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Rollin’ With The Punches

“It’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it that makes the difference.” – W. Mitchell

I don’t like to be a negative person. I really don’t! I honestly don’t understand why people can be negative ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously! Back in high school, I had a friend who was negative almost every single day. One day (towards the end of high school) I asked her why she was always so negative (in a non- threatening way). Her response, “So people feel bad for me.”

*crickets* Um…. yeah. I wouldn’t say that is the best response.

However, sometimes there are times in life when everything points towards a negative situation. Like this morning…

I set my alarm to go off at 5:30am. While I only had a 6 miler planned, I wanted to beat the Florida heat. With my alarm set, I went to bed…

I woke up a few times throughout the night (I’m a very light sleeper :( ) including at 5am. I looked at my phone, saw that I still had 30 minutes so I rolled back over and went back to sleep… until 6:45!!!!! My alarm NEVER went off!!!!

When I saw the time, I immediately leaped out of bed, uttered a few “not so nice” words, got dressed and headed out the door. Since it was already HOT out, I decided to change my running location. Instead of running Downtown Jacksonville like I planned, I went over to the other side of town where there is more shade.

This meant a longer drive… which led to a later start time-I started my run at around 7:30.

Despite the failed alarm clock, the hotter temperature, and the late start time, I still had high goals for this run. I wanted to remain positive even though all signs were pointing towards a negative run. The first 4 miles of the run were FLAWLESS! I immediately got into a “zone” and the miles just clipped away. I was going at a pace that was actually a little faster than I was intending, but my legs felt good, so I just let them do their thing.

Then my stomach decided to rebel. My legs said “GO” but my stomach said “AW HELL NO!” Frustrated, but not quite defeated, I decided to take 10-second walk breaks when I needed to. Just enough time for my stomach to settle, but not too much to kill my overall pace.

In the end, I took about five quick walk breaks for the remainder of the run. Yes it was frustrating, especially since my legs wanted to just GO, but sometimes our body had different plans. When all was said and done, I completed 6.43 miles in 55:09 (8:34 pace). The walk breaks didn’t completely kill my time, but I definitely would have ran at the most a 8:20 pace if not for the issues.

So laying out the negatives of the run…

  • Alarm didn’t go off at the proper time (or at all).
  • I started my run a whole hour and a half later than I wanted to.
  • It was H-O-T!!!
  • Stomach= Death of Me
  • I felt like a cop was following me the entire time. I saw the same cop car at least 8 times during the run. This made me paranoid.

But now the positives…

  • I ran almost a 1/2 mile further than intended. Not big in the grand scheme of things, but an accomplishment.
  • The first 4 miles were fantastic with a strong and steady pace.
  • I had a rockin playlist. ;)
  • I got into a zone very quickly, something that I’ve struggled with in the past.
  • I never wanted to give up!
  • I loved the outfit I ran in. Kept me pretty cool under the Florida sun!

I bought a pair of running spandex shorts yesterday and they were amazing! I also love my new race tee! It’s a light tech tee and is not tight (I hate tight shirts when I run!).

So maybe the run wasn’t a complete loss! ;)

After getting back to my apartment and allowing my stomach to settle a little, I made a cool breakfast to help beat the heat.

Hey, I was feeling a little crafty today! ;)

  • Multi-grain oats
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Wheat germ

For the afternoon, I made granola for the winner of Cait’s bake sale, sent out E-mails, cleaned, and read article upon article about marathon training. I’m modifying my training schedule a little (or a lot) because my goals for the marathon have changed. I’ll explain this in more detail in the next few days, but what it comes down to is that I don’t feel like I am pushing myself to be the best I can be. I know that I can do better than I have been, but I have been scared of my past injuries. Ah, C’est la vie…

Throughout the afternoon I nibbled on things (carrots and hummus, a little granola, etc), but nothing was captured on camera. Honestly, my stomach was a bit off still. :(

After a day of relaxing, I had the opportunity to meet up with Faith! Faith was in town for the evening so we decided to meet up at The Grape!

The Grape is a cute wine and bistro with a whole selection of different wines from all over the world!

Sorry, the lighting was awful for photos so I had to get a little artistic with my editing! ;)

We decided to each do a flight of wines. I chose the Riesling flight with three different wines: one from Oregon, another from Germany, and one from Washington state.

I actually had the Kung Fu Girl on my 21st birthday and it was pretty good. It had a lemony taste to it!

The William V Vineyards Riesling was a little bit of a disappointment. It tasted a little watered down to me. Surprisingly, the Kreusch Spatlese (don’t ask me how to pronounce it ;) ) was pretty good! I’m usually not a big fan of sweet wines, but I absolutely loved it! However, after one flight of wines, I was done- had to stick within my limits! ;)

Faith and I had a great conversation and I had a lot of fun! It is so nice to meet new people in a fun environment like tonight! It was great meeting you Faith! :D

I’m off to bed! Today has left me exhausted!

How do you get through a workout when your body isn’t 100%? Are you a beer or wine person? I’m hands down a wine gal! (However, if you are a beer person, please leave a comment below with your favorite. I’m trying to become a “beer person” but I can’t seem to find the right beer! Let’s face it- PBR, Bud and Natty Light just aren’t great!)

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12 Responses to Rollin’ With The Punches

  1. I’m a beer girl, (although a love a good Malbec!)

  2. My phone does that with my alarm all the time. Stupid thing.

  3. Uuuugh, ok: PBR, Bud and Na(s)ty Light ARE gross beers! (don’t mean to offend anyone). Try a darker beer, like Michaelobe ultra amber, Yuengling or Dos XX.

    And hey- nice shirt!!

    Looking forward to seeing your marathon tweaks as I am currently putting together a marathon training plan as well.

    Hope the tummy feels better!!

  4. i technically cant be a wine gal until december :) haha but YES i’m a wine girl too….and a parfait girl…THAT LOOK DELISH !

  5. Great job getting that run in and staying positive about it! i know how hard those can be when your stomach is off because i go through so much of that also.

    i did read that you’re goign to change your chicago goals and honey, although i don’t know what they are yet, BE CAREFUL. remember, this is your first one, you can just finish! i want to make sure that you don’t push just that little bit harder and end up reinjuriing yourself again. i’m know you’re smart in what you’re choosing to do and can’t wait to read it!

    and i’m a hard alcohol person…heh? i like my vodka soda!

    • I’m definitely going to be listening to my body. That is the #1 thing I learned from my injury. If I had listened to it when my injury pain first started, I probably wouldn’t have been out for 6 weeks.

      Oh, I’m also a hard alcohol person… but sometimes it can get me into trouble. ;)

  6. MMMMMM!!! That breakfast looks AMAZING. Im deff more of a beer person, but im picky about what beer i drink (It MUST be a craft beer).

  7. Really enjoy reading about your training. I am training for my 2nd half marathon in Oct and will attempt my 1st marathon early next year. I wish you the best throughout this trainng process.

    • Thank you for stopping by! Good luck with your 2nd half and 1st marathon! You’ll rock both of them I’m sure! :D

  8. [...] Now I’m off to bed! I have a long run in the morning! Trying to get up early to beat the heat. Tonight, I’ll make sure to set two alarms! [...]

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