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).
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!