Solitude and the Long Distance Runner

“Solitude is necessary to the long distance runner. Through many hours, the runner moves along the trail, through the breezes or the stillness of the day. Over the miles, through the quiet, he paces forward accompanied only by his reflections. This is the stuff of distance running: to be alone….”

“Yes, solitude is woven into the life of the long distance runner. But for me this solitude is entwined with my passion for God, my love of Him, and the things He loves. When I run, I usually enjoy a solitude, a quietness. My own restlessness and longings to run are often signals to me that I need to draw near to Him for a quiet season. The long run offers me an extended solitude with God; time to reflect and allow Him to put things in perspective, to listen, to love more deeply than yesterday, to run with steady heart and resolve, to set discomforts aside and reach for His fellowship, digging deep and learning once again to wait on Him, just to wait on Him. Solitude with God on the long run gives me time to be truly alone with Him. I need this time. I need His fellowship.”

From Laughter Near the Edge of Heaven, Henry Lewis


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Author: henryalewis

Henry Lewis lives in the Minneapolis area with his lovely wife where he writes and plays, and dreams of trails. He is just beginning to share his writing with others. His first published book, "Getting Amazing Things Done", shares his lifetime of insights on What Successful Project Managers Know and How They Lead People to Do Amazing Things. Henry's newest book, "Laughter Near the Edge of Heaven", are his Confessions of a Trail Runner. This work captures his twin passions of trail running and unpacking the things of God in the natural world. He takes us along the trails as he travels the world.

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