Yesterday’s run had me down in the dumps. It sucked. It rained. My right knee throbbed nearly the whole time. I stopped after 10km/6.2 miles, cried and walked the rest of the way home. Great. Half-marathon countdown: 6 days. Knee: 1. Amy: 0.

After a minor freak out, negative thoughts, more tears I calmed myself down and channeled positive thinking and positive self talk. I can do this. I have six days to feel better. I will rest, ice and hopefully get in to see the doctor. I love running and this is just a bump in the road.

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. My crappy run and the Thanksgiving spirit reminded me of all the truly wonderful things I have to be thankful for.


I am thankful for my family, for their love, support and craziness. What would I do without you guys?

Family in Jamaica

I am thankful for friends who call “just because” and listen even when they don’t want to.

I am thankful for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back and the food on my plate.

I am thankful for my bed, for allowing me to sleep soundly and rest every night.

I am thankful for my body and health, for allowing me to walk, stretch, run, lift and be me.

Amy kettlebell close up with url

I am thankful for books, for allowing me to get lost in a magical story.

I am thankful for my education and curiosity to learn.

I am thankful for reality television… because sometimes you just need to keep up.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians - Season 8

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I am thankful for my job, for allowing me to explore new possibilities, and my paycheck, for allowing me to do my nails and fill my closet with Lululemon long sleeves.

I am thankful for my heart, for giving me the ability to love and feel.

I am thankful for heartbreak, for helping me mature and become a better person

I am thankful for banana and peanut butter.

Banana andPB

I am thankful for life’s speed-bumps, for teaching me lessons and helping me improve.

I am thankful for you. For reading, listening, commenting, supporting. For allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community. Thank you.

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Questions of the day…

What are you thankful for?

60 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. You can do this! (The half marathon)

    I am very thankful to be home with my family this Thanksgiving!

  2. You are going to rock the half, I just feel it! I love your list of thanks. I’m thankful for my husband, family, friends, health, brain, curiosity, and good fortune to have been born into stable circumstances when so many other face such hardships.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    All of my family in Canada got to celebrate Thanksgiving, and I’m here studying my butt off for exams :(
    However, I am thankful that I have the privilege to live here in Ann Arbor and go to a Big Ten school. Going to University of Michigan is definitely a blessing!!!

    I’m glad you turned your bad run into a positive situation!! We ALL have them, but not letting them get you down is so important. Not every run are you gonna feel like a rockstar. In fact, sometimes, when I’m out running, and if I feel like crap and want to die, I’ll just walk. I don’t care. I’m still outside, and I’m still moving. I think that a lot of people are afraid to admit defeat, but it isn’t such a bad thing! This has happened to me many times before, and I’m not ashamed because I’ve never been injured EVER in my running career!

    I hope this helps a bit


    1. Natasha thank you so so much for this — it helps MORE than a bit. I wish you could have been home for Thanksgiving but you are so right about being at such an amazing school.

  4. Your Thanksgiving looks fabulous! I love this post. It’s such an important reminder… it’s amazing what a difference it makes when we put things in perspective :)

  5. I’m so sorry about your knee Amy! As you know, I can totally relate and I know how devastating and frustrating it can feel. I think it’s a good idea to see a sports medicine doctor to get it checked out. Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious and you can still run your half marathon next weekend!

    I’m glad you didn’t let the crappy knee situation ruin your Thanksgiving though. It looks like you had an awesome dinner with your family!!

    I’m thankful for my family, for all the wonderful people in my life, and for being part of the close knit Burlington community.

  6. Oh I’m so sorry, love. Gah there are few things more frustrating than feeling so good, having really great runs, and then BOOM you are injured. I am having faith right along with you that you can rest up in the next few days. I know that half marathon training plans don’t use the taper method to the degree that marathon training plans do, but maybe this is your body telling you that it wants you to taper and then be strong for your race.

    I love that you turned your bad day around and took time to be thankful. That’s so important!

    I am thankful for good friends, good food, and good times. But I’m also thankful for bad times that make me stronger, failed recipes that make me laugh, and growing pains that have made me the person I am today. I am thinking of you and sending lots of love and positivity your way!

    1. Resting is not my strong suit but I think you are right that it’s probably what I need to do until Sunday. As you tweeted, I am thankful for seeing YOU next week. Thank you for the kind words. xo

  7. Ah! I had that type of run on Thursday. Sorry about the knee :( It’s such a downer, but hopefully a week of rest will do the trick! Definitely thankful for friends this weekend. The really good ones who can make you feel better so matter what :).

    1. Aren’t those friends the best?! And those runs (clearly) the worst?! Well maybe not THE worst… but not fun. Glad you had a wonderful weekend with wonderful people.

  8. I love your change in attitude. It’s amazing how focusing on gratitude can turn things around. I assure you that your botched long run will NOT interfere with your ability to complete the half marathon. I’m 100% sure of that! I just hope you can rest, ice, and get that knee feeling better for the half, since I know how hard you’ve worked for it. IF it’s too painful (and I really hope it’s not), remember that there are always other races … as much as it majorly sucks, doing long-term damage to your body just isn’t worth completing the race. (BTW, that was my wise side speaking … the honest truth is that unless it was CRAZY painful, I would personally go run the race, after I rested and iced all week. But I don’t think that is the best decision!!!!)

    1. Thank you, as always, Megan. Can I call you my unofficial coach?! Your wise side and honest truth is really what I needed today — it’s exactly how I am feeling! I am glad I have a few days and will let you know if I get to the doctor :)

  9. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and your knee, love! I really do love your positive attitude, though. Life is full of bumps and setbacks, and we can’t just take the good without the bad, unfortunately. What we can do (and what you so wonderfully reminded us of), is do our best to look on the bright side and focus on our blessings rather than our bumps — because life is FULL of those. Right off the top of my head, I’m thankful for family, friends, good food, fuzzy socks, a day off work, coffee, fall weather, and a quiet morning to catch up with my blog buddies.

    Happy Thanksgiving, girlie!

  10. Amy, I’m so sorry to hear about your knee. Do you know the saying of rehearsal/ final trials of anything supposed to go wrong so the actual event will work out amazing? Seeing as this was your last long run before the actual competition this had to happen [okay, I’d be happier if it hadn’t but I do believe there’s some truth to this]. You will (!) be able to run the half-marathon! Keeping my fingers crossed!!!
    And thanks for a still so very upbeat post. There’s such a lot to be thankful for in everyday life – much more than we can think of at times when the going gets tough.
    I’m thankful for my family, friends [blog and ‘real” life] and a warm bed, good book and hot water bottle waiting for me :).
    Happy Thankgiving!

    1. I do know of the saying and you couldn’t be more spot on. Thank you for the well wishes — you are the best. What would life be without a warm bed and good book? I am so thankful for that too :)

  11. beautiful post :) Love seeing others be thankful for things. I did a major sadface when I read you cried after your run, darling. Don’t cry! You will get better and you can totally knock your race out. Positive thoughts- you can do this!

  12. Lady I feel your pain but let me share with you my mantra that helped me push through. Quite simply ‘you got this’ I know you are going to do so well with this and I’m so glad you’ve already had a switch of mindset.

    Love this post too as I always like doing a daily checklist of all the things I’m grateful for as it is a good reminder of all the good things happening in my life.

  13. Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving! I can’t wait for ours down here in the states :) So sorry to hear about your less than stellar run but it’s awesome that you could move on from it… Just remember all of the other successful runs you’ve had – you’ve trained hard, you’ll do great!

    1. Thank you Allison! You are so right about thinking about the other better runs… that will help me stay positive for sure. And your Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, but don’t rush too much because Halloween comes first :) xo

  14. I am thankful for you, and your honesty. I love the way to decided to reflect on the run and look at all the things you’re grateful for instead of focusing on the negative thoughts that can arise when you’re struggling.

    1. I never thought running would become this important to me but it’s kinda awesome it has! Thank YOU for your support and inspiration — because you are. I look forward to your posts everyday.

  15. It’s great to see that you can stay positive and thankful while you’re not feeling too well, physically. I know how hard it is to stay upbeat when you’re body just doesn’t seem to work. Good luck with your knee and I hope it feels better soon!

  16. Oh gosh… I can totally connect with you on the knee pain. I’m so sorry you are going through that so close to your race… it’s no fun. Rest up, girl, and go in with a positive attitude. Def see a doc if you can. Thinking of you!! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you lovely — I knew you’d be able to relate (unfortunately but fortunately). We still have lots of leftover stuffing so let me know when you want to come over. k great.

  17. Regardless of how slow you run, how demotivated you may seem, or what physical and mental troubles you might face, I know you’ll rock out the half marathon and I’ll be cheering all the way from down under ;)

    I’m thankful for having your blog to read which is 100% smack bang true to yourself and one I genuinely enjoy. Hope you have a great start to the week buddy :)

  18. Amy, you are so awesome! Keep it positive girl…you have the right idea :) This post is making me think of all I am thankful for too!! So much!! You will totally do amazing…just relax and enjoy the ride!

    1. I was so excited when I saw you bang out your 10-miler! I know we will both do great and here’s to staying happy, icing for me, running a bit more for you, and staying positive :)

  19. Way to turn a negative into a positive! We all have so much to be thankful for, thank you for sharing all of your thanks! I hope your knee starts to feel better… you’re right to take it easy and take care of yourself so you can dominate this weekend!

    1. Thank you for such a kind and supportive comment. It’s so easy to stay down/negative, but that doesn’t usually turn out too well now does it?

  20. Your post is so great! It’s so easy to get down during a bad run. I need to remember to be thankful for things while I’m out there – like the fact I’m able to run! I had a CRAPPY 10 miler yesterday, it was so discouraging. I know I am working my body too hard and decided to take today as a rest day – no running, no yoga, just rest. I hope tomorrow morning goes better!

    Happy Thanksgiving xo!

  21. Thank you Cassandra… and congrats on completing your latest half-marathon! Way to go girl. I find that I have my best runs/workouts after a rest day so I hope yours turns out to be the same way. I hateeee resting though so this week will certainly be a test!

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about your knee, Amy. I hope it starts to feel better soon. I would definitely go see a doctor before pushing it through a half marathon. I’m always worried about damage in the long term!

    I like how you find the positive in a negative situation by taking the time to list everything you are thankful for. No matter what problems face us, there is always so much good in life to be happy about. Thanks for that reminder!

    1. Hoping to get into the doctor today! You are very right about long term damage but I am hoping that it is not serious and as you said, there is so much good in our lives to be happy about.

  23. Amy- I am so very sorry to hear about your knee. I know you’ve been worrying about this pain for quite sometime now. Oh how I wish I could cure you & tell you everything will be okay – but I can’t. What I can do though is pray. Pray for a successful marathon. Pray for a pain free run. Pray that everything in your life continues to go smooth & that you have a wonderful rest of the week <3

  24. I’ve been trying to think more positively these days – sometimes it’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it. Will be sending positive thoughts your way about your knee.

    Also, had a great little laugh at this one: “I am thankful for reality television… because sometimes you just need to keep up.” haha, right there with you!

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