A New Outlook on Life

Sunday, I’m supposed to be running the Celtic 5-k in Worcester, MA. My leg is feeling better…but my immune system is not. Ever since I returned from Pennsylvania, I’ve been feeling exhausted and well, stressed. And my immune system has really taken a beating from it.

First, I had a cold. Then, Thursday night, I woke up in the middle of the night and suffered from food poisoning after going to dinner with my mom. And as much as I would LOVE to be able to start running again, I’ve decided to rest up this weekend and then give running a go first thing on Monday after we set the clocks back. I know I’ll be up early (I’ve already been getting up earlier because I’m subconsciously preparing for the time change. I have a new outlook on life.

I know my posts have been a little negative lately. I want to thank all of you for your kind words after my last post. I know some of you know what I’m going through, being laid up and all…and trying to use food as an outlet for my stress. There, I said it.

MOOVING ON, I’ve come to the realization that even if I’m laid up from running, last year when I did run the Celtic 5-k, I was not in as good of a place as I am right now. Here’s why, and here’s a few things I’m thankful for, despite my frustrations and stress as of lately:

• Last year at this same exact time my father was hospitalized for what we thought was a stroke. After a week full of tests (and him remaining in the hospital), the doctors were convinced he had a brain tumor, and we thought he was going to have to have brain surgery. It took a month of more tests for us to find out (the day after Easter) that he didn’t have a brain tumor and that he wouldn’t need surgery. Everyone in my family came from near and as far away as Maine and California to spend the holiday with us. It was a very bittersweet day for us, full of excitement and relief that my dad was OK. It took another six months of testing for us to find out that he had encephalitis. Strange, but true…and a relief.

• I am thankful that everyone in my family is healthy this year. The past few years have been very difficult on both my mom and dad, health wise.

• I am thankful to have extended family members that are so loving and supportive to my immediate family when we’re going through a time of need.

• This year, we’re planning a big family vacation to South Carolina for spring break in April. Last year, we missed it because my dad was sick. I am thankful that we can afford to go on a nice family vacation. And I’m thankful for vacations in general, to help us all stay sane!

Me and my sister in Kiawah Island, SC.

• I’m thankful to be married to a wonderful, supportive man who supports every most decision(s) I make, and loves me. He is my best friend!

• I’m thankful for my wonderful Basset Hounds, who are my other stress relievers (besides food) right now! Their cuddles make me forget bad things happen in the world.

Bogie Basset Hound.

Have you ever scratched from a race before? And if you have, did you wear the shirt afterwards?
I haven’t, and in the past, would never wear the race shirt, but since it’s a 5-k, which I’m more than capable of running, and it’s a nice shirt, I plan on wearing it. Especially since I want to feel like I got something in exchange for my $38 entry fee! Luckily my friend is going to pick up the shirt!

• Tell me one thing you’re thankful for.


6 thoughts on “A New Outlook on Life

  1. emmelineruns

    I’ve done it twice, which sucks but I’m smart enough now to not race something if it’s going to potentially injure me when I could just do another race a month later. I wear the shirt but only at home 😉

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    It is good to think of things you are thankful for when you’re going through a rough patch! I am thankful to be on my warm couch with Jelly on my lap! I’m thankful it’s supposed to get up to 50 today and I’m going to attempt to run on the road!

  3. Lily

    I hope you get to feeling better soon! I’ve decided not to run two races (a half and a 10-miler) and even though it stung, I knew it was the best decision. I picked up my shirts for both races, but could never bring myself to actually wear them and ended up giving them away.

  4. Heather

    What a great outlook. Sometimes we forget how awesome things are. 🙂 I am thankful for my health. And of course my family. This week I’m very thankful for march break! Feel better 🙂

  5. Courteney

    I haven’t scratched but I have down graded which was equally as hard.
    I am thankful that my family is healthy as it is so stressful when something is wrong with someone we love so much!

  6. subfoursweats

    It’s so nice to hit “pause” from time-to-time and reflect on the good! I know I’m prone to sometimes being quick to only notice the bad but when I really stop and think about it, the good outweighs the bad by FAR! I’m thankful for the health of my family and friends, and my dog Loki who is always ready to snuggle up with me 🙂


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