Happy Thanksgiving. I wondered whether doing a Thanksgiving post was too cheesy, but whatever…I’m thankful.
Being British, we’re new to Thanksgiving but we have taken it to our hearts and will be importing it to the UK when we move back. We are spending today with some American friends who have taken us in for both our previous thanksgivings…and right from the start, we loved it. There’s nothing as touching as standing round a table in a big group, behind your chair, whilst people say what they’re grateful for. I haven’t managed a tear-free Thanksgiving yet and I suspect today won’t be the day.
Last year, we held the first annual Ramsden Turkey Trot. Two people turned up to run with us but it was a lot of fun. This year, we think 3 people are coming. Much more exciting.
Anyway. Here are a few things I’m thankful for in 2012.
Being a WINNER!
Just wanted to say thanks to Bean, on whose blog I won a pair of hot pink laces, plus some Clif shots and some Nuun this week. I am waaaay too excited about these laces! Check out Bean’s blog…the girl runs half marathons on a weekly basis. I am in awe.
It’s an obvious one, I’m sorry. But my world would be a sad, sad place without my three boys – silver, gold and ginger. And my parents. And my in-laws. And my friends, the family I have chosen for myself across the years.
Running has been the obsession of 2012. I started off training for Kaiser, knowing it would be good for me…and then the running bug bit deep. This year, I have grown to love it so much – the freedom, the challenge, the sense of achievement, the confidence it has given me. I am so thankful to be a runner.
The health of my heart
There are many people with heart conditions who are not healthy enough to be able to run. Let alone to run half marathons. My Uncle had heart surgery just a few weeks ago – despite not being a blood relative, he had pretty much the exact surgery I’ll need at some point. He is doing well, but it reminded me that my heart, whilst imperfect, is tough enough (at the moment) to let me do this. And I’m grateful.
The people of America
I think the Americans are the most misrepresented nation in the world. The European press often portrays them negatively . Yet all we have found here is warmth, friendship, astonishing kindness from strangers, passionate views from all ends of the spectrum and more organic, local, sustainable vegetables than I’ve ever seen in my life! We love and miss our UK friends (don’t think I’ve forgotten you) but I am so grateful to this lovely nation for taking us in and being so welcoming.
We leave for Japan tomorrow (aaaagh). And I’m grateful again for the opportunity to travel, to see a new part of the world, to meet new people, try a new language, eat new food and run different streets. I’ve been given many opportunities all my life and I know how lucky I am.
This blog…and YOU!
I started this blog back in May to try and keep myself accountable with my eating and my exercise. It’s become a really exciting part of my life. I am totally convinced that reading running blogs and logging my own progress has made me a better runner, which resulted in a new Half Marathon PR at the age of 37. It’s introduced me to some wonderful commenters – I wish you could see how happy I am whenever anyone leaves a comment. This is still a tiny blog, but I am so grateful to everyone who reads it or leaves a comment. Thank you for getting excited with me.
Okay. Enough with the sentimentality. Back to the packing! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.