The Holidays

So as we speak Thanksgiving is wrapping up for most Americans. Food comas are in full effect. Most awkward family fights have been averted and everyone is trying to figure out how they are going to work off that extra helping of stuffing this week. For us on Team USA, it means another race week and continuing the hunt for Olympic spots. As I am sure most of you know, we are now in Kazakhstan for this week’s World Cup.

Many of us were talking last night trying to figure out when we were last home with our families for the holidays. It honestly took us all a long time to pinpoint a date. One coach of ours said he hasn’t been home for both Christmas and Thanksgiving in one year since 1989. I don’t want this come across as complaining. One of things, I am most thankful for in my life is the opportunity to represent this great country on the world circuit. But it is at times difficult to be away from the ones we love. There is just something about this time of year that makes you yearn for that family connection.

But this thought got me thinking a bit more about our team. I have said it before but we are like a big family. We fight. We yell at each other. We can annoy the hell out of each other. But when one of us has a great race, we are there right away to congratulate them. We help pick each other up when life happens. We are there to share some of the best and worst moments of our lives together.

The more I thought about this holiday season and those I have missed in the past, the more I am thankful to be spending it with my other family here on the road. I hope everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving and to all my family back home I love you and hope to make you proud on Sunday during the 10k.