This is day 4 of Janathon, the challenge to work out every day in the month of January and blog about it. It was a cold 300, but a beautiful morning for a run. My out and back course to the main gate of Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base runs nearly due East the entire 3 miles out, so my face was bathed in the bright sunlight all the way out.
I took it at a nice, easy pace, partly for enjoyment, partly because my body was feeling the accumulated miles that started with my two long runs on Monday and Tuesday. I also had to consider the 1000 mile drive I'll start this afternoon when I head back to Arkansas. Exhausting myself with a really hard run would make for a tough 16 hour drive.
The beautiful weather brought to mind the song from the play Annie, Tomorrow. "The sun'll come out tomorrow, tomorrow..." After several runs in cold, damp, cloudy weather, the sun came out today. Once again, a metaphor for life.
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." -- Romans 8:18
The Bible promises a sunny day, glory revealed, will follow the dismal days that haunt us so often throughout life. We all face struggles and storms as life plays out. Sometimes those hard times linger so long it seems they'll never end. Sometimes they go on until we can't even remember the last time we saw the sun.
But somewhere down the road, if we can keep moving forward, we will again see that huge yellow ball hanging in the sky. The clouds will clear and the beautiful, blue sky will chase away the gray. We just have to persevere, keep going when things are tough.
So when you get discouraged by cloudy, dreary days, just keep running. A brighter day will dawn.
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