Let me start with a confession. The Thanksgiving tradition of "what are you thankful for" has caused me stress since elementary school. But I have lots to be thankful for this year. I will try to avoid just making a list, but I can't promise that won't happen.
I am thankful for my family. Yes, it's cliche. But it's true. My life would be very incomplete without them.
I am thankful for my body. Sure, we all have moments when we look in the mirror and wish we maybe hadn't eaten the WHOLE bag of Oreos. But my body has been through a lot, and (for the most part) has come back stronger. This meat vessel constantly amazes me with how hard I can push it.
I am thankful for the mental strength to push my body. Lets be honest about it - pushing the body is a whole lot harder than just sitting on the couch. Using my mind and my body I have been able to see and experience some amazing things.
I am thankful for Dan Woods, and the opportunity he has given me. I am still proud, honored, and shocked that Dan has chosen me to help represent and grow his vision of RunJunkEes. This opportunity has been greater than either of us have probably imagined. I'm still just an ordinary guy trying to be the best runner I can be. But thanks to Dan and the RunJunkEes I have been shown that ordinary can be very helpful to others.
I am thankful for the RunJunkeEs community. Between my local chapter and the main group I have found some incredible friends, some awesomely supportive people, and I have even found a bit of myself. The connections I have made with this group have shaped up the last year of my life in ways I could not have expected. Further, they have pushed me to push myself to the point where my goals for the next year are truly rather frightening, and incredibly awesome.
I could go on, but it will quickly start to sound cliche. Let me sum up by saying this:
If you are reading this, I am thankful for you, even if I don't exactly know how or why yet.