As I continue my course as a runner, I am endeavoring to learn more about technique, fitness, nutrition, and the science of running. I am trying to read more about it, and as I do, I continue to find that many of the truths about running are applicable to everyday.
For instance, the other day, I read that the tendency for many runners is to look down while they run, While this may be perceived as a means of concentration, it actually results in contracted breathing. It is recommended for runners to look to the horizon in order to maintain good air flow, and as a way to stay motivated.
In Psalm 121, David writes the following…
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
It’s interesting that, when we are in need, we have a tendency to look down. To hang our head. To focus on the temporal. To ignore Him who is on high. I do it. You do it. We all have the propensity to do it.
When I am running and in need of breath (or a pain pill, to be honest), I tend to look down. And, as it turns out, that is the exact WRONG thing to do.
If progress during difficulty is to be made, we must look up.
God created all. He did so from on high. Why wouldn’t we look up?