I set out for an 8 miler in my mind today. Decided to try and track some of my thoughts each mile for some amusement. At least it got a blog post out of me!
Mile 0-1: I FEEL GREAT!!! It's not too hot...it's actually quite pleasant, at least in the shade. Stay in the shade. I think I will run 10 miles, maybe even 12! I will pass Jim up in no time!!
Mile 1-2: My toe is starting to hurt. Keep the focus on the breath. Listening to Rich Mullins. His music is so fantastic.
Mile 2-3: Wow! It's HOT! I'm sweating a ton! I need to walk a bit...30 seconds. OK...wipe the sweat off...It's hot. really hot...did I mention how hot it is? Jim who? Jessica who? What challenge? Maybe I will turn this into a run for time instead of distance. I can run 30 minutes and turn around. That would be ok. I mean, I'd be over 6 miles in an hour. That's ok by me. Dang it's hot. I love this song....
Mile 3-4: I'm at 25 minutes. Surely I can make it 8 miles today. I will decide at the corner. If I want to cut it short, I will take the short way home. Rich Mullins can really grab the essence of God, can't he? Maybe another short walk break. OK...one minute of walking-GO. If I cut the run short, I will get home to start the laundry that much faster. Decision made, I am NOT cutting the run short. I will run 8 miles and then do the laundry after lunch.
Mile 4-5: Can't turn back now! Heading home the long way. Look at that pool...Forget the laundry, we are going to the POOL when I get home! I mean, it is HOT! I love the lyrics to this song. Lord, I know that you love me, but sometimes, I feel so far away. It doesn't take more than an instant for me to become aware of your presence that I recall your love and mercy. You forgive me once and forever. All of my sin and shame are forgiven. Yes, even those. Thank you, Lord.
Mile 5-6: How would I describe my spirituality? I am drawn to the Franciscan life. A life of quiet simplicity, a life of gospel love, a life lived that is not of my own design. I am also drawn to the Ignatian interior life. Finding God in each moment of every day; in each person I meet along the way. I am so blessed. I want a BLT. Wave hello to that lady and smile. I might be the only person she meets today with a smile.
Mile 6-7: (Bathroom stop) I hope that there aren't any horseflies in there today. I despise flies. I hate horseflies. OK, Lord, show me where you are in the horsefly. What is their purpose? I don't think that they have one. Running past the dog park...no dogs out there today. TOO HOT! Poor Rosie, she wanted to run. It's too warm. I am too tired to take her out. Maybe tonight when it cools down. Oh, wait, I can't go tonight...I am picking up the Missionaries!!! Foo is coming home from Haiti!! Praise God!! I can't wait for that BLT!!! I am so glad Jim and Jessica encouraged me in this challenge...I love those guys! We are a team. A team in Christ! Holding hands and running towards that finish line! Jim can get that cake!
Mile 7-8: I am feeling good right now! Everything feels right...even the sweat. Thank you Lord for a glorious run, for time with you, for all that you bring me to, I love you! I wonder if I can get Lem to start on the bacon while I shower...
Mile 8-home: Switched to Third Day and sang King of Glory!
Home: Rosie is waiting...headed back out the door for a Rosie mile. She loves this. I love that we can do this together. Wouldn't this whole experience be a ridiculous blog entry?