Friday, November 25, 2011

The Sweet Life

(Photo taken on a recent trip to Boston)
Yesterday I ran the 64th Troy Turkey Trot 10K.  It was a wonderful experience.  In honor of Thanksgiving I had pre-set a topic of concentration for each mile, as a way to reflect on all I have to be thankful for-on Thanksgiving and every day.  Here is the breakdown:  Mile 1- My family.  Mile 2- True friends.  Mile 3- My health.  Mile 4- My Good fortune and freedom.  Mile 5- The past.  Mile 6- The future.  The last five years have been tumultuous, to say the least- breaking my spine, finishing college, ending a relationship, moving to France, returning from France, finding employment, discovering horrific allergies and battling several health issues, and moving-over and over.  Yesterday was the day that I set all my emotions and worries in their rightful places.  I'm not quite sure what it is about running that always helps me do this, perhaps its the repetition of one foot in front of the other or the surge of endorphins, but yesterday was by far the most successful run I've ever had.  I didn't run faster than usual or place in my division, I did however let go of the things that weighed me down.  I worked through each mile concentrating on the things I have wanted to say over the years, but never did and I allowed myself to finally feel the things I needed to feel.  

Here is what the Troy Turkey Trot 10K did for me:  I realized, truly how much I have to be thankful for.  There are times that I complain, pick myself apart or wish for more- I realized that there are people who don't have sneakers to run, the freedom or funds to have a hobby such as this and there I was, running in my favorite sneakers and watching the mile tracker on my Garmin watch, while others might not have a meal to eat.  I finally, said goodbye to people from my past and the hurtful things they did.   I will no longer let their hurtful actions effect how I feel about myself ever again.  I do not begrudge them, nor do I wish them ill tidings, but I do not need to carry their negativity with me.  Then, at mile 5, my mind switched from the past to the future, and I repeated, "do not let the past hold you back, let the future pull you forward". 

Crossing the finish line I confirmed to myself that this is a new year, starting with all the things that I have to be thankful for!  I love this life- and what a sweet life it is!

What were you thankful for this year?!


  1. Jeni - I'm so proud of you and happy for you! You've come so far and you are more beautiful than ever - the beauty from within is showing more and more and it just makes the beauty on the outside - exquisite!

    I love you!!! So much! You are very precious to me - a precious gift! xoxoxoxo

  2. Wow Jen, I love that mantra!! I'm going to use that. :)