Friday, June 20, 2008

Me Learn Good One Day

There are so many of life's lessons that we KNOW, yet we don't implement in our daily lives. And by "we" I mean "I."

I am not a stupid girl (most of the time).

I make good decisions (some of the time).

I think things through (once in a while).


But some (stupid) things I do over and over again.


Exhibit A.

Drinking before long runs is not a good idea. I have blogged about the consequences of this numerous times. Yet, do I learn? Of course not. So yes, I drank last night - a few glasses of wine at dinner and then 2 vodka sodas after dinner. And yes, I enjoyed the pooptastic benefits of a hungover 8 miler this morning.

Mile 1: 9:24 - head bouncing around; can't see straight

Mile 2: 9:22 - headache really kicks in

Mile 3: 9:48 - Oh shit I'm thirsty (with no water pack today)

Mile 4: 9:39 - Half way, I can do this

Mile 5: 9:34 - Ok, this isn't too bad

Mile 6: 9:31 - Thank Sweet Baby Jesus it's not sunny yet

Mile 7: 9:11 - Seriously, this needs to end

Mile 8: 9:04 - I'm done! I will NEVER drink before a run again (yeah right)

Total: 1:15: 33 - 880 calories (not to bad for hung over. I think the fartleks are making me faster FO SHO)


Exhibit B

Dating. Enough said? Ok, I'll elaborate a bit.

About 3 years ago, I made the list. The most important list of all. A list of the qualities that I want in my significant other. Hey, you gotta put it out in the universe if you want it happen, right? Remember THE SECRET???


The list has 2 columns. (Single girls - do this now!)

Column 1 is a list of "Must Haves" - things that are deal breakers.

Column 2 is a list of "Would be nice, but not a deal breaker.

My list is long and I swear it freakin' grows everyday.

Now, that is not the bad part.

The bad part (where I make stupid decisions) is that I have this awesome list and I know what I want. BUT I meet guys that do not qualify and I date them anyway. I understand that nobody will be perfect. But if there are things that are deal breakers, then I need to break the deal.


Someone just drop a freakin' ANVIL on my head. Then maybe I'll get it.

44 comments:

SJ Goody said...

Good for you for running hungover. I would've bailed. HAHA!! And, lists are great theoretically... but sometimes charm and other things take over!

Kevin said...

Its great you pushed through it. Maybe you should print this entry out and put it on your fridge, put it on your front door, anywhere that will mae you remember not to do this again

chia said...

I used to have a height requirement. Too bad I can't tattoo "you must be this tall to ride this ride" on my person. I keep forgetting that rule. Meh.

Good job pushing yourself through that run. Have a great weekend!!!

Matt said...

I agree, if it is a deal breaker- you do need to break the deal.

But also, I think it is truly wise to let go of things that dont truly matter.

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Robin said...

I can't run even close to 8 miles under the best of conditions. I am so impressed that you can do it hung over (with great times, too!)

Stick with your list!

Tammy said...

Yes, charm and looks take over, but my ex hubby #2 went against several of my rules... thus the ex part.

I knew it when we were dating, but chose to overlook it cuz I was "in looooove"... (iroll)

And, good for you on the hungover run! I've become really bad about putting it off for another day.

Tiny Frog said...

If I drop an anvil on yours, will you drop one on mine the next time I need it? Cause honey, dont be all ego on me and think you got the whole stupid ass mr unavailable thing down all to yourself.

I JUST told my friend at lunch the very same things: I am a smart woman. I am intelligent. I make good decisions by God...then why on Gods green earth did i falter...

Deal or No Deal..

Nitmos said...

Consider 4 vodka sodas a suitable anvil to the head.

Victoria said...

So what do you get out of dating people that aren't what you say you want? The thinking behind this is that we do stuff that we get something out of-- even if on the surface we say we don't. For myself, I've realized there are things that I get out of dating men who don't treat me how I say I want to be treated. (And I'm just talking about some basic reciprocity here-- I'm not a princess by any means...) Hence why I'm on a dating hiatus at the moment.

Hungover running: makes me feel like my sloggy, yet not-hungover runs are so much better than I thought they were before. It resets the "how bad can this get" button.

Heather said...

Oof. I'm sorry to hear it on both fronts. Dating is tough sometimes (othertimes, so much fun!). If you don't like him, move on. There will be others. Don't make me send you my copy of He's Just Not That Into You!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I'm so bad on breaking the deal and plowing ahead anyway. Dumb. (me, not you)

At least you have a list. :D

Marcy said...

Awesome job getting that run in with the hangover LOL

Yeah girly, once my husband said to me (this was when we just started dating) "why would you EVER keep dating someone that you didn't think you could marry?" Totally did not get it at the time. I was young and lookin for fun :P Oy. But it totally makes sense. Why waste your time?

Judi said...

Girl your run sucked ass. Next time you get wasted before a run, drink LOTS of water before you go to bed and LOTS more when you wake up, before you run.

So the date sucked. Move on. There will be many more I am sure. Hang in there, and have a good weekend.

BeachRunner said...

Impressive numbers considering you were marinated. You are getting faster. Just think how fast you will be when you aren't hung. Have a great weekend.

Xenia said...

Don't be too hard on yourself. Most of us ignore our good intentions in those situations. I know I do.

doctorval said...

Is there anything worse than running dehydrated? Drink a huge, like 16-20 oz glass of water before you go to bed if you're going to put on the wine goggles. Trust me on this. I have several varieties of wine goggles. I'm damned near an expert.

Ali said...

I've learned the hard way too about hangover runs, I'm a slow learner. But I think I might indulge to get those splits! Well done

I have a list of deal breakers, and for some reason I'll find the one guy with none of them and fall madly in love(lust) with him after the first drink ... which I've paid for!

Maybe this is what we should go to Promises for bad dating choices rehab

Crystal said...

It has got to be some type of human nature that we continue to do things we know are not right-or avoid doing the right ones. Rebellion maybe?

Nice job with the hungover run..much better than my sober attempts!

Susan said...

Awww don't be so hard on yourself. You're human.

D10 said...

For someone hungover those are some nice splits.

Running Knitter said...

I think you should get a medal for doing 8 miles with a hangover. :)

The Laminator said...

Ah yes, I remember my last hangover run...it kinda started with a headache and ended with a headache...so not fun...and I did only 4 miles...you did 8, which must mean you are an expert. Congrats on plowing through!

Viv said...

8 miles after a night of drinking. Cheers for the dtermination to go get it done. That means your all grown up right?!

Keep taking the boys out for test drives it keep the looking for the list worthy fun.

Laura Brandon said...

"good on paper" does not necessarily mean good for you. i'm talking about the dating thing, of course.

p.s. i so wish i could run 8 miles. or, at all.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Too funny!

And I wasted years in relationships that I KNEW I didn't want to be permanent--once in, it's hard to get back out without hurting feelings, etc. You're smart to at least have the deal-breaker list, even if you're not quite sticking to it yet.

carla said...

does HUNGHUNGHUNG over weight training count?
that sh** its painful as I have, errr, one has to hear all the other boneheads clanking the iron.

happy weekend!

MizFit

Sagan Morrow said...

You ran 8 miles hungover? WOW thats impressive. I can barely walk ONE mile, let alone run 8, when I've been drinking the night before!

teacherwoman said...

Damn girl, I can't even run 3 miles hungover! You're a rockstar!

I agree with those dealbreakers. My friend is trying to set me up with this guy, but I noticed last night that he has a mark in his jeans from something that resembles a chew can... I don't know if I can handle that!

Dating at 27 seriously sucks. I think I am going to make my list...

RunnerGirl said...

I created "the list" for myself a few years ago . . . and then proceeded to totally ignore it!

Alisa said...

Running hungover...you're crazy! Good for you though...I guess as long as it doesn't kill you it'll make you stronger.

Amanda said...

If I actually remembered all the lessons I've learned, I think I'd be living like a monk

Amanda said...

If I actually remembered all the lessons I've learned, I think I'd be living like a monk

Sassy Molassy said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is great. And I totally agree, hungover runs are no fun, but sometimes necessary.

Jess said...

Man I'm dumb to or maybe just too nice and like to give everyone the benefit of every doubt...even when I shouldn't. I'll drop an anvil on you if you drop one on me haha.

Dirty Dancing Through LIFE said...

I shouldn't talk about drinking before a run. I drank 4 mondo yummy hardcore margaritas before my 5K a few weeks ago and ran a PR. Something about the planets all being in alighnment I think. I tell you I'll never do that again, but really... I can't make any promices.

Lily on the Road said...

Enough of the drinking, I do it too! Just makes us appreciate the sober feeling!

You gotta kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince.....

You are doing GREAT!!!

Judi said...

p.s. i broke all my rules when i dated dominic. i never ever wanted to date a guy who lived with his mom. but i did. and it looks like it will work out.

Jess said...

Ugh, running whilst hungover is horrible. And it is definitely worse than running while drunk (which I have most certainly done).

Petraruns said...

I totally agree on rule 1 - though also find it a hard one to live by... As far as rule 2 goes - I'm not so sure. You should have some dealbreakers (we all know the biggies) but otherwise - life and men can surprise - we don't always know what's good for us. The key is to listen to yourself - is a relationship good for you or not? If so, stay in - if not, get out. Oh life is so easy when you're telling someone else what to do...

N.D. said...

Love your blog!! Just came across it and I'm loving your writing style!

jo said...

oh man... the hungover run... that's never good. that's probably why i prefer to run at night where at least can utilise all self control to avoid alcohol for the entire day before i run.

as for the list, i can totally relate. then again sometimes these mr. wrongs help keep me busy till hopefully a mr. right comes along...

Glam said...

Ugh, hangover running! Running completely sober is bad enough!

As for the list, I recently had to burn mine. Apparently, I either wrote it while I was watching Cinderalla, at the tender age of 9 or I was completely trashed when I wrote it. Either way, it reads like a fairytale.... ;)

Let the sassy, single summer commence! Maybe I'll be ready to try again this fall.

The 311 Boys Mom said...

ahhhh yes, the "MUST HAVE; deal breaker's list";

its funny the older I got the SHORTER my list got, not longer, I thought I was being too picky;

i was down to like, MUST HAVE JOB, CAR, ABLE TO LIVE ON HIS OWN (not with parents), MUST SHOWER (regularly)—[some guys actually thought the 'dirty look' was about being DIRTY, but its really about taking the extra time to LOOK dirty, but BE clean, ya know??], DRESS DECENT, I have the list somewhere, in some journal I sporadically wrote in...... I'll have to see the rest of the list;

the stuff I used to have on the MUST HAVE list, would move to the "would be nice/awesome list".

If its any consolation, it does just one day happen…..you’ll know it. I was waiting & looking & going to the grocery store at night, the laundry mat in the week then on Saturday & the park’s, being social at all my kids events, not like slutty hanging on people but ‘look, I’m pretty cool & laid back & low-maintenance girl, tell a friend!!!’ lol---ok, maybe people did know I was giving off that sign…MAYBE I SHOULDA CARRIED A SIGN!>?!?!?

It all came around though, when I seriously LEAST expected it. Like I had decided a month or so before I love being lone & look at all I can do……then, there he was, calling………he did make the final MUST HAVE list :o) altought he never would made the list I had at 23 or even 27