Saturday, June 25, 2022

"Who Strives Valiantly"

Running is the simplest of sports. Got shoes? Run. The problem is, you're always looking for the next adventure. Running is a niche sport. Marathoning is a niche among this niche. And I suppose ultramarathoning is one niche beyond that. In the past 10 years, ultramarathoning has grown massively popular where I live. I believe it's because running is not so much a physical challenge as it is a mental one. The brain affects everything. It's not just your hamstrings that will get you to the finish line. It's your thoughts. 

We are better for every race we run in life. Whatever challenge you're facing today, you will be better off for engaging it fullbore. President Theodore Roosevelt put it well:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly.

Every race is a new adventure for me. Every mile is a gift from God. I hope you feel the same way wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, my friend.