Grateful today for . . .

May 7, 2024

1- My speed workout went well!! I’m nearing the end of my training cycle and will be happy to take a break from fighting the heat in a longer speed workout soon. But today’s run went well even if I did have to dump water over my head between intervals. I *thought* maybe I was feeling some achilles soreness afterwards but it feels fine now. (So . . double gratitude?)

2- The sub sandwich I just inhaled. Probably related to the run but OMG never has a BLT tasted so good. (Adding pickles + pickled jalapeños helped too.)

3- I am on call BUT not at night. It has been very busy but call during days only is an entirely different experience from 24/7 call. I get one week a year covered by a provider who works at a satellite office and I (strategically) chose this week because I really didn’t want to be on call on Mother’s Day. (The provider covering is a father, but hopefully his wife can still have a lovely Mother’s Day even if he has to work some).

4- YOU ALL, love the emails and suggestions I am still receiving on long-term projects.

5- Our weather has been hot but not stormy. I’m sure the rain/lightning is coming but it has been nice to hold onto less tumultuous weather just a bit longer. Soccer tryouts are this week and C is doing lacrosse too and not playing lightning alarm roulette (which we always seem to lose . . .) is great.

I am side-eyeing the “96” though. Wow. FL is hot but unlike places like AZ, we actually don’t approach/hit triple digits that often! It’s more that our lows stay high and it’s humid.

6- Podcasts. Two standouts from today: the MicroCAST (this is the group where I do my run coaching) – “How to DNF Your First Ultra” + About Progress‘s Rachel Hollis Deep Dive (Monica is much more compassionate towards Rachel than other sources I have seen while still providing criticism where appropriate, and I found it refreshing!). PS: despite finding the Microcosm podcast interesting, I have no plans to run an ultra. I will leave that to Jenny!

7- Josh took over the morning today!! Morning is usually a tag team; he’ll get things started and then I take over at a certain point and drive the kids. He usually drives once a week on Thursdays, BUT with my long workout this AM I asked him to swap the day to today and it worked for him. SOOOO I was able to just leave the morning to him and recover a little bit + eat an actual breakfast at home before heading to work. Because I’m on call, I was able to get in at 9 which meant a far later “leave the house” time than usual. Which is why I feel reasonably alive despite my run this AM!

(Would I TURN DOWN a nap if one was feasible right now? I would not. But I’m also okay without one!)

Okay, I was aiming for 10 but have to get back to work. Any (small or big) thing you are grateful for today? I’m sure I could come up with some gripes too but toxic positivity aside, I think I’d rather just appreciate what is working right now.


  • Reply Kristie May 7, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    As always, I appreciate new podcast recs! Adding them to my downloads now. Today I am grateful for health insurance to cover my daughter’s upcoming surgery (though dealing with said insurance might go on a separate list!). I am also grateful for all the wonderful teachers in my kids’ lives.

  • Reply Lisa's Yarns May 7, 2024 at 3:46 pm

    I’m grateful that I had the flexibility at work to attend my kinder’s music program today at 1:30. They let parents know months in advance so we could plan around it and I would actually prefer 30 minutes of my kid singing during the work day versus an hours-long elementary school concert in the evening where one of us would need to stay home with the toddler (because he cannot stay up past 7:30 or 8 on a school night or it will make our mornings terrible). The concert was an absolute delight and he was such an enthusiastic performer! And was in the front row since he is so very petite (but doesn’t seem bothered by that fact…). I’m also glad that nicer weather is arriving here. I’m so over cold weather! I need sunshine and warm/moderately warmer temps so badly!!

    Hope the achilles pain was a fluke. Seems like as you approach taper those odd aches and pains kind of pop up! I know you aren’t in taper yet, but you are CLOSE!! (I never had aggressive marathon goals so always had a 3 week taper which I had an odd love/hate relationship with since it would kind of mess with my brain to be running far less than I was used to! But I mostly loved it).

  • Reply coreebrownswan May 8, 2024 at 4:01 am

    I’m grateful I’m finally feeling better after Covid. Combination of Covid + lupus is no joke. I managed a decent walk and a gentle yoga class yesterday, and did the school run on my bike today, and feel tred but ok. And I’m grateful my mum came for a week and looked after us.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 8, 2024 at 11:35 am

      That sounds super hard!!!!

  • Reply Chelsea May 8, 2024 at 8:01 am

    It first I thought your podcast rec was about Rachel Hollis DNF-ing her first ultra, lol, which would definitely have made interesting listening (not that the other too aren’t!).

    Glad you are still feeling good and cranking the workouts out despite the heat. I’m actually kind of looking forward to a good thunderstorm. It kind of gives me that hugge feeling, and it’s been sooooo dry here lately.

  • Reply jennystancampiano May 8, 2024 at 9:18 am

    Ooh, that podcast sounds good- I could add a couple things to the DNF conversation! Nice job on your run, and yes- what is this 96 degrees I’m seeing this week??? But you’re right- at least it hasn’t started storming yet.
    I’m grateful that today is Wednesday, and Wednesdays are my day off : )

  • Reply Elisabeth May 8, 2024 at 11:18 pm

    I love a post calling out gratefuls! We always say what we’re grateful for after the prayer at dinner time. Today I’m grateful that my mom will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow after a fall (with a blessedly negative head/spinal CT), that I have great friends who managed my transportation and babysitting for my submucosal nasal turbinate resection today (so I didn’t have to last minute cancel with the unexpected loss of my mom’s assistance), and that the resection was uneventful other than the enjoyment of the continuous mustache dressing replacements. 😉

    Praying your Achilles twinge was just a fluke, which I’m sure it was. I’ve been in the full on weeds with both Achilles one after another and wouldn’t wish it on my enemy. 😣

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