A week before Thanksgiving (and a lil' half-marathon that I'm racing), I have plenty to be thankful for. Sometimes I gripe and complain about this and that--I am human after all--but I pretty pleased with the turn of events this week.
1. Running: 10 miles at a
sub 8:00 pace felt surprisingly easy on Tuesday. I did an easy 3 on the
treadmill yesterday morning where I forced myself into 9:00 pace. The 5
easy miles today on the Greenway? I felt super relaxed and virtually no
extra effort on this progressive run. The only time I was panting a
bit was on the final half mile where I just cut myself loose. 8:08,
8:04, 8:01, 7:52, 7:33. There was a runner ahead of me for the first
2.2 miles and he held a beautiful 8:00 cadence. I totally cheesed off
of his pacing skills and gave him about 1/10th mile worth of room so I
didn't seem like a creepster. So I feel good about the race next week.
If if I don't feel 100% on race day, I still know I have it in me to
run a decent race. Plus, the lack of pressure I'm attempting to keep
off of the race might actually make it really, really fun!!
Work: I started my new gig in September and so far, it's been
everything I wanted it to be. Aside from the annoying part of being the
newbie and not knowing everything like I did at WS, I am
actually getting to enjoy my life! I work a 40ish hour workweek. I get
to see my husband for dinner nearly every single night. I have a few
more pennies in my pocket. My boss's boss actually believes in me and
my success. And I received more good news this week when I discovered
that we will not be doing anything super crazy for Black Friday or the
holiday hours in general. I won't be getting up at 4:30am to get to
work by 6am. I won't be working 12 hour days sandwiched in between a 1
1/2-2 hour commute. This quality of life thing rocks!!!!!
3. 2013: I love, love, love the anticipation of things to come. I have marathon #5 scheduled for March.
We have our cruise to look forward to in April with friends and my
siblings. We are tentatively planning a special trip for our 5 year
anniversary (Hawaii??!) with a possible layover in Vegas to have Elvis
renew our vows. It's a little ridiculous and may not happen, but a
girl's gotta dream, right? As for the rest of 2013, I think there might
be some other awesome stuff thrown in there...just not quite sure what
else. I'll just keep dreaming big for now!