Tuckered thoughts

I know you all are waiting for me to comment on the announcement about Bin Laden’s death, and I do have a lot to say about that but I’m tired tonight. Too tired to speak coherently about something so important. It wasn’t a typical weekend around our household.

It was  Bloomsday weekend. The time when everyone converges in Spokane, Washington for the annual race of 7 plus miles. Tim beat the girls again, blowing out two calf muscles in the process. I participated in the race for the first time ever. Usually, I’m just there cheering others on. But not this year. This year I was one of the walkers.

You know what they call someone who walks the race versus someone who runs it?

A finisher.

A fellow from Kenya won it — crossing the finish line in 33 minutes give or take a few seconds.

Can you imagine the speed it takes to run 7 miles in 33 minutes?

And that’s taking into consideration Doomsday hill, which is as bad as it sounds.

Tim, old as he is, finished in an hour give or take a few minutes.

I’m proud of him.

But I’m also proud that I earned the title of Bloomie too.

On the drive home, we learned that my son-in-law had nearly taken off two fingers while working in the yard. Doctors think they can save them but it’s going to be a tedious, painful recovery. Very upsetting for all of us. So hang with me. I’ll be gathering my thoughts tomorrow, with a cup of coffee in hand.

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • Gloria

    We are praying. Keep us updated and looking forward to your comments. We love you guys!

  • MatthewS


    I feel so bad for your son-in-law. I incurred a small injury that will completely heal this weekend but it sharpens my sympathy pains for someone who realizes the injury is in fact serious.

    Ouch! Prayers!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thanks Matt. Did you do the run too?

  • MatthewS

    Nope. I admire those who do. I think Washington is a beautiful state (so is Oregon, and I’m from Colorado). But I live in flyover country. Friends at work run a lot but I’ve never done it.

  • Debbie

    Congrats on becoming a Bloomie and so sorry to hear about your son-in-law…hope Tim’s calves heal as well.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I may have been a Bloomie before this.. as in Bloomie crazy! Fingers are healing. Poor thang.