How Tim Howard Almost Made Me Run 16 Miles

The highlight and the low(light?) of yesterday was the World Cup USA vs Belgium match. It gave me such a range of emotions. I was so proud of the USA goalkeeper, Tim Howard, for all those saves, eventually, setting a world record for number of saves in a World Cup Match. I was disappointed that the US strikers missed two golden opportunities to score, happy that they eventually scored one, excited for every goal-scoring lineup, nervous for every Belgian goal-scoring lineup, nervous because my friends were at the match and I wondered if I would see them on TV and finally disheartened when the 2 hour long game ended with USA being out of the competition.
Only one thing could restore my faith in sports. Running.
I went for a short run. Just over 2 miles.One mile for every Belgian goal that broke my heart.
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I’d decided I was going to run a mile for every goal Tim Howard gave up. Imagine if I was running a mile for every Tim Howard save, instead! That would have been 16 miles. I might still be running right now. Click here to read more about Tim Howard.

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That’s some serious goalkeeping skills on display.
Now that the USA team is out of the World Cup, I can go back to being a recreational soccer-watcher, instead of planning my life around their games. I can start making real social plans with non-soccer-fans again 🙂
My mom just sent me pictures of my niece, Janelle, at her graduation yesterday. In Jamaica, kids have to take a GSAT exam to be placed in high school. My niece passed her exams so she’s heading to Black River High School in September. I am so proud of her. Here she is on graduation day, surrounded my her parents and grandmother – my brother, my mom and her mom -and then she and my mom. I wish I could’ve been there too. Maybe I can photoshop myself into the picture 😦

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Getting ready for July 4th. It’s going to be a big outdoor weekend. Friday I go to a picnic in Connecticut, Saturday, our church is in camp meeting session again so we head to our camp grounds upstate and Sunday, I take the kids out to practice our camping skills as we prepare for our big camping trip in August. Every summer, I get a heat rash from my skin being exposed to the sun. I get the rash on my arms and neck if I’m not careful. So if you see me in long sleeves and a big floppy hat in 90 degree weather, you’ll know I’m not avoiding the tan, just trying to prevent the heat rash.
What are your July 4th weekend plans?

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