Karen recently took a trip to Hawaii. . .and look what she brought back for me!!!
I told THE STONE RABBIT that these are the very best chocolates I've ever eaten!!! He asked me why I kept them hidden from my husband. . . I just looked at him. Seriously? I'm not sharing these treats!! :)
Yesterday, these two great friends (I met them through running about 4 years ago) arrived at the same time to visit me at the Oktoberfest Craft Sale where I had a booth!
It's always a treat to see them in settings other than while we are running! We surprise ourselves with how different we look in regular clothes and not drenched in excercise sweat.
This upcoming weekend is a big one for each of us. Mary will be doing a 10K distance with her son in Minnesota. He's doing his first full marathon the same morning! Karen is doing the half-marathon distance and I'm doing the full marathon distance of the Kansas City Marathon!
We've been working hard for several months. . .getting ready for our goal distances. It will be my first, and probably only, full marathon. It will be hard for me to do, but I'm actually looking forward to completing it.
L to R Karen, me, Mary
I've been a lucky gal to have received running mentoring from Verna. . .another lady I met through running. I think it's been about 3 years since we first met.
She's an amazing runner who has completed about 40 marathons and numerous ultra distances. In fact, she's the one who really sparked my interest in tackling my first marathon distance earlier this year. She was training for a full and I tagged along on some of her longer runs. She was sharing all sorts of tid -bits about dealing with the additional miles. . .as up until then my longest distance was the half marathon which is 13.1 miles. Anyway, the goal was distance and not speed and as the weeks went by. She made me believe I was capable of completing a marathon distance ( 26.2 miles). I figured out that this olden body didn't have a whole lot of time left in it to do such a thing...and if not now, then when? So I signed up for the race and now, here it is, just a few days away!! In the photo below, Verna is on the right. We had just completed a long training run one hot day not long ago.
So, today in church, our priest spoke on a topic that really smacked me in the face. It was about "gratitude"....mostly about how that related to our faith and the Lord...and all of the gifts he's given to us.
I'm so grateful for the gift of physically being able to do th activity of running at this advanced age in my life. . . .and also so very grateful I've found other folks who share the same enthusiasm. Through many hours and miles of running with these ladies, we've developed great friendships....truly a gift.
Another "gift" for which I'm grateful is Pink Saturday....and all of the wonderful cyber friends I've met because of that. I'm so very lucky to have found Beverly and her wonderful blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, over 8 years ago!!!
Beverly hosts a weekly link up called Pink Saturday. . .a place for you to share "whatever"! If you click (HERE) you will be taken to her blog and all of the others who are ready with their weekly shares!!