A few months ago, I posted a comment regarding running and age and marathons and determination (which prompted some finely crafted ‘encouragement’ from my brother). I’m not there yet, but I did take up a lesser challenge this month: 100 miles in 30 days. It seems like a lot, but it’s only about 3 miles a day – this forces me to run consistently.
My 30 days started last week and I’m at about 15 miles right now. That’s just a little behind schedule, but I did get in a good 5 mile run Saturday and felt pretty good. 2 and 3 mile runs are much less of a struggle than they were a few months ago. (Except last night’s run – the first mile was a battle to keep supper where supper is supposed to be!)
The thing with this 30 day challenge is that it sort of artificially imposes a demand for some kind of running activity on a regular basis. I don’t HAVE to run, but if I want to meet the goal I will. I wonder if a healthy relationship with God thrives similarly. We don’t have to ‘watch and pray’ – but if we desire God like He desires us, we will.
Incidentally, I’m thinking about getting a group together that would run through the month of Sept. to raise money to fund some youth ministry initiatives here. (Basically, people will be asked to pledge some amount of money for each mile we run during the month.) If you’d be interested in running in the group (and collecting pledges for your miles) let me know right away.