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Gratitude Friday – Back After 3 Weeks Edition

Before I begin this post, I just wanted to remind everyone that there is still tons of time to enter the Hit and Run 5k giveaway! You can win a race entriy for any of Hit and Run’s race locations in the U.S. 🙂

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This picture is here to remind you of how COOL Hit and Run is!


This week has included some of the best of times and the worst of times in my adult life.  As mentioned in my post about life lessons, it is best to always expect the unexpected.  My own advice is a tough pill to swallow because the unexpected has happened way too often recently.  For now, I will stick to “vague blogging” about the subject because the issues I am referring to are not appropriate to discuss in such a public place.  I am mentioning these hard times in this post mostly because I think it is most important to addresss what makes me happy when the going gets tough. In all honesty, things could be so much worse. There is so much good surrounding me, and I am here to share it all with you! I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to complete a Ragnar Relay! whateverskirts

Team Whatever Skirts…

How many people get to say that they’ve run all the way from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL with 11 old and new friends?

I’m thankful for my family. 

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Such winners at our “Chicago Shirts from Walgreens Party” back in the day <3

Maybe I’ve put this in too many blog posts, but they’ve really been there for me lately. My aunt helped make a stressful school assignment less stressful for me, my parents have been really supportive of my school/running/other endeavors lately, my cousin from Boston is coming into town, and I love going to the gym with my other cousin on a regular basis.  PS, my gym buddy cousin also has a blog: Othingsbeauty. Check it out for beauty tips and more! I’ve learned a lot from Oksana’s blog already 🙂

I’m thankful for my former coworkers.

Have I ever told you guys that I was a manager at a pool concession stand back in high school and college? This was literally the best job ever; I would still work there if the pay was enough to support me.  If money weren’t an object, I’d work there for FREE. Sadly, the concession stand closed a few years ago.  My coworkers were like family for five summers straight.  Our bosses were two of the best bosses I’ve ever had. A few of us met up on Wednesday night for dinner and it was like nothing changed. My coworkers and I started working there around age 16. We are 26 now! It’s been a decade! Wow.

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Serving up popcorn at the local fireworks show!

I’m thankful for Britta, my oldest and dearest BFF.

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Also grateful to have met MOLLY SHANNON.

Britta and I met when we shared a locker in preschool and became fast friends. We’ve shared our differences over the years and were separated by colleges and even countries at times, but we are always able to pick up where we left off.

I’m grateful for Andy. 

Best boyfriend EVER. ‘Nuff said.

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I found a good one!

I’m grateful that I get to run the Rock n’ Sole Half Marathon for the THIRD time in a row TOMORROW!

Andy and I actually met for the first time at the Rock n’ Sole back in 2012. We didn’t start dating until 6 months or so later, but I guess he made an impression on me at the race 🙂

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Me, Sara, and Andy

love the Rock n’ Sole with all my heart. It was my second half marathon and I PRed by a landslide the first time I did it. Running through Milwaukee is always exciting, too 🙂

I’m grateful that I looked through a bunch of old photos to write this post. 

Now I’m in such high spirits 😀 Wooooo, nostalgia!

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Here’s one more… from my 21st birthday! 

Lastly, I’m grateful that the people from the Hit and Run 5k contacted me to write a post about the race and do a giveaway

How cool is it that this blog afforded me such an opportunity? I love that I get to meet people who are interested in the same things that I enjoy. Plus, I get to talk about my life and running here, which can get boring to my friends and family. Now they can choose to read it or not 😉

What are you guys grateful for today?!