Tuesday, November 09, 2010
TEAM GILMORE runs Two Cities Half Marathon
The journey began August 16 when started our training as a group. We never dreamed this many friends would join us. In fact, Ericlee and I planned to run the race just the two of us to raise funds like a jog-a-thon but our friends Stacie and Forest got word and decided to join us. Then more friends asked to join the fun. And the rest is history.
Ericlee enjoyed his role as coach of his new "cross country team." He prepared workouts for 3 months, which were emailed to the team weekly. We also met at least twice a week for track speed workouts and long runs. We frequently met at Fresno's Woodward Park to run the Eaton Trail and enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Sierra Mountains. Ericlee also had us running on the Fresno State track and through the vineyards at the university. This was an amazing time of bonding and prayer for Haiti and our coming mission there. Each person also got sponsors for the race and shared our heart for Haiti with more than 170 new people.
Our personal goal was to run the half marathon (13.1 miles) in less than 2 hours and raise $5,000. (Of course, Ericlee can run much faster than that but he committed to seeing me through my personal record.) Last time I ran an half marathon I ran 2:01:40.
Dave VanderMeulen, the husband of my college roommate Jen. Dave signed on and trained in his home town of Escalon, which is 2 hours north of Fresno. Pastor Dave was able to share our mission to Haiti with a new group of family and friends and he raised more than $100/mile he was running. His wife and girls came to cheer us on for the big race and even made encouraging signs to help us on our way. Meilani and Giada especially enjoyed having a larger cheering section for this race. We are so grateful and humbled!
Marcy shared, this race was a time to overcome physical obstacles and grow spiritually as well. Running affords one time to think and pray and many of us were challenged to think about how running is a metaphor for the race of life.
Our team verse was: However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifiying to the gospel of God's grace.
We each clung to this verse along the miles as God helped us through. I'm happy to report I made my goal of running the race in under 2 hours, coming in at 1:57 (under 9 minute per mile pace) with my love by my side. Even more importantly, we give God the glory for raising more than $9,000 and bonding together this community of friends. Everyone crossed the finish line. We are going to make runners out of them all!