October 23, 2006

Stomachs do make sense

Me: Guys we’re gonna run 6 miles today…are you ready?

Legs: Check.

Feet: We’re ready

Lungs: I can take whatever you dish out

Stomach: Um…yeah…about that…do you remember how many beers you had last night?

Me: Yeah, but I drank A LOT of water yesterday and so far for today.

Stomach: Yeah, I remember that too…but do you realize what you just ate?

Me: Yeah, a peanut butter and jelly bagel.

Stomach: No, you idiot. Not what you had for breakfast, but what you just had for lunch!

Me: Oh, pizza??

Stomach: So, you don’t see any problem with your fuel consisting of pizza and beer?

Me: No, why do YOU have a problem?

Stomach: Nope. I’m ready if you are…. (secretly snickering to himself).

And so, I paid dearly for those 6 miles. Although I did use my head and stop and walk everytime I tasted a little throwup, next time I should realize that my stomach is smarter than my head. Or next time, I should just use my head and not drink beer and/or eat greasy pizza before a run…and I know that comment above was gross, but I wanted you to get the full effect of my misery....

But, on a positive note I did run the 6 miles. It took me forever. Or at least it felt like it took me forever. But the important thing is that I didn’t give up. Cause I’m no quitter.

And so I fulfilled my goal of 13 miles last week. Chump mileage on most scales, but to me it is monumentous in light of what I’ve been through. Okay, so it does feel like chump mileage to me…I’m trying to use reverse psychology on myself to motivate me for 16 this week…hey, whatever it takes right?

Oh, and tomorrow is the anniversary of my very first run ever. Crazy, huh? In one year, I’ve quit smoking, torn my pereneal (sp?) tendon, ran a marathon, and broken my foot. I’ve been one busy girl! To commemorate “the best day ever” I will run 4 miles. The exact same mileage I ran on that first day! clickhere to read "Day #1"


Laurie said...

Happy Anniversary! Congrats on making it so far with all of the obstacles life has thrown at you.

ShoreTurtle said...

Happy "first run ever" anniversary. 4 miles is impressive for a first run. I think that mine was barely 2 miles. You've had a busy year. Here's to a not-so-crazy upcoming year. Cheers!

Phil said...

Happy anniversary! Also, congratulations on a good week of running. You'll be back into your old form in no time. And thanks for the link back to your first posting. You come a long way.

Oh, in the future, don't fret the beer, but do skip the pizza. That stuff is deadly.

Firefly's Running said...

You are doing great. Keep it up!

Kurt said...

Congrats on the 1st year! It will continue to get better and better for you.

Still pondering what is wrong with pizza and beer? I love to eat pizza and drink beer while running (or so I do in my dreams!).

Anonymous said...

oof stomach issues is thankfully something i haven't yet experienced ona run. but then again i haven't been running as long as you have!!! many congrats!!!!

Troy Tarpley said...

Oooo! I can't believe you told them that. Oh, sometimes I forget that most of us runners will "go" just about anywhere, don't mind the smell of sweaty gear and understand why you like a little pain. So, I guess a little throw up in the back of the throat is no big deal.

john said...

Mmm, but the pizza and beer were SO GOOD :)

Running by.... said...

Happy Anniversary--AND you're still running!

Lana said...

Hi Amy - nice blog! I found you via Phil. Every now and then I'll get brave and have pizza and beer before a run - then it's a long time before I try that again!!
Congrats on your anniversary!