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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Emma Creek Classic 5k....

This past Saturday, a group of us participated in the Emma Creek Classic 5k Walk, Jog, or Run (we chose the "walk"). The race takes place in a town very near our own. Our group consisted of Jess, Trisha, Abby, Anne, Mary (my mom), and me. Also, Luke rode along and slept in the stroller.

The Emma Creek Classic is one of the largest women's fitness events in the state of Kansas. I've done it a number of times, and actually, two years ago, Jess and I jogged the race. This year, however, we decided we better stick to the walking. Neither of us thought we were trained properly to jog or run it.

It was EXTREMELY windy that morning, and it actually felt a bit chilly. It ended up being a stormy weekend (see previous post). Fortunately, the storms held off during the race :)

Here's the group of us (minus my mom as she took the photo) before the race began.

Here's a photo that I took of Trisha and Abby. Don't they both look so very cheery before a race?

Before too long, the race began. At first, because there are so many women of all ages in this race, it is a bit difficult to "weave" through everyone. Here's a photo of the many people ahead of us -- already on the street. We know we're fast, BUT we decided to be nice and let the runners go ahead of us :) (O.K., so there was a bit of sarcasm there).

After we got spread out a bit, I snuck ahead to get a photo of everybody walking. My mom took over pushing Luke in the stroller for a bit. In this particular photo, he was starting to get drowsy and very relaxed.

The race kept going. I didn't say this earlier, but in case you didn't know, 5k equals out to be 3.1 miles.

Here are a couple more shots from the race -- mainly of all of the people.

After walking almost 50 minutes, we finally approached the finish line. This photo is a little blurry, but it's actually a shot of the finish line.

Now, here's a photo of Anne. There is a small story to this -- Jess and I pretty much stayed ahead for the majority of the race, with my mom right near us. Anne, Abby, and Trisha walked behind us. Jess and I did talk very briefly about how we have the shortest legs, but we managed to stay ahead of our long-legged counterparts. How does that work?

Anyways, as we were approaching the finish line, Anne decided to go on ahead of us. One would have thought that she walked ahead of us the entire time. But, she didn't fool us. Jess and I know that we did stay ahead of her throughout the race.

We did finish, all in one piece. Here are the official results....

Anne: 51 min. 28 sec.
Jess: 51 min. 29 sec.
Me: 51 min. 29 sec.
Mary (my mom): 51 min. 30 sec.
Trisha: 51 min. 30 sec.
Abby: 51 min. 30 sec.

We were all very pleased to find out after we completed the race that a woman from our church, Helena, actually WON the race overall. Her time was 21 min. 3 sec. Go Helena!!!!!

You might remember in a previous post (probably 6 weeks ago or so) that our jogging stroller has a GPS on it -- compliments of Marc. Well, I used this GPS during this race to keep track of our time. Obviously, I didn't start the timer exactly when the race began because our official results are a few seconds off from the GPS. I think I like the GPS time better! It made us look just a few seconds faster.

Here is an "after photo" of our group (again, minus my mom since she took the photo). Notice that Luke was still sleeping. That's what he did through 1/2 of the race. How nice of him!

This race does have a WONDERFUL spread of food at the end for you to replenish your energy on. I had a hard time getting a decent photo with all of the people, but you get the drift.

Overall, I had a wonderful time, and I hope the rest of the ladies I walked with had a great time as well. And Jess, we'll have to actually run it again next year.

Jess did make a great suggestion. So listen up all of you Young Married women from Grace. Jess and I would like to form a "Young Married Women's" Team for this race (also including Debby and Sarah W.). We're both fairly certain we could possibly have the largest team and win that competition (I think we'd get recognized during the ceremony at the end). So, start training now. We wouldn't all have to run it. It would be perfectly fine for some to simply walk it or jog it. So, next March, be on alert for Jess and/or myself to make the announcement in Sunday School, complete with entry forms in hand :)

Why did we do this race? I could think of several reasons. First, it's fun to do things with girl friends. Having girl friends is a bond that's indescribeable, in my opinion. Second, it's fellowship with other believers. Third, it's great exercise. I realize I don't always do everything correct when it comes to taking care of myself, eating right, exercising, and maintaining proper weight. But, more and more, as I get older, I'm realizing the importance of it. Paul reminds us in I Corinthians of the importance of maintaining our bodies. I would like to share the verses.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with you body. I Corinthians 6:19-20

Ouch! Those are some great verses that I should post in my house as well as memorize. I know I can DO MUCH BETTER in that arena of my life.


The Sieberts said...

great idea! i'd love to do it next year with you! we could definatly take them down-especially if we walk as fast as we used to Sarah!

PamperingBeki said...

You girls are rock stars!

Great job.

I've done a few 5k's walking, but never jogging. Don't think I could manage that.

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I think jogging is out for me. I used to do that when I was your age, but my feet would not take it any more. But I will plan to do it next year. Sarah Weber, you too?

The Schrags said...

I would love to join you next year! I am always up for a great challenge!

The Frasiers said...

i'm in!

Candice said...

You are so right. We have to preserve our bodies. I have been thinking a lot about that lately too. I felt good that we got so much exercise on our vacation.

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