Thankful Things Thursday. So, let's get thankful.Happy Thursday everyone! You know what that means, of course... it's time for
1) Spending time with some family and friends this weekend pre- and post-race was amazing. So, while the time was brief I am thankful for family and friends. Two of my very dear friends are moving from Wisconsin to Ohio this summer so I was over the moon delighted to spend a little time with them before they leave. I have known them for over 10 years and while we don't talk every day when we do it seems like only minutes have passed since the last visit. Naturally I will miss them but wish them the best on their new adventure. Maybe my potential list of races can extend to Ohio?!?! Who knows!!
2) I'd forgotten to give Dan a map of the race on race morning and while he was planning on getting some shots from around the course he got a little turned around after the start of the race. Luckily he was able to find his way down to the finish area and I saw him standing there as I came around the last turn. Obviously I wish I had seen him while I was on the course seeing him near the finish was absolutely the push I needed to finish strong. So I'm thankful for those mishaps I guess!
3) I was also thankful for the serious burst of energy I got to push towards the finish line. I saw the clock and I knew I didn't have much distance left to cover and I ran. I remember thinking god my legs are moving so fast? Why are they moving so fast? HOW are they moving so fast? Turns out that last push ended up being in about an 8 minute mile pace - you know, for the tenth of a mile that I ran that fast!. The adrenaline you get from race day is amazing and I think that was where I got that last push to go faster.
4) After I caught my breath, grabbed a bite to eat and drink, Dan and I started walking backwards on the course so we could "meet" up with the half marathoners. I know this kept my muscles moving and I was happy about that because otherwise I probably would have cramped up. We ended up walking to a gas station so I could get something to drink. Luckily, they had good coffee because at that point my hands/fingers were really cold so it was nice to have a warm beverage to hold and to drink. The two french vanilla creamers (that I usually don't use because they are too many points, in my opinion) were awesome too and that was one of my splurges because 'I had just run a race'!
So, what are you thankful for this week? New shoes? Time with friends/family? Let's hear it!