Joy: Things to Look Forward to

All summer I looked forward to the day after the Humpy’s Marathon with anticipation. I didn’t know what it would be like, but I expected it to be spectacular. I treated myself to a 2-hour ride on the Alaskan Railroad to the Port of Whittier, where I took a glacier boat cruise. This photo gives you a hint of just how amazing those glaciers are – look down at the bottom of it and you’ll see how it dwarfs a large tour boat. This was without a doubt, one of the best days of my life.

As the boat cruised at high speed, we sat inside and waited for our picnic lunches. I noticed in the booth behind me, a guy wearing this year’s IM CDA finisher’s shirt. I congratulated him and asked if he did the marathon. Yup, Frank cruised through it in 3:09 and qualified for Boston. Turns out he’s also in the 50 States Marathon Running Club too. He’s in his early 30s and has already done 43 states. You can read more about him on his blog Marathon Me.

Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve thought about it, but yesterday it hit me during the track workout that it’s those little things that I look forward to that get me through the week. Yesterday was my second track workout in months. (I’ve been doing lots of tempo/pacing workouts on my own.) It was great to see the guys, Max and Alex, who smoke me and encourage me. And Kristen too. It didn’t matter that they ran way faster and were doing shorter intervals. Just to have company and the inspiration to run harder on the track helped.

My list of the little things that I look forward to this week:

Monday, it was my monthly meditation class/meeting with the girls.

Tuesday, track practice, a really good dinner and two episodes of Wipe Out (I’m so mature.)

Wednesday, date night with 734’s Dad.

Thursday, dump a bunch of stuff off at the Recycling Center – makes me feel so virtuous.

Friday, chillin’ out with shows like What Not to Wear the night before my long run

Saturday, getting’ the long run done (14-16 miles), dropping off a box of stuff at the O.C. Toxic Waste Dump, beach party/bon fire (will I get up the nerve to tackle some waves with Ryan? Hmmm.)

Sunday, super easy swim workout and time the boys. 734 loves the packaging that came with his dad’s birthday present. We nicknamed him "Camo-7" this week because he was so obsessed about hiding under it.

Okay, 'fess up: what's one of those little things that's getting you through the week?