I'm sure you can find several books claiming to be the "Running Bible". Well, as much knowledge as those books may have - I thought to myself "what about running IN the Bible and how can it apply to my own running"
"Interesting thought", I thought to myself. Many would say that the Bible is no source for running, but humor me a little and keep reading :)
Genesis 39:12 -- Joseph runs away from Potiphar's wife escaping her passes on him.
1 Kings 18:46 -- Elijah outruns those that are trying to kill him. (long distance too)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 -- the author talks about running with purpose [this may be metaphorically, but he mentions those that train and compete in organized games] -- talks about discipline.
Hebrews 12:1 -- speaks on running with perseverance the race marked out for us. Take it as you will, but who can argue with a focused determination?
Luke 15:20 -- the prodigal son's Father runs from a long distance off to embrace his returning son. He ran with heart.
So, can I learn anything from the Bible about running without stretching the message? I'll try.
1. Gen -- Run away and Stay clear of shady situations. Use your head and don't fall into temptations of doubt, negativity, and laziness.
2. 1 Kings -- If someone is trying to kill you - RUN as fast and far as you can. Fight or Flight baby.
3. 1 Cor -- Run with discipline. Guys in that time trained just as hard so that they could win the prize - they were clear headed, disciplined, and had one purpose in mind - succeed. It was the same with what the author was saying - Stay true to your committment and spread that which you believe in.
4. Heb -- run with perseverance. simply put.
5. Luke -- don't give up, dont' give in, and embrace that which you have been given.
There you have it. I think it was a success. Despite what you believe in - this is a good message :)