6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A TALL dose of Thanks

I have been feeling a little defeated lately, I was on business travel working 16-18 hour days making it difficult to fit in running, followed by cramping and swollen legs and today I caught the Little Stud's cold.. WTH!!

Just when I start to get down I realize that in the grand scheme of things Life is great.. So I am a little off my schedule, and feeling uneasy, I control my reactions to things. This time of year is WONDERFUL because people take the time to reflect on the people and things which they are most Thankful for...

This Year I am Thankful for....
  • My Husband and his continual support and love. My marriage brings me more happiness that I ever thought was possible.

  • Little Stud #1 and his excitement and joy for all things.

  • Little Stud #2 for keeping us on our toes and testing the limits with a dimpled smile.

  • Having Tall Grandma and Tall Sister close by so we can share family meals. Making it through our first year without Dad was not easy, but we did it together. Family support means the world to me.

  • Taking the time to Remember those I have lost and feeling their spirit still with me.

  • Running and this Blog for all the opportunities I have been given.

  • Nuun for making my Hood to Coast idea a reality.

  • All the WONDERFUL friends I have made through Blogging, many of whom I got to meet in real life at HTC, RNR Seattle, Boston and other FUN events this year!!

  • Close friends who let me vent and love me anyway- you know who YOU are...

  • My Big Girl job, the stability of income so Muscle Man can stay home and the travel opportunities I have had this year.

  • The Boston Marathon for teaching me that dreams do come true, but do not always play out as we had imagined.

  • My Local (and sorta local) Running pals Jess, Kerrie, Chelsea, Jill, Zoe, Tiffany, Kim, Stacie, Harmony, Track Coach and Adorable Wife, Tink, Janna, Tammy, etc..I am probably forgetting someone :(

  • Coffee-Hehehe makes my daily 1 hour each way commute almost tolerable

  • Advances in Medicine- this year I have had friends with premature babies, various forms of cancer, and with children who have been diagnosed with diseases...I am continually thankful that we live in a place where we can be diagnosed and treated.

  • Compression socks for keeping my calves alive during long training weeks.

  • And all of YOU for your continual support and amazing comments. I know that I don't make it around to "meet" many of you but know that I read each comment and am truly touched by the kindness of strangers.
That is what I am THANKFUL for... What about you??

PS.. Hint.. by Commenting on this post you will earn a free entry in the upcoming Giveaway :)

50 comments:

TX Runner Mom said...

I also have so much to be thankful for, thanks for reminding me of that!

Jamie said...

I'm thankful for my husband, our pets, the ability to run (even though I'm injured), vacation, etc. You can actually check out my newest post (coming soon) that talks all about what I'm thankful for!

Marlene said...

Great feel-good post, it's impossible not to smile reading that!

I'm thankful for so many things... let's start with: technology! I am amazed at the friendships and connections I have made, and all of the wonderful tools I have access to. Blows my mind sometimes!!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I just posted it on my blog yesterday, but this year I am most thankful for taking the leap to officially start coaching... the 16 people I coach are the most amazing, inspiring, motivating group EVER, and I love them!

Run with Jess said...

I'm thankful for my health which keeps me going... and going... and going!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I'm probably most thankful for J. He gave me three beautiful daughters, a stable home and the ability to be exactly who I what to be. He supports me and my dreams regardless. I couldn't be more blessed.

Alisen said...

I am so thankful for grandparents! We see our families about once a month and it is so nice to have built in babysitters :P

Holly said...

I'm thankful for my little family. While the girls do drive me crazy I wouldn't trade them for the world. My hubby is always a silly goofer and helps out soo much!

Rena said...

I'm thankful that despite a busy school schedule, this year I was actually able to stick to exercising regularly. Most times, I would fizz out after the first week of school.

Mary said...

I am thankful for a full year with my healthy baby girl. For a very healthy second pregnancy for my best friend.
I am thankful for everything my husband does to support our family so I can be home.
I am thankful for pedicures.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

What a great post. Way to put it all in perspective!

I'm thankful for getting to see my running buddies in December at the 5k. Can not wait.

Amy said...

I am thankful for so much! Today I am thankful for the sunshine and above 0C temperatures. I am thankful for a warm fireplace for when the temperature dips lower.

Michelle said...

Thank you for this! I have just been given some pretty bad news and instead of dwelling on it I will chose to concentrate on what I DO have control over!

Tricia said...

I am thankful for my husband and child.Most especially I am thankful for my kiddo's health, we had a few scares this year, they were a great reminder that ones health isn't something to take for granted.

:) I'm thankful for your nuun HTC idea too :)

talso66 said...

I am thankful to have discovered your blog! Keep up the good work! Maybe one day we will cross paths. Let me know if you ever run in the south!

swyers said...

I am thankful for my hubby and my little girl, I love them so much. I am also thankful to Tall Mom and Marlene for introducing me to the 1000 mile challenge - and "aspiring to inspire" and helping to set amazing fitness goals.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Thats quite a list Tall Coach! so thankful for you and our friendship!

fancy nancy said...

This list says so much! I tend to sweat the small stuff but I am thankful that that is all I have to sweat...healthy family is all I need! The rest is small stuff!

Elisa Seaba said...

i just wrote a "thankful" post on my blog today as well that i was reminded of during my run yesterday. i am thankful for the physical health given to me to be able to run! I'm thankful that i have stayed healthy and injury free while training for the marathon i plan to run on Dec 3rd! My first full since kids!! yay!! :)

Cat B. said...

I'm thankful that I have two beautiful girls that have caught the running bug at such a young age. I wasn't introduced to running until my late twenty's. I'm glad I can change that for my kids.

bobbi said...

I am thankful for my family. And coffee. And I'm also thankful for a certain blogger who put a challenge of a 1000 miles out there way back when who's kept me runnning even after racing season is long gone...

Hope you're well :)

runningforthree said...

I completely agree. We control our reactions to things. Life can get tough sometimes, but focusing on the good stuff can make the hard parts seem much smaller.
Great post.
I'm thankful for my family and friends, my new found love of running, and my health!

Elizabeth said...

I am incredibly thankful for my family, friends, the wonderful man in my life, my health, my job and my running shoes. :)

Rebecca said...

I am thankful for my health and having great people in my life.

Chris said...

I am thankful for my perfectly imperfect family, my friends who love me no matter what, that I found a bff/running partner this year, that I can run and I actually enjoy it, and that I am cancer-free for 8 years.

Marti Messner Family said...

I also have a lot things to be thankful for and one is your blog. I do not know you but live in the northwest and love reading about your local runs! Thank you!

Meg O @watchmegorun said...

aww love this! one of the many things I'm thankful for? meeting you! *hugs* and happy thanksgiving!

Gwen said...

Thankful for the bumps in the road that makes us stronger!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Lisa said...

What a great list of things to be thankful for! I have a lot to be thankful for as well, like my family and friends, that I've had the opportunity to do a good amount of traveling this year (and got to meet you!), and simply that I have a home, a warm bed, and plenty of food to eat each day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Darlene said...

my hubby, my cats, my friends, my job, my health

Hannah said...

my fiance, my friends, my health, my free time!

Lala Mama said...

Thankful for my hubby, for his love and support, and esp for donating his kidney to me.

Thankful for my daughter, for her enthusiasm for life and for her caring heart.

Thankful for my transplant clinic for my kidney transplant and their support.

Thankful for a running community, on- and off-line, for meeting the most positive, supportive, enthusiastic people around!

The Mommy Miles said...

I am thankful for my fam, my friends, and the journey we call " life"

Marissa said...

SO much to be thankful for...you are truly blessed :)

Ah, I'm thankful for SO much! My husband, kids, family, friends, our health and my ability to have overcome an unhealthy lifestyle, only to exchange it for a healthy lifestyle where I can help others do the same!!!

Oh and thankful for BLOGGY FRIENDS LIKE YOU, who motivates me every day!

Sue's Ramblings said...

I'm thankful for being here, in this moment, at this time, being present.

Lots of love,
Sue

Karien said...

I'm SO thankful for my amazing hubby and our beautiful baby girl that's on the way!

Staci said...

What a great list!
Today I am grateful for another day to play.

Beth S. said...

I am thankful for so many things, too many to list... But I will definitely say that friends and family are at the top of my list. And I have learned through injury to be thankful for the fact that I am able to run and do other active things.

~K~ said...

what a great list! I'm reading a non-fiction book right now that i'm pretty sure is going to end with the little boy still paralyzed and in a wheelchair...i'm so thankful to be able to move and run and thankful my children can too!

happybzymama said...

Mel, this year I am thankful for so many things. But I do want you to know that although we have never met.. I feel like I know you. I am new to your 1000+ mile challenge this year, and while I probably will not make it to 1000 miles this year, I am so happy to say that I have run more miles this year than any other time in my life. I am new to running (in the last year) and feel so inspired by you and your efforts.. not to mentioned the hundreds of other folks that are participating in the challenge.

So HAPPY THANKSGIVING and please know that you have inspired me..

God bless!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

So completely, utterly, absolutely THANKFUL for YOU! Thank you for being my rock Mel!! =)

runninglibrarian.com said...

I'm thankful I found your blog today. I will be following now. Also thankful for family, friends, running, job, health...

moonsword said...

I'm thankful that the people I love dearly are still with me and for the world's most kind and supportive partner...cheers!

carrie said...

I am thankful for my family (Husband and two active boys ages 5 & 7) AND the ability to run!!!!

christa said...

I'm thankful for my health, my family, my wonderful husband, our friends, the cutest nephew ever. I am thankful we were able to take our first "real" vacation, (more than one state away) this past week. I am thankful for the mild weather we've had this fall in New England. I am thankful that I can run, 4 days in the hospital this summer with a blood clot caused me to have doubts.

Penny said...

I'm Thankful for my hubby and 2 boys.
Thankful for my good health and my families health.
Thankful that I'm able to keep on running even when it is getting colder outside.

DEM said...

I am thankful that my grandma pulled through and overcame life threatening blood clots this past week, and is on the mend.

Runnermom.Judy said...

I am thankful for my health. Never take a day that you are able to run for granted.

Kadie @ There She Runs said...

I am thankful for the wonderful life I have been blessed with! What I have been given is far more than I deserve or thought I would ever achieve!

xo Kristin said...

I am thankful for all of my supporting friends and family, and most importantly my health that allows me to run and do the things I enjoy.