“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Emerson
Gratitude got me through the More/Fitness Half Marathon yesterday. When I was on my "runner's high", I made a running list of everything little thing I was grateful for that helped make running the race possible.
My health, my good knees, my feet, my toes, my strong heart, my eye sight, my brain, my stomach....all the weird little things we rarely acknowledge. I guess when you're running really far, you start to pay attention to everything in your body...everything little ache, pain, every little muscle.
So when the runners high was over around mile 10 and I was feeling nauseous, I just couldn't think about my body any more. I could barely tell myself to put one foot in front of the other. So I took the focus off my physical body, and started to think of all the people in my life who have impacted me, supported me, and believed in me. The people who surprise me and come through for me when I need them the most. The people who want me to succeed and want me to keep going (in life and in running).
I thought that last 5K would never end. I thought at one point I was probably going to have to give up. But gratitude got me through.
That's my challenge this week. When the going is great and you feel wonderful--make a list of the things you're grateful for. The stupid little things you never acknowledge, but actually make your life easier. When the going is rough and you feel like giving up, stopping, dropping out--make a list of the people you're grateful for. The people who carry you through, believe in you, and want you to keep going. Crazy me decided to film a video after the race! I only had my iPhone, so please forgive the terrible sound quality. Check it out, and leave a comment with something your grateful for.
Have an amazing week and enjoy the spring weather!