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April 15, 2013

Journey almost over: It’s Race Day!

ASHLAND — (This is the last in an eight-week diary series following 28-year-old Amy Compston — a fulltime nurse, wife and mother of four — during her preparation for the Boston Marathon, which is today. She begins running at 10:20 this morning. Text 345678, then type in runner and Amy’s bib number, which is 13167 for updates on her race.

APRIL 8

Wow! One week out from Race Day! The excitement is getting intense. I went to my daughter Skylar’s track meet today (where she did great, by the way) and it really made me ready to race. Before the track meet I had to get my working in: Five easy miles at a 7:14 pace. I can tell my body is starting to get really rested up and recovered from the weeks of training because my times are getting faster but with less effort. I feel good, ready to race!

I started increasing my amount of “good” fluids today — lots of water and Powerade. I want to make sure I’m totally hydrated by Race Day. Also had a nice pizza and bread sticks tonight, increasing the carbs. This week my diet will consist of about 80 percent carbs. My muscles need to be fully loaded to perform my best.

I’m extremely excited today because I found out Team Hoyt will be running the Boston Marathon again this year. This marks the father/son duo’s 31st year of running the Boston Marathon. This duo is unique because the dad (Dick Hoyt) pushes his son (Rick) in a wheelchair all 26.2 miles. These men have even completed triathlons together. Rick Hoyt told his dad years ago he wanted to run a marathon. His dad told his wheelchair-bound son, “OK, let’s do it!” Since then these men have competed in marathons and triathlons all over the country. They run because they love it.

This father/son relationship is beautiful and shows real love. You can’t help but think of God’s amazing love when you hear this story. If a mere man could love his child so much he would push him 26.2 miles, swim and pull him in a boat three miles and bike him 20 miles, we can’t even comprehend the love God has for us. He sent his son, his ONLY son, to die for us so that we may live with him. Now that’s real love. That’s the kind of love we need to strive for. That’s the kind of love we need to show! Praise God for his amazing love!

APRIL 9

Such a beautiful day! It’s 84 degrees and sunny, just a slight breeze. My run today was great — six miles at an easy pace of 7:30. My body and mind wanted to go faster. I kept looking down at my watch and finding myself running in the 6:50’s. I had to keep reminding myself: “Slow down, save it for Race Day!” I feel excited. My mind and body are ready to race!

My run today was interesting. I heard someone yell “Marathon girl!” and another person a little later said “Are you Boston?” and then on my cool down a sweet couple on their bikes said “Are you Amy?” To all these questions I waved and said “Yep!” I’m so thankful to this community for all the love, support and encouragement you have shown me through this journey! I’m very blessed to receive such positive feedback from everyone whether by shoutouts on the road or by the awesome emails I’ve received. I want all to know your kind words are very encouraging and very helpful. I’m running first for God, second my family and thirdly for this area. This area has been so overcome with drug abuse. It doesn’t have to be that way. I want to show with God’s love, grace and power anything is possible! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philipians 4:13. … and so can you!

APRIL 10

I slept for almost 12 hours last night. Getting all the rest I can this week. I am just so excited today. One of the elite runners posted this morning on Facebook she felt like a little kid on Christmas Eve! That’s exactly how I feel! Excited, full of wonder, just wanting to dig right in to the presents or, in my case, the race! Five days out and my heart is already beating a little faster! I read today in Matthew 28:20 where Jesus said “I am with you always.” He didn’t say sometimes, he said always. I have a peace about the race knowing God himself is right there with me! I’m not anxious at all. I have no doubts knowing God is with me every step, every mile, till the finish forever! Praise God for his faithfulness. He never leaves us! If we feel distant from him it’s because we have left him! He’s the same yesterday, today and forever!

This is my last journal entry from Kentucky. It’s bittersweet. I’ve truly enjoyed sharing this journey, sharing God’s love! Today is a rest day and that’s what I intend to do.

It’s off to Boston early tomorrow morning! My purse is loaded with 200 tracts for the journey from Columbus to Boston! To God be the glory!

APRIL 11

So today was very eventful.  In view of running it was a rest day. But today was anything but restful. We left Ashland at 3 a.m., drove to Columbus, then from there flew to Washington, D.C., then to Boston. Every flight was on time and smooth sailing so we were very blessed! Once in Boston we had to figure out the subway and bus system — a huge task for eight kids and nine adults. But we did it and even made it to our dinner reservations on time. Of course, I had pasta and shrimp for dinner. Pretty much eating all carbs today! Bought some Twizzlers; those are great for carb loading. Low in fat and nearly 40 carbs per serving! I praise God today for our safe travels.

Praising God today because we got nearly 350 tracts passed out today! The kids were just so on fire to get God’s word out! We adults have a lot to learn from them today. They were all so bold for Christ. They were rejected a few times but that did not stop them! It was just so beautiful, such a great moment in my life to see my kids, my niece and my nephew so on fire for God!!

I pray God gives me the boldness each of these children had today! God is so awesome and I praise him for my children and the fact that they all know him and love him! To God be the Glory!

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