Overcoming Running Milestones


Friday- 7 miles, 8:32 pace

Saturday- 3 miles, slower 9:40 pace(treadmill) + partial JM kettle bell workout

J finally went down for a nap yesterday morning around 10am after being up with mom and dad all night long. Poor kid has really bad Croup. We had to take him in again to get another steroid shot because his esophagus is really swollen and he can’t breath very well.

Since the hubs was home I had about an hour to run and was lucky enough to bring it outside. Ahh, the air was clean, the sky was clear, and I could see the sun! It felt so good to pound the pavement again. Towards the end of my run I started thinking, this one run alone I had overcome 3 HUGE running milestones of mine.

The Sun! and a shoveled sidewalk, thankfully.

The Sun! and a shoveled sidewalk, thankfully.

1. I was running outside in. the. snow. If you’ve been reading long, you’d know I’m not a friend of the snow for more than about 2 days. And I chose to run in it. I could’ve easily ran on my treadmill, I had no obligations to anyone, and I still did it. And I daresay, I enjoyed it. I hope February brings more 30*-40* weather and no inversion in the air.

The beautiful Temple I live by. Do you see those blue skies?

The beautiful Temple I live by. Do you see those blue skies?

2. I ran 7 miles in less than an hour. 59:47 to be exact. That makes me so happy. Not too long ago I was running 6 miles in over an hour and never thought I could get any faster. It also solidifies my tempo runs done on the treadmill, they work! I also know I have a lot in me because I felt really good the whole run and didn’t feel like I was straining myself.


3. I didn’t bring any water with me or drink any for that matter. During my runs on the treadmill I drink my whole water bottle and often want more. I really didn’t want to carry any water with me and I heard that running in the cold weather doesn’t make you as thirsty. If you’ve ever ran with me you know I always have my trusty Nathan Hydration belt, you could call it my safety blanket 😉 I didn’t get thirsty until the last stretch towards my house. This proves to me a lot of things are in my head. I need to trust my body and what it’s capable of.

the outfit minus the hydration belt

the outfit minus the hydration belt and yes I purposefully cut my head off, we had a long night over here. ha

I’m grateful for this run for teaching me so much about myself. Trust yourself and reach for goals that you may think are unreachable. You’ll never know unless you try. Deep, I know. I’d better stop before I get too run nerdy=)

I’m headed out to my nieces baptism, can’t wait to see my parents!

What Milestones have you conquered?

What are some exercise goals that cause you fear?

Do your parents live close by? Are you close with them?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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7 Responses to Overcoming Running Milestones

  1. Jade says:

    That is an awesome run! And so beautiful. I’m sorry about the kiddo being sick, I hope he feels better soon! I don’t live close to my parents but we are moving much closer soon!

  2. I conquered an 11 mile run yesterday!! My first time 🙂 It was a little slower than I wanted, but I went in with sore legs and it was windy, so I’ll take my slower times 😀 Strength training causes me fear. I get bored when I try and do it on my own, so after my half marathon I’ll need to find some fun strength workouts/accountability buddies!!! My parents live in Chicago and I live in Florida, but while I am not physically close to them, I am very close with my mother.

  3. Just completed my 10k half-way-to-half-marathon this weekend – the longest I’ve ever run is a 10k race so that was pretty significant! I wish that the pavements here were clear like that when it snowed…

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