Keeping a positive attitude after a negative run

Yesterday was another rough run!

It was hot, humid and I was tired.  But rather than going on and on about how difficult my run was, I decided to look to the positive and think of why I am thankful.  I learned from my mom over the years that being positive is always better than being negative.

So here I go…

  • I am thankful that I am able to run.
  • I am thankful that even on hot days, I can come home from work, put on my running shoes and head out the door.
  • I am thankful that my lovely wife and kids encourage me on this journey, even though it takes up more and more time.
  • I am thankful for my mother and brothers and friends who are excited to see my progress with my running and weight loss.
  • I am thankful that I have kids who also run and are excited about it with me.
  • I am thankful for TJ running who runs with me at times.  Without him today, I would have given up much earlier.
  • I am thankful that I have been running for over a year and never gotten hurt.
  • I am thankful that I have gotten a lot of people from work (with family and friends) to run the 5K with me in May.
  • I am thankful that I have lost 100 lbs since the height of my weight gain (and kept it off).
  • I am thankful that I am alive and healthier than I’ve been for most of my life.
  • I am thankful that I have gone from obese to (soon) running marathons in just a couple of years.

Yesterday’s run was hard.  In fact this week has been one hard run after another.  But looking beyond a difficult week,  I am thankful that I can run.  It has been a dream since I was 18 and now 32 years later it is a reality.  I am also thankful for this blog and the people who read it each day.  It has been so rewarding and has helped inspire me to run harder and work to excel in this sport.  I may or may not ever be known to the running community as anyone, but for now, I am thankful that I am a part of this community and for the support of my family, friends, and fellow bloggers and Tweeters.

What are you thankful for?

Think about it the next time you have a rough day at the very thing to which you look forward.  Running has taught me that every up hill I face, there is a down hill coming soon.  Don’t give up.  Just be thankful.

6 thoughts on “Keeping a positive attitude after a negative run

  1. I did a morning run for the first time since living in Northern Va. You can imagine how long ago that was. Surprisingly, it was no where near as difficult / painful as I had feared. Next time I will venture out with a much more positive attitude, and like you, I’m simply thankful that I can run even when I really don’t want to. See you in Boston! (as a spectator).

  2. A gratitude list is a good exercise to do. I find it helps me to “keep my thoughts captive” and I am able to better steer myself through the day. Always so much to be grateful for- even when we aren’t running.
    I can’t imagine facing heat and humidity already! Nice and cool/foggy here still..and will be even in summer in the mornings. It must make you stronger to face that.
    Clicked over from twitter 🙂 @raina_runs

    • It is nice to see twitter friends on my blog also!!! I agree about the gratitude list. My lovely wife has a private blog where she lists all the good things that have happened to her. I thought that was a great idea.
      We benefit from warmer winters (most of the time) here, but summers are brutal. I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m thankful 🙂 Thanks for the comments.

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