running with gratitude | marathon monday #2

It’s Monday, Monday, gotta get down on…Monday?

OK, maybe not, but, how productive is a song about Monday? Just kidding, “Manic Monday” is a thing. Anyway… let’s get into it.

Marathon Monday Round 2!

I’ve officially completed my first full week of training! I was scheduled for four runs, all of which I completed and even ran longer than the training plan required. Go team!

So I’ve felt really good overall and the inspiration during my runs has been FLOWING. I’ve heard that the first thing Ernest Hemingway did in the morning before writing was go for a run. (If you know me, you know I’m infatuated with Ernie.)

I can see why this was an important part of his morning ritual.

Today, I had a completely different post planned. Way back on last Thursday, I knew I was going to talk about some running tip that could also be applied to non-running life and blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good one and it will show up eventually on #marathonmonday, but yesterday on my run something completely different hit me.

Today, I feel so compelled to talk about GRATITUDE. It’s such a simple thing, being thankful for the things that we have. However, it can be easy to forget just how much we as humans in this world have been blessed with. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you have access to/own a smart phone, tablet, computer, etc. A blessing in and of itself!

Running is hard. It’s not only physically challenging, but mentally challenging as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to stop running during an individual run. The times when I hit that wall and I have to convince myself to just keep going.

And I’ve got to say, the times that I start being thankful for the fact that I have the equipment, time, freedom, health and even body parts required to run, it makes it a whole hell of a lot easier to keep going.

When I run certain routes, I encounter a lot of homeless people and their, well, encampments. Everything they own on a tarp, in a shopping cart or a backpack, in the middle of the city. It’s shocking and sad to see humans live like that, especially when I’m just casually running by on a Sunday morning in specialized running shoes, listening to music with my Spotify Premium subscription, on an iPhone 7 Plus, through Bose Headphones. Yeah, it makes me feel like a douchebag – see the need for gratitude?

Because let’s think about it…

Who am I that I was given this life?? Who am I that I was blessed with every single little thing I have?? Now, don’t get me wrong, I have worked really hard for a lot of the things that I have, but the man sleeping with his shopping cart by the freeway? Just as easily…that could have been me.

Is it fair? Not at all. And that’s exactly why we have to be made aware of this. I haven’t been given this life of blessings free of charge. It is my job to have GRATITUDE and try to make this world a better place along the way. Something as small as a smile can change someone’s day.

It’s easy to feel bad for ourselves when times get tough, trust me I know. But it’s so much healthier and satisfying to take a time out and list our blessings. Don’t know where to start? Let me help you out…

  • Did you sleep in a bed last night? In a house? With walls and a roof? With running water, electricity, heat/AC?
  • Are you getting ready to go to, currently at, just getting home from, or taking a day off from a job?
  • Are you wearing clothes, watching TV, drinking wine, eating dinner…?

I think you get the idea.

It’s been so humbling to see those less fortunate than me during my runs and it jump starts the gratitude list. Not only do I have physical necessities and non-essentials, but I also have the health and actual body parts needed to run in a marathon. Yep, that definitely puts it all in perspective.

Now that I’ve shared my enlightenment…it’s your turn.

I challenge everyone to do what I do each and every morning:

  • Write down 3 things you are thankful for

We’ve already done some brainstorming. It’s amazing how doing this simple exercise can alter the course of my day for the better. I feel myself having more patience and letting the petty things slide at work (for the most part – no one’s perfect!!)

So take my challenge, examine your life for the blessings and I think you’ll find that you have been given plenty to be thankful for.

Happy Monday! Kill it today, my killahs! I’m thankful for everyone who has ever stopped by and read the blog!! : D

❀ Jess

Author: Jess

Las Vegas local / writer, creator, festival goer, explorer, marketer, promoter, special event & experience curator

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