That’s right. At this time tomorrow, I’ll be on a plane headed to sunny (it had better be sunny there, or I will be so pissed), tropical Turks & Caicos.
And with that, let’s kick off today’s edition of Thankful Things Thursday.
I’m thankful for English Muffins Pizzas and spinach. Last night’s dinner was, again, wildly creative and difficult to make.
Food Network, why have you not snatched me up for a cooking show yet? Ali On The Stove? Ali On The Microwave? Ali On The Run From The Fire In Her Apartment? Let me know if you’re interested. I’m on board.
Really though, this meal is so easy and so delicious and even a little bit colorful. I got super crazy with it, too, and sauteed up some onion and garlic with the spinach. I told Brian about my masterful kitchen abilities, and he called me out on the fact that I have never cooked for him, and yet I whip up incredible concoctions like spinach when he’s not around. He says I only cook for myself because I “don’t like to share food.”
You are correct, Brian.
I’m thankful for cheese. Melted cheese is preferable. My favorite kinds of cheese are Gouda, Provolone, Parmesan and Goat Cheese.
Is macaroni and cheese a food group? It should be. It should be the only food group.
So far I am mostly thankful for food, apparently. What else?
I’m thankful I put a major dent in my credit card yesterday. OK, maybe the “major dent” part isn’t totally true, but I finally made my flight reservations for a trip to Charlotte for Becky’s bachelorette party, and made my hotel reservations for her wedding weekend. I’m excited for the celebrations to begin, because Becky and I are in desperate need of some updated “best friend photos.”
We both had puffier cheeks in college…Too much boxed wine.
I’m thankful I have friends who believe in me. Sometimes I really doubt my own abilities. Not at the office, not when it comes to tackling my To-Do list and certainly not when it comes to my kitchen skills (ha, that’s a good joke). But I seem to spend a lot of time convincing myself that I’m not a good runner, and that my 1:44 half marathon PR from nearly a year ago was a total fluke.
Whenever I complete a solid long run or a speedy tempo around the Reservoir, I think that I “got lucky” or that “my watch was off” or that I “just had a good day.”
Luckily, I have wonderful people in my life who convince me that I can, in fact, run another fast race someday, and I can probably train hard and power through a sub-4 hour marathon sometime this year.
Yesterday I got an email from Lauren with the Runner’s World quote of the day, a gem from Ryan Hall. Lauren prefaced the email by writing, “Words of wisdom from Ryan Hall to you.”
Here’s the quote, via Runner’s World: “I constantly remind myself that resting takes confidence. Anyone can train like a mad man but to embrace rest and to allow all the hard training to come out takes mental strength.”
Lauren, Ryan Hall, you both know me so well. Because obviously the London-bound Olympic athlete was talking to me when he uttered those wise words, right? Not referring to himself…because that would be weird.
So to my friends — the ones who push me, challenge me, make me want to be a better person and a faster runner — thank you.
I’m thankful for flannel sheets. I put my super-sophisticated snowman fleece sheets on my bed the other night and I’ve been sleeping like a rock all week. A very cozy, warm rock.
I can really only get away with sleeping in fleece sheets for a month or two each year, so now is the time to take advantage. I hope you’re doing the same.
I’m thankful my watch has been quite cooperative lately. Every morning I dread standing outside in the cold waiting for my running watch to load a satellite. But the past few mornings, it’s been so fast! And I appreciate that.
This morning I ran seven miles. My legs are ready for a rest day. They were a little heavy this morning. My goal for the run was to cover six miles and to not look at my match. I didn’t care about my pace, and I ended up surprising myself with some nice looking splits.
I’m thankful for all of your support. This Turks & Caicos trip marks the last little remaining portion that brings the Hamptons Marathon and Run For The Rabbit experiences to a close. Did that sentence make sense? It was a run on, and I’m sorry.
I’m going to Turks & Caicos for a long weekend — Friday through Monday — as my prize for coming in second place in the Run For The Rabbit fundraising competition. Pretty sweet second place prize, right?
So really, you all helped make this trip happen, by supporting me and my fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and for that I am eternally, deeply grateful. Can you all fit into my suitcase? Because I’ll totally bring you along. Brian won’t mind, and I think we’ll have an awesome time.
I’m very much looking forward to a weekend away. I can’t wait to lay on my butt and do nothing. I’ll hopefully still run a bit — in a tank top! — while I’m there, but I definitely will not be blogging or checking email. It’s a vacation. No Internet allowed.
I’m thankful for glitter. It’s so sparkly!
I’m thankful for 2012. It’s a pretty good year so far. I get anxious that it will be impossible to top 2011, but we’ll see. I’m optimistic.
I’m thankful for glue sticks. So much cleaner and easier to use than that Elmer’s crap that makes a mess and then hardens on your fingertips. I hate that.
I’m thankful for this puppy picture:
Brian sent it to me with the subject line, “Planking for 5 minutes.” Apparently he thinks this is what I will be attempting with my “hold a plank for 5 minutes” New Year’s Resolution. That should be easy enough, right?
And with that big list of gratefulness, I’m off to a photo shoot (Knicks City Dancers!) and then hopefully hitting up a yoga class before I pack my bathing suit and jet off to the airport in the very early hours of the morning.
Have a wonderful weekend — talk to you on Tuesday!
SOME THANKFUL THOUGHTS BEFORE I GO, PLEASE: What are you thankful for today? Puppies? Ponies? Peonies? Pasta? Play-Doh? Privacy? Piracy? Pirates? Potato chips? Push-ups? (No, definitely not push-ups. I hate those awful things.) Pluto The Disney Dog? Pluto The Non Planet? Alliteration?