That was the title to an article found within the pages of Runner’s World written by Mark Remy. The subtitle was, “Here’s a hint: It has nothing to do with nutrition, form, or VO2 max.”
So now, you are asking, what did the article say was the most important word in running? Are you ready?—-“Thank you.”
Often my wife, who power walks, and I remark about how grateful we are to be out exercising. We both realize that all we are enjoying comes from the good hand of our God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us, In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
So what are we grateful for?
- The beauty of running in the country!
- Ol’ Bossie watching us from the cow pasture.
- Seeing a newborn calf.
- Time to pray, memorize Scripture, and/or listen to sermon podcasts.
- Fellowship with other runners and the encouragement they bring to keep going.
- The ability to exercise. I promise you this is not taken for granted!
- Meeting some our neighbors who are out as well.
- The benefits of exercise.
- Safety. (This can be a challenge when faced with a driver who does not want to lose five seconds of his drive-time.)
- Goal setting.
- Being with my wife.
- Camaraderie with other runners through the MapMyRun app.
- Finishing the race.
- Good shoes.
- Water & Gatorade!
- Strength & endurance
- Memories of good and bad races.
- The opportunity to run again in races that were special.
- The fall colors.
- Our Enduracool towels.
- The Tweetsie Trail.
- Eyes to see, ears to hears, and lips to rejoice in all that God has created around us.
- Life in Christ that makes this life worth living.
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20)
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)