Friday, November 28, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

The Space Coast Marathon is right around the corner! Truth be told, I'm feeling pretty good. Despite having to take almost a full week off due to illness and not running a long run in about two weeks, I feel a sense of quiet certainty that I will cross that finish line. My goals (which I've kept private) have changed a bit due to my sickness and the weather, but I absolutely know I'll be a marathoner come Sunday.
This Thanksgiving, I'm giving thanks for the amazing, unconditional support of my family and friends as I tackled training. They have had to sacrifice right along with me, and they did it without grumbling or whining. (I think I backed out of plans approximately 100 times during this training cycle and everyone was incredibly understanding.)
Social life? What social life? If you don't run, I probably didn't spend much time free with you over the last few months.
 I'm grateful for the roof over my head and the pillow beneath it. I'm grateful for my job, my students, and my colleagues. I'm grateful for my health; I'm particularly grateful that this damned cold is finally gone.

I'm grateful for my legs.

You all have probably seen this amazing video making its rounds on the internet this week. If not, take the time to watch it. It's worth it.
(Full story here.)
Things like this remind me that I ought to work on my gratitude. I'm not a natural runner, and I do have things working against me, but I'm not overcoming anything as debilitating as MS. Not even close.

I love when ESPN focuses on uplifting, motivating, beating-the-odds videos for any sport, but especially running. Today, I'm asking that if you have a favorite motivating video that comes to mind, you drop a link in the comments.

I'm looking forward to watching them Saturday evening!
What are you thankful for this year?


  1. I will share this one with you... you probably saw it before but I think it is hilarious! :)

  2. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Ali and am glad to hear you're feeling better! :)

    Just a couple of days to go until you're a marathoner the highs (and soreness, haha) that come with running 26.2!!!!

  3. I love the video about Kayla - it is definitely inspirational and makes me feel much less upset about asthma. I might have an attack in almost every XC meet, but at least it isn't something that will confine me to a wheelchair when I am older.

    You will absolutely rock your marathon!

  4. Your marathon is soooo close!!!! I will be thinking of you for sure! You have the right attitude now you just have to go do the work. :) Good Luck!

  5. Good luck tomorrow! You've got the right attitude - trust in your training!

    Thanks for sharing the inspiring video.