Team ROAD iD

You guys!!!!! I’m super duper excited to finally be able to announce that I get to be apart of ROAD iD’s ambassador program this year!!!!!!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

If you’ve been following me for a while then you might already know how much I love my ROAD iD. I wear it all of the time! When I’m running, walking my dogs, or doing anything or going anywhere, really.!I seriously consider it to be one of my most important pieces of running gear. I even wrote a blog post about what ROAD iD is and why I wear it a few years ago. So I’ve been pretty loyal to this brand ever since I just kind of stumbled upon it back in 2015.

Lol as I was looking for photos for this post I realized that my teal ROAD iD band had seen 3 different Garmins before I finally broke it. πŸ˜‚

I had honestly never heard about ROAD iD until the day before my very first race/half marathon ever back in 2015. I went to packet pick up the day before my first half feeling super excited and very nervous since I literally had no idea what to expect, about the race and whether or not I could actually cover 13.1 miles on foot sure, but also because I had never done anything like this before and had no clue what to expect throughout the whole process. So when I revived my packet I didn’t even make it to the car before I had torn into the envelope containing my first ever race bib (it’s still displayed on my bedroom wall along with all of my medals and other race bibs 😊). Number 136. I admired it for a while, just kinda soaking it all in. But of course I was curious as to what else was in that envelope. I found advertisements for other local races, a coupon for the KC Running Company Stores, and a coupon for $5 (at least I think it was $5. Hahaha it might have been more. Cut me some slack guys, it’s been a while! πŸ˜‰) off of a ROAD iD order.

At that moment I didn’t think much of it. I was too busy freaking out about my first half/race ever. But a few weeks after I finished my first race (which you can read about here, if you’d like 😁) I decided to visit this ROAD iD’s website. I did have a coupon after all. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha I hate to sound super dramatic, but my life kinda changed at that point!

I immediately fell in love with the idea; a customizable, wearable ID tag. A place where you can put super important info that you never really want to need, but would definitely be happy to have on your person just in case anything were to happen. Better than having to carry your ID with you for sure! Especially since your ID doesn’t usually include your emergency contact’s info. So I ordered one that day, along with a super spiffy 13.1 badge, since I was a new half marathoner and all. πŸ˜‰ And now about 4 years later I still have my original face-plate and that 13.1 badge. They have certainly stood the test of time! They haven’t worn down at all and they barely have a scratch on them! 😊 I did eventually manage to snap very pretty teal stretch band by taking it off and putting it back on thought. But it took me almost 4 years to do that! So I’d definitely say they are durable!!

I wear mine EVERYWHERE! At this point I rarely even take it off! In the summer I end up with some really funky tan lines because I also wear my Garmin pretty much all the time. So my left wrist always ends up with two weird pale spots on it.πŸ˜‚

For real though I think everyone should have one! At this point I’ve got my mom and dad wearing them and i’m currently working on my two sisters and my brother. πŸ˜‰

My mom has a seizure disorder which is included on her ROAD iD, along with a medical alert badge. She wears hers all of the time and it make her feel like she can actually go out in public and live a normal life despite her medical issues.

My mom is rocking some super sweet badges on her pretty pink ROAD iD.

My dad does all sorts of crazy things!! He hikes, runs, and climbs mountains, when he’s not busy driving semi trucks, training drivers, or basically running a trucking company, often accompanied by his Russian Bear dog, Niko or the “All American girl”, Barbie. So it was a pretty obvious choice for him to wear a ROAD iD during his many adventures.

My dad also rocks a pretty pink ROAD iD. If anyone needs a male model for anything you should probably hit him up on Instagram @martiniiijames.

I think it’s such an important piece of gear for anyone who has medical issues, does any kind of adventuring, traveling, or just enjoys walking their dog around the block. It’s certainly one of those things that’s better to have and not need it than to need it and not have it. Mine has definitely given me and my family a little more peace of mind while I’m out running. I literally will not run without it.

I think at this point I’ve gone on enough about how much I love my ROAD iD. Hahaha I’m just so super stoked to be able to represent a brand that I love and believe in this much! And to make things even more exciting I have a special link you can follow to get 20% off of your next ROAD iD order!!

Click here to save 20% on your ROAD iD order!! 😁

Seriously my friends, if you don’t have a ROAD iD yet, if yours needs updating, or if you know a friend or family member who could use one, follow the above link, save yourself some money, and get yourself a little extra piece of mind!

Stay safe out there my friends! Wishing you all many happy healthy miles and lots of amazing adventures!

-Ashley

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Weekly Recap: February 4th-10th

Not gonna lie, this week was kind of exhausting! But like, exhausting in the best possible way!!! I’m finally feeling like I’m making some progress and getting more fit!! I’d totally be lying if I said I’ve been being patient about the whole process and I may or may not have spent some time staring at my training log wanting to cry out of frustration, but I’ve kept grinding on and putting in the work. Even when it was hard, I felt ridiculously slow, or like I was getting absolutely nowhere.

But I’m super duper excited to report that all of that work is paying of and I definitely felt it this week! And maybe I ended up going a little too hard two days in a row which lead me to skip the big strength workout I’ve been doing on Thursday’s. πŸ˜‚ That’s ok though. I’m still super happy with what I’ve accomplished this week and I’m so stoked about how strong I’ve felt!! πŸ’ͺ🏻That strength is definitely going to come in handy for the trail 10k my dad and I are doing in Colorado in April!

Monday:

  • 2 miles

I kinda really didn’t want to run on Monday. I just wasn’t feeling it…But I went out and did a couple of miles anyway! Hahaha they actually ended up being kinda speedy too, because I really just wanted to get this run over with. πŸ˜‚

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles, hill repeats
  • 25 minutes of yoga

Hit the treadmill for this one! There are a few hills nearby that I can do a pretty decent hill workout on, but honestly it’s just a lot easier to get one done on the treadmill. This ended up being a FANTASTIC workout!! It was hard, but I felt strong! πŸ’ͺ🏻 I’m definitely seeing some improvements in my running already and I’m pretty freaking stoked! 😊

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Hahahaha ok, so I actually started out this run outside! But it had been kinda rainy, icy, and misty since Tuesday and the roads were SUPER slick. Even after being salted. I made it a whopping .3 miles before I had to turn around and try to walk home without dying. πŸ˜‚

After my failed attempt at running outside I changed and then hopped on the treadmill for 4 more miles. 4 pretty solid possibly a little too fast miles? I mean, I felt really good doing them, it’s just that I probably shouldn’t have gone so hard at it the day after that hill workout. Oops.

Anyway, technically I guess I really ran 4.3 miles on Wednesday, if you count the slipping/sliding I did outside as actual running. Yeah, I’m gonna count it. πŸ˜‰

It doesn’t look too icy in this photo, but I could barely find any solid footing!!

Thursday:

  • 25 minutes of yoga

Yeah, I definitely went too hard on Wednesday. I woke up feeling exhausted on Thursday and I just knew I needed to take it easy. Luckily at this point Thursday is not a running day for me so I didn’t miss out on any miles, but I didn’t end up doing the strength workout that I’ve been doing. Kinda bummed that I missed out on that since I know that’s been a big part of the improvement that I’m feeling this week, but I also knew that I really just needed a day off from really hard stuff. I stuck to some mostly easy yoga, but there was a little bit of ab work and a few other strengthening poses thrown in there. 😊

Friday:

  • 3 treadmill miles

So Thursday night well into Thursday morning we had a crazy ice storm! Like, there was rain, sleet, a little bit of snow, and lots of thunder and lightning! It was nuts! So obviously the roads were pretty shitty on Friday. So I had to do my run on the treadmill. Not a fan, but at least I got it done!

Also, can we just talk about how crazy the weather has been this winter?!?

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

Cold and still kinda icy out on Saturday, but I still got my long run done! It was a slow one. I had to pick my way around ice and get hope out of the way of cars also trying to navigate the ice. I even had to stop a couple of times for cars. But I made it through without any incidents or close calls, so I’ll take it! πŸ˜„

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Oh man I’ve been looking forward to this rest day!! I’ve had a fantastic week and I’m feeling like I’ve made some good progress with my running, but oh boy I needed a day off. πŸ˜‚

I spent most of my day glued to my couch, binge watching Law and Order: SVU. Hahaha is forgotten how good the older episodes were and got sucked in pretty quickly. That and a couple of fetch breaks. It was a good day. 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 20.33

I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished this week! Not only did I hit my mileage goal for the week, but I got in some pretty fantastic workouts! It was a good week and I’m hoping next week will go just as well!

I’m about 2 months I’ll be traveling to Colorado to do a trail 10k with my dad. The elevation change from going from Kansas to near the mountains in Colorado gets me every time. This 10k is going to be hard, but I also think I’m gonna be ready for it!! Then in May my dad is coming here to run a 5k with me! We’re gonna have a couple of fun times together. 😁

Anyway, that was my week! Check back in tomorrow! I’ve got some exciting stuff to announce!!

Until then,

~Ashley

Gobbler Grind 2019 Ambassador

Yay!! I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been accepted as a Gobbler Grind race ambassador!!!

This is the half marathon that my dad and I did last November and had an absolute blast doing!!

This was seriously one of the most fun races I’ve ever done! I still can’t get over how freaking awesome all of the aid station volunteers were! They were legit the best out of any other race I’ve done! The course was also relatively pretty! 😊

If you’re looking for an awesome half marathon to do in the Kansas City area this November I would definitely recommend this one!! Plus if you use my ambassador discount code, GG19AD, you can get $20 off of your entry fee! Right now that’s just about 33% off before the price increases, but once it does my discount will stay the same. So to save yourself a little extra money you should sign up ASAP!!

http://gobblergrindmarathon.com

Hahaha I’m already trying to convince my dad and one of my sisters to do it with me this year! πŸ˜‚ So will I be seeing any of you there?!? Again, you can use the code GG19AD to get $20 off your entry fee, here!!

Anyways, I’ve got some more exciting news to share with you guys but I can’t say anything until Monday, so be on the lookout for that!!

Ok, that’s all for now though!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 28th – February 3rd, 2019

Soooooo this was a really weird week. One day it was super duper cold and the next it was in the mid 50’s. The high for today (Sunday) is 61 degrees, and then on Monday it’s supposed to drop back down into the 30’s and with a chance of snow. Yeah, the entire Midwest is just experiencing some crazy weather right now.

Punxsutawney Phil says we’re going to have an early spring and he’s kinda right. We’ve had spring and winter all within the span of one week! Weird stuff, man. πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3 treadmill miles

Last Sunday I though that I might be getting sick, but after a good night’s sleep I woke up with a runny nose but that was it. Other than that I felt fine! So yet again I’ve avoided being taken down by the cold and flu season! πŸ˜‚

Anyway, on Monday we were experiencing wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Wind is probably my least favorite weather condition to contend with and I didn’t feel like putting up with it on Monday, so I took my interval workout to the treadmill instead.

Tuesday:

  • 4 miles

Tuesday was a gorgeous and cold day out! So obviously I couldn’t miss out on running outside! It was still a little bit windy but definitely not as bad as Monday. Legs felt a little tired, but other than that this run was great! 😊

Wednesday:

  • 45 minutes of strength training

More below 0 temps on Wednesday. So I decided to switch around a running day with my strength focused day in hopes to avoid another run on the treadmill. That didn’t end up happening, but anyway, this was a really good workout. 😁

Thursday:

  • 3 treadmill miles
  • 35 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

It was a little bit warmer on Thursday. It felt like -1 when I wanted to go out and run. πŸ˜‚ But the night before I washed all of my cold weather running gear without really thinking about it so it was still wet on Thursday morning (I don’t run my running gear through the dryer. It lasts longer that way). So that meant another treadmill run for me. It wasn’t a bad run or anything. I would have just rather been outside. πŸ˜‰

I definitely rocked out to the PokΓ©mon theme song during this run. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Luke and I were super duper busy on Friday! We had to go grocery shopping, run errands, pick up birthday gifts for our niece and nephew (their birthdays are like a week a part), we went to the mall to get treats for ourselves, and Lily had yo go to the vet. We were gone from about 8:30 am until around 4 pm with only a quick stop at home to drop off and put away our groceries.

I still managed to squeeze in a quick little 2 mile run. It was too nice outside not too!! 😁

I don’t have a photo from this run, so here’s a photo of the belly button ring I got at Hot Topic on Friday instead. 😁

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

Another relatively nice day out! It was foggy and a little bit drizzly out which of course I love!

But this run was one long mental battle from the very start. My head just wasn’t in the game on Saturday. I had to mentally break this run up into little chunks just to get through it all. But mission accomplished! I had set out to do 8 miles and that’s exactly what I did! 😁

Sunday

  • rest day

Ah, a very well deserved rest day!! 😊 Spent most of my day just hanging out at home and reading.

This evening Luke and I are going to my Brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s apartment to watch the Super Bowl and to celebrate her kid’s birthdays. So it should be an interesting night.

Total Weekly Mileage: 20

Now that’s more like it!! I finally hit a weekly mileage that I’m super happy with! Now the plan is to stick around 20 miles for the next several weeks and then build up a little bit more, rinse, and repeat!

Oh man, I sure think this is gonna be a really good year of running for me! Well, I sure hope so anyway! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Wishing you a very happy Sunday! Stay safe out there tonight!

~Ashley

13.1

I think 13.1 has become my favorite number. I wear it on my wrist and on my chest. You’ll find it hanging up on my bedroom wall, scribbled over and over into my training journal, carved into my Halloween pumpkins, and even inked permanently onto my skin.

I like to keep it around where I can see it, always. It’s a constant reminder of something I never thought was possible. Then a crazy dream. And then a reality that I had made for myself. β€œI’m not a runner”, I would think to myself. But I became one by running. β€œI could never cover 13.1 miles on foot! I just run for fun!”, I would tell people when asked if I ever thought I’d run a half marathon. β€œI’m not entirely sure I can go this”, I told my husband as I signed up for my very first race. One with that scary and yet very tantalizing number attached to it. 13.1.

And then I did it. 13.1 miles covered on foot, mostly by running. I crossed the finish line, hugged my husband, had a medal hung around my neck, and while someone put a carton of chocolate milk into my hands I realized that I had become a new person. A person who was capable of dreaming big and doing something that scared the absolute shit out of her. A person who could do hard things. Someone who was determined to put in the hard work and make things happen. A β€œreal” runner.

And then I did it again. And again. And I plan to continue doing it for as long as I possibly can. 13.1. It’s a number I’ve come to love. A number I sometimes hate. A number that’s broken my heart into a million pieces and has made me question my life choices. But I keep coming back. I’m always chasing that 13.1 finish line. Because more than anything it’s a number that’s taught me that I am capable of more than I’ve ever imagined.

Maybe one day I’ll decide to go after a 26.2. Now THAT’S a number that’s a number that’s been put on a pedestal. One of the biggest accomplishments you can achieve as a runner in some people’s minds. A number that I just might be able to learn to love too.

But for now I’m going to stick with my 13.1. It’s a number I’ll always hold near and dear to my heart and will forever be one of my greatest accomplishments.

January Miles and Goal Check In

It’s the last day of January! Finally!! Does anyone else feel like January was at least 25586337 days this year?? Like, New Year’s Eve was so long ago! Christmas? Ha! I can’t remember that far back!

I don’t know man, it just feels like October, November, and December just FLEW by so January had to make up for all of that. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, this super slow month brought with it a crazy snow storm, Finn and Dean’s birthday’s, a few home improvement projects, a super exciting thing that I can’t tell you about yet (soon though!), rain and ice, and now this whole polar vortex thing. Some of that definitely slowed down getting in my step goal some days (you just can’t be outside for extended periods of time when it’s below 0 out and that makes getting in steps harder), but I sure didn’t let that stop me from getting some decent running mileage in!! Heck, I ran 4 miles in the middle of the crazy snow storm earlier this month, and braved a lot of the ice, and cold, and other “bad” weather we’ve had. Hahaha that’s not really asking much of me though, I kinda love it. β„οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ There we’re some days where I just had to hit the treadmill though. Not ideal in my winter loving world, but at least I got shit done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

I ended my month with a 3 miler this morning and that brings me to a total of 69.89 miles for the month of January! I’m not quite on track to hit 1,000 miles in 2019 at this point, but I’m not too worried about that right now. I’m slowly building up and I’m pretty confident that I can hit that goal this year. 😊

As for my other goals, I’ve definitely been heading in the right direction! I’ve got done time goals that I’d like to accomplish this year so I’ve been focusing on getting stronger, more resilient, and more well rounded as an athlete. I’ve been doing some speed work yes, but right now I’m really focusing on getting stronger! And that means hill workouts and actually doing some real strength training session. So far so good!!

Kind of going along with strength, I’ve decided to work on headstands again, just for fun! I used to be really good at them but I just kinda stopped working on them for a while. Probably because I stopped seeing yoga as a way to get stronger and instead was only really focusing on the stretching aspect of it. But anyway, I’ve been practicing headstands again and I’m remembering how much of a arm/shoulder/ab workout they can be. πŸ˜‚ It’s been fun though! I’m pretty stoked to see that I haven’t completely lost my headstand skills. 😊

Like I mentioned before, some of the weather has kind of impeded on me hitting my step goal as often as I would like, but still not doing terrible at it! Hahaha honestly the dogs are the ones suffering the most in this aspect! Usually I hit my step goal pretty easily because I run and then will walk a couple of dogs. But on some of these super cold or icy days I just haven’t been able to take them out. Still though, I didn’t do too bad at this one. 😊

I use the app β€œHabitBull” to track the days o hit my step goal. 😊

Let’s see, I also wanted to focus a little more on 1 percent-ers this year. Yoga, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, things of that nature. I’d say so far I’m doing pretty well with all of that. But really I also need to focus on warming up before I run. πŸ˜‚ Baby steps though. I’ve just gotten back into regularly foam rolling this month. So one little thing at a time. πŸ˜‰ Another thing I wanted to do was focus on nutrition. I’ve definitely managed to clean up my diet a lot this month. Now I really need to focus on getting enough protein in my diet. I’m kinda terrible at that. πŸ˜‚

And last but not least, I want to successfully keep a training log this year! I kind of did off and on last year, but I definitely wasn’t consistent enough with it for it to really be of any use to me. But for my birthday in November my husband got me a Believe Training Journal and I’ve been filling that out since December! Honestly it’s a super easy training journal to keep up with! It’s super pretty and full of little extra writing prompts and whatnot. I love it! 😊

Alrighty! I believe that covers just about everything!

Wishing you a very happy February!

~Ashley πŸ’œπŸ–€

Weekly Recap: January 21st-27th, 2019

I’ve felt kinda tired and off this week. By Sunday I was definitely feeling run down and like I was right about to come down with a cold or something. Damn. Like and I had been doing incredibly well at not getting sick this cold a flu season. But I guess it was inevitable that I’d end up getting sick eventually. My immune system isn’t the greatest…

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Monday was a cold one!! Felt like 8 degrees out and was cloudy and windy. I felt kinda like Randy from A Christmas Story in all of my various layers, but at least I was relatively comfortable during my run. πŸ˜‚

I talk all about how I gear up for super cold winter runs here, if you’re interested! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

I was feeling very, very meh on Tuesday. I didn’t exactly want to run but I felt pretty decent once I got out there.

Anyway, it was drizzly and cold. Warmer than the day before though. Hahaha we’ve still got some big piles of snow, slush, ice, and mud everywhere. So it’s been an interesting couple of days. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Woke up to an inch or so of new snow!! I was super duper excited about getting another snowy run in, but my husband texted me and told me the roads were super slippery. And they were…it had rained before it snowed so there was just a nice little layer of ice underneath it all. So I took to the treadmill for 4 miles on Wednesday.

It was no fun… every once in a in a while I can get a decent treadmill run in, but most of the time treadmill running just saps all of the life out of me. But about an hour after I had finished and was laying around feeling sorry for myself and just messing around on my phone I got some really exciting news!!! I can’t tell you what yet, but I am so freaking stoked!!!!! It made my day so much better after that sad treadmill run. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„

Thursday:

  • 45 minutes strength training
  • 25 minutes yoga

Woop woop! Got a decent strength workout done on Thursday!! Then a nice yoga practice done in the afternoon, including a few headstands. I used to practice my headstands a lot and at one point I was really good at them! But I kinda fell off for a while. But I was super stoked to find out that I’m still capable of holding one for a while! I’m currently using the wall as a safety net because I do kinda fall backwards sometimes, but still, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be! 😁

Also, my watch says my strength session was 55 minutes long because that’s including the warm up and cool down. I just can’t be bothered to keep track of that and sets and whatnot. πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike

I was pretty sore on Friday! Tired too. Decided to spend some time on my stationary bike to help loosen up my legs a little bit. Mission accomplished! πŸ˜„

Saturday:

  • 7 miles

It was another cold day on Saturday! Not as cold as Monday was, but still pretty chilly! I got 7 miles in for my “long run” this week. Hahaha for me personally, that’s not really a long run. Especially since I’ve been doing “medium long” runs at 5 miles. So really I should probably be doing at least 10 for my actual long run. But oh well, still happy with my 7. πŸ˜‰

I felt pretty good for the most part! All in all it was pretty decent run.

Sunday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

I actually woke up feeling ok today, but as the day went on I started feeling a little worse. I’m tired, a little bit achy (but not from my run yesterday), and my throat has been a bit scratchy. I’ve been hoping that I’d make it through cold and flu season unscathed, but it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen.

I spent my day resting, drinking tea, and I did a little bit of restorative yoga with a couple of headstands thrown in just for fun! πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒ I’m hoping a little bit of rest will help keep this from turning into a full blown thing, but we shall see.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.10

I’m moving that weekly mileage up at a snail’s pace. But hey, a snail’s pace sure beats not moving forward at all! Or even worse, going backwards! So I’ll gladly take it!!

Slightly unrelated, but does anyone else feel like the month of January is going by at a snail’s pace as well? Like, I swear it’s been at least 3 months since Christmas, but nope, it’s been about 1. What the heck is up with that?!?

Anyway, wishing everyone a happy Sunday!

~Ashley