Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Blog Archives - 2012
Crossing The Line

With Election Day fast approaching (Nov 6), everyone is getting fired up about who our next president will be. "VOTE NO" and "VOTE YES" signs are popping up on every lawn, along with "Obama/Biden" and "Romney/Paul" signs clearly displaying a person's political preference. It seems like every time I tune into NPR they're discussing a presidential candidate's latest actions or how the odds are looking for the incumbent or how Romney may or may not prefer boxers over briefs. It also seems that Republicans and Democrats are fighting more than ever. The hostility between the two political parties never fails to astound me. There's like this invisible barrier between the two--preventing us from acting like civilized human beings around one another. It's as if we feel the need to compete with one another just because of differing views. Is the great nation we live in at risk of separation within our own borders? I sure hope not.

Here are some links outlining the core beliefs and differences between each party: Core Beliefs
                 Compare & Contrast

Yes, this is a running blog. And no, I am not going to give you an insulting speech on how my preferred candidate is better than yours. You know who should be president? Ryan Hall (famed marathoner), because he promised to put classy fitness centers into each and every airport. This was via Twitter of course, but I'd say that's a great campaign strategy. Running and politics have never really been something people associate with one another, which is GREAT, don't get me wrong. But why? Why is it that runners can just get together and not feud over why abortion is right or wrong? I'm sure every one of you have your own take on this, but hopefully mine offers a little more insight. Remember when I mentioned a few blogposts ago that runners everywhere have this "connection"? That's where it all comes into play; we see other runners and immediately feel a swell of pride every time we glimpse them hauling arse.(I personally give people a mental high-five when I pass someone running when driving to or from school.) 

Think about your last race (or most recent run with a group). Think of all the energy, the excitement, the camaraderie floating in the air, weaving in and out of the masses. It's pretty amazing when you think of over 20,000 people running the same race, sharing the same road, and swarming amongst each other. How do we not kill each other over differing opinions? I have an easy answer for this one. During races, it doesn't matter what political party we belong to or what sign is stuck in our yard; we're all just runners striving to go above and beyond our expectations of ourselves (and to finish the freaking race, of course). And during those hours that seem to fly by during the races or at the expos, we form deeper connections with other runners just like us. Deeper than politics could ever possibly reach. Honestly, have you ever seen someone refuse to run with a friend JUST because they were on the other side of the political spectrum?....I didn't think so. I really can't stand the fact that our nation can be so divided over a label we stamp on ourselves. I mean, just because someone supports gay marriage and you don't doesn't make them a bad person. In another instance, those who are a part of the pro-choice movement while you're pro-life does not in any way automatically make someone the enemy. It's just a difference in beliefs and morals. Let's just refrain from getting all worked up about how your neighbor just put a "VOTE ___" in their front lawn. Don't let that be your reason to avoid them. Talk to them, see their side of it. Or just go for a run with them and see them as the person they really are, not the party they belong to. (I prefer the latter)

You see, when we pull on our nifty ASICS and embark on the many miles that await you, you're not running with Republicans or Democrats; you're running with beautiful children of God. Real people. Runners. The beauty of running is that we runners all share a special bond, one that sometimes we don't even realize. When it comes time to run, we shed our labels and prejudices and congregate with people just like us. No debates. No boundaries. The lines we draw to separate ourselves are crossed without hesitation once the starting gun fires and the race begins.

Happy Trails!

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