Summer Running Goals

Hello everyone. Happy Friday!!

I have been sliiiiightly MIA for a few weeks now. Either I am too busy or having too much fun to blog, or I am struggling with eating and really don’t feel like blogging. Please forgive me!

A week ago I was on a Disney Caribbean cruise! My sister has all the pictures- but I will share some when I get my hands on them. Smile It was amazing, to say the least.



Pushing that out of my mind, today I completed my last running goal for the summer!
I wanted to

1. Run under 25 minutes for a 3 mile time trial

2. Complete the 9 mile loop at the local forest preserve (I actually wrote down 10 miles, I thought it was a ten mile loop!)

The first goal I actually completed on the cruise! Weird, right?? I tried to keep up with running by doing laps on the track on the boat, which worked pretty well. I ran with a cute guy a few days too which didn’t hurt Winking smile

There was a 5k on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island (!!) one morning, so of course I signed up!
It wasn’t too hot, but it was kind of humid, and as soon as the clock started, it POURED. The kind of rain where you can barely see in front of you and your shoes go Squish Squish with every step.

That was a MEMORABLE experience. I was running by myself, and I wanted to PR, since my 5k record was like 26 minutes or something.  I had kind of given up with the rain, but I tried to push through it! I guess I did because I ended with a time of 24:45! Not too shabby considering the rain and all. I’m really hoping that without the extra .1 I will be able to run under 24 for a 3 mile time trial in 2 weeks Smile


So today I completed the second goal! The 9 mile loop!

We added a mile at the end, because, well, when you are thaaaaaaaaaaaat close to double digits….

Before & After 10 mile pictures! Our first time!! Smile 

We went out to breakfast afterwards. I mean running ten miles deserves a good breakfast. I got lemon raspberry crepes. MMMMMM.

Crepes may be my favorite restaurant breakfast food.



Anyways, I’ve got a lot to do today! A long night at work and volunteering and running errands and starting college stuff (EVERYTHING STARTS TODAY!)


Gotta run! <— not literally. I already did that Winking smile


Longest distance you have ever run?

What were your summer goals?

Pancakes, waffles, crepes, or french toast????


Red heartEmily


Cross Country changed my life.

I’m back. I couldn’t resist falling back into the blogging world. I’ve been waiting, quietly reading all of your blogs when my homework is done on Sundays and I got the chance. I love blogging. I love reading all of your blogs and updating mine. This little world is so exciting.

Running friends!

Running friends!

Over the last few months I’ve been busier than I have ever been in my life. It was crazy. Tuesdays & Thursdays I would run with the Cross Country team after school, then eat some kind of “dinner” (An apple & almond butter sandwich is a dinner..right??) and go straight to band practice. I didn’t get home until at least 9:30 on these nights. Friday nights, when there were football games, I wouldn’t get home until 11:00 or later. It was crazy, absolutely insane, but I loved it. I really did.

Doing both band and cross country taught me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. On those Saturdays when I woke up at the crack of dawn to go to a meet, ran (and sometimes PR’d!), then went to a band competition and performed a great show, I felt like superwoman. Diabetic superwoman. Yeah, I was exhausted, and crabby sometimes, but it was all worth it.

long runs = smoothies!

long runs = smoothies!

My cross country season wasn’t what I had expected. I ended up being able to run in only half the meets because of diabetes (lows/highs) and band conflicts. I was recovering from shin splints and some sort of knee issue when everyone else was preparing for the season- my first time running 3 miles in a month happened to be my first race. (not a good idea.) The day was hot, I was scared beyond belief, and I peed my pants during the race. I was so embarrassed I cried. I learned that drinking over a liter of water before your race is a terrible idea. I came in at just over 27 minutes. I was hoping to be UNDER 27 in my first race.

At our first home meet, I came in at 26:44. I was so proud of myself. I figured I would only get better. I could come in under 26, totally. Except then.. I didn’t. My season PR was only 26:30. The last two meets didn’t go very well. One I ran with low blood sugar, and the other one I had major tummy issues for.

I beat my season PR on a medium run the other day. I was running with a group of girls who normally are a little faster than me, because the slower girls all stop showing up when the season is officially over. I just ran with them, and we talked, and I noticed I was breathing heavily but I didn’t think about pace until I looked at my garmin at the end and saw that I had beat my record. My total moving time was 25:33.

From some of my races. Progress board (:

From some of my races. Progress board (:

These times are really slow for my team. I was in the bottom 5 finishers on the team for every race. When I get down about it, I look back to February when I ran the Komen for the Cure 5k was about 34 minutes. I worked just as hard in that race than I did on the run I did this week. That’s improvement. My downhill mile time just a week ago was 6:59. I may not be the fastest but I got a heck of a lot faster and I’m proud of that. I love running. This comic sums it up. Running given me an inner strength I never knew I had.


P.S. I hope you like the changes. Emily Smiles for Miles is now officially Smile Mile Girl and a wordpress blog! I’m still getting used to the wordpress layout, especially inserting pictures. I’ll be back to blogging at least once a week. I’m hoping to write about healthy, low carb food, daily life, and inspiration more than I used to. Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll stick with me! (: