Happy Thanksgiving! This morning was kinda weird for me. Maybe its because I am due for my period… who knows! But as I was driving up to the Dana Point, CA 10k Turkey Trot, the sun was shining, the ocean was glassy, and I just started to get watery eyes. I have so much to be thankful for. I was just thinking to myself how this was going to be the first race since I found out I got in to Ironman. Which….. though it is a year away….. kinda cool to say. I have a very strong body that I am very thankful for. It helps me endure miles on miles. We should all be thankful for the bodies we have and the health and strength in our extremities that let us race and do the things we want. I have 3 people, besides my immediate family, that I am particularly thankful and grateful to have in my life. My best friends Becca (now lives in France), Erin (in Carlsbad), and my husband Josh. These 3 people have made me really believe in myself over the past few years, and even more so as I start to tackle this race journey. Many of you (well, I know not many are reading.. LOL) may or may not know that I actually do not have support from my parents on my decision to race. They actually HATE that I do endurance races. Sadly.. it kind of fuels me to work harder and do better. But.. Erin, Becca, and Josh, all have been RIGHT by my side, no matter how near or far, and encouraged me, loved me, pumped me up, motivated me (even sometimes they think I motivate them). They are unbelievable people to have as friends. If you don’t know them, you need to. They will make your life better. The texts, the emails, phone calls, just to check in, say hi, catch up, see how training is, and hold each other accountable for working out.. is more than anyone I know. My hubby is a different story, but still love him to death. He knows the races and him have a LOVE/HATE relationship. He loves the way races make me feel (inside and out), but hates how much time it takes and how hard it is on me sometimes. But.. he knows me… and he knows that when I set a goal, I will do it. And when he tells people I am doing an Ironman.. he kinda has a little pep in his voice.. and though he doesn’t do the cheerleader thing with me, or get overly excited with me about it, I know he is kinda proud. This wasn’t really about anything, but being thankful. Being happy. Having a great day and loving the people around me in spirit and in person! I heard this saying in a meeting, “Own Happiness”. I think we should all embrace it. Practice peace, and give high fives! XOXO Happy Thanksgiving 2014!