My brothers, what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it? So it is with faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless. Show me faith without works and I will show you the faith that underlies my works!
James 2:14, 17, 18
Just as faith without works is dead, so is a “running life” without running. For the past six months to a year, I have been posing on two online forums to which I belong as a runner. However, in truth, I barely have been walking — and that just to get from one place to another, not as a regimen.
In anticipation of my 40th birthday, a few years ago I set as a personal goal to run in a marathon. Back then, I began by running 5Ks, 10Ks and even ran/walked a half marathon in 2007. Along the way, I also ran/walked/hiked/crawled a 25-mile trail/hike run in just under 9 hours and 30 minutes.
But I don’t feel bad about the time since the total elevation gain over the course was 5,000 feet, and it was, and is, just an accomplishment to finish.
Last year I signed up for the same event and then canceled when I knew I was nowhere near ready. Last year I also told myself and others that I would run in a local marathon only a few days before my 40th birthday but then decided against only recently.
Now I have signed up and registered for a 25K trail even in mid-April with the realization that I am nowhere near ready. Does this mean I am backing out of this event, which I might add, I also backed out of last year after already registering? No.
No, it does not. Instead today, I will begin by walking. I have to run walk a couple of errands today, and this is one way to begin. One errand is to a library at one side of town that is about a mile away; the other, to a supermarket at the other side of town that also is about a mile away.
That’s four miles and while neither nowhere near the 15 miles I will be doing in April nor near the elevation gain (although there are a couple of hills to and back from the library), it is a start.
I am not a runner yet…
…yet I will be again.
Update 3/5: Did as I said. Walked both errands.