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That Time I Went 14 Miles

Happy Monday!

This weekend was another weekend at home for us, and it was so great. This year has been incredibly busy, so weekends that we both have at home are few and far between. We make sure to pack them full of relaxing, exercising, quality time together, and time with good friends. I always thought that after I graduated college and got married and moved away that I would have this crazy amount of free time. Ha. Such a silly, silly thought.

On Saturday, I woke up with intentions of knocking out my long run first thing in the morning. Then that didn’t happen. Such is life. I partially blame the dog and the comfort level of our couch. I ended up not starting my run until almost noon, and come to find out it was in the mid-80’s! AH! I headed out to my favorite trail by the river, and could only muster out two miles before I decided I was too hot and would just finish up at the gym. So, off to the gym it was! I finished up the last 7, while mixing in a few rounds on the bike to keep things interesting. I don’t know what it was about Saturday, but I just could NOT make myself run more than 2 miles at a time before I was tired and over it! Anyone else ever have those days? All in all, I went 14 miles, 9 of which were ran. Not a perfect long run by any means, but I got my miles in and will have a much better long run next time! I basically would run, bike, lift, run, bike, run. Or something like that. I was determined to grit out 9 miles one way or another, and 14 total will do!

I actually really enjoyed my mis-matched long run though, if you can even call it a long run. It was more of a party with myself at the gym. But it was fun to mix in different things, and I felt like I got in a full body workout. And you guys, strength training is addicting! Am I right??

river trail bridge

I actually managed to find two new (to me) spots during my brief outside miles. I will have to revisit this section of the trail once the leaves change.

ar river trail view of water

The rest of Saturday I spent either cleaning, catching up on Biggest Loser, or working on my dad’s website that I commissioned myself to take charge of. A website from the mid 2000’s needs some serious updating! When it’s finished, I’ll be sure to share the before and after.

Saturday night, I accompanied two of my favorite guys to Little Rocktoberfest. It’s exactly what you think it is. Little Rock’s version of Oktoberfest! Although, not quite to Germany’s extent, and with not nearly as many Dirndls.

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The event was packed, and the line just to get in was completely wrapped around the stadium in the parking lot. I was very impressed that the event offered DD tickets, which I bought, and was happy to see lots of cab drivers outside the stadium as well. If there’s one thing that makes me angry, it’s drinking irresponsibly.

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The sun was setting right as we walked in, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a night spent outside. And even though I didn’t indulge in anything, I think the guys had fun trying local flavors from around the state, mingling with the vendors, and socializing with other attendees. If you live in Little Rock, this is an event you must go to at least once!

Sunday, we went to church, had lunch at Chipotle, lounged, and since Adam had to go into work for most of the afternoon, I headed to small group later that night solo.

Now, it’s back to the grind. Literally. It’s National Coffee Day! And you better believe I’ve had two cups already! Be sure and check out Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and McDonalds for a free cup!

national coffee day

I’ve got a review of super comfortable leggings coming up tomorrow! Check back!

How was your weekend? Did you have a long run? How are you celebrating National Coffee Day?

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    September 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Little Rocktoberfest is such a cute name, and looks fun! And woah, 14 miles. What a fun, active day!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I thought it was cute too!! And I’m actually dreading the day I actually have to do a real 14 miler for the marathon..ugh. Why did I sign up for another marathon?? 😉

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    September 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I think I celebrate national coffee day every day. Coffee is a must first thing in the morning and I savor it always. Looks like you had a great run and fun fall weekend. My long run was a 10-miler as I am one week away from the Portland Marathon. SO excited!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Me too!! I need to go back and read your marathon recap!!!

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    September 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Great job! I have been in complete denial that I ever have to do a long run again, so I had just a few 3 milers this week. LOL. Way to get that marathon training done, right?

    Looks like some beautiful spots you found. I do wish we had more trees with leaves that changed colors for fall. Unfortunately, palm trees just don’t behave the way you want them to in October.

    I’m not a huge coffee drinker so no special celebration over here. I guess I could have gone and grabbed an iced coffee at Dunkin, but I didn’t get over that way today :/
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Bahaha. I am in denial as well!! I keep thinking maybe I could away with not doing the 16, 18, and 20 and that I’ll just suddenly feel amazing on race day! HA!

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    September 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    The most relaxing weekend in a long time. My only run was a 5 miler with the Boo and a friend, perfect way to enjoy a beautiful fall morning. No pressure, just logging some SMILEage (haha, cheesy)! Coffee Day is EVERY day, but I got a special treat – a mocha – today, to honor this special day!! Love that app you inspired me to download, I use it every time I post a running pic on IG 🙂 xoxo, ganeeban
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      hahaha “smileage”. Nice!! I agree, coffee day is definitely every day..Glad you use that app now! Yay!!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I celebrated National Coffee Day by checking out a new local coffee shop. Looks like you had a great weekend. Happy Monday!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Sounds like a good idea to me!!

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    Joanna @Makingmine
    September 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

    14 miles? You rock! I’ve topped out at 9 so far. I’ll get there someday….
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      You’ll get there!!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    September 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I didn’t know about national coffee day! Since every day is unofficial national coffee day in my belly, i accidentally celebrated with 2 cups yesterday, and I’m actively celebrating by going on my 3rd already today 🙂 (Still counts!)
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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Way to go! I celebrate everyday as well. Never a bad idea!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    September 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I’m super jealous that you can wear long sleeves, pants, and riding boots outside already!! Where is fall, Florida?!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Haha Kristin..it lasted like as long as that picture did. Grr!

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