Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ultrarunning is a Gift

"Who has told every lightening bolt where it should go,
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow?"

"The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine."

There are benefits to running beyond 26.2 that surpass fitness. 
I've seen parts of creation that I would not have seen otherwise: 

• snow covered mountain ranges • a baby black bear
• deer a plenty • a porcupine
• massive fields of pristine snow • groves of beach trees that look like paintings
• rushing streams & rivers • prairie grass frosted with dew
• eagles, falcons, hawks •snakes
• frozen rivers and lakes • clear, bright sunrises
• lightening storms rolling across CO mountains

The gift of the sacrifices of others on my behalf:
• a wife and family that not only manages when I'm gone, but puts up with me when I'm back
• friends and their friends who have crewed and paced

I've had countless hours alone to:
pray, enjoy creation, spend time with Pete, think, organize my thoughts, and grow lonely so that I can't wait to return home.

Ultrarunning is a gift.  Like all things, it is given in love.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
-Frederick Lehman, translation of a 1050 a.d. Jewish poem


Jenna said...

goodness. these are beautiful truths. makes me want to run 26.3 miles. thanks for sharing.

Londell said...

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

Matthew Patten said...

Amen brother on this Good Friday.

I often praise thanks that I have been given the ability to get out there and run.

I will never forget seeing a Moose on my first ultra (Superior 50K 2006).

My favorite inspiring time is watching the sun rise at Afton while on the Africa Loop.

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances...