As I am getting ready for Thanksgiving–reviewing my recipes, getting the house ready for company, hitting several grocery stores for special holiday ingredients–I am taking time to appreciate and be thankful for all the blessings in my life. First on my gratitude list is the health and well-being of my family and friends. Second is the time we have spent together, creating new memories and cherishing old ones. As I keep taking stock, I find that a number of things that I am thankful for could be on any runner’s gratitude list.
Having running friends to support and motivate me. This was my first full year of being involved with my Moms Run This Town group, and it really changed my running life. No matter what the weather, I could find someone to run with, and just hearing about what others are doing sparks my motivation to lace up my shoes and get out there.
Sunrise runs in every time zone. I had a lot of business trips this year (three more to go!), and I am grateful that I had an opportunity to get out and go running on many of them.
Lovely runs in my backyard. Taking time to appreciate the scenery when I travel has made me appreciate the gorgeous places I have to run at home. Before I started with my MRTT group I really only ran on the Mount Vernon Trail, but now I have expanded my running routes to other fantastic options in the D.C. area.
Gear to keep me comfortable in all sorts of weather. When I was forced to join the cross-country team in high school in the 80s, I hated it. Looking back, I blame cotton t-shirts, polyester shorts, and chafing. 🙁 Since then, running gear has come even farther than I have, and I am grateful for technical fabrics that breathe in the summer, keep me warm in the winter, block the wind, and let me shake off the rain. I love my Knuckle Lights that help me see the road at o’dark-thirty, and my CamelBak that keeps me hydrated on long summer runs. And, yes, I am thankful for Body Glide!
My husband, the willing sherpa. Most of all, I am grateful for the love, support, and encouragement of my husband. He buys me the coolest gear even when I tell him I don’t “need” anything else, he drives me to my races so I don’t have to stress over parking logistics, and he understands when I decide to go to bed early on a Friday night because I’m meeting a friend to run at 5:30 Saturday morning. 😉
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?