Last night, Sheila and Laura G hosted a pasta dinner in order to help a few of us carbo-load prior to the Sunburst races this morning in South Bend. What a blessing that was, as well as the opportunity to watch a recording of the Gaudet home on Extreme Home Makeover. What an incredible home, and ability of the team to highlight the passions and struggles of the Gaudet family!
This morning I caught a few of us before the race for well-wishes, and then we lingered after our respective races to wait for everyone to get in. The finale was the incredible sight of Sarah H finishing her first ever half-marathon!
The weather was beautiful, if humid, and it has remained incredible today. I'm discovering more and more that whenever the seasons change, I personally feel a fresh awareness of the wonderful experiences that life is, a gift from God. Another thing I'm discovering more and more, is that running is the great equalizer. It is a rather individualistic sport, which while it can cause isolation and less reliance on peers, it allows for people of all shapes, sizes, and places in life, to get out and actually do something in common. Unless you like running on a treadmill in your basement, you typically do place yourself out amidst your neighbors. I just love how we can all be together and come together for an organized activity, with nothing else in common. It's also an excellent opportunity to display love and care for people that you have no personal relationship with.
(Update: there are pictures available online! you have to search for last name, so here are some of the names that you may find relevant: Walters, Gaffney, Timler, Carbon, Payne, Heintzelman, Loughran, Feehly, Torma, Riley, DeLee, Pruess, ... any others? brightroom event photography)