26.2 (barely)

Whew… Well I’m back in Raleigh after a crazy fun weekend in Ohio.  We saw lots of friends that I miss DEARLY and I absolutely loved getting to introduce the husband to “my Cedarville-world.” My years at Cedarville were so formative and I had such a wonderful “Cedarville experience,” so it was really important for him to meet the folks who had such an impact on my life! Loved every second of it. Definitely TOO short of a trip.

Race day was crazy. The weather at first was a little yucky, but it turned out to be decent running weather after about mile 8. Cool – not too hot or cold – and a little drizzle. Praise God for no thunderstorms!!!

Trashbags to keep us from getting soaked before the race…

Alicia and her husband Pat. Pat did the half and Alicia conquered her first full! WAY TO GO ALICIA!!!!!

This race was significantly more difficult for me in comparison to my first marathon in Raleigh. And if you think I’m just being modest, you can tell from my time alone. In raleigh, I finished in approx. 4 hrs. and 40 min. This time, I added an entire hour. Last time when I finished I was sore. This time, I’m in pain. Last time, I didn’t walk except through water stations. This time, I walked at least 2 full miles after mile 21 and then when I did start running again, I was being passed by fast walkers. 🙂 I even passed by a race medic and they asked if I wanted my leg wrapped (evidently I looked ridiculous while running/limping/gimping).

That’s right. I was in the back of the pack, finishing with the elderly, injured, and the walkers.

But I finished.

This fella was such a good man… texting me… making sure I was ok… having friends shoot me texts. It was really encouraging to have family and friends communicating encouragement/prayers/support during those difficult miles. Especially when I was so disappointed with my time and race performance.

I’m thrilled that I finished, but what I’m MOST excited about is the $2500 that will go directly to water projects in Uganda through Samaritan’s Purse. I loved being a part of Team Samaritan’s Purse and am so excited about the work that they do! So THANK YOU to many of you who helped bring water to the Kihuura community. Your generosity far outweighs the joys of finishing a marathon. You made it worth every mile.

Tonight… the sweet Mister got me a deep tissue massage for some post-race body therapy and I can’t wait!!!!!!!!! Seriously… I think I NEED it. And I’m fairly certain that if you saw me walking today you would agree. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Q: Why? A: Love

The Mister and I started reading 1 John on Tuesday night and last night I read chapters 3 & 4. Wow, they really resonated with my soul. When I start to loose perspective, it’s amazing how the Holy Spirit can smack me bring me back to reality. These chapters reminded me once again why I do what I’m doing. I could speak more on the subject, but I’ll let the Scripture speak for itself.

1 John 3

(1) See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are… (16) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (17) But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? (18) Little children, let us not love in word or in talk, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 4

(7) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (8) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. (10) In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (12) No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us… (18) There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because he first loved us. (20) If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (21) And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Why do I run? It’s a simple answer: Love.

I pray that through Team Samaritan’s Purse and the Samaritan’s Purse field workers on the ground, the people of Kihuura, Uganda come to know the LOVE of our great Savior.

Much love – B

Leaving on a jet plane…

Whew… well today is the day…We’re leaving for ohio! I’m pretty excited/nervous/excited/pumped/nervous. My bag is packed and I’m trying to get pumped for 26.2 miles.

It’s going to be a whirlwind. Tomorrow, we’re going up to my old college stomping grounds to introduce The Mister to all the folks at Cedarville that I love. Can’t wait!!! We’re staying with my sweet friend Alicia who is also running on Sunday! (She also has an awesome blog and card company that you should probably check out!). We’re also going to stay one night with a dear friend Kirsten, who shares my love of food like none other… yes she did have a food club in college… yes I did join it. She’s fantastic! 🙂 Then ALL DAY friday I’m visiting with friends and seeing people that were so formative during my college years. I can’t stinkin’ wait for the Mister to meet all of these dear, dear friends.

Saturday is going to be registration day where I go pick up my bib and running chip… EEK! So excited/nervous/excited/pumped/nervous. Then I’m taking the hubby to see meet the community of believers that I worshiped with when I was in college. I LOVE that church. Seriously, if you live in the Dayton area, Apex Community Church is a phenomenal church to check out! I can’t wait for my stud husband to see the church that significantly helped me make my faith “my own.”

THEN… (dum dum dum) SUNDAY… RACE DAY. I have a few things that I’m a little nervous/excited about.

1. I’m so excited that thus far we’ve raised over $2000 for water projects in Kihuura, Uganda. I’m so thankful for friends and family who have supported me and caught the vision of Samaritan’s Purse!! So thankful! I’m excited to see how God uses this money to transform a community for His glory. If you want to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, click on the “Samaritan’s Purse” tab above. If you want to support the water projects, click HERE.

2. The last marathon I ran was in November 2009: City of Oaks Marathon… and it POURED and was REALLY cold. I picked a May marathon hoping for warmer weather and after looking at the Flying Pigs weather record, I was thrilled that most of the races were in good weather + sun. Please look at the weather forecast:

Yes, that is rain & thunderstorms listed. I think I cried 3 times in my last marathon, not because of the pain but because of the rain and cold. I’m a pansy when it comes to inclimate weather. I mean, at least it’s not COLD. But I would love it if you could pray for the rain to hold off until around 1pm.

3. I’m so excited about running with this sweet friend!!!

We lived in the same dorm unit our freshman year, lived in a hotel together for a summer during an internship in Orlando, and lived together our senior year in a house full of girls. I cannot wait to see her and her husband again and to get to run with her! It’s going to be so fun to catch up and then bust a move on Sunday!

4. I’m pumped to see & meet the rest of Team Samaritan’s Purse! Can’t wait to get to know other like-minded runners who are running for more than just the thrill of a race.

5. I’m really excited about the goodie bag and expo afterwards! Seriously, I love going booth to booth getting free sports stuff that I won’t really be able to carry back on the plane with me. 🙂 Speaking of goodie bags, I received a virtual goodie bag link from the Flying Pig race organization this morning. Clicked on it, scrolled down, and look who you see!!!!!

You can see the Mister and Me!!! See us? In the Join Team Samaritan’s Purse grey box?! See the blurry handsome fella holding a red and white State umbrella in the background??? Yes, that was the mister staying free from the rain during the November 2009 City of Oaks race. Yes, I’m smiling here, but don’t let that fool you. I think this was around mile 15… just prior to the first cry.

Alright… those are the things I’m excited/nervous about. But first I must get my tush to work, sit on a panel, organize a lunch, and then I can hop on a plane and get to Cincy.

See you on the flip side! Much love – B

Staycation!

Today’s the day! My first day of Staycation Week! 🙂

In light of my days at work being numbered, I thought I would use some of my PTO to get some much needed writing done on an Independent Study that I must finish in the next few weeks. Seriously… LOTS of reading and writing HAVE to get done. Which means that I’m stationed at a Bruegger’s eating carbs, drinking coffee, and praying my papers will write themselves (I’m also blogging, surfing the web, online window shopping, did I mention blogging, and taking photos of myself with my mac??? don’t judge me… I’m the queen of procrastination see exhibit A).

exhibit A

Anyways, while I’m procrastinating I thought I would catch you up on the weekend. A few great things happened:

1. One of our friends was at the Gospel Coalition conference this past week, so we thought we’d have a welcome home party for him at the airport. Who doesn’t love a welcoming party at the airport?

Surprise!

I mean, who wouldn’t be surprised to see these happy faces waiting for them:

Airport reunions are the best!

2.  Friday we went to the State vs. UNC baseball game and watched the pack pull out a W! We had a great time with Ben’s parents, brother, & the Roarks. It was especially entertaining introducing Em and the boys to Mr. Wolf. It was awesome, if Mr. Wolf got within 10 feet of Em, she would let him know it was a little too close. Amazing. Needless to say we only got a pic of one of the Roark kiddos with the wolf:

The boys eyeing the wolf trying to figure out whether or not they want to hug him…

H. cozied up to him a bit… and by cozied I mean stood within a few feet of him. 🙂

3. Holy Tornado. I don’t know where yall were on Saturday… but if you were in N. Carolina you know that we had some serious weather issues. Needless to say my 20 mile run happened inside. I would fill you in on the details, but I’m in a positive mood. No need to relive the run from you know where. I will tell you that it involved getting started 2 hrs. later than I hoped, a tornado, a treadmill, electricity going out, running in the dark at a gym, and a borrowed Ipad, to watch movies, not working.  All that to say… I eventually finished my 20 miles… Praise God. I can only hope that race day holds better circumstances.

4. Baby Jacob was born! Our sweet friends, Chris and Marie (remember the baby shower we hosted a few weeks ago??), had a HUGE baby boy yesterday. He’s precious & we couldn’t be more happy for them!

Alright… I think that’s a good recap of the past few days! I do need to actually get some writing done… Must graduate. So I’ll leave you with this:

BYE!!!!! Much love!

2 weeks, 2 days, and $810 to go

Yall… this is crazy… I’m supposed to run 20 miles tomorrow. Yeah… I know. I feel like I’m in way OVER my head. Pray for me… 🙂

But that means race day is 2 weeks and 2 days away. I’m feeling a lot of emotions about this race… mainly anxiety. 🙂 But I’m hoping and praying for strength and endurance. I feel like tomorrow’s run is going to be a good indicator of how May 1st will go. But at the same time, not putting too much pressure on this one run. Bad running days happen, I’m just praying May 1st (& tomorrow) isn’t one of them.

I keep reminding myself that although I am running to finish, I’m running for something so much more precious than a finisher’s medal & bragging rights. I’m running for a village in Uganda. I am their runner, their representative, their advocate in my social circle. And together, with supporters and other Team SP members, we’re running for…

  • The construction of a well in each of five villages of the Kihuura sub county in Western Uganda
  • The establishment and training of 5 water user committees in the Kihuura area
  • The provision of access for more than 1,200 community members to safe clean drinking water
  • The provision of more than 2,000 community members with training in proper hygiene and sanitation
  • The growth of God’s church in Uganda.

I truly believe the “Every action, no matter how small, can bring about Change”  (Be the Virus, Samaritan’s Purse).  So thank you to the many of you who have donated! Whether your gift is $5 or $500, your action is part of a much larger movement that is bringing about positive, lasting change in a community.

We have $810 more dollars to make our goal of $3000. I believe we can do it! If you’re interested in making a financial donation CLICK HERE. If you’re interested in learning about Team Samaritan’s Purse, watch the video below:

ps. the top photo is a fav of me and my dad! He ran his first half in Nashville last spring and I was privileged to be able to run it with him! 🙂

16 baby…

This past weekend I was reminded of a blog entry I wrote when I was training for my first marathon. I actually wrote it on a dif. blog but then transferred it on over when I created The Sassy this past fall. Seriously, I’m feeling the exact same way I felt almost 2 years ago! On Saturday I ran 16 miles and was once again reminded that life was not meant to be traveled alone. Just like last time, Mike & The Mister came to the rescue. Mike ran the first 11 with me and The Mister ran the last 5.  What God taught me 20 months ago still stands true today: I need community.   In honor of this reminder, I’m going to go ahead and repost my entry from Fall 2009 today.

Just keep in mind, I haven’t even hit my 20 mile peak yet…  This past Sat. I ran 16, this upcoming Saturday I’ll run 18, and the following Saturday I’ll run 20. These next few long runs are going to be a difficult… But I am so thankful for the lessons I learn not only physically, but spiritually along the way.  Enjoy:

This past week I hit my peak of training. 20 miles. That’s right, 20 miles folks. Two months ago I couldn’t walk 20 miles let alone consider running for that long! But before you think I’m bragging I have to confess to you that I almost died. It almost killed me… truth. I only wish I was exaggerating. My run was on Saturday and today is the first day since that I’m able to fully extend my left leg, ha! Seriously, it was quite possibly the best and worst thing I’ve done in a long while. Read on and I’ll explain.

Saturday taught me something very important (aside from the fact that I am not nearly as in shape as I had hoped to be): I need community. It’s not just a preference, it’s a need.

I have been fortunate to have some folks (shout out to Ben and Mike) who will run a portion of my long runs with me. I’m fairly certain that had they not run a portion of the way with me I would not have been able to finish my 20 mile goal. I need to have people running alongside of me. Sometimes a good run by myself is refreshing, but if I’m going to be going for the long haul, if I’m going to be traipsing through rough terrain & horrible humidity, having a person beside me pushing me to persevere through the mundane or through the pain is much needed. Perhaps I’m just not as strong as you, but it’s true. It’s just the way I am and the same can be said of my Christian walk.

I attend a large church. I love my church, but I am not blind to it’s downfalls. I think one of the possible pitfalls of attending any large church is that you can attend without ever becoming intimately involved. That is not how Christianity works though. That is not what the church is supposed to look or feel like. We are called to live in community with each other. The picture of the church in Acts 2 is not one that depicts strangers coming together weekly to hear a smart, yet entertaining, pastor talk at us for an hour after we hear exceptional music. Church should not be a weekly production. Rather it is a community of people who love each other deeply and are striving to live out the Gospel together.

I was reminded of this on Saturday. I would love to say that I ran the 20 miles, it was a breeze and I ran it with style. But anyone who knows me knows that (1) I’m not nearly in shape enough for 20 m. to be a breeze and (2) I’m way too quirky to have style. I had company the first 10 miles, but the last 10 were beastly. Around mile 14 I had to stop and stretch and then at mile 15ish I called my mom. I kid you not, I called my mom and was like, “Mom, talk to me. Tell me what you’re doing, How’s Kentucky this week? Just whatever you do, don’t ask me to talk back.” She entertained me for a mile or two and told me to keep going and so I did. At mile 18 I got flustered again so I talked to my friend Emily. My legs were screaming and I wanted to quit running but couldn’t because I was still a good 2 miles from my car and Ben and Mike were long gone & I wasn’t courageous enough to ask the random triathlon muscle man to carry me (that would’ve been extremely awkward, but don’t think I didn’t consider it). Emily told me about her weekend and we talked about men and that obviously took my mind off of things for a little while. When I had a half a mile left, I let her go. She had a wedding to get ready for so I begrudgingly ran (it was more like limped) to my car solo. I’m obviously not proud of my training efforts that day. I wish it could have been smooth sailing, but that’s just it, life isn’t always easy. There will be good running days and bad running days; the same can be said for life. But when those bad days come, when temptation is heavy like humidity, I need people beside me to say “I’m with you, keep going.” I need that companionship of fellow believers who are running the race with me.

I talked to a friend who ran a marathon last spring. He might have just been telling me what I wanted to hear, but nonetheless his advice was comforting. He said that the race day would be different because I would be surrounded by thousands of others going through the same struggle. There would be people beside me experiencing similar difficulties. Plus, I should be encouraged because there are many who have gone before me and have finished the race well. They’ve survived, so will I. Yes, I’m being mildly dramatic, but you get the point.

The Christian path is narrow and not always easy, but it wasn’t made to be traveled alone. If you are just attending church, please let me encourage you to read Ephesians 4. Consider entering into the community of faith rather than only observing. I promise you, you won’t regret it. I’m thankful for many things in this world, but one of things that I am most grateful for is the Christian community that God has blessed me with.

I want to run well, but more importantly, I want to finish the race I’ve started. If I run well for 6 miles and then quit, all that work is done in vain. I want to run a consistent, self-disciplined, vigorous race, but I know that I’m not strong enough to go it alone. Thanks to those of you who run beside me in life.

Much love – Brit

Ps. 1 month & $810 away from race day!!!!!

April Fools Day.

Ok Yall, this is going to be short and sweet. Seeing as last Friday’s was a bit more intense… I feel like leaving the blog on a fun note for the weekend. So here we go…

1. Holy Cow it’s April 1st. First off, I really can’t believe it’s april already?!?!?!?! Second, this post has nothing to do with April Fools Day, but I did want to remind you about it so you can beware of pranking coworkers/family members/roommates/etc.  you’re welcome.

2. Have I ever told you that I really like my Small Group? Seriously. I think I’m obsessed. They came over to our place last night and if our apartment was bigger, I think I’d ask them all to move in. Perhaps start a commune. Ok, maybe not… but still, I like them a lot. I made a chicken pot pie recipe from the mister’s family and it is SO easy and delicious. Since it has 2 of my fav things, Cheese & Carbs, who would’ve doubted my undying love for it?

3. I think I’m having a runner’s identity crisis. I read all these blogs about runners who LOVE what they do… and don’t get me wrong, I love it too but I’m no Skinny Runner. She’s like the guru of running.  Anyways… I really like running a lot, but I have to face the fact that I am by no means her. I keep telling myself: “You do like to run. You DO like to run. You LOVE running for a CAUSE!” 1 month from today is race day… must. keep. running.

4. Next week I have a really fun and crazy announcement. No I’m not preggers! – Yes, I know that’s what you were thinking. Stay tuned. 🙂

5. I really want one of these to run with/cuddle with/watch tv with/take to the park…beach…lake/eat froyo with! (and yes I do realize that it sounds like I’m trying to replace the mister… but it’s not true! hehe):

Introducing: The fabulous German Shorthaired Pointer.

Aren’t they beautiful?

Speaking of Points, I think the mister would get a LOT of extra points if this happened to be my graduation present.  Of course, we live in apartment and the pup wouldn’t have any room to run so he’d also have to get me a house. Just an idea.  I’m not asking for much… right? 😉

Alright… that’s it for this Friday. See you on the flip side of the weekend!

Much love – B