All of this must not have been meant to me for me at this time, however. I woke up at 3:30 am burning up and with a massive headache. I drank some water and Graham took my temperature. I was still running a fever even though I had just gulped down a ton of water. I cried as I realized it meant that I would not be able to run the race today. But Graham is wonderful. He helped me keep things in perspective. Sometimes, it's not running the race that makes the most difference, it's the training and the person you become as you do those things. I definitely am healthier and in better shape than I was six months ago. That's what I need to be focusing on right now. I've learned more about myself and how far I can push my body. I have been blessed with a healthy body and the ability to run! I don't always go fast, and some workouts seem to kill me, but they are always worth it. I discovered through all of this that running is actually a talent that I have been given. And talents need to be developed in order to help me grow and be strengthened, both physically and spiritually. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Anything except maybe not being sick today and being able to run the race. Hah. But what is done is done. I will keep exercising and running and one day, I will run a marathon. I haven't given up on that goal yet. It just might be a little further out than what I was initially anticipating.
|Yummy picnic lunch with Grandma!|
|Playing trains with this cutie before heading back home|
|All of the girls (plus Peter). All in our pj's still except Michelle|
Graham and I also had the opportunity to go to the Memphis TN Temple with my mom while we were there, and we were able to spend some time with my friends April and Olivia and their fiancés before we headed back on Sunday night last week. This past week was full of paper writing and work for me. It was a great opportunity to get ahead on some of the things that I have to do for school for April! Only four weeks left (and then finals) of school this semester. I can't believe it. Only 21 hours stand between me and graduation! (6 for this summer and then 15 for the fall)
Until we meet again,
From Marissa, with love.