While running I find myself saying these little prayers for myself and other runners I see.
Things I never thought of until I started running,
things I discovered were suddenly vital!
Not intending to be blasphemous but I know God knows me
and tolerates my extra neediness during runs and tough workouts:
May your mind be clear from the worries of the world
so you may enjoy your run.
May you understand my exasperated smile and partial wave
are my way of cheering you on!
May that dog roaming free not chase you as he did me
May that snake crossing the path not startle you as it did me.
until it was too late.
May you make it home before the sun sets.
May you reach the end of your run and not have to cut it short.
May your water bottle never empty.
When you are struggling, may your favorite song come on.
May the wind always be at your back.
Give me the strength to make it to the top of that hill.
Bless my feet that they may not go numb, blister or chafe.
Bless my legs with the endurance to complete my run,
and my knees to keep from buckling.
Help me to breathe . . . in and out, in and out.
Please keep snakes, stray dogs and crazy drivers away from me.
Bless my children with safety and extra guardian angels
while I'm away.
Please let the next song be "Eye of the Tiger."
Amen and luvs,