Piper was determined this morning to run a Redemption Round! She was not very happy with her performance yesterday, and knew that she could do better.
So we woke up this morning and rocked the exact same route as yesterday. I wanted to pace her today, to help her reach her goal. I made sure that she didn’t start off by running too fast! Our first mile was 10 minutes and 22 seconds, which was just a bit faster than the overall pace from yesterday.
Off to a great start, she was feeling good.
Our second mile was 9 minutes and 55 seconds. Perfect! She had a great attitude, and she was feeling good. She didn’t need a PR, she needed a great run.
Mile 3 clicked in at 9 minutes and 30 seconds. Such a great mile!
We finished the 5k in 30 minutes and 48 seconds, with an overall pace of 9:54. It was a great run!
After the 5k, we cleaned up, packed up, and jumped in to a van to drive to Connecticut as a family. It was a long drive, but we made it!
Tomorrow we will hang out near Hartford, CT. We plan to visit the Connecticut Science Center, and then we’ll see what else we end up finding. I hope to get a good pasta dinner in my belly, and with any luck, I will get an early bedtime tomorrow. Then I plan to wake up early Friday morning to make it to the marathon packet pickup by 5:15 am, stretch, chill, and then start the marathon at 6am.
While being in a van with my beautiful bride and my wonderful (but slightly over-energetic) kids, I couldn’t help but think about the last verse of Luke 1 from today’s Bible reading.
And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.(Luke 1:80, ESV)
I never really think about baby John the Baptist, or child John the Baptist. I always think of a rugged, intense mountain man living in the desert, baptizing in the Jordan River, and boldly calling out the Pharisees and King Herod for their many wrongs.
Luke reminds us that he had to grow into that version of himself. He grew physically, and became strong in spirit.
I can’t help but feel like that is what I want from my kids (the ones that were in the van with me all day). I want them to grow physically, as they learn how to follow God and be obedient to His voice, like John the Baptist was. More than anything, I want them to become strong in spirit!
That is how I am praying for my kids. How are you praying for yours (future, current, or adult kids)?