My first 'G' essential is gratitude! It is absolutely essential to be grateful to God for the ability to run, for the peace running brings, for the air I breathe, for time alone with my baby, for time outside, and for the beauty of nature that surrounds me.
I've learned to never take a run for granted. After being injured and not able to run, all runs, even runs that don't go as planned, are still good. Not running is miserable. So when I run I'm showing God how grateful I am for the gift He has given me - a healthy, capable, moving body and especially for the life growing inside me!
Ewww! I know.
Sorry to be so gross, but when I'm nauseated, the last thing I want to drink is water. I forced myself to drink water before and during my runs for the sake of the baby, but nothing tasted sweeter after a run than Gatorade!
Besides being an alternative to water when I'm sick, it's also good for replenishing potassium and sodium levels during long runs.