We made it to Thursday! Has this week felt ridiculously long to anyone else? The days have gone by fast but man, the week has a whole has been a little brutal.
Still, today is a good day. Despite the fact that it’s a bit chilly (47 degrees when I woke up this morning? Ick.), the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it’s a holiday: Cinco de Mayo.
I’ve never been a big Cinco de Mayo person, but if someone hands me a sombrero today I’m not not going to wear it. That would be rude.
Anyway, on with the gratitude! Here’s what’s putting a smile on my zit-plagued face today:
I’m thankful for sleep—good, solid, pass-out-as-soon-as-I-lay-down sleep. Last night I crawled into bed with hopes of reading a few pages of Bossypants. But as soon as I pulled the blankets up to my shoulders, I was out. I didn’t wake up until my alarm went off this morning, at which point I actually thought it was my building’s alarm and that it was the middle of the night and I was about to die in some 90210-style fire. Luckily, as I mentioned, it was just my regular alarm…telling me to wake up.
I’m thankful to have a training plan. This takes the guesswork out of my daily runs! Some days I would wake up and not know whether I was going to run three, four or six miles. Now I know before I even go to bed. The Type-A in me (there is no Type B…) appreciates the structure of a weekly schedule.
This morning’s plan called for six miles — I actually covered 6.6 because I can’t seem to map out a route that ends evenly — and Coach Cane wanted me to time myself for the first three miles, then finish the last three miles at the same pace without checking my watch.
As always I went out too fast and then had a hard time maintaining that pace. I blame my running buddy.
On that note…
I’m thankful to have running buddies! I kicked off this week running with Megan (seriously, it feels like that was a month ago) and today I had another running date with my friend Katie.
Katie is the coolest because she runs with me and lets me take sweaty photos of her when we’re done running.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m proud of myself for finally accepting running dates. For a long time I refused, and now I see that I was only hurting myself. Running with other people is fun! It’s a great way to chat and catch up (though I really suck at running and talking and it’s embarrassing when I try to tell a simple story and find myself gasping for air like I’m in space without a fancy oxygen-wielding space helmet) and it makes the miles go by much faster.
But I’m not so good at being honest with my running friends yet. For example, on Monday when I ran with Megan (who is one of the fastest chicks I know), I definitely could have picked up my pace a bit, and I’m sure she could have done the same. But I didn’t say anything.
This morning, when Katie and I started, we were hauling ourselves pretty quick. At one point we had a 7:55 pace going, which I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up or even want to keep up. I didn’t say anything though.
Note to self: be more vocal, in life and on runs with friends.
(Interesting that I couldn’t tell Katie I wanted to slow down, but the last time we ran together I had no problem letting her know I needed a restroom immediately or I would die.)
I’m thankful for lime green. How simple is that? It’s my favorite color and it makes me happy. Boom.
I’m thankful for the “Glee” version of “I Feel Pretty/Unpretty.” I’ve been listening to it a lot. I love the message of the song, as lame as that might make me, and I think it’s a great mashup.
Another easy one. Boom again.
I’m thankful for my favorite outfit. Who’s getting sick of seeing photos of this dress? Don’t worry, I am, too. But I haven’t been able to go shopping in a while so I rely on the ol’ standby. This dress was the best investment ever.
I’m thankful for my health. Every time I get Remicade at the hospital, it’s such a welcome reality check for me. Yes, having Crohn’s Disease blows. I hate how inconvenient it is and I hate having to explain to people, especially beautiful men. But things could be worse. When I’m in the infusion suite getting my IV, most of the people around me are there for chemotherapy. Some of them aren’t doing so well, but most of them always find something to smile about. I’m so grateful that doctors are working toward a cure for Crohn’s & colitis and appreciate all the people who smile at me from their IV chairs across the room.
And of course, the competition is heating up over in Run For The Rabbit land, where I’m in fourth place with donations. I want to be in first place, obviously, and will hopefully get started with official fundraising business soon. In the meantime, here is the link to donate to CCFA. Right now I don’t have a list of people who have donated, so if you do make a donation, please please please email me or leave a comment so I can thank you!
I’m thankful for pad thai.
I’m thankful for oyster crackers (they’re pretty much the only reason I ever eat soup).
I’m thankful for the carpeted floors at my office. It makes walking around in heels way more comfortable.
I’m thankful that my toilet stopped flushing itself last night. That was annoying.
NOW YOU GO: Tell me what you’re thankful for on this beautiful Thursday.