Running is My Religion

Even though my father is a minister, I have never considered myself a religious person. I was brought up Unitarian, which is a very open-ended, free-thinking religion, which is part of what I love about it. But it also means there’s very little direction in terms of spirituality. You’re forced to find your own. I guess I would say I haven’t been given the gift of faith just yet. But running? Running is the closest thing I have to a religion. Running calms me. Running gets me outside of my head and into nature. Running gives me the mental space to sort through difficult things, and often get answers. Running pushes me physically which brings my body to an energetic, yet peaceful and calm place.

I’ve been battling injuries for over a year which kept me from running until very recently. Being back in that space — moving, breathing, thinking, observing, pushing — makes me realize how important it is to me and how nothing else in the world can replace it for me. So today I brought my camera with me to share a day in the life of my religion. Running.

Path to Enlightenment

Holy Water

My Pew

Fellowship

Fellowship

Fellowship

Choir

Minister

Heaven

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  1. Marvelous piece. I agree that when we are most alive (which running inspires in many) we are the most spiritual. Or perhaps we are always spiritual but running helps some of us remember and connect with that.

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    • I like your perspective “when we are most alive… we are most spiritual.” I think running — but particularly running in nature — is what makes me feel most alive and most in tune with myself and my surroundings. Which in turn makes it feel spiritual. Not everyone can understand that, but it sounds like you do. Thanks for your comment; its always so nice to hear from fellow runners/thinkers/writers.

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