Monday, May 2, 2011

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

I've never quite felt the meaning of that quote from Dickens until this weekend. Send me with a group of 9 of my girlfriends to Oklahoma City, sans children, for a getaway and to run a half marathon? Sounds wonderful!! Sign me up! Wanna run all 13 miles in the rain (sometimes pouring), while it's only 47 degrees outside? Don't let me forget to mention that you will be so cold that you cannot uncurl your fingers from the fist they're in, your socks will be so wet that they will sink slowly into your shoes allowing your shoe to rub a bloody mess into your heel, and you will not beat the personal record that you'd been certain to demolish. Hmmm... maybe I would think twice about that one.

But you wanna know the truth? I WOULDN'T CHANGE IT FOR ANYTHING. I had to pass on the list of what I learned this weekend to my loyal readers.

#1 - The women of God at Northside Church of Christ are JUST. SOMETHING. SPECIAL. I've known that before, of course. But I experienced it on a whole new level this weekend. The time we spent laughing; eating; sharing truths from His Word; encouraging one another; eating; a few tears; eating... it was all just... priceless.

It is no wonder that God tells us to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds..." & to "...not give up meeting together... but let us encourage one another..." He knew how much we would need each other.

#2. Pigs don't sweat.

#3. I hate the treadmill. I hate the rain even more. If there is any threat of rain, I will not run outside. Even if I am supposed to run 10 miles. So what did running 13 miles in these conditions teach me? A reminder of one of my favorite truths - that He can do "immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." Finishing THAT... well... it wasn't me. It was Him.

#4. Bondi-bands are not only hip and trendy, they are necessary for running in the rain, eating chocolate, and robbing hotel rooms.

#5. I need more humility. I do NOT have to be the best. I do NOT have to run faster than last time. It's ok if other people who are running their first 1/2 marathon match my time (or beat me). :) I pushed through; I finished. And for today, that is good enough. Because that is where God needed me to be, for today.

#6. I miss Ted's even more than I thought.

Oh how thankful I am for my weekend, my friends, and the goodness of my God!


Ryla said...

What a wonderful weekend with friends and a great reminder of how amazingly we are all created!!

Mom said...

I'm so glad your weekend was refreshing! I only hope none of you gets sick! What does # 2 mean?

Amy in Edmond said...

Congrats on finishing. I think that is a huge accomplishment. I know several people that had signed up to run on Sunday and were no shows. You finished! I felt really bad that it rained. We needed it so bad though. Did you know that Lee Phelps and his wife came from Alaska and ran? Rachel placed 5th in the woman's marathon.

Jennifer Melendy said...

Congrats on the 1/2 marathon. I did one this same weekend with Chris. His 1st and my 2nd.
The rain in Wichita held off till after the run.

Good Shepherd Student Ministries said...

GREAT JOB KELLY!! I'm so proud of you and all your girlfriends for sticking it out in the rain and finishing!!

I just ran a 10.4 mile race that I haven't run since 2006. In 2006 I ran it 20 minutes faster. That would have killed me a few years ago. Now? I was just glad to finish...with the best support/cheer person riding his bicycle next to me. :)

Ps. I miss Ted's too!

Shyla said...

Is there anything better than bonding while miserable?

Yes - bonding over chips and salsa!!

Congrats on the 1/2!

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Tabs said...

PS. The Good Shepherd Student Ministries comment is from me, Tabs. I was apparently signed is using our student ministries account. Oy vey...sorry 'bout that.

Also, loving the bondi-bands...thinkin' I'm gonna have to get me one of those. :)

Tabs said...

Kelly! I did leave facebook. It was a little tough but it's been good actually. Anyway, I came over to give you my email address, shoot me an email some time! If we can't run together we can at least talk about it. Haha!!