I discovered something yesterday. My hip flexors! And that they hurt. lol.
Yesterday morning we gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway to meet with our team, WeMartinsAdopt. Of the 15 of us, 8 people were running alongside Chris and I. Two teachers from the school I volunteer at, three neighbors and one of their siblings, and two employees from Chris’ company. A spouse and son came to cheer us on as well! The missing teammates were “sleepwalkers” who were there in spirit.
It was a beautiful day, and was so special for so many reasons. The morning started out chilly and turned into a cool, but sunny morning and warm rest of the day. As we walked from the parking lot to the starting line to find our team, we saw familiar face after familiar face. Because we had hosted a dinner for the chosen teams about a week ago, we had already made some connections. But most of the people we saw were people from our old church, who were gathered to run for another family that is adopting from China. The Pattersons are adopting two boys, and had 67 wonderful supportive team members. Whoa. That church is like a family, and it showed. It was wonderful to see and hug so many familiar people, running for this cause. We know we can count on their prayers and support, now, too!
Meeting up with our teammates was a task. we’d find people, lose people, forget to get our tracking tags and have to run off, then come back and find them again. A couple of the people on our team were people we didn’t know, and one person showed up after the start. And some are runners while others of us… are trying to be… so needless to say, we lost each other shortly after the start. But in the end, at some point during the race, we saw, hugged, and thanked everyone for running on our team.
It was wonderful that these people were all running out of love. Either in memory of someone who had died in the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash 10 years ago, or to bring children into forever families. So. Awesome.
Chris and I ran the first 6.5 miles or so, and then our knees started to hurt. So we ran/walked the last part of the course, maybe walking 2 miles, total. My time was 2 hours and 14 minutes, and since Chris stuck with me the whole time (thanks, babe), I guess his was too. I’d say, for non-runners who have not been able to get their miles in, and have never run that far ever in their lives, we did pretty well. The rest of the day, after refueling with some neighbors at cracker barrel and having a celebratory beer with two sleepwalker teammates, we rolled our legs, stretched, soaked in an epsom salt bath, and rolled our legs some more. Today, I can definitely tell my muscles are fatigued, and stairs are a little hard on one of my knees, but I feel pretty good! Praise God that these novice runners completed a successful run with no injuries!
I am already thinking about next year’s race. Now that we know about it, we can start talking about it, training for it, and building our team much sooner. And we will run the whole thing, I just know it! Hopefully, we’ll have completed our adoption by then, but I trust in the Lord’s timing and will move forward, doing what I can, and just be patient!
Later that afternoon, we put Austin in his Halloween costume and went up to the Cypress, where we volunteer on Sundays. They were having a trick-or-treat thing for kiddos (or maybe more for the elderly who reside there) and we were late. So all the other kids were already gone. That just meant that Austin was the center of attention. He didn’t get why he was standing around with people staring and cooing over him. ANd he didn’t know what they kept putting in his bag. But after he saw a Hershey’s kiss and had it unwrapped for him, he pretty much got the idea. Luckily for us, pretty much all the candy was already gone. Phew! He was the cuteness, but I’ll save those pics for Halloween. 🙂 The rest of the day we took it easy.
Today, after first service at church, we picked up Austin from the childcare, and went back into church so he could watch the worship. He loved it. He was “drumming” on the railing of the balcony, swaying and clapping. he kept saying “tar!” which is guitar, and was excited about the drummer and the violin. He also knows a new word, now- “singing.” That kid. He learns so fast. So. Fast.
And as soon as he wakes up from his nap, which should be any minute now, I think we are going to do a little shopping at the new(ish) outlets here, and then hit up the grocery store. So, this is where I leave you. Toodles!