Today is Thursday!
Tomorrow I fly away.
I like dinosaurs.
Because why not start your day with a haiku?
As my poem stated, today is Thursday, and in The Land of Ali (not a real place), that means it’s Thankful Things Thursday.
It’s also the first day of December, so say your “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” and your month will be chock full of luck and good things.
(Hey Rabbit luck, wanna bring me a PR on Sunday? Excellent! Thank you so much.)
Now let’s get on with the show. Or the blog. And the thankfulness.
I’m thankful that I’m being smart during this mini taper. I really want to do well on Sunday at the half. Have I mentioned that yet? I keep forgetting. I want my legs to feel fast and fresh. I’m terrified I’m going to toe the start line with lead legs. That would suck. So I’m doing my best to try and avoid that by being smart. Part of this little “being smart” plan meant not going to my beloved Wednesday night spin class. Sad, but necessary. All day yesterday my legs felt super heavy, so an evening spin session wasn’t going to do me any favors. When I woke up this morning, my legs felt significantly better than they did yesterday. Good job, Taper Ali. You’re playing this game well.
I’m thankful I’ve had a training buddy leading up to the Vegas Half. Hi Brian! Cool running outfit this morning, man!
So to “Coach Brian,” thanks for pushing me, encouraging me to run faster and waking up with me at 5 am every day. You’re no Coach Cane, but I think I’ll keep you for a while.
Once the fall marathon season ended, my regular running buddies got busy. And injured. And moved to Brooklyn and stuff. Luckily Coach Brian stepped in, and while he doesn’t rock the hot pink compression socks like my favorite girls, he is doing a great job keeping me company during those tedious laps of the Reservoir.
This morning we ran five very slow miles. It was cold. I wore pink. Again.
I still like running alone sometimes, but I have definitely learned to appreciate having running buddies. And Brian is a good one.
I’m thankful that I just have to get through work today and then I’m off to Las Vegas! I already got the fancy little JetBlue email asking me if I want to check in on my flight for tomorrow and the answer is, “Yes! Yes I want to check in and fly away immediately! Thank you for asking!” I’m really excited about putting up my out of office response and not returning to the workplace until next week. I love my job, but I’m pumped about this getaway.
I’m thankful for Team Challenge. I can’t wait to run with all those crazy kids on Sunday. I’ve met such incredible people through this program. That is all for now.
I’m thankful my apartment is festive-ized.
If you’re thinking, “Aw, that couch looks so cozy and comfortable,” you would be wrong. It’s small. And not fluffy at all. And two people barely fit on it. No cuddling allowed. There’s no room.
Anyway. I love coming home at night and lighting my candles and maybe having singalongs to Celine Dion’s Christmas album. Maybe that’s what I do. Maybe!
I’m thankful for cozy sweaters. I basically give up even trying to put together decent work outfits once the temperatures start to drop a little. Jeans and sweaters. Ka-POW, I’m dressed.
I’m thankful for homemade chocolate chip cookies.
More specifically, I’m thankful for homemade chocolate chip cookie dough. That’s my favorite part.
I’m thankful cold weather running doesn’t scare me. I refuse to treadmill run. I hate it. I won’t do it. I’ll throw on a million layers, and I will still run.
(Remind me I said this when I am tempted to stay in bed during the next snowstorm.)
I’m thankful for all of your song suggestions on yesterday’s post. Really, thank you! There was a lot of new stuff in there that I hadn’t heard of. I’m pretty pumped to do some more downloading tonight.
I’m thankful for all of your constant support. I won’t get all cheesy here, but I will say that your constant, “You’re going to crush it in Vegas!” comments are giving me a ton of motivation leading up to Sunday’s race. I really don’t want to write a race recap about how I came close to a PR but didn’t nail it. You all seem to think that I can go sub-1:44:48, so I am going to do my best to make you proud. And really, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your consistently amazing and inspiring comments. It means a lot to me. Except that you make me actually believe I can do anything, and that’s probably not true. I probably can’t fly. And I probably won’t ever successfully cook a chicken. Dang it. But I can try to run a fast half marathon, so game on!
That’s all for today. I’ve got work to do! Have a great day!
YOUR TIME TO SHARE: What are you thankful for today? If your answer is “chocolate” or “running” or “not having a Crohn’s flare-up anymore” or “Will Ferrell,” then we have a few things in common.