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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Twenty-six things I'm thankful for

Saturday I am running the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon at the Stennis Space Center. It's actually supposed to be a training long run for me, just supported (sort of, this race has minimal support). I've never done a race truly as a training run, so I'm not exactly sure how to pace or what my goal should be (yes, I am always this last-minute with races!).
If I end up doing a long, slow distance like I ought to for a training run, I might start getting, well, a little bored and fatigued out there. To keep myself going, I decided to spend the race in prayer: thanking God for the many blessings in my life.
I have the handwriting of a seven year old

Or just 26 of them. I picked out 26 things I tend to take for granted and will start each mile out with a thank-you prayer for each thing. I hope my thanksgiving doesn't turn into pleas for help or "let me die" prayers around mile 22.
Yes, I have more than 26 things to be thankful for, but I thought this would help me get through boring miles with a pleasant distraction.
Have you ever created a distractor for a race or long run to get you through? 
Happy Thanksgiving!!! XO


  1. I love this idea! I want to do something similar next long race. Good luck today!

  2. I want to do something similar to this for my marathon in May! Love the idea!

    Happy Thanksgiving and have a good race this weekend :)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! I think everyone's handwriting has gone downhill thanks to computers... At least we learned cursive? Good luck in your upcoming race!

  4. I often pray during long runs, too. It keeps my mind off of the run. Making a "prayer" list per mile is a great idea.

  5. Yes, I have done this. I did this for both marathons - I wrote a person's name down each to next mile on my pace bracelet and I prayed for them and then focused on wonderful memories I had made w/ that person. It really took my thoughts away from my legs, which helped!

  6. I love this! I was going to do it with people for my marathon next weekend. Thanks for the reminder!