My run today was pushed back from a morning run to an afternoon run because there was a lot of work to get done before I could head out. I grabbed my cold weather running clothes, hat, sunglasses (more today for blocking the wind), garmin running watch/gps device, and some inspiring tunes on my iphone and headed out the door. After being cozy inside my house I was surprised to see/feel that it was very windy, cold and rainy. With a smirk on my face I began my run. I love days like this. It is different and poses a different challenge to my run. Days like this bring me out of my daze and drop me right into the moment, the cold rainy exhilarating moment. I know that if I can run on a day like today then I can run on any day. I don't want to be the type of runner who is always looking for an excuse to not run. I want an excuse to run because I know that each day I am out there is a day that my body is getting better in shape. My heart is getting stronger. My lungs are getting more efficient and will make each time that I sing that much easier. My brain is getting clearer as I sort through all the thoughts floating around and cluttering it. I had 3 miles to run and I was super excited to do it. I couldn't help but think of the verses in James 1:2-4 that say "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." I need to remember the joy that running this cold rainy day brought me on those days that I am being pummeled by the spiritual storms that come my way and know that if I can run headlong into those days with those storms then I can run the race of this life on any day.