Once again it's training season and I'm gearing up for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon weekend in December 2016. Wow, what a rocky start it has been! First of all, my prayers for all those effected by flooding. It doesn't matter if a house had 2 inches or 2 feet...that house and its occupants were effected in one way or another. I personally had family members affected and cleaning up afterwards was heartbreaking and devastating. Until you smell the smell, go through the belongings saturated in water, and see the mound of trash along the roadway...you really don't "appreciate" the devastation at hand. My heart is saddened and hurts for all affected. But always a silver lining...sooo many people have offered help, love, prayers, support, food, donations...the list can go on and on...it's been an overwhelming display of love. I know I am surrounded by totally awesome people!
Secondly, I want to update everyone on my experience during last year's marathon. Two years ago I ran the entire 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) with virtually no training...and knew that God was obviously with me EVERY step of the way. So last year I signed up for the full marathon (26.2 miles) for the second time ever. It wasn't about trying to beat my time but if I could do a 1/2 with no training then I still had it in me to run a full. Well midway through training, I'm running one morning and my music goes out...no rhyme or reason and i just chalk it up to "my stupid phone", bbbuuttt with no music I felt this urge to pray instead...weird, I know! So the next day before I took off running, I checked, double checked, triple checked my phone because I couldn't run without music again and guess what...it did the same thing! I realized at that time God was "shouting" out to me to use this time to spend with Him. As the race neared, I downloaded the rosary as my "running playlist"...because I knew 26.2 miles was not going to be easy. So I began my race and had the rosary playing, on shuffle because I didn't want it to stop at any time while I was running, but i would tend to zone out and hear the beginning of a Hail Mary or the end of an Our Father but still "listening". Well around mile 11 I started feeling it...like I'm not even half way and I have a LONG way to go, so I started pleading and praying to God, just let me finish. EVERY time I felt pain and the desire to quit the 5th sorrowful mystery, The Crucification of Jesus to the Cross, came on. It wasn't just once but multiple times...was it a fluke, I think not! I had also been plagued with blisters on my longer runs during training and was so worried about them on race day...but not even a tiny, or small one appeared. I'm not the holy roly
type or one to preach but I thought I would share my experience because this is my testament of what it took for me to listen to God. What it took for me to gain a closer relationship with Him. I know you aren't supposed to make promises with God but I did promise that if I completed the marathon that I would pray/play the rosary each and every time I ran...and I have kept my promise so far!
I originally started running this race for the children of St Jude but I have gained so much. I kinda feel guilty because it's not supposed to be about me but about raising funds to cure childhood cancer but for the last five years I have gained so much. A deeper relationship with God because this race has become a crucial part of my faith journey. A greater appreciation of all the physical pain those children go through and lastly, in thanksgiving that my angels are happy, healthy 11 year olds. I do believe He is walking with each and every child that is sick and suffering and I am honored to be the legs to run this race year after year.
I understand that so many people have been affected and have hardships associated with the flood but children at St. Jude are still sick and needing my help. In May, I signed up as a St Jude Hero and this is my obligation to them. My goal is $2500 this year (my largest goal to date). I am asking all of you to contribute and donate to the children of St Jude. But if your support cannot be monetary, prayers, words of encouragement and an occasional running friend are always welcome.
Lots of love and thanks go out to all of you,
*You can click on the link to donate on my page, print a form to send in the mail with your donation by check or money order, or you can send me cash or a check made out to St Jude that I will turn in to St Jude.