Weekly Recap: April 16th-22nd, 2018

I was still sick for a good portion of this week, but I definitely started to feel better and was pretty much recovered from this illness by the end of the week which was awesome! And bonus, I was able to do pretty much all of the running I wanted to accomplish. It was mostly slow and kinda boring stuff and some of it got cut a little shorter than I wanted, but hey, it was a vast improvement over last week and I will gladly take that! 🙂

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles

Marathon Monday. Wow! Still can’t get over Des Linden’s win at the Boston Marathon! That was just incredible!

So since I spent the whole morning watching the Elite coverage of the Boston Marathon, I didn’t end up running until around 12:30 that afternoon. That wasn’t a big deal, but it felt kinda weird haha. I like to get my running done and out of the way first thing in the morning that way I don’t have to worry about it throughout the day. Anyway, just did an uneventful 3 miles on Monday. After that I had to take care of all of the things I neglected to do since I spent so much time watching TV haha.

Tuesday:

  • 5 miles

I was still feeling kinda bleh on Tuesday and had originally only planned to do 2-3 miles because I sill wasn’t feeling great. But it seemed like the more I ran the better I felt, so I ended up doing 5 haha. It wasn’t exactly fun and I spent a lot of time coughing and wiping my nose, but I’m glad I did it. 🙂

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Wednesday: 

  • 3 miles with a couple strides thrown in for fun
  • 20 minutes of yoga/foam rolling

I was finally starting to feel better by Wednesday! Not at 100% but still, I was very happy with the improvement and it showed during my run! It was hard, but fun hard and not I’m still sick and feel like I’m dying, which I will gladly take! After my run I spent over 2 hours cleaning out our spare bedroom where the chickens had lived until Tuesday night when we finally moved them into the coop. That was an adventure in and of itself! Wednesday was a good day and you can read more about it here. 😉

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Thursday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Cross training is a necessary evil as far as I’m concerned. I don’t particularly enjoy doing it, I usually find it to be boring, but I know it’s good for me. So I do it. Sometimes hahaha. But by Thursday I was feeling sooooo much better! Still probably not 100% better, I still had a cough, but for the most part I was feeling pretty good! 🙂

Friday:

  • 2.5 miles

Friday was an interesting day. Started off with a run as usual. I warmed up with what was supposed to be a nice and easy mile, but my new favorite band finally released their new album the night before so obviously I had to listen to that while I ran. I new that was a bad idea but I did it anyway haha. New music makes me a happy camper. But it also makes me go out waaaay too fast during my warm up and then that tends to make the rest of the workout a huge suffer fest. Luckily it was a short on on Friday though haha. After my “warm up” I did some cadence drills (about a mile of ’em 🙂 ) and then cooled down with a little more easy running. Like I said, it was kinda a huge suffer fest, but it was also pretty fun!

And just for some clarification; I’ve been joking about The Longshot being my new favorite band for a while now (if you know me then you know I’m the biggest Green Day fangirl in ALL THE LAND!). But the thing is, it’s literally just another side band that the front man for Green Day has come up with. So its pretty much just Green Day with a few different people. Haha I still thing it’s fucking great though and I absolutely love their album. Hence the going out too fast during my warm up on Friday. 😉

Anyways, on Friday evening my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and her two kids came over to our house to hang out. And so did one of my neighbor’s and her kid (the one who likes to come over and hang out with me). So for some reason all of the small children (they were 7, 4, and 3 years old) all flocked to me, fought for my attention, and over who got to sit in my lap. Small children terrify me. Haha so not sure why they all wanted to be my friend (well, except for my neighbor, like I said, she likes hanging out with me). So that went on for several hours and was exhausting. I passed out right away when I finally went to bed that night.

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Saturday:

  • 5.58 miles

Saturday’s are usually my long run day. So the original plan was to do 8 miles. But between getting over an illness, going a little too hard during my workout on Friday, and then having 3 young children all over me the night before I was kinda worn out and just not feeling it. After about 2 miles I just started laughing at myself and was like “yeah, 8 miles definitely isn’t gonna happen today.” Then at about 3 miles I got chased to two little demon dogs that were running around unleashed in a non-fenced in front yard. Once the took off after me the followed my for a little bit, so I stopped and looked back to their house to see if their owner was out. She was, but she was just throwing her hands in the air, then covering her face, and I’m pretty sure she started crying… Like, I get that your dogs running off is a frustrating situation, but freaking out like that isn’t going to do anyone any good. Plus those little assholes were trying to bite at my ankles and I wasn’t about to try to catch them and bring them back to her. As far as I’m concerned that’s not my problem (and remember this is coming from the person who has caught and returned several dogs to their owners while out running). Ugh, I’ve grown to despise people who let their dogs run after people like that, then act like it’s the person who the dogs are chasing’s fault. Like, I’m on a public road. The law says that I can be here. And the law also says that your dogs can’t be out in public like that without a leash. Therefore, not my problem.

As someone who goes to great lengths to train her dogs not to do shit like that, and follow all the laws that pertain to dogs, I find it super frustrating when other people don’t. And then throw a fit whenever they let their dogs get into a potentially dangerous situation and are chasing/trying to bite a random passerby.

Anyway, I was in a standoff with those two dogs for several minutes, and had to resort to growling at them to keep them from coming close enough to bite me (usually a firm “no!” does the trick, but that didn’t work this time). Eventually some kid in a truck drove by and that distracted them long enough for me to get away. I’m not sure what happened to them after that, but again, not my problem.

After that it took me another 2 ish miles to loop back around to my house and once I got there I was just done. That was enough excitement for me that day. Oh well, aside from being chased by 2 little dogs (and can we just take a second to acknowledge that smaller dogs breeds are much more aggressive than most medium/large dog breeds?), I was happy with what I got done on Saturday. 🙂

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Sunday:

  • rest day

And a well earned one, I think!!

Total Weekly Mileage: 19.20

Between getting over an illness and all of the shenanigans that happened this week, I still got shit done!! All things considered, I got a decent amount of miles in and got a tiny bit of cross training and stretching done. All in all, I felt like I had a productive week. And my Garmin is telling me that I’ve been productive, so go me!! 🙂

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I hope you’ve had a good week and a fun weekend!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Recap: April 16th-22nd, 2018

  1. Casper O' Hane

    Recently in my neighborhood, a loose dog ran up to my neighbor’s dog, picked it up, and shook it, almost killing it. Yeah, the owners went to court for that, (not sure how it ended though.) This is why leash laws exist; to keep people safe, not just for the sake of having more rules.

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      1. Casper O' Hane

        I know. I wonder if it’s a local thing, if you can get out of going to court by moving? Or maybe they went and then they left, I don’t know.

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      2. Ashley Dailey Post author

        Hmmm I don’t know, sounds like that could be a possibility though. I’ve heard of other people who’ve been involved in a court case and then also move away. So who knows.

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  2. TracyNicole

    There is nothing that will make me freak out and my heart race faster than hearing a dog bark while I’m running. I used to carry pepper spray but somehow lost it (really need to get a new one) always figuring the odds of me using it on a dog would be higher than on a person. Though I’ve often worried that I wouldn’t be able to use it fast enough and would still get attacked. I’m surprised the growling back at them worked – is that a known trick or just something you got lucky by trying? If I hear a dog bark I keep an eye out for any vehicle that I might be able to jump on – fortunately I’ve yet to need to do that!

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      I feel ya, my neighborhood seems to have a loose dog problem and I end up getting chased a lot. I also carry pepper spray but honestly I’d be more likely to use it on a person than a dog lol. And at this point I’ve never had to use it on a dog and I really hope I never have to. Honestly one of the best things you can do in these situations is remain calm, stop running or walking, and don’t turn your back on the dog. If you keep going or start freaking out your going to excite the dog even more, which you definitely don’t want to do. It’ll keep following you and if it’s actually an aggressive dog it might actually try to bite you. It’s also good to remember in situations like this that most of these dogs are someone’s pets and that they’re used to submitting to humans and some of them probably know a few commands or at least what “no” means. Which is why a good firm “NO!” will usually stop them. But that also depends on the situation. “No” didn’t work on these dogs, but I could also tell they were scared of me. So I thought hey, maybe I can scare them enough that they’ll go away, so I growled at them and they did back off some. Now I wouldn’t really recommend doing that unless your pretty confident that the dog won’t hurt you (these were little dogs, so they couldn’t do too much damage if they actually did manage to get ahold of me). Because I’d imagine in some situations and depending on the dog, that might piss it off more. Lol this is where knowing doggy body language can come in really handy. It’s also good to remember that dogs have a pack mentality similar to wolves and some of them will back down right away once they realize you mean business and aren’t going to submit to them or run away with your tail between your legs. Stay calm, don’t back down, be firm, show that sucker who’s boss. And if worse comes to worse, use your pepper spray. But on the flip side, if the dog comes running up to you with it’s tail wagging and just seems happy to see you, I’d recommend talking to it in a happy voice, letting it sniff your hand, and if you can grab ahold of it’s collar do so, and then call its owner. Assuming it has an ID tag of course. I’ve caught a few dogs that their owners didn’t even know they had gotten loose and were very glad that I took the time to make sure they got back to where they belong. 🙂 Its the people who just let them run loose or watch their dogs chase you that REALLY piss me off.

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