Friday, March 18, 2011

Simple Things

This post is inspired by Emily over at Cashmeres and Cupcakes.  (If you don't read her blog, you should.  I think she has it all.  She is amazingly fashionable, an awesome decorator and she can bake and cook with the best of them). She does a post regularly called "Five Things," but one time she posted something called "Simple Moments."  When I read it, I immediately fell in love with the idea and wanted to write my own.  Because in a world full of negativity, anger and complaining, its really easy to write about the things that annoy you, but its a lot harder to think about the good things.  So this post is dedicated to that thought.  As Emily writes, "there’s no antonym of “pet peeve” in the dictionary (and yes, I checked).   Until there’s a word that describes those simple things that make you smile, I’ve compiled a list of my top ten." 
So here are My Top Ten Simple Things 
(at this very moment)
1. When I get off the train and see my husbands car waiting to pick me up.  That sense of security and reliance is so comforting.
2. When I walk around my office and bump into people I haven't talked to in awhile.  I love being around people and chatting it up.
3. When I get into bed with freshly washed sheets.  
4. When I'm walking around the grocery store with my organized list.  No shopping makes me happier than grocery shopping.
5. When Ann Taylor Loft gets new dresses in that fit me perfectly.  I love wearing dresses, especially a certain silhoutte and style.  My friends have even nicknamed them "Lizzy dresses."
6. When I cook a meal I'm really proud of.  I cook almost every night so not every meal can be spectacular. But when it is, I love taking a step back and being proud of my work.  6 years ago I didn't know how to cook at all.  I've come a long way.
7. When I think about how lucky I am to be so close with my family.  I love my family dinners at my mothers and my brother will always be my best friend.
8. When I take a step back and think about my life.  The other day I was driving around town and I just started thinking, wow, I have it pretty good.  
9. When I run with friends.  There is no better way to catch up with people you haven't seen in awhile then running 10+ miles with them.
10. When I finish a long run.  There is no sense of accomplishment like finishing a really challenging run.  One that makes you believe that finishing a marathon is realistic. (ps, I hope I feel that way tomorrow...and I will!)
So on that note, I wanted to write about my run tomorrow.  I'm planning to run 18 + miles.  And I'm not nervous one bit.  Maybe because getting this number into this exclusive race came out of nowhere, but I'm really not putting any pressure on myself.  I want to enjoy this race.  I want to enjoy my long runs over the next couple weeks.  And so much about running is mind over matter.  If I tell myself I can do this, I will.  Over the last couple days, I've been looking back at when I ran 20 miles before. I've run 20 miles 5X and I've run 2 marathons.  I know I can do this, and I will do this.

So about running, my friend Jayne is hosting the Tory Row 5K on May 22nd in Harvard Square.  It's put on by runners FOR runners so the goods are sickkkk.  Check it out!

I would love it for all my readers and friends to sign up for this.

Your $40 registration fee includes a Holloway Tech Shirt (choice of female-fit v-neck or male fit crew neck), a Tory Row 5K RuMe reusable tote bag (folds up pocket-sized), refreshments from Nashoba Brook Bakery, bottled water, and a post-race beer at either Tory Row or Cambridge, 1. We'll do our best to accommodate size preferences for tech shirts. Get to number pick-up early to snag your preferred size.
100% of proceeds will be donated to Cambridge-based nonprofits.

This would be an awesome chance for all of us Boston running bloggers to get together!  Sign Up today!

Do you think a big part of running is mental?  And what are the little things that make you happy?


  1. thanks for the race shout-out, liz! good luck on your 18 tomorrow!

  2. I loved reading this - it is great to remind ourselves of these simple things that make life great. (also, thanks for the heads up on those fantastic Ann Taylor dresses!)

  3. Aww I love this post! Right now your post reminds me to be happy that tonight I will get to spend a wonderful night at home with my husband and my pup :)

  4. Aw! Your list made me smile. I just bought two Ann Taylor dresses on sale! That's pretty much the only place I can find dresses that fit right because I'm so short!

    And I always smile when I see Jeff waiting for me after work... one because he's there, and two because I'm leaving work. :)

  5. This is such a cute post. I like that your simple things mostly involve your loved ones. You're a sweetheart.

  6. such a heartwarming post. good luck running 18. will I be seeing you tomorrow?!

  7. My favorite "8. When I take a step back and think about my life. The other day I was driving around town and I just started thinking, wow, I have it pretty good." I try to do this whenever I'm in a bad mood and it always brings me back to earth. Thanks for the great post & including me! :) See you Sunday!!

  8. I <3 you. Great post! Life really is full of amazing things and sometimes the simplest things are the most important. I am so happy and excited for you! And I'm considering the 5K if you are.

  9. Love this list!! Taking the time to appreciate simple things is so refreshing - it really is those small things that get us through each day and make us happy :)
    So glad you're feeling calm and ready for your 18 miles tomorrow - I am positive you will do great! And a positive mindset is a total must. Running requires a strong, confident mind. Good luck tomorrow!

  10. Love this list and getting to know you better! I have an 18miler so we can wis each good thoughts (luck is not needed, right?!)

    Love #7 -- very blessed!

  11. Such a great idea!!

    I may have to borrow this for a post soon =)

  12. I wish I lived in Boston so I could run part of your 18 with you tomorrow - you'll be just fine, can't wait to hear about it. :)

    PS - Just read your Naked Pizza post. I love their pizza! Great taste without the guilt.

  13. Good luck on the 18 miles girl! I'm doing a step down week today with only about 13/14 to give my body a mini break after all these increases!

    And yes I got your email about the meet-up! I'm not sure exactly what day I'll be coming into Boston but if I'm there on Saturday you can bet I'll be at the meet-up!

    I loved this post. We should all think about the simple things more often.

  14. Hope your long run goes well!
    This was such a cute post!
    Right off the bat I felt the same way about your number 1! :)

  15. Great post, Lizzy! I think a lot about running is mental - racing and being mentally tough enough to accept pain and push through, long runs alone, even just getting out the door in the morning. I love the feeling after a long run too!