I am always appreciative and thankful for what I have, but I don't think I think about it as often as I could, or should. My Health, being right up there with Family and Friends, I am always grateful for. I sometimes see a man in my neighbourhood in his wheelchair taking his dog out for a walk. He always looks so happy and usually when I see him I'm exhausted on my run and wishing for it to be over. Then I stop and think for a second about how serious and intense I feel in that moment and how I should just enjoy being able to lace up and run.
I promised myself and my husband that I would appreciate the little things, as well as the big things, when I made it home, unharmed, following the Boston Marathon this year. And even with a life-changing experience like the bombings, you sometimes get caught up in the rigours of day to day life and forget to notice the little things. So for the little things, I am also Thankful. :)
And how could I not be thankful for THIS face? <3
Who doesn't love Saturdays!?!? I started off the day with a nice 4 mile scheduled run that somehow turned into 4.4 miles. Math is clearly not my strong side! Just kidding: This happened because I wanted to see the beautiful lake on my run, which led me to run 0.4 miles over schedule.
a crisp and clear 4.4 miles on the trail
7:51 Avg. pace/mile
Post-run I headed over to the Organic Market to stock up on Beet Juice. :0 Followed by a trip to the Running Room to get my supply of Gu for the Marathon.
I found the 'Beet It' brand at another Market and couldn't help but notice this label that would have prevented my last week freak-out regarding pink urine! LOL. Let's be honest. You now totally want to try Beet Juice just to have pink urine too. Don't you? ;)
Hello! Salted Caramel Gu???? :D Day Made!!!
And what would Saturday be without a latte? Just another thing to be thankful for. :)
So it's Valley Harvest day! I've run this race since 2009 faithfully, except for this year. Reason being that the PEI Marathon is in 7 days!!! Yes, that soon. Last year I ran the 10k as a tune up race for the upcoming Moncton Marathon and I've also done the half there twice as well as the full marathon 1 time. It is always beautiful and well-organized.
Today I got to go and cheer on runners and see the whole experience from the spectator side. Even though I had no stress of toeing the start line, the race buzz pre-start was enough to give me the butterflies.
Yes, the 50k is on my bucket list. ;) Someday.
The finish of the Valley Harvest is super cool since you get to run 3/4 of a lap around the Acadia University track. Talk about glory lap! ;)
I was totally exhausted, and chilled, when I got home. Oh yeah, I had to do my own run for the day after all that cheering. :S
I headed out the door after lunch for my 8 miler. I thought I'd be cold so I layered up and wore gloves. The gloves came off 3 miles in and the long sleeve came off at 4.5 miles. I love how I won't even stop to peel off a layer, even if it means nearly face planting myself on the sidewalk by the Coke Plant. FYI: running while trying to remove a shirt is super dangerous. Do not try it at home! ;)
If you haven't tried the nuun tablets in your on-the-run water yet, try the Cherry Limeade. It's totally awesome and my favourite thus far. :)
1 hr 4 min
7:48 Avg. pace/mile
I hope you've had an excellent Thanksgiving weekend and aren't too sleepy from all the Tryptophan. ;)
What are you thankful for?
Are you having Turkey this weekend?
Did you run at the Valley?