I did it last year and I’m stoked to make another round for what I’m thankful for in 2010. Though not too many things have changed this year, I’m still super thankful for tons of things in my life. I still love the Half Marathon distance (excited to run another one the day after Christmas!!) and I’m excited to share 13.1 things I’m most thankful for this year! Cliche, yes, entertaining, maybe, better than last year? I’ll try! Every day when I wake up and shake out these 25 year old legs and open my eyes I realize that a new day has dawned and I’ve made it! I try to live every day to it’s fullest and without breath in my lungs it just wouldn’t be the same. I’m thankful for the chance to live each day to its maximum potential and am grateful that I have that opportunity to start fresh each day. What else am I thankful for? There are so many things to list but check out the 13.1 things I’ve got down below!
1. It pretty much goes without saying, but I’m so thankful for the fact that I’m alive. I can wake up every day and do what I want and I’m so grateful for the freedom that I have living in this country. Life is so short and I’m glad I’m constantly free to do what I want and when I want. I’m thankful for my safety and the free choices I can make. Thank you to the troops who make this a reality daily, and I never worry about my daily life.
2. I am so thankful for my friends that I have met online! Crazy, I know but they are some of the nicest and most encouraging people ever! Every time someone comes up to me at an Expo or at an event it means so much to me! I love meeting new people and everyone is so nice and genuine. Surprising, and kind of weird, but so glad that they have come into my life in so many different ways. I am so encouraged and inspired by so many people out there.
2. I am SO thankful for my roommate Shea! Without her, I wouldn’t be as happy or in such a great place in my life today. She encourages me, loves me and makes me laugh SO hard. With our move to a new location this year, we have only bonded more and I’m glad she’s been one of my best friends for more than 10 years! I can always count on her for some delicious junk food splurges and a trip to get a slurpee. :) She has introduced me to some great people who I also consider friends and it means so much to me! Her family treats me like their own and I love spending time with them.
3. I am thankful for my family. My little brother, who has the craziest stories ever and constantly entertains me and loves me. My cousins who are like sisters to me. It’s such a fun dynamic when we all get the chance to get together and I’m grateful for all of them!
4. I’m so thankful for the chance I get to run. I can walk, I can run, I get to work out and have fun while doing it. I’m so grateful for the chance of movement and the ability to work out and go to the YMCA and enjoy it there! I love working out and it’s well known that by working out you release endorphins and endorphins make you happy, right?! :)
5. I am so thankful for FOOD! I LOVE EATING! I can’t even put into words how much I love it and mmmmm delicious! So today, after I get off work, you know I’ll be grubbin’ on potatoes! Yum-skiddie-umptious!
6.I love my job. Seriously. Love. May be the craziest, busiest, weirdest job ever but dang. I’m just a happy little clam there. So much fun with my co-workers, aka, ‘the family’. Working 60 hours straight, crying between the portapotties and the dumpsters, picking up endless trash and the laughing was never something I thought would be my job, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even when I work longer hours than I ever thought was possible doing the most random things possible, like getting yelled at Thanksgiving morning by crazy runners.
7. I’m thankful for forgiveness. Every day when I wake up and have my fresh slate, I’m glad that I believe in Christ and my sins are washed free. I’m glad the people around me and love me enough to forgive me. I am thankful for God for always being there for me throughout my life because he’s shaped me to the person I am today by giving me struggles that made me a much stronger person.
8. I’m so thankful for new friends and old friends! They continue to make my life what it is today and help me enjoy everything throughout my life. Dinners, laughs, running and just being the listening ear, is pretty much all I could ever ask for. Thank you!
9. I’m thankful for volunteers. Seriously. At work you make my life so much better. Thank you for volunteering.
10. I am thankful for inspiration! So many stories and people inspire me and just learning more about these people make every day more interesting and make me want to challenge myself more. It’s so exciting to see more and more people doing such amazing things.
11. I’m so thankful for living in such a great area where I can ride my bike, enjoy the warm weather (most of the time) run freely and have many different areas to visit from the beach to the mountains! I am so excited to do some of this again this year!
12. I am thankful for running clothes, supplex and capris. I have been living in work out clothes lately and man, they are the BEST. I am so thankful for all the advances in running clothes, chafing is sometimes rare, my shoes work out great now and I love, love, love wearing my running clothes, everywhere.
13. I am thankful for races where I can run! Even though I’m now on the opposite side of the spectrum, I’m so thankful for those races that I can run and still have fun and not worry about anything. With my job, I know I can’t run any of the races we put on, but I’m so thankful for Race Directors, Event Staff, Security and everything else that goes into a race now, especially when I have nothing to worry about.
.1. Same as last year, I know this is the most important part of a half marathon, because this is the part of the race that takes you to the finish line! If you didn’t run the last .1 you wouldn’t run a half marathon, it’d just be another training run. I am so thankful for the person my mom was and who she helped me become. Even though she isn’t here with me today I know she would be so proud of me and loves me so much. As I grow ‘older’, I realize more and more how great of a person she was and how she helped me in so many different and incredible ways. Looking back on something you lost really makes you realize how special your time with them was. I am so glad she was a part of my life and am thankful for the strong willed person she helped me become.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!