A Runner’s Thoughts: “I run because if I didn't, I'd be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run… to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.” (Dean Karnazes)
A Runner’s Thoughts: You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. (Steve Prefontaine)
A Runner’s Thoughts: You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone. (Percy Cerutty) So to in the spiritual life…
A Runner’s Thoughts: If we run as a spiritual runner let us remember that it is being a runner that matters, it is not how fast or how far we go. The joy, the gift is in running, in the journey and not always in the destination. We have the best chance of encountering our friend God, in the midst of our run, when we remain focused in the present and don’t think too far ahead! Isn’t this true of any way we journey through life? (I adapted this from a quote by John Bingham, the author of No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running.)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Not every run need to be a search for life’s deeper meanings. Sometimes when we run we need to just “cruise!” Approach your next run with openness to the moment. Try to run unencumbered by the stress and strains of life. Look for the unexpected, look for the expected in a different way. Just cruise with God at your side!
A Runner's Thoughts: Let us look at our run today and every day as a tool, a device or a practice that aids us in our quest to be people of prayer.
A Runner’s Thoughts: “Life is for participating, not for spectating.” (Kathrine Switzer) So to in the spiritual life…faith is for participating, not spectating!
A Runner’s Thoughts: One of the things about running is that our greatest runs are rarely measured by great achievements or racing success. They are moments in time when running allows us to see how wonderful our life is. They are moments in time when running enables us to encounter the presence of God. (Adapted from a quote by Kara Goucher)
A Runner’s Thoughts: Let us try to make our runs spiritual, remembering as we run God is our strength, God is the breath we take, God is our footpath, and God is our finish line!
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 and prayer makes you feel powerful, and if you keep trying, you can reach any goal and be a true friend of God!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run!"
A thought from time to time about Running and Life!