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.