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Yesterday I ran the Bluegrass half marathon with my sweet running buddy Helen. There are four of us mom-types in the neighborhood that regularly meet to run together in the wee hours of the morning while our children are still sleeping. (Because all moms know the easiest time to do anything without your children is while they are sleeping & their daddy is at home…) Three of us ran a half in March-which was a first for two of us. Two of us ran yesterday’s race. One is running a full marathon next Saturday & one is swimming a crazy distance in an open water race the first weekend of October. They are a super bunch. Encouraging, supporting, enjoying friendship. I am so thankful for them. I can definitely say I would not get out of bed that early or run as far without them.

Here’s Helen & I about half way through the race. Our friend Jodi took this one:

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Here we are after the finish. We cut about 10 minutes off our last race time. Not bad for novice mom runners. 😉

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Well, we made it. We didn’t have to walk. (Except for the two short times to take our “goos.” I can’t run & eat at the same time. Too hard to coordinate swallowing with breathing. And thus, that walking didn’t count.)

It was hard. My legs were tired. After while I had to think hard to keep my legs going because they were ready to be done. My girls encouraged me & were so sweet to wait on me when I was slower.

It is pretty amazing that I just started to run again about six and half months ago. That after relearning how to walk with altered balance after three surgeries on my head. What?! God is amazing. Really. Only he could do that. And I praise him for it. But I think I have to be careful to say that we praise him in the trials & in the outcomes no matter if the outcome is what we hoped for or desired. Because he is worthy of praise. One day when I am not here, I hope my family & friends will praise Jesus for me.

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