Every year I am thankful for many things – a warm house to come home to, a husband that loves me for me, a supportive family over the miles and friends that “get me”
But, this year I want to add the gift of health and running to my list! Seems obvious, (maybe?) but this is something I had taken for granted until recently when I found myself injured last February.
So, 2014 was a building year. It was challenging, I was out of my comfort zone – frankly, I was pretty lost! I was forced to try new things, be the rookie triathlete and had to let go of control. (Something that is incredibility difficult for me!) Am I thankful for this experience? You bet. It made overcoming those obstacles mean so much more as I crossed that half ironman finish last month. (What a year in retrospect?)
I guess sometimes we need to come out on the other side to realize how truly blessed we are. I know I did. Now, I will never take for granted again the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement, the sound of my pumping heart, or the wind traveling across my body. I am thankful for every stride that I am given and each run that I complete. Running – an action that seems so simple – yet, carries so much freedom and identity with it.
So, as we celebrate this season of thanksgiving, I am grateful for an able-body that keeps going after all I push it through, for the blessing of friendships and for all of God’s great and merciful gifts. Happy Thanksgiving
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Sills