Run no. 30 – Leaving a positive trail


Distance: 4.53 miles   Time: 40’58”

Hard miles today. The same time as my last run – to the second – but felt much harder work.

My legs felt ‘heavy’ from the off.

Probably a few factors caused this. Perhaps the most significant was that yesterday was a fasting day – so my body was probably low on fuel. But hopefully that will help with my Shakespearean intention, “Oh that this too, too solid flesh would melt!” I read somewhere that exercise when your body is low on fuel puts it into ‘starvation’ mode and so it burns fat more – here’s hoping!

Anyway, I suppose that my struggles made me more aware of my surroundings – anxious to be making progress, to reach the way markers, to count off the miles.

One thing I did notice was how pretty the tarmac path looked due to the fallen leaves.

Tarmac is tarmac right? Dark grey, uniform, rather boring. But a tree had started to shed its turning leaves and they were spread out over the path making the most beautiful linear patterns. Gold and browns with some of the grey showing through. Really pretty effect.

The tree had dropped its leaves and they made a difference, they made the surroundings nicer, prettier, joy-giving. Even the tarmac looked good.

I think that this sums up what God wants from us as human beings – to leave a positive trail behind us, acts of random kindness, unsolicited prayers of blessing, efforts to make our environment better – small stuff, but it can make a big difference.

He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV)

I remember a time a long time ago when my wife and I were first married. We were low on cash and our big nights out were a trip to the local takeaway to get a curry.

As we were about to pay for our meal and take it home, someone we knew vaguely who was behind us in the queue, leaned forward and said, “Let me get that for you” and paid for our takeaway.

I don’t know why he did that, but it was such a blessing to us, and even now, I remember it. A small act of kindness, but it gave joy and I still have the positive feelings it engendered.

As we go through today – let’s try and leave a positive trail behind us.