Saturday, April 25, 2009
One of the wonderful ministries of our church is the Circle of Praise dance group. Katie has taken ballet and tap at church for the past 3 years. I never have to worry about what type of music she's dancing to or what type of dances she may be learning. The teachers that she has have taught her that she can use dance as a way to worship Jesus. Here are some of the pictures from the dance recital.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
First I had Katie beat some pecans with a wooden spoon. We talked about how Jesus was arrested and beaten by the soldiers.
Here Katie is smelling the vinegar. The vinegar represents what Jesus was given to drink as he was dying on the cross.
We then added a cup of sugar to our unappetizing concoction. We talked about how the sweetest part of the whole story is that Jesus loved us so much that He died on the cross for our sins.
We then sealed the "tomb".
Thursday, April 9, 2009
There were several times I cried out to Jesus to help me make it. The wind was so strong and it was so chilly. I hit the "wall" at mile 21, and if I wasn't as determined as I am I may very well have started walking. But I kept on going....by mile 23 I knew I was going to make it....and at mile 25 I got my second wind and flew up Dickson and back up onto the square. When I turned that corner on the square and saw the clock ticking at 3:52 I nearly lost it. I had no idea how long I had been running. I didn't check my time throughout the race because I didn't want to get discouraged if I wasn't doing as well as I thought I should be. I flew the rest of the way to the finish line. It was one of the most exhilirating experiences of my life. And, yes there is such a thing as a runner's "high." Unless you love to run there's no way to describe the feeling of euphoria that I felt after the race was over. It's indescribable.
Thank you to Jill, my girl, who showed up about halfway through the race to help cheer me on. She even brought me Starburst jellybeans--which I absolutely LOVE. And Jeremy and Katie were absolutely amazing throughout the race. I think I've made them proud. On Sunday after we got home Katie came up to me and gave me a big hug and said, "Mommy, I'm so proud of you. You were awesome today." I'm hoping someday we may be able to run a race together.
I don't know when the next race will be, but I'm certain I will do another marathon. Are there any runners out there who want to join me?????
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Several pounds of dough later, Katie and I drove to our first predetermined "cheer and refueling" location. My wonderful wife had been kind enough to tell me exact locations on the route to meet her with exact snacks. I had a list of snacks with corresponding locations marked on a map. Outstanding.
Now, I knew that during Michelle's training she had averaged about 10 minute miles, so I planned to meet her a little early at the 9 mile mark (or, as I like to call it, "Nav Point Alpha"). Well, Michelle was really getting after it and we ended up driving past her on our way to Nav Point Alpha. ABORT MISSION!! ABORT MISSION!! One illegal U-turn, several disgruntled marathon runners, and many single-finger salutes later, Katie and I popped green smoke at Nav-Point-Delta, our back-up rendezvous point for the first cheering and refueling operation.
After this initial mishap, Katie and I got our act together and completed several more cheering and refueling operations along the route.
Here are a few recon photos from the successful mission:
Michelle about to cross the finish line.
Did I mention the race was in Fayetteville?
Today, Michelle ran the Hogeye Marathon (26.2 miles) in 3 hours, 53 minutes, and 7 seconds. For all of you non-engineers who can't do the math in your head, she was running each mile in an average of 8.9 minutes. This really is an impressive pace and a terrific time. She finished 2nd overall among the women in her first ever marathon.
Baby, you're awesome and I'm so proud of you. Congratulations on the completion of one of your dreams. You didn't just finish a marathon or just run a marathon, you were kickin' bootie and takin' names. I love you and thank you for not making me run it with you.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I'm nervous, excited, and ready to get going. I've got my ipod loaded, and my running shoes ready. The only thing I have left to do is pack some snacks to have Jeremy and Katie hand off to me at various points through the race so I can keep my energy up.
I can't believe the race is tomorrow. It's finally crept up on me. I was devastated last year when I wasn't able to run the marathon after I injured my IT band. But I must say I was partly to blame for that. It started bothering me about 2 miles into a 16 mile run. Did I listen to my body and stop.....NO. Me, having that OCD personality that I do, I ran the entire 16 miles in excruciating pain which resulted in me having to make several trips to the chiropractor and my wonderful sports massage therapist. And I couldn't run for about 6 weeks....not good. So, I was a lot more careful training this time around. I have suffered through major chafing of various areas of my body, losing a toenail to runner's toe, sore feet and back pain at times but other than that it's been a pretty easy time of training.
We'll see if the training has paid off tomorrow. I couldn't have done it without Jeremy and Katie's support. They've cheered me on and encouraged me the whole time. My wonderful husband has given me so many foot rubs and back rubs in the last two months. Hopefully, tomorrow he'll make it to the finish line in time to see me accomplish one of my dreams. When I ran the half marathon I ran it a lot faster than expected. He didn't make it to the finish line until about 10 minutes after I'd crossed. I hope he's there this time.....I love you, sweetie.