iPod, I actually do hand motions and raise my hands (shortly) as I pray or sing to God.