I had to kick my butt out the door this afternoon for today’s run. Not having a race on my calendar to train for really makes it easy to stay indoors, especially when the weather is threatening rain with gusty winds. It’s not that I haven’t run in the rain before or that I’m afraid of getting wet. I ran earlier this week on a morning that looked less rain-ful than today and I ended up getting hailed on before I finished the 4-mile out and back. Rain is one thing, hail is much more hurtful.
Thankfully, the rain held back for me this afternoon, and the temperature was perfect (50 degrees +/-) even with the gusting wind. Today’s run put 30 miles on my legs this week, and they felt a little weary and my breath too came in heaves because I was running at mile high elevation this afternoon. But all in all, I am glad I got over myself, and got out the door and moved myself down the trail and back.
In the old days, a trustworthy person could be described as one whose ‘word was their bond’. In modern times, ‘our bond’ has been greatly depreciated. It has been replaced with credit scores and background checks. I wonder what our society, our communities, and our families would look like if we valued the power of spoken words more than credit scores. What if we spent our words carefully each day, speaking those things that are only needful and helpful for others? What sort of dividends could we amass as a society and personally if we only spent our words as currency of love and truth?
“Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” Don Miguel Ruiz
DEFINITION: Impeccable: faultless; flawless; irreproachable
That’s heady stuff; to be impeccable with my word. That means I would have to think before I speak. I would not veil what I mean with empty fluff; I would not seek to harm or reduce another with my words. How often am I impeccable with my words? I hate to admit, but not very often. Maybe, on a very good day, once or twice in the course of my waking hours could I be accused of speaking with impeccability.
Jesus too, the WORD incarnate, taught this about communication: “Say just a simple ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is wrong.” Matthew 5:37 TLB
What indeed would happen if I had it in my mind to only do my very best whenever I opened my mouth to speak. What effect would that have on those with whom I communicate; with those who overhear my communications? I can only imagine…
“I told him I’d started running, and I wasn’t sure if I knew how to do it. He said there wasn’t all that much to it, aside from remembering to alternate feet.”
Step by Step ~ Lawrence Block
This quote made me laugh when I first read it and I knew I wanted to share it on my blog one day soon. I just finished reading this book and enjoyed Mr. Block’s memoir; running and walking was (and I hope still is) a prominent feature of his life’s story.
Tomorrow I’ll be running my first 10K of 2015 and I’ll probably be smiling while I think about this silly little quote about alternating my feet. The Dr. Gann’s Cinco de Mayo 10K is in it’s 35th year, but tomorrow will only be the second time I’ve run this race. It’s an out and back mixed, hilly route which thankfully ends with the last 2 miles downhill. Should be nice and warm too, around 70 degrees at 7am.
I’m not as trained this year as I was last year, my schedule was full of work and caretaking for a sick parent, so tomorrow’s race is for the pure pleasure of running, simply because I can and I have no where else to be at 7 o’clock in the morning. I hope to at least run the same pace as I did last year, but if I’m feeling fresh and strong you can count on me to push the pace up a bit too. So here’s to tomorrow’s race and to how to do it!
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. ~ Anatole France