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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Hebrews 12:1~

We did quite a lot of running this summer and this fall. The kids and I have a lot of fun doing it, and it's great having accountability partners. When one of us doesn't feel like running chances are there are at least two others who will drag us out the door. The hardest part of each run always seems to be laceing up your shoes and stepping out the front door.
Here are Eben, Hailey, Nick and I after a 3 races in less than 24 hours challenge race we did. In the spring I had talked about maybe doing a 1/2 marathon. Eben really wanted to do it too. During the week we kept our regular runs with Nick and Hailey and then had several Saturday mornings of long runs. We learned a lot about distance running, and we made a lot of mistakes, and we had a lot of laughs, and we had a few run until we thought we'd die moments...well not Eben, he's a machine, but one run I thought about crawling home.
So... last weekend Eben and I ran our 1st Half Marathon. It was a lot of fun and God gave us the perfect weather day for it. The course was beautiful, and the atmosphere was so encouraging. Eben is much faster than I am, but he ran the first mile with me. It was great to have him to talk to and laugh with. Once we hit the first bridge, he was gone and I didn't see him again until the finish. He did great finishing at 1: 56. I was hoping to finish under 2:10 based on a previous 15 K time I had, and was really excited when I hit mile 11 to see I could perhaps finish under 2:05. Our eldest son Nick always does my playlist on my ipod for race days, and just at the moment I was contemplating if I was going to just finish or try for a better time the song "Go Hard or Go Home" came one. perfect timing :o) I finished at 2:04.56 HA just barely. The best part though was hearing a voice cheering me on at the finish I didn't expect..my sweet Mom woke up at 3:15 a.m. to drive the 2.5 hours to watch us race. It was such a blessing and an encouragement to us! I am really thankful for a family that encourages me so, and who is crazy too! Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1~


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Great job!

I used to be a runner ... until a serious car accident 12 years ago. So sad. :(

How AWESOME that your mom came to cheer you on. So wishing we had close family to cheer us on in life.

Hope your week is BLESSED!

Laurel :)

Kathy C. said...

Wow! Way to go!! And how nice to have that connection with one of your children.

Robin's Reports said...

Holy Cow Renee!! You made a great time too. You guys are awesome. Oprah REALLY missed out not having you on her show before she went into retirement. LOL.

I will have to run vicariously through your stories. I will only run half-marathons in my dreams. You're all such an inspiration to me.

yvette said...

Absolutely amazing and I jsut love that your mom surprised you!!

stephanie said...

Aww, I love that! Congrats to you and Eben!