Two weeks ago I ran the farthest I've ever run. 20 miles. It was the hardest thing I've ever done next to childbirth. At one point I cried. My running partner cried. It wasn't so much the mileage that got us down, it was all of the circumstances that surrounded the run.
Look at that line of orange! TWV representing!
Getting an inspirational talk from Rusty Funk. See my pink hat on the far right? Lol
The Team World Vision team praying before the 20 miler.
After running 12 miles we felt great.
Then we came upon a bridge that needed to let sail boats pass. We were stopped for 25 minutes. During this time we stretched and tried to move around, but the damage was done. Lactic acid had built up and my feet swelled up terribly. It didn't help that I had doubled up on my insoles to break in the shoes. The next 3 miles were difficult. It was like two separate runs. We had been in a groove but now were starting over again. At mile 15 I tossed my extra insoles.
Kind of like how life throws is surprises, how we all walk through storms and valleys. It's how we get through it. During that long run we prayed, ceaselessly.
Both for others, and for ourselves. We reached out for prayer. And although we got lost at mile 19 (the volunteers marking the way had left because we took so long with the bridge incident) we DID make it.
And I have no doubt that we will finish the marathon strong, and cross that finish line changed. Everything shapes us. It's all for the good of those on need of water, and to get us closer to His on our walk, and run, with Him. Please keep us in your prayers next Sunday, 10/13. We should cross the start line around 8:20 am. If you are in the area and would like to come out to see us along the route, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch a video of my team and why we are running for this cause please click the link below: