I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: This week has been a super speedy one. I can hardly even remember what happened on Monday.
So let’s keep moving right along and get down to it: Today is Thursday, and on Thursdays I like to take some time to think about the things I’m thankful for (and then I like to demand that you do the same — thank you for always obliging, you nice people).
I’m thankful for your your incredible comments on yesterday’s “I don’t think my doctor likes me or understands me” post. I was blown away! Many of your kind words brought me to tears, and I’m eager to hopefully find some time soon to find a doctor I really mesh with. For the time being I’m going to stick with my Prednisone and Remicade routine, but you all gave me a lot to think about regarding how doctors should treat their patients.
I’m thankful for Coach Cane. Do I say this enough? He’s a rock star. I met with him yesterday after work to discuss plans for this weekend’s Fairfield Half Marathon, which I’m honestly not feeling great about at all.
You see, I’m supposed to run these 13.1 miles in Fairfield, but I’m not doing it alone. I’m doing it with the other Run For The Rabbit finalists — and alongside the camera crew.
Yeah. The camera crew…filming my every move.
Moves that will most likely be taking me from one bathroom stop to the next.
My racing confidence is still pretty shaken after the Brooklyn Half Marathon, which involved some solid running and some less-than-stellar Porta Potty stops. I hate the idea of being on camera and experiencing all that. Though maybe it will make for dramatic footage?
OK, back to Coach Cane.
During our chat over green tea (he made me drink it), we talked about how I should approach this weekend’s race. First, he asked what I’m capable of. I said I’m not going to PR. There’s just no way I can pull that out of me considering my recent failing health.
He said that’s fine, and that we’re going to shoot for a goal time of 1:50. Faster than Brooklyn, but not as speedy as the National Half. Coach Cane said he wants me to think of the race in three parts: 5 miles, 5 miles + a 5K. He gave me specific splits to follow for each section.
A few of my favorite Coach Cane quotes from last night:
- “The race isn’t over at 5 miles.”
- “Stick with the script I’m giving you. Don’t improvise.”
- “In the final 5K, all bets are off. You’re racing. Mile 10 is game on.”
- “You don’t know how to run fast at the end because you haven’t run smart from the beginning yet.” (Oops.)
- “Run smart, finish strong.”
It made me really happy that before we parted ways Coach Cane (who can’t be in Fairfield with us this weekend because he’s traveling) demanded that I call or text him when I finish to let him know how it goes.
If only my doctor cared as much as my running coach…
I’m thankful I tried Ki Power Vinyasa last night. Sadly, the class didn’t go as I would have hoped, but that is no reflection on the class itself. Let me tell you more…
I was invited to try this class as part of an event at Pure Yoga called “Yoga Y Vino.” An hour of yoga plus a 30-minute Spanish-influenced wine tasting? Sure. I guess I’ll RSVP to that.
Ki Power Vinyasa is a Zen-based flow class that combines martial arts, core movements and power yoga moves set to music you know and can kind of rock out to. I was into the class, especially once we got into the fast flow (I swear we powered through Warriors I, II and III about 12 times in 5 minutes — crazy fast!) and the martial arts movements.
Unfortunately, my stomach wasn’t cooperating at all. The twisting and turning just didn’t agree with me, and I was really wobbly in the various poses. I just couldn’t stick anything and I was frustrated. My joints are really achy because of the Crohn’s flare-up which also meant certain positions were really painful and I had to come down from them.
But I did get to meet some wonderful fellow bloggers and see some familiar faces!
I didn’t stick around for much of the wine tasting because I felt like crap and couldn’t drink, but I thought the concept for the event was awesome. I loved that the instructor, Isauro Fernandez, said that even though he’s “from Queens” he appreciates the wines from Spain because his family is from there and he’s been “drinking wine since he was 5.” He had a great energy and it definitely came through during class.
I also made a point to sample a bit of the food before I left. Naturally. Solid dinner, Ali.
After class I was beat — I had left my apartment so early yesterday morning and didn’t get home until almost 9:30 pm. Long day!
I’m thankful for cold showers before bedtime. A lot of people are anti-this, but I love taking a cool shower in the summer and going to bed with wet hair. I don’t care if it’s “bad for me” and I don’t care that it gets my pillows wet. I love it.
I’m thankful I didn’t have to stop during my run this morning. Coach Cane asked for 5 miles at a comfortable pace. I covered 5.5 (I really suck at mapping out my routes lately) and felt OK. Not great. But OK. It took me a while to get out the door and once I was out I was a sweaty beast.
The air was so thick and heavy this morning, and the Central Park Reservoir was very puddly.
My legs were nice and dirty by the time I was done puddle jumping.
So the run was fine. It wasn’t fast. I didn’t feel great. I contemplated stopping a few times but powered through because I was already running incredibly late.
And when you’re running late, you have to find other ways to cut back on your getting-ready time in the morning.
Which brings me to my next point.
I’m thankful for easy outfits.
Today’s is nothing special and nothing you haven’t seen several times before. But it took me less than a minute to get dressed today, so boom, done.
I’m thankful for braids. Gwen Stefani rocks them and I try to do the same. She inspired me today.
Now how do I get her abs, too?
I’m thankful for graph paper. I really like writing on it.
I’m thankful for inky pens. Not the ballpoint kind. The fine-tipped kind. They’re so fun.
I’m thankful that after this weekend’s half marathon I don’t have any races scheduled. I need a racing break.
I’m thankful for sushi. I think I want to get it for lunch today.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I’m so thankful for all of the incredible donations people have made toward my fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The past month has been pretty tough and I can’t wait to start feeling better. Seriously, they’re going to find a cure for this crap soon, and it will be because you all helped. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
YOUR TURN: Tell me what you’re thankful for today.