For most of us mere mortals running does not come easy, in fact running is painful and it takes dedication. Some of the lucky ones (not me) make it look easy but even after 14 years of hitting the open roads…I still find it hard to get out the door some days.
This guest post is offered up by my Pastor, Rob Shepherd. Rob is a great pastor, author, blogger (because of his blog I started mine), superhero dad and a Reluctant Runner.
“THE Reluctant Runner” by Rob Shepherd.
(The many faces of a Rob jog,
left to right – top to bottom
1. Hate running & don’t want to do this.
2. Lose weight, feel great!
3. Lost any sense of enjoyment
4. Running stinketh!
5. Almost done!
6. Feel great! I’m Done!)
- I run because it’s the fastest way to exercise. I tell myself often, “Just hurry up and get this over with.”
- I run because it helps me have discipline. Discipline is not easy for me. Discipline is needed though. I don’t want to be a lazy person. I don’t want to be apathetic. I don’t want to stink at life. Discipline helps push me to levels I wouldn’t get to naturally.
- I run because it helps me get outside. I went to the doctor a few years ago, and she told me I needed more vitamin D. I work inside an office all day. I also am what comedian Jim Gaffigan would call, “Indoorsy.” Nature is trying to kill us. Pollen that attacks, tornadoes, volcanos, Sharknados, hurricanes, insects that bite, and sunburn are just a few of the examples of nature trying to kill us. But I need to get outside because of doctors orders, so I run.
- I run because it eases my stress level.
- I run because it gives me alone time to think.
- I run because I’m fat. I don’t have a runners body. If I didn’t run I would balloon up to 300 lbs. I may never be crack skinny, but I am thinner than I would be if I didn’t run.
Thanks Rob for being my guest….