It is race week! Time to get pumped up about my first postpartum half marathon!
In honor of it being race week, I’m doing a few giveaways. Yay! Summer is typically a time for folks to catch up on reading for pleasure, so I have got some titles you really want to add to your library. If you want to win a pretty stellar devotional, follow me on Twitter this Wednesday @HolySneakers. The first guy and gal to answer my Bible trivia question will win a copy of either 10 Lies Men Believe: The truth about power, women, sex, and God or Fearless Daughters of the Bible.
Did I mention it is race week? Only 5 days until I run the Asheville Half Marathon. Ahhhhhh! This race intimidates me. This may be my toughest race yet. Asheville is about 1000 feet higher than Seneca. Less oxygen equals more difficulty breathing. This race is also very hilly. The elevation chart was never posted (I assume this is because they don’t want to frighten the average road runner) but I’ve heard that the last 3 miles are all up hill. I guess I’ll find out Saturday. This race may also be much warmer than any other distance event I’ve participated in. Average temperatures for Asheville on June 7 range from 59 to 80 degrees. At this point I don’t really have any time goals. In December of 2011 I ran my slowest half marathon ever in 2 hours, 36 minutes. I was battling a low-grade fever and a sinus infection on race day. I guess I’m just hoping that postpartum Maggie is slightly quicker than should-be-at-the-doctor Maggie. But I did not pick this race because it would be easy. There is no hope of setting any personal record on this course, there is only the promise that I will suffer. I will suffer ALOT. But that is why I picked it for my come-back race. This race is about reminding myself that I’m a tough mother runner. I was in labor with Han for 37 hours. I think I can handle a hot, hilly half marathon.
Part of the reason I am running this race is to raise awareness about the global oppression of women, and promote the Mordecai Project, a ministry that is doing wonderful things all over the world to empower women and confront abuse. Things are not looking so great right now for women abroad right now.
Four days ago a pregnant woman, Farzana Parveen from Pakistan, was stoned to death by her own family, all because she chose to marry the man she loved instead of the man her family picked out for her. Hundreds of “honor killings” like this happen every year in Pakistan.
In the Sudan, a woman by the name of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim is on death row because she professes Christianity, rather than the religion of her father, Islam. She currently awaits her death sentence in a Sudanese prison with her two week old daughter and her 20 month old son.
And in Nigeria families still hope and pray for the return of over 300 young girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that believes it is shameful for women and girls to be educated in school.
There are a few things you can do if you want to help stop such violence against women.
1.Pray for women all over the world that are facing such violence. Check out this prayer specifically written for the situation in Nigeria. http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/20364-let-s-storm-heaven-for-nigeria-s-girl-captives
2.Share this link to the Mordecai Project on your Facebook page http://www.themordecaiproject.org/welcome/index.php
3.Donate funds to organizations that works to stop violence against women
Don’t be overwhelmed by the enormity of this problem. Together, we can stop this!