The Countdown

8 days until my first half marathon…

15 days until my first mini mudder event…

Nervous?  yes.

Excited?  yes.

Relieved?  yes.

The good news is: the shin splints I had early in training went away in little time.  Also, the arthritis flare up and the other knee issues are all manageable.  The good news is if I am not ready to do it now, I never will be.  The good news is, I only have one more practice long run left.  🙂  The good news is I am sick this weekend and not next weekend.

The bad news is: I am sick!  Blah.  It is no big deal, just a bit of sinus, fever, nausea (no doubt from the fever and sinus), etc.  I made yesterday my day off of running, but then today just running 3 miles was interesting.  My legs were pretty weak and my fever is low grade, so it kept fluctuating.  Oh well.  I am hopeful that I can shake it today and get a long run in tomorrow, but even if I can’t, as mentioned above, if I am not ready now, I never will be.

The in between news is: I am not sure of what “plan” I will do after all this is said and done.  I have been following a weight lifting program during my 1/2 marathon training and both come to an end about the same time.  Although my  body will be happy for a little break, I definitely want to keep up my endurance, as well as build up my strength.  Soo…a new schedule/plan will need to be developed.

It is weird how long you prepare for something and then it is over.  I always thought that with things like graduation or coming to the end of a school year as a teacher.  So much time and energy goes in…and then in a blink…it is done.  Thankfully we have memories of the journey.

Wedding Day

Not mine.  My beautiful cousin’s.  I am overjoyed for her! I have the honor of being in her wedding party, so get to see her say “I Do” up close.  Of course it brings back memories to my wedding day.

11 years ago.  I can remember so much, which I am glad.  I tried to be diligent in remembering details of the day as I knew it would fly by.  My husband and I were the most calm people in the church that day.  It boggled my mind that anyone else would be nervous, for we certainly were not.  For me, I think calmness came because I knew that no matter what happened that day, at the end of it, I would be married to my best friend.  I know my parents had normal parent anxiety, but I now know why others were nervous.

Because I am nervous for my cousin.  Not because of her groom choice…they are completely in sync and a great pair.  But because I want everything to be perfect for her.  And it will be…because at the end of the day, no matter what happens, she will be married to her best friend.

This week brought on some personal concerns for the wedding… not wanting to let the bride down.  With training I have been eating more and building more muscle.  All that is fine, except that my dress is a bit more snug than it was in the past.  I have visions of it splitting open from being too tight.  I also have visions of my children disturbing the ceremony.  They are WAY excited to be spectators at the occasion and I am happy that they are allowed to come.  They even helped in choosing their special clothes for the day (which will be recycled for Easter as well…and many times after).  But…now they are all sick and coughing is the main culprit.  In a few hours we will see if my dress and my children make it through without causing a scene.

Regardless of my family, today is the day…their day  The day made for my cousin and her groom.  The day 2 wonderful people become one.  The day a new life for them starts.  The day where first memories of their lives together as husband and wife begins.  In a world where the sacrament of marriage has become less sacred, it makes me proud of them for standing together, promising forever and taking it seriously.

My prayer for them is the same as my prayer for marriages across the globe.  I pray that they may build their lives on God’s Word, that they may turn to Him and each other when times are hard, that they may not give up on each other, that they may back each other and that they may have a marriage that is a cord of three…one that will be a witness to all they meet.