Motivational Monday–Expect the Unexpected

Happy Monday friends! 

I assume you’re looking for some sort of race recap after Saturday morning’s post.  Well, in short: I didn’t finish my first half marathon.  I don't know smile

And to be completely honest, aside from all the ”congratulations!” from friends and family, I’m okay with it.  But we’ll get to all that in a minute…


To prep for our little West-side overnighter + race day, I got together a few necessities.  Fresh coconuts for electrolyte-enriched coconut water [we just took a couple, but that photo was from when I got them], oat bake muffins [+ peanut butter] for my pre-race breakfast, a bagel and peanut butter for Ben’s, our Vibram FiveFingers and our ever-so-travel-friendly Tiger Tail to  help relax our muscles and work through tightness. 


We packed post-race beach and brunch clothing, because obviously a dip in the water is necessary after 13.1 miles and an unlimited hotel brunch is motivation. Winking smile

And we also took a set of going out clothes for a nice dinner in Kapalua. 


My awesome sis + bro-in-law gave Ben + I an incredible gift card for Pineapple Grill way back in March for our birthdays [Ben and I were born 5 days apart], and we finally got around to using it on Saturday night! 

We were more than impressed with Pineapple Grill.  From the moment we walked in, the service was phenomenal and friendly.  They sat us quickly at a table overlooking the cobalt ocean and we were able to watch the the sun set over the island of Lana`i.  


Ben got to work on some rolls [carb-loading?] while we awaited our two appetizers: furikake-encrusted calamari with homemade cocktail sauce + manila clams in a butter sauce.  Delicious. 

For our main course, Ben opted for the crème fraiche and pesto fettucini with shrimp and garden veggies while I enjoyed the monchong fish atop a butternut squash succotash with garden veggies [extra points to the server for not batting an eye when I asked for the succotash rather than mashed potatoes].  Everything was flavorful and rich and the portion size did not disappoint.


Because we told the staff that we were celebrating our upcoming 2-year anniversary upon arriving, they said they wanted to bring out their signature pineapple upside-down cake for us as a congratulations [amazing!].  It was difficult to turn down, but Ben and I were both stuffed at that point and weren’t too excited about finishing off a meal with sugar, so we politely declined. 

We left happy and full.Smile

Ben and I both conked out pretty early on Saturday night in preparation for an earrrly wake-up time [4:17am!].

My foot had started shooting pain again while we walked around the expo the day before the race, which made me nervous.  But I had promised that I would at least try to compete in the half, although I knew that my foot injury would mean it would be a huge stretch to finish. 

The morning of the race, I pinned on my bib, slid on my fivefingers, and felt good. 

It was still pitch black at 5:20 as Ben and I joined the other 2000 participants at the start line about 10 minutes before go-time. I went internal and meditated for a second, stating my intentions for the race:

Above all else, I will honor my body today.  I will listen to my body’s signals and be unafraid to ask for support.

Ben took off running while I walked the first 4 miles of the half.  It was beautiful and peaceful to be walking that early in the morning.  I watched the sun rise over the ocean and said good morning to all the volunteers.  I smiled at the cars passing.  I was loving it! 

Around mile 4 I still felt pretty good so I thought I’d start running.  If I continued to feel good, I’d run the last 9 miles of the race.  But that obviously didn’t happen. 

By the time I hit mile-marker 6, pain was shooting from the bottom of my foot up toward the middle of my calf.  I thought about continuing on and dealing with the repercussions later [ice bath, massage, being immobile for 6 weeks, not being able to teach my class, surgery?] and then let go of the ego and asked for support. 

With the injury, I wasn’t expecting much, so I was quite pleased to have made it to the half-way mark before having to hobble to the sideline and catch the "Official Race Vehicle” back to the finish line. 

“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  -Jim Rohn

Nonetheless, my incredible hubby Ben did finish his first half in great time!!


And even better: he felt so good running that he actually wants to sign us up for next year!  [Ben the Runner is BACK!]

So there you have it: my first half-marathon race recap.  Not exactly what I was expecting, but I’m very proud of myself for being able to overcome my ego and honor my body.  It makes me feel like I’m getting closer to finding a balance

When’s the last time you consciously had to let go of your ego for the betterment of your health?

If you’re catching up on the Motivational Monday series, here’s what you’ve missed:

1.) My tips for taking control of your own destiny; 2.) Caitlin’s post on eliminating negative self-talk and fat talk; 3.) My tips for making time for health and wellness; 4.) Tips on setting attainable goals; 5.) Therese’s post on getting from there to here without going crazy; 6.) A reminder to stay open to reevaluation; 7.) Fueling your body, mind, and spirit well; 8.) The importance of accountability; 9.) Creating new boundaries; 10.) Utilize resources and gain knowledge; 11.) Learn to give back; 12.) Try new things!; 13.) Celebrate your success!; 14.) Surround yourself with like-minded people; 15.) Tips for getting back on track; 16.) Feeling your way through.

Motivational Mondays are meant to offer you tips and tools to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  What would you like to see for Motivational Mondays? Would you like to be a contributor? Comment or email me at and tell me your motivational story, who motivates you, and/or your tips.

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4 thoughts on “Motivational Monday–Expect the Unexpected

  1. AmandaonMaui says:

    Congratulations on your attempt, and on listening to your body. It’s hard for people to do that.

    I’m hoping to at least try for a 5k next year. I’m not used to running or walking outdoors, so it’d be good to start small.

  2. lovelylici1986 says:

    Good for you! There’ll be many more half marathons for you to kick butt (not your own) in. Keep that body loving you. (I love the quote, btw.) I’m hoping to do my first 5k in Jan/Feb. My dad’s going away this weekend, and I put VFF’s (Bikila, silver/green) on my wishlist. Hope he finds them! 🙂

  3. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    1) I am so jealous of you. I want to have dinner overlooking a beautiful ocean view watching the sunset over an island! UGH!!! But I’ll take pictures of the changing leaves for you over here in New Jersey 😉
    2) I am so glad that you are smart enough to stop when it hurts! I am the same way. There is no reason to hurt yourself and put yourself out for months. So CONGRATS on being a smart cookie! And way to go on your 6 miles! You will do fabulous next time!!!

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