I hope you’re in a good mood today. If you’re not, this post will either perk you up or piss you off.
I hope it perks you up.
I’m in an excellent mood today. Things are just good. I had a great day yesterday, went to bed in a happy mood and woke up this morning feeling lovely.
Good thing it’s Thankful Things Thursday, because I have plenty to share.
Optimism overload. Here goes…
I’m thankful for good news at work. I got some yesterday. I was happy about it. I also got to deliver good news to other people, which is kind of even more rewarding.
I’m thankful that spinning cured my headache. I mean, I assume that was the cure, right? Not the fact that I forced myself to stop grinding my teeth… That 48-hour headache was getting the best of me, and after work yesterday I went to the gym for a stretching, painful foam rolling, tricep dip extravaganza + spinning combination. The class was gloriously sweaty due to the fact that the sub still can’t seem to figure out how to work the AC in the room. But it felt good, the music was great, and by the time I left the gym I was headache-free. Go figure.
I’m thankful for yesterday’s where-the-F-did-this-come-from rainstorm. I got caught in the worst of it while walking from the gym to the subway. I thought I’d “take the long way” and walk across town instead of taking the shuttle to Grand Central. Stellar idea, Ali. See those black clouds? Those mean you’re about to get drenched.
That’s what happened — I got soaked. But then this happened:
I’m thankful for my new wall art! I got a text from my wonderful friend (and neighbor!) Lauren last week: “I got you a present,” it said. “It’s organizational and it involves running.” Does she know me well or what?
I’d love to say I hung it myself, but I did not. If I had, it would be crooked. And there would be roughly 26 holes in the wall marking all the spots I messed up.
Thank you, Lauren, for the wonderful gift. All I can think about is how amazing it will be to hang my Hamptons Marathon medal on it in September!
I’m thankful I was on TV! My Run For The Rabbit commercial aired twice yesterday: first during the women’s World Cup game and again during the ESPY Awards on ESPN. Pretty solid, right? My commercial airing during breaks from some seriously badass athletes? I’ll take it.
A lot of people saw the commercial during the World Cup. I got texts from friends who saw it, and a coworker (who escaped to the gym during lunch to watch the game on TV) told me she saw it, too. Also, the guy who works at the front desk of my gym. When I walked in last night he said, “Um, I have to ask you something…are you in a commercial?” Sure am.
I knew the commercial would air around 11:15 last night, so I had a friend over and we stayed up to watch it. It was the first time I saw one of the commercials live and I’ll be a narcissist here: It was kind of cool.
Yes, I saw it live. And yes I rewound and re-watched it two more times. And yes, I was recording the entire ESPY Awards and plan to save it on my DVR forever.
I’m thankful for a spectacular run this morning. I didn’t think I had it in me today. I woke up after just 5 hours of sleep feeling exhausted and sluggish. It took me a while to get out the door (What’s your deal this week, stomach? Can you please chill?) and my first mile was sloooow.
But then I took Coach Cane’s plan and followed it. And it felt awesome.
He wanted me doing a lap of the Central Park Reservoir at an 8:00 pace, followed by a 5-minute recovery. Then repeat.
Boom. Guess what, Coach Cane? I did it a little faster. I did my laps at a 7:50 pace. Ka-pow!
I don’t know what that ka-pow is, but it just felt right.
I felt surprisingly good while I was running. Lately I’ve been managing to zone out and just focus on my run and nothing else. I felt speedy today. I ended up covering 6.25 miles and they were all delightful. The weather was also unbelievable. Not hot at all, a bit breezy and ideal for running.
You know it’s a good, hard run when I don’t have any photos to show for it. I wasn’t out to take pretty pictures. I was out to be hardcore.
Though, I did manage to kick the crap out of myself again, apparently.
Why do I do that? My poor left leg. My right foot must hate it or something.
I’m thankful for the great card my parents sent me. (Dad, I love you, but I’ve got a feeling this one was all Mom’s doing.)
If you’ve been reading this blog for more than about two days, you know there are a few things in life that I love: leg warmers, hummus, puppies and jazz hands.
Usually I get cards with puppies on them. But this card was extra special, even without a puppy.
The hands pop out and they shake and it is awesome. Great card.
I also love side ponytails.
I am a child of the 80s, people.
Since the outfit above no longer fits (though it is obviously still very much in fashion), I guess I’m thankful for jeans and a T-shirt.
How boring compared to the way I used to dress. But I’m going to be sitting in a conference room for the majority of the work day, so I need to be warm and cozy.
I’m thankful for Brussels sprouts. I made them again last night and they were my best ones yet. Crazy delicious.
I’m thankful for the love and support from all the people in my life these days. I’m feeling pretty lucky. Everyone seems to think I can run this marathon in September, and that makes training for it even more fun.
I’m thankful I’m doing yoga tonight. It’s going to be good. I’m not thankful that I brought my yoga mat on the subway and smacked about 19 people with it, but that’s their fault…right? For getting in my mat’s way?
OK fine, I was that girl on the subway, taking up too much space with my bag, my lunch bag and a big yoga mat strapped to my back. I looked like a jerk. But at least I know to move to the center of the subway car and I don’t block the doors or refuse to move in!
I’m thankful for trail mix. I am now going to eat a ton of it.
Have a great day, everyone!
YOUR TURN: Tell me what you’re thankful for today. Obviously.