I’ve decided to work myself up to walk/running a 5K this fall/early winter. Here are the reasons:
1. I’m not going to be coaching soccer. Soccer in the fall increases my activity level all through winter. Since I won’t be doing soccer, I need a new activity.
2. I’ve noticed that people who are physically active at 50 are a lot happier. And I’m going to be 50…someday (to sorta quote Meg Ryan).
So I found this training program. Day one was easy – run five minutes, walk five minutes. Ha!!! Turns out that preparation for a race starts before that – I ran maybe 25 feet before every muscle in my legs started screaming. I settled for a half hour brisk walk. Tomorrow I’ll start with stretches and see if that helps.
Why am I giving you this tale? I’m wondering what small parts of our spiritual life we find ourselves unprepared for. I’ve been thinking for a week now – ‘run five minutes, that won’t be a problem.’ And when I got there, I wasn’t prepared. It seemed so easy.
What are the spiritual ‘jogs’ that we find ourselves unprepared for while we are busy training for the marathons?