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November Miles and Goal Check In

After a not-so-successful Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, one recovery week, one 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and slowly starting to work my way back into a normal running routine, I’m ending November with 57.95 miles! November has had its ups and downs running wise, but overall I’m happy with how I’m ending this month. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Alrighty! As for my other goals, well, I kinda took a little break from them! Since Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days was my big goal for November I figured I could use a little break from everything else. Especially since I took about a week off from running and have just been slowly working my way back into a regular running routine. It didn’t really make sense to me to be trying to hit 10,000 steps everyday or trying to journal about everything since I have kinda fallen out of that habit anyway.

But now that a new month is upon us and I’m pretty much back into my usual running routine (but in a much more laud back fashion πŸ˜‰) I’m getting right back into it!

I’ve also been thinking about what my goals for the upcoming year are going to look like. I’ve been thinking about that a lot since all of my racing for the year is done. I’m thinking my goals for 2019 are going to involve a lot of time goals. I didn’t really have any this year and I ended up not PRing my times for anything. That’s not a huge deal considering I’ve still made quite a bit of progress this year, just in a different way. But I sure have missed getting this shiny new PRs so that’s what I’m going to be focusing on! Among a few other things, of course. πŸ˜‰

But that’s another blog post for another day! Wishing you a very merry December!! πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸ¦ŒπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ·πŸͺ❀️

~Ashley

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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days

My little self appointed challenge was not a success… Or at least not a total one.

Out of all of the different possibilities and outcomes I thought of I never even considered this one; I DNF’d at the Longview Half. Yeah, I did not see that coming!

The views near the starting line were really pretty though!

Longview was the race I was the most confident about. I woke up feeling really good! I thought I was ready! But weirdly enough the weather got the best of me. On Saturday we had a really crazy cold snap. Like, it was unseasonably cold. No one was really ready for these kinds of temperatures! It was 12 degrees at the start. The course takes you over a damn and the wind blowing off of the lake was crazy cold.

So all of that unseasonably cold weather that I’m not acclimated to yet got the best of me… The crazy cold air was making my asthma really act up and the wind wasn’t helping. I wasn’t feeling great at mile 1. By mile 3 I felt TERRIBLE and started texting my husband and dad who were out there spectating. I told them I didn’t think I could do this for another 10 miles. At mile 5 I was done…

My dad and husband walked out there to rescue me. Once I started texting them around mile 3 the bought me a Powerade, s banana, my dad got me a bandanna for my face out of his car, and they started heading my direction. We met up around mile 5 and I was just done. There was no way I was finishing that half. At least not without jeopardizing my health. So I took off my bib and we walked close to a mile to the car. Haha so it was pretty lucky that I decided to quit so close to where we parked. πŸ˜‚

So that was kind of a huge bummer. This was my very first DNF and it was not fun haha. But at the same time I know I made the right choice. There will always be other races (like the very next day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and I’m not the first runner who’s ever had to DNF and I certainly won’t be the last!

Today’s race went much better though!

Initially I woke up feeling kinda nervous and I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to give the half marathon distance another shot. But my dad was doing this one with me and her drive all the way from Colorado to do it, so I couldn’t really not do it. Or at least try, ya know?

So I got up, my dad came to my house and we talked while I got dressed and ate breakfast, I checked the weather and saw that it was MUCH better this morning. Now those are temps I like to see!! That’s PERFECT running weather in my book!! 😁

So we went out to the race start, hung out in the car for a while because we got there super early, walked around near the start for a little bit, and then lined up with everyone else. At this point I was super duper nervous! Yesterday really shook my confidence and I had already kinda felt like I had let people down and I really didn’t want to do it again…

We did it though! Near the end my dads knee/hips were kinda bothering him near the end and my lungs and stomach never really felt great at all during this half, but we finished!! And despite how not so great we both felt we had a lot of fun! We talked to some really awesome people, cheered on other runners, thanked all of the wonderful police officers who had to stand in the cold to keep us safe, and the amazing aid station volunteers who kept everyone fed, hydrated, and motivated. Seriously they were all great! And got the very most out of our entry fee! πŸ˜‚ Haha we took our sweet time crossing that finish line, but we did it and that’s all that matters!

So am I bummed that I had my very first DNF and wasn’t able to complete Operation Two Half Marathon’s In Two Days? Absolutely. But honestly today’s half totally made up for it! My dad and I got to spend some quality time together and we both had a lot of fun! 😁😁😁

Alright, that’s all for now! We’ve had a bit of a change in plans and Luke and I won’t be going up Colorado for Thanksgiving, so we’re going to have a kinda sorta Thanksgiving dinner tonight! πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜Š (Haha well, we’re having ham instead of turkey, but it’s the thought that counts, right? πŸ˜‰).

Anyway, I’ll have full recaps of both races up in a few days! But for now, happy Saturday!!

~AshleyπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ƒπŸ˜Š

November 9th, 2018

Holy cow we’ve been busy today!!!

Luke and I both had a bunch of stuff that we wanted to get done today, so we spent our entire morning running around and getting shit done!

Our first stop was Tractor Supply. We needed to pick up chicken feed, a protein supplement for them because they’re molting, straw because apparently winter is here? And we needed more to stuff in the chicken coop, and puppy chow for Whiskey. So we got all of that, came back home, and put down the straw for the chickens. Hahaha the seemed very pleased with the amount of straw we put in their nesting area and all around the entire coop.

Like I said, apparently winter is here! It snowed for almost 8 hours straight yesterday! And even more surprisingly, some of it stuck! It’s all melted now, but it was pretty while it lasted. β„οΈβ›„οΈπŸ˜Š

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Anyway, after the chickens were taken care of it was off to Aldi, followed by Sam’s Club to get our groceries for the next two weeks. That was uneventful for the most part, but it kind of set off a ridiculous mission for us to find frozen whole grain waffles. That’s what I like to eat before my long runs and what I was planning on eating for breakfast before both of my races this weekend, but the Aldi we typically shop at didn’t have any! In fact, they haven’t had them for several weeks! They have a spot in the freezer for them, but no waffles… So while we were Sam’s Club we checked there as well, but they didn’t have any either. So we went to a different Aldi and THEY DIDNT HAVE ANY FROZEN WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES EITHER!!!!!! Yet again, they had a spot on the shelves for them, but it was empty. *sigh*

We still had other things to get done, so the waffles had to wait. We went home, unloaded and put away our groceries, and then we were back off to Home Depot for a new air filter. Whiskey got to go with us. 😊

So we got that, came back home again, Luke replaced the air filter, we swapped Whiskey for Lily, and drove 40 minutes to Lee Summit, Mo to get my packet for the Longview Half. Luckily traffic wasn’t too bad and we were in and out of the running store pretty quickly, so we made our way to Walmart before going home, in a last attempt to find some damn frozen whole grain waffles.

Thank goodness Walmart actually had some!!! Otherwise I would of had to figure something else out for my pre-race breakfast and I really didn’t want to have to do that. πŸ˜‚

After Walmart we had a late lunch at Arby’s. Hahaha that was probably bad idea, but whateves. The gyro I got there was pretty good. πŸ˜‰ Then we got back home around 2:40 pm and were done for the day! Thank goodness haha. πŸ˜‚

Even with all of that running around I was still able to keep up with my hydration and aside from the Arby’s sandwich I ate pretty well. Well, I’m planning on having mac and cheese for dinner because carb loading. πŸ˜‰

This post will be up at 5 pm central time (so like an hour from right now as I type πŸ˜‚) and my dad still won’t be here. He had to change the oil in his work van so he left later than he had planned. He should be here around 9 or 10 pm though, and that’s not too crazy late. 😁

But anyway, that’s it for today! I’m going to spend the rest of my evening relaxing, reading, and doing some light stretching. Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days is starting tomorrow and I’m really stoked!!!

Happy Friday!

~Ashley

November 7th, 2018

We are getting so close!!! Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days is going down this weekend and I’m super excited!!

So I thought today would be a good time to share some random thoughts, feelings, and on-goings, since today and tomorrow are my last kinda chill days really. On Friday Luke and I have some running around we have to do, including going to packet pick up for the Longview half, which is the first of my two races. And then my dad is should be arriving here at some point on Friday night. Then of course Saturday and Sunday are the races! I’m pretty darn excited that my dad is going to be able to spectate at Longview with Luke. That’s pretty cool. πŸ™‚

Anyway, it’s looking like the weather is going to be pretty awesome this weekend! Hahaha well, I think so at least. I know a lot of people don’t agree with or understand my love of cold weather. But it’s definitely going to be cold on both days! YAY!! One of the reasons why I’ve always done fall half marathons (and pretty late in the fall at that) is because I DO NOT do well in the heat! But aside from last year when it was a little more chilly, it’s always been relatively warm when I’ve done my half marathoning. So I’m really freakin’ stoked that it’s actually going to be cold!! Not too thrilled about that chance of frozen mix on Sunday though. Luckily it’s a small chance at this point, but still, that might make things a bit unpleasant. But the possibility of snow tomorrow makes me really happy! πŸ™‚

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The weather has actually been pretty awesome lately! Ranging from kinda chilly to actually cold and I’ve been loving it! I was able to break out my winter running gear for my easy 3 miler this morning which was neat! I’m also probably going to need it this weekend. The Longview half is named thus after the lake it’s held by, so I imagine it will be cold by the water! And the course change this year is supposed to offer more lake views so I’d imagine it’s going to be pretty cold at times! Yay!

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Anyway, today’s run was beautiful and a lot of fun! I was kinda worried that I’d end up getting really excited about the fact that it’s cold out and run way to fast, but I managed to reign it in and stay at a very reasonable pace. πŸ™‚ That’s obviously really good. I don’t need to be tired from a hard 5k effort this weekend. πŸ˜‰ I’ve got one more easy 2 miler for tomorrow and then that’s it! Friday is a rest day and then I’ve got the half marathons to do on Saturday and Sunday! I feel like I might have mentioned that a few times already. πŸ˜‰ I’m just super excited.

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So after my run today my Garmin Fenix 5 said that I’m peaking. I’m not entirely sure how accurate that is, but either way I’d imagine that’s a good thing, right? I mean, I sure hope it is! My Garmin never showed me peaking for last year’s half and things went very poorly for me then. So maybe things will go really well for me this time? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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I’m very confident that I’m going to be able to finish both races without any real issues. I’ve said a couple of times now that I’d really like to PR at Longview, but if I’m being 100% honest I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’ve been really focused on volume and increasing my mileage during this training cycle and honestly I’ve gotten slower (which is saying something because I’m already super slow. πŸ˜‰ ). From what I understand that’s pretty typical and I’m not really upset about it. A PR would be nice but I’ve done all sorts of new and exciting things leading up to these races and the challenge of completing two half’s in two days is still a really cool and worthy goal/accomplishment in my book. So PR or no PR I’m just happy that I’m going to be showing up at two starting lines healthy, injury free, and ready to go!

So I’ve already kinda started prepping and getting all of my gear and what not ready and in one place. I know some people like to create flat runners by laying out their gear all nice and neat and then taking a photo of that and posting it to social media with all of the appropriate hashtags and all of the relevant brands tagged in the photo. I think that’s super neat but so far all I’ve got is a pile of random shit that I’m probably going to be wearing this weekend. Maybe in a few days it will turn into a flat runner. I doubt it though. πŸ˜‚

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Underneath the running gear you’ll notice a couple of white sweaters. Those would be sweaters that my husband never wears and has graciously given me to use as throwaway jackets for the start of both races. They’re both men’s larges so they are absolutely huge on me, but at least they’ll keep me warmer in the starting corrals and for the first mile or two than if I were just to wear my running gear!

So during my taper crazies, tantrums, whatever you want to call them, I’ve kinda been neglecting my stretching and foam rolling…But on the bright side, I’ve had more time on my hands than I normally do since I’ve been running a lot less and not having to dedicate time to pre/post run activities, so my house is VERY clean! Ok that’s kind of a lie. We’ve had a little bit of rain this week so there are muddy paw prints all over my floor and our animal room (our extra bedroom) is covered with dirt because that’s where Finn and Dean have been sleeping (Lily and Whiskey are a little bit better about staying clean.). But other than that I’ve been scrubbing walls, cleaning little nooks and crannys that often get neglected, and dusting and wiping down ALL OF THE THINGS! Hey, at least it’s keeping me busy, right? πŸ˜‰

Whew! I guess that pretty much covers everything for today! I probably wont be posting a weekly recap for this week because that would be a little bit boring haha. But I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to fill you in on this weekend. πŸ˜‰

As for now, I’ve got nice and clean sheets that need put on the bed, more laundry to do, and a floor that needs vacuumed and mopped. πŸ˜‰

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: October 29th – November 4th, 2018

This week has been all about listening to my body. I’ve felt really tired and like I might be getting sick…Luckily that feeling has passed for the most part. I’ve still got a bit of a cough, but that seems to be getting better too! So hopefully I’ll be healthy and ready to go next weekend!

So I ended up doing less running than I had planned on for this week, but I think that was for the best all things considered. And even though I have felt kind of off this week I still had a few really good runs. πŸ™‚

Monday:

  • Rest day
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Thank goodness!!! Haha I was EXHAUSTED after my 10 mile run on Saturday and 7 mile run on Sunday. Those were fun runs, but I was glad to have a day off from running.

Anyway, I spent about 30 minutes doing some nice and easy yoga. 😊 So this isn’t the best example, but pigeon pose is one of my all time favorite yoga poses. My hips can be a little bit finicky so this pose feels fantastic! Every once in a while I just like to hang out here for a wile. It’s great. 😊

Tuesday:

  • Rest day
  • 10 minutes of yoga

I actually had an interval workout scheduled for Tuesday. But I was still really tired haha. I also didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I tried to get in another decent yoga session, but I wasn’t feeling it. I did end up waking Lily and Dean pretty far though. So at least there’s that. 😊

Wednesday:

  • 4 miles, intervals
  • 25 minutes of yoga

Yay Halloween!!! I spent a lot of time checking out people’s jack-o-lanterns during Wednesday’s run. There were some really good ones in my neighborhood this year! Plus the weather was great and I felt really good. I had a great run. Lots of sniffling and coughing, but still great. 😁

Thursday:

    3 miles

It’s so hard to do easy runs when you sit wanna gooooo! Hahaha but I still got a justifiably easy 3 miles done on Thursday. 😁 Afterwards I took all of our Halloween decorations down and then spend the rest of the day babysitting my next door neighbor. We listened to music, played with the dogs and chickens, colored, played a few board games, and then watched a movie and ate Halloween candy. We have a lot of fun together. 😊

Also, it was kinda sad taking down all of my decorations. Now my house and front yard look super empty. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • rest day

By Friday I really wasn’t feeling great. Oh man I was sooo tired… So I sat. Haha that was pretty much it. Sat, read a book, drank lots of water, and just kinda chilled all day. Apparently Whiskey was on the same page as me on Friday because she napped most of the day haha. She ended up being crazy wound up on Saturday after all of that sleeping though!

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Saturday:

  • 7 miles
  • 45 minutes of stretching and foam rolling

Last long run! Yay!

Haha I could have probably used a more encouraging run as my last long run, but I did not get that. The first 3 miles were kind of rough. But after quite a bit of coughing and some sneezing I started feeling a lot better, and the rest of the run went a little bit smoother. So I has actually planned on doing 8, but for some reason 7 miles sounded a lot more doable, so that’s where I ended up haha.

Later that afternoon I spent a good amount of time stretching and just kinda slowly working out some stiffness and loosing things up a bit. It was pretty fantastic, really. πŸ™‚

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Sunday:

  • rest day

Ah Sunday. Sunday’s were always my day off from running. I rarely ever do any kind of running or working out. Sunday’s have always been my chance to let the work I did over the week marinate a little bit and to gear up for what’s coming up for the next week. Which is part of what I did today. But this training cycle I’ve found myself doing some hard work on a couple of Sundays! I mean, if I’m gonna do back to back halfs then I should do some back to back longish runs, right? And I did! But doing that always felt weird haha. Sunday’s are usually for resting, so I think it’s going to feel even weirder doing a race on a Sunday!

Anyway, I spent the morning of this Sunday watching the elites races the New York City Marathon. Oh man, I couldn’t ask for better inspiration and motivation a week before my two halfs! It was a fantastic race and I’m not going to do any kind of recap of it here, because there’s no way I could do it justice. But I was so inspired by the tenacity, grit, and utter determination of some of the elite runners. And that inspiration continued through out the day as I kept up with other stories from the NYC marathon on social media. If you ever need to be reminded that humans can actually be good, watch a race on TV, spectate or volunteer at a local running event, or better yet, run one yourself! That’s one of the reasons that I love running. It bring people from all walks of life, race, ethnicity, gender, religious back grounds, and whatever else together in just the best way possible. Watch a race like this and you’ll see complete strangers coming together and supporting one another and it’s just such a wonderful thing to witness. And I’m sure it’s even better to be there and really experience it!

Anyway, while I was watching every once in a while someone in the crowds would whistle and that really confused Whiskey. Poor baby didn’t understand what was going on. Haha it was also kind of adorable watching her ears perk up and her looking at the tv trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

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Alrighty then, I am feeling better today so that is definitely a good sign! Like I said, I ended up running less than planned this week, but honestly that probably helped prevent me from getting full blown, gross, achy, snotty, nasty sick. So I’m incredibly thankful for that! πŸ™‚

Total Weekly Mileage: 14.01

I’m grateful for every mile that I was able to run, but also for the fact that I was able to listen to my body and give it the rest in obviously needed!

But that’s it! All of the work is done! Next week is going to continue to be about rest, hydration, and some easy running, all leading up to the grand finale and completing my two half marathons in two days! I’m hoping I’m going to be able to get something accomplished at the first one because the second one is probably going to be super slow (even for me!) because my dad wasn’t really able to do much training for it. Haha I’m sure we’ll still have lots of fun though!

I’m currently very excited and can’t wait for next weekend to get here! Bring. It. On!

~Ashley

 

One Week To Go!!!!

One more week and Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will officially be happening!!!!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜Š

Don’t let my string of different emojis fool you, that’s how I should feel, but I’m still kind of experiencing the ignorant bliss that I have been throughout this whole training cycle. I guess it still hasn’t really hit me that I’m actually doing this thing. πŸ˜‚

That might be a good thing. Or it might not. I guess we shall see. But I have a feeling that around Monday or Tuesday of next week the fact that, yes I am in fact going to do this and it’s probably going to be really hard, will finally smack me in the face and wake up my long dormant nervous excitement.

I am pretty excited about the thought of getting up toe another two more starting lines. πŸ˜‰ I don’t get to race very often, so it’s always a really fun experience when I do and I always try to savor it! I’m not sure how my dad is feeling about doing his first official half. He hasn’t really said. Haha I’ve been trying to give him some pointers and advice leading up to it. He didn’t get to do much training because of his work schedule though, so it’s going to be a very interesting and potentially painful experience for both of us. πŸ˜‚

Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make it. He was going to run the Gobbler Grind Half with my dad and I, but oh well. Maybe next time, right. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ve been kinda starting to plan for and visualize both race days. I’ve been doing a really good job of visualizing how the start/finish of both races! Hahaha this will be my 4th time in a row running the Longview Half, so I have a pretty good idea of the starting/finishing situation there. What I haven’t really been doing good at is visualizing the middle/end parts of the race when things start to get difficult. I really need to work on that though. πŸ˜‚

That being said, they changed Longview’s course this year and I haven’t even bothered to look that all up. All I know is that there are supposed to be more views of Longview Lake and that they got rid of the giant hill at mile 2. Not gonna lie, I’m slightly disappointed about that! That hill was hard as hell, especially coming so early in the race, but it was also kinda fun.

Here’s the elevation map of the original Longview course. That hill is no joke!

Now as for the Gobbler Grind, I’m not too worried about visualization the harder parts of this race and figuring out how to work through them. I’m gonna have someone there to help me through the hard times and I’ll be there to help them too! So I feel like that’s really going to help be get through my second half in two days. I’m also really familiar with a lot of this course, including the start/finish line because it’s on the trail I used to run and walk on almost every day when Luke and I lived in an apartment in Overland Park. So thinking about getting there, hanging out, warming up, and lining up at that start has been easy and stress free! For both races really. I’m pretty stoked about that. It’s always nice knowing that you have a plan and don’t need to stress over little things on race day. 😊

This is really close to where the start of the Gobbler Grind is. I’m very familiar with the area. 😁

So yeah, that’s just what I’ve been thinking about and how I’ve been feeling these last couple of days.

Anyway, I did my last long run today! Yay! The plan was to do 8 miles, but not gonna lie, I’m kinda feeling like I might be getting sick (yikes! 😱) and have been really tired, so I compromised with myself and did 7 because that seemed a lot more doable for some reason. πŸ˜‚

The first like 3 ish miles of this run we’re kinda rough. But after I had done some coughing, hacking, and sneezing my lungs felt a little more cooperative and I felt a little better in general, so the rest of the run went relatively smoothly. 😁

When I got home my super spiffy new compression socks were waiting for me in my mailbox! So after second breakfast and a shower I put them on and wore them while I napped, because recovery. 😁 Haha I really like them though! They’re really comfortable, providing compression without feeling too tight, and they look pretty badass if you ask me!! I won’t be wearing them on a run until after my half marathons though. I don’t think they’d give me blisters or cause me any sort of discomfort, but I don’t want to risk it this close to my big days!

Anyway, that’s it! The hard work is done!! Now it’s time to rest, recover, and then do two half marathons in two days! 😁😁😁

So I believe I’ll be going to packet pick up for the Longview Half on Friday. I’ll also probably pick up a couple of throw away jackets that day, because it’s supposed to be really cold both mornings! Yay! By now you probably know that I love the cold!! So both Saturday and Sunday are looking good for me.

Now that’s just the weather for where I live though. I don’t live far from either race, but it’s far enough that it could be little bit different, as it gets closer to race days I’ll be checking the weather for those city’s. πŸ˜‰ I also imagine it’ll feel colder by the lake for my first half. It usually does.

Anyway, as of right now my dad is planning on driving here from Colorado Friday and will probably be here Friday night. Which is pretty awesome! That means he’ll be able to spectate at my first race with Luke Saturday morning. πŸ˜ƒ After my first half I’d like to head home so I can shower and nap, and then go pick up our packets for the second half (well, my dad’s first haha, but you know what I mean πŸ˜‰). Packet pick up is from 1-5 pm on Saturday, so I should have time to get all of that done and still be able to drive 30 minutes and into Missouri to get to the running store where packet pick up is being held. Then I guess the plan is to do a bunch of recover stuff and hang out with my dad for the rest of the day. Probably psyching each other up for what’s to come on a Sunday. 😁

So yeah. That’s just kinda the plan so far. I’m sure some things will change by next weekend and I’m good with that. I like to have a general plan, but I also like to be super open and flexible with it because shit happens. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ll talk a little bit more about potentially getting sick and how I’m feeling and what not tomorrow in my weekly recap, so that’s all for today!

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: October 22nd-28th, 2018

This is it! Peak week is officially done! Bring on the taper!!!

Haha I’ve been really dreading my taper. I think mostly because the past few weeks have been a lot of fun and I don’t want it to end! And I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself after my two half marathons in two days challenge is over. Usually I like to have a plan on what’s coming after a big goal like this (even if it’s just a small plan or goal). I guess I’d better come up with something soon! πŸ˜‚

Anyway, peak week went pretty smoothly! Here’s what went down;

Monday:

    3 easy miles
    10 minutes of yoga

Ok, so for the most part things did go really well this week, but on Monday I wasn’t feeling it. Or much of anything really. πŸ˜‚ I went out and did my planned run though. I should have done some more yoga or at least thrown in some foam rolling, but meh, wasn’t feeling it. Haha at least I did a little something something though. πŸ˜‰

Tuesday:

  • 4 miles, interval work

Holy cow this was a fantastic run! I had so much fun!! Don’t get me wrong, I still put in a lot of work though. But even so, I still managed to take lots of photos of the beautiful fall foliage (although a lot of them turned out slightly blurry πŸ˜‚). All the trees are starting to turn all sorts of pretty colors. It’s great!

Anyway, I had planned on doing some strength work as well, but then I got kinda busy deep cleaning the bathroom, walking dogs, and baby sitting my neighbor’s kid. But my run was fantastic so I’d say my whole day was pretty fantastic! πŸ˜„

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • 15 minutes of Pilates

Yet another gorgeous day on Wednesday! Actually this whole week has just been amazing, in regards to the weather! All week I’ve been watching the subtle changes in all of the fall foliage during my runs. It’s been wonderful! This has definitely been one of the most colorful falls we’ve had in several years, so I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in. I’ve taken about a bazillion photos in the process of soaking it all in haha. πŸπŸ‚πŸ–€

Thursday:

  • rest day

Thursday was supposed to be a cross train day but it ended up as a rest day. I had some kind of rash/allergic reaction to something (I think it might have been something in a bottle of apple cider we had. It only happened after I drank it and never came back since I’ve stopped drinking it). So I was not feeling too great. Plus I was just kinda tired in general haha. But I suppose one should be feeling a little bit tired during their peak week. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, Whiskey got her first ever bath on Thursday. She was not a fan… Haha but luckily she got over it very quickly and still wanted to be my friend afterwards. πŸ˜‰

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Friday:Β 

  • rest day

Another rest day, yay! Hahaha and this one was actually planned! πŸ˜‰

Luke and I spent the morning getting groceries and running some errands. After that we hung out at home for the rest of the day. We played with the dogs in the backyard for a little while and messed with the chickens, and then our 4 year old neighbor came over so we hung out with her for a while and then had a little pizza party because everyone was hungry but Luke and I didn’t feel like cooking. πŸ˜‚ It was a good time. πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

Alrighty! This weekended brought the real fun stuff! The plan was to do a long run on Saturday and then another long-ish run on Sunday and to get to the highest mileage I’ve ever done two days in a row. Fun stuff, man!

I accomplished Saturday’s run with out any issues. I was feeling kinda tired though and I didn’t feel as great as I would have liked to for this run. It was slow slow slow going. But hey, at least I did it! And I didn’t get chased by any obnoxious dogs! That’s always a nice bonus hahahaha. 🀣🀣🀣

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So I’m sure a bunch of people were out doing lots of fun, spooky things on Saturday night, since it’s Halloween weekend. If you did I hope you had lots of fun!! Haha but since Luke had to work in the morning and I had another run to do, we stayed home and carved our pumpkins instead. That was the extent of our spooky activities for the day, but it was a lot of fun.πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Sunday:

  • 7 miles

Getting out of bed this morning was a little bit of a struggle. Then the first 3 ish miles of this run were HARD. But after that things started feeling a lot better! Slow, but still, better. πŸ™‚

Now my legs are very tired. Actually, all of me is very tired haha. But honestly I feel really good! I’ve made it through almost an entire training cycle with out getting injured *knock on wood*. I’ve managed to up my mileage, not a lot or as much as I would have liked, but still, I’m making progress and moving forward and that’s really really cool!

Now it’s time to taper and in two weeks I get to see what I can do and accomplish during my two half marathons! I’m pretty excited!! πŸ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage:

Now, I can’t say with any certainty that this is the most mileage I’ve ever run in a week (I guess I could go check on Garmin Connect, but I’m too lazy to do that. πŸ˜‰ ), but it’s definitively up there! It’s looking like I’m going to go over 90 miles for the month which is super cool and something I know I’ve never done before! This training cycle has been full of new things and I think that’s just super awesome! At this point in my running life I’m pretty comfortable with the half marathon distance, and while I’m still learning about racing andΒ reallyΒ pushing yourself, I’m still comfortable enough to start trying some new things. I’m not sure how the training I’ve done this time around is going to end up affecting me come race day, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going to be able to finish my back to back half marathons without dying haha.

Anyway, taper time is here and I’m going to do my best to embrace it!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend you enjoyed all of the fall photos that this post is full of! I sure enjoyed taking them! 😊

Until next time,

~Ashley πŸπŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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