Happy November, Thanksgiving, & Turkey Trots Thoughts

“The First Step to being Great is being Grateful.”

-attributed to Ralph Smart

This year it’s a November for the books! We kicked it off with the New York City marathon two weeks ago with record temps and record finishers in those conditions, some 47,839, as I stood at the 14th mile fluid station with sweat rolling down my back handing out drink after drink to thousands of runners. Let’s just say, that we should never underestimate the role of those who perform this painstaking task time and again. All props to those volunteers who hand out both fluid and encouragement for hours each year. They’re the real Gs! On the other hand, our runners this year are simply rockstars. Unless you’re a runner, you can’t appreciate the grit and determination it takes to finish a marathon in mid 70ยฐ temps with 79% humidity. For sure there were some casualties with 48,000 runners starting out. But if you were or know anyone who was still able to run a PR, wow, double kudos to you and to them.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel any desire to join the running crowd back on November 9. I felt I had chosen the wiser path. LoL. And since then I’ve been walking, for the most part, in wisdom and resting and taking care of a knee issue that arose out of my Chicago run. The past two weeks have seen me run a few times, most notably, this past Saturday when I went on a 5-mile morning run to the park and back. It was an easy run meant to act as a sort of feel-out run and I did just that. Happily, I felt no pain and was able to enjoy a sunny but chilly fall run and come away with the impression that I needed some new running shoes and to take advantage of the sunshine, even though it’s cold, before the real winter weather gets here.

This week we’re celebrating Thanksgiving in these United States and amidst all the turkey talk, I’m being super intentional about demonstrating gratitude for this year and all that I’ve been able to have, receive, accomplish, and share. Most Americans are thankful for the season and for their family and provisions, as we should all be, but I encourage us all to expand our thankfulness to everything we are and are blessed with. After all that we, as a global community, have been through in the past two years, we are blessed to be here and blessed to be a blessing. A heart overflowing with gratitude will ensure that we pass it on and hopefully create a contagious pattern of behavior – an attitude of gratitude – that is not restricted to a day but extends throughout the remainder of the year and all into next year too.

And if that isn’t enough November action for you, well, we runners love our turkey trots around these parts. So, in New York City, the Thanksgiving tradion also includes a festive 5K run/trot held on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a family-friendly race where you can run, walk, trot, and gather socially to get some exercise; because we like to associate running with everything we do, but also so we can feel less guilt about the turkey and its embellishments we intend to gobble up later that day. LoL. Happy trotting and happy thanksgiving! ๐Ÿฆƒ

๐Ÿ‚Tis’ the Season to be Thankful๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

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“I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.
We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike. ย . ย .” ย ~Maya Angelou

The truth is I’ve had a pretty amazing year and have so many reasons to be thankful. I think of thanksgiving as a time to count our blessings, for though they are many, sometimes we can get mired down in the nitty-gritty stuff that insidiously plants itself in our psyche, and causes us to forget the tremendous miracle that is life. For this reason this day is important; a day for us to consciously remember and actively express our gratitude to a God who is unmatched in His favor toward us.

My gratitude extends beyond being thankful for the amazing runs this year. Though I am indeed thankful for those, I am even more enamored with my journey via running: my travels, the people I’ve met, new friends I made, the development of my body – strength and endurance, how I was able to redefine my boundaries and limits, the ability to use running as a platform to impact lives and channel growth, change and inspiration and learning to see God everywhere. These are by far the more valuable things I am exceedingly grateful for this Thanksgiving and beyond.

I’d like to think that many of us who share a passion for the same sport have some of these things in common as well. And so, as we sit before our table today surrounded by loved ones, I pray that our hearts are as bountiful and overflowing as the spread before us and that we give thought and prayers to those who may not have the same opportunity to give thanks. We are blessed always to be a blessing my friends.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Celebrating 100 Running Posts


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Back when I came up with the idea for this blog in 2012, I did so with the idea of sharing my passion for excellent health: running and exercise, while encouraging anyone who would care to listen to give it a try. Today, my goal is no different; I’m still your biggest cheerleader on your way to the finish line, whatever that may look like for you. I love that technology via social media has made it so easy to connect with people across a broad spectrum on a variety of topics. There is so much we can amass, learn and share with the click of a button for indeed we all have a story that’s worth telling to someone who cares

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I feel particularly blessed to have come this distance in my running with you, my readers and fellow runners (some of you) and feel it necessary to impress upon you how instrumental you are in my journey to running excellence. Without running and the strides I’ve made in this regard, this blog would be obsolete as it would be near impossible to share on something I have no experience with. More so, to be relevant and hold your interest requires continuous evolution and development on my part so that I can be authentic and real. There you see, you’ve made me a better runner and by extension a better person. I’m eternally grateful.

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Even as I continue to grow and strive to be the best runner I can be, I am heartened and continually inspired to dig deeper for a way to make this last past my running years. There are so many stories and lives that are changed through runnning that I know if I look hard enough or run far enough I’ll find a way to do justice to this great sport that gives so much and requires nothing but what we are prepared to give. Maybe it’ll be a way to ensure others, who have the desire but no opportunity, gain a pathway to fulfill their running dreams, orย maybe it’ll be an opportunity to contribute to its longevity or legacy, I expect I’ll be inspired yet again soon enough.

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Meanwhile, I will stick to my not-so-distant dreams, I hope, of the World Marathon Majors, Triathalons, Marathons in as many states as possible, The Marathon Des Sables and an eventual Ironman. I am learning that I am only limited by what I tell myself I cannot do.ย 


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