by ryanhall | Nov 08, 2010 |
One of the reasons why I recently decided to take the next step in my career is to essentially have advisers, how I feel in my training, and prayer shape my program on a daily basis. I am compelled to live a life that requires more faith on a day-to-day basis. I fully realize that not everyone is supposed to journey down this path (I fully support Sara, who needs the guidance of her coach) but it is the road that I want to travel. I long to have the same faith of others who have put themselves in a position that makes faith an absolute daily necessity. I don’t believe you have to be physically starving to have great faith, but I would suggest that the hungry are more often than not a little more desperate for God than those who are not.
Running has always been deeply spiritual for me. My desire is to have my training be more biblically designed, which has some very tangible applications and some not-so-tangible applications. Some of the more tangible applications come from verses like: Proverbs 24:6, “For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory” and Exodus 34:21, “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.” Obviously, there are no training plans in the Bible, so designing a program is a combination of my knowledge of training that I have developed over the past 14 years of competitive running, advice from others, but mainly through getting on my knees every morning and asking God what I should do. In the past I have found it very difficult for me to make deviations from my training plan once I have one written, so now I don’t have a plan in ink, making it easier for me to hear and obey God. With that said, God has a plan and sometimes He shows me one day, sometimes, a week, and sometimes the type of running I need to be doing in my current season.
I’ll be the first to admit that just because I ask God to show me how far and how intense I should run everyday doesn’t mean that my training will be perfect. Hearing from God is not always easy. But I know, that I know, that I know, that as I seek the presence of God He wants to speak to me. I believe He has been speaking to me about my running ever since He gave me the vision to go on my first run back in 1997 when I was 14 years old. The only difference now is that I am a lot more desperate to hear Him and open to letting Him direct my workouts.
Even though I know things may get messy at times, and I may not always hear God perfectly, I trust that God will scream if He has too, which gives me the confidence to approach everyday of training knowing that I am doing what God is telling me to do and trusting that He knows what is best for me.