What's the similarity? They're both difficult during Winter/Christmas time.
I've ran for thousands of miles through the years but I still have a running slump every winter time. I'm 9 months old into the grieving process and it still sucks, most especially now at Christmas time. I miss my wife terribly.
I know one thing for sure. The only way I could overcome the difficulty is to go through them. There is no other way to get out of the running rut but to get out there and run. I need to get over the winter lethargy and the frosty weather. And as for missing my beloved wife, the only way towards my healing is to go through the painful stages to transform my grief into a growth experience.
I like to request for your prayers to help me get through these tough times. I am having a hard time without my wife to feel the spirit of Christmas joy as well as the joy of running. I need to regain the strength to enthusiastically run and pray for other people. After all, inspired by my wife, I strive to be a Praying Runner. But today, I wear my vulnerability like a cross around me. Please pray for me to find peace, joy, and strength this Christmas.
P.S. Update: I ran 15 miles today. I prayed for my own special intention and for a dear family friend - Fred V., who passed away December 16th after battling cancer. He showed our family the most sympathetic support like no other during my wife's battle. I am glad I got to talk to you three weeks ago. Please say hello to my wife up in heaven.