Running is a Mystery to be Enjoyed

At the GoGo Running All-Area High School Banquet, Dr. Wm. Richard Kremer spoke. We thought it was so powerful that it deserved a blog post. This the sixth post in a series of seven. Be ready to be inspired by his words:

Sixth, Running Is a Mystery to be Enjoyed. I speak as a former racer to present racers: there is not always a direct correlation between what you put into your sport and what you get out of it. That can be a frustrating reality – but it is reality.

You can train perfectly for a race, can discipline yourself intensely, then go out and run a horrible race. Or you can go through a period where injury and circumstance prevent you from preparing as you would like, only to then go out and breeze through a personal best. This is true of running at every level.

When I was competing in middle distances there was a brilliant British half-miler named Sebastian Coe who won the gold medal in the 800 meter at the 1980 Olympic Games. Yet Sebastian Coe once said, “You know, my goal is to put my foot on the pedal with three hundred meters to go. Sometimes there is gas in the tank, sometimes there is not. I never know when the gas will be there and when it won’t.” That’s a world class runner talking, and his quote simply underscores my point: the mystery as to why our bodies do what they do can never be fully explained. You just have to accept and enjoy the fact that running is a mystery to be enjoyed.

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Dr. Wm. Richard Kremer, is currently the pastor of Garden Lakes Baptist Church in Rome. Dr. Kremer has spent most of a lifetime involved in track and field as a participant and coach. He would characterize himself presently as a “very slow recreational runner.”

Dr. Kremer was the indoor 440 champion of the state of Alabama in 1973 and was part of the Jefferson Davis High (Montgomery, Ala.) team that finished that year undefeated. He received a full track scholarship to the University of Georgia, where he competed in a variety of cross country and track events.

He placed fourth in the SEC Championships of 1974 and 1975 in the 600 yard dash, setting a school record of 1:11.5 that stood for many years. A summa cum laude graduate, Dr. Kremer was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Upon graduation with a double major in English and History, Dr. Kremer attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a Master’s of Divinity and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. While in Louisville, Dr. Kremer ran for the Mason Dixon Athletic Club, continuing to win local and regional events while working on his Master’s. While running for the Mason Dixon AC, Dr. Kremer was part of a formidable distance medley relay team that included British Olympian Nick Rose.


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