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Last Minute Speedwork

Hello friends!

I can’t believe how fast this week is going by, it’s flying! My half marathon is going to be here before I know it, and a part of me wishes I had a couple more days to prepare, but by this point, what’s done is done!

I hope you enjoyed reading all about Tia, Arkansas Runner Mom! She’s pretty amazing! Definitely a role model to look up to!

I forgot to recap my Monday night workout, and last night’s, so this post is dedicated to both of them! But first, my husband sent me this internet gem and I couldn’t stop laughing at how it matches Miss Truckee to a T!

funny puppy picture

Poor girl, it’s tough growing into a big dog! It’s tough growing into an adult too, my how things have changed!

Monday night’s workout was a speed workout and I’m hoping it pays off when I get to the hills on Saturday. I ran on the treadmill again so I’d be sure to hit the paces that I wanted. It was one of those fast runs that reminded me how excited I am about my upcoming race and reminded me of all the hard work I’ve put in. No matter what happens, I will still be proud of how much I’ve improved my times overall. My miles broke down like this:

Mile 1- 8:49, Mile 2- 8:41, Mile 3- 8:34, Mile 4- 8:21

When I was done, a serious stretching party was in order. The last thing I want on Saturday is to be sore from sprints earlier in the week. My foam roller has been my best friend lately!

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The whole time I listed to the “today’s hits” station on Pandora, and was extra motivated by some Katy Perry “Roar” and Armin Van Buuren “This Is What It Feels Like.” Good stuff, good stuff, it will definitely pump you up! Speaking of Katy Perry, did you happen to catch this video that’s been floating around?

How precious is that? If that doesn’t make your day, then I don’t know what will. It made me remember that my “problems” really aren’t that big in the grand scheme of things.

Now onto last night’s workout!

I did a similar run as Monday night’s, on the treadmill, and faster than my goal race pace. I wanted to squeeze in one more good, fast, speed workout before Saturday so I would feel a little more prepared for the rolling hills. I have really neglected training on hills this go-around, and that’s my own fault, but I’m hoping it doesn’t bite me in the booty too much!

Mile 1- 8:34, Mile 2- 8:00, Mile 3- 7:41, then a mile slow jog back home.

Sometimes it just feels good to run fast. Sometimes I think 5k’s are my favorite race distance for that very reason. Sometimes running fast is the easiest way to rid your body of all the stress from the day, and you can run to that little place in your own mind where you are super happy and in your own little world.

half marathon training with powerbar

I also tried some new nutrition that my husband picked up, and I think I might take a few with me this weekend. I tried the PowerBar Performance Energy Blasts in strawberry banana and loved them! I ate one before, and two during, just like instructed, and felt like they gave me a little extra kick of energy, like they helped my “giddy-up” get going! They tasted like gummy bears, but a little thicker and tougher to chew. They didn’t bother my stomach at all, and I was surprised because I actually didn’t eat them with water like it says to do. You should definitely check these out if you’re a fan of Clif Shot Bloks! Here’s another look at the little guys…

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He found them at Kroger, which is perfect because sometimes I don’t always have time to run all the way into town to the local running shop!

Last night I also FINALLY used my Oiselle gift card that I won back in July! I had been waiting and waiting for their new fall/winter line to come out, and trying to decide if I should go pants or top, and finally decided that I tend to cycle through tops much more quickly than pants so I should probably go with a new cute top. I ordered the Flyte Long Sleeve in coral, and I’m so excited to wear it! It’s anti-microbial, wicking, has thumbholes, and is made of super comfortable material. AND it says “fly” on the back shoulder blade. LOVE.

oiselle flyte long sleeve

If you remember from my running wish-list, I’ve got my eyes on a pair of Oiselle running tights for the future! This will be my first piece to own of the Oiselle collection, and I’m anxious to show it some love!

Tonight’s workout is going to be a nice, long walk with Truckee, and I am so looking forward to it! I miss my girl! I’ve been so busy lately, and with running every night, she’s really only been getting her exercise in on the weekends, and I know that just isn’t fair to her! So I promised her a good walk today 🙂

Have you ordered anything from Oiselle? Do you have a race coming up this weekend? Have you tried PowerBar products?

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    October 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Speedy lady!!

    Good luck on the race this weekend. My half is this weekend also, so I’ll send you speedy vibes from the course 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Ashley- thanks girl! I just saw this..how did YOUR half go?!! Headed over to find out right now!

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    Cecilia @MommiesRun
    October 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    That golden retriever looks like my belle! So cute! I’m a huge Oiselle fan. I have quite a few tops and shorts, but my favorite is the Bum Wrap. I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ll be wearing for my first marathon in December!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Cecilia- Aww so cute! I would love to have a golden one day 🙂 The Bum Wrap? I need to look into that!! Where is your first marathon again?? My first one is in Dec too!! Good luck to you! How is your training going?!

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    Missy
    October 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love that Oiselle top! It’s definitely on my wish list!
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    Ashley
    October 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Girl you are SPEEDY! You will do great at your half 🙂
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    October 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh my gosh I have never seen that video before– so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy
    October 24, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I haven’t heard of Oiselle. I’ll have to check them out! I haven’t tried any of the other PowerBar products, but I’ve been seeing more of them around. Good luck with your race this weekend!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Melissa- Oh girl, you should check out Oiselle! That top is the first thing I’ve owned, and now I’m hooked! Excellent quality and super comfy!! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    Julie
    October 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I love things that remind me my problems are SO insignificant. Sometimes I think having too much on my plate is a “problem” and then I remind myself there are others that would die to have ONE job, or be able to work at all. Thanks for the sweet video and reminder my lady 🙂 I am DYING at the dog pic!! So perfect.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Julie- I agree, sometimes I have to remind myself to stop being so materialistic, even when I’m not intending to be! How is your job going??

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    October 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I.Want.That.Top. So cute!! And way to rock your runs this week! You’re going to do great this weekend!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Nicole- Isn’t it so cute! I am obsessed with it, and would love to have it in every color, especially now that I’ve done a race in it!!

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    Lorraine
    October 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I just came across your blog, and wow – you are one speedy runner! That top is super cute, too! I love Cliff Shot Blocks, so I think I will have to give those PowerBar Energy Blasts a try sometime!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Lorraine- Aw thanks Lorraine!! I’m so glad you found my blog! And yes, you should try the powerbar blasts, they are so great and work wonders!!

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    Chamaine @ All in a Soiree
    October 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    That growing up image is too cute.

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      Sweet Miles
      October 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Chamaine- Haha it made me smile 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

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