Thursday, May 18, 2017

5-18-17 My Bluetooth Headphones

This might seem a little superficial of something to be grateful for but there's no reason to not be grateful.  I used to use a Sony all in one mp3 player headphone set.  It worked really great, easy to use, sound was good and it was pretty waterproof.  Eventually, it stopped working and I could never seem to find the right thing..   Until some friends recommended the pair I have now.  I've been actually able to figure out how to use them and I've really started to like them and have one less thing to worry about when I run and can escape into my music.
I'm grateful for all of that.

Monday, May 15, 2017

5-15-2017 New Challenges

Sometimes, the next big challenge looks daunting.  Part of you wants to back down.  But something else makes you go forward.  With some luck and perseverance you take on the challenge and eventually succeed.  It's like a journey or a side quest, you learn something, gain something or maybe help someone else along the way.  I will accept the new challenge, and I will be grateful for them!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

5-6-2017 When It turns out much better than you thought

I went running this morning and thought it was not going to be a good run, or at least might not be a good run.  My legs were feeling tired but I wanted to get in at least 9 miles.  The first mile felt hard, I thought I might have to do a little bit of walking.  I stopped a few times and the second mile was still hard but not quite as bad.  I decided I'd run through the 3rd and 4th miles without stopping.  As I ran past 4.5 miles I went one more mile, going a little bit faster until I turned around, and then kept on going faster and faster until the 11th mile was a 6:42 pace - much faster than the first mile which was a 10:00 pace.  I had no expectations that it would be good, but I just decided to try to finish the miles and see what happened.

And it turned out a lot better than I thought it would.

For this time, and every other time something like this happened I am extremely grateful!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5-2-2017 (Silly) Posed pictures

Today after the run, David got a picture of the guys that were still there, he told us to put on our tough guy and/or angry look.  No real reason, just for fun.  I'll look back at the picture some day and remember it and grateful for the moment it capture.
I'm grateful for posed pictures.

Monday, May 1, 2017

5-1-2017 The Same Moon

Twice now (and maybe more times in the past) you can look up at the moon and call someone who is far away (but not the other side of the world) and that person can look at the moon and you're both looking at the same thing at the same time even though hundreds of miles apart or perhaps less than that but for whatever reason you can't be at the same place ,but you can at least look at the same moon.
I'm grateful for being able to look at the same moon!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4-27-17 Morning Sunshine

Every day, a new day starts, and each morning the night time sky gets light before the sun rises.  Seeing the dark turn to light makes me appreciate this gift, especially while running which gets easier - easy to see what might trip you up, easier for cars to see you, easier to see other runners or bikers on the trail.
   It's also that new sunshine, where it hasn't gotten oppressively hot yet, so nothing feels bad about it.
 And, it's one of the most certain things, almost guaranteed 100% for the next few billion years (rough non scientific guess, not that how many billions should matter).
Today, I'm grateful for the morning sunshine.

Friday, April 21, 2017

4-21-2017 Wawa

I was about to try and think for a long time the best thing to be grateful for today, but instead I decided to go with the first thing which is Wawa.  It's clean and probably has the best gas station/convenience store food ever and certainly the best coffee.  I've met up with Jessica there plenty of times on the way to work as it was on the way to her job also.  I remember an early morning stop at Wawa in the Poconos on the way back to the airport after the Marathon.  I sometimes pick up coffee for a guy I work with who grew up in the Philly area and appreciates it when I drop one of at his desk.

There were certainly many more things to be grateful for today, but for whatever reason, I'm picking Wawa today as something to be grateful for!