Tag: Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 2/11/2016

The US Olympic Marathon Trials are this weekend!! You know where I’ll be after my long run.

However, I’m very sad to say that the fabulous Deena Kastor, who I so wanted to make the team again, has pulled out due to a glute strain.

I’m grateful

  • that her reason for pulling out is a minor injury rather than a major one or illness for her or her family
  • for her grace (and grit), attitude, and sense of humor – she was joking with someone on twitter about swapping glutes shortly after the announcement
  • that she’s sharing what she’s learned and how she’s changed – saying “it’s a strain I would have taken the risk to push through 8 years ago. Now, I’m more conservative.”
  • for her example in life and in running of positive attitude and perspective, re-focusing immediately on what she CAN do (cheer teammates) rather than what she can’t – and she’ll still be providing commentary for the regular LA Marathon on Sunday, Valentine’s Day, her 43rd birthday!
  • for the inspiration and role model she is to me in running and life
  • for all the joy she’s given us during her amazing career so far

Get well soon!

Still on the women’s Trials front, here’s some great words about Des Linden – rooting for her – from an article in the (sad face) last issue of Running Times…I can emulate her example of self-control as well as her dedication to hard work (and she loves books!):

Des Linden from RT

Des Linden from RT

And on the men’s side, of course, go Meb!

I’ve loved seeing the stories of athletes I’ve heard of – and of athletes completely new to me – and their individual journey to the Trials. I’d love to read a book with a brief story (1-2 pages) about every Qualifier –  stats, brief bio, brief interview, maybe a photo.

On to the rest of this brief list of things I’ve been grateful for lately:

  • My friend’s last radiation treatment (30, over 6 weeks) is completed, and he can now stay in his house with his wife instead of having to be hundreds of miles apart
  • Heat in the house
  • A dear friend is having a terrific set of interviews with potential employers – hoping she gets multiple offers, she deserves to get to choose!
  • Caffeinated gum – but I’m thisclose to chewing a whole piece rather than a half…and we know where that leads!
  • Last Thursday’s run
  • When my late-start Boston-timed long run last weekend turned into a ridicuously-hard, leg-aching, GI-distress mess, grateful I pulled the plug instead of destroying myself trying to gut it out (no pun intended). And that I was on my treadmill and close to facilities. Sometimes DNF means “did nothing foolish” (ok, it’s “fatal” but let’s not be overly dramatic) Thinking I got a tummy bug DH had the day before, that explains at least part of the stomach issues and the exhaustion during and post-run. The aching legs I’m working on.
  • That my recovery run the day after that long run was fine – not that I wasn’t sore at all, but it was fine, which was better than I was expecting
  • I took a (long) shot at an interesting opportunity – at least I can say I tried – and I’m grateful for the support I got in thinking about it and the encouragement to go for it from a number of folks, near and far, generous with their kindness and time
  • My dear friend K
  • Small companies where you can reach someone when you’ve screwed up an order, who get back to you ridiculously fast and help you, making something important to you work out perfectly!
  • My triathlete friend at work
  • Waking up to emails from friends
  • Walking to the local running store at lunch on a day in the office and chatting with the folks there (I’m getting to be a regular, they’re fun to talk to)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush and dental floss
  • Hot water
  • My chiro and the resources and ability to avail myself of his expertise and wisdom, humor, and spirit which he so generously shares
  • More old issues of Marathon & Beyond, enjoying well-written articles with new info about athletes I know and introductions to “regular” people and races – I may just wind up buying them all
  • Seeing new books coming out over the next months, treats to look forward to
  • Speaking of looking forward to – in addition to the Trials and a long run, this weekend brings a special memory for me, a dear friend’s birthday, Valentine’s Day and a holiday….should be great!

What are you thankful for and what are you looking forward to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 2/4/2016

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.

winter decorations

winter decorations

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
  • Podcasts
  • 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?

 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 1/28/2016

It’s the end of January – how did that happen?! I know Snowzilla ate a week, but still. Inside 12 weeks to Boston.

A short list of things I’ve been thankful for lately, not all weather-related:

  • We came through the blizzard just fine! We kept utilities the whole time and were safe and sound. I’m so very grateful for that, it could have gone so differently. No way to capture the wind, or the depth, really (2 feet for us) but the below was our view.
Saturday

Saturday

later on Saturday

later on Saturday

Sunday morning

Sunday morning

Sunday sunset

Sunday sunset

  • The oddly peaceful silence of the blizzard (less the howling winds) – no cars, no planes, no one outside.
  • Phone tethering so we could work and have internet when Comcast failed….during the pre-blizzard snow at the end of last week.
  • Found a new dermatologist, got checked out and everything’s okay!
  • Telework, how I love telework
  • Caffeinated gum
  • When friends and tweeps send good vibes for my runs and it helps
  • Good runs
  • Not-so-good runs – remind me to be grateful I can run at all, and even more grateful for the good runs
  • Friends from far away checking on me during the storm
  • My friend David’s treatments are going well!
  • Veggie sushi topped with wasabi, PB2/coconut amino spread, and pickled ginger
  • A talented friend decided she’d had enough at her job and is already acing big-deal interviews – she deserves a great gig with folks who appreciate her.
  • When I make smart decisions about my training – usually those decisions involve not pushing on a run, or taking a XT day instead of a recovery run…..they’re hard, and the mental/psychological and biochemical side effects can be unpleasant, but hopefully will pay off long term in performance, health, and the ability to train consistently.
  • Snow days!
  • A decent night’s sleep
  • Snowplow crews working 24/7
  • Emergency crews – those folks were out taking care of others in rough conditions
  • Nailing a hard run – especially when it’s both physically and mentally challenging
  • Sport Beans – lined up on the treadmill, encouraging me to the next mile mark when I can have a minute or two of sugary goodness and distraction
  • Being able to be proud of myself for doing something I didn’t feel like doing, but needed to do – makes me think of Mere’s post on “discipline, not motivation” (Mere’s coming to Manassas! I won’t be able to make it.)
  • Yellow flowers DH bought weeks ago have held up for weeks, what an unexpected joy (and I’m grateful he is so thoughtful and got them in the first place)
  • Our Christmas cactus started blooming in the kitchen window, so pretty

Christmas cactus blooming

Christmas cactus blooming

  • Being reminded by tweeps & others on the internet that people are good, kind, generous and want to help others

What’s on your Thankful Thursday list?

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 1/21/2016

As I await the impending winter storm, let me share some of the things I’ve been thankful and grateful for lately….

  • Heat in the house in our cold snap – too many people don’t have a place to live/sleep, or money for utilities, and I cannot imagine how they handle the severe cold and now the storm. I’m grateful to those who help.
  • The resources to go to the store and stock up even though there’s nothing we “need”.
  • Good runs – and even the less good runs….on a related note, I enjoyed (local!) runner and author Tom Foreman (of CNN) on a recent Runners’ Connect podcast. He wrote My Year of Running Dangerously, a good read – very little talk about the book, a lot about running and life.
  • My treadmill (I think DH is grateful for it too!)
  • Caffeinated gum – yep, still on the list
  • Creativity and beauty in the world, and things that delight and surprise, like this

Project Monsoon – Clever colorful street art, in Seoul, that only appears when it rains

Project Monsoon - street art that appears only when it rains

Project Monsoon – street art that appears only when it rains

Found via Rowgirls Tumblr where they rightly say “The world is filled with such wonderful things.”

  • Inspiration and community – Norman Phillips does his 100th parkrun at age 92.  I #loveparkrun !
  • Speaking of inspiration and community, Martin and Tom – those beacons of #relentlesspositivity – just celebrated 6 years of Marathon Talk! I have loved this podcast since the moment I found it, and it is my only long run “must”. I haven’t listened to ALL the back episodes yet, but I am working my way through them. They have done so much for so many people.
  • Marathon & Beyond – as I read back issues of this sorely-missed magazine, I’m thoroughly enjoying the high quality and love that so obviously went into it. Each is like a little book. I’m trying to make them last, but considering buying more of them.
  • Cute animal pictures on the internet, like a local little white fluffy dog – Marley in DC – who’s an internet personality, with his own Twitter and Instagram accounts. Big “awww” factor for me (my beloved poodle looked very similar), and I think I read someplace (perhaps the book Superbetter, which I need to finish) that looking at a cute animal photo has good biochemical or neural effects. I’m willing to do it even if it’s not scientifically proven.
  • This quote from Melissa Donais, runner and wife of a fave runner I follow, Nate Jenkins:

“Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.”

What have you been thankful for lately? Everyone in the path of the storm, stay safe!

 



Thankful Thursday 1/14/2016

Less than 100 days to Boston and less than a month to the Olympic Marathon Trials!

I’m loving watching the energy around both these races pick up online, especially hearing from my favorite elites.

A few of the many things I’ve been thankful for lately…..

  • A truly terrific running Saturday where I pushed my boundaries and comfort zones, physically and mentally, and my risks and experiments all went well! I learned so much and am so lucky.
  • A beautiful New Year’s card, handmade by my brilliant and talented friend David with the able assistance of his “fair and industrious” wife Trudy – he’s the artist, she helps with assembly. The scenes are of their recent European travels – his travelogue emails with photos/art have made my Thursday lists before!
card from David and Trudy

card from David and Trudy

  • Having my triathlete friend at work to bounce training ideas off of
  • Reading back issues of Marathon & Beyond (miss them) that I got to fill my remaining issues when they shut down – each issue is like a little book, such interesting stories. Tempted to buy more!
  • My dear friend in Seattle…you know who you are
  • Having a running store walking distance from work – a lunchtime jaunt on a cold, sunny Monday gets me a chat with an employee who’s a marathoner as well. Really enjoy talking to her whenever I see her.
  • A warm, cozy bed in the brief cold snap – and that it’s colder in the treadmill room for my runs!
  • Caffeinated gum, a recent and happy experiment
  • Our old landlord getting in touch to say they have received race-related mail for me (maybe the replacement Baystate medal?). So nice of them, they could have just pitched it.
  • Kabocha….you may have seen this photo – a crate of kabocha, plus how many I roast at a time, and a post-long-run size serving
kabocha in its varied states

kabocha in its varied states

Now you can see my most recent purchase size – by the 35 pound case!

case of kabocha

case of kabocha

  • My runs, and loving the new workouts I’ve found and am trying
  • A sherbet pastel sunset sky
  • An upcoming three-day weekend

What have you been thankful for lately?

 

 

 

 



Thankful Thursday 1/7/2016

Happy new year!

I hope your year had a great start. We kicked ours off with a run that went over midnight, running to and from some local fireworks. We did that two years ago and really enjoyed it.  2014 was a great running year for me, so I figured let’s start 2016 the same way!

fireworks

fireworks

I’ve been thankful for quite a bit already this year, here are just a few examples:

  • I tried a new workout and loved it! It was the “Mona” fartlek, named after Australian champion Steve Moneghetti. It was fun! I’d heard about it from a number of folks, including from Nate Jenkins on his blog and via the Run Faster podcast of Coach Jay Johnson. I definitely want to keep doing it. I may also add “Aussie quarters,” another workout I heard about from Nate on a podcast, this workout from Australian champion Rob de Castella.
  • Our midnight run – it was cold but not too cold, didn’t rain, we had the right gear for the temps and the darkness, we were safe, we got to have the run path to ourselves (saw no other runners!) and the fireworks were quite pretty. A terrific way to start the new year. And then I got up and did my New Year’s Day morning run outside too!
  • I had some ideas on fixing up both our home workspaces to be more ergonomic and have been able to execute them reasonably cheaply, quickly, and with minimal effort! (shoe racks from Costco make great cheap starts to elevating monitors, by the way)
shoe rack, soon to be monitor stand

shoe rack, soon to be monitor stand

  • With our cold snap, the treadmill room is getting cold enough when I open the window! Really makes a difference for my runs.
  • Having things to look forward to
  • The high quality of Running Times – the last issue is packed with goodness, starting with the editor’s letter. I’ll miss them.
  • I read through my BelieveIAm journal and found inspiration, great quotes (I’m a quote magpie) and more workouts! I’ve already tried the 3/3/3 this week and liked it.
  • Taking a long walk in the sun on a weekend afternoon with DH
  • More kabocha!
kabocha - yes, I'm buying it by the crate now

kabocha – yes, I’m buying it by the crate now

yummy kabocha with coconut manna and nuttzo

yummy kabocha with coconut manna and nuttzo

  • Netflix
  • Homemade gluten-free pizza, veggie sushi, and a new Thai place that has decent GF pad Thai. Also saw an Eritrean restaurant we can try, it has GF injera and told me they could modify spice and ingredients for me.
  • An extra day off work (and having a job)
  • The power outage on a very cold day was brief – and reminded me how grateful I am to have a warm safe place to live and sleep. Many are not so fortunate, and will have suffered in our recent weather.
  • The holiday decorations are put away! It took much less time than one might think, and now we can move forward. (We did decide to leave the outside lights in back up one more week, just because we like them so much.)
  • That I woke up on time the morning after the power outage – I’d reset the clock incorrectly, my alarm wasn’t going to go off for another 12 hours. That would not have been the way to start the first day back to work.
  • Telework
  • I got a short run in on Wednesday though it would have been so easy to bail on it
  • Got an update on Deena’s book – will come out spring 2017!
  • Hashtags for how I want to live this year: #RunBold #joy #optimism

What are you thankful for, this first week of the shiny new year?

 



Thankful Thursday 12/31/2015 – 2015 highlights

“The days are long, but the years are short” (h/t Gretchen Rubin). Now we’re at the end of yet another year that was challenging in many ways, but still filled with so much to be thankful for.

I’m especially thankful that:

  • I’m still here – whatever the particulars and parameters of my situation, I can and will work to improve my athletic performance and myself – focusing on continuous improvement and defining myself, with relentless positivity and pathological optimism!
  • My DH is still here – after a nasty, scary battle with pneumonia and a long recovery.
  • My sis is still here – after multiple cancers and other medical stuff, my role model and friend is going strong.
  • My various friends are doing reasonably well, despite tough times personally, professionally, and medically for many of them.
  • The technology exists, and is available to me, to help me easily keep in touch with all those who are so dear to me but not near to me.
  • I restarted my daily gratitude list practice – it makes a difference!
  • Every day, every moment, every breath is a chance to choose to be who and how I want to be.
  • I have great tips from Deena and others to help me move toward who I want to be and the life I want.
  • There are so many inspirational people to give me perspective and keep me going.
  • There is beauty, love, joy and kindness to be found in the world, and there are people doing good.
  • I’ve had the opportunity and the ability to help others. I look forward to continuing to do so.
  • I have you, my blog readers and tweeps, only a keystroke away with your support and friendship.

I am deeply thankful and grateful for running. Not just the act of it, a privilege and a gift even on days it’s a challenge, but everything around it and related to it….things I read or listen to, people I meet (electronically or otherwise) or learn about, communities I am or can be a part of, what I learn. It gives me such joy and is a passion for me. It also helps me be a better person and more the me I want to be – I take that into other aspects of my life, which in turn helps me in my running – a virtuous circle or cycle.

Here are some of the running-related highlights of my 2015!

April

2015 Boston Marathon medal

2015 Boston Marathon medal

I got to meet all 3 of my biggest running inspirations and role models, even running with one of them. AND I ran my first Boston Marathon, a dream many years in the making.

  • I got to meet Joan Benoit Samuelson, one of my three running inspirations and running/life role models, at the Cherry Blossom Expo and hear her speak (and also met Bill Rodgers, who was really nice, energetic, enthusiastic, friendly and happy, heard him speak as well)
  • I got to meet and run with (!) Deena, the second of my inspirations and role models (and was lucky to see adn run with Bart again at the same run)
  • I got to meet Meb (my third inspiration and role model) and hearing him speak twice
  • I ran my first Boston Marathon. I still can hardly believe it, but I have the medal and the memories! It was everything people had ever said, and more – here’s my race recap, and related posts about the weekend and recovery

August – I ran Beach to Beacon 10k for the first time (the race started by Joanie in her hometown), and discovered I love Maine! I also got to visit with my sister in one of her favorite places.

Sunrise in Portland, ME

Sunrise in Portland, ME

October – I gutted it out against strained obliques to finish Baystate with a squeaker BQ. I’m proud of my effort and grateful for my health, training and opportunity to race. I met some nice people from the local running group up there and even got to see my sister again.

Baystate Marathon sign

Baystate Marathon sign

November – I stepped out of my comfort zone and ran with a group (in the dark, at 5:30am), and also did a long run on a 1/4 mi track. Over Thanksgiving, I did a virtual race that reminded me to #BeBraveBeThankful and gave me another person to be inspired by, Drea.

Be Brave Be Thankful medal

Be Brave Be Thankful medal

December – I went to the group run again, which that day turned out to be one person…and that one person turned out to be running a race I’ve run. We had lots to talk about, hope we keep getting together. Hard to believe it’s been over a year since my first ultra!

Across The Years

Across The Years

I look forward to making 2016 the best year yet!

As Deena reminds us “Joy is a practice. Our choices build up to be our habits.”

choose joy

choose joy!

Wishing you & yours a great start to a year filled with health, happiness, love, laughter, fun, passion, growth, dreams and goals to pursue, good challenges, and JOY…and of course many good runs!

 



Thankful Thursday 12/24/2015

We’re past the solstice now, so the daylight will be coming back bit by bit! Though we’re approaching the end of the year, the weather here is more spring-like – blooming flowers and holiday lights are a bit confusing, but work with what you’ve got, right?

For those celebrating Christmas, one of my favorite versions of a carol, from Straight No Chaser

Here are some things I’ve been thankful and grateful for lately, with some photos for you:

  • Walking through Nordstrom on the way to get my hair cut, I saw lovely decorations they’d put up. (I was grateful I’d taken that route – also that they don’t decorate till the day after Thanksgiving) I took pictures rather than purchase more ornaments for home. The pictures mean I get to share them with you! (the last has a bit of info about the artist)
hanging decorations at Nordstrom

hanging decorations at Nordstrom

decorated arch at Nordstrom

decorated arch at Nordstrom

closeup of arch

closeup of arch

wooden horse ornament

wooden horse ornament

wooden heart ornament

wooden heart ornament

closeup of wooden heart

closeup of wooden heart

The next three may remind my sister of something, if she’s reading – a certain peace dove – they reminded me.

wooden dove

wooden dove

dove white on red

dove white on red

dove red on white

dove red on white

A bit about the artist, in case you’re interested and/or like her art

about the artist

about the artist

  • Caffeinated tea is making the list a lot lately, isn’t it? 🙂
  • As is telework, and my boss
  • I think I got my podcasts set up on the Mac, meaning my dead/dying Windows laptop may soon be retired, or at least boxed up for disposal/destruction.
  • Speaking of podcasts, one I really enjoyed lately was Liza Howard on the Athlete on Fire series Becoming Ultra specifically ep 10. She’s on the even-numbered episodes with a coaching client and Ian Sharman is on the odd-numbered ones with his client, both training for the American River 50 Mile race. You can jump into this episode and then backtrack to catch up. If you like endurance sports author Matt Fitzgerald, he’s involved, listen to episodes of FitzUltra – and read his posts – to follow him as he also trains for the AR50. I’d suggest starting from the beginning on that one. (For 100 milers, I’m about to listen to Science of Ultra‘s host let us follow him through his training in his Journey to 100 series.)
  • Waking up in a warm bed – we did have a cold weekend last weekend, and it made me remember how lucky I am to have a safe, warm place to sleep.
  • A cold weekend in the treadmill room!
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Every day, every chance I get to try again to improve myself in as many ways as I can think of so I can be more of who I want to be. It is a lot of work, requiring constant awareness and vigilance, and it’s often much harder than I expect, but I’m lucky to be even able to try.
  • Seeing the darkness outside lit with holiday lights followed by the start of sunrise
  • When friends get massive PRs after working so hard – way to go Tara!
  • Unpacked a couple more boxes. Even slow progress is progress, or so I tell myself.
  • Thankful for people sharing what they know to help others in ways big or small (and that’s in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?) Like knowledge from Sally, whose quick #betterathleteseries exercises are kicking my various body parts – and she keeps adding them! I’m only doing 4 so far, but have noted results after only a few days. May be a few older ones on her IG account. Sally’s tag on race reports: #BeThankfulAlways
  • The privilege of fussing about the Boston Marathon 2016 jacket color – silly, isn’t it? I’m so grateful to be an entrant (for the second time, how amazing!) and lucky to have been able to start my training.
  • An unexpected email from a friend
  • Watching a friend gear up for new running challenges after a tough year
  • Having a friend at work (yay!) send me a job she thinks I might be interested in (no, I’m not looking)
  • Waking up one morning and having a thought that brought back memories of my beloved dog, gone as long now as she was with me – about 17 years
  • The massage I had Sunday helped, and didn’t leave me as sore as usual – and that my massage therapist is also a friend
  • A surprise running-related holiday gift waiting for me from a friend at work when I got in on Monday
  • My chiro
  • A day I woke up and nothing really hurt – sure, stiff and sore, but not pain
  • I pushed myself on some runs – mentally and physically difficult, but I did it!
  • Reminders in the medal next to my computer and in tweets and posts to Just Keep Moving Forward and #BeBraveBeThankful – both from Mere, who’s hosting another virtual race. The first race (and second hashtag) were inspired by  Drea, who when diagnosed with ALS at 33, thought “what can I do?” and then, “what else can I do? to help.

What have you been grateful for this week?

 



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?