The Morning Everything Went Wrong…and I made it through the day…

The end.

It’s great when the title is the entire story of the post right?

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Have you ever had one of those days?  It seems like everything is going wrong.  Little things are piling up and suddenly you cannot think of a single thing that has actually gone right.  As more things go wrong, the frustration increases.  Suddenly it’s the worst day ever and you don’t even know how you got to that point.  If you haven’t had a day like that then you are living the dream.

That’s exactly how last Saturday started for me. I had slept awful the night before. I woke up before 5am and it was that type of wide awake that I wasn’t going back to sleep. So I sat there staring at the ceiling for a few minutes then ultimately decided I might as well wake up.  I stumbled out of bed making more noise than I thought was possible.

For more clarity, this was last Saturday. I was working on Satuday and we were moving that weekend. Tim and I had a solid agreement that he would load (old house) and unload (new house) the truck on Saturday (so sorry, so weak). I ultimately have been unpacking boxes this week.

So anyways, I still felt guilty I was leaving him and his dad to load a bunch of heavy items (despite that being the agreement). So as I sat there packing for work, half tired but unable to fully think straight,I decided to go for my 1.25 daily mile run. (1.25 because that was a measured an easy loop near my house to be).  The run went well and I felt great (that was possibly the sunshine of the day).

After that I got home and began packing for work. I seemed to drop everything, with each drop become increasingly louder. Then each thing that went wrong became increasingly more frustrating for me. It was one of those mornings that each small issue seemed to lead to bigger one.

In summary before I left my house all of the following happened:
I burnt my tongue on coffee (blistering burnt). 
I dropped 2 plates.
I fell down the stairs. 
I left 3 things inside.
I left 5 minutes late.

Upon getting into (Tim’s) car, I spilled coffee all over the interior including my work clothes.
I cleaned it up and went back inside to grab new clothing (with the door slamming).  After getting back into his car, I realized I had grabbed the wrong keys.
So after grabbing the right keys frazzled and looking a mess, I left for work 15 minutes later than I would have liked. I remembered that it was better to be late versus get into an accident or get a speeding ticket.  Then I would just be later.

I took my time and abided by traffic laws. The drive seemed to be going by extremely slow. I found myself staring at the clock every minute. Each progressive minute seeming to frustrate me for no reason (other than I was stupidly stressed).

After getting on the turnpike I realized I was making pretty good time. My day was getting better after a rougher morning. Despite being before 8am, my commute was actually going well.

I got to work and began my day again. I was fine, my day got progressively better.  There wasn’t a lot of excitement at work and after a few hours I gathered myself (with coffee) and realized my day had gotten a lot better.  All of the little things that stressed me out were done with.  The only thing I’ll remember about that day was leaving a full house and coming back to an empty one.

We all those mornings.

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When I was leaving for work at the peak of my stress, I assumed  my day would just get worse.  I had assumed that it would be an awful day.  Honestly it would have only been an awful day if I had let it.  I put on my positive hat and grabbed my party pants and made my day a good one.  When life feels like it’s getting out of control, remember in most circumstances you can make your situation better,  There isn’t a need to stress over the small things.  It’s a lesson I try and remember in life as well as in running related injuries.  I often ask myself…what will I remember in a year or two years…

Questions for you:

Have you ever had one of “those” days?

How do you deal with stress? 



  1. I feel like that’s every morning as I try to shower, cook for my family, get the kids dressed, and comment on blogs all before leaving for school. Mornings definitely don’t predict how the rest of the day will go for me.

  2. Yesterday was one of those days for me. My leg is no better, I had a ton of homeowork and studying, my cat died of lymphoma, and my godson got a concussion at football practice. Plus I walked the 0.8 miles to where my car is parked at the dorms and drove to the grocery store. Once I got there, I realized my wallet with my cash and debit card where back in my dorm. Also, I haven’t been able to go to bed early like I like to because of group projects.

    I deal with stress by exercising more, which isn’t always best. That can end up causing more stress.

    1. I’m sorry to hear yesterday was such a tough day. I obviously don’t know your whole story but I do think there are better alternatives to exercising more when stressed. I hope things are brighter today 🙂

  3. I ALWAYS have those days! I am the biggest clumsy clutz! It’s because I’m always in a rush and leave things to the last minute – when i take a breath, relax and then go again I make less mistakes and my concentration is better! Hope you’ve cheered up!

  4. I cringed reading this entire post. We’ve all had days like that, but in the end we still choose how we react to it, and you dealt with it like a pro.

    Also, you suffered from morning syndrome, where you drop everything you touch. I once accidentally flung an egg off the counter and on to the floor, and to this day I swear I lost control of my hand.

  5. Of course I’ve had several of these days! When I was much younger, I would think it was the end of the world if things kept getting worse as a morning or day would go on. Now I realize that things HAVE to improve because they can’t get much worse and the universe really isn’t THAT mean. So the way I get through is just thinking about the light that WILL eventually come.

  6. I definitely have those days every now and again, and they usually come around when I didn’t get enough sleep. I find that bad mornings can often lead to better days, though, so it’s important not to fall into the “it’s the end of the world” mindset when you almost break your toe on the vacuum cleaner lying in the middle of the hallway, or lose the ability to walk through doorways without hitting your shoulder <– my morning yesterday 🙂

    1. I agree! When I was younger I used to think it was the worst thing ever. I agree that just staying positive and remembering that the day will get better. It’s the best thing you can do. 🙂

  7. I can definitely relate to this! I feel like sometimes, a day can feel so awful that we lose any expectations of it turning out well, and then that is exactly what happens! Just this past Saturday morning it was like a flip switched in my brain – i’m not sure why, but I was SO sad and homesick. But after a 16oz coffee and race entry, I was a new person! I guess the lesson is just ‘keep on keeping’ on. 😉

  8. Oh these days. I agree with you we all have them and if not well then that’s a phenomenal life (or is it?). It happens but hopefully not too often. I usually have these days when I haven’t slept well which is what it sounds like was going on with you, have a lot on my mind, or am sick. I think if we can look past the bad and try to just make some humor of it all then that definitely helps to make the day end on a better foot 🙂

  9. I was recently told that I “dwell on a little thing just for a reason to be bummed” and it’s totally true. Once something goes wrong in my day, suddenly everything is catastrophic, no matter how little. I’m glad someone held this mirror up to me because now I am able to work on it.

  10. I was feeling frustrated yesterday morning and then knocked over an entire tub of coffee grounds all over the floor. So annoying. But the day ended up being fine.

  11. Ugh, those mornings are the worst. Monday morning was one of those mornings where I wanted to go back to bed as soon as I woke up. The rough times make the good ones that much better though.

  12. I have certainly had one of “those days”. What annoys me about myself the most is when I let little things get to me. Each of my coworkers and I have things to get done before we leave our shift. We usually take turns like doing inventory, restocking, dishes, cleaning etc. Sometimes if I want to do a certain job and another employee is already doing it, I get super frustrated. There is no reason for this because the point is that the job gets done. Then I get even more mad at myself for letting it get to me. Bahhhh those days!
    I deal with it by trying to keep a gratitude journal. I do it each day during my lunch break and find it can really turn the day around 🙂

  13. Oh, I’ve been having a string of those days lately – but you’re right, we ARE ultimately in control about how we handle the situations we’re in. If we handle them rationally and with a little bit of optimism things usually work out 🙂 Running it all off doesn’t hurt as well!

  14. I totally have had one of those days! When it happens (and it did on Friday) I just try to stay calm because if I get any more annoyed, something worse is just bound to happen lol.

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