Thursday, February 02, 2012

Running on Love

SO excited this morning!  My fav neighbs of all time and hubs and I are running the Brew to Brew this year!  We have talked about it the last few years but never seemed to pull the trigger.  We are all at different levels of fitness ~  a former Navy rescue swimmer / diver, a multi-marathoner, us Warriors that hover typically around the 5k mark (or occasional 10k) and those that don't run often but possess the skill (of course I think everyone can do it if I can do it!).  

The race is a 44.4 mile relay run from Kansas City to (choke) Lawrence.  We start the run at the Boulevard Brewery and end at Free State Brewery.  How fun is that?  Beer rewards for a day of exercise?  I'm IN!

So we have to come up with our team name.  That might be hard.  We all live in Eagle Creek, so trying to come up with versions of that.  We have typically gone by EC something when planning parties... (EC GNO, etc.)  Several of us live in the 'sac in the hood, but that isn't fair to those that don't.  It's hard to use a Mizzou theme (although FINE in the Davis household!) because some of our runner friends are Hawks (unfortunately). Hmmm, have to think it through.

In preparation, hubs and I are thinking of running a v-day run together.  It will be our first outing together.  So romantic!  I am quite a sucker for this little holiday.  Hopeless romantic, I suppose.  I found this story online about V-Day and thought I'd share it in advance of the holiday.  

St. Valentine's Story

Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine."
I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!

Could this be true?

Happy Thursday, friends!


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