Running the whole way part II
It was 2:44 pm when I reached the Little Campbell River estuary today, having run the whole way (other than one or two short stops). It’s now 5:17 pm. My head is still fuzzy, my calves ache quite a bit and my digestive system is out of kilter.
But I did it! It was the run for A Rocha Canada, from the headwaters to the estuary where the Little Campbell meets the Pacific Ocean – 23 km. I started at 12:25, so it took me 2 hours and 19 minutes. In the process I raised several thousand dollars for A Rocha Canada.
I felt pretty good most of the way, trying to keep a steady pace and running along to the tunes of Christmas carols in my head. I also prayed for all the A Rocha staff in south Surrey and some international staff and projects too.
It was great to greet a long line of well-wishers along the driveway to the South Surrey A Rocha Canada Field Study Center, where I made a short stop before completing the final 4 km. The center director Dave Anderson asked me there “what was the hardest part of the run?”
At that point I had to admit there wasn’t a hardest part. But as I started running again, my body started to seriously complain, telling me to stop running. My calves were knotting up and fatigue wrapped itself around me. I was in for the hardest part, by far!
I slowed to a walk at the King George Highway overpass which is a fairly steep uphill grade. It felt like if I hadn’t stopped running at that point, my legs would have given out.
But then I saw my wife Deb parked just the other side of the overpass – she had been my faithful support through the whole run. So I started running again (and smiled for the camera), and with a mostly downhill stretch to the estuary I somehow found my stride.
I was praying for myself in all of this too. It says in Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.” It was true for my run today, and may it be true as well for the excellent work of A Rocha Canada as it charges forward.