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Running on cobblestone August 31, 2007

Posted by rengawman in philosophy, running.
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So a few months ago I took up running in order to prepare for the Columbus Half Marathon which was April 14th of 2007.

 Turns out I hated running.

 I went ahead and ran anyway, starting off slowly, one mile at a time.  Then I added two miles and so until until the week of the half marathon.  The marathon itself was cold and somewhat rainy (although Marshall McPeek, our local weatherman and Dungeon and Dragon’s champ, was wrong about how cold and wet it was going to be.)  Despite that, it was one of the best things that I have ever done with my life.  I cant believe I ran, let alone 13 or so miles!

 Turns out I like running.

 So it is something that I have continued throughout these last few months.  I even ran and ran during my 30 days of silent retreat in Morristown New Jersey.  What a great way to get to know that delightful city.

 Now that I am back in Columbus I am running through her streets, and find that the cobblestones in some parts of the city are presenting a new challenge for me… they are certainly not the smooth sidewalks and paths that I am used to running in these past few months.  I have to watch and compensate with every step that I take while running, but it keeps me more aware and alert at every step too.  I am not an experienced runner but I am sure that running on cobblestones is probably not the best thing to do, but it is a great analogy for those times and parts of our life in which the path may not seem as smooth as we have been used to in the past.  During these times we have to think about every step, the big ones and the little ones, as well as looking ahead to see what might be in front of us.  It certainly presents a new and exciting challenge than we have had before!  Realistically though, whether running on smooth ground or cobblestones or mud or whatever, the way to the finishline, that is, whatever personal goal we are currently trying to achieve remains the same: one cautious step at a time.  Short term, easily attainable goals!  One step at a time!!!