Last year, I spent considerable time researching training plans and ended up creating a customized one by synthesizing principles that I found across several others.  Regardless of whether you follow Galloway, Higdon, or the Hanson brothers (think marathon, not MMMBop), certain principles apply: Build mileage gradually.  Alternate hard days and easy days.  Do long runs.  Fuel them properly.  Take rest days.

As I look to resume training, I’m also considering spiritual principles I need to keep in mind.  My prayer is that my running will be guided by a verse I’m aiming to live for 2014 and beyond:

Those last three really got me. 
Humility.  Not pride.  Ouch. 
Gentleness.  Not pushing myself as hard as I possibly can, up to (or past) my breaking point. 

Patience.  Not focused on speed.  Not rushing the return from injury.  

I hope there will come a time when we can talk about running with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) and running to win (1 Corinthians 9:24). Yet, in the meantime, running with humility, gentleness, and patience will build a solid foundation for my character and for everything that is to come.  

As much as I want to run longer and run faster, I’ve got to remember: low miles and slow miles are better than no miles!