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Friday, February 20, 2009

The Second Wind

I like to run. I think it can be really therapeutic sometimes. And I like to run without headphones because it gives me a chance to clear my mind and think.
Just the other day as I was out pounding the pavement, I realized that running is a lot like life. What I mean is this: For the longest time, I never really knew what it felt like to get that second wind that everyone always talks about. I never knew, because I had never let myself run far enough to get or need one. I would run until I was tired, and then I would simply stop.
What I never realized was that sometimes, even though you're tired and out of breath, or think you've gone as far as you can go, or are ready to give up,
if you just keep running, the second wind really will come--and suddenly you're able to run further than you ever had before.
Sometimes in life, we never let ourselves "run far enough" in a relationship or in a job, or in the direction of our goals to let the second wind kick in. Sometimes we just stop when we hit a slope or start to get tired or think we can't go any further. Why not keep running? You'll never know how far that second wind can take you unless you try.

7 comments:

Sweet Em said...

Cim - I love hearing from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts...I think I'll say this here because I know my friends will read it, but not my family...that I've recent found that to be true in Aaron and my relationship - pushing through the part where we were feeling horrible has been a great blessing for us!

Sarah K. said...

I love reading your blog. It's always a welcome boost. I'll keep this thought in mind during the late nights and early mornings with a newborn and a toddler and a 4 year old :)

indeazgirl said...

Nice thought...

CurtisandMindy said...

Hey Cim, so nice to read your blog! you always have such nice things to say!

of course...here's the thing. I'd rather pluck out all my eyebrow hair than go running. Can you think of an analogy for me?!?!?!?

;-)

chellae said...

Oh the second wind. I'm getting more used to those and then finding that I don't need them so much because my original capacity to run has steadily increased. Amazing. It's like that story in the Book of Mormon where the Lord strengthened their backs rather than removing the burden. Can't wait to run 13.1 will you. Hope your body is up for it.

EAV said...

I feel the same way about running. I always loved to run on the mission because it just seemed to be so similar.

Wan Family said...

Hey Cim, it's great to hear from you again. I think you've inspired me to push for second wind.