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End is near

During this training schedule, there have been times when it was easy and there were times where it was hard.  Looking back, I believe the hardest part was actually getting started.  This was the roughest.  Now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It is actually something that I can almost touch.  Since this is the case, things are a bit easier…it does not hurt that the schedule has been easier over the last week either! 

Mulling over this, I can see this as a metaphor for a lot of things in my life.  Starting something big is usually the hardest part.  Once it has started, there are most often some easy and hard times, but once you get to the point where you can see something at the end of the tunnel, there is a burst of energy.  Something shows up which you never thought you had.  This is pretty fundamental, but I love experiencing things like this.

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To know thy self

Know Thy SelfOK, so while doing some training yesterday a topic came up that I thought I would muse about a bit on here in a post.  This has to do with knowing yourself.  There are a great deal of things which have gone through my mind while pondering this so I will just go ahead and begin.

Firstly, you end up learning more about your body.  I was stretching after training yesterday and chatting with Eddie, who is running it as well.  While doing so, I learned a couple new stretches and felt some pain I had never had before.  Muscles which have never been stretched before!  There has to be a connection in stretching and being full present.  You can actually start to concentrate on those areas you are stretching and feel the blood rushing to them, the heart beat around it, and the pain tingling throughout.

The other part is knowing your limits.  On the one side, your limits end up changing.  I can tell a massive difference in now only how I feel after running 6ks…I am not near as tired, but also in my perception of running a 6k.  I look at it as not near as hard.  I would have never thought that would cross my mind.  You begin to hear the limits within yourself.  This also comes into play in the battle of the mind.  The other week, when I was running a huge amount, there began a battle of “I can’t do this” becoming prevalent in thoughts….for like 2 or so Ks.  And I was only at the half marathon point.  I was able to finish and felt fine afterwards, but in the midst of it, I was struggling.  The revelation for this came in the form of knowing these thoughts are coming, knowing when they usually come, and having something to counteract them as they come about. 

All the above comes through training not just going out there and trying to do something….there is a connection with so much!

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Running on

This past week of running was not near as bad as the previous week.  I actually think that if you were to take away the immense amount of rain, I could even say that this week was one of the best weeks of running.  I believe some of the shorter distances are actually getting easier to run (yes that does sound obvious).  I guess I did not really feel as if it would have, although I thought it would.  Experience has taught me it does work. 

This coming week might end up being a different story though.  I am going to be running the most I have ever run on Sunday.  This being a whopping 26.5 kilometers!  When I write this I am actually thinking of how that should be what is done on the day of the marathon, rather than training.  It better not rain that day!  Not too long of a run today, however it is pouring down rain. 

Anyways, thought I would put a bit of an update on here about what has been going on.  Have a great one!

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Training VS Trying

Me RunningAre we able to differentiate between what it looks like to try and train?  This is one of the concepts Randy Harris left me to ponder in one of the discussions we had.  I am still unpacking this in life, (and will always be unpacking it) but I think what hit me is actually freedom for something in the future.  Allow me to explain.

Firstly, I am in the midst of training for a marathon.  The more I train the easier certain distances get, and even the distances which I first thought were hard have become easier.  Even my perspective of them has lessened.  That last point is an interesting point in and of itself.  I think it is a bit deeper than what I think, but then again I could just be thinking about that all wrongly.  The goal in this is to be ready to run on the 30th of August the entire marathon.  Or at least semi – job the entire thing.

In the realm of spirituality, the training looks a great deal like the spiritual disciplines.  Whether this be practicing silence, meditation, and so forth.  The goal is to be shaped into the image of God.  You don’t just try to act like the image of God, rather you train to look like this.  You end up acting in the ways of Jesus, without even meaning to.  This last point is still a point floating in my head though.  Maybe imaging God becomes a great deal easier rather than automatic, not sure….. 

There has been a great deal of freedom in this concept for me.  I have stopped trying to have a spiritual life, but have begun training, in small steps I might add to have one.  I don’t feel near as bad when it comes to hearing about what others have been able to do in this because I am aware of where I am at in the training process.

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