Sunday, April 6, 2014

When races get close to your heart...

          I'm no competitive runner. I never have been and never will be.  That being said, I still do the best I can for each run, each race, given the strength and energy (and plan) I have for that day.  Anyone with any chronic pain or illness knows this also applies to everyday life.  
     So, with challenges and trials on our minds, let me tell you about my last two races.  Recently, mom and I travelled to Cape Girardeau, MO, for the Unforgettable Perseverance 5K Challenge.  We found ourselves turning onto a road paralleled by a beautiful stream that looks like it belongs in the mountains, then turning into Shadow Rest Ministries, a scenic spiritual retreat center.  The purpose of this race was to support persecuted and imprisoned Christians.  Each runner wore a bracelet with the name of a Christian who is in prison.  The bracelet helped us remember to pray for that person.  "Pray for us" is the number one request of persecuted Christians.  I made new friends and got to run for the best of causes.  It was a chilly and muddy trail race, but I think I'm getting used to the mud this spring.  Very much looking forward to this race again next year!
     I had no plans for races in April, just training.  A friend sent me a message that she was going to walk her first 5k on April 5th to help her grandson's ball team raise $ for uniforms.  I told her I would love to walk with her.  Sadly, her husband experienced a stroke the very next day :(. I'm glad to say he is on the mend!   I found myself wanting to run that race for my friend and her husband!  The finish line was an awesome site!  Seeing those young boys cheering every runner in was so heartwarming!  Best high 5's ever!
I'm glad I ran the race for those who couldn't!  God is good!  All the time!