I'll be up all night tonight for the first time since my daughter was born

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I volunteered to help our friends from church, who have organized a 206-mile relay race with over 120 teams, called the Texas Independence Relay.  Since we see them every week in our church home group (currently just three couples, and lots of kids), we have seen what a gigantic undertaking this has been for them, and I hope and pray that things go smoothly.  From speaking with them, I know that they are definitely committed to doing it again next year, and some of the equipment/supplies and logistics won't have to be redone, so that is certainly helpful.

My friend actually left Dell Computer last year in order to pursue his dream of race organizing (and self employment), since both he and his wife are avid runners, both having completed several marathons.  In fact, he once ran 74 miles in one day in order to raise money for a cause.  Needless to say, their children are also quite athletic, and they are expecting their fifth child in June.

The race runs from Gonzales all the way to Houston (see picture below).  My first shift as a volunteer is from 9pm-1am tonight near a town called Altair, which I have honestly never even heard of before this week.  My second shift is in the Katy area, which is just west of Houston.  This shift is from 4am-8:15am, then I have to make a decision whether to drive the 2.5 hours home, or wait for a hotel to have a room (earliest I could find is around lunchtime) or sleep in my car.

I am a notorious nightowl, often staying up until 2am or even later, but I know that I will probably be pretty drained and sleepy by 8:15am tomorrow.  I am about to take a nap to "prep" for this long night. 

I think that the only times that I have stayed up overnight since college were for the births of each of my children, and once when my son required surgery as a baby.  They wouldn't let us feed him beforehand for many hours, and he was too little for us to explain this to him, so we watched a LOT of Teletubbies that night.

I hope the race goes well for our friends, as this will surely set the tone for future races that they have.  Wish us well tonight! 

Thanks!

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Sharon Paxson
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I am sure that everything will go smoothly. I looked at the Texas Independance Relay - the distance is amazing!
Mar 01, 2008 06:07 AM #1
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Jason, sounds like quite an event and kudos to you for supporting the relay.  My legs are tired just thinking about the distance involved -- luckily it's spread out among a bunch of runners.
Mar 01, 2008 06:12 AM #2
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SHARON - Yes, it is a LONG race.  I know that it has been a lot of work getting things ready to go.

BRIAN - Each team has 8-12 runners, so the smaller teams will have a more challenging race, but all of them will require endurance to finish.

Mar 01, 2008 06:16 AM #3
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Jason- Wow, your friend is having a 5th baby and both mom and dad run? I find it hard just to get out and take a walk with just one left at home now, not to mention when 5 were under 8! I commend your friends and how healthy to boot! 
Mar 01, 2008 06:54 AM #4
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Jason, Sure everything will go great.  Good Luck
Mar 01, 2008 09:21 AM #5
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Once again you step up to support your friends in need! I aspire to be more like you!

To your success!

Susan

Mar 01, 2008 12:12 PM #6
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Edward W. Lui
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Get some sleep you adventure loving agent you.
Mar 01, 2008 01:24 PM #7
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Jason, if I lived closer to Katy I would tell you to come on over but we are probably an hour in the wrong direction.  We have lots of spare bedrooms since our children have flown the coop though.  Our son is actually home tonight but heads back to Fort Hood tomorrow.  He will be leaving for Iraq March 11th so this is his last weekend home before he leaves. 

That is great that you are helping.  I hope the race is a success!

Mar 01, 2008 02:27 PM #8
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grab a cocktail it's Saturday night...
Mar 01, 2008 02:29 PM #9
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Good luck with the race and the crazy hours Jason. It sounds like fun.
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a) staying up all night is a bi-weekly occurrence for me. I have a medical condition called "Spazzing Out"

b) Your friend is rad for going self-employed and chasing his dream.

I hope the event goes well!

Mar 01, 2008 05:41 PM #11
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Jason, It sounds like fun.  At least you are not running!
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Hey Jason, why don't you come stay with me in Katy?  I've got a big house, right off I-10 in Cinco Ranch, you are more than welcome, anytime...let me know?  Liz

PS, I wanted to make sure you saw this, My Sunday card from my cousin Tommy in TN; Poem-Let my Savior dwell in me (edit/delete) .  Might help all you been going through.  L

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KATERINA - They are both very avid marathon runners, and this race was the culmination of about a year and half of planning and work for them.  It was a big success.  I made it home about 10:15am today, and slept for about five hours, so I'm feeling pretty good now.

RICK - Thanks!  It went really well.

SUSAN - I must admit that it was more tiring than I expected, not just from the lack of sleep but from standing up for 12 straight hours.  Overall, I would definitely do it again to help them, as it was really quite fun.  Thanks for your kind compliment.

EDWARD - I got some sleep today after returning.  Thanks for your comments!

MARCHEL - It was a smashing success, although they hoped for more teams overall.  Next year, I would anticipate a much bigger showing, just from word-of-mouth.  Thanks for your nice comments.  We will probably be in the Woodlands in August, so maybe I can see you while we're there.

GREG - I couldn't really have a cocktail, since I had to stay up overnight, but thanks for your comment.

GARY - It was tons of fun, and I look forward to helping again next year.  I got a few hours of sleep today.

JOEY - You are a spaz, my friend.  The event went really well, and all of the feedback was terrific.  I hope to help them again next year.

DAN - I couldn't do a fraction of the running that those people did today and yesterday.  It was fun to watch them, though.

LIZ - I considered asking, but it felt weird since we haven't met in person yet.  I knew you were very close.  Our final shift was at the corner of Mason and Highland Knolls in front of the H-E-B there.  I am safely back at home, but I hope we can meet sometime in the near future.

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