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Thankful Things Thursday: New Sneakers, Thick Thighs & I Really Love Food
Today is Thursday. This week has been speedy. Probably because I was gallivanting around Fire Island on Monday and Tuesday instead of working.
My feet are covered in bug bites. I’m not very excited about that. They’re itchy and swollen and keeping me up at night. I’d rather be sleeping than enduring a scratch-fest at 2 am.
I’ve also been finding it very difficult to get out of bed the past two mornings. I laid in bed for a full 30 minutes this morning before I finally dragged myself to the bathroom to splash cold water on my face in an attempt to get moving.
But, despite itchy stumpy feet and my recent bout of morning laziness, there’s a whole lot of great stuff happening right now, and I’m thankful for it.
Let’s get on with the show.
I’m thankful for people who know me, accept my flaws and love me anyway. It’s so important to have people like this in your life, and I’m lucky that I have a wonderful family, some kickass friends and a pretty awesome boyfriend.
That’s right. I said boyfriend. I’m pumped about that little title there.
Things were going great yesterday. I was productive all day, things were running smoothly and life was good. Then, right around 4 pm, things went south, I got a few annoying emails and an even more frustrating phone call. Calm –> Storm.
Naturally I acted like a psychobitch in reaction to all this. That Handsome Boyfriend I’ve talked about so fondly? Poor guy got the brunt of it over the phone as I went on a wild tirade about how people can be stupid and I don’t have time for them in my life.
None of it was work related. I should make that clear. Work = Good.
He was very nice and talked me off a ledge and made me feel better.
I feel very blessed to be surrounded with so many kind, wonderful, understanding people. More specifically, people who put up with me when I take a little trip to CrazyTown and still love me afterward.
I’m thankful for spinning with Matt Pestorius at Crunch. Honestly, why haven’t you all gone to take his class? I have guest passes. Won’t you come join me? Few things in life can cheer me up and drag me out of a funk like Matt’s class. Every single thing he says is so motivating and I’m always grinning and sweating when the 45 minutes is up.
Matt, please make your class an hour long. I need more of you.
I’m thankful for cute interns who give parting gifts in the form of chocolate. Yesterday was our great intern’s last day. Usually we give gifts to the interns — and we kind of did…we took her to lunch. Mmmm pad thai. But before lovely Amy left the office yesterday, she gave me this:
Very thoughtful. Very delicious. Very happy Ali.
I’m thankful for homemade pizza with broccoli on top. It took me about two seconds to whip up this dinner last night, and it was yummy and filling and cheesy. Just the way I like it.
I’m thankful for new sneakers. I love my Brooks Adrenalines and enjoyed cruising around Central Park in them this morning. They’re so white and bright and pretty, which they won’t be for long. They’re cushiony and wonderful and I want to wear them all the time.
I’m thankful for an awesome run this morning. Coach Cane had me on some hilly terrain today: three clockwise Harlem Hill loops, including a sprint (meh, a sub-8:00 pace, which felt like sprinting to me) across the 102nd Street Transverse.
If you’re not familiar with Central Park running, that probably made no sense to you. Allow me to translate: Coach Cane wanted me to run a total of 7 miles, most of which was on hills, some of which involved a pickup pace, all of which I dominated.
Yes, that’s right. I ate those hills for breakfast.
I was surprised that I kept a solid pace throughout the run and that the hills didn’t kill me too much. Could it be that I’m getting better at hill running? Who would have ever thought?
I’m thankful I have a bathtub in my apartment. Do I ever use it? Not really. But I like having the option of using it.
I’m thankful for my legs. My thighs are freakin’ huge right now and those bad boys are all muscle.
My mom has always called them my “Thick Dancer Legs” in the nicest way possible.
Honestly, I will never be that girl who can rock a miniskirt and sky-high heels and make it look dainty. Skinny jeans are not my friends. But put me in short shorts and sneakers and I will show you my running skills. And maybe my dancing skills.
I’m thankful for dresses. I’m pretty OK with colder weather being right around the corner, but I’ll miss the simplicity of throwing on a sundress in the morning and heading off to work.
Today my dress — Anthropologie, friends, check it out — is very flowy and twirly. I tried to take a picture to capture it’s fun-ness, but that’s clearly hard to do in an office bathroom…by yourself.
Flowy photo fail.
I’m thankful that I love marathon training. I didn’t know if I was cut out for it. But fun fact: I think training is fun. It’s really hard work and incredibly challenging. It’s time consuming and life-altering. It suits me.
I’m thankful that my email inbox took a beating last night. By me. My goal was to get the inbox under 50 last night. Success!
I’m thankful this has been the best summer ever. Really. The best. Ever.
NOW YOU GO: What are you thankful for today? Puppies? Good friends? Great desserts?