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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thankful Things Thursday: Miles of smiles

Since I was completely wrapped up in my own pity party last week and didn't post a Thankful Things Thursday AND because Mom called me out on it I figured I'd better get a jump start this week so I started making a list of things earlier this week.  So, let's put on our thankful pants (or dress if you're following #dressweek on Twitter!) and get this party started.

The first thing I am thankful for is being able to have high mileage weeks.  Last week I made a new personal high of 26 miles.  In reading other blogs that seems super low but for the last several weeks my miles have really hovered around the 14-16 miles per week so this was big!

One of the reasons that my mileage was so high was due to the fact that I tried biking for the first time in probably 20 years.  I mean actual outside biking not stationary biking in the gym.  I've been thinking about hopping on a bike (though I don't own one yet) for several weeks to give my knees and ankles a little break from running.  With the heat/humidity that we had over the weekend this seemed like the perfect time to start looking to buy a bike.  After we hit up a local BBQ contest on Saturday we stopped by a bike shop and I test drove a nice bike.  However, my knee was bothering me.  A lot.  So much so that I wasn't sure I now wanted to spend a few hundred dollars on a bike if I was just going to end up with a sore knee while riding.  So we left the bike store (without the pretty blue bike) and I continued to think about this purchase.  I woke Dan up early (around 7:30 am) on Sunday and asked if he could prepare his bike (with the "comfortable" seat at the right height) for me to try this out.  I headed out on the paths to see if I liked biking and to map out a new running route.  My knee didn't bother me at all and I went a lot faster than I thought I would.  Apparently my issues from the day before were probably related to the fact that I had already run 5.5 miles, walked another 2 so my knees were already pretty pissy with me.  Anyway... this means that I have a green light to find my very own bike.  YIPPEE!!!

After my big adventure biking I went and did some shopping with my friend Jen which brings me to the other thing I'm thankful for.  I'm thankful for shopping trips with friends who encourage me to try on clothes I wouldn't normally try on.  Jen encouraged me to try on a cute little dress and the minute I put it on I loved it! I can't wait to wear it!  It's not that I'm opposed to dresses I just don't usually have a place to wear them.  This one is pretty casual so I can wear it anywhere and I plan to.  Soon!

I also have to share one more thing ... I've worked in the IT industry for a long time and this week one of my friends was looking for DB2 help and posted her question on Facebook.  Wanting to help her but knowing nothing about DB2 I reposted her question and she immediately got feedback from another friend of mine.  I thought that was awesome so I wanted to thank those who responded.  You guys are all kinds of awesome!

So, what are you thankful for?  A new favorite activity?  New outfit?  Share!


  1. Buy the Bike!! My favourite quote "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bike, and that's pretty close"

    1. We're leaving in a few minutes to go buy the bike. Seriously, excitement level is off the charts!!!

    2. Yay! I got a new bike today too, I was like a kid in a Candy store.

    3. AWESOME!! What'd you get?