Weekly Recap: March 19th-25th, 2018

Spring is here, here in Kansas! At least for now. The Midwest can get kinda weird with the weather sometimes haha. But the highs have been mostly in the 50’s and 60’s this week, and of course I’m kinda sad to see winter go. But it’s sill pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, so I haven’t really been experiencing any warmer weather running yet, since I typically run in the morning. Honestly though I should probably be trying to run during the warmer parts of the day, to help make transitioning to summer running and super hot weather just a little bit easier, but I’m just not ready to commit to that yet. I am a cold weather runner through and through. 😉

The spring like weather has also brought some rain too, as it usually does here in the Midwest. We really needed it. It’s been pretty dry here lately. Plus I love rainy weather and think running in it is a lot of fun! Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve felt a little bit more motivated to run this week! Last week life kinda got in the way of running and instead of adjusting and making it happen, I let it fall to the wayside. But As predicted in my weekly recap last week, this week was better. 🙂

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 35 minutes of yoga

It started raining late Sunday night and pretty much never stopped until later in the afternoon on Monday. Good thing I enjoy rainy runs! Because unless I wanted to wait until well after 3 pm (which I never want to do. Morning runs are more my jam), I was going to get wet during this run. Which I definitely did. Well, soaked is more like it! It was a lot of fun though, as most rainy runs are!

But I think I got frostnip on my legs. It was in the high 30’s/low 40’s and pouring down rain, and I was almost dressed appropriately. I should have worn my wind pants over my running tights, because when I got home, wrestled myself out of my running gear, and hopped in the shower, I noticed the tops of my thighs were super red. That ended up being kinda itchy and uncomfortable for the rest of the morning but as I warmed up it mostly went away. Haha good thing I wasn’t out there any longer or I might have actually ended up with frostbite or hypothermia. Lesson learned; when in doubt, wear the second pair of pants.

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Tuesday: 

  • 2 easy miles
  • 10 minutes of ab work

Yeah, this run didn’t feel easy. But I got most of it done without too many issues. Haha I was supposed to do 2 easy miles followed by a couple of 20 second strides, but I kinda skipped those. Still doing better than last week though! I feel like that’s becoming my mantra for this week. Hey, it totally works though! Did some ab work later in the day, and was very much looking forward to my rest day on Wednesday.

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Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of yoga

I was definitely ready for this rest day haha. Did some restorative yoga, walked Lily, cleaned the house. It was nice. 🙂 And since I don’t have any other photos from Wednesday, lets just take a second to appreciate how big my chicks are getting! I am so freaking excited about getting fresh eggs!!!

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Thursday:

  • 1 hour on the stationary bike

On Tuesday I was kind of excited about having a rest day followed by a cross training day, but once I got there I felt kinda meh about the whole situation. I don’t particularly enjoy cross training. I think my stationary bike is super boring. But it is a necessary evil. 😉 So I spent an hour pedaling on my stationary bike, while day dreaming about the interval workout I had planned for Friday morning.

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Friday: 

  • Interval work

Speed work! Yay!! Did a 1 mile warm up, 30 minutes of intervals (1 minute of hard running, 30 seconds of recovery, followed by a 1 mile cool down. Haha a lot of that cool down was walking though. 😉 Seriously though, this workout was so much fun! Hard. Really hard, considering I haven’t done any kind of actual speed work in forever. But it felt really good. Haha now if only I could hold that 7:35 pace for an extended period of time. That happened while running downhill with reckless abandon though. 😉 I really should have done some stretching and foam rolling after that, but holy cow I was tired! I spend the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing. Totally worth it.

Anyway, my fancy new Oiselle running tights with all the pockets were supposed to show up on Friday but they never did. This is why I dislike the UPS. Every single time I order something online and it ships via UPS it ends up taking several more days than it’s supposed to to actually arrive. So I guess we’ll see when they show up…

 

 

Saturday:

  • 2 easy miles
  • 20 minutes of strength work

Turkey socks in March? Why not?! 🦃🍁🍂

Actually, my feet were a little sore and the only compression gear I have that actually goes on my feet are holiday themed.😉 But I mean, we’re only a few days into spring and I’m already excited for fall. 😂Anyway, the compression socks definitely helped, but my left heel was still kinda sore and that usually means my left IT band isn’t happy. Running on cambered roads does that to me sometimes. Especially when I don’t pay enough attention to my hips. It’s all connected, baby! So I cut my run short and followed it with some strength moves for my hips. 😊

Sunday:

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Stayed up a little too late last night, slept like shit, woke up sore. Haha good thing it’s a rest day! I’m really glad that I ended up cutting my run a little short yesterday, because holy cow is my left IT band tight today! Luckily it’s not in any kind of pain though. My knee also doesn’t hurt and my left heel is feeling a lot better. All good signs. 🙂 I’ve had troubles with this IT band before, but this time I think I caught it before it turned into actual IT band syndrome. Yay for listening to my body!! I wonder if my running form has changed because of my broken toe though. At this point it doesn’t really hurt at all and the toe seems to be back to normal, but I suppose that doesn’t mean I’m not doing something different with my left foot and just not noticing it. I really can’t think of another reason as to why my IT band would be acting up again. Especially since I’ve barely been running 10 miles a week and haven’t done anything to exciting besides my speed workout on Wednesday. Hmmm. Oh well, at least I’ve realized it’s on its way to becoming a problem and have started giving it a little extra love.

Today I took an Epsom salt bath, and spent some time on my yoga mat stretching my hips, IT band and foam rolling everything. Hopefully it just needed some attention and doesn’t turn into a thing, but it’s definitely something I’m going to be paying attention to.

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So what about you?? How was your week? Has your IT band ever given you trouble before? What did you do for it?

Happy Sunday everyone!!

~Ashley

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10 thoughts on “Weekly Recap: March 19th-25th, 2018

  1. Casper O' Hane

    Cute little chicks! This was our first year hatching chicks with an incubator. They hatched during the day so we got to watch, which was super awesome. Well, I’m off to go buy some “bitch pants” for a Border Collie in heat. Oh boy. This is going to be an adventure.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      That’s is really awesome!! One day I’d like to hatch chicks! Lol it might be a while before I get there though. Oh man, I feel you! Lily was just in heat (thank goodness that’s finally over), and she had for some reason finally decided she wanted to mate with Finn (he’s immature and she hadn’t wanted to do anything with him until recently). So that’s been a fun adventure. Luckily Finn and Dean want to spend all day outside and Lily doesn’t, so keeping them separated wasn’t that hard. Just annoying. Lol but now we won’t have to worry about that for another 6 months or so. 😂

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      1. Casper O' Hane

        Actually I plan on spaying her after this first heat, since I’m not breeding. I just wanted to make sure she grows normally and her growth plates close when they’re supposed to. So no more heats ever, yay! Yay for me, anyway. But I don’t think she likes wearing a diaper LOL.

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      2. Ashley Dailey Post author

        Ah, makes sense! The only dog I have who’s sterilized is Dean, and I wish I would have waited until he was a year old to do it. He’s got longer limbs and a lot less muscle than the other two. Both things that apparently happen when you have them sterilized too early. I’ve considered getting lily spayed since she’s too old to breed, but I don’t know. She’s 8 years old now and I just don’t see the point in putting a dog that old under that much stress for a major surgery like that. She’s perfectly healthy, I don’t want to risk that for something I handle with just a little extra work. Hahahahaha I’d imagine not!!! I’m sure that’s weird for her! Lol I’m not sure Lily would do well in one, but luckily she doesn’t bleed much when she goes into heat, so it’s not a big deal.

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  2. ariscott

    Weirdly, my IT band is the one part of my lower body that has never given me trouble. But for a while last year every so often after a longer run, one of my hips would be sore. Then I started stretching my hips out after runs and it stopped happening! And I foam roll (though not every day) and I think that also helps. Lately it’s my knee that was giving me trouble, but luckily that’s getting better.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Haha I suppose you lucked out on that one! 😉 My IT band only started giving me trouble when we moved out of our apartment and away from the paved trail I used to run on. The switch from that to cambered roads irritated it and now if I’m not careful it’ll flare up every one and a while. My hips tend to be weak, so I have to do some strength stuff with them (which I’ve been neglecting to do lately lol). But oh man, I love stretching my hips! Lol they’re probably my favorite thing to stretch out (is that weird?). It just always feels great when I do it! Ugh, foam rolling is not my favorite thing to do, but I’ve actually been doing a decent job keeping up with that. I’m glad to hear your knee is starting to get better! Hopefully it’ll be back to 100% soon!!! 😁

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Oh man, I bet that’s great!!! Nothing beats fresh eggs! They’re so much better than the kind you get at the store. And so much more nutritious! So I say get your Gaston on! Lol if I recall correctly, eat enough and you’ll be roughly the size of a barge. 😉

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