I thought I did this every year but when I looked through my blog posts, it seemed that the last one was in 2012.
So I am overdue.
I am, of course, thankful to (in no particular order):
- my hubby
- my kitties
- my former co-workers
- my running partners in crime
- my mah jongg friends
- my tennis buddies
- my health
- all those folks who have passed through my life (high school and college friends)
- my ex-in-laws
and more that I don’t have time to list (Since I am at work).
So why am I thankful to running?
- for how much healthier I am
I hardly even get sick. It’s very rare that I even get a cold. (knock on wood) If I ever feel rundown or tired, I just go for a run and that feeling disappears. Running is my Energy/Vitamin source.
- for how much younger I feel.
This may sound corny but I sometimes forget that I am 64 years old when I am running. I often run faster than runners half my age. And often slower than runners older than me. So I guess Running is my fountain of youth.
- for how many awesome people I have met since I started running.
I have met them by joining running groups, at races, through social networking and through other runners. In other words, Running has become part of my Social Life.
- for how confident it has made me feel.
I am not athletic. I never played a sport growing up. In fact, I am very clumsy. Imagine my surprise when I won my first age group. I tell people that I am not fast but it depends who shows up at a race. My speed is not bad “for my age.” Running has filled my empty Trophy Case.
- for the places running has taken me.
Yes, all my vacations involve races. As a result, I have traveled to Philly, Palm Springs, Las Vegas and more!! Running is actually my Travel Agent.
- for the strength it has given me.
I have done things that I never thought possible. Run 13.1 miles? Who me?
I have been able to push through pain and not give up on things that seemed too hard. Yes to running through injuries, hills, running in the rain, heat and sub zero temps. Running is my Kryptonite.
- for getting me outdoors.
I am sure that if I weren’t a runner, I would read more, watch TV more maybe even cook or clean more often.
But it’s running that drives me out of my house early on the weekend mornings and out of my office at the end of a long work day. Running is my Vitamin D.
So I’ll end with the following in addition to my wish to all those reading this post to have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving (and fun Turkey Trot so you are so inclined):
This Wednesday, I am joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup.
Happy Running! How are you thankful for running? Are you running a Turkey Trot?
Yes, I plan to run a turkey trot. ONE turkey trot, LOL — I barely have time for that!
Oddly enough, though, my rundown feelings tend to come from training hard, but I’ve learned to listen to my body and *mostly* skip runs when I need to (or shorten them up, like recently — probably wouldn’t have happened if I were training for something).
Everybody’s body reacts differently. And I don’t ever feel like I am ever training hard and don’t go for PRs. Maybe that’s why. Who knows? But you are smart to listen to your body rather than getting hurt or sick.
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Sometimes I feel rundown, but if I take the appropriate rest, I rarely get sick. Now I don’t want to jinx myself . . .
The friends both virtual and in real life that I have met through running could be the best reward of all! Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
I love how you say running is your travel agent 😉
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You are amazing! I love that you forget your age 🙂
and you included the ex in-laws on the thankful list LOL
Not my ex-husband. Lol.
There was a 60 year old in today’s 10k that finished in 48 min and. 72 year old lady that finished in 55 min. I felt slow. Speed is relative.
You are just amazing! Keep on inspiring. Happy Thanksgiving!
You are the inspirational one. You never give up! Happy holidays to you and your family!!