Thankful Thursday 10/22/2015

beautiful trees in Lowell

beautiful trees in Lowell the day before the race

Baystate Marathon sign

Baystate Marathon sign

post-race area trees

post-race area trees

Race-related gratitude

  • I got to toe the start line at my goal marathon. I’m grateful I was able to train and race. As Bart says – take no finish line – or start line – for granted.
  • I finished my goal marathon, didn’t walk, fought for every second through the pain in my obliques and whatever else was going on with my body (and then in my mind), and squeaked a BQ. I am grateful for what my body and my mind/will were able to pull off under the circumstances, and for a BQ this year to go with the ones from last year.
  • It’s still an amazement and gift to me that I’ve BQ’d at all, let alone multiple times. Not that I didn’t work for it, but still, wow. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel real. I want to work on owning that accomplishment and the joy that goes with it.
  • That I have people who will help me readjust my thinking if I lose perspective briefly. There are plenty of folks who just physically can’t do what I was able to and who would give anything to be able to do it. I’m very lucky.
  • I get to run Boston for the 2nd time (!) next year and try to improve my BQ there. What a privilege and gift – not that I didn’t work for it, but I had help, support and luck to get to this point, and I know it.
  • I got to see my sister two days in a row! I always love spending time with her (and enjoyed spending some time with my brother-in-law too).
  • The leaves on the course (and everywhere else over the weekend) were very pretty. I love New England.
  • It may have been cold, it may have been windy at points (headwind in the last miles!) but it didn’t rain or snow as had been forecast at various points, and the sun made it plenty warm. There are also a lot of lovely tree-lined shaded sections of the course.
  • The race was (again) well-organized, with super all-volunteer staff. Kudos to the Greater Lowell Road Runners!
  • There were people out cheering in sections, kids who wanted their hands slapped, high schools staffing the water stops, and the XC kids running the gear check again. I even recognized a gear check kid from last year. Great vibe and atmosphere.
  • Had yummy pad Thai and veggie sushi for dinner Sunday night, and the leftovers for breakfast Monday morning.
  • Tried some new gluten-free treats that were pretty good – but thankfully not good enough to be an obsession or something I feel compelled to order.
  • I was reminded that any time I can talk about running to someone, I feel excited, energized and happy.

Since returning home

  • Safe plane travel across the country to get me back here…how cool is it to be hundreds of miles away in only a couple of hours? And a nice gentleman got my suitcase out of the overhead, no way I could have managed it (flight attendant put it in). On the flight out, I saw a young woman putting an older couple’s bags in the overhead for them, just kind of took charge. Nice to see.
  • People spreading joy and helping others – if little kids can do it….
  • Reminders that the spirit of runners is something to be proud of and celebrate (via @sowhatirun )
  • More perspective. I am grateful I am healthy and able to run.
  • Sunlight seen through fall leaves driving to my chiro appt
  • My chiro, who will help my obliques heal faster, and that I have the resources to see him and a job that allows me leave for my appointment & lets me telework.
  • Clever, creative Halloween decorations on houses in my area and on way to chiro
  • A new column from Kristin Armstrong, so often she’s written just what I need to read, when I need to read it. I’d love to meet her, and Gilbert.

What are you thankful for?

If you’re racing this weekend, have a great race! If you’re “just” running, enjoy every step.