Well... what did I start with my well-intentioned and neutral question some days ago??? Did'nt really expect heated, philosophical and spiritual discussion to ensue!!
FR I agree that the subsequent debate has been good-natured, probably because, as Moe says, runners are basically well-balanced people!!
Shall we let the thread drop now, and if people want to debate theology etc. set up another thread for that?
My original question was one of balance and I think I have been considerably helped by several responses .. so thanks for that!
My parting and definitely final comment on this thread would be to observe how aerated some people get when others comment on what their faith means to them. One is immediately accused of proselytising ... would the same be said if one made a claim that discovering basket-weaving, car maintenance (or even running!!) had revolutionised one's life??? Interesting that. Bye
It has often seemed to me that it's the very first thing you hear in the morning that stays with you .... very good reason to engineer your "waking up music" to be something you can actually bear more than once!
Dead impressed, Twodogs, that you've brought up the old "Ohrwurm" thing .... since discovering this (I have been known to teach German when the powers that be are desperate in my school!) I have carried on what I thought, until now, was a one-man campaign to introduce the English translation into general use .... no need now ... it's happened!! My worst Ohrwurm? Coldplay Trouble .. mainly because every blinkin' kid at my school either plays it endlessly or wants me to show them how to!
Prinz, I too "run" the music at church, usually 20 odd assorted adults and youngsters playing and singing everything under the sun. It's amazing how many running analogies you can come up with to encourage better singing, team-work, focus, warm-ups etc.!! Inspired by contributions to this thread, I did actually go for a good 5-miler this morning at 7.00. and it was amazing. I have actually tried to run in the mornings before and it's felt awful ... but I guess its a sign of improving fitness that it was good this morning. Beautiful run out in (chilly!) early morning sun into the countryside ... fortunate to be living right on the edge of Leeds .... with the prospect of breakfast on my return.