But first, thank you for all of the nice comments on my last post. I'm a little less anxious for this half-marathon coming up this Sunday because of your suggestions and kind words.
I had a 20-miler on the schedule for Saturday. We had plans to go here,
|Candy Dance in Genoa, NV|
As always on my long runs, there were points when I felt like I could conquer the world and points where I wanted to stop and walk. I apologize to the people who cheerily said, "Good Morning", only to get a twisted grimace in return (no, really...that was a smile).
I have not lost my original motivation for training for and running this marathon. Whenever I feel tired or that I can't go on, I think of Anna and all of the other children who have had to endure the horrible disease of cancer. They must have so many questions as the sickness and then "treatment" ravages their little bodies and causes them so much pain. Some, like Anna, can't run because their "marathons" ended way too soon. Some can't run because they are stuck in a hospital going through chemo. Some can't run because they can't go outside for fear of germs that their suppressed immune systems can't handle. I am sure that there are many times they don't want to go on and, yet, they are forced to endure. I am blessed. I am blessed with legs that can run (maybe not fast, but they can run). I am blessed with a healthy son. I am blessed with a loving husband that supports me through all of this. Why not run for those who can't??
I don't think I've mentioned it before, but September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Please take a moment to support those families who are dealing with this, whether it be to say a prayer, to financially support research, to volunteer in a children's ward at the local hospital, or whatever you are comfortable doing. Kids are counting on us!