i was running through the woods the other day, and it made me think. when i was training for my half marathon, i would honestly look forward to running most days. of course there were the days when i felt like i didn't have it in me, but once i would get out there with my good buddy ipod (who, if you remember that post, decided to die on me at the very start of my race. i've forgiven her since), i would feel so thankful to be able to run and able to have some time to myself. i'm not sure if you all know this, but on my mission i developed a pretty bad case of tendinitis in both of my feet. it was a pretty big trial for me, but after a few months of me being home it toned down a little bit. then, it just went away...which is why i was able to train and run my half marathon. after my race, it all came back, so bad in fact that i had to get some steroid shots in my right foot simply so i could walk. well, i've started running slowly but surely again and it has felt so good. i've been running this week outside and i've felt so free and so wonderful. yes, it's been terribly hot. yes, my feet have ached a little bit. but i can't explain to you how thankful i am for my health and that i'm able to do those kinds of activities. i love my ipod, i love my music that shuffles to different songs which all mean something to me in some way, and i love that time to myself to just think, reconnect, and find happiness. the point of this post: needing to recognize how thankful i am for my ongoing good health, the outdoors, and good, good music.