Written by cycleguy on September 23rd, 2015

I’m a little behind with this post. When I thought I would have time to write I was waylaid. I was waylaid by a trip to the eye doctor and then a Cross Country meet. Going to the eye doc is always an effort in futility for me. I already know they are going to tell me my eyes are bad. I am reminded each year by my girls after their check-ups that they inherited my eyes. I feel bad for them. Anyway, I had my eyes dilated and this is one time I can look like a drugged out freak and not get into trouble. (Not that I’ve ever been a drugged out freak before).

My mistake was going straight from the doctor to the CC meet. Fortunately, I had those stylish sunglasses they give you to block the sunlight. I stood in the shade at the meet but had to look into the sun-drenched field to watch the last part of the race. I watched a wonderful young lady, Kelci, run a good race, wind up second, all while suffering from a cold. Pretty remarkable if you ask me. Oh, I watched her younger sister, Katie, run in her Middle school CC race last week. She ran a good race as well…coming in first for her school, third overall. Mom and dad have two wonderful young ladies on their hands.

You know the lesson. Training. Sweat. Tears. Long days and short nights. Boring tiring training. But they both ran good races. Check out I Corinthians 9: 24-27.

Okay…I’m tired just writing about this. Think I’ll go take a nap. 🙂


16 Comments so far ↓

  1. Kari Scare says:

    Aren’t XC races fun?! My oldest runs, but he is feeling a lot of discouragement right now. We’re working through it. Running challenges you in many ways, you know. Love the verse too. Also inspiring!

  2. Pam says:

    You have earned a much needed rest, Bill. You are one of the most faithful bloggers I follow. I don’t know how you do it!
    Watching that meet after having your eyes dilated must have been a killer! I can hardly see to get myself home after having that done!
    Blessings to you and yours!

  3. Sharon says:

    Even “drugged out freaks” need their rest. Just kidding!! Eye tests are the worst – seems cruel to further blur already blurry eyes!

    Kudos to your race-runners! You and your wife must be so proud. Great reminder to continue to run our own races well…


  4. Great that you got to be there to support them! Training is hard, but if you want something and never make the effort, the regret can be just as hard. Thanks Bill. Now get some rest. 🙂

  5. Running the good race – exactly what it’s all about! Glad you supported this young lady in her efforts, Bill.

  6. Being a runner and former cross-country runner I don’t see what you found boring about any of this. Running miles upon miles is wonderful.

    • cycleguy says:

      I didn’t find any of it boring. Tiring yes. Boring no. I was there yelling Kelci and Katie (last week) on at the beginning and end. However, I do question your sanity. 🙂

  7. Daniel says:

    I used to love to jog to settle my overactive mind. Then my knees went south and never came back.

    • cycleguy says:

      I never liked jogging. However, my knees still went south (as well as some other body parts) to where I am a shell of the runner I used to be (translated: I don’t run at all).

  8. floyd says:

    Good for you for being there, Bill. Speaks volumes, brother… I mean Mr Stylish Sunglasses…