A Runner’s Thoughts: “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” (Dean Karnazes)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “As athletes, we have ups and downs. Unfortunately, you can't pick the days they come on.” (Deena Kastor) And so to in the spiritual life…As people of faith we have our ups and downs and unfortunately you cannot pick the days they come on. All you can do is be faithful and keep on the journey whether we run, walk or move through life another way!
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage but crossing the finish line is an act of faith.” (John Bingham) So remember running, walking or moving through life another way and prayer makes you feel powerful, and if you keep trying, you can reach any goal and be a true friend of God!
A Runner’s Thoughts: Remember – “Last is just the slowest winner.” (C. Hunter Boyd) “Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.” (Anonymous) “The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” (Jacqueline Gareau) These may also apply when we walk or move through life another way…and as we make our spiritual journey too…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “There's one rule of thumb that suggests that you need one day of recovery for every mile run in a race. Another rule of thumb...suggests one day...for every kilometer run in anger.” (Hal Higdon) Not a bad rule of thumb if you walk or move through life another way...
A Runner’s Thoughts: Whether we run, walk or move through life another way… “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “I had begun to think of myself not just as someone who runs, but as a runner, the difference being that this wasn't just something that I did; it was who I was.” (Jeffrey Horowitz) So too if we are walkers or movers through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Running is just such a monastery-- a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.”
(George Sheehan) So too if we walk or move through life another way…
A Runner’s Thoughts: Why do we run, walk or move through life another way – well I suppose there are many reasons. We run, walk or move through life another way because if we didn’t, we would be lazy and negative and spend too much time on the couch. We run, walk or move through life another way to breathe the fresh air, to explore, to escape the ordinary, or to savor the journey of life. We run, walk or move through life to connect with God through creation, through being in touch with ourselves, through the experiences and people we encounter. When we run, walk or move through life another way our relationship with God and life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense, a little more real and hopefully we like that. (Inspired by a reflection by Dean Karnazes)
A Runner’s Thoughts: “I wanted change. If you don’t do that, you will stagnate. Not just in running, [walking or moving through life another way] but in life as well.” (Noah Droddy)
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!