Tuesday, November 11, 2008

San Antonio...Or Bust!

Well, it's finally here! Taper week before my marathon. When we planned this adventure back in March, November seemed eons away. We are going there to celebrate my friend's 50th birthday with a race--it was her idea! Now, it's here! I have cut down tremendously on my running--which is called tapering. I'm only running little itty bitty distances in preparation for Sunday's race. This is the part that always makes me second guess. Did I train hard enough? Did I do enough long runs? Did I cross-train the way that I should have? Am I carbo-loading the way I need to? Did I really need that entire box of cookies?(22 grams of carbohydrates per 6 cookies, but that's a lot of cookies!!!) I'll find out for sure on Sunday!!

As a Christian, I can ask my self the same things. Did I run the race that God placed before me? Did I take the opportunity to share with those who really needed to hear His Word? Did I truly ask Christ into my heart? Have I repented of my sins? Did His love shine through my words and my actions? I hope so! I don't want to have to be wondering about all of that the week, day, or minute before I meet my Creator!! I need to know for sure that I belong to Him, that I am a child of God, and that my name is in The Book of Life. I really want to run down those streets of gold one day!!! How cool will that be??

We take time to prioritize our lives--down here we say, "Getting our ducks in a row". Are we taking that time to prioritize our spiritual lives? I surely hope and pray so.

I would so appreciate your prayers as we travel this Friday. And run on Sunday. And fly home on Monday!!! I am not shy about asking for prayer--can you tell? I will post pictures and stories next week when I return. I won't post again this week. I am really trying to get MY ducks in a row with packing!! I do not like to pack! I really dislike unpacking!! So, as I deal with some packing pet peeves tomorrow and Thursday, I will try to stop by and read some of your blogs--which so encourage me! I may not leave a comment, but I will read them!!

Just pray that I remembered everything that I needed today at Wal-Mart....'cause I really don't want to have to go back there this week!! Thanks again for your prayers and love!!

Many Blessings,


Shanita Waters said...

I pray that God will give you traeling mercy and good heath in Jesus' name! This is my first time here. I actually stumbled across your blog. We already have 2 things in comming: Our love for Christ and running. Well, I'm not running marathons and races yet but I hope to be some day real soon. God bless you, sister and thank you for reminding us to stay in shape both physically and spiritually.


Yolanda said...

You are so incredible! God shines, Sister!


Teresa said...

Will be praying for you this weekend!! That you will run strong and in the Lord's strength!
Can't wait to hear about it!

ps: knoxville was beautiful last weekend..the football not so..

pss: maybe a half someday..maybe...maybe

Joyful said...

Run for Him my friend...and like Eric Liddell, may you feel His pleasure.

I'll be praying Susan!
Love ya,

On Purpose said...

Susan you are such a fun, loving and beautiful person. You have trained now run and enjoy!!! You are such an encourager to me...thank you!

Dear Heavenly Father, be with Susan as she prepares, watch over her and her family, travel with her, oh and Father run with her and love all over her!...Thank you Jesus-Amen

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Run for the Lord as I know you will. I'm fascinated with the concept of running...having to prepare by lessening the runs before a marathon.

Have a wonderful time.
Love ya,

Leebird said...

Run, Forrest run!

I'm rooting for you and only wish I could stand on the sidelines sreaming and throwing you cups of gatorade!

Praying for every single bit of the trip to be all you hope it will be for you and your friend.

Love, Lee

Edie said...

Wow I'm so impressed with your running! You go girl! Praying for safety and complete provision. Love ya!

Gotta Run said...

LOVED talking with you!!! You are an ultra girl and this race will be enjoyable the entire way.

KelliGirl said...

You go girl! I am praying for you. You've trained hard...have an awesome time.

Love ya'

Chatty Kelly said...

Walmart - LOL! Praying you don't have to run up and down the aisles of Walmart.

Have such a wonderful time and celebration with your friend. Tell her 50 is the new 30. That's what I hear anyway.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

"itty bitty distances in preparation for the big race..."

I like that. It's manageable; much like my life with Christ. A work in progress.

And yes, I did get the run in I mentioned. Feel so much better!


Pinkshoelady said...

May God keep your packing frustration to a minimum and your travel safe and easy.
May you encounter Him in unexpected ways but that these encounters will encourage you and point you to how much He loves and cares for you. May you race with all your heart as if you are racing for His pleasure which I have no doubt you will be!

May you return victorious and closer to The ONE WHO LOVES YOU MOST!

Can't wait to hear about it!

I'll be praying!

Kimberly said...

Praying for you and all of your ducks! :)

Have fun, sweet friend!

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

Susan....will be praying for sure! From Friday through Monday. Can't wait to hear about it and see pix!

Happy 50th to your friend! Have a great weekend. Enjoy each other...and run that race!

Cindy said...

I am so in awe of all of you.
I had planned to be physically healthy enough to run a race on my 50th last month, but it didn't happen, so I'm still working toward it.
I will be praying and believing for strength and endurance for you.
Bless you, Cindy

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I'm prayer friend.

I can hardly wait to hear about your adventure!!


Van said...

OOOOHHH running in one of my fave cities. I pray it go well for you. Will return next week to view the pics.

Blissful Nikki said...

I think its just amazing that God can use you in so many ways, but you know, its like He says, you dont have to worry if you did the right things or what He wanted. You were there, and you did what you did because that was His plan. :)

On Purpose said...

How was your trip?