Monthly Archives: October 2012

Reading, Writing and Research

I’m sitting in the library at Pratt right now waiting for a document to download so I can send it. I love spending time here on campus doing homework and using my brain in a completely different way than the rest of the work week. I love it. It’s really intense work, but so fantastic all the same.

We went to the Department of Buildings today, and it was fantastic! I found a folder with amazing documents inside. From a building permit from 1876 to architecture blueprints form 1935, amazing things. I’ve been looking for answers, missing pieces to my puzzle, and I found them. It’s all very exciting. I love it. I want to keep doing this for the rest of my life, and with a degree I get to. I get real reasons to go to find old documents. I get to do that for a job. That makes me happy.

Well, off to class to talk about limestone and granite. Not too excited about it, but it’s all a part of the journey.

I’m thankful to be here at school. Thankful.

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The Half

Well, I did it. I did it! I finished the half marathon on Sunday, September 30. Anna and I had a blast of a time, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It hurt like hell while I was running it, but it was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. Granted, it hurt like hell because I hadn’t trained well enough, but I finished and I finished triumphantly.

Anna picked me up from Salem at 6:00am, and we got to the race around 6:45. We found easy parking and then went up to get our bibs. We walked back to the car, and readied ourselves for the big event. Sharpie markers went to work on our arms with encouraging statements such as “Fire Up” and “Rock On” with a little Anna art to boot. We got our music ready. We got bibs attached. We got ourselves to the bathroom for the last pee break of the morning and we were off to the start line. We waited in the drizzling rain for about 15 minutes before we had to line up and then we lined up.

I had David Crowder’s “Oh Praise Him” playing in my ears as I waited to go past the start. Then, we were off. It was rainy, it was gross, but it was a thrill. Anna was kind and polite as she held back her pace to run with me, and I made the observation that she just needed to run and do her own thing. I told her to just go and have a good time. She left. It was great to see her just sail on. She had been training so hard for this race, and the day was finally here to do what she’d been practically killing herself to do. Anything from sore knees, sore hips and even hives… she’d been training hard, and I wanted her to just fly. And she did. She ran that whole thing in 2:18. Proud of that girl. Proud.

I, on the other, ran miles 1-5. Got my gatorade at 5 and walked until mile 7. Got my water at 7 and ran until 9. Got a gel pack (never had one before and didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great booster) and a water at 9 and walked until 11. Decided while I was walking to 11 that I would run 11 and 12 and finish running. When I started running 11, my already horrendously aching knees and hips yelled at me to stop running, so I listened. I walked as fast as I could to 12, and I said, “Self, you will finish with a run. Jesus, please take my pain away and just carry me to the end.” And He did. It was a rather emotional ending. One, I finished my first half marathon. Two, it didn’t matter that I ran and walked, I finished. Three, a song so perfectly started playing on my ipod that I think Jainie and I recently coined as “our song” – it’s Coldplay’s Us Against the World. Got weepy because it was like Jainie was crossing the finish line with me. Finished at a time of 2:55. It was amazing. One of the most amazing days of my life.

I’ll do it again. Even with the pain, I’ll do it again. In a heartbeat.

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