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Running a Marathon is Easy

Happy Monday to YOU!

I can’t believe my fantastic 4 1/2 day day weekend has come to an end! (Because I’m not counting work on Friday.) We spent tons of time with friends, just the two of us, and with Miss Truckee. I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore, ingested enough sugar to last me a lifetime, and don’t regret a thing. July 4th weekend only happens once a year. What the hey!

Monday mornings I always feel so overwhelmed by the blog world! I feel like there are 5 million blogs I need to catch up on and I end up tabing new windows like a crazy lady! My browser is slightly overwhelmed.

Now that I feel like I’m sufficiently up to speed, I can take a few minutes to catch YOU up to speed!

Saturday morning we woke up nice and early and headed into Little Rock to one of many farmers markets. Adam woke up even earlier and took Truckee on a quick run, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t peel myself out of bed any earlier. We hit up the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market and had a blast. So many fresh fruits and veggies, and baked goods and beautiful wild flowers. If you want to see pitcures from our little outing, you can catch them over on the ‘ole photog blog.

Truckee goes to the farmer’s market.

The rest of Saturday was spent doing yard work (Adam…not me…), editing photos, cleaning the house, laundry duty, and lusting over the newest edition of Runner’s World Magazine. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll also know that I rearranged our living room to make more floor space for the dog, and we have a new outdoor dining table set on the deck! The table set was fairly inexpensive, and has already been put to good use. I can’t wait to sit out there with a cup of coffee once it cools off more this fall 🙂 Per-fection, I tell ya! But for now, they will be pseudo-tanning chairs. Because the deck is approximately the same temperature as the surface of the sun. I kid you not.

Saturday night, we got all gussied up and met up with some of our friends from church for pizza at a popular local place here in the Heights neighborhood of LR. Za-Za’s has been one of our favorite go-to’s since college- serving up wood oven flat bread pizzas, huge salads, and gelato. Win. Win. Win. We arrived about an hour early so Adam could check out another of our favorite go-to’s, Ozark Outdoors, and dream about fishing kayaks. One day honey, one day. While we went there specifically for him, he was so sweet to let me splurge our budget and pick up a pair of 30% off Chaco Zong’s. I usually LIVE in my black Chaco ZX2 Unaweeps, but have been wanting a color and something to just slip on. They just happened to have one 7 left, so I snatched them up. Trucke and I are now color coordinated.

Yesterday, we went to church and came straight home for lunch. We decided on lunch at home instead of spending more money to eat out again since last night turned into a little bit bigger date than usual. I stuffed my face with leftover strawberries from the 4th, fresh blackberries from the farmers market, a diced up avocado, and a few slices of cheese. So light and fresh, I loved it! Sometimes snacky meals are the best.

After lunch, I took Truckee to the lake and we attempted a run. Except that it had apparently jumped to 9,000 degrees and we only made it .63 miles before black dog decided she was sick of being a black dog and always getting so dang hot. I do have to remember that her black fur causes her to heat up much, much faster than say a yellow lab! So I gave her a pass, and half my water bottle, and we headed home.

To make up for my missing milage, I took off on a solo run after dinner. The humidity was still crazy so I knew my times were going to be lacking. It’s so frustrating how quickly the heat and humidity can beat you down! It makes me feel like I’m way out of shape, when I KNOW I’m not. I’m hoping this fall when it’s cooler that all this hot weather training will make my runs feel easy peasy! Had the weather been better tonight, this run would have been simple and enjoyable. Instead, I was huffing and puffing and had to walk up at least 2 hills! But that’s okay, 3.1 miserable miles are still MILES!

That’s my- “I’m going to die and my shins are killing me” face. I’ve NEVER had to ice my shins before, not since high school. I have no idea where this pain came from, but I had to go inside and sit down immedately they were hurting so bad! What in the world!! Oh, and it was laundry day, hence the COTTON t-shirt. A runner’s mortal enemy.

 I had planned to do a post today on my marathon training plan, but I haven’t finished making it yet. And then last night while I was watching HIMYM, the episode where Marshal trains to run the New York City Marathon came on. HA. Barney swears that running a marathon is something anyone can do. So he does. And when he’s finished, he can barely move his legs. He offered up some pretty wise advice. And pretty basic too. Running a marathon really IS about the basics. It’s about running..and running..and running..

If Barney can run a marathon, this girl can too.

What was your first step when training for a marathon? What did you do this weekend??


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

    Yes, you CAN run a marathon! And you’re going to totally ROCK it. Our weekend was pretty much a wash-out, but we still had fun hanging out with family in Atlanta. Now back to the grind…
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Nicole- Thanks for the encouragement! It’s still so overwhelming to think about! OH, I love Atlanta 🙂

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    Beth Sheridan @sugarcoatedsheridans
    July 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Love Love your blog!! And I understand about the humidity…I live in far West KY (only about an hour to AR) and the stickiness will kill you running outside this time of year!! Truckee is so cute!!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Beth- Thanks for stopping by!! Yay for us southerners. I’m actually from middle TN so I know that stickiness well! It’s so gross! And I will tell Truckee you said so 🙂 It will make her day!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    July 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    aww truckee looks so hot in that pic! i have to admit, i got about the same distance on my run over the weekend when i started looking like her (tongue hanging out and all)- its SO dang humid here too! it makes it hard to breathe- i dont know how you’re looking so good in that bottom photo after 3.1 miles! girrrrl. way to be!! and awesome clip, i love how i met your mother!!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Charlotte- Bahaha why am I not shocked by your hilarious comment. No shame in tongue hanging out, no shame! And oh my goodness, thanks, I was feeling ROUGH!

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    Jessica | Color Overboard
    July 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    The heat this weekend was pretty miserable! I hiked Pinnacle Mtn. here in Little Rock yesterday morning and I could hardly breathe. Once I got to the top, it was like I could see the humitiy across the horizon! Keep up the hard work though I think you’re doing great!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Jessica- Awesome! Another fellow Little Rocker!! Whew I couldn’t imagine hiking Pinnacle this weekend! Way to go!!

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    Ashley (@FiddleDeeAsh)
    July 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    The humidity is finally starting to creep in here, but I have been trying to run at night to make it less traumatic. And you can definitely run a marathon!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Ashley @ FiddleDeeAsh- haha “traumatic”

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    July 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I’m interested in hearing about the marathon training–I’m planning on my first marathon next May! Love HIMYM, by the way. 🙂

    My achilles started bothering me over the weekend too. Maybe it’s something in the air? My achilles has NEVER bothered me before!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Beth- Weird!! It must be 🙂 Once I have time to make my plan I’ll post it! There’s so much information out there!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    July 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Gorgeous photos from the farmers market; I love your hair in the side braid!
    You guys sure were busy! We don’t often have high humidity, but last week we reached our hottest temperature ever due to the high humidex!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Abby- Aw thanks!! It was fun, we’re excited to go back!

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    July 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Truckee is the cutest! Love him!

    I haven’t run a marathon, nor have I thought about registering for one, but when I first started running, I thought about that movie Run, Fat Boy, Run. If Simon Pegg can do it, so can I! And so can you!

    You’ve got this!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Jenn- haha yes Truckee is a little bit ridiculous. So true, if Simon Pegg can SURELY we can! And yes, I said WE!

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    Michelle @ Peanut Butter and Running Shoes
    July 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Love the title of this post! I completely feel your pain with the humidity. It makes running so much more challenging!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Michelle- Haha yes it does!! It’s painful!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    July 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, Truckee just melts my heart! What a little cutie! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Jana- baaaw you know black labs are the best 🙂

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    July 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I so agree with you on trying to catch up on the blog world! Sometimes I get so behind and feel like I’m never going to get up to speed! I’ve thought (for a second) about doing a marathon but i think halves are good enough for me. At least for now 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      July 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Giselle- It took me a LONG time to actually press that marathon registration button! Halves are so fun!

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    Jen Floyd @ milesandblessings
    July 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    The heat can definitely do it to you!!! Just remeber every mile you do in the heat makes you stronger, even if you have to slow down the pace.
    I think I got Hal Higdons book and just started adding some miles to get ready for my first.
    i am working on my plan too :)…I am such a procrastinator!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Jen Floyd- So true! I need to remember that! Come this fall, we’re going to feel and be so much faster!

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    July 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    You’re gonna do so great for your marathon! It sounds like you’re really excited and pumped for it, which helps a lot 🙂

    This sounds like such a fun weekend! I love the farmer’s market treats!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Alex- Oh I’m glad you checked it out! Hopefully I’m at pumped come November as I am now 🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I have to agree that snacky meals are the best. My lunch is almost always snack like!

    Quite random, but your hair looks great in a side braid! Hahah anyways it’s so humid and HOT in South Texas, so I totally feel you on the running. 3 miles feels like a marathon in high humidity!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Katherine- Haha thanks!! WHEW! South Texas! I can only imagine that humidity!!

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