I thought it was high time that I devote a post to the “pray” in Eat Pray Run, DC. My faith is something that is very important to me and I thought I’d talk a bit about how prayer factors into my workouts.
The truth is, I pray all the time. I sometimes pray longer prayers at home in the morning or in the evenings. But most often, I pray quick short prayers all throughout my day. My prayers throughout an average day often look like this:
- Dear Lord, please let me catch the x8 so I can be early to work today.
- Thanks God for favor in catching the x8 right before it took off!
- Lord, please let the redline be functioning properly today and let me not unknowingly board a hot car.
- Thanks Lord for keeping me away from the hot car. We’ll try again tomorrow with redline functionality.
- Thanks Lord for helping me to remember my lunch.
- Woohoo – hopped off the metro at the perfect time to catch the bus home. Thanks for the favor, Lord!
- Dinner is delicious – thanks for giving me the gift of cooking, Lord.
- Thank you Jesus for my sweet dog who is always excited to see me when I get home.
You get the picture — I pray a lot. It’s important for me to connect with God on a real and practical level and while some of my prayers may be funny or light, (“dear Jesus please let Alabama win another national championship”), it’s the communication with Him that matters.
I also pray often while I’m running. Often times, I’m just thanking the Lord that I have the ability to run. So many people would love to have two legs to run on and I try not to take the fact that I’m physically able for granted. Some times while running, I’m overcome with emotion at how beautiful different sites are, like the picture below, which I took while running in Miami recently.
And then other times when I’m racing and feel like there is no way I can go on, I pray. I ask for strength. I ask for perspective. I ask for the race to be over. 🙂 If you are ever racing next to me and see me close my eyes (only briefly! Safety, ladies and gentlemen!) and look up, chances are I’m praying. Usually that the race will fly by 🙂
Do you ever pray while running? If you believe, how does your faith affect your workouts?