Mar 16, 2010

Restore the Orphan

So I decided about a month ago I was going to put triathlon on hold this year and concentrate on my running. I have a few reasons why I want to concentrate on my running, some I am not ready to share yet. But one is that I'm just not feeling swimming for some reason. Which is strange. I love to swim. I don't know what's going on with me. But I am loving running right now. I think I am feeling running right now because my body needs it. Have you ever heard that saying about your body knows what you need. Like when you crave certain foods it's because your body needs the nutrients or whatever from that food. I think my body needs me to be running right now. My goal was to run more frequently and then longer and faster. So last week I started running three times a week. It was great. I loved it. See, my body must need it right now for me to think running three times in one week feels great. I know, I'm weird. I've heard it my whole life. "You don't like chocolate and you love to run? You are so weird." I'm used to hearing it.

So last week I ran 13.5 miles total. And I want to keep up with that for as long as I can. To help my triathlon training, I always registered for a triathlon to have a reason for all the training. But I didn't really have any running event to keep me going except for the tons of 5K's and 10K's in Austin almost every weekend. Then Sunday at church, our pastor mentioned a half and full marathon for adoption in October. For a second or two I thought, I could do the half marathon by then. I even spoke to a friend after church who's doing the full marathon and told her I'd think about running the half. Then today I got an email from another pastor at our church about a team from our church for the adoption marathon and I got excited. I always had to do triathlons by myself since no one ever wanted to do one with me, but there are tons of runners in our church and I did several runs last fall with them. It was nice to do a run with friends. God has spoken to many people at our church recently about adoption and many of them are going through the adoption process now. And I can't think of a better reason or time to have a team from our church run as a team in a marathon for adoption. It's just so cool. I love how God works. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

So I'm registered for the half marathon. And I would love for you to join me and the team from my church. You can read more information and get the links to register, etc here: Restore the Orphan. I completely understand if you don't want to run a half or full marathon, so please consider supporting our team. If you are wondering what kind of training it would take to run a half or full marathon, check out this website Cool Running. They have lots of good training programs, for free! Not only would you be supporting adoption, but you would be improving your health. So join me. ~Holly
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