Monday Thursday guys! I hope you all had a fantastic week end! I have no idea how the week got away from me ” I meant to post this on Monday! Ooops!
I had a great weekend with lots to be thankful for. I ‘m thankful for the gorgeous weather Saturday morning that allowed me to run 18k (11.25 miles) while the world was still rubbing their eyes and trying to make coffee. This was the last super long run before my half marathon in 2 weeks from now. I ‘m thankful that I had the opportunity to take my youngest daughter to parent-n-tot gymnastics, even if it was immediately after my run (our family had to divide and conquer ” hubby took the big girls to hockey while I was at gymnastics with Amber). I enjoyed the time with Amber, even though it probably was the most painful parent-n-tot gymnastics class I have ever gone to (I got stuck in the foam pit because there was absolutely no power in my body left to pull myself out after the run I did).
I ‘m also thankful for my friend Laura for coming shopping with me on Sunday. She helped me to start my Christmas shopping (I picked up an AWESOME gift for my mom), and I ‘m super thankful that Laura has offered to take Amber to her gymnastics class in two weeks from now so that I can run the half marathon I registered for with our other friend Juliette. (You all may remember me trying to come up with an alternate plan for the half marathon last week.) This means that the Fitness Cheerleader Fall Classic Half Marathon is cancelled, and the Mountain Equipment Co-Op Half Marathon is on like Donkey Kong! Yay! I ‘m so excited because this means my friend Juliette will be running her first (of hopefully many) half marathons.
When I watch TV I realise that there is so much pain and suffering in this world ” so I want to take this week, the week of THANKSGIVING here in Canada, to be thankful every day.
Thanksgiving is on Monday, and it’s my favourite holiday of the year ” far better than Christmas because the focus is on being thankful ” there are no gifts, there is no trying to one up each other, there’s no whining about what Santa did or didn ‘t bring etc. Thanksgiving is all about being with friends and family and enjoying fall harvest vegetables ” giving thanks to the land for giving us food.
When it comes right down to it, my issues with trying to find time to exercise and eat right while balancing family time and work seem so trivial compared to the issues families in other parts of the world, or even what some families in my own backyard have to deal with each day. Reflecting on the world makes me realise that struggling with the motivation to be active may actually be a nice Ã…”problem Ã‚Â (for lack of a better term) to have.
I ‘m thankful to have the freedom to workout:
Monday: Lunch spinning class (done)
Tuesday: 8k run (Had a FANTASTIC run ” my legs were ready to run!)
Wednesday: BodyPump ” lifted more with every muscle group!
Thursday: 8k run
Friday: BodySculpt (doing weights twice a week is really starting to bring me results ” running faster, and feeling stronger).
Sunday: 14k run (?) My half marathon is a week away so I ‘m not sure how far I should run.
I ‘m thankful for my body and plan on treating it well:
(Wearing my 2008 New York City Marathon shirt)