Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Ultra Runner's Prayer

I saw this posted on the Hideaway Running Events Facebook page and had to steal it. Good luck to all the ultra runners out in Winter Park today. While I was planning to run the 50K, today I am running the half marathon. #trainingslump

Watch over me today as I run.
I have paid the price to run this race
through the summer heat, the winter winds,
up those hills.
There are other days and other races,
But this is the day and this is the time for this race.

Watch over my body.
Keep it from injury.
As I run, may the tiredness and the pain be the symbol
of victory and not the reason for defeat.
May I acknowledge my limitations,
but not accept less than my potential.

Watch over my mind.
May I be intelligent as I run.
May I listen to the signals from within
as I enjoy the scenes from without.
Keep me from foolishness at the start
so that I can finish with wisdom at the end.

Watch over my spirit.
As time passes and my commitment
dims and blurs, may the inner resources that
You gave me come forward and give me the
resolve to press onward.

Watch over my competitors.
As they face the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual challenges we all face, may they find the
peace and strength that I have found through You.
Remind them that we all are struggling equally
and that their personal victory is a result of Your guidance.

Watch over the trails and mountains.
As they seek to challenge me, may they also offer
havens of comfort and shelter from storms.
Please allow me to seek out that shelter and give me
time to enjoy the boundless beauty they possess.
Let the mountains offer me a test and a challenge
But also a passage through which I may safely pass.
As I continue to press to the summit, may the trail
lead me where You want me to go.

Let me win.
Not by coming in ahead of my friends,
but by beating myself.
Let it be an inner win. A battle won over me.
May I say at the end,
I have fought a good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.”

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