how to run a marathonDid you already read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ?  Make sure you read up on miles 1-8!  Everyone’s story is important and each scripture is meaningful!

I’m not very good at asking for or accepting help.  I am someone who just thinks I can do it and so I DO do it….the problem is, is that sometimes I can’t.  Sometimes my health issues get in the way.  Sometimes my fatigue stops me.  Sometimes I have people who want to help and I need to remember that these people are often sent to bless me and I need to keep myself OPEN to those blessings.

Mile 8: Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. I Timothy 4:12
Person: The Constantino Familyeight miles of running
When my oldest son was born, it was the happiest day of my life.  

 I took several months of work off with him and loved every moment.  When I went back to work, I put my son in day care for almost 12 hours a day.  It was horrible and I hated it.  After the school year ended I loved having the long days with my little snuggle bug.  …but my perspective changed on June 8 when a little boy in our family drowned in a tragic accident.  I realized that I was putting my son in a facility to essentially allow someone else raise.  This little boy’s death changed my outlook on the time we have here on earth.  I decided to leave that job and take a position teaching at our church’s preschool.  …and the little boy’s sisters were a part of the day care/ preschool there.  Over the years, This family has become an example of God’s peace.  God’s healing.  God’s comfort.  My prayer is that God continues to be with them on their journey of healing and that He continues to use each family member to shine the light of Jesus.  I am so thankful that I met this sweet family.  They have forever changed me and I am eternally grateful.

Mile 9: We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those marathon training tipswho love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Person: Mike V.
Mike is the father of one of my oldest son’s friends.  He has a great sense of humor.  A giving heart.  Loves to hunt and fish and be outside.  Mike is also an incredible baker….and his sweet rolls are worth running a marathon for!  Okay, those round power-sugar covered cookie things (Russian tea cakes?) are also pretty freaking fantastic as well!  Mike has Crohn’s Disease and faces a constant battle with his health.  Like many of us living with a chronic illness some days are good, some days are bad and then you have days or weeks or months that just SUCK.  My prayer is for Mike, his caregivers, his family and friends, but also his wife and sons.  As the person in my family WITH the chronic illness, I know what it is like to rely on those who take care of you.  Its hard.  

Mile 10: Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Person: Abby S.
I thought since Crohn’s is so awful, I should pray for Abby on mile 10.  I met Abby when she was in a challenge group I was leading.  We rocked out Charlene Extreme together and built some mega muscle and sweat like crazy ladies and posted sweetie selfies on facebook.  Not that long ago, my client who I now consider a friend, was facing a slew of health issues that turned out to be Crohn’s.  UGH….  None the less, she looked amazing in her beautiful wedding dress and is moving forward with setting into her new home and rockin’ her own crafty business. I don’t get to talk to Abby nearly as often as I’d like too, but I think of her often.  She is so funny and crafty and honestly not that far away from me.  Sometimes the busy-ness of life frustrates me!  But I pray Abby continues on a journey of healing.  That she continues to find good care and that her family and friends who help her have continued strength.

Mile 11: Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5
Person: My Parents
The ultimate “helpers”.  My parents believe I can do anything and I think they think I’m the best at everything.  Trust me when I say, I am not!  My mom will be retiring soon and my prayers are for a smooth transition for her and of course, my dad!  Mom works harder than almost anyone I know and deserves to enjoy some relaxation and rest.  But at the same time, I also think this will be a challenge for her!  My prayers for my dad are continued healing with his traumatic brain injury.  I’m also thankful for my parents and the way I was raised and the ability to make good decisions.  Its at this point in the race I will have to decided if my injury is okay to run a full 26.2 miles.  At mile 11.5 I can choose HALF or FULL and I’ll need to rely on my ability to be honest with myself and do what is best for my body.

Mile 12: With God’s help we will do mighty things. Psalm 60:12
Person: Dick & Cricket
When I got married, I got an extra set of parents!  My in-laws are great helpers. People ask me all the time how I do things….and its because of my helpers that I can do things like train for a marathon, work full time and own my own business.  My prayers will be for their health and also just thanking for this great gift of extra parents and that they raised a son who is my best friend and rock and for being wonderful grandparents to my children.

Mile 13: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3
Person: My husband and children
None, and I mean NONE of this is possible without the support and love of my family.  Mike has been on my case to heal this hip injury and worries (a lot) about my health.  He also is coming home from turkey hunting camp a day early so I can leave to run.  He tolerates my crazy eating.  He listens to me whine.  He makes me laugh.  He makes me think.  He reall13 miles encouragementy is my ROCK.  He is my best team mate. I’ll be doing lots of thanking at mile 13.  Thanking God for such a great mate and my best friend.  I can’t forget the children!  The three monkeys love to cheer me on.  They encourage me and motivate me.  They are also my PiYo partners, stretching pals and rulers of the tennis ball and ice packs.  They adore “taking care of mommy” and its fun to watch them copy our healthy behavior.  I’ll be praying for their lives, hearts and health.  I’ll be thanking God for their good health.  All of them.  All of us.  We are are great team, despite all our crazy quirks!

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