I just completed my last long run of 8 miles, which was actually shorter than some of my during-the-week runs just a couple of weeks ago! Marathon taper time is bittersweet. It's been nice to look at my marathon training plan and see that I'm responsible for completing much less milage. But I was feeling a little nostalgic when I realized that time marches on, and this season of training is nearly over. I will miss my weekly morning long runs with my friend Val! We felt really thankful as our husbands watched our kids while we ran through the beautiful Lancaster County countryside and shared meaningful conversation. Val runs her first marathon in the Outer Banks tomorrow. Go Val!
A quick fundraising update... I'm 76% of the way to my goal of raising $2,000 with one week to go until the marathon! Thank you so very much to those who have donated money to this cause. Your generosity overwhelms me (in a good way)! Thanks also to all who have supported me with kind words, thoughtful questions, and prayers. I feel so grateful and hopeful as I move into my last week of training!
If you would still like to donate money to World Vision, please visit my fundraising page. Your money will be used to fund clean water projects in Kenya and Ethiopia. Most of us in this country are really blessed with financial resources that we can use to care for others... what an awesome privilege it is to share and to give! I hope that, as you give with the desire of helping others and changing lives, you are changed too.
Please check back later on in the weekend for a blog entry related to the cost of water.