Saturday, September 6, 2008

TRY-athlete

For the last 10 years, I've toyed with the idea of consistently waking up in the mornings to go running. The problem is that my desire wains after a few tries. I also am intrigued with the idea of cycling. A guy at my church lent me his old bike, and I've been out riding some. But I was intimidated by the thoughts of really getting out there and doing it.

Then Cyrus asked me last week if I'd go riding with him on Labor Day. I agreed and met up with him prepared to make a fool out of myself. Low and behold, we went 10 miles which seemed like a major victory to me. It was an amazing rush. Now I've been thinking of it all week and can't wait to get out there again. It's too dark to ride at 6:00 AM so I went out running this week and actually enjoyed myself so much that I look forward to getting up every morning. I simply love running with nothing but my thoughts and praise music blaring in my iPod. Great way to start the day.

I may never be a great athlete, but dang it, I'm sure going to try.

3 comments:

Brad Day said...

that's awesome! i've ran a 5k 5days a week for about 2yrs. i just happen to do mine on my lunch break. congrats!

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Mark. Being an athelete isn't the important thing. You don't have to be an athelete to stay physically, mentally and spiritually fit. I too love being with the Lord on early morning jogs/walks. It's such a great way to start the day. Sometimes I'm just singing praises and then someone will pass by me -- I'm sure they think I've lost my mind. Maybe I have but can't think of a better way to lose my mind then with Praises and songs to Jesus. I encourage you to keep up the training -- God loves your spirit and your heart.

Matt Celoria said...

I still can't picture you in spandex. That would be like me in spandex :)