This one is a little long…. But, there’s a lot to cover.
Another week of training is in the books! It was a successful week, although I didn’t hit every work out partly because of Thanksgiving. But, over the week I remembered to be thankful for all of the blessings in my life, including my ability to actually be a part of the IronTEAM and fundraise for LLS while I train.
Wednesday night I headed to the pool near my house to do more swim drills. I felt good in the pool both nights. Swimming seems to come a bit easier for me than running, so I don’t mind going.
I was going to get up early on Thanksgiving and go meet a couple of friends for a hike to the Nike Missile Site, but when the alarm went off I knew all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. So, I did, as I had a long day of Thanksgiving cooking ahead of me. We had a nice small Thanksgiving dinner, just my parents, younger sister, my new roommate and I. I successfully made a bunch of things (I usually do most, if not all the Thanksgiving cooking), including vegan chickpea stew for my mom and sister (I modified the recipe as I went and was a little nervous that I had messed it up, but it turned out well). We had a lot of other food too, including my extra special, famous around these parts, homemade cranberry sauce. Seriously, it’s kind of awesome (too bad I forgot to take a picture of it). I also made an apple and pumpkin pie, including crust from scratch.
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I’m supposed to run tonight, but my body is saying no. I was feeling okay this morning but I’m now feeling a little worse (headache, scratchy throat, super stuffy and a little fever) and think rest might be in order. Tomorrow I’m hoping to feel back to my normal self again.
While I am sick, and slightly irritated about it, I am incredibly thankful for all of the blessings in my life. Thanksgiving just reminds me that my life is good. While I am sometimes stressed, or have only a little money, or am frustrated with things, my life, overall, is pretty darn good. I have a roof over my head and food to eat. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends, who I would do anything for and I think would do the same for me. I have a sweet little dog that I love to pieces and who loves me unconditionally. I have good health and good times to make the hours tick by. I have a job I enjoy and passions that keep me going. For all of these things I am so incredibly grateful. And for all of these reasons I will continue to fight for a cure. There are a lot of people out there who are struggling in one way or another and I know that my fundraising with LLS will help lead to better treatments for, and eventually a cure for blood cancer. This is how I show my thankfulness and appreciation for life, by doing what I can to help others.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and took the time to appreciate all the good things in your life.
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