Today was a 14-miler with a tough 1.5 mile hill. I prayed the rosary as I went up the steep road. I moved one foot in front of the other repeatedly as I recited the Hail Mary for each bead. The early morning sun was shining on me directly as if to lead me on to the top of the hill. Like a messenger with a mission, I kept going so I could bring the prayer requests to God. Then finally I crossed the hill and continued on to St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church at Mile 11.75 to stop and pray.
For Brian's wife diagnosed with breast cancer and running her first half-marathon today, for Y-ME (breast cancer support group) in Illinois, for Agnes who is undergoing a mastectomy, for Carmela who has Ewing's carcinoma, and for Vanessa's father who was recently diagnosed of prostrate cancer. May God bring them comfort and mercy at their time of need. Give them hope and strengthen their faith as they come to You to ask for your healing love.
My run today was also a trip down memory lane. A somewhat painful nostalgia of the place where my wife and young son used to live and places we went to. I longed for my wife after the run, wanting to tell her all about where I went. But I know she's gone so I moved on with the thought that she was with me today every step of the way.
|St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church in Clayton CA at Mile 11.75|