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it’s all downhill from here!

Before we get to the fun stuff, anyone else’s Sweat Pink Ambassador badge not showing up correctly? AND, I’m still having trouble getting my comment replies to show under YOUR comment. Any WP words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

Now onto last night! I told myself I would do a 5k as best I could, for the blah mood that I was in, and call it a night. Truckee was so sad when I didn’t take her with me, but we all know how running with your dog can sometimes be less than productive! I took off down the street and onto one of the trails that I’ve been running lately to mix up the scenary and already knew I made the right choice by getting out! The “cooler” air felt amazing and has come as a welcomed change around these parts. If it stuck around for the rest of the summer I wouldn’t hate it one bit.

I felt pretty good for mile 1 and wished that I could have held that the whole run. Miles two and three turned out to be a bit slower, but still managed to hit an 8:29 overall average pace which will do. I’m still in the bad habit of starting out too fast and not being able to hold a steady past or negative split when I want to. Part of this I think has to do with lack of motivation since my mind knows I’m really NOT racing, but I really do want to work on getting faster each mile not slower! Ugh! Anyone else have this problem? I think for some reason my legs are under the impression that I MUST go extra fast the first mile so that way I’ll have some time to spare towards the end…except it doesn’t work that way. If only!

All in all, it was a good run! I wasn’t as hydrated as I’d like to be, so when I finished my run I was feeling a little light headed. But a long cool down walk solved that problem. In fact, I forgot that I had told Adam and Trucksters that I was only going to do a 5K and be home in less than 30 minutes. But as I was running the route I told him I was going to run, (always a good idea to tell someone WHERE you’ll be running…you just never know, and I didn’t take my phone with me this time) I ended up taking a couple side streets that I wasn’t planning on because I was trying to avoid a few “bigger” hills. So when I finished I realized I had weaved myself through the trails and into a neighborhood about a mile and a half from our house. I tried to walk/job back as fast as I could because I knew by the time I got home it would have been closer to 50 minutes and Adam would have been worried. (Just to be safe we’ve set a time-limit for when I go running, so that on days when I don’t take my phone he’ll have an idea of my whereabouts and know whether or not to come make sure I’m ok! Not because he doesn’t trust me, but because as a young female running ALONE at dusk it’s better to be safe than sorry!) I finally got home and saw that his truck was gone, which meant he and Truckee had probably gone out to drive my route. Sure enough, he came back just a few minutes later and he and the pups had gone to make sure I was ok. Sweet, sweet husband.

I’m still loving my Garmin Forerunner 10 watch. I would highly reccommend this watch if you want to keep track of your runs but don’t want a huge manly looking device on your wrist. I just wanted something with basic info, and this one fits that bill perfectly! And if you haven’t noticed lately I’ve been guilty of outfit repeating. My current favorite shirt to run in is the Women’s 13.1 Revel Short Sleeve Shirt from Saucony. Perfect fo running in the heat. I’m itching to find some cute new tanks to run in, I’m thinking I might have to hit up Target soon!

For dinner he cooked up delicious BLT’s with fresh farmer’s market heirloom tomatos. YUMM-Y! We’ve been on a BLT kick lately…they just scream summertime! For dessert I made rolo-pretzel-turtles. My mother in law introduced me to these last Christmas, and to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. They’re a perfect party treat, and were a huge hit when we took them to small group. We had planned to make and take them to our church pot-luck on Sunday night but ended up not having time. Oh well, we maybe didn’t mind too much 🙂

Adam went and had his “man date Monday” last night and I stayed home cuddled up on the couch getting some editing done and shamelessly cracking up over How I Met Your Mother. Tonight I’ve got a pedicure date with a girlfriend from church, then we’re meeting up with two more girls for coffee/ice cream/something-sweet-and-delicious-I-probably-shouldn’t-be-eating-but-it’s-okay-I-ran-last-night.

BREAKING NEWS! I just signed up for a 5K on Thursday! The Firecracker Fast 5K in Little Rock is going to be a blast! Straight from the website, “The race will celebrate its 37th year in 2013. Runner’s World Magazine has called this course one of the fastest in the USA.” Why is it one of the fastest you ask? Because it’s **almost** all DOWNHILL!! This is a perfect race for beginners, and everyone I’ve talked to so far says it’s most definitely a PR course! You all know I’m dyinnggg to beat that stinkin’ 25:05! To give you an idea of how fast the course is, I looked up the results from 2012’s race on Arkansas Runner (an awesome resource for all things Arkansas running!) There were 635 female runners, (WOW for a 5K!) and the first time was 18:03.11 , and the 50th time was 23:34.77. They’re doing age divison awards (based on chip-time) and trophies for the first 50 male and female

What are your 4th of July plans? Any racing on the calendar?


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    July 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    If you go back to your personal SPA page and re-copy the code and paste it on your blog, you should be sorted out. I had the problem earlier this week, and that’s what fixed it for me.

    I’m not allowed to run right now, so no races for this girl 🙁 I’ll be cheering on my friends in spirt, though.

    Other than that, just hoping that we’ll be able to go to the fireworks on Friday. Our area puts on a great display and I love watching them.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Jenn- I got it to work!! You’re so smart!! Oh boo, you’ll back to running soon though!! 🙂

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    July 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I tried to comment on here a few days ago and it kept saying something was invalid and didn’t let me. It was strange- never seen that before.
    Anywho, I can totally relate to starting out too fast in my runs. I’m trying to work my way to a better overall pace and you are great motivation.
    That was so sweet of your husband to go looking for you!
    I’m also on a BLT kick lately but I use tempeh bacon, not the real stuff. Still, so good!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Sarah- oh no!! That’s so weird, who knows, glad you could get it to work this time! Aww I’m glad you think I’m great motivation!! Mission accomplished!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    July 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I totally agree with you about letting someone know you’re going on a run.. I do the same thing! If my husband isn’t home, I still let him know when I am leaving and when I get back home!

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    July 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    My Sweat Pink bade wasn’t showing up correctly for a few days–I just went back to the Sweat Pink website and copied the code again, and it’s fine now! They changed the code (relocated where it’s hosted), so that may be why!

    I tend to be a victim of positive splits, too–only recently have I been accomplishing negative ones. What I do is make myself go a lot slower in the first few miles, and then as the run wears on, I don’t want to be stuck with a terribly slow pace overall so I automatically pick it up. Maybe it’s not the absolute best way to accomplish negative splits, but whatever works, right? 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Beth- I like the way you think! Whatever works!!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I had to email the Sweat Pink team and ask for a smaller logo because the original file was too big and was being cropped by my sidebar. Running tanks – check out the Moving Comfort Interval Tank (I just did a review on my blog last week). This is one of the few running tanks with a built-in bra that is supportive enough for running. I found mine online for $16.99, so it was a steal! Those Rolo turtles look so good! YUM!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Nicole- Cute! I’ll have to see what I can find! I finally got my SPA badge figured out, thank goodness!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    July 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Yay for the race plans! I hope you break 25!!
    That’s so smart to have all those safety plans when you’re running. You just never know.
    Last year I told my husband what route I was biking. There was a train so I went another way without even thinking and couldn’t hear my phone. He had ended up chasing me down on the bike to ride with me and was really scared when I wasn’t on the route I said I would be on. When I was almost home, I saw my mom driving. He had called her worried since I wasn’t anywhere to be found! Lesson learned!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Abby- Oh no!! Yes, lesson learned for sure!! Poor husbands, I hate that they worry so much 🙂

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    Presley @ Run Pretty
    July 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Good luck at the race! I’ve heard Target workout gear is awesome, but I’m on purchasing lock-down according to the husband. haha

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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Presley- Thanks girl!! Hahaha yes, my husband might not approve of ANOTHER workout outfit.

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    July 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hi! I came across your blog from pbfingers.com (when I saw the title I figured your blog had something to do with running). I am a big runner myself and totally understand the struggle to build speed. I love long, slow paces, which is why I’ve done marathons and half marathons, but when it comes to 5k’s, I really have to push myself to improve. One thing I recommend is sprints! They are a great way to break up your running schedule during the week. I usually go to my old cross country trail that has plenty of hills and will do 6-8 different repeats, timing myself. It’s defiantly helped!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Sara- Yay! So glad you found me!! I used to do sprints once or twice a week, I need to get back into that routine! Good call! Can’t wait to check out your blog!

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    July 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Aw your husband is so cute! I do the same thin! I tell people where I am etc. That’s so cool that you signed up for a race. That’s so exciting. By the way, according to your daily mile tracker, you are one mile away from 100 miles in 2013! WOW!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Katherine- I just noticed that too! And then I realized I never added Monday’s run, so now I am over 100! Woohoo!!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    July 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Target has the best workout gear, I’m a big fan. I also love Old Navy for a cheap sports bra.

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    July 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I actually just use one of the templates from WordPress, so I unfortunately don’t have any advice about formatting the comments :-/

    Good luck with your 5k on Thursday! You’re gonna have a blast 🙂

    It’s SO smart to tell people when/where you’re running. I always take my phone, just in case. I bought a little running-specific pouch/fanny pack type thing that holds it really well.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Alex- That pouch/fanny pack sounds like a great idea! Have you of Flip beltS??

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    July 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I am the exact same when it comes to running with the dog. If I know it’ll be a tough day or if I’m feeling “blah” I will leave him behind. The guilty looks I get when I run past the house is enough to drag him with me…but most of the time it is him dragging me!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    July 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I’m running a small, local 5k! My son (he just turned 5) decided he wants to do the kids run afterward too, so I’ll be pushing all 50 pounds of him in the jogging stroller — fun, fun!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Kristin- Just read your thoughts on your blog..sounds like it was fun, even if it’s hard to not look at the time!

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    Nikki @ run+breathe+be
    July 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Your husband is so adorable! I love when couples take care of each other like that.

    Good luck on your race tomorrow!!!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Nikki- He’s a keeper, for sure!

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