Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Happy first day of fall!!!!! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ‘ป

Who else is super freakin stoked that summer is FINALLY over and that fall is here?!?!? I know I sure am! Plus the weather has been super nice the last couple of days here in Kansas! It actually feels like fall and it’s fantastic! I sure hope this weather sticks around and that summer is gone for good this year. ๐Ÿ˜„

Anyway, since the weather has been cooler I’ve been all about oatmeal! Don’t get me wrong I love oatmeal all of the time, it’s just that sometimes when it’s hot out eating a bowl of oatmeal isn’t exactly satisfying. But it’s just so cozy and filling and perfect for when the weather starts getting colder! Or at least I think so. So I’ve been making my all time favorite oatmeal recipe! Which of course involves pumpkin because it’s fall and literally everything consumed in the fall should contain pumpkin, right? ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ˜‰

And why not? Pumpkin is full of all sorts of goodness; potassium, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins C, E, and A, and fiber, among other things. So I say eat all of the pumpkin you want!! Well, maybe notย too much. Especially if you eat a lot of other foods that contain beta-carotene like carrots and other kinds of squash. A fun little side effect of consuming too much beta-carotene is that it can give your skin an orange-ish tint. When I was a baby I LOVED things like carrots and squash and I ended up turning orange! Luckily it’s just a temporary thing though, and once you start limiting the beta-carotene it will fade away.

Anyway, lets get to the recipe, shall we?

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Makes 1 Serving

335 calories if made with honey and unsweetened almond milk, but it will vary depending on the milk you use and if you use brown sugar instead of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • about 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 2 tbs honey or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • pumpkin spice to taste
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Ignore my badly opened can of pumpkin haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I like unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.

Instructions:

Add water and a pinch of salt to a pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Once your water is boiling add your oats and pumpkin spice, reduce heat to medium and let the oats cook for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it though. I’ve found that the cook time can vary depending on the pot you use. A good rule of thumb is to let most of the water cook out and that usually takes around 10 minutes.

Once most of the water has cooked out of your oats add the milk, pumpkin, and honey or brown sugar. (I prefer honey, but every once in a while I’ll use brown sugar and it’s pretty good that way too. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Mix together and let it cook on medium heat for another 10 minutes. Again, keep an eye on it, just in case! Nobody wants burnt oatmeal!

Enjoy immediately!

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There you have it! The perfect bowl of oatmeal for the fall!

Please let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it! I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!!

I hope you have a fantastic fall!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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โ€œFastโ€ Running, โ€œSlowโ€ Running, Summer Running, and Treadmill Running

Running, running, running. Yay!

Haha So lets talk about that today! Running, half marathon training, all of that fun stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually wanted to write about this yesterday because I had a really good run on the treadmill, but my 4 year old neighbor came over and stayed at my house for 5 hours. Holy cow I don’t know how people with small children get anything done! Because I sure didn’t during the 5 hours she was here. Pretty much all we did was color, watch cartoons, and play with the chickens and ferrets. I didn’t get anything that I wanted to do done yesterday (aside from my run, that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but holy cow by the time she finally went home I was EXHAUSTED.

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I’m pretty sure this is what I look like every morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, I haven’t been feeling all that great the last couple of days. I guess I’ve come down with a bit of a cold or something. So on Monday I took the day completely off. I did pretty much nothing but sit on the couch and watch TV. Although at one point I did trip over a dog toy and fell pretty hard on my knees. They’re fine, just a little bruised. Haha but yeah, that’s why I’m not allowed to get on the ladder. Or use power tools. Or the lawn mower. And my weed whacker privileges are on thin ice. Hahahaha I’m just too big of a klutz apparently.

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Pictures never seem to do bruises justice haha.

Anyway, then on Tuesday I slept in for about an hour longer than I usually do, and I woke up feeling quite a bit better! Still not at 100%, but a definite improvement! But since I did sleep in it was really warm and sunny outside by the time I was ready to run, so I took to the treadmill! Having that option has been fantastic! I’ve definitely been able to do more running over the summer thanks to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So on the scheduled for yesterday was an interval workout. And a pretty tough one too! The hard intervals were a little longer and I usually despise doing long intervals haha. But I did most of the workout despite not usually being a fan (which is really a good reason to do it anyway) and having not felt so great for the last couple of days. I did end up cutting it a little short. I used the last interval as a cool down, instead of running it hard and then doing a cool down and I had to stop a few times to hack up my lungs, but other than that this workout actually went really well! Honestly it was the first time I felt like I was really able to run “fast” (in quotations because fast and slow are all relative. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) since I did the Running With The Cows 5k back in May. So yeah. It’s been a while.

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It was warm and humid that day, but I got shit done! And learned a few interesting things about myself that day. You can read the recap for this race here. ๐Ÿ™‚

But all of my slow running hasn’t been for lack of trying. I’ve had plenty of speed work outs on my scheduled but I just haven’t actually been able to accomplish anything particularly speedy. I’m already a slow runner, but holy cow this summer has just felt particularly slow and terrible and terrible and slow. It hasn’t been good. I’ve really just been feeling, well, defeated.

I’ve been particularly worried about how I’m going to do in my upcoming half marathons. Mostly the Longview half. I really want to PR my half marathon time. Like, soooo bad! And if I’m going to do it this year Longview will be the place to do it, since it’s the first of the two half marathon’s I’m doing back to back. And since they’ve changed the race course and gotten rid of the giant hill at mile 2, well, that will really work out in my favor! And that’s all fine and good, but the paces I’ve been running this summer have just been too slow to really make me think that PRing is going to be possible. Grant it I am attributing a lot of that to the terrible weather this summer. So many heat warnings. So many air quality advisories. So much humidity. It’s been bad… But still, I feel like I’ve just been too slow. There is still some time to change that though, and yesterday’s run was a bit of a confidence booster! Now all I need is a good/faster long run or two and I’d feelย a lotย better about where I am fitness-wise.

Luckily for me, that just might happen! The first day of fall is in 3 days, and according to WeatherBug tomorrow is supposed to be the last really hot day on the 10 day forecasts! Thank goodness! I’m so ready for summer to be over!!

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I’m also ready to be done with the treadmill. Or at least less reliant on it. I like being able to run on it whenever it’s super hot out, but I’ve gotten a little bit lazy about it. Like yesterday. I could have gotten up earlier and run outside. Although yesterday I think the little bit of extra sleep really did help me feel better. Although I think I might have gone a little too hard yesterday. I was planning to do another treadmill run today, but I was tired, sore, and just not feeling it. I’m trying to listen to my body, so I skipped the run and did yoga instead. I felt really good afterwards, so I think I made the right decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew, I guess that covers everything I wanted to talk about today. Haha all of this thinking about paces and times, I guess I’m starting to get some pre-race nerves. Just a little bit though. I still feel like I’ve got some time to do some more work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: September 10th-16th, 2018

Oh man, this week has been tough. I’ve been feeling kind of off all week and then on Sunday I woke up feeling sore everywhere for no real reason, tired, and sniffly. So I suppose that would explain it.

Unfortunately that means I didn’t run a lot this week. That might be for the best though, it I am sick or getting sick it’s probably better that I take things easy instead of pushing myself and stressing my system more. It’s just been kinda frustrating because I didn’t really know what was up until Sunday morning. So yeah, this week was a struggle, but at least now I have a pretty good idea as to why. Not exactly happy with how it went, running wise, but it happens. Hopefully I’ll feel better next week.

Monday:ย 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Had a shorter, slightly speedy run on the scheduled for Monday. I thought it was going to be an easier run but it turns out I was really wrong. This two mile run was harder than the 11 miles I did on Saturday. Running is weird like that somethings.

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Tuesday:

  • 3.1 miles

Things I regretted about this run; that I didn’t get out earlier and that I wore tights instead of shorts. Things I didn’t regret about this run; doing it.

Another rough run…The plan was 5 miles, but I cut it short. Obviously. Still pretty happy with what I got done though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday:ย 

  • 3 miles on the treadmill

I actually ended up sleeping in on Wednesday and really didn’t feel like going out, so I did this workout on the treadmill. Warmed up for a mile, ran at threshold pace for about a mile, and then cooled down for a mile. Kinda haha. There was about a 40 minute break between my threshold mile and cool down mile. My dad actually called me right as I was starting that last mile, so I hopped off the treadmill to talk to him. We haven’t really talked in a while so that was nice. Plus talking to my dad was definitely more important than running 3 consecutive miles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So instead of a photo from Wednesday’s run here’s a photo of my dad and I hiking in Lory State Park from 2016. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thursday:

  • rest day

Yeah, no. Just not feeling it…

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Friday:

Yay pumpkin picking!

So I didn’t run on Friday, but Luke and I were pretty busy! We got quite a bit done, along with going to a cider mill and picking some pumpkins. It was a lot of fun, and you can read more about it by clicking the link above!

Saturday:

  • 2.25 miles

Had no real intentions for Saturday. I just went out to see what I could do. Apparently the answer to to that was 2.25 miles. Not great considering my long runs are usually on Saturdays, but a little something is always better than nothing.

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Sunday:

  • ย rest day

Luke and I both woke up feeling sniffly and gross. Well, even more so than I’ve been feeling. So I spent the day resting, relaxing, and trying to recover from whatever bug I seem to have come down with. Hopefully I wont be feeling too badly for too long.

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Total Weekly Mileage: 10.47

Well that’s slightly embarrassing. But still better than nothing! Really hoping that next week goes better.

But for now, happy Sunday! I Hope everyone has a great week!

~Ashley

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Yay Pumpkin Picking!!

Because it’s never too early for fall stuff, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Luke and I actually had a really full day yesterday! We went to the Louisburg Cider Mill to pick pumpkins, ran some errands, did some yard work, and hung out with a couple of our neighbors for the rest of the day. It was pretty fun! But we started off our Friday playing with the chickens. Guys, they are just so much fun and so funny. They get super excited anytime they see, well, mostly me, but other people too. But I feed them and take care of them the most, so they know me and know that I mean food. Everyone else is just a possibility of food haha. Oh man, I’m so glad we got them. I didn’t exactly realize how much I missed having farm animals around until we got them. Can’t wait to start getting eggs!! They should start laying in about a month or two. ๐Ÿ”

After our chicken escapades Luke ended up playing Call Of Duty with his dad and one of his brothers over the internet for a couple of hours. I guess the beta for the new game was available to play this weekend and they have all been playing that for as long as possible whenever it’s available haha. I’m just glad they are able to play together so much. Since we live 5 hours away we don’t get to see them very often, but at least they have a video game they can play together every night. Or in the case morning haha. But while they were doing that I did some chores around they house. Fun stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oooh but my September StrideBox came yesterday! I almost forgot about that haha. This month’s is full of all sorts of tasty looking goodies! My favorite StrideBoxes are the ones that come stuffed full of food and drink mixes. ๐Ÿ˜‹ So far the only thing I’ve tried was the protein popcorn stuff. It was actually pretty good!! It definitely had that distinct protein powered taste to it, which I’m not a fan of. But still, not bad!! Haha I love being able to try new stuff like that. That’s why I love getting a StrideBox every month. I would have never even though to look for protein popcorn!

Anyway, once Luke was done playing Call Of Duty with his dad and brother for the morning we headed out to the cider mill. Except I didn’t know we were going to the cider mill. I though we were just going grocery shopping like we do every other Friday. But then we got onto the highway we literally only ever take if we’re going pumpkin picking. Haha later in the day Luke asked me how long it took me to figure out where we were going and that’s what I told him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When we got there a lady who worked there was telling us that they had some REALLY big pumpkins this year that they’d been calling “monster pumpkins” so obviously we had to find ourselves a monster pumpkin! Well, I had to anyway, Luke was wearing shorts and trekking through a pumpkin patch while wearing shorts can be pretty unpleasant. I on the other hand, thoroughly enjoyed frolicking through the pumpkins. And I did find a nice big one! Haha Luke said he enjoyed watching me struggle with it and decided that he should take pictures instead of help me. That thing was heavy! But I got it to our wagon!

After successfully locating a monster pumpkin I grabbed a few nice, little pumpkins as well. I’m quite happy with my pumpkin selection. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ˜Š Once we went to pay for our pumpkins they lady who worked there clarified that we did in fact select a monster pumpkin. Good thing too! Luke said that if it didn’t count we were going right back out to find a bigger one. I don’t think I would have been able to handle a bigger one. ๐Ÿ˜‚

After our pumpkin’s were paid for and loaded into the truck we headed to the “country store” at the cider mill to pick up a few fall goodies. I guess we came a little too early, because they didn’t have as much stuff there that they usually do. But we still ended up getting some cool stuff. A jug of apple cider, because how can you go to a cider mill and not get apple cider. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some loose leaf tea, a super spiffy decorative dish towel, a jar of pumpkin butter (yum!!!), and THE BEST mug ever. I absolutely NEEDED a jack-o-lantern mug. I just didn’t know it until I saw this one. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We paid for all of our nifty goodies and got a couple of cider donuts for the road. Not gonna lie, as a general rule, I don’t like donuts. I actually kind of hate them. But I do enjoy a nice, fresh, cider donut every once in a while.

After our pumpkin patch adventures we did some errands. Boring grown up stuff, ya know? Paying our mortgage, buying dental floss, dog food, grocery shopping, stuff like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So we had to stop at the bank, Price Chopper, Aldi, and then Tractor Supply. While we were at Tractor Supply I bought a new flannel shirt. They’ve just started putting out their fall/winter gear and I kinda needed a new shirt haha. About a week or so I took a poll on my Instagram stories. I was quite pleased with the results, but still felt like I should probably get a new one, since the whole point of flannel is to keep you warm and a huge hole in the elbow area makes that a little more difficult haha.

^^ Haha both of those are of my left elbow. They’re just flipped because the first photo was taken with Instagram and the other one wasn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After we got back home from all of our running around I put away all of our groceries and what not, Luke mowed the lawn, and then our 4 year old neighbor came over. Her mom is working from home now so she’s been coming over more often. We colored and watched some cartoons and then a little later her mom came over to hang out. So they were actually over for a while. At one point the 4 year old colored in one of her mom’s tattoos, two of Luke’s, and then one of mine. After that her and Luke started drawing “tattoos” on each other.

Fun times man. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a full day yesterday, but it was pretty exciting. Obviously I didn’t run yesterday, but I’ve been trying to take every other Friday off since that’s the one day of the week Luke isn’t busy. But honestly I haven’t done a lot of running this week anyway. I’ve been feeling kind of off (I sure hope I’m not getting sick or something), but I’ll talk more about that in my Weekly Recap tomorrow.

So that’s all for now! Happy Saturday!!

~Ashley

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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: 59 and 60 Days To Go!

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Two months to go!! Well, more specifically 59 more days until the Longview Half and 60 more days until the Gobble Grind Half!

Honestly when put that way, holy cow we’re getting close!! Haha I’ve been kinda thinking along the lines of “it’s still pretty early in September and November is still a ways a way”, but it’s really not. Two months. Two short months to go. Yikes. But it’s only “yikes” when I think about it that way. Once I go back to the whole “it’s only September” thing I feel a little bit better about it. Weird how the mind works like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Really though I’m not so worried about finishing either half. I’ve done the Longview half 3 years in a row, and this year will make it 4. Iย knowย I can finish that race in particular, but the 13.1 miles in general. So I’m not really worried about that. I’m not really worried about finishing the Gobbler Grind the next day either.ย  At this point I’m actually pretty confident in my ability to finish both races. Especially since I’ll be doing the second one with my dad and brother.

What I’m really worried about is finishing times. I would really like to set a new PR and the way I see it, it’s probably best for me to go for that during the first half at Longview. My legs will be fresh, I wont be tired, and I kind of feel like I have to redeem myself after last year’s not-so-great experience at Longview. The course is going to be a little bit different this year. They got rid of the giant hill at mile two, so that will probably work out in my favor as well.

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Elevation data from the Longview Half, according to my Garmin. That hill at mile two is pretty killer haha.

I haven’t been feeling particularly speedy though. I mean, I’m definitely not a speedy person to begin with. I like to affectionately refer to myself a slow runner. But I’ve just been feeling extra slow lately. Although looking back at my running data from 2016 (the year I ran my best half marathon so far), the paces from my long runs are pretty similar. Although my shorter runs were definitely faster than I’ve been doing this year. But I have been running more this year. A lot more actually. I’ve also been injury free throughout this training cycle *knock on wood*, which is something I’ve never been able to say while training for a half marathon haha. So really it would appear that things are really going well! But jeez I’m still really worried about times. I really want a PR. It’s been a while since I’ve PR’d in anything. That being said, if things go a planned, I should be PR-ing my longest run in 4 weeks, I think? That should be pretty exciting. But I’d still really like a shiny new time PR.

I’m mostly just worried about times for the Longview Half though. The Gobbler Grind is just gonna be more for fun, although obviously it’s still going to be a bit of a challenge since I’m doing another half the day before. Since I’m doing it with family, who currently haven’t been able to do much training because of their work schedules. So it’s going to be an interesting day for all of us! Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun though. But misery loves company and all of that, so I’m sure we’ll all have fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Luke plans on being at both races for me and my mom is coming with with my dad and brother, but I don’t know if they plan on being at my house the morning I do Longview. Probably not, but it is a possibility that I’ll have a big cheering squad for Longview. I did the first year I ran it. My mom and dad came for it then and that was pretty sweet! But either way, it’ll be fun to have them all here, plus my mom wants to celebrate my birthday while they are, since the Gobbler Grind is only 4 days before my actual birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, I suppose that just about covers all of my thoughts and feelings of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, so far. I know it’s nothing really all that insightful. At this point in my life running doesn’t really feel deep and meaningful. It’s just something I do, ya know? I get up in the morning, run, and then get on with my day. I’m not sure how I’d feel if I had to go an extended period of time without running. I don’t think that would go for me. It’s just something that’s really ingrained into my life right now.

Okey dokey then! That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley and her very in the way blogging assistant, Bubbles

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What My First Three Half Marathons Taught me

I actually posted a much smaller version of what this post is on my Instagram accountย a couple of weeks ago, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to get a little bit more in-depth with it and share my thoughts here. Especially since I’m getting pretty deep into my half marathon training at this point. I just thought it would be nice to reflect on the things I’ve learned from my previous halfs, and since it half/full marathon training season is in full swing, I thought maybe other people could take something away from the things I’ve learned so far as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Half Marathon Number One: Longview Half, 2015.

My first half marathon actually taught me quite a lot! But I mean, that does make sense considering that it was my very first. My first half and my very first race ever! Haha it’s not exactly recommenced to start off your racing career with a half, but what can I say? I’m an overachiever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, my first half marathon taught me to set big goals, dream big, and that I’m capable of more than I thought. Before I even signed up for my first half the farthest I’d ever run was 5 or 6 miles. I had no idea if I could actually cover 13.1 miles in one go. At that point I was still impressed and amazed at the fact that I could do 5! That was still relatively new to me! I also knew nothing about proper running attire, fueling, or actual running workouts. Back in 2015 I was still a relative newbie to the sport. But one day I just kinda decided that I was going to run a half marathon, so I signed up, started a training plan, and never looked back. It was a rocky road to the starting line, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing. But the second I crossed that finish line I learned that setting big, crazy goals could be a good thing! Dreaming big will help you accomplish those goals! But most importantly, I learned that I was capable of doing hard things and that I really was a runner. Not just some person who was faking it. Not that there’s any fake runners or anything. That’s just something I had struggled with for a while. But once I became a half marathoner I never hesitated to call myself a runner ever again.

Crossing the finish line of my first half was an incredible experience and it’s something I’ll never forget!

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Longview half marathon, 2015. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Two: Longview Half, 2016ย 

I went into my second half marathon much more knowledgeable and prepared! I knew I could cover the distance having done it once before, and I had a few 5k’s under my belt as well, so I had a little bit of a better idea of what I was getting myself into. Training went well and the race itself went even better!

My second half taught me how to really have fun during training and to enjoy every mile during a race. Even when it started to hurt and get really hard. This was definitely my best half so far! Maybe even my best race so far! I’m hoping that will change this November though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Longview half marathon, 2016. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Three: Longview Half, 2017

My third half marathon is a little bit notorious in my mind. Training went pretty well, but I crashed and burned hard at about mile 8 during this half. By mile 10 I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish. I did, buy jeez it was pretty terrible…

My third half was my first bad racing experience. I’m still a relative newbie at the whole racing thing. At this point I’ve only got 7 actual races under my belt, but this half, this half was by far the absolute worst I’ve ever done. That being said, I still learned a few things from this race. First and foremost, I learned just how important proper fueling and hydrating is. I mean, I alreadyย knew,ย but I experienced firsthand why during this race. The Gatorade at the aid-stations wasn’t mixed properly and that made my stomach unhappy. Since my stomach was unhappy I wasn’t able to eat my Honey Stinger waffles. One of the wonderful pacers gave me a Twizzlers at one point and I was able to eat that in slow, little bites, but that was about it. I crashed. I burned. I suffered.

Suffering was the most important thing I learned during this half. I thought I had suffered through hard workouts before, but it was nothing compared to the last 3 miles of this race. It was a hard lesson to learn. Finishing hurt and then dealing with my finishing time hurt even more. But eventually I got over it and learned that I can suffer and suffer badly, but still finish. And at the end of the day finishing is still a huge accomplishment!

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Longview half marathon, 2017. Mile 11.

There you have it! What half marathoning has taught me so far! I’m pretty excited to take these lessons into the two half marathons I’m doing in November. The Longview Half again on November 10th and the Gobbler Grind Half on November 11th. I’m sure Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will end up teaching me a few things as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahaha right now I’m thinking that suffering lesson is going to come in quite handy for this little challenge.

I’m also pretty excited to finally be doing a half marathon that is not Longview. I love that race and want to continue to do it as many years in a row as I can, but it’s going to be fun to be doing a race that’s new to me! Actually, they changed the Longview course this year, so both races are going to be kind of new to me. At this point I’m really looking forward to both of them! I’m not really nervous yet, but I know that will come soon.

Anyway, have you learned any important lessons from a race? How have you applied them in life, running, or other races? I’d love to hear your answers!

But for now, wishing you a happy Monday!

~Ashley

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Longview Half finish, 2016

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Weekly a Recap: August 27th – September 2nd, 2018

I definitely got over the “bleh” feeling I was experiencing last week! So that’s good!! Spent most of this week just chugging along and getting my runs done. Or at least most of them. I skipped the one I had planned for Sunday, but I felt like that was necessary.ย  But we’ll get to that in a minute. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday:

  • 4 easy miles
  • 15 minutes of strength work

Started off the week with 4 sunny, hot, and humid miles. Hot and humid has pretty much been the theme of this week. It hasn’t exactly been fun, but like I said, I’m still chugging along. Just a little more slowly than I’d like. Haha well, at lot more slowly, but hey, the heat does that to me and I’m well aware of that. I can’t wait for the cold weather just so I can start speeding up a little bit haha.

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Tuesday:ย 

  • 3 miles, intervals
  • 15 minutes of foam rolling

I slept in and then procrastinated my run on Tuesday. I did get it done though! Ended up doing my interval workout on the treadmill. Honestly I’m kind of glad I procrastinated doing this run. I feel like it went a lot better than it would have if I ran first thing in the morning like I often do. Aside from doing it on the treadmill I felt pretty good doing this workout! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday:ย 

  • 5 miles

Got some cloud cover on Wednesday!! That was pretty nice! Still hot and humid though…

Anyway, I like running in my town’s cemetery. It’s nice, quite, usually no traffic or other people. It’s very peaceful. The only problem is small town = small cemetery. Following the road all the way around is only about .3 of a mile. Still find myself running there all the time though.

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Thursday:

  • rest day

The plan on Thursday was a cross training day. Stationary bike, strength work, all of that. But somehow I managed to hurt my back in my sleep on Wednesday night? Like seriously, I somehow fucked it up so bad that just moving hurt in. Haha I guess I must be getting old. I never understood the whole hurt back thing before, but oh boy do I get it now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, since I somehow hurt it I decided to let it rest on Thursday.

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Friday:

  • rest day

My back was still a little achy on Friday. Not as bad as Thursday though. But Friday was a scheduled rest day anyway, so that kinda worked out for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, on Friday Luke and I had planned to do some errands, grocery shopping, and whatnot. Our usual every-other-Friday routine. Our plans got a little thrown off while we were getting into the truck and getting ready to go. As we were pulling out of the driveway two dogs ran into our yard. A black lab and some kind of lab mix. So we got out and managed to grab on of the dogs, but the other took off down the street. Luke went after him while I held on to the other dog but every time Luke got close to the other dog he took off running. So I put the other dog inside in our spare bedroom and we got into the truck and went after the other dog. We couldn’t get close to him though. We gave up on him after 10 minutes or so. The dog we caught had a collar but no tags. The other dog had tags, but I wasn’t exactly convinced that they came from the same place. I think they just kinda found each other while they were both out running.

Anyway, after we gave up on catching the second dog we drove around our neighborhood looking for anyone who looked like they were out looking for a dog, but we didn’t find anyone. So we went back home and I convinced Luke to surrender the dog to animal control (which is legit just the k9 unit in our town haha. The police force in deals with stray dogs.).ย  Luke felt bad sending the poor guy to some kennel, but I told him at least he’d be safe there and all his owner would have to do was call animal control and they’d be able to get him back. So that’s what we did. Called animal control and a cop came to our house to pick him up and bring him to the kennel. I sure hope the poor guy got picked up by his owner later that day. But at the very least Luke and I got him somewhere safe where he wouldn’t get hit by a car or attacked by another dog or something.

After he was taken care of we finally set off to get our errands done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Poor guy was older, exhausted, and stressed out. He was very friendly and cooperative though. I hope he made it back home!ย 

Saturday:

  • 11 miles

Woke up at 5 am, got out on the road while it was still dark out, but it was still really hot out…I even saw some heat lighting. It was in the mid 70’s, 92% humidity, and just gross in general out. Not fun at all. But still better than last weeks long run! Haha last week I didn’t fuel or hydrate properly and that ended up being my downfall. So I made absolutely sure to do just that this week and obviously that ended up working! The plan was 11 miles and mission accomplished! But I did the first 9 miles outside, but the humidity was abolutely killing me, so I finished the last 2 miles on the treadmill. But I got it done and that’s all that matters!

Spent the rest of the day trying to recover from those 11 miles. Haha like I said, that humidity was killer! I felt absolutely drained afterwards.

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Sunday:

  • rest day

Alrighty! Finally made it to Sunday!

So the plan on Sunday was 5 miles. Trying to do a few back to back long/medium long (because at this point 5 miles is basically a medium long run for me) because of the whole two half marathons in two days thing. But I woke up feeling super duper dehydrated and very drained. Physically and mentally. I thought I had done enough hydrating yesterday, but obviously not. Oh man and that heat and humidity yesterday! It gets me every time…

So while I would have really liked to have done my back to back runs, I just didn’t think it would have been a good idea for me this week. Not while I’m feeling like this. But I am happy with getting my long run done this week! So at least there’s that! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage: 23 miles

Not too bad!! Would have liked to get to the 28 miles that I had planned on, but still happy with how the week went. I’m very much looking forward to cooler weather though. I always feel so much better during the cooler months. But summer running is making me stronger and more tough. Or at least I sure hope it is! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day tomorrow!

~Ashley

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