Virtual Day-Early Race for Gabby Strides
Disclaimer: Today I’m delving into an area I don’t talk about much – faith – notsomuch religion, but just spirituality…so if it doesn’t strike your fancy, feel free to skip on and rejoin us when we get back to our regularly scheduled programming – no offense taken here.
Thursday night, I tuned into my local hourly forecast to see what was in store Friday morning for my day-early virtual half marathon for Gabby (and Heather). 100% chance of rain in the am.
Fabulous. Good thing the forecast was 100% wrong.
I set out for my miles and began the run that would remind me why I do all of this in the first place (’cause let’s face it *most* of my runs lately have left me wondering why). After a 4am wakeup call to get my work done, I set out around 6:30 in the break between the rain storm.
The first half of the run was an unleashing of my heart. The worries, the concerns, the stress – mirroring the weather – were clouded in prayer, processing and silence.
As I continued my run, I was filled with a lightness [and that little rainbow in the sky along the route was a nice little bonus too]. But the second half of that run got me thinking was what I mostly appreciate about long distance running – it forces me to go beyond myself.
If you know me in person…you know I’m a very spiritual person. I used to be very religious, but I found that got me in all sorts of trouble and left me with very little faith and so very many rules, and I lost sight of the heart and soul of what faith was and got stuck in “doing stuff like I should”.
In an increasingly individualistic society where self-sustenance and independence reign supreme, I find the physical discipline of stretching myself beyond my physical abilities to be a very spiritual reminder of the fact that I (personally) need to be dependent on someone who is greater than I. When I’m pushed to the ends of my physical ability, I have to tap into a different part of my mind and soul that I don’t regularly exercise during the mundane day to day, where while it might be tough, I can usually fend for my own.
That emptying of self leaves room for me to be filled with more of someone else, and quite honestly, it extends me beyond what I thought was possible and makes me a better me.
Do you have a “spiritual” side to your running?
I’d love to hear about it! In fact, I’d love to compile all of the different spiritual insights of running and post a blog about it from a variety of perspectives one day. Feel free to post your response or even email it to me and I’ll aggregate them and post away!