Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Do you remember writing those little essays when you were in elementary school, always around Thanksgiving, where you detailed what you were thankful for?

Well here is my (pre-Thanksgiving) version!

1) I'm so thankful for all the encouragement and support that I received in regards to my decision to turn pro.  You guys know how to make a girl feel good!  HA!  Seriously though, I do really appreciate every little note, text, FB comment, email, blog comment, etc...  It will be a fun journey!  I'm glad you all are along for the ride!

2) On that same note, I'm SOOO thankful for the current pros that I asked advice from.  GEEZ!  Such a great group of women that gave such great advice and some very good things to keep in mind as I go through my first year.  If condensed into a single sentence, their thoughts can be summarized with something like this: There will be growing pains but with perspective and a positive attitude, it will be a great experience!  YEEEHAW - can't wait!  (and I'm really just excited about something I already knew - there are so many wonderful people in our sport that genuinely want to see everyone do well :)

3) Completely unrelated - I'm thankful that it's Taco-tastic Tuesday at Qdoba!  Seriously - $1 tacos?! 

4) I'm also really thankful for off-season training!  YAHOO!  I'm feeling great but definitely still limiting myself so as not to go overboard before the "real" training starts.  Mostly what I like about this whole scenario is that I do what I want to do when I want to do it.  This means MASTERS!  And running with Oscar!  (did someone mention a bike?)  I love masters swimming so much.  On Monday it was long course and that just made me even more happy.  And on Sunday I got to run with Oscar (okay, only 8 of his 20 miles were with me :) and tomorrow morning I get to run AGAIN with him!  YEAH! 

5) Believe it or not, I'm also really thankful for my job!  Ha!  I really like the people I work with and although a hospital can be a depressing place (like when families have to make the decision to withdrawal support or just cancer in general), mostly I think it can be very uplifting to see people fight like hell for their lives...and WIN!  And I know I say this all the time but I'm thankful for the perspective my job gives me.  It's hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are surrounded by people who would be thrilled by the thought of getting out of bed, or breathing on their own, or eating solid food.  :)

Of course I'm thankful for 10 gazillion other things (gazillion is a real number you know!) but I won't bore you any longer.  Have a great night everyone!


  1. Taco-tastic Tuesday sure was great! PS - It ended up being 21 miles since it was such a nice morning.

  2. $1 tacos. I thought $2 tacos Tuesday was great. I guess that's the cost of living in Hawaii!

  3. What a great post :) Beth you are so ready for this journey and it is going to be amazing!!! We all have so much to be thankful for, it's great to be reminded about it sometimes! Enjoy the offseason :)

  4. taco tuesdays?! i want some!!!!!!!!!

  5. LOVELY post and a good reminder to be GRATEFUL for everything...surely is something a lot of athletes forget! :) Enjoy your tacos. Or maybe that was yesterday! lol

  6. And I am thankful for you and your cheery post!


  7. Is Oscar doing the Pittsburgh Marathon? I was actually considering it as I'm hunting around for a winter marathon. You posting this tells me you already have some good perspective on life Beth.

  8. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed reading about your adventures. Keep up all of the great work!

  9. so much to be grateful for!!! love fall running with neil (when he doesn't take off at 6ish pace lol...)
    I'm grateful I get to live vicariously through you chasing the big pro dream! woot woot!!