Today's run was tough. I think I got a little conservative with my hydration and it was warm - in the high 80's halfway through. Towards the end, I got queasy and crampy. I struggled to complete the 18.5 miles but I did. I was dead tired when I got to my destination. There was one thing that got me though - it was praying the rosary and thinking about all the prayer intentions that were requested.
"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." (John 12:24). I shared this verse to my nephew-in-law who was devastated when he found out that my wife had only a few days to live. He saw action in Iraq but couldn't accept that his aunt was dying. Trying to to look for strength and answers myself, I was inspired to share this verse to him.
Like my wife who realized that her suffering was all worth it, I kept running and praying hard to complete the course. Praying for all your intentions and dying to self was all worth it. May this run be pleasing to God. And may He look upon all our prayers with His infinite mercy and compassion. Amen.
|St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Walnut Creek, CA at Mile 5.4|
|St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord, CA at Mile 10.1|
|St. Agnes Catholic Church, Concord, CA at Mile 14.2|
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