By Megan Cox
Oh yes! It’s time to give thanks. Thanks for a big yummy turkey! Thanks that election season is over! Thanks that Christmas shopping is well underway! Thanks that my babies go to sleep and wake up around the same time, giving me—wait for it—free time!
Or, at least, time to write this cool blog.
But in all seriousness (or, in my case, semi-seriousness is generally the best I can achieve), it’s time for my list of what I’m thankful for.
More specifically, the top ten things I’m thankful for as a runner:
- Cooler weather. Now that the 80 degree weather has finally left Oklahoma City, I can run outside in the pleasant, brisk air without drowning in my own sweat. Score!
- Glow sticks. I discovered these on the Halloween aisle in Walmart, and they’re useful for keeping me from getting flattened in the dark. The glow sticks are cheap (like 97 cents), effective, and make me feel like I just left an awesome party.
- GPS watches. Well, generally I’m thankful for these. They keep my distance and time with first-rate reliability. I’m really thankful for them when I have a good run. On a bad run? I just pretend the watch isn’t working right.
- No skinny jeans. That’s right people! I know this may seem off-subject, but boy am I thankful that the fashion trend that just won’t quit is NOT required for running. With short, muscular legs like mine, I really hate this style.
- Flat-tire running strollers. Running is hard enough. Pushing a twenty pound child at the same time? Totally ruins it for me. But the chronic flat tire on my stroller is the perfect excuse to leave junior at home with Daddy!
- Apple and their iPod. I can’t help but send love to Apple. Many, many treadmill runs are made better because of my little pink Nano.
- Musicians that make me move. Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green, One Republic – I love you all (and so many, many others)!
- A race before the end of the world. Because the supposed apocalypse isn’t until December 21 (or is it the 12th? I can never remember), I will happily have my opportunity to run my half marathon on December 9!
- Shoes that feel like I’m running on whip topping. Here’s to the running store that fitted me for my sneakers. I love them so much I’ve been tempted to curl up with my awesome purple and gray shoes at night.
- Other runners. All the runners who comment on Facebook inspire me because I know there are so many awesome half-marathoners out there like myself. I’m thankful I get to run alongside strong, motivated people!
This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.