Here are a few of the many things that are currently making me feel both grateful and lucky. Let's go in chronological order.
I won Melanie's giveaway for an entry to the Sunburst Race series in South Bend, Indiana. A HUGE thank you to Melanie and to the race organizers for this privilege! It was an amazing stroke of luck for me to be selected. I have been eyeing the Sunburst Half Marathon for years so I am incredibly pumped to finally run it.
There are so many things to look forward to with this race. In particular, I can't wait to run the course along the St. Joseph River. I've run part of the riverfront path during a previous visit to South Bend, and it is gorgeous.
|This a course photo from Amanda's race recap in 2014
Additionally, the course finishes on the field at Notre Dame's football stadium. Call it the luck of the Irish, yes!?!?!? I consider the privilege of running on any pro/college stadium to be one of the coolest things that runners get to do during races.
Thanks again so much to Melanie and the Sunburst Half Marathon!
This past Sunday...
The Shamrock Shuffle this past Sunday was wrought with cold temperatures and heavy winds. But... IT DID NOT RAIN.
As I mentioned here, I've been taking a lot of heat over the past few weeks (no pun intended) about being a racing rain magnet. In the days leading up to Shamrock Shuffle Sunday, I was horrified to see that the meteorologists were once again forecasting rain.
Mother Nature clearly likes to toy with me. While it did rain on Sunday, the rain didn't start until about 11:00! WHEWWWWW. I feel so lucky that we all dodged that bullet!!!
(But now... so it begins with the no-rain dances for the CARA Live Grit Lakefront 10-Miler on April 18. ;-) )
Adam surprised me with last-minute tickets to the Blackhawks vs. Kings game at the United Center! Originally my intention was just to watch the game from our living room. But then, Adam called me in the office at 5:45 PM and said, "So, regarding tonight's Blackhawks game. Does it matter where we watch them play tonight?" Right away I knew what he was up to. (He's so sneaky!!!)
Here are a couple of pictures from last night's game:
|The national anthem at a Blackhawks home game. Best live moment in all of professional sports.
Huge thanks to Adam for being the wonderful person that he is! He knows me so well; always senses exactly what to do to make me smile; and always inspires me with his humor, intelligence, and his approach to life. I am so grateful and so lucky to have him!
The usual suspects...
In addition to Adam, I've got several other things for which I am eternally grateful and lucky. It bears repeating them again here, since I believe you can never be too grateful.
As always, I am thankful for my inspiring friends and family; my good health; having so many resources available at all times; the wonderful company that I work for; and living in the fabulous city of Chicago.
Life is good!