Welcome to the first Thankful Thursday of February – little over a week to the Olympic Marathon Trials! (yes, I am REALLY excited to watch)
This week’s photo is one celebrating winter – taken before Snowzilla hit – from the “house that decorates for everything” in our old neighborhood….the guy does such a good job that I make it a point to drive by occasionally when I think he might have a new theme going.
Now, on to this week’s list of some of the things I’ve been thankful for lately!
- Being able to help people or connect them, usually via Twitter – I can’t express how happy that makes me
- My triathlete friend at work, so appreciate her support and critical eye on my plans and activities, and what fun it is to discuss my training and her training
- A tweet that about an opportunity that makes me think of exploring possibilities I hadn’t imagined, what changes I’d have to make, what I really want, what’s really important to me…and the support of DH and friends in brainstorming and thinking out loud, whether anything ever happens or not
- Supporting some folks who do a lot for the running community
- Blog posts, like this from Lauren, this from Liza, and this from Devon (just a few of the gems I’ve loved lately) that really resonate with me and start me thinking.
- Training help, back and forth Q&A and support, from runners on Twitter – pretty spiffy runners too!
- Good recovery runs, sloggy recovery runs
- The chance to try again
- Times or days when I’m a little less sore
- Runs where I work really hard, physically and mentally, and manage to pull off the plan!
- Runs where I’m smart enough to change the plan so I can run another day – consistency, and thus the ability to train consistently, is the key to progress. It’s not glamorous and may not let me brag about destroying myself in a workout, but then again, I haven’t destroyed myself in a workout. I’d love to be able to just crush myself and progress that way (and I do push myself), but that doesn’t seem to be my path, whether it’s my physiology, age, medical history, life, whatever. Respecting my own situation and needs is important – we all need to do whatever works for us.
- Back issues of Marathon and Beyond – every time I read one, I find others mentioned I need to order
- Caffeinated gum (yep, I’m hooked)
- Jelly Belly Sport Beans – getting me through some runs, one sugary nugget per mile
- Runs where I didn’t really “want” to run, and I got myself to do it anyway (that big picture discipline again!)
- Ostrich and fries night
- Rice Chex
- Heating pads, heated car seats, electric blankets
- Cardinals and morning birdsong in the pre-dawn hour
- Whenever I’m able to let go of anything, big or small, and feel lighter and freer because of it
- Finding new dreams to dream and new goals to pursue
What have you been thankful for lately?