Trust Your Gut

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 21, 2010

Last night I laid out my running gear…


for the 8km Re-Frigee-Eighter race!

My directions were printed…


I had my customary Japanese Sencha green tea:


Full with new tunes!


Despite all of my delicious eats in Toronto yesterday, I woke up with quite an appetite!


Pre-Race Oatmeal


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 t vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Sucanat
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Cashew Butter

The Sucanat melts when it is warm and it acts like maple syrup!


Pure heaven!


Game Time Decision

Despite what my BRAIN was telling me to do (run that race!!!!!), the little voice inside of me (aka the gut instinct) told me NOT to run the race.

Here is what my brain was rationalizing to me:

  • You need to run your first race of the year!
  • The weather is beautiful
  • You’ll feel great once you are running
  • You will have something fun to blog about
  • You need to prove to yourself that you can still race (??? lol…isn’t it weird what we tell ourselves sometimes?!)

And here is what my GUT INSTINCT was saying:

  • Your body feels off today and it might not be a good idea to race
  • Your hamstrings are still a bit sore from your strength workout on Thursday
  • You don’t have that URGE to race today
  • Don’t do it…there are plenty more races to run

At first, I tried to ignore my instinct. I thought I would be fine and there was no reason to doubt that I could race today. I packed up my stuff and prepared to leave.

But then I really started to think about it:

  • My stomach felt nauseous (this is actually very atypical of me before a race)
  • I was dreading the 1 hour drive to the race, sign up, drive home, etc.
  • My legs felt weak

When I think back about all of the poor situations I have gotten myself into over the years, it happened usually because I IGNORED my gut instinct. When I listen to the instinct it never fails me- ever.

Today I decided to listen to that instinct and not run the race, despite really wanting to.

I actually caught myself thinking about what others might think if I skipped the race (maybe they won’t think I am dedicated or that I am lazy?). Then it hit me how crazy these thoughts were! I shouldn’t do things because I compare myself to what others are doing, I should do them for ME and my current situation.

I went in to tell the Sleeping Beauties (Eric and Sketchie) and Eric mumbled half asleep, ‘I’m so happy you are going to be home with me.’ and proceeded to pass out. It was so cute. :mrgreen: I love my boys.

As I grow and learn more about myself, I realize how crucial it is to listen to my instinct. I also refuse to let myself feel badly for doing what is right for my body. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I felt this way yesterday and I felt this way today. I think my body just wanted a complete break from everything this weekend.

Do you try to be in tune with that little voice inside your head? Are there any times when you listened to it and you think it saved you from a poor situation- or when you didn’t listen to it and you got yourself into some trouble?

The example that stands out the most for me is my pelvic injury last January 2009. I got up before work and had a 3 mile planned run. I started to run despite feeling an odd pain in my groin area. The little voice said to me, ‘This is not cool, you need to get off the treadmill.’ but I ignored it, stubbornly, and ran those 3 miles. When I got off the treadmill, I could barely walk and was consequently out of exercise entirely for a full 2 months.

I also listened to my gut when I left my job and started up Glo bakery.

Moral of the story– use your gut instinct to your advantage, it is there for a reason. I think society sort of ‘trains’ women to ignore it- do this, do that, not this, not that– but I am certainly my happiest when I listen to my instinct.


USA Vs. Canada Hockey Game tonight- you are watching RIGHT?!? :mrgreen:


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Anais February 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

I think it is SO important to listen to that little voice inside! It’s great that you actually heard it, too! I find that with myself it’s whispering so quietly that I often don’t hear it until it’s too late… At least you’re home today and you’ll get to enjoy your week-end!! :)


Molly @thevegandorm February 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

I’m watching the hockey game! So excited!

Obviously if you’re sick you shouldn’t race, but as a competitive runner for the past 6 years, I also suffer from nerves. Personally, if I didn’t run everytime I feel like it, I wouldn’t race! You’re lucky nausea is out of the norm for you – for me, it’s standard pre-race. Just goes to show you that every body is different!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

You’re the only one that can hear your inner voice, so you shouldn’t worry what others will think. You rarely (if ever) regret listening to what your gut is telling you. You can race another day!


Laura February 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

Thank you for this great post! I recently ended a very serious relationship all because of a gut feeling — one that got louder and louder over time. Now I strive to listen to my gut feelings about relationships, food, exercise, my career…everything! Our bodies know what they need and our hearts know what is best, we only need to listen!


'Dee February 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

Amen to listening to your instincts! I know exactly how you felt in terms of “what will others think”. That can sometimes be the most damaging thought of all! But it’s so important to pitch it right out the window and listen to your own voice instead.

I’m proud of you and I know you’ll be back running when you (and your body and your instinct) knows it’s time. Not that MY opinion matters, of course! Ha ha ha ha.

Good for you!


Julie @ Wearing Mascara February 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

Gut instincts are so important! Great post to bring light to this :-)


Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

GO YOU for listening to your gut! You are right, we should do what is BEST for us, regardless of what others might thing. Who cares? Your gut instinct is always right and no matter how hard it is, we should listen to it.
I learned the lesson the hard way, actually the same way as you. I had a run planned one morning and I woke up feeling sore…kinda off… I knew I shouldn’t run but I did anyway. And I crippled over in pain 1 mile in. And then it felt better a week later so I decided to try again, even having that little voice telling me it was a bad idea.. repeat of the last time but worse. Doubled over in pain and hobbled home. I ended up with a stress fracture :/ Haven’t been able to really exercise since Dec. You live, you learn!


Kristine February 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

Good for you for listening to your body. Just take the day off and rest and relax with your husband and Sketchie!


Rachel (suburban yogini) February 21, 2010 at 9:45 am

Well done for listening to your gut – it’s not easy but it is so necessary :D


Brittany February 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

I think it’s great that you listened to you gut and decided not to run the race. Who knows what could have happened if you hadn’t. I agree, trusting ourselves and not worry about what others will think/say is so important. I think it’s awesome that you shared this experience with all your readers.

PS I love sucant – it tastes and smells like molasses and it’s so yummy on oats!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

Have you read Blink? I haven’t, but from what I understand, the premise is about trusting your instincts.

I’m glad you skipped your race because you felt like it. I’ve found that racing in general produces a lot of anxiety for me. Especially the shorter distances. So, I’ve pretty much stopped running them. I never have a good race, and then I end up feeling bad about myself. I can run all I want on the roads near my home, feel good about myself, and have no pressure!


hepsmom February 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

Yes! I have read Blink and you are right. You really know VERY quickly what you should do. It’s about all kinds of decisions, impression, etc., but I agree with Lily. We take in/understand all kinds of information about our surroundings, bodies, relationships, etc. that we don’t REALIZE we are processing.

Good call for listening to your body!



hepsmom February 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

P.S. Blink, and all Malcolm Gladwell books, are OUTSTANDING and very interesting. Read them! :)


Colleen February 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I agree! Blink was awesome and The Tipping Point was really thought-provoking. That reminds me, I need to check out more of his books!

I read somewhere the other day…if you don’t know what you want, flip a coin…when that coin is in the air you will know exactly what side you want it to land on. Now if I could just remember where I read that – haha.

It is important to listen to our bodies, that is an awesome quality to have, you should be proud Angela!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

No I havent but I would love to! Thanks for the book ideas :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

Good work!! Listening to my body and my GUT over my brain is something that is getting slightly easier the older that I get, but it’s still no cake walk. Sounds like you absolutely made the right decision– there will aways be other races, and you’ll rock them!!!


Mae @ OhhMay February 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

Thank you for this lesson. I love that Eric supported your decision. At my house the conversation would have gone “I’m not racing today”… “You lazy bum!!”

Your oatmeal looks so delicious! I used to hate suncant but I acquired a taste for it. Now it’s quite yummy! I’ll have to try it on oats.


Ashlei February 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love hockey! That should be a great game..I hope it’s on my cable so I can watch!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I feel like a kid on X-mas eve :)


Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

I think the fact that you listened to your gut instinct is really admirable. I’ve struggled to do so in the past, both in terms of exercise and life in general. In this case, it sounds like you took the path of “intuitive exercise,” basing your decision on the way your body felt rather than on some external standards. While intuitive eating gets a lot of press, intuitive exercise is just as important. Be proud that you honored yourself and your body today!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

intuitive exercise- what a wonderful concept!!!


Marcia February 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

Being a generally slow runner and not terribly competitive (except with myself), had the race been close by, I would have probably run it. Assuming, of course, that I’d pre-paid for it. I’m cheap.

I’m pretty sure I would not have driven an hour to run it, though, were I not feeling great.

My exercise philosophy is “go. If you really aren’t feeling well when you get there, you can walk or take it easy some other way.”

But again, that’s when it involves a 5 or 10 min drive, not an hour.

Good for you for listening to your body. If you’re the type to push push through the pain to get a good race time…you’re better of not going!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Luckily I didn’t pay any race fee as I wasn’t signed up yet so it made the decision fairly easy.


Danielle (Coffee Run) February 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

I admire you for listening to your gut instinct. I’m good about listening when it comes to certain things, but exercise is not one of them :? Holding off on the race is probably a better decision in the long-run.

At least you had an awesome bowl of oats ;)


Maureen February 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

Absolutely I have never made a bad decision when I went with my gut. It is hard to listen to though when others input their opinions but I have learned to listen to my own. Congratulations for learning to listen to it at your age it took me a lot longer. It applies to all aspects of life, eating, exercising, relationships, career…always trust your gut :-)


Tammy February 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

Thanks for saying that! SERIOUSLY! I am learning to pay attention to my body and its cues after NOT paying attention, and like you, pushing myself harder and making something worse..I am now going on several weeks of limitations becasue of a hip flexor strain/tendonitis that I made worse by continuing to not listen to those cues..lesson learned. I’ve realized that somehow I expect myself to be able to “keep up with” someone else, because I should be able to do what they are doing..Truth is, I’m the one that has to live with my body! Trying to be likes someone else in this case is just ridiculous!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

well said:

‘I’m the one that has to live with my body!’


Kristin (whimsyville) February 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

Just another example of the good that comes from giving the voice in the back of your head some credit. Good for you, girl!


Estela @ Weekly Bite February 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

Listening to your gut is so important. It takes time to learn to trust it…

Have a great Sunday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

yes it does take time and sometimes we have to learn it the hard way before it clicks.


Kelsey February 21, 2010 at 10:51 am

good for you angela!


Carbzilla February 21, 2010 at 10:57 am

Don’t ever feel like you need to run on MY account or anyone else who reads your blog. You do what you need to do! That gut may save your life some day!


Ameena February 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

Great decision to listen to your gut instinct! I didn’t a few years ago and I am still dealing with my knee injuries. And unfortunately my injuries won’t ever improve that much so I made a terrible error in judgment!

Enjoy your Sunday off!!


Lara February 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

Good for you! In time I have really learned to tune into my gut feeling. I have had two injuries this year (not exercise related) and have to really cut back on exercise and be careful. Listening to my gut has helped me prevent further injury and faster healing.

Please don’t ever feel like readers will think you are lazy. You are so busy and active in general. Always trust your gut, it has served you well these last few yrs.


Jane February 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

Way to go Girl. I don’t know how you to it all. It is so important to listen to your body and instinct….it never leads you down the wrong path.

Enjoy your relaxing day!!! It really pays to be good to yourself.



Jil February 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

Over time, I’ve learned that my gut instinct is ALWAYS right, and no one should tell or try to convince me otherwise. Unfortunately, I haven’t always listened to it, and that has made for some tough times — but you live you learn. Plus, I know that if I don’t listen to my own instincts my brother will be right there to TELL me exactly what my instincts are saying…especially in terms of guys I’ve dated…he’s always been right.

My standards for dating now include: going with my gut AND listening to my brother 150% … he’s always been right about them. Like…exactly. haha

P.S. Those oats look and sound amaaaaaazing!! :)


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

good for you for listening to your body! I actually hate racing. I raced for 4 years in high school and found that I felt a million times better if I can without the stress of competition. Have a good day snuggling with your boys!!


Jolene ( February 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

I definitely listen to my gut instinct – it is always right!

That seems like a lot of liquid in your oats … do you normally put that much in? How do you cook them?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

For a half cup of oats I always use 1.5-2 cup liquids…I like them very voluminous! I cook in a very basic way- throw everything into a pot and cook over medium heat. nothing fancy!


Kate February 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

Angela, you have such awesome questions! I definitely listen to my gut. Isn’t it funny how our minds are so powerful, but our “guts” are the “smart” ones?? :) I feel so strong mentally when I listen to myself. I’d rather other people think what they want about me instead of me doing something I really don’t want to do. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

great way of putting it:

‘Isn’t it funny how our minds are so powerful, but our “guts” are the “smart” ones??’ love that


BostonRunner February 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

I try really hard to listen to my gut. I’ve learned most of the time its right. I’ve actually made a last minute to skip a race too just because I was so run down that day and stressed out. I think you made the right decision!
I’ll definitely be watching hockey tonight! : )


[email protected] February 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

thats a great story. In college I played volleyball and I always had to push through the pain regardless if my gut was telling me to sit out or not…. ididn’t have a choice b/c I was getting paid to play EVERYDAY. However, now that I’m done playing I still workout on days that my gut is telling me to rest because its all i’ve known my whole life. This is a great post and i’m really going to work on listening to my gut as well!!


Becky February 21, 2010 at 11:36 am

Great post, Angela! While losing weight, I sometimes pushed myself too hard because I feared going backwards. I realize now that it is sooo important to listen to your body and your instincts, but I still need little reminders (like this post!) to do it. Hope you savor your day off and give your body what it needs, rest.


Lori February 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

Excellent post! It takes a lot to actually listen to your gut instinct and to comply with it. So many times we are not in tune with that little voice inside or at least how we feel. Thank you for the reminder to listen to our bodies!


Lizzie February 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Over a year ago I had something weird going on with the underside of my foot. It was extremely tight and even stretching wasn’t helping. I had signed up for a 5K and got up the morning of the event with the continued discomfort. But I was as stubborn as the next person and got dressed, walked out the door and down the street to the subway . . . I got halfway there before the little voice shouted at me that none of this felt good. So reluctantly I turned around and went home. It turned out that I had just bruised my foot on a tree root (the trees a taking revenge on the brick footpath in our neighbourhood! :)), but even if it was just that, doing that race would have probably made it a lot worse. Same thing with my first 1/2 last year. My ankle was definitely not right and I made the decision with my trainer to opt out (bye bye $60!). As she put it – are you in this for the long haul? Then it makes no sense to put other races at risk just b/c you stubbornly want to do this one. I only wish I could hear that voice more in all areas of my life. I live with a lot of fear and I know it prevents me from truly living out my dreams and making bigger more positive choices for myself. Sounds like you made the right call on this one – but yummy oats, so not a total loss of the early start! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm

love this quote ‘are you in this for the long haul?’


Lizzie February 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I know!!! Seriously! She’s one of my inspirations . . she has 3 kids under 6 and runs her own training business and a fit mama’s exercise studio and somehow competes in regular races! But what she said made me think and having some time off has been probably better for me than I realise now – though the challenge has really getting back into the swing of things! :)


Stacy (stalios) February 21, 2010 at 12:07 pm

This post really resonated with me today as I’m coming off of an injury and feeling a little under the weather. I have an 18km on the training calendar for today as part of my half marathon training. The stubborn person in me was all ready to just do it anyways, but my gut instinct was telling me to take another rest day. So that’s what I’m doing! Now I can have a pajama day with my kids and gear up for the hockey game. GO CANADA!!!


Ann February 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Well done you: I imagine it probably took more effort and willpower NOT to race than it would have to go ahead and race (I know it would have for me!). I will also be listening to my gut and starting my own business later this year (I have to stay and work at my crappy job for a few months longer to save up money). Yay for guts!


Krista February 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I used to force myself to go to the gym and run my usual 5 miles over the lunch hour 5 times a week because (for some reason) I thought that I *had* to. I could pretty much guarantee that on the days I ran that I wasn’t feeling it I would have a really upset stomach for the rest of the day. I finally did an overhaul on my attitdue towards working out and now only run when I feel like it. Other days I will hop on the elliptical or not hit the gym at all. With no guilt. It’s weird to say, but it’s so liberating!


Kim February 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Love your inspiring posts!

I am learning to listen to my gut more. It’s a difficult thing to get used to.

Yes, I will be watching the game. I love the Olympics more than almost anything. Can’t wait for tonight!


Kris | February 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I agree with you! You must follow your gut as it is your compass for life! It tells you what is good and bad…..I listen to mine all the time.

I get some STRONG gut or intuition feelings!

I am glad you stayed true to yourself today. Your body will thank you ;)



Tay February 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Kudos to you for listening to your gut :-) That takes, well…guts!! There will be many more races in the future!


jayme February 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm

awesome post! i totally believe that your gut feeling is there for a reason, so i almost almost always listen when it shows up. but there are definitely times when i have difficulty telling the difference between self-doubt and a gut feeling.

p.s. your hair is looking amazing lately! you coooould even say you’re glowing. :)


lindsay February 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh I’ve been there WAY TOO MANY TIMES!! I’ve learned that now I need to wait till race day or day before to register for an event and if its sold out, then its my fault. I bet you could go run 8k on your own later and feel great! And no 1 hr drive to do it. Cheers!


jaclyn February 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Angela I think it’s great you listened to your gut instinct. What good would the race have been if you had done it but been miserable the whole time? Instead you spent the morning with your two ‘favorite boys’ which in my opinion, was a MUCH better use of your time, and energy! ;)


Katie February 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Oh I wish I would have listened to my gut instinct when it yelled at me to back away from this guy I thought was just too much trouble. I stayed with him and it was the biggest heartbreaking 7 wasted years of my life.

Now if it so much as even twitches I’m all ears! Tuning in is crucial.


Cole February 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

That oatmeal looks delicious! And I agree, sometimes it’s really necessary to listen to that voice in your gut.


Julie @SavvyEats February 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Ok, Eric is adorable. :)

I read this post right before embarking on my 8 mile training run. I walked about a half mile as a warm up, and though my IT band felt tight at the start, it loosened up, so I started to run. Almost immediately, I started feeling shooting pains up and down both shins, and my knee got achy again. I remembered your post, and stopped to listen to my gut. My body was BEGGING me not to run, and while I feel the need to train, I don’t want to be injured for my half marathon in Orlando, FL in two weeks, so I switched to walking on an incline for the rest of the workout.

I feel like a ‘slacker’ for not getting all my training runs in, especially because the friends I am running with have all had long runs of 11-12.5 miles, and I’ve only gotten up to 7. But my gut knows that it is better to take more time off and be able to run for the half, than to push it and not be able to participate at all!

Unfortunately, my gut is also telling me that this won’t be better in 2 weeks. I’m seeing a sports therapist tomorrow to see what else I can do for my knee. But I know I will need to listen to my gut and body for the next 2 weeks so that I don’t put myself out of commission entirely!

Thanks for the reminder, dear. XOXO


RunToTheFinish February 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

It’s definitely harder at times to listen to yourself than to all the voices for what you “think” others will say, but it’s worth it. Glad you listened to your intuition today


Alyson @ Nourished Fitness February 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I try to listen to my gut, but of course the ‘man I should have listened’ moments are what stand out in my mind. But I think those are necessary because it just reminds us that your woman’s intuition is right more often than not :)


Jerilynne February 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Such a good post Angela! That’s so great you’ve learned to listen to that little voice. I really admire that!

This isn’t about exercise, but I remember, very clearly, one day last summer I was meeting up with my mom and sister in NYC. I’ve been there many times and am usually pretty good with directions. This time, I had printed directions that I started following. After a block or two, I thought “I don’t think this is right.. but it’s what the directions say so I’m going to keep going.” The directions weren’t right — and by the time I finally turned around I ended up being really late meeting them. And all along, if I would have just trusted myself, I wouldn’t have gotten lost!

And here I am a year later.. still not trusting myself.. I’ll get there eventually right?


Lynne February 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

You are so right about listening to your gut. I really need to do that right now!


Abby February 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Good job listening to your gut! I didn’t for my last race and I broke my foot. Oops. And OF COURSE we are watching the hockey game! My husband is a HUGE Pittsburgh Penguins fan. We’re not missing any games!


Rebekah February 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Oh my goodness! How many times I’ve needed to listen to my gut instinct and didn’t!! I’ve been listening to it now!


shelly February 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

You know, I have backed out of two races in a row. The first because it was 3 days before I was flying to Europe for a ski trip and I didn’t want to wear my legs out then be stiff and miserable on a transatlantic flight, then try to ski for two weeks. I wanted to run it, but I didn’t want to destroy my legs. The second was because I was sort of sick feeling and I just didn’t want to stress my immune system (I tend to get sick with the slightest provocation after a long race). It kills me to cancel a race, but it boils down to- I race because I love it and I think it’s fun. If it’s causing me tons of anxiety, then it’s not fun.
Of course, I’m dying to get out and run right now but I have caught 3 colds in Jan. and Feb. so it’s just not happening. Soon though! I will get back on track for a 10K in April, I swear! I’m also running a couple miles with my friend during her marathon for encouragement next weekend so that will be tons of fun. :)


Lauren February 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Your gut instinct is ALWAYS right! Good for you for trusting it! :)
Have fun tonight watching the big game! :)


Jenna February 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I think this post is a breathe of fresh air. Many times many of us listen to the irrational thoughts our mind is telling us and give in because it is what we are ‘supposed to do’. A lot of times it doesn’t necessarily ‘feel right’ when you go with your gut, but I think that is what makes you know you are doing the right thing.

Great decision, have a lovely Sunday! :)


Deirdre February 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm


I am a strong believer in trusting your gut. I would have gone to law school if I hadn’t trusted my gut and that would have been a huge mistake.

Oh and I luv ya but
GO USA! Beat Canada!!!!


Lele February 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I listen to my gut (our bodies have evolved to look after themselves!)
My caveat, however, is that I usually regret the things I DON’T do more than the things I DO. So if I’m torn on something and don’t have a good reason to NOT do it, I tend to try and take that jump and be brave/adventurous.


Kim K @ 12 Month Marathon February 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

What a great post! Good on you for knowing your body and following instincts–I agree, they’ll never steer you wrong.

I’ll be watching the game tonight, but cheering for the US. :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm

even though it doesn’t have anything to do with a race, i listened to my little voice yesterday that said I shouldn’t do a strength workout even though I really wanted to. i even started to try, but soon realized it was a BAD idea. i ended up doing some yoga instead and was so thankful i didn’t push myself to do the other workout!


Melissa S. February 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

It is so inspiring and great to hear how you listened to your body and gut instinct. I think we all def learn from our mistakes and learn when and what to listen to. this was so great to hear today…you are such a great woman.


Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) February 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

This was a great post, and I commend you for giving into your gut. The internal compass knows more than the over-analytical mind could ever hope to. Way to be in tune with your body!

Also, those oats look divine.


Heather (Where's the Beach) February 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I try really hard to listen to what my body is telling me. I know there are those inner demons that make you feel guilty or lazy for not doing something, but there are times when you really and truly must listen to your body. It’s so important to be in tune with yourself.


Brooke February 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I am my own worst enemy and really struggle to ‘go with my gut.’ I am so driven and my mind is always ready for a challenge. However, many times I push myself even when my body is signaling me (sometimes quite obviously) to take it easy. I always have to learn the hard way including ignoring persistant pain for weeks last Spring and ending up with a stress fracture in the femoral neck of my hip. An injury that had me out of work and on bedrest for 12 weeks. So, thank-you for this post! It is a poignant reminder that it is more than ‘ok’ to “just say no.”


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I think it’s awesome that you listened to you gut! It knows best! There are still plenty of races you can run this year! ;)

I can totally relate to those thoughts of “what will others think” though! I think there’s even more pressure when you’re a blogger! But it’s good to squash down those thoughts. The only person who really matters when you make those decisions is you!

P.S. your breakfast looks divine!!


Shannon February 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Good for you for listening to your gut. No doubt it was the right decision. And I’m sure you had a lovely day at home with your boys :)


Kelli February 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I’m definitely a big believer in listening to my gut–glad I’m not the only one! You definitely made a good decision, and I doubt anyone would think differently :) Hope you had a lovely day with your boys at home!


Susan February 21, 2010 at 7:02 pm

LOVE this post Angela!! I injured my hip doing a 5k because I was stubborn and didn’t want to back out. I’d been overtraining leading up to it and that race was the breaking point for me. Even just a few months ago, I had a minor hip relapse by pushing it too hard, again, because I was stubborn and didn’t want to feel weak. Now I know better. Today I was actually in bed with an allergic reaction. Even after it passed, I knew I couldn’t do my planned gym workout. My body was talking to me and it needed to REST!


Chelsea February 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Hey Angela, My husband and I were oogling your oatmeal, he suggested a heaping scoop of Nutella next time. As a Pro Cyclist, you’d think he would want to keep his blood sugar low, but Nutella is his pre-race, pre-training meal everytime! By the way, first time commenter lov you and your blog!!


Heather February 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

glad you decided to listen to your instinct! Who knows what could have happened?


Britt @ Runnerbelle February 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Not every race/workout is meant to be. Glad you listened to your instinct and stayed home.


Paige @ Running Around Normal February 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Sometimes you just have to listen to yourself! I always have to remind myself that our bodies are smart things…so I should listen to mine!
Hope you had a great day at home with Eric and Sketch :)


Lauren @ A Fit Foodie February 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

It’s definitely important to listen to your body. Sometimes it’s telling us things our hearts and brain won’t.


Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Great post…. I think it is SO important to listen to your gut, in all aspects of life. :) In the long run, this will be so much better for your body & to keep your healthy… much healthier than one run or one race would be!


Stacey February 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Your oatmeal this morning looks so good and comforting on a Sunday morning.


Heidi February 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

You are so smart to go with your gut Angela. Glad you’re taking care of yourself and very in tune with your body. There will be many races to come, but you only have one body!

Still loving your blog as always!!!!


Lauren February 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I listen to my gut most of the times, and I probably wouldn’t have done those three miles on the treadmill if it was hurting me. But I have serious type-A issues and would not have been able to let myself back out on a race like that. Maybe in time I will learn how to be more in tune with my gut like you.


Vanessa February 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

You’ll be happy to know that I still find you completely fantastic ;). Even more so for being able to listen to your body and have confidence that you know what is best for yourself. Love this post!


Mo February 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

You are wise to have listened to your instinct to stay home. You’ll never know what you saved yourself from!

Sorry about your team :(


Kelly February 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I am only recently learning to listen to my gut instinct when it comes to running. Unfortunately, like you, it has taken injuries to get me to that point! Now thanks to pushing through the pain I find myself having to basically start my running over from scratch after taking several months off.


Eri February 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

There will always be other races, I’m proud of you for going with your gut; no judging here.

oh and GOOOO USA :]


Jen Redford February 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I’m so happy to come across your blog & to find your healthy living-to-the-fullest philosophy!


SP February 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I agree with the gut instinct. It just FEELS right to do something or not to do something, while making a choice , may it be picking a color for the bedroom or a life partner.

On another note, Angela, I want to add that through your blog, what you are inspired us all to do is to “treat ourselves and our body nicely”. I apply the principle to everything now, not only in food choices (“feeding the body” is a great way of thinking of eating the right foods) but also in other areas of my life. You’ve talked about various issues from body image to peer pressure to conforming to a particular idea of being someone to career changes.

Thank you.


sara February 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Are you crying over the game? I am!!! :'(

Good on ya for taking it easy today … You’ve got LOTS of time for more races :)


Amanda February 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

THAT WAS AN AWESOME HOCKEY GAME!!! *obviously I’m a yank…


michelle February 22, 2010 at 12:47 am

Ever since my back injury I have started to listen to my body more. For example, I was supposed to go for my weekly swim this morning. I did not go. Yesterday I over did it because I was out all day and over worked my spine. That night I wad sore, stiff, exhausted and had no energy. The last time I did that and went, I could swim at all. I nearly drown. So this morning I slept in and was able to re-energize and I felt great for the rest of the day!

If we don’t listen to our bodies/gut instinct, something horrible could happen and then we won’t be able to do nothing at all.


Marika February 22, 2010 at 2:09 am

I didn’t get to watch the game (since it was on in the middle of the night here), but GO USA! :-) Actually I’m more concerned to see how the Finland-Sweden game ends…


Lightfoot February 22, 2010 at 5:32 am

This is an exceptional post!
I think that this is one of the hardest things to do in life – to prioritize your gut instinct and do what you want and need to do, and set aside the expectations of others.

Otherwise it becomes so easy to fall into a pattern of modifying your own behaviour to suit what you perceive to be the wishes of others. Real freedom, in the truest sense of the word, is the opposite of this. Living without fear and trusting yourself.

The route to real happiness lies here.


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love balance! I love being able to finally listen to my body as well as my mind. Isn’t it just amazing when you do that?

I could not be more thrilled to read this post. After years and years of turning exercise into a MUST and I HAVE TO. Finally, I see how important it is to listen to your body. There are cues all day long about various things and when we ignore them, any of them…that’s where we can struggle more!

Bravo my dear!


Laurilee February 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

O you ran the Refridge-eighter! I was about to sign up but backed out last minute to go snowboarding!

I read your blog all the time but have yet to post a comment but seeing that you’re from Canada (and there are so few food blogs I read who are in Canada) I thought I would say hi!


Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

You’re NOT lazy! I struggle so much with this as well, like right now!! I had to move my long run to yesterday and ended up setting a PDR on a trail run! Today I have 3 miles on the schedule but my body is super sore from a great workout Saturday as well. I was planning on doing 2 instead of 3 today for recovery but my knees are a little sore and my whole body is screaming for a day off! I feel like I could do two miles, but I did 8.6 yesterday. I think I could use a day off, but it makes me feel super lazy which it shouldn’t AT ALL! Thanks for writing this now because I do need rest today. I pushed my body harder then I ever have and to push it more today would not be smart! Thanks Angela. :)


Bethany February 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

This is such a timely post — my mother-in-law was just telling me she heard our guts actually have more nerve receptors than our brains (I can’t medically back this up, though) so the idea that you have a gut instinct really is true — your gut is reacting to something more than your brain.
Besides, you can talk yourself into almost anything — when was the last time you could coerce your gut instinct to sway one way or another?
Exactly. ;)
P.S. I have oatmeal envy.


Ellie February 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I totally hear you Angela( may I call you Angie?). I usually check in with my “body” voice as I call it before making a decision based on my “head” voice. My head voice is directly linked to my obligations, my “to do list”, my expectations of myself and the expectations I think others have of me (note the words I think others have…) and sense of duty and accomplishment. My “body” voice is linked, well, simply to me body and my feelings. My body voice is usually the one telling me to let go of things, to let the Flow of things fall into place instead of trying to force them all the time. This “wise” voice has made me take better decisions on a number of issues. I still struggle some times with actually listening to it, even though I know it’s the thing to do, but I does, always work out better in the end when I do!


[email protected] February 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I so agree with you Angela! I doubt myself alot but EVERY time I listen to my gut, things work out for the best. A great example of this in action was when I started my bakery after being laid off from my long-term job. I will always trust my gut…..I have finally learned to do that :)


Kelsey February 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Your tennis shoes look adorlable! I must know what they are. Brookstone?


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