I left off on my last blog post that I’d started Marine Corps Marathon Training the last week of June and I’d been battling a UTI. I finished all of my antibiotics and even went to get my urine checked to make sure it was all clear. Sorry if that’s TMI.
I started off July 1 with a much needed over night getaway with my husband, Christopher. Our 15th wedding anniversary was in May and our kids had so much going on, we didn’t go anywhere to celebrate. So the plan was to spend the night at the White House Hotel and go furniture shopping for the house the next day. We took this on top of the White House Hotel. Our picture before dinner all dressed up.
We did go furniture shopping the next day, but didn’t have much luck.
I ran a few miles July 3 in my new tank from Get On Your Marq. And we had a great 4th of July on the lake.
I got in my 7 mile long run for week two of MCM Training. This was a heart rate run where my coach wanted me to keep my HR under 160. To keep it low, my pace was much slower because I had to walk a lot.
I had special plans to go to the beach for a couple of days with my best friend, Bethany. We have not been able to get away like this for 8 years. We had a great time! Check out that sunset across the bay. It was so beautiful!
Unfortunately, I did not feel well while I was at the beach. I went straight to Urgent Care after dropping Bethany off at her house. Sure enough, the antibiotics did not clear up the UTI. If they had called me with my results, I could have already started another round of antibiotics before going back to the beach. UGH. This time, the Nurse Practitioner gave me a shot and a different antibiotic. She told me to drink yogurt (yes drink) called Kefir and take a probiotic. I also stopped taking baths which made me really, REALLY sad. I’m happy to say after FOUR rounds of antibiotics I am all clear! The nurse said this is part of getting older and so far, I don’t like it lol.
I didn’t run until Wednesday of that week so I finished up week 3 of MCM training on Sunday with an 8 mile heart rate run. Another beautiful sunrise!
Check out this sunrise during my 4 mile run on July 13!
We were under a heat advisory that week so my 9 mile long run was in 79 degree heat even starting at 5 AM!
That Saturday night after this run, I heard there were rumors going around about my husband. I had no clue things had been said and that someone had even contacted him about them! Good grief, talk about the last to know and feeling like I’d been punched in the stomach. I will let your imagination figure out what was being said. Anyway, they were false and the woman it came from actually goes to our old church! Then I reached out to a couple who are leaders of that church for help and one of them actually said “Shame on you.” Yeah.. that was tough. What she meant was, shame on me for thinking the person who repeated the rumor meant any ill will or any harm toward me and my family. Unfortunately, the first person she ever went to after hearing this particular rumor and told them about it was the first steps toward hurting me and my family. Did she come to me? No! I had to ask her about it! I even looked up Scripture to back this up and here they are, because like I said, this case from a church leader who SHOULD KNOW BETTER.
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1
“Do not let any UNWHOLESOME talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful in building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
“Those whose consider themselves religious but do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26
“A perverse person stirs up conflict and a gossip separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28
Should I go on?? Y’all, this is why people leave the church and don’t want to go to church. They feel judged, not loved and like me, they feel betrayed. I think we as Christians have to do a better job keeping our mouths SHUT when we hear destructive gossip and we definitely don’t need to be repeating things that could destroy a family. Don’t let Satan use you to do his dirty work!
As painful as all that was and everything else that happened that I won’t discuss here, I am doing just fine. God has given me strength to get through it and I will come out on the other side of this a better wife, mother, daughter and friend. Now comes the hard part. Extending grace and forgiveness. I certainly don’t want to, but it’s what I’m called to do.
That week took an emotional and physical toll on my mind and body. I was so thankful I had a shorter long run to wrap up week 5 of MCM training. God, Family and Running has helped me get through some really tough times in my life. We ended the month going to Margaritaville in Biloxi for the night. Our last family mini getaway before school started back. Family is everything to me and no matter how hard the enemy keeps trying to tear us apart, we are strong, we keep fighting the good fight and allow God to fight our battles for us. I love this Scripture: I think it is natural for us to want to fight people. I don’t mean like fist fight, I just mean maybe get others back when they hurt us or treat them badly. We can’t do that. There is nothing I can do that could match what God is going to do. He’s got this; I need only to be still. 🙌🏻