What the cocktails taught me...

Today's quote:

"When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."

I've been working hard to eat healthy and exercise to lose weight, but this morning I thought of it a little differently. I went out to celebrate my friend Debbie's 6th, 25th birthday (you do the math, she refuses to age). 
Me & debbie

I drank. a lot. And ate too much gorgonzola garlic bread, all while having a fabulous time with my girlfriends. However, when I woke up this morning, I felt like death. And an 8 mile run planned, crap.

Instead of looking at this healthy lifestyle as just a way to lose weight, I was reminded of how good I feel when I actually fill my body with good things. I very easily could of capped myself off at 2 cocktails, but I didn't. I prepared myself very poorly for my long run, which resulted in stomach issues the last 5 miles.

Food is fuel, and I need to remember that. Its not that I can't indulge every now and then, but I need to do it lightly, not all out.

The run?
I was solo, Shelley was on vacation, and it was the last long run before RnR Providence. I decided to split it up into 2, 4 milers so I could stop back at the house to refill water and cool down since it was gonna be HOT out. I finally was feeling better by 9am, and headed out the door. My planned pace was 11:15, and typically on our long runs we never come near the pace goal. Today I wanted to kick the pace goal's ass.

mile 1 10:33
mile 2 10:57
mile 3 11:10
mile 4 11:08
mile 5 11:16
mile 6 11:25
mile 7 10:59
mile 8 10:42

Thats right, my first and last mile were faster than my planned half marathon pace. I am soooo ready to take on Providence next weekend!

Had a massage today with a different therapist, but she was GREAT! She went to town on my IT bands,  hamstrings, calfs, and quads. I almost cried, but it was so great I booked another one with her the thursday after Providence.

My goal for the rest of today is boring household chores and blog reading catch up.
How was your weekend?

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Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Love the post...I always hate when I have one of those nights but I do think they are helpful to help us remember why we were being good in the first place!!!

Wells L said...

See you're already better than I am and have learned lessons better than I have. I would have looked at the week's running schedule and combined it with my social schedule and not planned to run the day after partying - great job getting the run done despite the issues and being solo!! Kick butt next weekend and take names!!!!!! You're going to be awesome!!!!

Sara said...

Awesome run - congrats! I enjoyed this post. "Food is fuel, and I need to remember that." I also need to remember this. I am struggling to get back on track with eating the right things and this post got me thinking about it again. Thank you!

Shawn said...

Great job getting your run done! I am impressed with your pace..you are amazing!

Karen said...

I so can relate to your analogy and
I feel the same way! Awesome job on the run and good luck with Providence!! :0)

Running Ricig said...

hungover you run faster than planned? Maybe a new training option?? lol, kidding!

Penny said...

That is awesome with the night you had and you still got up and got your long run in. Way to go.