Saturday, March 26, 2011

Running For Brighton - Race #20

I hit the road EARLY this morning to drive 2.5 hours to the mountains of TN for my next Running For Brighton race. It had been a while since my last one so I was looking forward to it.

This was possibly the toughest race I have ever run - or at least in the top 5. I am pretty sure the weather played a HUGE part in that. Lightning. Thunder. Down-pouring rain the entire time. Cold. I was soaked to the bone and freezing BEFORE the gun even went off!

And then - around mile 6 - it really hit me. It always does when I am out there - but these struggles, these freezing moments, these painful climbs... they are all temporary. And even knowing that - in the midst of it all - I really wanted to quit. My clothes weighed an extra 50 pounds it felt like cuz they were SOAKED. My legs hurt - the hill climbs were crazy. But then I started thinking about Brighton and the MILLIONS of others out there just like him. And how "quitting" isn't even an option for them.

And that's why I run these things. Me - a goofy former sprinter trying to make myself a longer distance runner. Getting up early and driving 6 hours round trip to run 10.2 miles in the cold rain.

I run these because God uses them to remind me of what He has broken my heart for...

Meron had some fun in the shirt and even got crazy enough to drop some BIG EYES!

You wanna help out an orphan or two (or a million)? It's real easy - just ask us about ways to get involved or connect with us at "Brighton Their World" as we try to bring new and exciting opportunities for EVERYBODY to help brighten the world of orphans around the globe.


Wendy said...

Awesome Tymm! I am sure the scenery was beautiful along the tough challenging way! Proud of ya like always! Can't tell enough people about my amazing big brother =)

Love, Wendy

Unknown said...

Very cool and inspiring story. Running is a great metaphor to many obstacles in life. It's one reason why I run as well. Thanks for sharing!!!

Robbins' Nest said...

I needed to hear that, thank you! Running a half on Saturday morning and could have referral any day now, emotions are high and that brought it all back down for me. Thanks Tymm!!