My worst run ever!

A couple nights ago I was in a half marathon. It was part of a “coast to coast” event where the first leg of the competition was to run a half marathon in Disneyland, California then the second part, to run in a half marathon at Disney World, Florida in the same year.

I had several concerns going into this last half marathon— it started at 10 pm (going past my bed time), I was diagnosed with a UTI the day before, and the weather was supposed to be cold and rainy throughout the whole event.

Our night started out with us driving to EPCOT at 7:15 pm to catch a shuttle to the ESPN complex.

IMG_20141108_193344313We arrived at the starting line area at around 8 pm. They had a DJ playing music, so we danced a little, used the bathroom a couple of times, and took pictures. At around 9:45 pm, we headed to our corrals (I was assigned to “E” and my husband was in “F”). I took off at about 10:10 pm.

IMG_20141108_221104486Even though it had started to rain while I was waiting in the corral, I did well on the first six miles or so.

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The rain became steadier and large puddles started to form in the streets. I stepped on a couple of them, making my feet soaking wet. I was drenched from the constant rain, and I became extremely cold.

Both my legs and feet muscles started to cramp and I panicked because that had never happened to me before. I fumbled with my phone to call my husband; I only got his voice mail so I left him a message.

I slowed my pace, hoping that my husband would catch up to me. For the first time, I walked during a run— I felt defeated and I wanted to quit. After a couple of miles, I saw my husband. I was so relieved. He walked with me.

As we walked a little, he would encourage me to run. I would run until my muscles became tight again then we would slow our pace. As we arrived in Hollywood Studios, we decided to get our pictures taken— it gave me a chance to rest.

IMG_20141109_241448841IMG_20141109_243757771IMG_20141109_243847283Afterwards, we picked up the pace again. This pattern of slowing down and picking up the pace continued for a few more miles.  Then finally, we were at EPCOT. We knew we were getting closer to the finish line so we ran the last 1.1 mile. We crossed it together. My husband could have completed his first half marathon with a good finishing time, but he sacrificed that to help me cross the finish line.

RunFinishAs we ended the run and had our pictures taken with our metals, I thought about Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer…” (NLT). I am so thankful for my husband, but most especially for God— I wouldn’t have my husband if it wasn’t for Him, “…Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecc 4:12).

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Princess Dinner

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun” (Ecc 8:15).

I think the most wonderful experience I had during our short stay in Disney World was our dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. I wore my “Disney’s Brave” tiara for the event. Upon entering the old castle, we took a picture with Belle and then we ate a delicious dinner that was followed by a variety of scrumptious desserts.

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It was great to eat in such a special location. It seemed that most of our time, previous to this, had been spent working; in fact I was still officially working while we were at Disney World.

The passages from Ecclesiastes seemed to fit so perfectly—our hard work made it possible for us to enjoy this dinner, but ultimately it was God who gave us the work in the first place.  James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father” (NLT). I need to appreciate my work even when I have bad days because it all comes from God.

Be Our Guest

I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God” (Ecc 5:18-19).

I think one of my favorite Disney movies was Beauty and the Beast so when we decided to go to Disney World to run the 5K, I wanted to visit the Be Our Guest restaurant. I tried to make dinner reservations but there were none available. The great thing about this restaurant is that you don’t need a reservation to eat lunch there so that’s what we did.

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The line was long, but it was worth the wait– I felt like I was in the Beast’s castle, eating lunch in his ballroom. What a wonderful experience.

Then today I came across the passages from Ecclesiastes 5. God has truly blessed us with good health and the means to enjoy life. When I think of all the things He has given me, I am filled with awe. Never in a million years would I have thought that my life would be so blessed. Thank You, God, for my wonderful husband; thank You for my children and grandchildren; and thank You for the life You have given me.

Thankful

Tonight I enjoyed time with my family as we celebrated the birthday of our daughter-in-law and future daughter-in-law—both were born on the same day (different years).

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Sometimes I feel guilty when I have fun, but I shouldn’t feel that way—“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink… Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him?”(Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, NLT).

I am thankful for the time I have with my husband or with my family— I enjoy every moment of it. I take pictures of every occasion because I want to remember the joy and happiness I felt. God has truly blessed me. Thank you, God!

Pie– have a slice of life!

I really like to bake. Even though I had a couple weeks for Christmas/New Year break I was only able to bake one pie. I found a recipe on this website: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/simple-blueberry-apple-pie-recipe/index.html. I changed a few things, but it was still a delicious pie. Here’s a picture of it (see below). I need to make the time to bake and to also work out. Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to enjoy life:

“So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 8:15, NLT).

So go and make some pie!

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