Saturday, June 12, 2010

Flag Day 5K Fun Run/10K Race

Race: Flag Day 5K Fun Run/10K Race
Distance: 10K (6.2138 mi)
Goal Time: None
Actual Time: 00:57:21 (9:13 min/mi)

This race was enjoyable, although it was quite hot and humid. The Boy Scouts were helping out with the race, and the proceeds went to benefit one of the local troops. I was excited to see friends from church--Jenni and Valerie, and I met Katie. I missed Ann though, and she was there!

I started off with Adrianna and Patrick, two people from my club. About a mile in a half into the run, I sped up, and the other two were right behind me. Shortly before the 5K split, I met a lady named Laura, who was starting to slow down, so came along and encouraged her to keep going. This slowed me down some, but I really did not mind. Patrick cut off at the 5K split, and then Adrianna joined Laura and I. Close to the end, Adrianna really picked up pace, as I was slowing down. She encouraged me and we went in together! :)

Adrianna and I chose to run another 5K together, after the race, looping the course once again. I ran the 5K with her, and then another 5K--my long run for the week is taken care of. It was a great day for a 20K, although too hot and humid for me. My shirt was soaking, I literally wrung it out after the first 15K and left it at the car; my shorts, they were as bad as the shirt. Oh well. Made for a wet drive home...yuck! Yay for nice, hot, long, showers!

My time is not impressive, but I am not upset either. I am glad I could encourage people along the way and run the extra distance with Adrianna! God is good!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

100 Years

One holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.
--The Church's One Foundation

First Presbyterian Church celebrated 100 years in the present sanctuary today. One of the men at the church had been there for 97 of them! How cool is that?

We sang the song, "Mighty to Save" and I was once again, reminded of why I love those words--it's about the Hope of the nations. God is here for you and me, and each of us NEEDS Him.

"Everyone needs compassion, love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations. "

We are to proclaim the Kingdom of God! To point people to the God who can heal individuals, communities, and nations!

"O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, Be though our eternal home!"
--O God, our Help in ages past

On a side note--as I was walking from Sunday school to the Sanctuary, I overheard the following commentary from a mother to her six year old son...
Mother: Do not run!
Child: I am not; I am skipping!
In case you were wondering, the boy truly was skipping, and I found the whole dialogue absolutely hilarious!

In celebration of the beautiful day, I decided to wear my hat to church. It was fun to wear, and I fit right in with other classy women at the church! :)

So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory.
--Lift High the Cross