I am Thankful to be Running a Half-Marathon Tomorrow!

Everyone is doing this “What are you thankful for” thing on facebook for their status updates. The weird thing to me was that when it started going around, it said something like “it’ll get harder as you go along”. This is only for less than a month people are doing it. I believe that once you actively start being thankful for things, you find more and more to be thankful for.

I’m so thankful to be capable of running this half-marathon (we’ll see how well I do after tomorrow early in the morn!). I’m also thankful for being able to have the time to train for it (though I didn’t train as much as I’d wanted, I did a good job nonetheless). I’m thankful for motivation, inspiration, determination, and this goal. Thankful to my mother for her good example (she is over 50 and ran 50 miles recently!)

So much has happened in my life since I signed up to run the 1/2 marathon. Many difficult things (the most difficult was the diagnosis of my father with stage IV lung cancer) including a few funerals and some personal tough times. But, that said, the running has made me happier through it. It’s gotten me out of many a depressing day’s funk. And it’s made me feel better about myself. All of the stuff they say about it is true. And yes, it was rough at times, and it is tough on your body, but it’s wonderful.

I enjoyed picking up my race packet (I’m thankful that my mom and I figured that out this morning instead of forgetting to do that and showing up and not being able to race!!!), and I’m thankful to my good friend who went down there with me.

I could go on and on being thankful, also for the recent good news that my dad’s CT scan showed significant shrinkage in the cancerous nodules (woohoo!), but I need to get things in order and go to bed.

I just wanted to share how much I’m grateful for (thankful for a nice family dinner tonight), and how excited I am to be here, night before race day. I’m not too nervous, a little worried about getting to bed at a decent hour, but I’ma settle down to a nice movie and drink some sleepy tea.

Woohoo…it’s almost Thanksgiving. Did I forget to mention I’m very thankful that I’ll have a few days off of school soon?!?!?

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