Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ibuprofen and Earbuds

This is a picture of the trail that I ran this morning. I did not take this picture because I was not up early enough to see the sunrise. I decided to sleep in a little this morning and endure the heat for my long run of the week- I wanted to get in 6 miles. I started at 9:30 and it was probably already in the 80s. For some reason my legs, hips, and neck were sore. I don't know if it was because I had run every day this week or something I did at the gym. Anyway, I really wanted to get in my 6 miles so I took some Ibuprofen (something I NEVER do before a run). I don't know why I'm against taking ibuprofen before a run. I guess I think if something hurts so much that I can't push through it, then I shouldn't be running. I made an exception today though and reasoned that it also might help me mentally- that I might think I'm in less pain. Whether it was mental or the meds actually worked, I was able to get through the 6 miles without stopping. I stuck my earbuds in and tried to forget how hot it was. I know 6 miles isn't a very long run at all for many runners, but I hadn't done a long run for a while because of being sick and doing a race last Saturday. So it was a tough run.

Last week I ran a 5k at the same trail that I did my long run. I had been sick all week but I had already signed up so I went ahead and ran it. There were a lot of people and the atmosphere was great! It wasn't my best run, but I was happy with it after not running for several days. And I got a cool medal:

I love running races, especially here because I'm able to meet some people outside of MCA and Redeemer. I'm also able to get a feel for what the running community of the Valley is like. They can't compare to the running friends I had back in Tennessee, but I hope to get into a good group around here.

Another South Texas Sunset

I've taken so many pics of sunsets and sunrises here. They are just so beautiful and all I can think of is how majestic and creative God is. I feel so small when I think about all of creation and all the glorious wonders He has made for us to enjoy and to proclaim His name. The sunrises and sunsets are just a small reminder of that.

I've been really happy here the past month. Nothing different has happened. I've just been able to get into a rhythm and I love it. Of course there are hard days like when my day starts at 6:30 am and doesn't end until 9:30 pm because of bball games. Speaking of bball...our boys team just won District Championships. They have a play-off game on Tuesday and I think they have a good chance of winning. They are a talented and hard-working group.

Besides basketball, I've started a running group in the morning for students who want to come. We weren't able to have track this year because it conflicted with our Fine Arts Banquet. But I knew several students wanted to run so I'm giving them that opportunity. I just wish we had some different routes we could run, as there are not many options where the school is located.

We've been having some problems with our electricity here at the staff house where I live. Last weekend we went without power- from Friday morning until Monday night. It was kind of like we were camping lol. The good part was we still had hot water and AC- a huge blessing!
I'm also loving the weather now. It is usually in the 80s. Every day is like a summer day that's not too hot. It's nice to be able to run and not have to bundle up.

There has been quite a bit of sickness going around lately. I got it and it was terrible. It took me about a week to fully recover, but I'm back to normal now and very thankful!
I've been running local races about every other weekend. If you are more interested in hearing about my running adventures you can read my next post.

Thank you for all who are praying and supporting me! God is doing something great here and I'm so excited to be a part of it (I'm sure I've said that before), The other day a student was saved! Praise God! I was so happy for her and I pray that every student can have a relationship with Christ! Blessings to you all.