It's been 7 weeks since I ran outdoors. Today, it was an exhilirating feeling to feel the wind in my face, stride on black top, and feel the sight, sound, and smell of Antioch. I did an out and back 6-miler around the suburban streets which I like. The cars driving by and a few people out in the streets keep me company in my run. As I started running in cruise control around the second mile, I started to pray. I lost track of my recitation of the rosary at first because I was distracted by the sights and sounds of suburban streets, but as I turned into the trail part of my run, I started to pray more fervently with my breathing and stride in unison.
I first prayed for a safe run. This being my first run on harder surface I really wanted to come home without injury. Then I thought about my wife Aura Jane a.k.a. Jinky who in a few days will be a 10-year survivor of breast cancer. I will post more about her story in my next post but for now let me share with you her caringbridge website:
You see, she is alive today because of the prayers of so many people. As I kept running, I thought about sharing the power of prayer to people who have a prayer request. I will run a mile for your prayer request and I will think and offer your request in prayerful contemplation as I run.
Do you have a prayer request?