Monday, June 22, 2009

And then God sent Suzy




Kristin is a fast runner. Those physical therapists at her office are Craaazy. That girl is fast. After her toenail surgery we couldn't run together, and we hadn't done any runs together yet before. I was a walking commercial for anxiety pills. I was so worried that we would not be able to do our Saturday long runs together because our pace would be so different. I seriously started praying about it. I even made Adam pray about it. While she convalesced, I tried to suddenly become 20 pounds lighter and 20 minutes faster. Hmm, not so wise- see the earlier post about a pulled
muscle in my back. During the week we run seperately. I came home from those runs huffing like puff the magic dragon I was trying so hard to speed up. Of course, this was all pre-season. I saw Larry Payne- our local running celebrity fresh from the Boston marathon that he finished in like 5 minutes or something close to that. We ran a little together one Saturday morning and he told me I needed to go faster. I told him he would need to start praying like everyone else. When Kristen had healed (she no longer wore bright hot pink open toed sandals with socks, I think her fashion sense will need some time to heal as well...) we ran our first Saturady run together. We were ok! She slowed down a little, and I tried to push it and we decided we would be ok. Then Suzy called me to sub for her primary class. We talked about running and I invited her to run sometime. Because I was praying for a miracle, she decided to. Now you need to understand that Suzy really will have her own Wheaties box one day. She is FAST! So lucky me- I now have Suzy to run with on week days. She has improved my time by MINUTES per mile. She is now training for her own marathon- of which I believe she will win. I will finish a marathon. Suzy will win a marathon. Kristen and I seem to have closer paces now. Poor Kristen needs her own Suzy- everyone should have a Suzy. In the meantime, I continue to have a testimony of prayer.

3 comments:

Kristin said...

Ha ha Danners- I love this entry. Even though you spelled my name wrong!! Hee hee, just kidding it's ok. Puff the Magic Dragon...hee hee. I can't believe you brought up the hot pink sandals with the socks! Seriously, you swore...

Anonymous said...

Wow I never heard the details of that story. What a cool experience. You seemed pretty fast to me on our 7 mile run!
-Mikelle

Matthew said...

Don't listen to Larry, Danna. He is not, in fact, human. I bet if you were ever around to see him get cut, you would realize that underneath he is a cybernetic organism like the Terminator--only much more subtle in his approach to assassination. He uses your desire to be as fast as he to slowly kill you through over-training. :)