Posts in Prayer
How to do an examination of conscience while running

Sometimes, during the toughest miles and most challenging hills, those times when my lungs feel like they might burst or my legs feel filled with lead, my most productive examinations of conscience occur. I think that the natural confluence of humility that comes acknowledging the raw vulnerability of both my body and soul yields a beautiful honesty – an honesty that I can’t always access when I am sitting still or when I am distracted by whatever it is that I allow myself to be distracted by.

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On Suffering and Speedwork

Somewhere around the 2nd mile repeat, I began to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in my head. I didn’t even know if you were meant to say the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays, but I instinctively turned to them. Contemplating the pain and suffering of our Lord on the Cross made maintaining my paces seem so small and insignificant.

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Discipline and Order

I have found time and time again when I am adhering to a work out schedule strictly, when I am fighting down every excuse that comes up to work out, I do the same with prayer. When I set my alarm twenty minutes earlier than I need to so that I can start my day with the Lord, it is a lot easier to stick to that run I have scheduled after work later that day.

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