I'm pretty sure my life is on fire and instead of stop-drop-rolling, I just keep running (literally and figuratively). 

This past weekend was Giant Days, our small town celebration, and First Love (my parent's ministry) was in the parade on Sunday. That means there was a lot of this:


followed by this:
instruction giving

and this:
float decorating
 and this:

parade route walking/candy throwing

and finally this:
post-parade celebrating and hydrating

Oh, and that 5k that I talked about being my goal race? Yeah, that was on Saturday. And I didn't run it, mostly because I'm a baby and didn't think I was in shape enough to win it. (I feel like I can identify with this quote from The Office: "Andy Bernard does not lose contests. He wins them. Or he quits them because they're unfair.")

For real, though, I did not follow my plan and do any dedicated 5k training. However, I've been running a lot and have been seeing my average pace for my runs improve. Case in point: Last week was the first week all of my runs had 7:xx for the average pace. It's been a while since I've seen that. 

Now that all the Giant Days excitement is over, we're on to our next event happening THIS WEEK (Th, Fri, Sat) which is the Keys to Kingdom Living conference with Ravi (the guy I went to India with). If you're around, you should definitely come!  While we don't know how many people to expect, we anticipate this being one of our largest conferences. The past few days have been filled with a ton of last-minute activity. (Right now I'm hunkered down in a Panera, waiting to pick up some conference attendees who are flying in from Alaska.)

And finally, I had my last appointment with my blood clot doc this morning. All of my blood tests for genetic disorders came back negative and I've been given the all clear! PTL! He said that my episode from last week was likely scar tissue in my lung rubbing against my pleura and to not worry if I experience some pain from time to time. Whatevs. Works for me.

Now I'm looking forward to knocking off #6 and #7 on my list.


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