On a very cold Saturday in January I ran a 10mile off-road race called HellRunner. The course took us up and down steep slopes, across sand, through bogs, and into several streams and rivers - one so deep that I could not touch the bottom and had to swim!
At the end of the course I was soaked, filthy, frozen and my knee was bleeding where I had fallen.
I found myself asking why I'd signed up - and even paid for the privilege...well:
I got a T-shirt
I received a medal
I am middle aged and need to prove I can still do these things
I had a laugh with the three other team members
I made memories I will never forget
My hell running was a choice. Yours might not be.
Maybe your 2016 has not started well. Perhaps your health has taken a turn for the worse, your job has suddenly stopped, or a relationship has cruelly ended.
Let me share two lessons I learned from the race:
1 Keep on going
When things get hard it's tempting to give up, but the best runners just keep those legs moving.
Keep on going - you will make it in the end.
2 Share the load
Life - even brutally tough life - is more bearable with friends. You shouldn't struggle alone, and you don't need to struggle alone.
As an Ealing resident I so appreciate the friendship and support that I get from Redeemer that encourages me to keep going.