I spent the majority of my day at a youth ministry conference my church hosted called Re-imagining Relationships in Youth Ministry. (So, for those of you that may follow me on Twitter, if you were curious what all the #rrym hashtags were about today, that was it!).
On my way to the church, I stopped at Panera for a quick breakfast. I had a free pastry on the MyPanera card I had to use before it expired on Tuesday; I ended up getting that for tomorrow and a bagel for today. Panera two days in a row? Yes, please! I had a cinnamon crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese. Love, love, love this combo!
I think anyone who does youth ministry, or really anything where you invest yourself into the life of a few teenagers, can be tough. I absolutely adore the girls in my LifeGroup, I think they’re fantastic. But, that doesn’t always make it easy. I really wanted to leave something to encourage all the women at the conference, so I posted an Operation Beautiful note during the first break of the day!
And encouraged myself with a couple chocolate chip cookies!
While many of the attendees today were the volunteers from my church’s student ministries programs, there were also a ton of people who came that worth with youth in other places. During the first breakout session, myself and all the high school leaders from our church were told that the guests were getting boxed lunches, but we had something different waiting for lunch. I had a strong hunch that it would be Thai food (because the Mars Hill Students staff loves their Thai food! Just one more reason why I love all of them!).
I was stoked that I was right! I had a few different things: pad Thai, gang garre (potatoes), and some curry dish that I don’t remember the actual name of. It was a bit spicy but I later realized it was probably more due to the fact that I put a little too much of the pepper flakes (I think that’s what they were?) on than I probably should have. Oh well. Delicious, nonetheless!
I had a 7 mile run on deck today in my National Half Marathon training. I planned to do it all after the conference, but once I got to the Y, I knew I had to cut it short so I could go let the dogs out. I ended up doing half today, and I’ll do the other half tomorrow. I wasn’t really wanting to split it up, but I also didn’t want to rest days in a row or to do it all tomorrow. I ran the first 5k without stopping (!!!) which is the first time I’ve done that much straight out since May! I did 3.5 miles in 39:28 (11:17 pace). With a belly full of Thai food, that was a lot better than I anticipated!
Even though I’m not doing it all in one day, I was really encouraged that at 7 miles, it’s over half the distance for the half marathon! Between that fact and only doing half the long run today, all I keep thinking is “oh, we’re halfway there…oh oh, living on a prayer…”
Because when doesn’t a little Bon Jovi make life that much better?!