I would once again like to thank you for following the journey of Running for Eden. I may not be setting a speed-record, but it has been one incredible journey! This week was another week of miles and life lessons.
The following is my daily mileage this week: 52.2, 47.9, 49.4, 29.6, 56.8, 57.9 for a total of 293.8. If this is your first visit to the blog, from the beginning of this journey I made the decision to take every Sunday off as a sabbath.
We began Monday morning about half a mile from the VA border and made it as far as we could in this crazy long state. Thursday was the only big obstacle. I was on the way up 3 ridge wilderness and a lightning storm was just sitting on top of the mountain. I waited it out for about 30-45 minutes, but my body temp started dropping and I made the decision to turn back. This gave me 7 bonus miles for the day 🙂 This was a reminder that God is in control of this journey. Sometimes I begin to think that I am capable of doing this without him. So this week I am thankful for lightning. Turning from the storm did give me a chance for some extra rest that night which I believe played a big role in the mileage on Friday and Saturday. Btw, I’m loving VA! There’s definitely some climbing, but the terrain is so smooth. The Shenandoah National Park was incredible. Getting close to Lynchburg, I got so much love from the ultra running community there, thanks y’all!
Friday came with a surprise visit from my 2 favorite people. It was so awesome to see Amy and Malachi, even if it was only for a few hours. Beth also went home with them after spending 3 weeks with us. I have been extremely thankful to have her here.
Only 724 miles to Springer Mountain GA! What a beautiful sight that will be.
40 days: 1461.3 miles
Here’s something that’s gotten through this journey:
“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.”
Here’s the story of how this song was written, well worth the read.
This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of their only son from Scarlet Fever in 1870. Second was the 1871 Great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was decimated by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873 at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.
Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.