"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us," -- Hebrews 12:1
I didn't think I'd have time to write until after the race, but like He always does, God allowed me to get everything done in time for this one last post before I leave. It's marathon weekend starting tomorrow and it's going to start as hectic as things have been all week. Starting on Sunday, I haven't made it home before 9 o'clock all week. Tomorrow I'll be up at 4:30 to get in my last little 2 mile run before the race, then to work, then on the road for NC around 4:30 or so. I'll probably drive until around midnight, then pull into a rest area and sleep for a few hours. That should give me enough rest and enough time to make it to Wilmington long before the 6 PM closing of the expo. Finally, I'll make the last 50 mile leg of my journey to Jacksonville, NC, home of my in-laws and where we'll spend Saturday night.
Sunday we'll be up early again, out by 4 to make it around 5 to the shuttles for the starting line of the race. Janice's wave starts at 6:15, mine at 6:45. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 hours later, I should be crossing the finish line of marathon #2 of 2013, #7 since I started. After that, when the race is finally over, we'll make the 50 mile trip back to Jacksonville to spend the rest of Spring Break and hopefully get some real rest for the first time in I-don't-know-when.
It's been a crazy week leading up to race day, and it will be a crazy couple of days before we finally cross the starting line, but now it's here. God's brought everything together and, as hectic as things are, He's going to get me to the race and through it. All I have to do is "throw off everything that hinders" and "run with perseverance the race marked out" for me.
Don't forget we're raising money for charity when we race. We'll have our St. Jude page up in a few days, but right now you can donate to Arkansas Children's Hospital or Soaring Wings Christian Home & Ranch to help us remember Amanda and raise awareness of the dangers of teen substance abuse.
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