Friday, September 16, 2011

Physiology of Runners 1: Water

I have been contemplating these past few weeks on something that i could blog about.  After trying a few ideas and not having them work out the way i wanted, i decided to check out a book to help me out.  This book is called Running Anatomy.  I have now decided that i want to discuss a few things about the human body as a runner, the physiology if you will, and compare it to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
One thing that I would like to start out with is this fact.... The human body is made up of about 60% water. We can all agree that there probably isn't anything better on a hot day than a cold class of ice water.  It quenches our thirst and keeps our body functioning in the way it should be.
 The energy burned when running produces heat, and it is by the mechanism of sweating that the core temperature is maintained; and we sweat from the fluids that we have taken into our body. So this points out that water is crucial for not only our running, but our survival as humans.
I would like to now compare water to the living water that the Savior talked about to the woman at the well.
In the John Chapter 4 Verses 11-14 the account states:

 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

I begin to wonder what it would feel like to never thirst again.  I wouldn't have to worry about spending money on water, milk, pop, cool-aid, juice etc. Wouldn't that be nice. 
 But I do know what it is like to never thirst after the truth.  Being apart of the true restored church of Jesus Christ brings a peace that cant be explained. Now remember after your next long run when you reach for you bottle of water that there is a way to never thirst again, and that is through Jesus Christ.