Thankful Thursday and PMB

This week I’m going to do something a little different: I’m going to combine Jessie’s Thankful Thursday with Hollie’s PMB. It feels a little strange to me to do so much bragging about myself, but it also feels kind of strange to make a list of everything I’m thankful for (don’t worry- in 2 weeks from now I’ll be making a nice extensive list).

So for Thankful Thursday…

I’m thankful for… delicious food and having the ability to cook for myself. I’m so lucky this year to be living off campus in a townhouse with my best friend. Living on campus, not only was I subjected to whatever is being served in the dining hall (which was very extensive and I didn’t stray far from my grilled chicken), I was also not able to make the most mindful choices. I mean, when there’s towers of cookies and cream cookies sitting on the table next to oreo and birthday cakes, how can I not scoop them up and top them with a mound of ice cream? It’s like cruel and unusual punishment. Not to mention that the chicken was always marinating in what was probably a huge vat of olive oil. Now, I’m able to cook the foods exactly the way I want. If I want a piece of cake, sure, I’ll eat it, but it’s not sitting there taunting me. I’ve also learned so much living off campus. My cooking was pretty much limited to the microwave, and boxed mac and cheese. Now I can use the grill, and I do pretty much every night. I’ve branched out more this semester than I have in years, so that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for… a family that loves me. I know, I say this every week. But I really am. I talk to my mom every day, no matter what. She always knows exactly what to say, whether it’s something I’m excited about or something I’m upset about. I’m closer to her now than I’ve ever been, and she’s what I’m always most excited about when I go back to New Hampshire for breaks.

I’m thankful for… teachers who care. Last week I was a headcase. I’m always a headcase, but it was especially bad with my two exams. And honestly, they didn’t go well. Mentally, I psyched myself out in addition to not being as confident with the material. Luckily, I go to a school where my teachers genuinely care about their students and are concerned when we don’t do well. I have a meeting with one of my teachers tomorrow to go over what I didn’t understand on my exam and again next week to talk about what I’m going to miss in class tomorrow (we’re leaving early for regionals).

excuse the language… it was necessary

And now for the weekly PMB. I think this is so great because it allows you to reflect back on yourself and feel a little more confident. It’s a great self-esteem booster. We all have to brag once in awhile, don’t we? Here’s my turn:

Physical- I’m feeling stronger than ever for regionals this weekend. I just feel good. My legs aren’t sore; I even opted out of the calf massage this week (shocker). I’m ready to go for miles and miles. Next week will most definitely involve at least one 9-10 miler. I really want to see where I can go this weekend, how far I can push my limits. I’m ready to race.

Mental- Mentally, I’m beginning to realize the potential I have as a runner. I’m not built like those stick-thin 5’0″ girls who win every race, but I can be fast. I hit all of my splits at every practice, so if that’s not a confidence booster, I don’t know what is. Now it’s time to turn that mental realization into reality and surprise everyone, including myself, on Saturday. It’s go time. I feel more ready than ever for track; I’m going after that 10K record like nobody’s business. And I know I can do it. I’m not that far off, and I’ve only run it once.

Brag- This week when I did the scavenger hunt for the internship finals, I had to take a picture with a high profile celebrity. Of course, this isn’t exactly what I’d call an easy task, so I pulled out all the stops. My first thought was Michael Phelps since he used to swim for the team I lifeguard for. But that was a fail. So then I remembered that I dated a guy in RI that was best friends with Elizabeth Beisel, so I sent her a quick facebook message explaining the situation asking if she could get in touch with anyone in the area for me. While she couldn’t do that, she did send me a picture of herself holding her medals. Pretty cool!

That’s all I have for you today!

Hope everyone has a great Thursday… it’s almost the weekend! Try and stay warm for those of you who live in the northeast. I’ll be hiding underneath my down comforter wearing my down jacket and uggs ;)

Tell me what you’re thankful for! And brag a little in the comments section. Come on, you deserve it!

20 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday and PMB

  1. jessielovestorun

    What a great post between what your thankful for & your weekly PMB. I am so excited for you & regionals. I have all the confidence in the world for you! You WILL rock it, and surprise not only yourself, but so many others <3

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  2. HollieisFueledByLOLZ

    I am really excited for you and regionals. UGH such a big race and you have prepared like a champion for it. I know you’ll do awesome! I agree about PMB because it’s so easy to reflect about the week! :)

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  3. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    I love combo posts — they just bring so much goodness into one message. I’ll be cheering you on through your 10k !! I ran my first one a few weeks back and was totally unprepared for the feeling. You’re a vet though — stick to your race plan and execute. You never know what you’re capable of until you cross that finish line, so try not to dwell on it ahead of time and put your all into every stride. No regrets!! :D

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    1. pickyrunner

      I’m actually only doing a 6k this weekend… The 10k is for outdoor track! But thanks!! I’m super excited to see what happens. We’ve been training since June 1 so I better do something good with it :)

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  4. runningonjava

    I’m so glad you have understanding professors too! I finally realized how important it is to establish good relationships with professors last year. They are there to help, and they’ll like you more if you ask questions/go to office hours/etc. It definitely paid off for me! And you have serious potential – you have some of your times posted here and I am SUPER impressed. You’re speedy, I hope I can increase my speed too!

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    1. pickyrunner

      It really is amazing how well teachers respond to asking for help. It’s a hard lesson to learn but I’m realizing how important it is now, especially as Move into upper level classes. I’m sure you’re just as fast:) and someday we are definitely going to plan a running date!

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  5. Caitlin

    I think bragging and thankfulness go hand in hand! After all I know you are thankful to have things to brag about ;) glad to hear you are feeling so good on those running legs. Must do wonders for you.

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  6. Life's a Bowl

    Love the combo of the two! I love the “home is where your mom is”- so true! I was thankful that I lived off campus in a studio and could cook for myself too, I am nahhht a fan of convenient and icky dining hall food when I enjoy cooking and can make something better myself :P

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    1. pickyrunner

      It’s so true- it doesn’t matter where I am- I’m most at home when my mom is around. I do miss the dining hall food sometimes (like the endless bowls of grapes, free apples, and sesame sticks) but I definitely get more wholesome food when I’m making it myself.

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  7. aftertheivyleague

    I can definitely relate to being thankful that you’re off campus and can cook for yourself! I remember the dining hall food all too well, the healthy options were definitely limited. It’s great to cook for yourself so you can eat what you actually want to eat!

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  8. Cait the Arty Runnerchick

    yay for the legs feeling great!! good luck and keep kicking butt! :)

    but sounds like u have a lot to be thankful for, and it’s good to stop and think about all that we are lucky for. keep on enjoying non-dorm style food, and i’m sure that ur running is also thankful for that. ;)

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