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Thankful Things Thursday: I Love Runner Friends
It’s another scorcher in NYC today. And you know what? I’m fine with it.
And, judging from the comments on yesterday’s post, you guys are fine with it, too — or at least you all have some awesome hot weather/beat-the-sweat coping mechanisms.
One thing I’ve learned since living in a city where you do so much commuting by foot is that you shouldn’t waste your time complaining about things you can’t change.
OK, it’s raining. Get rain boots and an umbrella. You’ll live. Or just stay inside under the covers. Oh, it’s really hot? Your office is probably fine with you going to work in a sports bra and short shorts. (Try it and let me know how that goes. Come on. Who wants to be the guinea pig on this one? Bonus points if you’re a lawyer or work on Wall Street.)
You can’t control the weather. But you can control how you react to it. And with that, I bring you…Thankful Things Thursday: I Can’t Stop Sweating Edition!
I’m thankful my dear friend Dana is engaged. She called me last night with the exciting news and I’m so happy for her. She’s the first in my close group of college girlfriends to get engaged!
I’m thankful for spinning—even though I sucked at it last night. I was totally sluggish during last night’s class. At one point Matt even approached my bike and yelled for me to pedal faster and harder. It just wasn’t happening for me, which is fine, because I want my legs to feel fresh for Saturday’s 10K.
I’m thankful people care about me. You all know by now that I adore Coach Cane. My latest obsession? His badass, hardcore, 16-week-pregnant wife, who has so generously offered to slow her super speedy pace to run with me on Saturday and help me PR. Oh yes, that’s right: She’s running with-child and is still way faster than I am. I’m a little nervous about running with her and very nervous about reporting back to Coach Cane in the event that I don’t PR. But Mrs. Coach Cane’s email last night warmed my heart:
You always make us proud. I just want you to see what you are truly capable of. You have NO idea!!!!
Keep in mind I have known this couple for roughly two months. Excellent people, huh?
I’m thankful I have an air conditioner. It’s installed! It’s blowing cool air! It’s taking my electricity bill from manageable to disgusting. Worth it.
I’m thankful for running buddies. Remember when I was so afraid of them? Oh how I’ve changed my running ways. This morning I joined Megan, Kelly and Maria for 5-ish miles in Central Park. If you follow their blogs, you know that these girls are like the honey badgers of running. They’re fast. They’re tough. They’re awesome. Megan, for example, won a race this weekend that required her to haul up a mountain. Impressive? I think so.
Luckily, they were doing a relaxed run today, and I was able to keep up. We stayed on the Bridle Path chatting, sweating and maintaining a 9-minute mile pace. Totally comfortable and relaxed — and I realized that I’m getting better at running and talking, though the majority of what I contributed to the conversation was awkward grunting and heavy breathing. Being with these runners also served as a welcome distraction from my obnoxious stomach issues that continue to plague my life. Runner friends are best.
Speaking of runner friends…
I’m thankful a group of awesome runner-bloggers are coming to NYC this weekend. In mere hours (well, like 27 hours) Emily, Tina, Liz and Becky will arrive in this lovely city to hang out, have booze and, of course, run a race.
I’m thankful for a purple wrap dress. There’s no way sweat is showing through this bad boy today. It’s foolproof, I swear. Also very comfortable.
I’m thankful for my new work computer! It’s so pretty and so fast and I can already feel myself being more productive.
I’m thankful that I’m making progress on my To Do list. Last night was part productive, part fun. I picked two things to accomplish before I went to bed and I felt so much better getting to cross them off before getting sleep. I will beat you, stress.
I’m thankful tomorrow is a rest day. My legs are shot. I’m ready to put them up, or maybe have someone nice massage them. After a day of rest, I’m looking forward to going into Saturday’s race with Mrs. Coach Cane’s advice on my brain: “You want to go into the race feeling like a caged animal.”
She’s the coolest.
I’m thankful I’ve given up TV watching. The only show I’ll watch this summer is “So You Think You Can Dance,” and that’s more of a work obligation than anything else. Not watching TV leaves tons of time for other, “funner” things. I recommend it.
Alright, time to go play with the new computer, tackle the To Dos and get a little closer to an exciting weekend.