The Last Run

Posted on November 10, 2010


I have posted a video of the actual course we will be running.  We received the video by email and it actually gave me goose bumps.  I will admit that it seemed much longer than I imagined.  Okay it seemed ridiculously long, but still exciting.  I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX so it’s always exciting for me to go home.  Not only will we be running past the Alamo, but also my high school.  I don’t know why I screamed out “my high school!” when I saw it in the video, but I guess I never imagined it would be on the route.  It’s a chance for me to see the city that I grew up in – to run the streets of my childhood.  I have an opportunity to show Rachel various places I remember and tell her the stories of my youth, unless we are unable to talk while we’re gasping for air.  For me the run is a homecoming of sorts, which makes it all the more special. 

Today is literally our last run before the ½ marathon on Sunday.  It’s a bit of an understatement to say we are nervous.  We have trained hard and well, but I don’t think you ever really know how prepared you are until you are actually running the race.  Unfortunately, they are expecting thunderstorms on Sunday, which, with my luck, is really no surprise.  Rain happens to be the one thing we are not really prepared to run in.  No matter what, though, we both really want to run, so if running in the rain is an obstacle we must face, well, then it’s an obstacle we must overcome.  Plus, we figure it will be yet another run to remember.  We have already done a crazy 5k in ridiculously cold weather with 30mph winds and slight snow.  We have also done a 5k in ‘hot as a sauna’ weather with the world’s craziest hills and managed to make it through that as well.  It looks like we will try and find some way to make it through the rain.

After we run our 3-miles today the training is over with exception of the 2-mile walk tomorrow.  I don’t really know how to feel about it.  I have become accustomed to running so much, but I suppose we don’t have to stop.  It is harder now, though, since the time has changed and it gets dark by 6:00 pm.  Actually, it is kind of depressing.  I don’t understand why they have to change the time.  I guess that’s something to ponder later.  For now my focus needs to be on getting through this ½ marathon.  I not only hope we are able to run it, but also able to finish it and be proud of ourselves.  I just need to tell myself what I always tell myself, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13