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A Very Thankful Thanksgiving
It’s Thankful Things Thursday and it also happens to be Thanksgiving. Look at that!
I feel luckier than ever lately so excuse me while I gush, gobble and fawn over all the things I’m truly thankful for today.
I’m thankful to be home. My flight up to Boston was so easy yesterday. Thank you, JetBlue, for taking off right on time at the ripe hour of 6:11 am and dropping me at Logan Airport 20 minutes early, despite some nasty weather in both NYC and Boston. I was giddy-excited to get off the plane and see my dad, and it was so nice spending an hour in the car together catching up on the drive to New Hampshire.
I never moved back home after college. Neither did my brother. And yet, his childhood bedroom was immediately transformed into a guest room, and mine has stayed exactly the same. (Sorry, Ryan. I’m not saying Mom and Dad love me more. I’m just saying…maybe they do. Kidding. Again. Kind of.) I love that whenever I come back to Contoocook, I get transported right back to my high school days. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not, but I love that my room is still my room. Thanks, Mom!
I’m thankful that my mom and I rocked our Turkey Trot 5K this morning. It snowed a lot in New Hampshire yesterday. Like, several inches of snow. And I don’t think my mom was necessarily thrilled when we got up at 6 am and it was 27 degrees and the roads were a little black-icy — all to run a Turkey Trot 5K race.
I can tell you that I didn’t even pack pants to run in — I need to invest in a pair this winter I guess — but we all know that even if I did have pants on hand, I still would have run in short shorts and leg warmers.
But first we bundled up.
My hope was to PR in today’s Turkey Trot, because how dare I just run for fun and enjoy a race? Not Crazy Competitive Ali! She doesn’t rest on Thanksgiving. So I got to the front of the line before the race started and tried to keep up…with those dang track team kids.
I looked down at my watch half a mile in and saw that I was running a 6:30 pace. This is why I will never negative split a race. Because I’m an asshole. And now I am an asshole who swore (twice) on Thanksgiving. The nerve.
The race was pretty small and it was an out-and-back course. I probably could have pushed harder once the finish line was in sight, but I…didn’t. I did wave to my dad though, and I did PR by a minute and a half.
My official finish time was 23:06 and I came in fifth in my age group! To my knowledge, there may have only been five people in that age group, but I’m not sure. Stay tuned. I’ll find out. I also finished 46th total. And I know there were more than 46 runners, so that’s exciting.
And my mom ran a PR, too! She finished in 31 minutes!
The race was fun. The Sweat shirts were a hit with the crowd. Good thing I’m getting more…to sell…just so you know…
I’m thankful that in a few hours, I’ll indulge in a ridiculously delicious and oh-so-healthy meal. If healthy means a bowl of gravy with a side of stuffing and some cheese-covered vegetables, you bet I’m going to be extra healthy tonight. I can’t wait.
Thanksgiving is little this year because my brother and his wife are celebrating with her family (we get them for Christmas though!). So it’s just my parents and me. That means I don’t have to share any of the dark turkey meat, which my brother and I usually fight over. We’re mature grown ups. We fight over turkey.
Seriously though, I feel lucky to be able to have a plentiful Thanksgiving meal today.
I’m thankful that it’s completely acceptable to spend Thanksgiving Day in sweatpants watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and that dog show that comes on afterward. Low-key holidays at home mean casual attire, a fire and many games of Spit. It’s a card game. It’s fun. You should try it.
I have no intention of getting off the couch today. If my mom wants help in the kitchen, I’ll do that, but that’s a pretty risky move on her part. So I plan on spending my day trying to leave a butt imprint in the couch. I think I can do it.
I’m thankful for the Sweat Squad. Megan, Kelly, Susan, Lindsay, Meggie, thank you for making all those morning miles in Central Park so much more fun. This summer you got me through many long (brutally hot) runs during marathon training and I’m so grateful. You motivate me. You run a lot faster than me. You are really nice looking. I’m so glad we all met.
I’m thankful for all the people in my life who support me, encourage me, inspire me and challenge me. Between blogging and participating in Run For The Rabbit this year, I have met some of the best people I’ve ever known.
Coach Cane and Mrs. Coach Cane are perhaps the nicest, kindest, most generous and genuine humans I’ve ever met.
Not only have they both helped me become a better, smarter, stronger and faster runner, they also make me want to be a better person. That’s cheesy. I know that. But it’s true. They’re just really good people and I love having them both in my life.
I’m thankful for Brian. Is it terribly lame if I say he’s “one of the best things that’s happened to me” this year? Ugh, it is, and I know. But it’s true. I’ve laughed more, smiled more and stressed less in the past six months than ever in my life.
Brian is so good to me, and not just because he cooks most of my meals. He does other great things, too, like running with me and helping me create a fancy little “I Heart Sweat” shirt purchasing site. He’s a good person. I’m glad we met and I’m glad I got drunk and sent him a Facebook message that one night. I’m trying really hard not to mess this up. Again, stay tuned.
I’m thankful for my health. More than ever, I’m so grateful to feel healthy. Do I still have Crohn’s and/or colitis? Yup. Sure do. It’s in there somewhere. But it’s no longer flaring up, and that brings me all kinds of physical and mental relief.
I’m thankful for the Steroids. I’m thankful for the Remicade. I’m thankful that I can go for a run — heck, I can sleep through the night and I can simply leave my apartment — without freaking out about where the nearest bathroom is. It’s a wonderful feeling.
I’m thankful for hot showers on cold days. More specifically, hot showers on cold days after cold runs. Sorry if I used up all the hot water today, family. I couldn’t get out!
I’m thankful for Central Park. Every time I run somewhere else, I think about how nice it is to have six car-free miles — plus a Reservoir and a Bridle Path and countless little side trails that I’m consistently unable to navigate — right down the street from my apartment. I love doing my training runs in Central Park and I love racing in Central Park.
Sometimes I think I’ll leave New York City. And then I go for a run in the park. And then I don’t think I’ll ever move…
I’m thankful for my family. Now how do I convince them to move to NYC?
I’m thankful for fuzzy socks.
I’m thankful for long-sleeved shirts with thumb holes. Genius, no?
I’m thankful for you, the people who read my blog. I love your comments, your thoughts, your feedback and your insights. I smile every single time I get that email saying “You have a new blog comment at Ali On The Run.” I get excited to see who the comment is from and I love reading what you have to say. Thank you for sharing and for reading. Let’s hang out sometime.
That’s my list for now.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
NOW SHARE YOUR THANKFUL THOUGHTS! What are you thankful for today?