Monday, April 29, 2013

TEARS AT THE START...

Race day for the OKC Memorial Marathon.  A beautiful, clear morning-anticipation of a wonderful day to run!  I did not expect to be emotional but with recent events in Boston, my whole family running the relay as a team, including my lovely daughter coming in from Denver and my boys (who neither one had really trained properly but were there to be a FAMILY) it was emotional for me.  The 168 seconds of silence, prompted by the loudspeakers - 24,0000 people still and quiet in the early morning, just got to me.  Everything was right in the world for a moment.  
Our Boston wristbands
Starting line with our beautiful new Devon Tower in the background
My baby who had no sleep from Prom the night before but wanted to run
My college kid who is not a runner but did his part

Waiting at the relay points with sweet friends
 My cool factor just got a boost from them
My healthy husband
 Seeing my sweet nephew's wife who will have their first child in 8 weeks
Watching my girl from Denver finish strong
 We tried to cross the finish line as a team, but of course the parents are dragging :)
 Rest
And I got my Christmas card pic done for the year!  Sweet.

It was a wonderful weekend.  The anxiety of possible terrorism banished.  Names of those lost remembered.  The physical and emotional come together.  OKC and people from all over together for a common cause.  Good times with my loved ones. 

THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS LOVE AND PROTECTION!

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

5 comments:

Gena said...

Oh I love love love this. What great family memories Robin. I admire how you embrace adventures and just love life to the fullest. I need to be more like that.....

Lori said...

What a WONDERFUL family tradition this marathon is for you all! Thanks for sharing it with us. And I think it's great that you let each family member participate at whatever level he or she is up for.

Amy said...

What an incredible experience. I can only imagine how the silence and emotions of that quiet sounded. Powerful. That will be a great Christmas picture! You ROCK!

Lori said...

Love this!

The 5 Arbuckle's said...

Very neat your whole family wants to participate.