Marathon Running on Faith
Do you think that God directs us even in the smallest details of our lives? Ryan Hall does.
A 'blonde, boyish' 29 year old who attends Bethel church in Redding is gearing up for the London 2012 Olympic Marathon. Last year he ran the Boston Marathon in 2 hours 4 minutes 58 seconds - the fastest of any American ever.
He has listed his coach as 'God' and believes the Lord has given him training plans and a strategy as to how to approach the Olympics.
Sabbath principles are incorporated into his training - every week he takes a day off; every seven weeks he runs once a day instead of twice. Hall's training is different from the 'norm.'
Even if he doesn't win, his identity is secure: 'We believe God sees us as perfect,' he explains, adding that it's 'almost as if we have a Jesus suit on, because he died for us and took away our sins.'
Hall says faith prevents him from being dependent on results for happiness; He likes to run for the fun of it.