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10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Running

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Running

1. It makes my legs strong and muscular. I may not squat heavy weights like I used to, but my legs still look like I do. My stems can carry me up mountains and through many miles without complaining one bit. Except for the occasional injury, but we won’t think about that right now.

2. It gets me outside. The more time I’m outside being active, the more sane I am. I love to see the world around me on a run. Whether it’s a sunrise, the fall leaves, the ocean, or cute little neighborhoods, it’s all better while seen on my run.

3. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. To hear a non-runner exclaim, “You ran how many miles???” always makes me stand up a little taller. Yeah I did that. And I’ll probably run farther tomorrow.

4. It keeps me focused. When I don’t run, I’m distracted. I forget to pick up my kids from school. With it, I can sort, plan and just think out any problem. I may not always have the solution, but at least I can quiet the other noise in my head and focus.

5. New shoes, clothes and gear. No explanation needed, right?

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6. It’s always there. I can run anywhere, anytime. It’s never closed. I don’t need a membership card.

7. It’s opened up new opportunities. Did I ever think that I would be running the Honolulu Marathon? Or running the Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield in 2015? A far fetched dream that is now becoming a reality.

8. It makes me feel alive. The moment in a 5k when every muscle in your body is burning, pleading for you to stop. The moment when your lungs are screaming as you run up, what seems like, the 10,000 hill repeat. The moment when you are so drenched in sweat from a run that it looks like you went swimming. My body is functioning and healthy. That’s when I feel the most alive.

9. It’s taught me life lessons. Set goals, work hard, dedication, persistence, patience – you get what you put in. It’s that simple.

10. It’s brought new friends to my life. In the past year or so, I’ve been blessed to have found some really great running friends. Our runs have been a time to get together, chat nonstop, laugh and just sweat it out. There really is nothing better than bonding over a run.

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I’m also thankful for each and every one of you! I can not thank you enough for being a part of my little section of the internet. I appreciate it!

I’m planning on taking the rest of the week off to spend some time with the family. Next week I’ve got the ultimate gift guide for runner’s that includes some pretty sweet prizes. You won’t want to miss that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

High Five Friday

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1. Fall splendor. I’m holding on to this vision for the next 6 months when everything goes dark and blah. And white.

2. Good ol’ wheel pose. So thankful my back is feeling better than ever.

3. Monster walks are back in my life. After having a physical therapy evaluation earlier this week (to get to the root of why I got Achilles tendinopathy in the first place), it was quite evident that my balance is off and my hips are weakened (again). And I thought I was being so good with all my other exercises.

4. Sunset. It’s beautiful but why does it have to be at 4:15 p.m.?

5. Pineapple, black beans, roasted butternut squash and corn on top of quinoa. Random but a delicious dinner.

5 Things

1. Dear Daughter – I love this piece from a dad to his daughter about life lessons learned from losing weight and running. I say it to anyone and everyone – running is SO much more than exercise.

2. Is it better to run for time or miles? – This question came up in our small group activities during RRCA Running Coach certification in June. I prefer miles, but a lot of my team liked prescribing time. Our coach for Boston is also using time. What do you prefer?

3. Building Her Own Running Team -  Of course, I want my kids to run, but forcing them isn’t going to make anyone happy. I’m following Amanda’s advice for getting my fleet of runners. BTW – super exciting to see Amanda on Zelle!

4. Do You Get What I’m Saying? – Thanksgiving is next week which means you may be around more family members than usual. Before you start chattering to Uncle Ned about running, make sure you print this handy guide out for him.

5. The Toughest Race I’ve Ever Run – My latest post for Competitor Magazine relives my horrible first marathon. You would think I’d never want to run that distance again. But actually, it’s fueled my desire to get back into the pain cave. I’m not letting it beat me. Now if I can just stay healthy enough to run another.

What would you like to high 5 today?

What has been the toughest race you’ve ever run?