Continue, improve, and practice. These are of course the actions we must take in Steps 10, 11 and 12 of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Step 10 – Continued to take personal inventory and when we wrong, promptly admitted it
Step 11 – Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out
Step 12 – Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs
And how closely these words ring true in a sustained life of running. Let’s take a closer look.
Continue – Yearly, monthly, weekly, daily, and even minute to minute, we take inventory of our running goals, our progress, our pace and especially our mechanics. In order to continue on this life-long running journey, we similarly do what is recommended in the Big Book: we make an “effort to discover the truth about the stock-in-trade. One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid of them promptly and without regret. If the owner of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool himself about values” (64). Just as in continuing sobriety, our running inventories become nearly automatic and more frequent. We become attentive to what we’re doing incorrectly and we keep moving forward, making the necessary corrections as we go. It becomes a lively challenge to keep moving in a way that is both gentle and efficient – we get hurt less and we can go longer. At the end of the day, we’re content with “patient progress” and that the “steps” we’ve taken have gotten us closer to the Creator who has given us the gifts of running and sobriety.
AA Grapevine’s “At Wit’s End” Joke of the Week
A man walks into a bar and orders a shot of whiskey then looks into his pocket.
He does this over and over again.
Finally, the bartender asks why he orders a shot of whiskey and afterwards look into his pocket.
The man responded, “I have a picture of my wife in there and when she starts to look good then I’ll go home.”
New to the Site Lately
- “Running in the 4th Dimension” – Running video about Harry Cordellos, a blind runner in the 1970’s competing in the Dipsea…incredible!!
- Lots of new XA Speakers under “AA