Monday, March 26, 2012

Half Training

I'm training for my first half marathon this year.  Yesterday, and for the first time ever I ran 8 miles.  It was a HUGE accomplishment for me.  As some of you know, three years ago I was almost 200 pounds, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and downing about a bottle of wine EVERY night.  I haven't given up my wine, but I drink a bottle over the course of a week now.

Back to the training, that is what this post is about.  I am using a simple beginner run from  I thought it was a little advanced for me, but so far Ive been crushing the goals.  And the distances.  And my knees.

But no pain, no gain.  And my second favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Believe me, I repeated that verse several times on that first long run.  Long runs take place every Sunday for me.  I don't think that is coincidence.  Next week is my 10 mile run, then it goes to 12 miles.  I am looking forward to proving to myself I can do it.  Because I know I can.

In the words of the late Navy Seal Jon Tumilson, also a marathoner, "Go Crush It."  And make sure you check out his page at

Happy Running!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Wish For My Son...

I love my son with every breath I take.  That sounds cliche, but its true.  I imagine it is hard for any mother to put into words how much she loves her son (or her daughter).  I don't think there are enough words in written language to adequately express how much WA means to me.  I want the world for him but I will settle for these precious things:

I wish for him to find a wife (or husband) that will love everything about him and see what I see, when I look into his eyes and his smile and his heart.  I want her (or him) to honor and cherish him and take care of him when I will no longer be able to.  I want him to find a woman (or man) that he loves so deeply that he can spend the rest of his life happy and satisfied in that person's arms, and heart.

I want him to serve his community.  I wish for him a compassion so large that it moves him to change the injustices of the world, but not so large it crushes his spirit.  I wish for him a loving heart and an intelligent mind to create positive changes for humanity in his daily life. 

I wish for him a great and meaningful relationship with God.  I wish for him an internal light that burns bright and will never be extinguished by the evils of his fellow man.

I want my son to know I love him.