A Special Thank You at the 2011 Mango Days Fun Run

Tina, the Bagpiper at the Mango Days Fun Run

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday was the 9th running of the Mango Days Fun Run — a 5k fund raiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Tina has played the bagpipes at all 9 runs and I have always enjoyed her playing and looked forward to hearing her during the races.

But yesterday was the first time I really understood just how helpful the pipes are. As I was puffing toward the finish line but still too far away to see anything, I HEARD the faint sounds of her piping. Oh JOY! I focused on the music — getting closer and closer — it really helped pull me in.

I told Tina just how helpful her piping was and she said she had the same experience when she was running a 10k. We agreed that if you haven’t experienced being exhausted — and then hearing the pipes playing at the finish — you just can’t understand their power to pull.

I am feeling very thankful to Tina, God. And, I am especially thankful for Your Help that made it possible for me to “run” the entire 3.1 miles without walking! It was only last week that I was able to walk two miles.

Actually I just feel all around THANKFUL! Thankful to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society organizers, all the volunteer workers, Connie, our wonderful MC; Chris the super pre-race MC; all the dear friends who came out and walked or ran — and all the people who came to participate. Running so there will be more survivors.

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