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Thankful Things Thursday: On Success, Skiing & Sneakers
Hellooooooo, and Happy Thursday! How’s your day so far? Wonderful? Excellent. That’s what I like to hear.
In today’s edition of Thankful Things Thursday, I will tell you about all the things I’m feeling thankful for. It’s basically the same as every other Thursday, in which I do the same thing. So come along, let’s get grateful!
I’m thankful I made it to the start and finish lines healthy in Las Vegas. When I was training for the Hamptons Marathon, Coach Cane repeatedly told me that his goal was to get me to the start and finish lines healthy. So if that makes me a successful race, then by all means the Las Vegas Half this weekend was a success! And, honestly, that’s huge to me right now.
Because, you see, I hadn’t been healthy for a long time. I was battling that little bitch known as Crohn’s disease and it just wouldn’t go away for a while. So yes, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well in this particular race, which happens to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. I certainly no longer expect a PR every single time I race, and I hadn’t PR’d in the half marathon in a while. So this was supposed to be my glory moment.
That didn’t happen, and that’s OK, because eventually it will. Most importantly, I’m off the Steroids now, the Crohn’s disease seems to be hibernating at least for a little while, and I’m feeling fantastic since my last Remicade treatment. That, my friends, is a success.
I’m thankful for very sweaty spin classes. I went to spinning last night and it was wonderfully therapeutic. It was one of those classes where there was a sub in for the regular teacher, and she wasn’t quite sure how to work the air conditioning. Normally I’d be all, “Lady, come on, it’s the switch on the left!” But not last night.
Last night, Dianne The Sub had a rockin’ playlist and turned he lights all the way off and I didn’t care that the AC wasn’t on because we were spinning hard and steaming up the mirrors in the studio. It felt so good. I didn’t go too heavy on the resistance because my legs are still recovering from the race. But pedaling my legs around and zoning out for 45 minutes was a great way to end the day. That and a sushi dinner, which I’m also thankful for.
I’m thankful to be running planless, at least for a little while. This morning I had a hard time getting up, but I’m glad I made it out for a 5-mile cruise through Central Park. It was pretty chilly, but I enjoyed being out there, running without pace or distance requirements.
I’m no longer training for a specific race, so for the next month or so at least, I’ll be running without a plan. If I want to run fast, I’ll do it. If I want to run long, that’s delightful. If I don’t want to run at all, something is wrong. Who am I? Seriously though, I’m really looking forward to some non-training runs where I can just be in the park, playing around, doing whatever.
I’m thankful for GChat. It’s such a wonderful little Internet function. Really strong work on that one, Google.
I’m thankful for tough love. Sometimes I need it. Sometimes, when you’re being a little brat, it helps to have a few people in your life who care about you enough to tell you to snap out of it. In other words, I’m thankful for my Uncle Glenn and my brother, Ryan. You guys are harsh, but I dig it.
I’m thankful for skiing, which makes winter more bearable. Last year I only got out skiing once, and this year I’m determined to multiply that by at least two. Aim low, Alison. I grew up skiing with my family, and now I actually happen to be dating someone who also enjoys time on the slopes (though he’s a snowboarder, not a skier).
I don’t really like extreme cold, but I don’t mind bundling up if it means I get to blast down a mountain and then drink hot chocolate by a fire in a ski lodge.
Now if you happen to own a house on a ski mountain, I would love to come visit you. I’ll bring a box of wine.
I’m thankful for my best friend, Becky. We live hours and hours away from each other (she’s in Charlotte — Becky doesn’t like the cold), but lately we’ve been really good about keeping in touch and visiting each other. I enjoy that.
I’m thankful that I’ve found one running shoe that works for me. Brooks Adrenalines are wonderful. When I wear them, I feel like I’m running on tiny little clouds of joy. I tried a pair of Asics once, for my first half marathon, and my feet were ripped to shreds. I had blisters for weeks. Since I discovered the Adrenalines two years ago, I haven’t even tried on another shoe. Should I? Or stick with what works? I don’t know, but I like my shoes.
I’m thankful JetBlue doesn’t charge you to check a bag. I think that’s an excellent policy. My sad little debit card and I appreciate it.
I’m thankful my office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That’s going to be a spectacular break and I can’t wait. That is when I will go skiing. And sleep in every day.
NOW YOU GO: What are you thankful for today?