Giving thanks:
5 things I’m super thankful for that I take for granted sometimes

1 – My husband– for being loving and cuddly, supportive & adventurous.
I think I’d be a partial hermit if not for Bill, but I get to do things like go to see the Celtics in the playoffs with 2 days notice and go visit fun places. He’s really good at taking care of me when I’m sick and now being pregnant. He’s also a great cook and should probably do it more πŸ™‚ and he comes to my races and is waiting at the finish line and he’s always proud of me and gives me hugs. And when I have sore muscles, he is a really good massouse. So I’m really lucky and I’m thankful for having a great husband and best friend.

2 – My job– Teaching high school. It is very rewarding although can be annoying, but overall I’m so happy to be a teacher and really enjoy interacting with the kids and teaching them!

3- Family & friends – For being there when I need them and for family get-togethers and bonding time. I think it will be fun growing up and having kids and having family gatherings. My friends are mostly my psychologists so they are great.

4- Running I would have put this right up there as 1B but I held back, but really that is where it goes. Running allows me to feel good about myself, to think about things when I need to work things out in my head, and to push myself (although not right now). I am so grateful that I have working legs and a body that allows me to run.

5- Those first four things are basically my life so here are some small things that I am appreciative for: memories of growing up, foot massages and pedicures (especially right now), running clothes, brisk fall days with blue skies and leaves blowing, snow days and snow storms and staying in and drinking hot chocolate or going sledding, my cozy bed when it is all made up and ready to get into, and Dove soap (it smells really good!) – I’m totally weird and I’ve always had this thing for smelling soap but right now I love the soap suds too.

Today I was able to run/jog/walk for an hour and a half. The first half hour lately has been really slow and today my legs were screaming, mainly my calves and shins. I had to go back to the Mizuno waveriders which have about 300 pregnant girl miles on them, and I think they are ready to retire. I am going to have to go back and see if the running store will take back the new Nikes, they seem to cause the problem with the bottom of my foot. Nikes have never worked for me, but these are wide, and seemed really cozy. Oh well. After that half hour of running, I can get into it and it goes nicely. Both yesterday and today I was able to run for some time under 10 minute miles after the really slow start. It felt really good. I got in 8.2 miles. Some days are good!

Today is 28 weeks. Some pics of my growing self and active baby πŸ™‚



  1. I love your list of thankfulness! Your hubby sounds super sweet! I love your baby bump too!

  2. ok, NOW you look a little bit pregnant. cute! and seriously, i think it’ll get more cute from here on out…hey, we need SOME sort of trade off for sucky running!

  3. teacherwoman Reply

    Great list of things to be thankful for!The baby’s getting bigger! πŸ™‚

  4. Mama Simmons Reply

    Great run! In my third trimester it always took me at least 20 minutes to warm up while swimming (and i’d have some painful crampy feelings during those 20 min) but then would feel great after that. A slow start may be the key to keeping you going? πŸ˜‰

  5. I love the pictures. You look like you are having a baby now. You look amazing as always. Nice job on the run/walk/jog.

  6. Angela and David Kidd Reply

    You are still so tiny! And running would probably be 1.c on my list of things to be thankful for so I understand where you are coming from.

  7. You are so cute! Its great that you have all those things plus a baby on the way!

  8. Frayed Laces Reply

    Oh now you are at the way too cute pregnancy stage. I want to wrap up your belly and stick a bow on it!

  9. What a great list! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The littlest runner belly is just soo cute! abour running form, I got nada. If I think about form then I forget to breathe or sumfin crazy like that.

  10. The smell of Dove soap reminds me of my Grandmother :)Great post! You are a lucky lady and are about to become even luckier when the lil one arrives!Glad you got to get out there for a run. Hope the different shoes work.

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