Monday, January 19, 2009

First trail run, running in the snow and a prayer request to whoever reads my blog

Billie, Courtney and I did our first trail run at Veteran's Park in Lexington on Saturday. Besides being super duper cold it was fun. It was a lot different than my usual running (obviously). I have no pictures - sorry, I couldn't feel my fingers!
I decided afterwards that it would be best to probably venture out into new "shoedom" because my ankles felt a little wobbly so I thought more stability would help. I went to Johns last night and bought a pair of Montrail shoes which fortunately they were going to stop carrying and so I got them for only $45. I am most certain that is the cheapest pair of running shoes I have ever and probably will ever buy - YAY! The shoe fitting specialist guy said trail shoes weren't an absolute necessity and that I could actually continue to wear my regular running shoes for trail running too. WHATEVER - my shoes are like $130 shoes - I am so not getting them muddy/icky etc. not to mention putting any more wear on them than necessary. More wear = more purchasing - you catch my drift? I told him that little fact could be our well-kept secret *wink wink. Courtney got a pair too so we are ready and raring to go.....well, maybe that's a little overzealous but it sounds good, right?
It has been a cold running week thus far - Chels and I braved the elements for a run in the snow on Monday: brrr. I had little snow/icicles on my eyelashes and my face was a big ice cube but other than that it was all good. To be completely honest it was a pretty cool run - there was like an inch of snow on the ground and it was just neat to put the the first tracks in the snow and hear it crunch beneath our feet not to mention how sparkly and shiny it was on the ground. I am so proud of Chelsea because not many people are "hard core" enough to run in the snow - go girl!
Courtney and I ran yesterday and it was wicked cold - 17 to be exact. The snow and stuff had basically turned into icy stuff so it was a little more treacherous than my Monday run. At one point we kind of slid into each other in an awkward dance-like move. We decided we looked like un-synchronized ice skaters. If you can, imagine a couples skate between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding and that is what we looked like.
Lastly, my blog is about to take a serious turn which like- never happens. In the last few months I have become a little intrigued by a few blogs that I have started to read. Different ones have witnessed to me in different ways and one of them in particular is It is through this woman's blog (which is amazing and everyone should read when they get a chance -by the way) that I learned of another blog: That is kind of how the blogging world works - it's all strangely intertwined in weird ways. Anyway - to cut to the chase there is a little baby named Harper that needs prayer in a mighty way. For anyone who reads my blog I felt like the Holy Spirit was kind of encouraging me to gather prayer for her and so I am asking you to pray. To learn more about Harper and about what she is going through and or to get current updates visit Kelly's blog.
While I am asking for prayer requests I am going to ask that you all pray for one more thing - a very dear friend of mine's husband has recently been laid off. As you all can imagine this economy is a rough one to have lost your job in. After countless hours of prayer and pouring out of emotion, countless printed resumes, countless hours spent searching for job openings and countless phone calls/interviews, etc. he has an interview tomorrow and it is for a position that he has longed to have for quite some time. His name is Jonathan and he has a very important final interview at 11 AM tomorrow morning. Please join me in prayer for he and his wife - put yourself in their shoes (either you or your spouse being without work right now). I absolutely can not imagine how difficult that must be. For baby Harper and for Jonathan - thank you in advance for your prayers - they are greatly appreciated. Serious moment now over - I'm not real good at those. =)
Until next time...

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