Thankful Thursday 12/17/2015

Mid-December….is it flying or dragging for you? Hard to believe it’s two weeks until we change years. I’m looking forward to it!

Here are a few of the things I’ve been grateful for lately….

  • Sharing holiday traditions with DH like our annual visit to the Capitol Tree and Botanic Gardens

 

Capitol Tree

Capitol Tree

Botanic Garden tree

Botanic Garden tree

  • A drive to check out a possible dining set got me views of lovely holiday lights I wouldn’t otherwise have seen
  • Getting a postcard from a dear friend, sent from her vacation far away
  • Clean sheets
  • A lovely holiday card from a friend who always finds the coolest things – the card, which comes apart in segments, had a photo of her (growing-like-a-weed) daughter in kimono on a trip to Tokyo, a detachable gift tag, and detachable message from them
  • Caffeinated tea
  • Deena‘s running the Trials! And ran a terrific performance in the Duo to Rio over the weekend – she and Abdi were the winning team. Her post-race interview is great, she looks so happy and excited. (Thanks to Coach Andrew for sharing their holiday card – another picture is in the background of his twitter page – I’m thinking Piper Bloom is taking after her Dad in height, only 4-ish and so tall next to 5’4″ Deena! But with Mom’s blue eyes.)
  • Lucy Fry‘s book Run, Ride, Sink, or Swim! – funny but also thougthful…felt like some of her thoughts and issues were being pulled from inside my head. Hope she writes a sequel.
  • A decent outside run on Sunday after a decent long run on Saturday
  • The gluten-free gingerbread cake recipe I tried came out well enough, and I took most of it to work
  • DH had a good race, and got home safely and uninjured
  • Veggie sushi
  • Nights when I get decent sleep
  • My chiro
  • Small businesses with great customer service
  • Kabocha
  • Telework
  • My boss
  • Books by or about people doing endurance sports/expeditions – so much inspiration to be found

What are you grateful for lately? 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 12/10/2015

Here are a few things I’ve been thankful for lately….

  • Holiday lights – mine and the handiwork of others, like at the Alexandria Boat Parade last weekend or on houses I drive past
  • Books! New (The Gratitude Diaries, Run, Ride, Sink, or Swim) and re-reads (A Life Without Limits, The Ultra Mindset)
  • Telework…every time
  • Birdsong in the morning light
  • Kabocha – some really good ones lately, from Trader Joe’s which has suddenly started carrying them (and thanks to DH for noticing the first time, as we’re rarely there and they weren’t with the produce)
  • Role models like Ann Trason (new short film by Billy Yang here) who I hear is working with Jill Homer on a memoirQ (enjoyed Jill’s other books) If you like this film, check out Billy’s other films, like Western Time with Sally McRae about her Western States race last year (post-show Q&A) or his own Western States journey this year. States is on my mind lately, with the lottery just last weekend.
  • My Be Brave Be Thankful medal for the virtual race – it’s pretty, and a good reminder in many ways, so it’s sitting next to my computer.

Be Brave Be Thankful medal

Be Brave Be Thankful medal

Thanks Mere for the organizing and Andrea for being the inspiration and for your attitude and efforts in such a tough situation, diagnosed at 33 with ALS.

  • A friend at work stopping by for the sole purpose of giving me good news about a colleague’s new baby
  • Brown rice
  • Gluten-free Chex and Glutino pretzels
  • Some improvement in runs, for whatever reason (new chiro treatment, exercises….who knows? I almost don’t care, as long as it keeps going) – everybody knock wood with me now!
  • Sunrise
  • Turkey – real, cut-off-the-bird turkey breast in a package from Whole Foods….I’d been craving it after Thanksgiving, and DH found this, saving me from having to cook a bird myself!
  • Getting myself up and out at oh-dark-hundred – or as one tweep calls it “stupid o’clock” – to go for a group run (so dark we needed lights, new for me) where only one other person showed – who turned out to be a fellow marathoner and ultrarunner doing a race I’ve done, so we had lots to talk about!

Be brave, be thankful.

What’s on your list?

 

 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 12/3/2015

Here we are at the first Thankful Thursday of December! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at the in-laws – the “curiosity” food collection….NOT our meal, my MIL would want me to assure you!

odd flavors of popcorn and Stuckey's pecan roll

should we eat it or just talk about it?

I supplied the popcorn, BIL the Stuckey’s pecan roll (after we saw one on the way down and neglected to pick it up and told the family about it). The popcorn was actually quite good! Who’d have thought pumpkin pie spice, dill pickle, and stuffing could be rendered well in popcorn flavors? (Almost makes me wish I’d gotten the gravy flavor….almost)

Thankful….

  • In-laws who are gracious hosts and pleasant to talk with, nice people with a sense of humor who love DH
  • Safe and pretty speedy car travel to and from our holiday visit and good weather the whole time
  • Pretty trees, fall in its many stages at different points on our trip
  • Hotels with working treadmills, and rooms with kitchens for me to make my tea, breakfasts and snacks
  • Several yummy restaurant meals, one in Durham at a 100% gluten-free restaurant, two at a place near in-laws that has a solid GF menu, terrific BBQ sauces and good iced tea
  • Visiting an indie running store on the road
  • DH got some of his favorite foods (Mom’s mashed potatoes, biscuits from fast food joints)
  • My friend who had cancer surgery recently is home, is able to eat some regular food, spent Thanksgiving with loved ones, and got “good” test results (only one kind of treatment, maybe less sessions) – he’s even gone back to work
  • My sis’ latest test results are good
  • Starting and finishing new running-related books – now need more!
  • New veggie “sushi” at Whole Foods on the trip
  • Two good runs on the trip
  • Friends keeping in touch while one or the other of us is on vacation
  • Discover catching fraudulent charges quickly and taking care of me well
  • Whole Foods gluten-free cornbread is pretty good – I could have some once in a while, with some of our yummy BBQ
  • DH’s patience with me
  • The glow of our holiday lights (on timers) greeting me in the morning when I get up and the evening when I get home
  • Plans over the next couple weeks for holiday activities we enjoy
  • Ostrich and baked fries night
  • That every moment, every day is a chance to start over again – and I need those chances!

What have you been thankful for this week? 

 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 11/25/2015

brownie cake cut and frosted to look like a cartoon turkey

turkey brownie cake

The big day (in America) of Thanksgiving is here!

I like to make every day a thanksgiving – that’s part of what these lists are about. I’m keeping today’s short and sweet, big stuff in fairly random order:

  • running – my ability to run, that running is a passion for me, for the joy running brings me (whether moving my own body, or everything and everyone else related to running that enriches my life), along with the opportunities running brings for me to grow and develop as a runner and a person
  • the abundance in and of my life, in tangibles and non-tangibles, gained through the happy accident of my birth circumstances and all the good fortune and advantages I’ve had since, through people who’ve helped me, and through my own efforts…and the ability to help others this abundance provides
  • DH
  • my sister (and brother-in-law)
  • my friends, wherever they are
  • my health
  • my job and the friends I have there
  • my support team
  • everyone who shares their experiences, knowledge, and resources to help others – not just me, anyone – there are so many good, kind, generous people in the world
  • the beauty that exists in the world

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts, and for any and all comments. I am grateful.

quote - find your tribe

celebrate your tribe

I hope you are spending this day in a way that lets you reflect on and celebrate all you are grateful and thankful for, whether that’s at home or away, alone or with loved ones – biological family or chosen, relaxing or playing or working or in service to others. Whatever your way of feeling and being thankful is…..

May you be healthy,

may you love and be loved,

may you have hope,

may you laugh easily and often,

may you find beauty in every day,

may you have dreams and goals and find reward in your journey and efforts to reach them,

may your needs be few and well met,

may you be of help and comfort to others,

may you be safe,

may you be at peace,

may you know joy and happiness,

may you live in the gift of the present moment.

Mutts comic - thank you

one of my favorite Mutts

 



Thankful Thursday 11/18/2015

Mid-November: the leaves are almost gone, darkness falls early, and you can feel the pre-holiday pace quickening. While it’s easy to get distracted by the busy-ness (squirrel!) and chaos of daily life, it only takes a moment, a breath, to give thanks. It’s time for this week’s list!

squirrel!

squirrel!

  • Finding and reading books by people who are doing or have done amazing things, despite some tremendous challenges, pain and difficulty
  • Kabocha at Trader Joe’s!
  • My treadmill, and that I CAN run
  • The gas line repair happened safely and on time
  • The return of the internet (cable, phone, TV) to the house after an ill-timed, unexplained outage
  • Finding even more ways for me to improve my running (I have so much room for improvement), smart people sharing info for free! Examples include Sally McRae‘s quick strength exercises on her IG account (look for the “play” button and #betterathleteseries) Also heard tips on training for downhill running/fast feet from the great Ian Sharman – who sounds like a terrific coach – on this ep of TrailRunnerNation, and these tips on getting faster from David Roche in TrailRunner’s newsletter – his articles are practical and laced with humor. Now, to “find” the time….it’s “just” a matter of choices in how I spend my time. Is what I’m doing RIGHT NOW moving me toward one of my goals? If not, why am I doing it?
  • Inspiration in podcasts – like this concept from Alexi Pappas (I’m a fan) in an old podcast ep “I learned I could contribute to the team with a positive attitude even if/when I couldn’t contribute with my legs.”
  • I think I got my music moved from one computer to another in iTunes, podcasts and files still to come
  • Caffeine in my tea (now it’s time to wean off again)
  • Friends at work
  • Having ideas about things I want to do in the future – whether races or projects – and being reminded of past ideas for things I wanted to do (that I hadn’t thought about in years) – so many possibilities!
  • A tweet from Action for Happiness reminds me of a Buddhist principle about whether what you are about to say “improves upon silence”. A good approach all the time, but perhaps especially handy for any stressful holiday get-togethers. Before, you speak, THINK:
    • T – is it true?
    • H – is it helpful?
    • I – is it inspiring?
    • N – is it necessary?
    • K – is it kind?

(The Buddhist version asks if what you are about to say is true, kind, or necessary.)

  • Being forgiven when I let my stress get the better of me and say something boneheaded and possibly hurtful – definitely wasn’t an improvement on silence.
  • Finding a 100% gluten-free restaurant to eat at on our road trip (I’m so excited!), and that DH is thoughtful and generous in taking the time to detour out of our shortest path to go there, and that we CAN go there.
  • Being able to do my long run at home instead of on a hotel treadmill
  • People like Maggie Doyne, CNN’s 2015 Hero of the Year, and the others listed here. At 19, Doyne took $5,000 she had saved from babysitting and used it to help women and children in Nepal, including starting a school. Nick Kristof wrote about her in 2010. If you want to read more about “regular” people taking on causes and challenges, you might want to read Kristof’s book, co-authored with Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears. They are also the authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. I’m so grateful that there are so many people in the world who care about others and want to help, try to help, however they can.
  • A reminder in an IG post from Billy Yang, talented filmmaker and ultrarunner: “Why the obsession with worldly possessions? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind…so pack light. Live the story you want to tell.”

What are you thankful for this week?

Who or what is inspiring you or making you think of possibilities?



Thankful Thursday 11/12/2015

How time flies – it’s mid-November already! The leaves here are quite pretty.

tree on my usual walk route

tree on my usual walk route

Much to be thankful for lately, as usual (pretty great when you think about it)…..here’s a sampling:

  • Just got word that my dear friend – who I mentioned had been diagnosed with a third cancer – had his surgery Tuesday and is already eating soft foods and walking. This is good news!
  • Sleeping
  • Waking up
  • Paying attention suggests more things I should look into doing for my personal growth
  • Hearing/reading people who make me pause and think, or say “yes, I know that, I feel that, it’s not just me!”
  • That I am able to fix my car – last week it was in for a check and service, got some stuff replaced and repaired. There was something not properly done, so I was scheduled to bring the car back on Tuesday anyway, when Monday it started making a scary noise. Thankfully it wasn’t major (not trivial but not horrible) and they were able to fix it. I’m grateful for my 12 year old car, and for the resources to fix it so we can be safe on our upcoming trip.
  • Being able to find alternate places to run while my treadmill was out of commission, like the high school 1/4mi track (free), day passes at the community center with treadmills and a 200m indoor track, as well as the neighborhood and trails.
  • Treadmill repair service! Liked the new service guy a lot, and it was an easy fix.
  • Stepping outside my comfort zone multiple times in the last week and taking a chance or two
  • Meeting new people – who knows, they could be potential running buddies, potential friends, or both
  • Using the challenges lately as opportunities to strengthen various aspects of myself, my equilibrium, my attitude, how I think about, speak about, and approach things….I’m not perfect at how I want to be (and likely won’t ever be, that whole human thing) but I’m trying!
  • “Making excellent lemonade out of lemons” (thanks sis!)
  • Understanding and patience (I’m not easy sometimes) from DH, my sis and friends
  • People honoring me by calling me a friend, or by asking for my opinion or help
  • YouTube – so much cool stuff is available! Lots of running videos, documentaries….I’ve put a lot in a “watch list”, perhaps the hotel or time at the in-laws (with headphones) will be when I can enjoy some of this free content.
  • The BAA sent out this highlight reel from 2015 – fun to watch (wow, that 10k was rainy….and it didn’t seem to be raining much on the elites at Boston)
  • Though I’ve decided not to run the USATF 12k (National Championship) race, I can either go cheer in person as it’s close by, or I can watch live stream on the web as I did last year (info at link). It’s fun to watch, Sunday morning.
  • Kindle – I want a book at 9pm, it magically appears! And I can carry a bunch of them with me in a tiny package – helpful for trips. Our library even has a few books on Kindle (e.g., Running with the Kenyans, The New Rules of Marathon Nutrition). And Kindle Unlimited is kind of fun.
  • Inspiration and motivation – and hints, nudges, whacks from the universe – via podcasts, blog posts, twitter
  • For all those who make it possible, either personally or through an org/school, for someone with physical challenges to participate in and enjoy the sport we love – this and this (h/t Erin) are only a couple of recent examples. Admiration for the athletes and for those helping them go after their dreams.
  • People like Kim Stemple, who chose to lift others up while fighting a terminal disease and continuing to run, founding We Finish Together “share your medals, share your strength”. What an impressive woman.
  • I’m grateful for THIS moment: “Each moment is like the dew on grass, fragile, ready to evaporate, precious“.

What are you thankful for this week?



Thankful Thursday 11/5/2015

Welcome to November!

one of my favorite trees

one of my favorite trees

This is a month in which many people start to focus on being thankful and on helping others, but the needs are always there, as are people doing something about those needs. Here are a few things I’ve seen recently about people helping others, and I’m thankful not only for what they are doing, but for their examples that inspire and motivate me. It’s wonderful that we all have the chance to make a difference in our own way!

  • I love that one of RW cover choices is a runner – Bobby Gill – who’s made it his life’s work to help others
  • I am so happy to see the bravery of women runners in places like Afghanistan being supported by organizations like Free to Run (started by ultrarunner, attorney, human rights advocate, and writer Stephanie Case) and that their attempts to run and gain the freedoms they should have are getting more attention. Someday maybe we’ll even get to know Zainab by her own name.
  • I always appreciate reminders like this that there are so many people out there with physical challenges, for whom even everyday tasks are likely a lot of work, still persevering and doing amazing things, helping others and being part of our wonderful running community. Guts, grit and grace. (via Erin – By the way, check out Erin’s Small Change Initiative as a way to do good for your next race….)

-If you’re interested, you can find ways to support Achilles, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Team with a Vision & other such orgs (or charity orgs you can support via racing like Team Fox) and find your way of supporting whatever cause or group appeals. Donate money or time, run to raise money, be a run guide or coach, whatever moves you and works for you. It’s never too late or too early to start – and nothing you can give is too small to matter.

  • It’s great to see runners helping others get started in our beloved support of running through groups like Girls on the Run or school groups or clubs (as often recently featured in Runner’s World).
  • If you’re a triathlete, you might enjoy helping kids get started in triathlon as Cherie Gruenfeld, 71 year old repeat Ironman age group champion, has done with her Exceeding Expectations organization, which I’d read about and recently heard on this episode of Babbittville Radio, where Cherie also talks about her last trip to Kona. (By the way, Bob Babbitt is one of the people who started the Challenged Athletes Foundation!)
  • You can do virtual races or challenges – benefit yourself while helping others

-Here’s one from Meredith, helping to raise money for the ALS Association, inspired by DC triathlete and runner Drea, who’s been diagnosed with ALS

-And the Another Mother Runner Stride Through the Holidays Challenge in support of HeartStrides – helping moms run when their children are dealing with life-threatening illnesses – what a wonderful idea! The Challenge is a way to support them and keep yourself running through year end (you can also donate cash or send items). Denise, the founder, was on this episode of the AMR podcast.

Opportunities to help are everywhere, in our own house, workplace, community as well as around the world. You can look for the need or look for those helping and join them. I see people and new groups helping others in creative ways almost every day!

Whatever need or cause is dear to you, or whatever you love and want to share, there’s good you can do. Whatever sport or hobby you are passionate about, whatever knowledge, experience, skills or resources you have to share can be used to help others. While I wish there was no need, no pain or suffering, I am thankful that I, through my good fortune, have a chance to be of service to others.

(One note – there may be times in your life where you just can’t spare the time, energy or resources to reach out and help someone else. Sometimes it’s all you can do to manage a smile, send a thought or prayer, open a door for someone, say a “thank you” to someone who doesn’t usually get one. Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can, no matter how small it might seem, or from doing what’s right for you, and don’t feel bad about taking care of yourself. You need to put on your own oxygen mask before you can help someone else.)

What are you thankful for this week?  Care to share a favorite way to help others?

 

 



Thankful Thursday 10/29/2015

So what am I thankful for this week?

  • Having big ambitious goals gives me so much room to improve and grow that I can strive to be better in multiple ways every day and know I can do the same tomorrow. I’ll also get to hit smaller goals along the way.
  • Progress – my chiro and I both feel my obliques are improving, though not 100% yet. Also making progress, one step at a time, on other goals, big and small. The obliques mostly take non-action and patience, while the others require effort.
  • My chiro and that I can see him as I need to, I’m very lucky.
  • Stepping out of my comfort zone.
  • Pleasant surprises….My evening walks – part of trying to maintain whatever fitness I can while my obliques heal – have shown me pretty trees, and one night when I really had to force myself to go out, I met Rosie, a beautiful collie, and her person, and we chatted for a few minutes. It was very nice. That made me feel better, and I remembered the library had a book on hold for me, so extended my walk to go get it, making me feel a bit better mentally and physically and of course, walking longer.

Seen on one of my walks….he sat up and practically begged me to take a picture, waiting frozen in position.

squirrel

squirrel!

And tonight – this guy, wandering the streets bold as you please (tomorrow is trash day and people have their cans out)….at first I thought it was a really big housecat.

raccoon

raccoon

  • That I have the resources to have my (2004) car serviced so it can safely take me and DH to see his parents at Thanksgiving.
  • Getting to watch Meb and others at the NYC Marathon! I’ve been looking forward to it. Good luck to all tweeps and readers running it, have a great day! (if you want to watch live, info here, app & runner tracking info here) Did you know NYRR is holding A Night of Champions event on Sunday, with a silent auction?
  • I’m really enjoying podcasts, whether walking or commuting…I need to update my podcast list post so you can enjoy them too. I was encouraged to find out I’m not the only one who’s behind on episodes and still finding new podcasts – Seth Godin posted about it.  Lately I’ve been listening to Julia‘s Running on Om (I remember when she started!) and have heard Karen Smyers (champion triathlete and fellow thyroid cancer survivor) and Joanna Murphy. I’m looking forward to more good interviews including Lauren Fleshman and Jay Dicharry.

On a less lighthearted note….

A dear friend, an incredibly nice, smart person who I’ve known for 20 years (!), shared his 3rd cancer diagnosis this week. (He’s the one whose travelogues I’ve mentioned in other TT posts.) My heart breaks for him and his family. I’m grateful for knowing him and for all the good he’s done and the help he’s provided to others, that he has his beloved and wonderful wife by his side, a grown son he’s close to who’s a good guy, living parents and a doctor brother to support him, and that he’ll be getting good medical care. If you’d like to send some healing thoughts his way, that’d be appreciated.

  • My friend’s diagnosis jolted me and reminded me of how precious our time is, and I’m grateful for the reminder, though I wish the situation wasn’t happening. It’s made me think, and I hope I can continue to move forward spurred by the renewed sense of finite time and by knowing that our choices add up. As Deena says, “Goals aren’t just pursued in the moment, but in the choices we make throughout the day.” I want to live a quality, purposeful life. I keep reminding myself that attention is a currency, just like money, time and energy.

“Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.” -Pema Chodron

What – and who – are you thankful for? 

What are you doing right now, with your choices, to pursue your goals and create the future you want?

 

 



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.



Thankful Thursday 10/15/2015

pretty flowers

beauty in unexpected places

The Thankful Thursday of race week is here! I’m very thankful for…..

  • DH and his unflinching, unwavering support, especially in the face of issues popping up at bad times, my peaking (tapering) madness, life stuff….I’m so lucky
  • My sister
  • My dear friend who – despite traveling a LOT on short notice for work recently – keeps in touch and is a source of encouragement and support, believing in me
  • My triathlete work colleague, who’s helped me analyze every workout lately, plan/replan, assess sleep and GI issues, and dither endlessly….and she even seems to enjoy it
  • My chiro, who knows just what body parts to fix and just how to help me get my head on straight
  • You all!

In unpacking old bags, gathering items to pack, sorting, etc., I found the list I’d made last year (the night before Baystate, in the hotel) of all of you out there – family, friends, tweeps, and blog readers – who’d wished me well and said you’d be thinking of me and sending good vibes for my race. The list had more names than the race had miles, and it’d probably be even longer now. It warmed my heart and supported me then, and it does now. Thank you.

Inspirations

From the Chicago Marathon

From elsewhere

And from a new video series following Meb as he trains for the Olympic Trials!

What are you thankful for this week? Who or what is inspiring you?