Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I've Got A Feeling...

I've been told that I have great instincts. Intuition? Dumb luck? I usually have a second sense for things.

Not always, but for the most part, things pretty much seem to work out for me. I like to fly by the seat of my pants. You know my motto: trust the gut. And I do. Because when I don't...doh!

Today's Wednesday Word is visceral, and yep, I've got a feeling about this post...



I've got a feeling....running on the path this past spring when I was marathon training, I passed a guy who made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I trusted the gut and altered my route to a more popular path. I don't know if there was anything to it, but you know what? Why take a chance?

I've got a feeling... it took me a few minutes but oh yes, that elderly neighbor I saw this week while out for a walk with Cocoa? The one who told me I was just what he "was looking for"? Thinking he has dementia. It was creepy and sad at the same time. I've talked to this guy for the last 19 years and he had no clue who I was. That was tough.


I've got a feeling... when the lottery for Big Sur came up last summer, I reached out to Kristina, of Live Laugh Love Run. I had a feeling she would be up for it and that she would run with me! Not only did we both get in and run the race, she stuck by me even though it was going to be a slow paced run. Best running partner ever. And a forever friend.

I've got a feeling... last year when I was finishing up my training for Chicago, I knew that the BQ I had trained for wasn't going to happen. It wasn't a lack of confidence or pessimism on my part.. it was realism. My training hadn't gone well and I realized I had to readjust my goals. It was just a feeling but I knew I had to go with my gut. Turned out, it was a wise move.

On the struggle bus...determined to finish.
I've got a feeling...  Two weeks ago, I fell on that rock in Wisconsin but as much as it hurt, I knew my foot wasn't broken. Even last week, when I finally dragged my tail into the doctor and she did an x-ray, I knew it wasn't broken. But a runner's gotta do... and yes, it still hurts...and yep, I'm still not running...

I've got a feeling.. a few years ago I entered an Instagram contest to win a free entry into the Chicago Marathon through my employer. I posted a waterskiing picture, thinking that would give me an edge. Not sure if it did, but I won. And away I went.
This wasn't the money shot but why not?
I'm not always on target. Sometimes I trust the gut and I'm way off. But for the most part, the gut is pretty reliable. Way better than the Magic 8 ball. Or horoscopes.

Go with the gut. That's what I do. Do you?

I'm linking up today's post with DebRuns for Wednesday Word! I can't wait to see what everyone else says about today's word.











Also with Wild Workout Wednesday! I just love this link up with Annmarie, Nicole, Michelle, and Jen!

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  1. I can honestly say I can't remember a time when I went with my gut and was wrong or made a mistake.

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    1. Isn't that the truth? When I ignore that feeling in the pit of my stomach--that's usually when things go sour.

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  2. I always go with my gut! I think it is knowing and trusting your own instincts, being in tune with who you are. I know what is best for me and my intuition is usually pretty spot on!
    Hope you are feeling better and can run soon!

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    1. I don't always go with the gut and I pay for it!

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  3. I try to go with my gut. Sometimes it's the right decision and sometimes it's not - running on a trial alone and coming across someone else that I'm unsure of - always trust your gut. Hope your foot heals soon.

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    1. I've got a feeling I"m going to be off the road for a while...

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  4. Great call on those moments! Wow! Winning a free entry for a marathon through instagram? That is awesome!

    I try to go with my gut as much as I can, except if my gut is telling me to eat quarter pounders for lunch.

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    1. Yep, and I had a feeling I was going to win....

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  5. I think of those gut instincts as the universe's way of telling me things. Mostly I listen. Sometimes it takes awhile. Hope that foot is coming along. xo

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  6. When I was 35 years old, a mother of two sons, after multiple surgeries and procedures, my OB/GYN recommended a hysterectomy. I was getting conflicting advice from all sides, all well-intentioned but confusing, disruptive, and upsetting. I thought the best thing was to call my doctor. He said that since it was not an emergency it would be okay to cancel if I was at all hesitant. I told him no, wait. I then called my Mom, my precious, insightful, brilliant Mom, in tears. She had one question: "What do YOU think you should do?" I said that I knew it was a radical step and I was young, but the issues I was suffering were heinous and this would put an end to it. Using birth control pills would be a danger because of a history of serious varicose veins. Even though that surgeon told me not to worry about it, that is exactly what I would do each time I put a pill into my mouth. If I went ahead with the surgery, I would recover and get on with my life. "Sounds like you know what to do," was Mom's reply.

    It was a valuable lesson that I never forgot and think back to it whenever I have to make a decision. Yes, I could make a mistake, but more often than not, my gut is right.

    Thank you, Mommy.

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    1. You did the right thing, obviously. I have learned over the years that I have to trust that gut feeling!

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  7. Yes, I definitely do go with my gut most times. That's how we got Lola, btw (not so much Chester). I do wish my gut had spoken up when we met Bandit, but I also believe that things happen for a reason, although maybe this time that reason is a very sad one. Worse than your neighbor -- I have been through dementia with my FIL, and it is just terrible.

    In fact, I was chatting with my neighbor this morning while working on Bandit's separation anxiety issues (because yes, he doesn't just have one issue). Anyway, today it was just going for a walk while he was crate at home.

    Anyway, she said her FIL had had dementia and that she's worried about her husband. :( She's in her mid 60s.

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    1. That was kind of crazy, seeing my neighbor like that. My friends told me that last week they found him locked out of his house. I sure hope his family intervenes.

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  8. You have to trust your gut! As I have aged, I am more comfortable with trusting my gut. Live and learn!

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    1. That is the truth! With age comes wisdom, right?

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  9. As I get older I'm getting more comfortable with going with my gut...I guess that's partly because I've had too many "wish I had" moments along the way.

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    1. No regrets! That's how I like to live...

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    2. Or, as my favorite tattoo blunder says, "NO RAGRETS" - LOL!

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  10. Congrats on winning the Chicago entry! That's a race definitely on my bucket list.

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    1. That was a magic experience--the entry, the training, and the race! hard to top.

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  11. HECK YES on winning that IG challenge!!!!! I always think those competitions or whatever are just too far fetched for me, ha! So um, HECK YES TO YOU!!!

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    1. This was an easy one to enter. Yeah, some of those IG contests ask you to do way too much! I usually forget a hashtag and boom--DQ!

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  12. Ya know... my gut is often right, but I don't trust it enough. I need to follow your advice.
    I hope your foot starts feeling better soon.

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    1. I don't have any kind of gut feeling about my foot!

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  13. I always get those gut feelings but sometimes the brain takes over. I try to follow it as often as I can though. Really hope your foot gets better soon!

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    1. Sometimes the brain is too logical! That's why I'm not running!

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  14. Totally go with the gut! I have always had a discernment on things. Not always on target but more times than not for sure. I can read people as soon as I meet them. I've "predicted" pregnancies more times than I can count! lol! Yep, go with the gut....every time! :-)

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    1. Funny! Actually I knew both times that I was pregnant before I ever took a test!

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  15. I'm all about my gut reaction. It's almost always right. I also joke with my boyfriend that I'm a bit psychic, because I can "predict" a bunch of little non-important things, like when something we've been waiting for will come in the mail or when one of our friends will get engaged haha.

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    1. How about you? Any feeling about when that's happening? :p

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  16. My mom totally has a weird 6th sense, particularly played out through our animals. They come to her and dreams. And she (or her dreams) are often right that something rather bad has happened!

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    1. I had a friend who was really "intuitive" and she actually predicted that I would meet and marry my husband. A little eerie.

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  17. Usually your gut instinct is right, even when you don't want it to be. If something doesn't feel right, just don't do it.

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  18. I definitely have a strange sixth sense for certain things. I think it was stronger when I was a kid, but it still happens now.

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    1. We just have to tune into those feelings!

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  19. I'm getting better at going with my gut. Sometimes I can be an overthinker but I know when to use my gut for sure

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    1. I tend to overthink too. And it always gets me in trouble!

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  20. Your title made me laugh because I thought of something that happened in my class once. I started off talking about something and said "I have a feeling...." and at that time my high school class finished the sentence as they broke into a chorus of "i've got a feeling" by the black eye peas! It was quite comical.

    Okay, but back to your post. You are better at this than me. I always second guess myself. That is so sad about that man who has demensia.

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    1. The song was running through my head while I wrote this...

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  21. I hope your foot starts feeling better soon!
    It is important to listen to your gut. I believe mine has saved me on a few occasions...
    Discernment is a gift, not everyone has a second sense or "picks up" on cues.

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    1. I think everyone has a second sense...but I bet a lot of folks don't use it!

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  22. I go with my gut all the time... it's most often right! Hope your foot is ok soon, but it seems that you are finding plenty of ways to have fun in the meantime... you don't have to bear weight on your foot in crow, which you did so well on your IG post today.

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    1. Yoga actually felt good, for most poses, on that foot! The stretching was much needed!

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  23. I always have gut instincts about things and tend to trust it because usually, I'm right!

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    1. I have to make sure that it isn't my overthinking tendency--if I make a decision on the fly, then it's for sure my gut!

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  24. I'm in love with that tank top from your first photo!

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  25. I believe we have gut instincts for a reason....and most of us have tried to ignore them from time to time LOL Whenever I try to ignore my GI (ha! See what I just did there?), I always have a nagging feeling that doom is on its way.

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    1. Very clever! You're like those drug commercials that keep coming up with new acronyms for old diseases! LOL!

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  26. Sometimes you gotta trust your gut. I hope you heal up quickly and get back to running.

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  27. Hope your foot heals soon so that you can get back running.

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  28. Oh your gut knows so well...Always best to follow those instincts! I do hope your foot feels better soon!

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    1. I wish my gut would tell me when my foot would heal!

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  29. I am very in tune to what goes on around me and always listen to my gut. I think yoga helped me fine tune this skill... if we can consider it a skill. Living in a city I need to be careful and alert and being in tune with what my body tells me has helped.

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    1. Most of the time our guy is on target!

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  30. The gut knows all! That is what makes women smarter than men I think- we listen to the gut and well we all know what they listen to- LOL!

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    1. LOLOLOLOL! You hit the nail on the head, so to speak...

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  31. Great post. I think we all need to listen to our gut more. As a nurse I have had many gut feelings about my patients and 95% of the time my gut was right. Sometimes you just cant put your finger on something but I always think its wise to listen to your gut.

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    1. I have those gut feelings a lot with my patients, and when I don't heed them, that's usually when I'm wrong!

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  32. Great take on our Wednesday Word, visceral! My intuition is usually pretty spot on, too.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I think a lot of us have honed our intuition over the years!

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  33. Gotta go with your gut! Love following your running journey!

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  34. Yes....trust the gut!!!! I hope your foot heals soon!!

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    1. Thank you! I wish the gut would signal when this foot pain will leave.

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