When I run, it is one of my most intimate times with Our Mother Mary, Most Holy.
A few days ago, I tried running differently, and chose to listen to pop Christian music. Point blank, it sucked and I hated it. I will not make that mistake again.
On average, I run 3 1/2 miles, and this time, I couldn't finish it. And I know, 3 1/2 miles, weak to all the marathon runners out there; I started running in January and I've slowly built myself up and am really proud of my number 3. But not proud of the three times that I stopped running while listening to Christian music.
When I run and pray the Rosary, I never have that problem; even if I am completely out of breath with the mindset of not being able to take that next stride, I always finish my run and I never stop. People can sometimes be oddly surprised when I share with them my running technique of praying the Rosary. I receive statements along the lines of, 'how can you do that Lillie? That's impossible! I could never do that. That's crazy. Wow, I give you so much credit.'
First off, IT ISN'T ME. I tell people all the time, I am not a runner, because I'm not. What I am is an advocate of a prayerful life and incorporating it in all of my daily activities as much as I humanly can.
To get back on track, running while listening to music vs. praying the Rosary while running, I could pose the exact same questions to all of you musical runners. Let me tell you all of the problems I faced while listening to music and running. The music wasn't loud enough, strong enough, or powerful enough. Let's just say, it wasn't good enough for my running. Now, don't take that as me saying that I am a pro runner or pro athlete, I, Lillie, am not a PRO anything. The reason why it wasn't good enough or powerful enough for me, was because Mary was not the center of my run.
Mary was not on my mind, I mean, yes, in a way she was on my mind because I was angry at the music for not balancing out my cardio of the day, and I was angry at myself for picking music over MARY QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE. I had the desire to go running, but I didn't have the desire to pray with Mary on my run. I wanted to spice it up, see what the hype was all about with listening to music while running. All I can say is, there was NO HYPE. It was awful. I was feeling the pain, and I had no one to turn to to comfort me in the pain, to keep pushing me, to be my motivation; all I had was music. This was a beautiful test for me to see the true power of Mary, Jesus' mother. To see the love she has for me, the endurance she has for me. To state it bluntly, to me, she is the ultimate fitness trainer.
How about you invite her on a run and ask her to be yours as well. To try to carve out that intimate time with Mary and to go on a run with her. To gain a friendship with your Savior's mother, with your best friend's mom. She is truly my best friend's mom, and I love spending time with her. I want to know her too, to see what she is all about, to see the HYPE in Mary, because trust me, THE HYPE IS REAL. She will definitely kick your butt, and push you and she won't let you down. I'm praying for you and your journey with Our Mother, Mary, who is Full of Grace. The Holy Mother, Mother of God.