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Thankful Things Thursday: Because A Sucky Stomach Can’t Bring Me Down

Posted Nov 10 2011 9:43am

I woke up this morning and felt wide-awake when my alarm screamed at 5:00. The Steroids will do that to you — you don’t need to sleep much. My first thought was, “Yay! It’s already Thursday! Time to run!”

But then, right around my fourth miserable trip to the bathroom, I cursed myself for thinking that was a good idea. I was pissed at Crohn’s disease, annoyed that my stomach refused to cooperate, yet again, and I was definitely embarrassed that this was all happening in front of my boyfriend. Lovely.

A few hours later, though, and I’m ready to be thankful. That’s what this day is all about, and despite a sucky commute on the downtown 4/5 train (Seriously, what was going on this morning?) and a few necessary bathroom stops during this morning’s run, I still have plenty to be psyched about.

I’m thankful fall is actually happening in New York City! I was worried the entire season had passed us by. For a while there was no brisk breeze, no fantastic foliage and no “it’s the perfect temperature for a sweater but I also don’t need a jacket.” But now? Oh, fall is here. This week has been shockingly warm for early November, but the leaves have changed color in Central Park and every morning the colors have taken my breath away. Actually, running has taken my breath away. The scenery has just made me smile.

Fall is my favorite. I like bright colors.

Thank you, Brian, for taking photos of the park while I was in the bathroom...for the second time.

I’m thankful for good food. Brian continues to cook most of my meals and I continue to eat them. He says he enjoys cooking, so I won’t argue that. This week’s meals have included butternut squash soup, baked sweet potatoes and awesome garlicky broccoli.

This was delicious AND colorful.

Butternut squash soup = perfect fall dish

Then, in a weird twist, last night Brian made salad.

This is a salad, and I actually ate it. Who am I?

I had to remind him that I don’t like salad, especially not a salad covered in beets. Who eats beets, other than Dwight Schrute? But he was all, “You can’t say you don’t like them if you’ve never tried them,” and so I gave them a shot and dang him, they were kind of good. Also goat cheese. I love goat cheese.

Then he was like, “I also made dessert,” and it was good, but I consider it a fourth course, because it was baked pears with some honey and spices and cranberries and almonds, and that, to me, is not dessert.

It was good, but without ice cream or chocolate I just don't see how this qualifies as a "dessert."

Where was the chocolate, Brian? Where was it?? It was good though, so I won’t argue too much.

I’m thankful that despite this nasty flare-up, I’m still able to run. It’s not pretty, but I make it happen. It takes a while to get moving, and once I’m out the door I almost always have to stop at least once. It’s not ideal, but I’m still managing to train and run throughout the stomach issues. That makes me happy.

This morning, Brian and I ran 6.25 miles together. The plan was to do a warm-up mile followed by four consistent miles around half marathon goal pace, and then a cool-down mile.

Today's splits. I like them.


Brian wore the Garmin, I tagged along, and other than the two stops all was right with the world. The Reservoir was a happy place to be, and my legs are still a little fatigued from Tuesday’s little speed challenge, but overall I maintained the pace no problem.

Long sleeves were unnecessary today. So much sweat. Good thing I love sweat.

I didn’t even bother asking Brian what our mileage or pace was throughout the run because I knew he wouldn’t divulge such confidential information. So I just zoned out, stuck with him and ran. Good stuff.

I’m thankful I’m going home soon. I talked to my mom on the phone for a while last night and I’m really excited to see my parents at Thanksgiving. There will also be Turkey Trotting, outlet shopping and hopefully a haircut in there somewhere. Big plans, people, big, exciting plans.

I’m thankful I have plenty of time to decide whether or not I want to run a spring marathon. I’m still pretty torn, especially since my bank account is sad and my stomach is even sadder. I don’t have to decide today, or even this week. Thank you for all of your input on yesterday’s post. You all gave me a lot to think about!

These girls seem to think I can run two marathons next year, but I'm not convinced quite yet.

Don’t worry, Emily . I’ll give you an answer soon. Be nice to me in the meantime or I’ll take those leg warmers back.

I’m thankful that this week has been wildly productive. I feel like I’m finally catching up on work projects and regaining some semblance of sanity. I’m sure it won’t last long, but I’m enjoying it for now.

I’m thankful for leg warmers and puppies and apple cider. Always.

I’m thankful my apartment has stayed clean this week. I’ve washed dishes and even put them away afterward. Huge accomplishment? I think so. Next step: cleaning out my closet and getting rid of all the crap I haven’t worn in three years.

I’m thankful for my shoe drawer at work. I will never commute in heels. I don’t understand those chic women in NYC who do that. I would trip, fall, stab strangers with my heels and probably cause many scenes. My coordination skills are lacking. Comfy commuting is the way to go.

That’s all for now. Have a great day!

AND NOW YOU DO IT, TOO: What are you thankful for today?

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