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My First Early Morning Run

If you would have told me a few months ago that I would have ENJOYED waking up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, then going for a run, I would have smacked you silly. Me? Wake up and run at 6 AM? AM? Not PM? Well I have a surprise for you. I. Loved. It. It was beautiful out, LOW 60’s!!!!, and the sunrise was gorgeous. Now granted, this hasn’t exactly become a habit yet, however, I have been incredibly productive since my run so I’m starting to think I might be onto something.

But first, let’s back it up to yesterday. I took the Truckle monster on a 1 mile walk, poop bag and all. Thank goodness I remembered this time because she left one quite large present in a neighbor’s yard. The bigger the dog, the bigger the poop. I sure hope she stops growing soon or we’re going to be in trouble!

When we got back, it was time for Pizza Night! In case you were wondering, I ended up making the chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter cups, and they. were. amazeballs. I’ll be posting an easy tutorial on the photog. blog later this weekend! Adam made a delicious caprese style pizza with heirloom carbon tomatoes. Yummmy!

After stuffing my face with pizza and ridiculously rich, chocolate peanut butter cups, I wasn’t sure if I would be in the mood to wake up so early and run! But when my alarm went off this morning, Truckee was more than happy to push me out the door. The Little Rock Marathon Training Group run began at 6, so I got there about 5 ’till and signed my name, and how many miles I was planning on doing. They had routes scheduled for 1,2,3,4,6, and 8 miles, so I signed up for 6. The leader of the group, who also organizes the Little Rock Marathon every March, made an announcement, basic safety, and we were off!

I was hoping to connect with a few runners my age, but didn’t really see anyone my age immediately, so I just jumped in the crowd and took off. Pretty early it seemed like the group split into walkers, slow, and fast. I wasn’t able to keep up with the fast group, but the slower group fell pretty far behind, so I settled in somewhere in the middle. I ultimately decided to do 4 fast miles, and see how I felt with my new pace in the cooler air. I wanted to see if training in the heat had payed off any! Also, I’ll let you in on a secret. I was dying to go to the bathroom, and was fearful that I was going to have to take drastic measures and dive off into the tree line. No worries, mind over body, we made it back to the start without any incidences. HA, I know I’m not the only runner EVER who has shortened a run so they didn’t poop their pants. Let’s just be honest about things.

I was super excited to see that I had managed to perfectly negative split!!! Whoop whoop!! I’m crediting this to not just the weather, but also to the fact that I finally changed my Garmin settings to show my pace and distance, instead of time elapsed and distance.

When I got home, Adam was snoozing on the couch so I grabbed Truckee and took her out for HER run/walk. We did 1.5 mile ish, and she loved every second. I couldn’t believe how fast she was making us run, she is a speed demon! I’m trying so hard to make sure that while I’m putting all my attention on MY exercise, that I’m taking time to make sure she gets exercise too. It’s just an important, especially for a big dog like her!

We walked up most of the “mountain” on the way back, which she was more than happy to do, but once we got to the top it was full speed ahead until we got to our driveway. Who needs a treadmill to do speed work when you have a lab to pull you faster and faster ๐Ÿ™‚ Only kidding, she never actually pulls me when she’s running so fast, but she’s an excellent motivator!

The rest of today we spent exploring the outskirts of west Little Rock, out to Lake Maumelle. We knew the lake was super close to us, but had idea how pretty it was! I’m starting to love Arkansas more and more, it’s got beautiful places around every corner.

Hope you all had a fantastic Saturday!!!

What did you do today? Have any funny running stories?

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    Katherine
    July 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Seeing the sun rise and finishing your workout before half the world is awake is a wonderful feeling! Well done!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Katherine- For sure ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciated it! I’m HOPING to get more early morning runs in…so we’ll see just how that goes!

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    Darlynn @ The Little Blog Dress
    July 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    This is a great post! I love to run in the morning!, it kicks off your day right and it’s not hot! Hope you had a great day! I am a new #SPA ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Darlynn- Yay SPA!!!! So glad you stopped by!! You as well!

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    Jenn
    July 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I love early morning runs! They are just so peaceful and set the right tone for my whole day. Glad you are seeing how great they can be! And also, awesome that you found a running group to join!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Jenn- Yea! I haven’t officially joined it, but step one was being brave and going by myself!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Yay for early morning runs & yay for no pooping in the woods! And can’t wait for tutorial on the amazeballs.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Nicole- HAHA SUCCESS!!!!

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    Matilda
    July 13, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    There is no denying I am a morning person. I rather get my workout done 1st think in the morning than in the evening. I’m more likely to put it off if I don’t do it first thing.
    Sometimes I don’t like waking up at sparrows fart but the feeling of being done and dusted before breakfast is awesome.
    I had a club run this weekend, it was a tough course, and I’m sad to say it will be the last time we will run it ๐Ÿ™ oh well it happens.
    Btw I love the photo of you and your dog doing a selfie. the look on his face is classic.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Matilda- For sure! Haha yes, I don’t LIKE waking up early either, I wish I did! I think some people just naturally love it!! At least you ran the course, even if it was tough! And thanks, I’m probably too obsessed with my dog ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth Sheridan (Sugar Coated Sheridan)
    July 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I can’t believe with those times that you weren’t in the fast group!!! Looks like a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Beth- I KNOW!!!! I was huffin’ it and those speed demons were WAY ahead of me!

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    Kelly@KellyRunsforFood
    July 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Haha you are NOT the only person to cut a run short due to bathroom issues, I’ve also been there. Sounds like you had a super productive day!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Kelly- Hahaha ok good to know! It. Was. Fabulous.

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    Carli
    July 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    That is one big pup you have on your hands! Morning runs are great but I haven’t gotten in any runs this week. I teach my first Zumba class next month and I’m focused on not making a butt of myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Carli- Haha yes she’s HUGE!!!! It slightly breaks my heart how fast she’s grown! Zumba!! How fun!!! I’m terrible at it, but you’ll be a great teacher!!

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    Cecilia @MommiesRun
    July 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Way to go on your negative splits! I always get so excited when I can do it. It was a beautiful morning here as well but unfortunately I didn’t wake up in time for a run ๐Ÿ™ That lake is so gorgeous! I’ve never been to Maumelle but I’ve heard of it before!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Cecilia- Oh no! That’s ok, I don’t blame you for sleeping in ๐Ÿ™‚ We were surprised at how pretty it was, and so close!

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    Terikay
    July 14, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Love running in the am! It’s my “me” time because I can still return to a sleeping house.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Terikay- Yay for ‘me’ time! Thanks for commenting!

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    Kim
    July 14, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Those early morning runs are the best – once you make yourself get up it is always well-worth it!! Plus, then you have your whole day left for fun and sight-seeing!!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Kim- I think I’m learning to love the plus’s way more than the negatives of waking up early ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert
    July 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Love the post. I also enjoy running early in the morning for the cooler temps! It also makes me feel more awake during the day!!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Emily- Ah yes! The cooler air felt AMAZING!!! And I was WIRED all day…until about 8pm, then I crashed!

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    Alex@Veggin' Out
    July 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I always feel like I run faster when I’m with my dog! I swear she pulls me up the hills ๐Ÿ˜‰
    There’s nothing like a good early morning run! Sometimes I don’t get out until about 7:30, but 6am runs are my favorite! So peaceful!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Alex- Thanks for stopping by! I think my dog does too!! They’re so silly!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    July 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Howmcool that there’s a morning running group! I love morning runs but find it hard to go as fast as I would when I run later in the day. But it feels so good to get it done and dusted so early on in the day.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Anna- I agree! I felt amazing the rest of the day before my workout was behind me!

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    Hayley
    July 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    1.) You are so fantastic for getting out there early and trying out the running group! You are such a motivation. I love it!

    2.) Your dog is so cute! How do you get anything done? I’d just want to cuddle him all day.

    3.) I went for a morning run today. I set my alarm for 7 (which felt adventurous, even last night). Then, I accidentally turned the alarm off instead of snoozing it! So, my run started at 8:30. Later than I wanted but still early for me! Yay for morning runs!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Hayley- haha 1.) Thanks! It was scary! 2.) Truckee is definitly my biggest distraction!! 3.) Hey, at least you still went!! Yay for you!

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    FiddleDeeAshley
    July 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I love getting up early to run (and only to run). It’s great knowing my workout is done. I really need to look into joining a running group. It looks like so much fun!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

      FiddleDeeAshley- It felt so good knowing I was done for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life
    July 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    It’s so much easier to get up and run if there’s someone else with you/waiting on you. In college my best friend who lived a few apartments over and I said we’d get up early and run every morning. The only thing that pulled me out of bed sometimes was knowing I had to get my butt over to her place and wake her up haha. Accountability is a great motivator ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      July 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Kelsey- Having someone else waiting on you DEFINITELY makes it easier!!! You don’t want to be the one that whimps out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nikki @ will run for pizza
    November 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I’ve been talking about joining a run club. I found 2 that I want to “try out”, but I keep dragging my feet…I don’t know why. I mean, I do know why, but they are all dumb reasons really…
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