Thursday, December 15, 2011

My 21st Race

Last weekend I finished my 21st race! I will now think of myself as an "of age" racer! lol! This was my 18th 5K and I've done two 10Ks and one half marathon! It's been quite the journey and I have learned a lot about myself and my walk with God during the process. This race was very special though because I got to run it with my sister, Tina. It was our 5th race to do together! (all 5Ks.) We both starting running because of adversity in our lives.

 I started about 3 years ago while my son was in the hospital after a tragic automobile accident. I am still his caregiver as he slowly makes progress. My sister has a brain tumor. She has several brain surgeries before they finally got a shunt in correctly. We actually decided last year to make the Race for Hope (for the Oklahoma brain tumor foundation) a yearly event for us. We three sisters have done it now 3 years in a row. And we kinda branched out from there.

 We had done a race in June and met a new friend and she is the one who hooked us up with this last race. It was so much fun to run with people you know. Most of my races I have gone alone and run alone. That is fine - but it's so much more fun with others. So this was a special race.

 Sometimes in our lives when we face adversity we find ourselves running alone. So we just run. There's really no other option is there? Today - take a look around your sphere of influence and see who may be running alone. Perhaps they just need a word of encouragement, a pat on the back or a pleasant conversation with a friend. A small gesture can mean the greatest thing to someone who is in adverse situations.

 If you had told us that we would one day be running races together - we would have both laughed at you -- out loud!! -- for a very long time!! You never know what life will bring your way - but once you start - you just gotta keep running! Encourage someone in their life's run today -- Here's a couple of pics from race day! (btw - we are both "faster than the pastor"!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Way to Keep From Limping

I am just coming off an almost-major knee injury. It was a "break" albeit a little tiny one! A few weeks rest and wearing a brace and I was good to go! The main reason I fell (I think) was I had some new shoes (they just now crossed 50 miles - so they were real new then!) and just misjudged the height of the curb, caught my toe and slammed into the ground. It happened so fast, I did not even feel the tripping part at all. My eyes never even closed! That's how fast it happened!

 I think sometimes in life we can find ourselves in troubling or painful situations just that fast as well. One small mis-step and we are emotionally, spiritually, financially or otherwise eating dirt! Just a minor calculation and we are on the ground. So when I found this scripture this morning I could really relate to it.

 Proverbs 4:12 says this in the New Living Translation: if you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run.  Now that is a true bit of wisdom isn't it? The way I physically run requires that I be careful and protect my body from injuries that will cause me to limp. But many of us limp through this life and never quite find wholeness. If we will heed the words in Scripture and follow wisdom and peace will can go through this life without the noticeable limp. You think it's not noticeable? Sometimes others can see it long before we can see it ourselves....keep yourself limp free - run with wisdom!