A Little Optimism

So it’s day five after my meet and greet with the concrete.


This is also an extreme close up of my pores. Scari.

I’ve got the typical black eye thing going on. It’s pretty sexy, right?

I’ll probably go in to get my stitches out either Saturday or Sunday. I think the cut has pretty much healed. There will definitely be a scar, but it will be minimal.

That’s actually not what’s bugging me though. Makeup can cover scars. Makeup cannot make my ribs and chest race ready.

Yeah — UGGGGH — my freaking ribs. They hurt. Especially in the morning. It hurts most to sleep (go figure – like I need something else to keep me from sleeping!). BUT I’m crazy because I’m hopeful. Walking, I can do — which makes me think… I can run!

For some reason, I’m staying optimistic about Sunday. I’m actually NOT much of an optimist, I’m more of a realist, but in this situation I’m just going to go with my gut and hope for the best. My gut is currently saying “You’ve got this.” Right now my plan is to pick up my bib, get in line, and start the race. If it hurts too much, I’ll stop and get my first DNF.  Until then I’m living by these quotes… and  I do love me some inspirational quotes (yes, I’m a complete cheeseball):





Are you an optimist or something else? What’s your favorite inspirational quote? INSPIRE ME!

I’m not crazy, right? RIGHT?


  1. Melissa says

    OMG, did you see the pic of me with my black eye? I think I put it on the blog once, but man. It will make you feel better about yours. Promise.

    I really like, “I can do hard things.” Been using that one a lot lately. I think trying to run and knowing you’re ok with a DNF if necessary is a great plan.

  2. Cindy says

    I LOVE Marie’s and Kara’s quotes. But not as much as Zig Ziglar’s. I say WALK until you hurt. Recognize your body’s need to heal. Walking will do amazing good for you without putting unhealthy stress on your body. Wishing the best on race day.

    • says

      I know it’s sounds crazy, but I would rather run and hurt than walk. So if it gets too painful running, I’ll probably just call it a day. I walked most of a half marathon in January and that was definitely the first and last time I walk a race. It’s hard to explain, but it makes sense in my head!

      I will definitely be looking out for my body though. There’s a fine line between “good hurt” and “bad hurt” for sure!

  3. says

    I would say I’m with ya on the realist thing! I’m fairly optimistic, but my “what ifs” in my head keep me from being totally blind sighted and ignorant.

    I like your plan of attack. Just listen to your body! You know the difference between pushing your body in a healthy way and going too far.

    • says

      I think it’s healthy to be realistic — with a touch of optimism. I like to think things will work out for the best, but sometimes having zero expectations works too!


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