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Thankful Things Thursday: On Snapping Out Of It
You know how sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of the bed for no real reason and then you’re super cranky and can’t control your rage?
That was me this morning.
Maybe it was because I didn’t really sleep well, or maybe it’s because I now have three mountain-sized zits that are making themselves at home on my face.
But I’m committed to snapping out of this ridiculous funk.
Operation Cheer Up By Being Thankful starts now…
I’m thankful I didn’t go to spinning last night. My legs were shot. I think they each weigh 150 pounds right now. Lugging them around is difficult. I feel like Octomom or something, only instead of carting around a bunch of crazy children, I have really heavy lead legs.
OK, so that comparison doesn’t really work. But my point is that I love the Wednesday night spin class, I really wanted to go, but my stupid legs didn’t think that was such a hot idea.
So I went home and sent emails instead. Fine.
I’m thankful yesterday was another great workday. The shoot went great, the models were fantastic and we listened to a lot of Justin Bieber.
They’re all 14–16 year olds. They chose the music. I did not. Though I didn’t exactly object, either.
I’m thankful my job involves playing dress-up.
Yesterday was our annual costume shoot. We shot something like 38 different costumes, and naturally a few accessories made their way off the models and onto me.
Justin Bieber soundtrack + sparkles = solid work day.
I’m thankful Irish Mint is back at 16 Handles. In case you’re unfamiliar with the process, the 16 various flavors at this frozen yogurt Mecca rotate every so often. Irish Mint is my favorite, but lately it’s been out of the rotation. Imagine my delight last night when I discovered that Irish Mint was back.
But sorry if you want to get your hands on some. I think I may have eaten it all at the Upper East Side location last night.
I’m thankful for my coach. Really, how great is Coach Cane?
He’s been coaching me since April and still responds to my emails and my totally sensible questions like, “Will sprinting the final .2 miles of my daily runs make me look better when I cross the finish line of the marathon?” (Answer: No, says coach.)
Tonight I’m actually running with Coach Cane! My training plan for today simply says “Meet me at JackRabbit Upper West Side at 7 pm ready to run.” I have no idea what he has in store. I might die. I hope I don’t though. I have a marathon to run.
Coach Cane has also been super supportive during this process, going far beyond just getting me ready to run 26.2 in September.
He came to my event last week, snagged himself a T-shirt (he got the last one — we had to take it off the mannequin!) and Tweeted this photo:
Great Coach? I think so.
Also, I really hope he’s cool with me posting that photo… Mwahaha.
I’m thankful you’re all on my team.
I think part of the reason I’ve loved training for this marathon so much is because I’ve been blessed with such wonderful support. The nice comments, enthusiasm, encouragement and great advice has been so helpful and so motivating. I promise to make you all proud on race day!
And yes, I’m getting more shirts! Don’t worry, you’ll get yours. They’re going to be available at the JackRabbit stores in NYC and they’ll be available online. Yes, they can be shipped. I’m not sure yet whether international shipping going to be possible — I need to look into some cost-effective options. But I promise, you’ll be able to join the Sweat Squad and show off your love for perspiration soon enough.
In case you haven’t heard, this next batch comes in both gray and aqua-blue options!
I’m thankful that I didn’t have time to change my outfit this morning. I threw something on, thought I would hate it, but didn’t have time to rummage through my closet. By the time I got to the office — after several particularly strong wind gusts allowed me to flash the entire Upper East Side — I was sold on the skirt/tank combo.
Good enough. And very comfortable.
I’m thankful that I showed up at the office after being out for two days, and this dress was on my desk:
That photo is of Broadway star Savannah Wise. She was on the cover of the July issue of Dance Spirit, and I adored this dress we shot her in (it was her own dress, not one we provided for her). After the shoot, I was raving to my boss about how much I loved the dress, and she said she had the same one.
Today, that dress was on my desk.
I am so excited.
And I really hope it fits. Because I have many upcoming occasions that require me to wear a sailor-inspired dress…like my best friend’s wedding (she’ll be cool with this as a Maid of Honor dress I’m sure) and my marathon…
I’m thankful that when my Handsome (Boy)Friend witnessed my morning funk, he didn’t freak out or run away or roundhouse kick me to the shoulder. Instead, he shared this little gem with me:
It’s part Lady and the Tramp gone wrong, part Puppy Has Marathon To Carbo Load For. I like it.
Everyone knows me so well.
Lastly, I’m thankful that in the midst of my morning piss-ass-mood, I had all these ways to turn my day around. Thanks for sharing.
Those are my thankful thoughts for the day.
NOW TELL ME: What’s giving you the warm grateful fuzzies today? Did you cuddle a puppy this morning? Do you have a race you’re feeling super ready for this weekend? Perhaps you ate breakfast in bed. Tell me all about it.