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Thankful Things Thursday: Embracing The Rain & A Giveaway Winner
It’s another rainy day in NYC, but I predict the sun will come out this afternoon.
I’m obviously a skilled meteorologist, so you should go ahead and trust my conviction.
In addition to gloomy weather, today also brings along another edition of Thankful Things Thursday. If you’re new, here’s how we play: I list all the things I’m thankful for today, and then you add your own happy thoughts in the comments.
You can be thankful for anything, really. I am pretty much always thankful for food, for example, but sometimes I’m also thankful for more eccentric things, like graph paper. I have many diverse interests.
Now: let’s play Bamboozled! Or whatever.
I’m thankful for the endless support toward my marathon fundraising. I’ve said this a million times but I really can’t thank you all enough for jumping on board and helping me raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. So, from the very bottom of my ever-growing heart, thank you.
Remember the necklace giveaway that’s been going on courtesy of Erica Sara Designs?
We have a winner!
As promised, yesterday I put the names of everyone who donated into a big raffle. I was blown away when I added up the final numbers from the week-long giveaway.
Yeah: $950 raised. I am so happy. You are all incredible.
And the winner of the “I Heart Sweat” necklace is Karen Arbasetti! Congratulations, Karen! I will email you later today so you can start customizing your necklace with the extraordinarily talented Ms. Erica Sara.
I’m thankful for spinning. Last night’s class was pretty standard, which means it was sweaty and spectacular, plus Sofia was there and that made it extra exciting for me.
I’m thankful to be dating someone who enjoys cooking healthy food. I am not always the most healthy person. I like to eat whatever is delicious, and that almost always means brownies and Moose Tracks ice cream. But I’m trying to be better about what I’m eating — meaning fewer processed foods mostly — and my efforts are made easier since that Handsome Person I’m hanging out with all the time likes to cook healthy, hearty, delicious meals.
I’m thankful for extra sleep this morning. I woke up at an apartment that wasn’t mine (not scandalous, Mom, it’s OK) and got up early to go back to my apartment and get my run done. But it looked like this outside:
I’m not afraid of inclement weather. I’ll run in rain and snow and last year I went on one particularly terrifying run through sleet and freezing rain. I have no safety qualms whatsoever.
But I am erring on the side of caution now that the marathon is just 16 days away (holy Hell). The whole way home I debated what to do: Go back to bed? Run in the downpour? Wait and run later? Make brownies? Online shop?
By the time I got home, I made the choice to slip back into pajamas and curl up with my favorite fuzzy blanket on top of my bed. I slept for an hour and it felt amazing.
I’m thankful I still ran. I woke up a bit before 7 and decided that the rain had stopped enough for me to run.
Yes, I do love sweat. Yes, I did sweat a ton this morning.
Coach Cane had me doing a 1-mile warm-up, 4 miles in Central Park at my marathon goal pace and a 1-mile cool-down.
The run was kind of amazing, actually. Since I got such a late start, I may have done my four middle miles just a bit quicker than marathon pace, but hey, maybe I’ll run my marathon at that pace, too?
Or maybe I should start listening to my coach and doing exactly what he says in these final 16 days.
Anyway. Great run. The park was empty due to the rain and it was nice and cool.
I’m thankful for fantastic friends. I’ve been feeling really lucky lately.
I’m thankful I saw the marathon course. Knowing what lies ahead has left me much more at ease. I’m not guessing and predicting what every hill and turn will be like. I know what they’ll be like. And I know I’ll crush it. Or at least I’ll try to…
I’m thankful I got to chat with my mom last night. I’ve been so busy last night and my phone hasn’t been working (as usual) but last night my phone worked for just long enough to catch up with my favorite little lady (really, she’s very short). I miss her.
I’m thankful for fall. More on this later, because I’m not totally convinced fall is here to stay (remember my inner meteorologist?), but it is my favorite season. So that’s cool.
I’m thankful I’m feeling strong and healthy. My stomach is still kind of iffy, but I’m trying not to think about it and I’m focusing on what does feel good which is everything else. I’d like to think that I’ve been training smartly throughout this marathon process thing, and I’m feeling mentally and physically powered-up.
I’m thankful for “Modern Family.” I’ve heard great things about the show but never really watched it from the start. Last night I caught two episodes and I was laughing — loud and hard — the entire time. Everyone on the show is so likeable! I will absolutely be Netflixing or Hulu-ing it or whatever I’m supposed to do to watch it from the beginning.
I’m thankful for graph paper. See? Told you. I love it.
I’m thankful my brother and his wife are getting a puppy. I feel like I’m about to become an aunt. I can’t wait to meet the little guy. His name is Grover.
THERE’S MY LIST: Now share yours! What’s delightful in your world today?
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