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Weekly Recap: August 7th-13th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 2 miles
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

My asthma was acting up on Monday, so instead of doing a 30 minute run followed by 30 minutes of cross training like my training plan called for, I did 2 easy miles followed by 15 minutes on the stationary bike. At least I got something done!! πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:

  • Intervals
  • 1 hour of working in the garden

My lungs were feeling much better on Tuesday! So I actually got the workout that was scheduled done!! πŸ™‚ Warmed up with an easy mile, ran hard for 5 minutes while pushing a little harder up the hills, recovered for 1:30 minutes, repeated 3 more times, cooled down with a few minutes of walking. This workout felt pretty good and accoridng to the data my spiffy Garmin Fenix 5 gives me, I improved my fitness with the workout!

After my run I spent around an hour working in the garden. Mostly cutting down weeds and harvesting tomatoes.

 

 

 

Wednesday:

  • Easy 2 miles

My training plan actually called for a 45 minute easy run for Wednesday, but I did something a little different. So I think I’ve mentioned before that this summer I’ve been making a point to get out and run a little later in the morning, so that the sun is up and it’s a bit warmer out. So that’s exactly what I did! I figure running in the heat will make me stronger physically and mentally. And I think it’s working, earlier in the summer I could only make it a mile before I would “have” to call it quits (I’m a huge wimp when it comes to the heat haha), but I made it 2 miles on Wednesday, so, progress!! πŸ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

Thursday was my rest day so I didn’t do anything exciting. Just 30 minutes of easy, great feeling yoga! πŸ™‚

Friday:

  • Green Day concert!!

First and foremost, this totally counts as exercise!! Haha I was on my feet dancing and singing for 2 and a half hours and I was absolutely exausted by the time it was over. It was sooooo much fun though. πŸ™‚

Anyway, the original plan was to do my long run on Friday, but obviously that didn’t happen. Friday is trash day in my neighborhood, so first thing in the morning I went to put the trashcan and recycle bins out on the street, no big deal. Well, it shouldn’t have been. But when I went to move on of the recycle bins this big pane of glass that we had propped up against the wall behind the recycle bin (the people we bought the house from left it here and we aren’t entirely sure what to do with it) started falling and my first instinct was to catch it. Of course once I did it broke into 3 or 4 smaller pieces and I ended up cutting my pointer finger on my left hand pretty badly. Like, not badly enough to need medical attention (at least I didn’t think so), but bad enough that I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding for a while and it seemed like whenever I let my hand hand down by my side it would start bleeding all over again. So running 9 miles was kinda out of the question unless I wanted to bleed even more from my finger and probably interfere with the healing process….I swear my klutzy-ness had prevented me from running a lot hahaha.

I think I did get pretty lucky though. If I didn’t catch that pane of glass it probably would have fallen/broken on my feet and I can only imagine that would have been worse.

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Saturday:Β 

  • Rest Day

So I was absolutely exhausted after seeing Green Day on Friday. Haha I felt hungover, even though I didn’t drink any alchohol. I guess I must have been a little dehydrated or something…So I spent the day resting and re hydrating. I thought about doing a few easy miles in the evening, but oh man, I was just too tired haha…

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Sunday:

  • 3 easy miles

So I guess I fucked my shin up at the Green Day concert?? Probably because I was an idiot and wore shoes that I know always end up hurting my feet, and obviously I was on them for quite a while…Anyway, I hobbled my way through 3 miles before I quit being stubborn and stopped. Haha I never realized how often I actually end up hurting myself until I started documenting and sharing my stuff on the internet…Ah well. I’m gonna go stretch and hope I can workout whatever this is. πŸ˜‰

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Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

 

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Half Marathon Training Day 18, Plans For The Rest Of The Week, and Two More Days!!!!

2 easy miles for me this morning!!

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My training plan actually called for 45 minutes of easy running today, but I did something a little different. So I think I’ve mentioned before that this summer I’ve been making a point to get out and run a little later in the morning, so that the sun is up and it’s a bit warmer out. So that’s exactly what I did! I figure running in the heat will make me stronger physically and mentally. And I think it’s working, earlier in the summer I could only make it a mile before I would “have” to call it quits (I’m a huge wimp when it comes to the heat haha), but I made it 2 miles today, so, progress!! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, so tomorrow is a rest day (yay! I’m pretty sore from weeding in the garden yesterday so I can only imagine it’ll be worse tomorrow haha) and I’m thinking maybe on Friday I’ll do my long run. Normally I’d do it on Saturday, but since the Green Day concert is Friday night that means I’ll be on my feet for quite a while on Friday and probably out late, so I feel like that wouldn’t end well for my long run. But if I do it on Friday morning after my rest day my legs should be pretty fresh! Plus if I get up and get it done early enough I should be able to shower, eat, nap, eat again, and then have plenty of time to get ready for the concert. Well, it sounds like a good plan to me anyway. πŸ™‚

Speaking of Green Day; we’re down to 2 days!!! AHHHH I can’t wait!!! Luckily it’s seemed like this week has absolutely blown by, but I have a feeling tomorrow might drag on and on and on…I sure hope not, but I guess we shall see.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today! I need to stop procrastinating and go do some yoga. I definitely need it today…

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley

Half Marathon Training Day 17 and A Garden Update

So you know how right before a big event you have planned how you just don’t feel like doing anything? That’s definitely what I’ve had going on today. It was also one of those days where you realize it’s already 2:00 pm and you really haven’t done anything all day…

Well, I suppose that’s actually kind of a lie though. I did run this morning (although I did a lot of procrastinating before hand) and I also did a pretty decent amount of work in the garden after my run, so I suppose I did doΒ something.Β Haha I guess it just doesn’t feel like a lot after sitting around for most of the afternoon. I don’t know, I’m just in a weird mood at this exact moment I guess.

But anyways, my run did actually go pretty well! Especially considering that I didn’t get it done until after 9 am and it was getting pretty hot out haha. So the game plan for today’s workout was to warm up for a mile and then do 5 minutes of hard running, 1:30 minutes of rest, repeat 3 more times, then cool down with another mile. And I mostly accomplished that haha. I mean, I did everything but the last mile to cool down. At that point it was super hot, I tired, drained, and felt like it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip that last mile. Especially since I did all of the hard stuff, anyway. πŸ˜‰

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Nimrod is a great album to run to! Especially if you’re a pissed off at someone haha.

So even though I did skip that last mile I’m quite happy with how this workout went! Since the half marathon I’m training for has some pretty killer hills, I decided to push it just a little bit up the hills. I’m going to be ready to tackle those crazy rolling hills come November!! Haha but anyway, I didn’t do anything too crazy or intentionally seek out the bigger hills in my neighborhood, but I did tell myself to “run strong” up the hills I did encounter, instead of slowing down because it was hard and hot and uncomfortable. I’m quite proud of myself for handling the hills the way I did today. πŸ™‚

After inspecting my Fenix 5 and Garmin Connect, it would appear that I’m doing something right at the moment! According to my fancy Fenix (seriously though, all of the feedback you get from this thing is pretty impressive!) my training load is currently optimal! Yay!! And according to Garmin Connect (and my Fenix, I suppose) my run today should improve my anaerobic fitness and my VO2 max! Pretty exciting stuff!!

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Hahaha honestly at this point I’m not sure what I should be doing with all of this information. But I have a feeling that just maybe I can use it to start training more effectively and efficiently. I mean, following training plan is one thing, but knowing if you’re working too much, just enough, or not enough kinda takes things to a whole new level!

So I’m very pleased with how my run went this morning. I’m also very pleased with how my garden is doing!! I’m still a bit upset that my zucchini plants have died and my lettuce went to seed and is now all just weird stalk-y things (but hopefully that means I won’t actually have to plant lettuce next year, it’ll just start growing all by itself), but everything is doing quite well!! Especially my tomatoes. One could possibly argue that they’re doing a little bit too well. The plants got quite big and we didn’t space them out enough, so the bigger, stronger plants are killing a few of the weaker plants… It’s not really that bad though. I mean, I’m still getting a piss ton of tomatoes every day, so I pulled out two of the plants that were dying this morning. So now my bigger stronger plants wont have to fight for water/nutrients anymore, and hopefully that means they’ll produce even more tomatoes! Hahaha not that I need more or anything though.

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This is everything I picked this morning. There are 18 tomatoes there. I definitely don’t have a shortage of those!

The bigger watermelon that I had growing split a little bit before it was ripe because of all the rain we had gotten on Sunday. Sad face…I gave it to the rabbits though and they seemed to enjoy it! They ate the whole thing, rind and all! There’s still a smaller one (although it’s getting a little bit bigger everyday!) out there that’s doing really well, so hopefully that one will be able to grow, ripen, and be able to be picked before we get another day full of rain. And as you can see in the photo above, I’ve also got some good looking cucumbers and a few banana peppers as well! I think We’ve got enough cucumbers to make another jar of pickles! We’re definitely not going to have as many cucumbers/pickles as we did last year. Then we had 3 or 4 cucumber plants, now we only have one. But we’ve already got 5 jars of pickles made and growing season isn’t over yet! So it’s not like we’re suffering there either haha.

I think last year our garden definitely did a little better, but we also didn’t leave it unattended for 10 days last year…Plus everyone has an off year, but all in all I’m still quite happy with what we’ve got going on. I mean, I’ve got over 30 tomatoes sitting on my counter right now haha! Luke definitely need to get to canning them! πŸ˜‰

So yeah, gardening and running. That’s what my day has consisted of. Other than that I can’t really tell you what else I’ve done, because honestly even I’m not entirely sure haha.

This evening Luke and I are going to drive 30 minutes to go grocery shopping when he gets home from work. We had planned on getting that done yesterday and drove to the Aldi that’s 15 minutes from our house, but it turns out that they’ve closed for remodeling. So weΒ triedΒ to shop at Walmart, but that didn’t go well. First off, their produce is super expensive! And second off, we just didn’t know what else to get. Obviously they didn’t have the usually stuff we would get at Aldi and it just seemed like everything else was just boxed/frozen stuff that wasn’t all that great for you. I mean, I’m sure they have better options if you know what you’re looking for, but we did not. Hahaha it’s been quite a while since we’ve grocery shopped at Walmart…

So long story short, we ended up getting cherries, potatoes, bananas, and dinner for last night before we gave up and decided to go to the other Aldi tonight.

Oh, and hey! Look how close we’re getting!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β I’m soooo freaking stoked for Friday!!!!

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Green Day shirt of the Day! πŸ˜‰ Haha I get a lot of weird looks when I wear this one, because I have one of those skulls tattooed on my shoulder (but in black because white wouldn’t have worked well haha).Β 

So yeah, that’s what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you? πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

Half Marathon Training Day 16, Green Day Is This Week, Dog Sitting, and Other Randomness

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Yes, yes it is! And it totally should be!! This week is more likely than not going to be fucking fantastic for me!! Judging from the title of this post it should be kinda obvious as to why, but before we get to that, lets talk running!

At some point last week I had mentioned that my hamstrings were super tight. That’s kinda weird for me. Usually it’s my quads that end up tight and that ends up causing issues. Luckily though my after a bunch if stretching and foam rolling my hamstrings loosened up and haven’t been a problem since! πŸ™‚ And my quads feel pretty good too!

So since my legs were feeling really good today they were ready to go! Unfortunately my lungs were not…let me tell you, asthma and humidity do not mix well. At least for me they don’t. I managed to make it 2 miles this morning, but it wasn’t exactly fun haha. Luckily today was supposed to be an easy day anyway and I definitely accomplished that! I’m hoping my lungs decide to cooperate a little bit more tomorrow. I’m thinking I want to do my long run tomorrow just so I can get it out of the way and won’t have to worry about it this weekend, but I guess we shall see how that goes.

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I think I also mentioned last week that I’m baby sitting my sister’s dog, Ace. He’s a very good boy and is getting along with my dogs very well, but it’s pretty funny having him around. My sister used to run with him (she hasn’t lately though as she’s just now getting back into running after having surgery on her hip last year. So both him and Dean get super excited whenever the see me putting on my running gear. Haha I feel bad for them because I’m probably not going to be running with Ace at all. I’m just not sure if we’ll be able to run well together and he’s getting a little older and hasn’t been running for a while so I’m not sure how far he’d be able to go or how well he’d do. And I haven’t been running with Dean lately because I don’t do well in the heat/humidity (and today is just further proof of that haha) and I have a bad habit of running a little bit too hard when I run with Dean. πŸ˜‰

It’s also pretty amusing having Ace around because he is just soooo confused as to why we keep animals that he’d usually be able to kill in a cage, and doesn’t understand why I yell at him whenever he tries to nip at them through the cage. Finn is confused as to why Ace wants to kill his rabbits. They are his livestock and he’s taken it upon himself to protect them and try to herd them haha. Luckily that means I don’t really have to keep an eye on them while they’re all outside, because Finn isn’t going to let anything happen to them. Plus my rabbits are used to being around dogs and being barked at so they don’t care. Haha they pretty much just ignore the dogs. And Ace knows better than to break into their cage. Especially after being told “no”. He still doesn’t get it though haha.

 

 

 

I’m not entirely sure how long Ace is going to be staying with. I’ve heard that my sister’s boyfriend my pick him up on his was to Colorado and bring him home. I’ve also heard that my brother may take him home, since he’ll be here on Thursday or Friday. Haha I don’t mind though. I enjoy having him here. πŸ™‚

And I guess that brings us to why this week is going to be amazing!! I mean, aside from the fact that I’m dog sitting a very good boy, have a long run and a few other fun workouts that I’m looking forward to, and that I get to see my brother later later this week.

THE GREEN DAY CONCERT IS ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am So. Fucking. Stoked!!!! Especially for my brother! This is going to be his first concert and it should be amazing for him! Green Day puts on a fantastic show. Haha obviously I’m a bit biased, but it is really true! People “in the industry” have been saying it for quite a while now, and usually the worst thing that critics and whatnot can say is that they pull too many people up on stage (which I think is dumb. You can’t involve your fansΒ tooΒ much, but whatever). But anyway, we have kinda shitty seats, but it’s still gonna be a blast! I’d rather have shitty seats that not be able to go anyway. πŸ˜‰

So since Green Day is happening this week I’m obviously going to have to wear a different Green Day shirt every day and you’re gonna hear about it. πŸ˜‰ Actually, you’re probably going to be hearing all sorts of Green Day related stuff from me this week (and probably next week haha), so just warning you now. Full on fan-girl mode has officially commenced!!!!!

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One of my new t-shirts and now my favorite Green Day shirt. πŸ™‚

I guess this may be a bit of a reach, but is there anyone out there reading this from the Kansas City area who’ll be at the Sprint Center on Friday as well?? Well I guess you don’t have to be from the area, but you know what I mean. If you are and if you see me, come say hi!!! I’d love to talk to you!! I’ve got a weird blond streak in my dark brown hair, a nose ring, a border collie tattoo on my arm and a Green Day tattoo on my shoulder, and I’ll probably be wearing a bunch of eyeliner. Haha I feel like I’ll be pretty recognizable, but maybe not. πŸ˜‰ But seriously if you do see/recognize me but are afride to just walk up and say hi (I mean, I will be with two relatively threatening looking guys ((that’s a joke, they aren’t actually threatening))), feel free to just scream “Hey, Ashley!” or “THE RUNNING REBEL” really loud in my general direction and I’ll introduce you to my awkward self.

Anyways, I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to get done today, but my lungs are still kinda unhappy with me so I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to do. Thanks asthma…Fall can’t get here fast enough, I’m so very done with the heat/humidity. Oh well, hopefully the cold weather will be here before I know it.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley

 

 

Holy Hell Hamstrings!!

Hahaha not gonna lie, I only went with that title because alliteration. I believe today is day 12 of half marathon training.

Seriously though, my hamstrings are just totally fucked today. They are tight, sore, and it’s hard to walk. Which is super weird because usually it’s my quads that put me into this situation. They are chronically tight which has caused me hip and shin issues in the past. But that’s a whole other thing, and they’re aren’t giving me any issues at the moment. Well, fingers crossed, but I’ve been making a point to make sure that my quads don’t give me anymore issues haha. But anyway, I feel like my hamstring tightness was caused by my pushing on the uphills yesterday. The half marathon I’m training for is crazy hilly, so I’m trying to focus more on hill work this time around. And at the price of my hamstrings apparently!

So today I was supposed to do an easy 3 miler and I seriously considered just toughing it out and going for it, but eventually I decided that would have just done more harm than good. So I’m switching today and a rest day around. Problem solved! Well hopefully haha.

Now I didn’t just sit around and hope my hamstrings would feel better. πŸ˜‰ This morning I did a few stretches and foam rolled them, my calves, and quads while drinking my coffee and watching Netflix. Not gonna lie, I’ve been on a Netflix bender lately. I’m currently watching Women Behind Bars. Interesting and kinda sad stuff.

Anyway, after I did some stretching and foam rolling my hamstrings felt a bit better so I decided to dye my hair. Haha since it’s such a long process it’s a lot easier to do on a day when I don’t do any kind of workout. Or anything really. It takes a little over 3 hours for the whole process to finish ( an hour and a half for the dye it sit in my roots, an hour and a half for the dye to sit in the rest of my hair, and not to mention the time it takes to apply the dye and then shower). And I don’t exactly like to do much but sit when I have the dye in my hair because I don’t want to get it all over the place. That would really suck.

So while I was sitting with the dye in my hair, my mom called and told me that she and my brother are on their way to Illinois from Colorado and they want to stop at my house on there way there. So obviously I told them that was fine, I just needed to know when they were going to be here because my dad’s dog is with them and Lily and Dean don’t get along with him. Finn’s never met him before and I plan to keep it that way because my dad’s dog is a 120 pound Caucasian Shepard and my dogs are 35-45 pound border collies and any altercations that they might get into wouldn’t end well for them.

But anyway, after the dye was done sitting in my hair I took a nice hot shower to rinse it all out and whatnot. That had definitely helped my hamstring situation. They felt much more relaxed after that. πŸ™‚ Then I just kinda picked up the house and waited for my mom and brother to get here.

They showed up around 3 pm with monster dog Niko and Ace (who is a very good boy) in tow. My poor dogs had to be put up, but it was for there own good. My brother napped for a while and my mom and I just hung out. 

Once Lukr got home from work he grilled some hamburgers and we all hung out for a while. I guess my moms decided they’re staying the night so I guess well see how that goes. 

Until next time.

~Ashley 

I’m Capable Of More Than I’ve Ever Imagined

So this is just a little something that I posted on instagram last night, but I wanted to share it here with you guys as well! πŸ™‚ It’s kinda short, sweet, and too the point, but I’ve found that somethings are better that way.

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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham ✨


5 years ago if you would have told me I was going to become a dedicated runner I would have laughed in your face. I was never an athletic person and found running to be some kind of awful torture forced upon us by gym teachers and coaches.

3 years ago if you would have told me in just a year I’d cross the finish line of my first half marathon I would have called you crazy. Sure I was a “runner” (back then I wasn’t so sure about that though), but I was slow and running was painful and I thought I’d never be able to cover more than 5 miles.

Now here I am in the middle of 2017. I’m training for my 3rd half marathon, a 6 mile interval workout has quickly become one of my all time favorites, and I don’t even bat an eye when I see a 10 mile run on my training plan. Running can still be painful, I’m still slow, and some days I absolutely hate it. But I’ve proven to myself time and time again that I’m capable of more than I’ve ever imagined. I just had to find the courage to start. And once I did, I realized that I could do anything as long as I kept moving forward. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

 

Weekly Recap: July 24th-30th, 2017

Monday:

  • 1 easy mile
  • 40 minutes of yoga

My first run of half marathon training did not go well… My legs just did not want to move, I didn’t sleep well the night before so I was super tired, and I was still recovering from the flu. So I tried to run, but after a mile I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. So I went home and did some yoga. πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 3.1 miles
  • 40 minutes of yoga

The second run of half marathon training went much better! I guess I was feeling pretty much back to normal on Tuesday. It’s still summer though and I still don’t like or preform well in the hot weather, so this run was still super slow. I had fun though. πŸ™‚

Oh and thanks to Luke, I’m sporting a very fancy new Garmin Fenix 5, so that’s pretty exciting!

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Wednesday:Β 

  • Rest Day

Wednesday may have been a rest day, but I still made a point to get my steps in by walking Lily twice during the day, then taking a nice long walk with Luke and Dean in the evening. πŸ™‚

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Obviously this photo was taken before our first walk. πŸ˜‰

Thursday:Β 

  • 30 minutes on my stationary bike

I may or may not have spent most of Thursday binge watching season 6 of Game of Thrones (and ended up finishing it on Friday) ;). I still got the cross training done that my training plan called for, so go me! πŸ™‚

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Friday:Β 

  • 25 minute fartlek

Fartlek fartlek fartlek! No matter how many times you say it, it’s still a super fun word. πŸ™‚ It’s also a super fun workout to do, if you ask me! Haha so I’m not sure why this is the first time in months that I’ve actually done a fartlek. Oh well. So when I saw that this was on my scheduled for Friday I was super excited! But most of these 25 minutes ended up being super slow with a few random bursts of speed thrown in whenever it seemed like fun. So while it may not have been the most hard core workout, I still think it qualifies as a fartlek fartlek fartlek. πŸ˜‰ (I for real need a shirt that says “fartlek is my second favorite “F” word. I think you all know what my first favorite “F” word is.)

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Friday’s run was fueled by Honey Stinger, of course. πŸ˜‰

Saturday:

  • 5 miles in the morning
  • 3 miles in the evening
  • a few minutes of stretching

Double day, yay! Haha well. sorta. The plan was to do 8 miles for my long run in the morning, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Basically I just felt really shitty for pretty much no reason, so I called it quits at 5 miles but I promised myself that I would get in 2-3 miles in the evening. So I did! And I felt great doing my evening 3 miles as well!! πŸ™‚

 

 

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

I may or may not have stayed up until 1:30 am. Oops. πŸ˜‰ Good thing today’s a rest day and I was able to sleep in this morning! πŸ™‚ Anyway, started my day with a pretty awesome (well, if you ask me πŸ˜‰ ) of bacon, cherries, and coffee! Yum!! The cherries were sooo sweet and super delicious! And now that my belly is happy I need to go make my legs happy and go do some stretching/foam rolling.

Total Weekly Mileage: 14.07

I’m happy with that number. πŸ™‚ At first I kinda wasn’t. My run on Monday didn’t go well, my Friday fartlek was super slow and therefore super short, and although I got in 8 miles on Saturday I did have to double to do it, but if I would have gotten my 8 miles done in the morning and still doubled in the evening I would have gotten a few more miles in for the week. But then I remembered that I was still recovering from the flu on Monday, my fartlek on Friday may have been short but it was a lot of fun, and 8 miles is still 8 miles. πŸ™‚

All in all I’m very happy with how my first week of half marathon training has gone. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but what in life doesn’t? πŸ˜‰ I had fun, got shit done, and am excited to see what I can do in the upcoming weeks!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley