What Happens When a Runner Stops Running?

I was out running through the forest Sunday morning with my friend Jimmy, and my son Tyler was “biking” it with us. I think we hit about 12 miles on that trail run. It feels good to say that I can do that, because I’ve only been officially running for just over a year now; and I mean, really running! I’ve always ran 1 to 3 miles here and there, nothing consistent.  This doesn’t count my Marine Corps years. I could definitely get pretty good times back then, with several barking smoky bears on my back. But I remember a few years ago, my cardio at the gym was a 10 to 15 minute treadmill warm-up, and I thought I was really cookin’ when I got 30 minutes and nearly 200 calories shredded; woohooo!

But I’ve come along way in just over a year. I’ve run my first half-marathon (13.1 miles) already, and am now training for a full marathon (26.2 miles) in Atlanta this October. What’s more, is that being in this circle of runners, I know people who are running Ultra Marathons, even 100 mile races! Right now, that sounds a little crazy to me as it’s not even in my radar yet. But I have a feeling it will be soon. It’s already been introduced to me, and there’s something in me that says, I now have to run 100 miles one day.

It’s nice to have goals. It always gives us something to look forward to; aspire to; something bigger to accomplish and feel good about before we’re off to the next goal. I believe that is what life is all about. We’re like children always wanting to un-wrap the next gift, and we’ll climb mountains to do it.

My take is that if you’re not seeking to open your gift, then what are you seeking? There is a fine line between being content with what you have and sitting idle; doing nothing.

You should never be content with sitting idle; unless you believe your life is over. You are here not by random chance, but to discover something, open it, and create a life for yourself.

If you want to be content about something, then let it be in the joy of your progress towards opening that gift. Be content in the journey; just don’t sit idle.

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  • http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com Ann J Musico

    That’s awesome Rob – Congratulations!  My son Matt just ran a half-marathon with his girlfriend and my son Chris and his girlfriend are training for a half-marathon in October!  Setting goals in all the different areas of life – financially, professionally, health, physically – makes all the difference.  Great post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PatriotRich Richard T Clinton

    Love it bro!  I think you said it very well.  Proud of what you have accomplished as runner ‘litterly’ and in the run through life.  Keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ann! Congrats to your Matt, Chris, and their girlfriends… There is great pleasure in finishing a race, and also alot of the pleasure I find in the excitement and adrenaline towards that finish line…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks brother! I’m proud of your accomplishments as well… You keep it up too… It’s all about enjoying our ride to the finish line; only to begin a new race.

  • Cindy Hirch

    The thought of running 13+ miles…well let’s just say it’s not even remotely on my radar screen, but there are other things I’m pursuing with the same gusto as you with running.

    I’m not content just to look at the pretty wrapping. I keep on looking for new gifts in unusual places. I’ve been unwrapping many, many gifts since last September. The first super big gift was the coaching you did with me. That is a gift that has continued to give and give and give. It’s been the gift of friendship, encouragement, and a kick out of the nest to be all God has designed me to be. -:)

    Since that time new gifts just keep appearing and I’m like this totally excited child. I’m ready to receive….

  • Anonymous

    Cindy, with what you’ve gone through, you might as well have said you’ve ran a marathon! The race goes on, and there are many more adventures, and the unwrapping of more gifts to uncover. I’m proud of Cindy, and the adventure we shared. Thanks for allowing me to be apart of your journey!  

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