18 In Life

what am I thinking???

Well hello again! It’s been a few days since I’ve last blogged. I have been relaxing my days away at the lake, soaking up one too many rays, and thinking about absolutely nothing. It’s been glorious, and just what I needed. And when I say I thought about absolutely nothing, I thought about absolutely nothing. I didn’t even take my book out to the dock to read because I didn’t want to think about whatever I was reading! No magazines, nada! All I thought about were the back of my eyelids, and the beautiful lake in front of me. And what we were going to eat for dinner. Of course. We successfully celebrated our first year of marriage, complete with a fresh duplicate wedding cake and our wedding video. I’ll always remember this trip, and I can’t wait for many more!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw our cozy home away from home. It was the most perfect little cabin to spend our first anniversary in! I can’t wait to post the rest of the photos I took from the long weekend! I haven’t decided if they’ll be blogged here or over on the photog blog, so I’ll keep you posted. If you care.

The cabin was ~2 miles OFF the main road, down a windy, gravel road through super dense woods. Talk about secluded! The lake was just a short little walk through the woods to the left. I thought long and hard about trying to make that run back up to the main road and back, but I’m 100% positive it would have taken all day! The inclines on these Ozark mountains are ridiculous!! Plus I was on vacation so my lazy mindset conviced me otherwise.

Speaking of running, my husband surprised me with this awesome gift!

YAY! My first Garmin watch. I’m SO excited to put it to good use and crush some goals!!! Plus, it’s cute ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t been able to run since Thursday, since we left first thing Friday morning after dropping the Trucksters off at the vet for her “dogcation,” and I’m starting to go crazy! It’s only been a few days, I know I know, but I may not have time any night this week to squeeze in a run until FRIDAY! GAH!! I need to re-work my schedule and figure something out because I really don’t want to go a whole week without running! It took me forever to fall asleep last night and I blame this on my under-used runners legs from this weekend!

When we picked up Truckee from the vet last night, you’d think we hadn’t seen her in months. It was a joyful reunion for sure. You would not believe how much we missed that silly girl all weekend! Although, we did sleep REALLY well all weekend without SOMEONEย  crying from her kennel at promptly 5:45 AM every morning. Anyone else miss their dog-child like crazy when they’re gone?? Maybe it’s just us. The little vet tech lady came out and said they had given her a bath and that “Truckee doesn’t do baths well.” BAHAHAHA. I’m sure whoever was bathing her is traumatized. I told them she really prefers showers with a “rain” faucet.

And now I have a fun little announcement. I may have lost my mind.

That’s right. I just registered for my first FULL MARATHON!!!!!


Probably one of these…

1. Am I even capable of this?

2. Will my knees and hips and every other bone in my body cooperate?

3. How much more do I get to eat because of all the running I’ll be doing? WOOHOO!

4. How early on Saturdays will I need to wake up in order to get my long runs in?

5. Will someone ride their bike alongside me if I can’t find someone to run 18 miles with?

6. When do you pee during a 15+ ย mileย run??

7. How am I going to keep myself motivated and pumped about it and not burn out by the time the race rolls around?

8. How many toe nails am I going to lose??

9. How many pairs of shoes will I go thru while training?


answer: freakin awesome.

Though some of these thoughts/fears are negative, I think #10 outweighs them all. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to conquer such a big goal, and nothing worth having was ever easy!

I was planning on waiting until June 30 which is the last day for the first tier price, but when I checked the website this morning it said the marathon registration had reached 90% capacity! BAH! If that’s not a marketing ploy to make me sign up faster I don’t know what is! So I pulled the trigger today, put the pedal to the metal, balls to the wall, do or die, donezo.

Have YOU run a full marathon? What were your first thoughts when you finally pulled that committment trigger? How did you stay motivated until time to train? Did you feel like super woman when you crossed the finish line?


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    June 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations on signing up… that’s so exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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    June 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Happy anniversary! What a cute cabin! I wondered if I could really finish a marathon when I signed up for my first and now I’ve finished 14. Congrats on signing up for your first marathon!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Tina- 14!!!! Wow!! We’ll see how I feel after numero uno. You are quite impressive!

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    June 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Happy anniversary and congrats on signing up for your first marathon! I haven’t done a marathon…yet, but I can’t wait until I finally get the guts to sign up for one. I have to tackle my first half in October, but I am excited to read about your journey.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Lynsey- thanks! You can TOTALLY rock your first half! Perfect time of year for one!!

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    June 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Found your blog via Running Bloggers! I am so excited for you!! I just ran my first marathon a month and a half ago. It was one of the best experiences of my life. You are going to do so great! My best advice would be to make a plan that’s right for YOU. Don’t feel like you have to run this or that or whatever just because someone else is. Have fun with it! Going to friend you on daily mile now so I can follow along with your training! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Amanda- oh YAY! So glad you found it!! I got your friend request, just haven’t had time to get on and accept it!! That’s awesome! I’m excited to see what all this marathon hype is about hahaha

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    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    June 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    What a beautiful cabin and an awesome 1st anniversary weekend! Congrats to you two :). I can’t wait to see the pictures!

    Holy cow – a marathon! AMAZING and totally on my bucket list.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Sarah- thanks!! Hopefully I can blog our trip sometime this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Reba - Not So Perfect Life
    June 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Such a cute cabin. There is no way I could ever get my boyfriend there. He is way to connected lol. Love the watch, I’m super envious because I just have the big black triathlon Garmin, while its an awesome watch its not nearly as cute!

    As for the marathon, get a good training plan and have realistic goals. If you train well it will be one of the best experiences of your life ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Reba- Haha, yea, we didn’t have wifi and we felt pretty lame for complaining! I still haven’t gotten to test out the new Garmin, but hoping today is the day!!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    June 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Firstly, wow that cabin looks amazing! Beautiful and secluded and just perfect to get away from it all.
    Secondly, I’m the same with my dog, I miss him like crazy when we leave him for even a night. I’m always worried he’ll think I’m abandoning him.
    Thirdly, congrats on signing up to your first marathon. This year will be my first marathon too. I’m planning on signing up for one 22nd Dec. So excited ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Anna- YAY for first marathons!! Leaving your dog is always sad…I’m such a softy!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    June 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and congrats on signing up!! I love st judes- they were my sorority’s main philanthropy- and they’re just such a great organization that does such great things, that’s so great you’re running AND supporting them! Yay!
    and ps- i just took a peak at your photo blog and girl i am blown away- you’re SOO good!! I’m not engaged yet but when I am…

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks Charlotte! St Judes is so great!! That’s awesome they were your philanthropy! Aww thanks!! Fly me out to Boston and I will GLADLY shoot some photos for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    June 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

    That cabin is so cute! I love the idea of NOT THINKING and just BEING. We need more moments like this in our daily lives!

    Wohoo on the marathon registration! When’s the race? You’re gonna rock it!

    I totally laughed at the vet’s words about Truckee’s baths. Hey, she knows what she likes! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Sweet Miles
      June 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Alex- It’s Dec 7! I think..maybe the 8th. Either way it’s that Saturday! Bahaha poor Truckee, she’s such a handful!

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    Nikki @ run+breathe+be
    June 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations and good luck!!!! I so wanted to sign up for the St. Jude’s Memphis Half, but I’m pretty sure the airfare is not in the budget. Looking forward to following your journey to the starting line!

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