With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wanted to give thanks for a few things in my life today on the blog:
1—I am thankful for my family and friends
· I am thankful for my mom and dad and their love and support in my life. This year brought a new job in my life and my parents were very supportive of the whole process. This job change was much easier on me emotionally than my first job change, but my parents were very supportive this time as well. They also support this running adventure that I’m on. When I tell them where I’m going, they are always willing to watch my dog, pick me up from the airport occasionally, and always tell me I’m crazy :).
· I am thankful for my sister Lauren. Lauren is my only sibling but since she lives so far away sometimes it is hard for us to see each other often. Running has definitely brought us closer together and it’s always great to know that I have a cheerleader in my corner for all of my races and long runs.
· And I’m thankful for my friends. My best friend Stacy (not a runner 🙂 ) is always super supportive when it comes to my running even when it means we cannot hang out as much as we used too. She loves the medals and when I told her about the Dopey Challenge she was very encouraging. I’m thankful for my other real life friends and also my “Twitter/Facebook running friends”.
2—I am thankful for my health
· This running journey has allowed me to be in the best shape of my life. I have lost a great deal of weight during the time that I have been running and can fit in the smallest clothes I have ever been able to. I still have a ways to go—I need to really weight train and eat better—but I’m thankful for how far I’ve come so far.
· I’m thankful that I have been relatively injury free this year. I’ve had hip and knee pain but nothing that has significantly slowed me down in the running department. I’ve also been smart about my training and if it’s bad weather, I don’t risk injury by running outside.
3—I am thankful for my job!
· It sounds silly, but I am so thankful for my new job. I was so unhappy in my last job– I would seriously cry some evenings I was so depressed with my hectic work schedule and my lack to really have a life outside of work. When I saw the posting for my current job, I was so excited, and after the first interview, I knew this was going to be a great job for me. I really enjoy what I do at work and I also enjoy the money I’m making now. It makes traveling for half marathons a reality and my coworkers enjoy hearing about my crazy stories.
Have a great Thanksgiving!