A Thankful Gobbler Grind

On the 13th, my daughter and I ran the Gobbler Grind 5K.  This race also has a marathon which is a Boston qualifier, and a half marathon, so there were lots of people there.  This race was to benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.  What a reminder of how much we have to be thankful for.

It was a perfect day for a race.  The wind was calm and it was a sunny 45 degrees.  I’m not a fast runner to begin with, but I felt particularly slow this day.  I’ve been working on my cadence and not starting out too fast, so I decided to take the first mile slow and not worry about my cadence.  After that, I tried to pay attention to the metronome in my ear and keep my cadence what it should be.

About the last mile, I caught up with a lady that had braces on both of her knees.  She was running in a very awkward form that made it look as if it was either very, very difficult and/or very painful for her to run.  We were literally feet from the finish line when she went down.  The sad thing was that she was not getting up.  I stopped and was ready to help her, but she already had three other people helping her.  Still, she was not getting up.  Since it looked like she had more than enough help, I went ahead and crossed the finish line.  I went back later and watched the video tape of the race and found that with lots of help she did eventually get across the finish line.  Yet another reminder that we have so much to be thankful for.

I am in good health.  I am up and mobile.  I can say the same for the rest of my family.  The Lord is my Shepherd!  What do you have to be thankful for?

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