I’m a few days into my running restriction and I had great plans to do all of this upper body work and then I fell, hard, yesterday morning and am now having problems with my wrist and shoulder. It looks like I’m on a full restriction for at least a week. This has been a bit of a blow and I was tempted to wallow in self pity but, instead, I’ve come up with a list of 7 things for which I’m thankful – one for every day of healing.

1. I’m thankful for my husband. He doesn’t always understand my fitness craziness (see the handbag/sandbag funny from Sunday!) but he always supports it. He drives all over for races, acts as my Sherpa and wrangles Little Runner while I’m on the course, and just generally picks up the slack for me so I can train. I literally could not do it without him!

2. I’m thankful for Little Runner and for his desire to run with me. We have a great time at our races and while training. I’m hoping that he keeps this love of running and physical fitness so he doesn’t face the same physical struggles that I did.

3. I’m thankful for finding like-minded friends who have encouraged me to go WAY outside my comfort zone. I mean, I can climb a wooden wall now! How nuts is that? I’m much more confident and willing to try new things because of them.

4. I’m thankful for my running group. My chapter of Moms Run This Town is phenomenal. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive bunch! I’ve been hearing stories lately of people being left by their running group because they aren’t fast enough and being asked to leave the group and I just find that incredibly sad. If that has happened to you, don’t give up! Thankfully, not all running groups are like that.

5. I’m thankful that running and exercise is now a way of life for me. Some days it is a struggle to get out the door but I know I will be better off once I do. I’m so glad I made the change last March. I know that I’m much healthier and happier because of it.

6. I’m thankful I was doing something that had an injury risk. You don’t hurt yourself when you have your butt firmly planted on the couch!

7. I’m thankful that this is temporary and that it won’t be long before I’m back to work. I’ve achieved amazing things this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!


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