Earlier this week when I ran this trail I was dying, but tonight I had such a great run and it was just so beautiful.
When I run on my treadmill I have to make a conscious effort to decide how fast and far I am going to go. When I decide to run the mountain trails, once I decide, the mountain sets my course. I don't get as much of a say as to how much effort I expend because the mountain requires a certain amount and will accept no less than the minimum effort it takes to climb it. And if I feel like quitting, I really can't.
At certain times of my life when I have had different challenges (that seem like giant mountains) I have thought to myself, wow, I am learning so much from this, but why didn't I choose to learn this rather than be in a situation where I was almost forced to learn it?
I'm not quite sure what the answer is, but although the mountain trail is really challenging, the view from the top is spectacular.
I think the same thing can apply to my challenges...although sometimes my challenges seem more difficult than I can handle, when I get to the other side of them, it all seems worth it and I feel so much stronger.