Just dropping in

Happy Tuesday everyone! What a busy couple of days…

On Father’s Day I went out to dinner with my sister, Dad, and his side of the family. 
My hair looked good for the first time in my life so I took a few selfies. Okay the collage makes me look conceited. Somehow when I signed onto blogger this picture was under “my phone pictures”. I never made a collage. Magic? Yes.
Yay for wearing makeup and anything besides running shorts! (;
Yesterday I had my first day of SUMMER RUNNING with the cross country girls!! 
The first page of workouts…
I had a blast. Everyone is so nice, and there is even another Type 1 diabetic! (: I am not the slowest one there, so my fears were irrational. There is a group of “beginning runners” who run a pace that is perfect for me. I love having others to motivate me on a run! The run seems so short when running with so many girls.
In addition to a run, we have been doing speedwork (sprints) and Core work and Leg work. It’s HARD! The front of my right leg hurts a lot. Crossing my fingers I’m not getting shin splints.
I only got 2 days of camp because tomorrow at 3:30AM I head to the airport. Bahamas, here I come!
This means I will have to say goodbye for a few days 😦 I’m not going to have a computer, and, well, I just want to enjoy my vacation and not even think about blogging. 
I will, however, be on instagram! (: Follow my new BLOG account, @emilysmilesformiles
As far as running, since I have the workout schedule, I want to stay as on-top-of-it as I possibly can! I’m really hoping there is a safe path that I can run on by my hotel. The gym I would have access to costs $15 for a day pass, or $50 for a week. That’s a lot of money to pay to run!
My question is… Should I bring my garmin? Without it, I will have no idea how far I’ve run, but I also don’t want to lose it. Comment and tell me what you think. (:
I’ve got a TON of packing to do! Check back in a week for my vacation recap. Till then, find me on Instagram (:
Do you take selfies when you get dressed up, or is that just me? (; 
Do you bring your GPS watch on vacations? What is your instagram username? 

Crushed it.

I had my third 5k race this year today. I ran the local YMCA’s 5k. 
So I forgot to take any pictures. Except of my socks..
Neon thorlo socks are the bomb, I’m telling ya.
I had three goals. 
1) Beat my previous 5k time (34:30)
2) Beat my Garmin 5k time of 32:11
3) Come in under 30 minutes.
I did all three of these things! 
Finishing Time: 29:33
Now this isn’t fast to most people. My dad, who hasn’t run for years, easily ran right along side me. I finished 5th in my age group. Of 6…
I know running is a “me” sport, where you are only competing against yourself, but it is difficult to never compare yourself to other runners. I train more than a lot of people and run a lot slower than them. Like, a lot. A whole lot.
But my wonderful boyfriend (more on him later!) put it in perspective for me. He said “Don’t worry about what other people can or can’t do. You still had fun doing it, and your goals are your goals, when you pass them, still be excited because you accomplished something you set out to do and you’re one step closer to a minute faster.” 
Sometimes we all need to take a step back and stop comparing ourselves to others. I’m going to try to focus on my accomplishments, not other people’s. 
Why I am amazing: A selfish rant about what I CAN do and not what I can’t.
1. In February, I couldn’t run half a mile without stopping. With the help of couch25k, I can now run an entire 5k! That was only four months!
2. In April, I had a bad 5k, and started off way too fast. My time was 36:07. That means, in less than 2 months, I was able to shave over 6 and a half minutes off my 5k time.
3. In the months since I started running, I have noticed positive changes in my body, in my energy levels, and most importantly in my happiness and my confidence. To me, that is the most important thing about running.
So I guess you could say, with this 5k, that I crushed it.
Okay I need this shirt from old navy. Except there were only mediums and it was so long.
I got some sports bras & shorts though. Active sale for the win.
How was your Sunday? How do you focus on your goals and not other’s times?

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Not my photo

This picture was taken near my house. This morning, Chicago got the most crazy rain. I don’t know if flooding has ever been this bad in the town I live in. It surely hasn’t in my lifetime. School was canceled and I am stuck in my house all day. I hope everyone is okay. It seems like it’s just one thing after the other these days. Terrible things. There have been a lot of deaths due to trains where I live recently, and then the horrendous news of the Boston marathon bombing, and now this flooding.
I don’t know what to say, I really don’t. We just need to keep moving. Keep running. Stay positive.

Needless to say, I won’t be using my early birthday gift anytime soon…


 I have done a 4 mile long run on this and a 3 miler too. I LOVE IT. I have nothing but good things to say about the Forerunner 10 and the garminconnect website! Thanks mom (:

I had nothing to do so I ate lunch at 10:00… Oops. At least it was a Eat Clean meal!

Today, school was cancelled because of the weather, so I have taken advantage of the lazy day to catch up on blogs and friends, and now to blog. Looks like I won’t be running outside today. Yesterday I did Speed at the YMCA and today it looks like I will be lucky if I can even get to the YMCA at all!

I have plans to run a 10k on June 1st or June 2nd, and I am using this training plan from Women’s Health. I love that it says intermediate, it makes me feel very proud of myself. (; I am on week 2 so far.

I run the Komen for the Cure 5k on Mother’s day, so I am also hoping the training plan will help me achieve a faster time for that. Crossing my fingers for under 30:00!!

Have a thrilling Thursday!
I hope everyone is safe and well during these storms.