The “Key” to Running Better

Over the past 20 years or so of my life, I have found out that in almost every difficult situation there is a “key” to making change happen.

What I am alluding to is that, for example, circumstances that are difficult in life can be like being in a pitch back room and continually running into walls with no way out.  The thing is that there is a door and a key to open that door near you .  All you need to know is how to get the key to turn and the door will open and things will suddenly work out.

This sounds philosophical, but honestly it is amazing how this works in everyday life, including running.

An example from my running life is the mountain I run.  I ran several times to the base of the mountain and at the left turn that went up the mountain, I turned around and went the other direction.  I got so close, but I didn’t know that the key to the door of running fast, more efficient and with less injury, was literally a left turn away from me.  It was like I was in a dark room with a door and a key, but I never unlocked that door and walked through until… one day with TJ.  We decided to see where that road went.  That left turn was the key that changed my running life in a way that nothing else has ever done!

Another example is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  I wrote about this on this blog a month or two ago several times.  Not only has it helped my running in the afternoons by giving me something I had to have been missing, but over the past two months, my weight, which had plateaued at 192, has gone down 7 lbs to 185.  Even pizza night doesn’t seem to affect me much anymore.

I could go on and on.  In just about every area of my life this principle has helped.  I constantly pray for wisdom so that I can find the keys to shut doors in my life.

I guess I hope that there may be keys in your life to open doors to which you just haven’t paid attention.  It is an amazing feeling to find a key and suddenly realize there is a simple solution to a complex problem and it has been right in front of you!

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8 thoughts on “The “Key” to Running Better

  1. Thanks for this message. Sometimes you just don’t know what to do. The key is more inspiring than having a plan right now. “If I could just find a way….”.

    • I know the feeling. Sometimes it is the simplest thing that makes all the difference. Just as an example, I haven’t mowed my lawn in years (my kids have been doing it). I was in such bad physical shape my Lovely Wife was afraid I wouldn’t survive the stress. This weekend I mowed my lawn for the first time in a LONG time. I then ran into my neighbor who volunteered to cut my hedges that REALLY needed a total makeover. He did an awesome job and my house looks so much better. So had I not mowed my lawn, I wouldn’t have been talking to my neighbor and my house wouldn’t look better then it has in years. It was an unintended consequence of doing something I haven’t done in years. I don’t know that this totally fits my post, but it is similar. Good luck and grace as you “find a way”!!!

  2. This is such a great way to describe it. I just had an aha moment again with the ACV. It is literally sitting right next to me and I keep forgetting about it. Awesome post. You are truly an inspiration.

    • You are too kind. 🙂 Thanks. With the ACV, just make sure it is unfiltered and unprocessed. I use Heinz since it is cheap at WMart and it fits all the criteria.

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