I don’t write a great deal about running and triathlon on my blog, despite the fact that these are two of my favorite hobbies. They’ve been on my mind a lot this past couple of weeks, though, because I’ve increased my training and started looking for nearby races in which to compete. Here are some of my recent thoughts:
Training for distance races doesn’t lessen the mileage, but it prepares us for the wear that accompanies those miles. We learn discipline. We learn efficiency. We learn how to endure the pain. We find the rhythms of our running, and we learn to enjoy the miles.
Preparing for these races is a learning process. The burden of the distance never disappears, but our abilities are heightened as we learn how best to carry the weight of those miles. And we feel lighter.
It reminds me just a bit of Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We don’t have to be overwhelmed or weary from our burdens. Jesus offers to share with us his yoke as he teaches us his way of life. He empowers us to run the miles with joy. And we have rest in him.
Wow, that sounded trite and fluffy (reminded me of a particular writer with my religious tribe). I think I’ll just let you make your own analogies.
Do you run/bike/swim distance races? What are you training for? What have you learned about life from your training?