I have to say that I am glad to not live so close to the river anymore. In 1996, we lost our house in the January flood. Strange thing is that I am certain it was a God thing because it allowed us to move to this great neighborhood and encouraged me to change my job. It has been wonderful.
It feels great to be running consistently and the run in the rain last night was awesome. The next several days look to be the same as the past couple and that is just fine. Don't tell the kids at school, but they are pretty calm when it is raining outside. There isn't any huge desire to get out do other things. The only bad part is that I can't get them out to learn tree identification. Fortunately, one of the tech ed teachers, Bill, has been bringing me branches he is trimming from trees lining his driveway. He has brought quite a collection and I've been able to let the kids do a fair amount of id work inside.
I finished Marshall Ulrich's book Running on Empty yesterday and it was a great read. It tells of the trials and tribulations of running 3,000 miles in 52 days (No- I can't even imagine). I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an inside view of ultra-ultra running, but it really gets to the heart of realizing the impact the loss of someone special has on us long-term. Thanks, Marshall for sharing your experience with us.
I've been thinking about the result of the adventures I've been having and this verse seems to fit with how something silly like a physical effort makes sense in the larger scheme.
New International Version
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.