Monday, November 25, 2013


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
~ Winston Churchill

This morning I took on one of Oiselle's #RUNGIVING challenges and bought the guy in line behind me at Starbucks his coffee.  Or, I should say, his grandé, quad, skim, mocha.  QUAD??  In fairness, he did give me the out after I learned what his order was.  But, I had already made the offer and I was sticking with it.  Nick, who had clearly just woken up and was wearing flip flops despite the 16 degree temperature, was incredibly grateful and thanked me multiple times before he headed off.  I have to give kudos to Oiselle here as they are successfully highlighting the importance of both giving and being thankful in one fell swoop.  Very cool.  I am incredibly thankful for so many things.  Every day I count my lucky stars for my family, my friends, my health, my babysitter (I've been needing her a lot lately)...the list goes on and on.  But, I am also thankful that I have the ability to give something back.  Not millions of dollars mind you, but a smile or a hug or, as was the case this morning, a coffee to a stranger; little things of big value that will hopefully have a significant impact.  After successfully completing the coffee challenge, I was inspired to keep it going.  I gave my high school xc girls a sweet treat after practice.  I gave my dog, Lucy, some extra love and attention.  I gave my friend FC a heavy dose of sarcasm and a good laugh over an afternoon latte.  If I could find a way to give, I'd do it.  It's ridiculous how easy it was.   It's also ridiculous how good it can make one feel; the giver, the receiver or both.  So now, because I'd like to end my day in the same way that I started it, I have one more thing to give.  And it's for you.  Here's what gives (sorry, I couldn't resist).


Hydration is critical during these holiday months for a plethora of reasons.  NUUN will support you all the way through.  Many thanks to all of you who read this blog and give me your time and attention, your thoughts and feedback, and a reason to keep writing and sharing day after day.  I am so grateful.

The Details:
To enter, comment below.  Tell us what you are thankful for.  Or, tell us what or how you recently gave.  Bottom line, tell us a story about thanks or giving.  The winner will be chosen via on Saturday, November 30th.  A huge thanks to NUUN for providing this fantastic treat. Winner can pick a 4 pack of any flavor (excluding watermelon and banana).   Contest is for US residents only.

Listen to this:
All the Days - Haerts


  1. I am thankful for my Family, my health, and the opportunity i have to promote running in my community!! Happy Thanksgiving11

  2. I'm thankful for so many things, but top of that list is the family and friends who always support me. So lucky.

  3. I'm thankful that I'm nearly halfway done with my nursing program. Graduation for BSN in August!!! Woot!

  4. I'm thankful I live in a country were we can all go out and run without fear.

  5. So thankful for my family, especially this year my Marine Corp son will be home for Christmas the first time in 6 years!

  6. I'm thankful for a healthy and happy family and for the ability to run and enjoy life!