Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Seven Things Tuesday: What I'm Thankful For

It's Seven Things Tuesday and since Thanksgiving is this week I figured I would post about what I am thankful for this year.

My Family

I am thankful for my "family". To me family doesn't just mean those people who you are related to by blood. It also encompasses those people in your life who have taken the time to get to know you and accept you for who you are no matter how different you are from them.

Some of my "family"

We do crazy things like make a Yankee Stadium groom's cake

These amazing girls accept me for who I am and for that I am grateful. We are different in many ways and the same in others and when we are together our religion or lack thereof, political views, opinions and beliefs are accepted without judgment. Sometimes their acceptance means more to me than my own family's, since they don't have to put up with me!

Of course, I am thankful for my actual family too!

Mike, my brother Justin, me before Justin's graduation

My parents with Bernie, the Lighthouse Dog

Mike's parents in Maine (there is a lighthouse in the background)


As much as I love my job, I love vacation more! I am lucky enough to be able to take vacation during the weeks that the college is on break. Since we are still a quarter system school until 2013, don't even get me started on changing to semesters ugh, last week was finals week and this week is break week. I took Monday through Wednesday off and I have been enjoying spending a little more time with Mike. We were able to clean the house yesterday, go Christmas shopping today and spend some time relaxing.


This may seem odd, but I'm thankful for being injured. No, not because I get to sit around and do nothing. I'm thankful for being injured because it reminded me to take it easy every once in awhile and appreciate the fact that I can run. I don't want to jeopardize my running future by doing too much too soon, so I'm thankful that my injuries have taught me to slow down. As a quote that I saw somewhere online says, "running is a privilege". So true.

My friend, the cold-hot pack

Because of my injury I have been thinking about my next training plan and I know that one main thing for me will be more variety. As they say, variety is the spice of life, right? I will still run 3-4 days a week, but I am also going to be doing an indoor cycling class. I think it is sort of like spinning, but for beginners. Another addition to my training will be the Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred Challenge during the month of December.

Mike and I will start doing some weight lifting and swimming throughout the winter. Then in early spring we will start biking, we have to get ready for our future triathlons!

The Running/Blogging Community

Without this amazing community I wouldn't have the opportunity to participate in the Pile on the Miles Challenge and the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (by the way, Bernie and I walked 2 more miles today!)

I also signed up for some pretty awesome virtual races, the Jingle Bell Hell Run and the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K.

In addition to all of these great opportunities to come together as a community, I am thankful for all of you who comment on and follow my blog!


I'm thankful for the opportunities that I have had to race in the last 7 months.

Half Marathon love

The 2011 race season is almost over, with the It's a Wonderful Run 5K as our last race this year.

I'm not sure what the beginning of 2012 will look like, but I am so excited about the spring, summer and fall! We have already committed to the Seneca7 77.7 mile relay and the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon but those are just two of the races we plan on doing. We are also planning on registering for the Cleveland Marathon (Half Marathon) and the Wineglass Marathon, I can't wait!

There will definitely be other races and triathlons on our 2012 race calendar, but these are the big races we are going to do.

Running Gear

I have been able to figure out what gear I love and I am so thankful for all of it! Having the right gear (for you) makes training, racing and recovering that much more enjoyable.

Here are a few things that I love!

Compression socks

This needs no explanation

The stick

Clif Shot Energy Gel

Running clothes

The Future

Even though I have no idea what our future holds, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to find out! Whether it be buying another house, having kids (not so sure on this one quite yet), adopting more pets, running a marathon or competing in an Ironman, I know that I will be happy with whatever happens because I will experience it all with Mike by my side. What more could I ask for?

Ryan T. Collier photo, slightly edited by me

What are you thankful for this year?


  1. Aww. This post made me warm and fuzzy inside. I'm thankful for a lot of things. I will probably post on thankful things sometime this week. But one thing is the ability to run. You're right, it is a privilege and I shouldn't just take it for granted.

  2. I'm thankful for being healthy enough to run and workout, soon swim! :) I'm also so thankful for my family who I <3 so much!