One thing interesting about long jogs is that, whilst they are tiring, they are also invigorating. And the scientific fact is that regular exercise increases one’s metabolism. So as one who loves my food, I mainly jog so that I can eat whatever I want, without too much fear that what’s “a minute on the lips, will be a lifetime on the hips”.
Another plus to jogging, is that I get to take in so many beautiful sights. For most of us, our daily routine includes long periods of facing four walls, and even when we go out we find ourselves surrounded by a sprawl of urban buildings. So I do cherish these times when I can be in a park, surrounded by sun, sea, and sand…
This year started out well, and by the first half of the month, I managed to do three longish runs (average of 5km each). No indicator of lasting success I know, but still good!
When I jog, I try to be conscious of my surroundings, fully taking in the brilliance of the sky that day, or its murky white fish-belly hue. Most times, I don’t mind so much what RunKeeper computes, and often stop to take photos to capture a small frame of the beauty all around.
Then there is this playground I jog past in a large residential estate, and it just makes me happy to see it brimming with kids and parents, even though it’s during the early evening on a weekday. Outdoor free play is one of the best times in a child’s day, I’m sure!
Last week as I jogged, I looked up, and was treated to this awe-inspiring sight. It reminded me that “all heavens declare, the glory of our Risen Lord”. All nature indeed, testifies to how our world is created by intentional design.
There is so much beauty around us, if we only take the time to notice it. Cloud-watch, gaze at the blue blue skies, or even when they seem to be a hundred shades of grey, drink deep of it all, and give thanks.