If you ask Reverend Donald Wright what you need to do to live a long, healthy, happy life, he’ll give you this advice:
* Take care of your body by running and eating a healthy diet.
* Nourish your mind by staying positive, joyful and relaxed.
* Care for your soul by praying, attending spiritual services, reading religious writings and appreciating the world’s natural beauty.
That’s the formula that has worked for him for 35 years. Wright, chaplain of the police department in La Grange, Ky., knows it works, because whenever he slacks off in one of those areas, his energy wanes, his mood blackens, and his running suffers.
In fact, while many runners might benefit from soul-searching, Wright says many religious leaders could benefit just as much from more exercise. Burnout is high among pastors. And Wright is convinced that his running and healthy eating have helped him stay energetic.
“Running replenishes me,” he says. “When I run, I rarely think about problems. I think, ‘Wow, this is a beautiful day, and I feel good. It’s a respite. Running cleanses my mind and provides me with a fresher, more spiritual outlook.”–A.B.
Is Running a Religion?
Some people say running …