HMT Day 99, Halloween, Honey Stinger, and October Miles

Alright, I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today so I’m just gonna jump right in.

I suppose technically my taper was really supposed to kick into high gear today, although I unintentionally started that last week by only running a total of 8.58 miles. Oops. That was a huuuge drop from the week before that too, I ran 24.11 miles that week and had a lot of fun doing it. At the very least I’m glad I did get all those miles in and a little (well, a lot really) of extra rest probably wont hurt me at this point.

Anyway, started this week off/ended this month with an “easy” 3 miler. Definitely wasn’t as easy as it should have been though. I’m still feeling kinda “bleh” about the whole running thing, although I think I’m finally coming out the other side of this slump I’ve been in. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, didn’t feel like making breakfast, and definitely didn’t feel like running, but I turned on my Halloween playlist which got me motivated to get my shit together, and then I did feel a lot better once I started running.

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This is my “I’m to lazy to actually make breakfast” breakfast.

I actually felt like finishing my run this morning, which is a huge improvement from last week. I think I cut all of my runs short and I only ran three times, so yeah… The only problem I really had was that my legs wanted to speed up but the rest of me was like “what the heck are you doing?!?” So I ended up going out too fast, and going up a few hills too fast, and then ended up walking up some hills because this was supposed to be an easy run, and for whatever reason I couldn’t seem to go easy up them. I suppose that’s not too bad of a problem to have, but I didn’t want to completely wear myself out. I mean, I have an interval workout tomorrow and I want that to be able to do that without feeling like I’m going to die.

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So with this morning’s run, my total mileage for the month of October comes to a grand total of 82.63. I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage month I’ve ever had, so that’s pretty exciting! I’m thinking that may have something to do with why I felt so shitty last week.

In September I only ran 36.68 miles, but I did have to take a week off, and then kinda ease back into things because of the whole toe indecent, and in August I only made it to 55.15 miles. So I hardcore upped my running game in October, but it wasn’t exactly intentional. I did two 10 milers and one 12 mile long run this month so those definitely added a lot to my total monthly miles. Plus aside from last week, I’ve felt really good this month and I guess this pretty much proves that.

Anyway, I’m very proud of myself for getting so many miles in without hurting myself. That’s super awesome! πŸ™‚

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Go me!!

At this point you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been running through a cemetery. I’ve actually done that a few times now this month, because ’tis the season, right? Haha I’m actually not sure about the protocol to this kinda thing. Like I don’t know if I’m aloud to be there, let alone running through there, but I’m quite and respectful, and it’s not a private cemetery or anything, so I don’t see why it would be an issue.

Since today is Halloween I wanted to run through there one more time, because like I said, ’tis the season! Plus it’s its a really old cemetery so there are graves dating back to the 1800’s, a few unknown soldier, and the town’s sheriffs graves are marked with stars that look like your typical sheriff’s badge, and I think that’s all really neat! I figure I should probably stay away during the holiday season though. I don’t want to bother anyone, and I know a lot of people like to visit their relative’s graves around the holidays.

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a million more times before it’s over, October through January is the best part of the year!

We aren’t really doing anything all that exciting for Halloween though. I didn’t get to do any fun Halloween themed runs this year which is kind of a bummer, but oh well, and Luke and I aren’t exactly the party type, so we didn’t/don’t have any parties to go to. I’m ok with that though. We’ve had a lot of fun decorating the house, carving pumpkins, and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids is actually a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see what fun monsters and characters show up at our door tonight! I’m especially excited to see our little next door neighbor. She’s 3 years old and likes to hang out with us and play with our rabbits and dogs, so I’m sure she’ll be excited to show us her costume. πŸ™‚

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Okey dokey then, I think I’ve finally made it to the last thing I wanted to talk about! I know I usually don’t write posts this long, so if you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me!

I’ve got some super exciting news to share with you! If you keep up with me on Instagram you’ve already seen this, so I apologize for being repetitive, but I didn’t want to include this in any of my pity party posts. Anyway, I’ve been accepted into the 2017 Hive Ambassador Program!!!!!

Honey Stinger waffles have become my go-to fuel for my long runs and hard workouts (and they make a nice little pre-run breakfast when I’m too lazy to cook πŸ˜‰ ), so I’m super excited to be representing a company that makes a product that I love. Seriously, I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Whew! This ended up being a little longer than I had planned, so again, if you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me and putting up with my ramblings.

I hope you had a fantastic October, and wishing you a great November and a very happy Halloween!!

~Ashley πŸ’€πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

 

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3 thoughts on “HMT Day 99, Halloween, Honey Stinger, and October Miles

  1. Pingback: Weekly Recap: October 31st-November 6th, 2016 | The Running Rebel

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