Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is always a hard time of year for me for some pretty personal reasons. Often the holiday hits, and I find myself getting sad, worn out, and often sick. This year, besides being sick and sad, I realized how much I have to be thankful for.

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I have a husband, who despite the fact we don’t always seem to get along, has been there beside me for my whole weight loss, running, healthier lifestyle journey. He has been one of my biggest champions, and always tells me how proud he is of what I have accomplished.

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I have met some of the most amazing people through running, and now trail running that push me further, give me confidence that I can achieve things I never though possible, and make me jump out of my comfort zone with my eyes closed.

I have come to realize that running is not a solo sport, but a team sport where we all encourage and support each other in all we do. I am thankful to have these people in my life. I am beyond thankful for my amazing running partner and friend Kendall, who I swear will cause me to go broke and possibly die during a race. Here’s to an epic year of races and goal setting!!! I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.

My best friends Vicki and Sheri who have been there for so long that I don’t know what I would do without them.

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For my friends that listen when I bitch, and cheer me on with my successes. To the friend who pushes my buttons and brings out the competitive asshole in me, yeah I thank him as well. To my newfound friends from trails that agree to do beyond batshit crazy stuff with me, thank you. For the people who pace me at races, help give advice and who tell me I am stronger than I think I am. For those who say they will chase me during a race to make me run faster, and those who laugh and gasp as I tumble on my ass during a run, thank you.

My life has become richer having you all in it. A year ago, I wasn’t sure I could make it through my first 10k run, and now I am setting goals that I never even knew existed.

Happy Thanksgiving, I love you all!!

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