The Saturday before Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year, what with all of the last minute shopping and cooking. But more than 900 people set that aside this morning. We had cold hands and warm hearts as we gathered at Nashville’s L.P. Field to participate in 26.4.26, a fundraiser for the families of Newtown, Ct. Participants could chose from 6.5, 13, 19.5 and 26 mile distances. My training schedule called for six miles so I did one loop.
I ran into Scott, a fabulous young man I taught in Sunday School class when he was just a little guy. He’s grown and married now. He also ran the 6.5. It was his longest run ever. Go, Scott!
I started with the final wave group and slowly jogged every step of the course. I wondered how my poor tendons would fare. I could feel the bone spurs on the top of my right foot, but everything else felt great. Just shows what a little cortisone and Celebrex can do.
While I am deeply sorry for the occasion I am grateful Nashvillians were provided an opportunity to do something to help those precious families in Newtown. And when the check for financial assistance is delivered, they’ll know we care.