My worst run ever!

A couple nights ago I was in a half marathon. It was part of a “coast to coast” event where the first leg of the competition was to run a half marathon in Disneyland, California then the second part, to run in a half marathon at Disney World, Florida in the same year.

I had several concerns going into this last half marathon— it started at 10 pm (going past my bed time), I was diagnosed with a UTI the day before, and the weather was supposed to be cold and rainy throughout the whole event.

Our night started out with us driving to EPCOT at 7:15 pm to catch a shuttle to the ESPN complex.

IMG_20141108_193344313We arrived at the starting line area at around 8 pm. They had a DJ playing music, so we danced a little, used the bathroom a couple of times, and took pictures. At around 9:45 pm, we headed to our corrals (I was assigned to “E” and my husband was in “F”). I took off at about 10:10 pm.

IMG_20141108_221104486Even though it had started to rain while I was waiting in the corral, I did well on the first six miles or so.

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The rain became steadier and large puddles started to form in the streets. I stepped on a couple of them, making my feet soaking wet. I was drenched from the constant rain, and I became extremely cold.

Both my legs and feet muscles started to cramp and I panicked because that had never happened to me before. I fumbled with my phone to call my husband; I only got his voice mail so I left him a message.

I slowed my pace, hoping that my husband would catch up to me. For the first time, I walked during a run— I felt defeated and I wanted to quit. After a couple of miles, I saw my husband. I was so relieved. He walked with me.

As we walked a little, he would encourage me to run. I would run until my muscles became tight again then we would slow our pace. As we arrived in Hollywood Studios, we decided to get our pictures taken— it gave me a chance to rest.

IMG_20141109_241448841IMG_20141109_243757771IMG_20141109_243847283Afterwards, we picked up the pace again. This pattern of slowing down and picking up the pace continued for a few more miles.  Then finally, we were at EPCOT. We knew we were getting closer to the finish line so we ran the last 1.1 mile. We crossed it together. My husband could have completed his first half marathon with a good finishing time, but he sacrificed that to help me cross the finish line.

RunFinishAs we ended the run and had our pictures taken with our metals, I thought about Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer…” (NLT). I am so thankful for my husband, but most especially for God— I wouldn’t have my husband if it wasn’t for Him, “…Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecc 4:12).

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Talents

During our last visit to Disney World, we stopped off at the Mexico pavilion and saw someone making glass figurines. It really fascinated me because (1) it’s something that I can’t do, and (2) the finished product was so incredible. I stood there for a few seconds just watching the woman shoot flames on the pieces of glass then melting and forming shapes from it.

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I thought about these passages from Exodus 35:30-33, “Then Moses told the people of Israel, The Lord has specifically chosen Bezalel… giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman… He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft” (NLT).

There are so many talented people in the world, but I’m not sure if they realize that their skills and abilities have come from God. I am not always thankful for the abilities God has given me, and most of the time I take them for granted. Psalm 139:14 reminds me that God has made me into who I am today and all my gifts and talents come from Him. Thank you, God!

Princess Dinner

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun” (Ecc 8:15).

I think the most wonderful experience I had during our short stay in Disney World was our dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway pavilion. I wore my “Disney’s Brave” tiara for the event. Upon entering the old castle, we took a picture with Belle and then we ate a delicious dinner that was followed by a variety of scrumptious desserts.

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It was great to eat in such a special location. It seemed that most of our time, previous to this, had been spent working; in fact I was still officially working while we were at Disney World.

The passages from Ecclesiastes seemed to fit so perfectly—our hard work made it possible for us to enjoy this dinner, but ultimately it was God who gave us the work in the first place.  James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father” (NLT). I need to appreciate my work even when I have bad days because it all comes from God.

Bongos Cuban Cafe

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.  For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” (Ecc 2:24-25).

My husband and I spent a week in Disney World so I thought I would devote a few days to post about the places we had visited. Sometimes I feel guilty for enjoying time away, but if God has blessed us with the means to enjoy these activities then there should be no guilt— all good things come from God (James 1:17).

On the first day we were at Disney, we visited Bongos Cuban Café, located in Downtown Disney West. We ordered the Parrillada de Mariscos. On the Disney Dining Plan, you can go to almost any restaurant on Disney property and order nearly any entre. This was the first time I had eaten lobster. It tasted like a large, dense, tasteless shrimp— I guess it would have tasted better if I had dipped it in the butter sauce, but I can’t have anything oily.

The jumbo shrimp, fish, mussels, and clams were wonderfully spiced. The yellow rice had a good flavor. There was so much food— I couldn’t finish the rice and the fried green plantains. The Disney Dining Plan allows a dessert so we ordered the Tres Leche cake.

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If you like seafood and if you are in the Disney area, then be sure to visit this restaurant.