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Hanging Lake, April 13th 2019

Happy Marathon Monday!

Who else spent most of the day keeping up with the Boston Marathon? πŸ€šπŸ»πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I am back home from Colorado! Yesterday my dad and I did our trail race in Fruita, Co (I’ll have a full race recap on that soon!) and then spent 16 or 17 hours on the road, making our way back to Kansas. And then eventually Illinois for my dad. Hahaha I’m very happy to say I get to stay home in Kansas. 😁

So, I’ve been busy, having lots of fun, and out of phone service for a while, so I haven’t really had a chance to write about our adventures in Colorado over the weekend. So I’m going to play a little bit of catch up the next few days.

Friday was actually a pretty chill day. That Thursday was a lot of fun and while we didn’t do anything on Friday I’m actually pretty glad about that now. Saturday and Sunday were fun, busy, painful, and absolutely gorgeous.

So our Saturday began with a 5 am wake up call. Fun! πŸ˜‰ My dad and I packed up his van and started making our way to Fruita from his apartment in Longmont for our trail race the next day. But of course we had to make several stops along the way. πŸ˜‚

First we stopped in Genesee Park to check out a little herd of bison. Well, really we stopped along the side of the highway and walked over to the fence where the were for a few minutes.

I’ve actually seen a bigger herd of bison in the Grand Canyon National Park back in 2014, but it was still fun to go see some more here. There was even a brand new baby which was cool! Only the one though, but we definitely saw some very pregnant bison.

 

 

 

 

We stopped a few other places. Nothing too exciting though. Mostly just gas stations and little viewing areas along the highways. Going through Vail was pretty interesting though. We ended up going through a blizzard. My second blizzard of this trip. In a shitty little van that my dad and brother use mostly for work. πŸ˜‚ We made it through alright though.

At about 1 pm we made it to our main stop for the day; Glenwood Canyon. A few weeks ago my dad hiked up the mile-ish (I think?) trail to Hanging Lake and he said I absolutely had to see it while I was there, so that was the plan for Saturday afternoon.

It was actually snowing a little bit when we got there! And it continued to snow a little bit off and on for most of our hike up and eventually a little bit of the hike back down.

So you start out on a little paved path, maybe about half a mile to the trailhead. At this point I was already feeling the elevation. Oh boy I had no idea what I was actually in for. πŸ˜‚

So like I said, the hike up to Hanging Lake was around a mile, but it was hard, steep, icy and treacherous in places, and oh yeah, it was super hard! πŸ˜‚ It was fun and super pretty though.

 

 

 

The trail started off super rocky, but eventually it turned into more dirt as you started to follow a creek (I’m not sure which creek that would be and I’m too lazy to look it up. πŸ˜‰ ). Then the farther we went up the more ice/snow was on the trail. Luckily my dad has some tracktion that we put on our boots and that helped us out a lot. But we saw a lot of people who weren’t as prepared and they were slipping and sliding all around. On our way down we actually saw a dude who fell on the ice and broke his leg. He was ok, he had several people in his group taking care of him and the rescue team was on his way to get to him.

 

 

 

Anyway, did I mention how freaking hard this climb up was?!? Haha oh man, it seemed to take us FOREVER. But the the trail was super pretty and we had a hydration pack and lots of snacks, so at least there was that. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

I think it took us close to two hours to hike up the trail to Hanging Lake. It was a tough hike. Especially for someone from Kansas who isn’t used to being at 8,000 feet above sea level, let alone doing hard hiking at that kind of elevation. Once we finally made it to the lake though, man, words can’t even describe how amazing it was! Photos barely even do it justice. But wow. Once I saw that lake, it was totally worth it!

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We hung out there for a while. We ate some snacks and made a few friends. Yeah, I know, I know, you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife. But theses little guys were so unafraid of people, so they obviously get fed all of the time. Hahaha we actually got pretty much everyone who was up there with us feeding the chipmunks. It was so funny. Everyone was sharing snacks, pointing out where our little friends were, taking pictures for each other, and just smiling and laughing with a large group of mostly strangers. So in a weird way, breaking the rules brought a bunch of people together that day!

 

After sharing our snacks with our new friends, we hiked out just a little bit farther to Spouting Rock. That was super duper neat! We took some pictures for this group of women so they took some pictures of us. You guys, if you ever need to be reminded that people are generally good, hike somewhere. Or run a race. But we’ll get to that later. πŸ˜‰

Okey dokey, after seeing Spouting Rock we began our hike back down. Oh boy going down was a lot easier, especially once we got past the slippery ice/snow. We even did a little bit of running! πŸ™‚ Hahaha so we got down A LOT faster than it took us to get up. The downhill was much more enjoyable.

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So we hung out at near the trail head for a little bit. Mostly just looking at wildflowers. But my dad actually found a pair of Lululemon leggings crumpled up in the weeds. Why the heck you’d get rid of a pair of expensive leggings like that I’ll never know, but we took them and I’m pretty sure they’ll fit me. So yeah, hiked up to Hanging Lake and obtained a pair of fancy Lululemon leggings. πŸ˜‚

After we were done I was STARVING! So we went to s little restaurant in Glenwood Springs and got cheeseburgers. Holy cow! That was the best burger and fries I’ve ever had. Probably because I was so hungry. πŸ˜‚

After we ate we drove about another hour to one of my dad’s driver’s houses. He invited us to stay there the night before our race so we didn’t have to stay at a motel. He was really nice as well as his whole family. We went out to ANOTHER restaurant to eat again πŸ˜‚, and then my dad and I showered and went to bed once we got back to their house. We had a another 5 am wake up for Sunday before our race.

I’ll recap the race tomorrow probably. But for now, that’s it! We had lots and lots of fun on Saturday! 😊

I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

~Ashley

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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two

So do you remember how I tried running two half marathons in two days last year, but the most unexpected conclusion to that whole debacle was that I didn’t finish the first half marathon?

Yeah, so I’m gonna go for it again this year. πŸ˜‚

Me hardcore struggling at around mile 3 of the Longview Half last year.

If you don’t remember that whole ordeal it would just like a refresher, you can read about day one at the Longview Half, which I didn’t finish, here. And day two at the Gobbler Grind Half, which I did with my dad, here. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

My dad and I at the finish of the Gobbler Grind Half last year!

Honestly I hadn’t really considered attempting Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days again until last night when my husband asked me if I’d signed up for Longview yet.

Which was a fair question! The Longview Half definitely holds a special place in my heart. It was my very first race/half marathon ever. I had completed it 3 years in a row and last year would have been the 4th year, but I ended up DNF-ing. And I’ve been at Longview almost every year the race has been held. The only one I missed was the very first one. πŸ˜‚ Until last year kinda derailed my plans, I wanted to finish this race in as many years in a row as possible. I thought it would be insanely cool if u could look back and say “yup, I’ve done the Longview Half every year for 20 years in a row”. And I suppose I still technically could as long as I include the asterisk for year number 4. I still showed up. I made it 5 miles. I just didn’t finish. πŸ˜‚

Me at mile 11 of my first year at Longview. My first half marathon. And my first race ever.

Anyway, after my husband asked about Longview I told him I wasn’t planning on doing it this year. The plan was to do the Gobbler Grind Half again with my dad. But then I remembered last year my dad had mentioned that if I would have told him earlier, that he would have registered for both half marathons as well. So I texted him about it last night. I figure April is a pretty decent heads up for something in November. πŸ˜‰

Hahaha I haven’t gotten an actual answer from him yet, but we shall see! Either way, I went ahead and registered for Longview last night. So yeah. Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two went from not even being a though, to something that is actually happening all within the span of a few hours last night. πŸ˜‚

I’m actually pretty excited about attempting this goal again! And I’m still currently too far out from it to be nervous about it. I’m currently too busy being nervous about my upcoming trail race in Colorado (which is next Sunday! 😱) to be worried about two half marathons in November. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, while all of that fun was going on last night Luke and I were actually on our way to Scheels to get me a new pair of running shoes! My pair of Nike frees I got last summer are still holding up pretty well (although they are starting to get a bit worn down in the soles. Not too bad though.), but my Nike Pegasus should have been replaced a looong while ago. Or at the very least a sane person would have stopped running in them a long while ago. πŸ˜‚

Earlier this winter as I was putting them on for a run one day and I thought to myself “Wow! These shoes feel ridiculously comfortable”. So I decided to inspect the one that wasn’t on my foot yet, and surely enough the soles right at the ball of my foot was super duper worn down. I kept running in them though and wore the sole down even more.

Here’s what they look like now. πŸ˜‚

Yeah, they’re just a little bit worn in. πŸ˜‚ I kept wearing them though because like I said, they just felt soooooo good on my feet! Probably because I’m used to wearing Nike Frees. They are definitely my favorite shoe to run in, although I do understand that it’s good to run in several different models just to work your muscles and ligaments a little bit differently. So I usually like to rotate between a pair of Frees and Pegasus. I also spend a good majority of my time in just socks or in rubber boots (and if you’ve ever worn rubber boots, you know that the offer absolutely NO support. πŸ˜‚). So that’s probably why I’ve been able to continue running pain/injury free in a pair of ridiculously worn out shoes.

Anyway, they got replaced last night! Scheels didn’t have any Frees in my size (they had the older model on clearance but the new model wasn’t in stock yet). And there were no Pegasus to be found (I’m assuming Nike is withholding them again? It’s super annoying that they constantly do this, but I guess I can understand the business model behind it), so I ended up with a pair of Winflo 5. I haven’t actually looked much into them, but I have heard they are pretty similar to the Pegasus and they felt really good when I tried them on, so I figured I’d give them a shot! Plus they were black on black on black like my current pair of Frees and that pretty much won me over. I’m very much loving the blacked out shoe trend that seems to be happening at the moment. πŸ–€

New Nike Winflo 5. So pretty. πŸ–€πŸ˜Š

So yeah, new shoes and a new race registration! Fun stuff!! 😁 And there’s even more fun stuff on the way! Yay! But I’ll be taking about all of that later. So that’s all for now!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Have a great rest of your weekend!!

~Ashley πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ–€

March Miles and Goal Check In

Happy first day of April!!!

Seriously though, wasn’t it just the first day of February like, 2 days ago?? πŸ˜‚

These last few months have just been flying by! My first race of 2019 is almost here! I almost can’t believe it! I’m getting pretty excited though! I don’t have any expectations for this race whatsoever, because it’s my first trail race, it’s at altitude, and I’m running it with my dad. That being said I actually feel pretty ready for it, even though I’ve literally done 0 trail running to prepare. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I’m just gonna do a quick check in this month since I’m working on quite a few things this year and have already talked about most of them pretty thoroughly in other posts. So, let’s start off with my monthly mileage! 😊

87.92 miles run in March! Whoohoo!! I’m very happy with how my running has been going lately! I’ve really just been putting in the work and grinding it out! Sure it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, but for the most part I’ve been feeling great! Getting in some pretty good speed workout, but mostly just getting in the miles. Honestly that is my biggest goal and focus for the year. Being consistent with my mileage and then slowly but surely upping it.

I’ve definitely been on the right track with that! These last two or three weeks have all been over 20 miles of running which is pretty darn good for me! I hit 24 last week and I’m super stoked about that! I’m hoping to hit 25 this week. 😁 After that though I plan on backing off just a bit, since that’ll be a race week. But seriously, I feel like I’m on a real roll right now! I’m currently at 243.46 miles run for the year and if I keep heading in this direction I should hit my goal of 1,000 miles in 2019 without too much trouble! 😊

Most of my other goals for 2019 really just revolve around keeping me healthy and injury free so I can run all of the miles I’m aiming for. πŸ˜‚ Things like doing my yoga (Check!), eating more healthy foods (Check!), getting enough sleep and recovery (check and check!), etc. Obviously that’s all working so far as I haven’t had any issues! That’s quite an accomplishment for this injury prone runner! πŸ˜‰

And of course I’m still focusing on my step goal! Running is one thing, but it can be kinda easy to run in the morning and then not move much for the rest of the day. πŸ˜‚ That’s why I like to have a step goal and to keep track of whether or not I hit it everyday, using the app “HabitBull”.

Hahaha I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been taking rest days of Friday’s and Sundays. πŸ˜‰ I’m not super thrilled that I went three days in a row without hitting my goal earlier this month, but after that I was pretty consistent and I’m very happy with that! 😊

Alrighty! I think that pretty much covers everything for a quick little update!

Wishing you a very happy April!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: March 25th-31st, 2019

This was a good week running-wise! Fantastic really! I felt good for the most part, got all of the miles in that I wanted to, and am just slowly but surely sneaking up my weekly/monthly mileage! 😊

While it was a good week as far as running goes, I really really skimped out on everything else. I did get a few yoga sessions in and even did a few foot drills, but I didn’t do any real cross training outside of walking my dogs and I didn’t do any strength training. πŸ˜‚ Oh well, I’m still happy with how this week went!

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Oh man, this was one of the hardest “easy” runs I’ve ever done!

Well, maybe not ever. But definitely in recent memory! πŸ˜‚ My legs were still tired from my 10 miler on Saturday but I managed to slog through this run. Getting my legs moving was probably the best thing I could have done for them anyway. 😁

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

My legs decided to cooperate with me on Tuesday! They were feeling much better. 😊

So I threw in some intervals just for fun. And it was fun. The weather was nice; warm but not oppressively hot, sunny, not too much wind. Sure I like winter running, but I do enjoy a warm sunny run every once in a while. πŸ˜„

Wednesday:

  • 5 miles

Caffeine, sarcasm, and inappropriate thoughts were the only thing that got me out the door Wednesday morning. πŸ˜‚

Seriously though, I really didn’t feel like running. I drug my feet getting dressed, getting to the door, walking out of the door, and then finally leaving my driveway. But I was eventually glad that I did this run. It ended up going well. Especially after the first mile or 2.

Thursday:

  • 2 miles

2 speedy miles for me!!

I had a dentist appointment that morning to get a permanent crown put on the tooth I’ve most recently gotten root canalled. So yay for having one more tooth finally take care of! I’ve still got a long way to go and more work that needs done, but we’re slowly getting there. As much as our insurance and finances allow anyway.

So, after my dentist appointment I was feeling good and ready to get moving but I also didn’t feel like doing a lot. So I busted out two nice and speedy miles. Like, much more speedy than I’ve run in a long time! Honestly it felt really good to just get out there and run with what was basically reckless abandon. I ended up in that fantastic “hurts so good” zone. But it also felt really good to stop after only 2 miles. It was exactly what I needed that day. 😊

Friday:

  • Rest day
  • 25 minutes of yoga

Friday may have been a rest day but it sure was a busy one! It feels like Luke and I had to go EVERYWHERE. πŸ˜‚

That evening I was finally kick back, relax with some tea, and do some nice and easy yoga. 😊

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

Oh boy! Saturday was a very very interesting day!

It rained off and on all day on Friday and that cooled things down quite a bit. The moisture continued on Saturday. First with snow. Yeah, snow!!! Which eventually turned to rain, then the wind started picking up….but by the end of the day the sun started to come out and it started warming up again. It was kinda crazy!

So my long run ends up being kinda crazy as well! I started with the snow which was ok, but once that turned into rain and the wind started picking up things started getting kinda miserable for me. I was soaked and freezing. I stopped at home once at about 4 miles to change my outermost layer of gear and then at about mile 8 I was very much over it. So I went home, changed into dry clothes, and did the last 2 miles on my treadmill. I got all 10 miles done though and I’m very proud of that! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Ah Sunday! Sunday’s are my real days of rest! I usually don’t have to do much outside of my regular chores and I always try to sit down, relax, and not do much of anything. I also like to do things that she me feel good. Kinda pamper myself, ya know? ☺️

So today I did a hair/face mask, cleaned, filed, and painted my fingernails, tended to my toenails (I so t paint them usually. It’s kinda pointless because I’m always wearing socks. πŸ˜‚), and just sat back and did a lot of reading. It was really nice. Plus now my hair face and nails all look and feel fantastic! 😁

I think it’s super important to do things that make you feel good like that every once in a while. So that’s usually what I dedicate my Sundays to doing. 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 24.12

As long as I keep this up there is no way that I won’t hit my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2019! Hahaha I know it’s still pretty early in the year and a lot can happen in the next 9 months, but as long as I stay healthy and injury free I don’t see any other reason why o won’t be able to keep this up and hopefully increase my weekly mileage even more!

Okey Dokey then! I believe that pretty much covers everything from this week! Like I said, even though I did no strength or cross training, I’m happy with how it went.

Now I’ve just gotta get through next week and then I’ll be off to Colorado to spend some time with my dad and siblings, and to run my very first trail race! I’m getting super excited about all of that! It’s going to be lots and lots of fun!

Happy Sunday and last day of March! I hope you’ve had a good week and month!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: March 18th-24th, 2019

Hills, tank top weather, a super moon, yoga, sunshine, a little bit of rain, a double digit run, and over 20 running miles! This week has it all and more!

Monday:

  • 3 treadmill miles
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of strength training

Hills hills hills!!!

KILLED my quads on the treadmill on Monday. I want to be ready for my upcoming trail 10k in April, so I figure I need to squeeze in a few more hill sessions. 😊

After powering up some hills on the treadmill I cooled down a little bit on my stationary bike. Later in the day I continue the leg torture with a 20 minute leg workout. I like to think Monday was a successful day.

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

It’s tank top weather!!

Not gonna lie, I’m not exactly stoked about that. I kinda already miss winter. πŸ˜‚ Where are my cold weather peeps at??

I was, however, pretty darn excited about how well this run went! I absolutely KILLED my legs on Monday. So they were super sore and understandably so when I woke up on Tuesday. But I was glad to find that even so my body responded well and even wanted a little more, even though my legs were tired and sore. It was a super fun run. It was also a hard run. Probably shouldn’t have done that after a hard day on Monday, but I was just having too much fun. πŸ˜„

I had good intentions of doing yoga later in the day, but I ended up babysitting my neighbor’s kid and that just never happened. Oh well.

Wednesday:

  • 4 miles

4 “easy” miles done in the morning. They sure didn’t feel easy though. πŸ˜‚ The original plan was to do 6, but yeah, no. DOMS was REAL on Wednesday. Not really surprising though.

Anyway, Wednesday was the first day of spring and a full moon! Everyone was calling it a super moon but I honestly have no idea what the whole super moon thing is about. It seems like we have a “super moon” every month now. Whatever, the moon still looked incredible Wednesday evening. I took Lily and then Whiskey (I don’t walk my dogs together, they gang up on me if I do. πŸ˜‚), so I got to see it as the sun went down and the moon came up. Pictures never do it justice though.

Thursday:

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minute arm workout
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Thursday’s easy 2 miles actually felt easy! πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, that was nice. Followed that up with a little arm workout and then yoga later in the day. Honestly it wasn’t an eventful day, but it was a good one. 😊

Friday:

  • Rest Day

An impromptu rest day on Friday because oh boy was I tired!! 😴

Honestly though it was more of an active rest day. My little next door neighbor came over to “hang out” (i.e. her mom needed me to babysit her πŸ˜‰) around 12:30 that afternoon. So we walked to the park, played on a rock wall, swing set, and monkey bars, then we walked back home and watched Gravity Falls until Luke came home. Then we all played outside a little bit, had pizza for dinner, and finally got rid of my favorite 5 year old neighbor around 6:40 pm. She had fun though, so that’s all that matters.

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

First double digit run since the Gobbler Grind Half in November! πŸ₯³ I’ve been enjoying my 8 mile long runs, but it’s long past time for me to start building them up!

Well, for now at least. I’ve got at least two more that I’d like to do before the trail 10k my dad and I are doing April 14th. After that I’m not sure if I’m gonna jump back into training pretty much where I left off, or if I’m gonna take a week or two a little bit easier and then build up from there. It really depends on how I feel once it’s all said and done. Sure it’s only a 10k, but it’s a 10k in the mountains and going from almost 1,000 feet above sea level to around 5,000 feet is hard! πŸ˜‚ Plus my dad is already planning some hikes he wants to take me on while I’m in Colorado, so really who knows how I’ll feel when I get back to Kansas. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’ve got my training plan written out all the way up to the race and then like I said, I’ll just figure it all out after that’s all said and done.

So, I’ve been writing my own training plan so far this year and honestly it’s going great! Better than any training plan I’ve done up until this point! It’s pretty sweet actually! I know some people don’t like having to think about what workouts and runs they need to do, but I kinda like piecing it all together for myself!

This is actually probably a whole other post for a different day, so for now I’ll leave it at that.😊

Sunday:

  • Rest day

It’s weird how adding two more miles to a long run can make you so much more tired. πŸ˜‚

When you think about it, two miles really isn’t a lot, but for whatever reason going from 8 miles to 10 miles feels like a big jump. At least I think it does! So today I felt a little bit more tired than usual since I did add those two more miles to my long run. Although I definitely don’t feel as beat up as I once would have! Just a little bit sore and tired. It’s pretty cool how you can gauge how far you’ve come based on how sore your legs feel the next day. πŸ˜‚

But really, there was a time when 10 miles would just completely wreck me. I’m definitely not wrecked today though! A little low on energy, but otherwise good! 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 22

Woohoo! Another 20+ mile training week! Honestly I would have liked to have gotten to 24 miles this week, but I ended up cutting my run on Wednesday a little short. Not a big deal really. I’m still happy with the fact that I went over 20 miles for the week. I’m slowly but surely working my way up!

Alrighty! That’s a wrap for this week! I’ve got two more full weeks of training and then it’s off to Colorado for a week and then my first race of 2019 on April 14th!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: March 11th-17th, 2019

Well this week turned out to be a pretty good one as far as running, training, actually doing some cross training, and whatnot goes! Mother Nature sure brought a few surprises this week as well, but all-in-all it was a good one!

So let’s get right into it!

Monday:

  • 3 miles on the treadmill
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

Did someone speed work on the treadmill to kick off my week! Warmed up with 10 minutes on the stationary bike, did an easy mile on the treadmill, followed by some hard intervals, really focusing on my form, and then an easy half mile cool down, and finally 5 more minutes on the stationary bike.

It was a hard workout, but a good one!! Haha I had a very cute spectator and ran the first few minutes of my easy mile without shoes, just because it felt good not to. πŸ˜„

Anyway, Luke and I cleaned out our extra bedroom and put the treadmill, stationary bike, and other various exercise equipment. We’ve dubbed it the “exercise room” and let me tell ya, it’s pretty sweet having a room dedicated to exercise stuff! It definitely makes actually cross training easier! 😊

Tuesday:

  • 3 easy miles

Holy moly my legs were tired after Monday’s speed work. That coupled with the wind we were experiencing made this run TOUGH. It was a super, slow slog, and I wanted to quit the whole time. But I finished it and I know I’m better for it. 😊

Anyway, it’s definitely starting to feel like spring here in Kansas! It’s getting warmer and windy and I’d say it was getting wet, but we actually had a super wet winter. πŸ˜‚ But it’s looking like we’re gonna have a wet spring as well.

Make a wish. πŸ˜‰

Wednesday:

  • 5.43 miles
  • downed tree stuff

We had wind gusts of up to 50-60 mph on Wednesday. That made for a very interesting day…

Started my day off in my usual way, with a run. 😊I got poured on during the first half of this run! That was a lot of fun!! Although at on point an older gentleman pulled up next to me in his car and offered to take me anywhere I wanted to go. I told him I was alright and politely declined. I know this guy probably had nothing but good intentions, but still, even if I wasn’t having a good time I wouldn’t just get into a car with a stranger like that.

Anyway, the wind really started picking up around the second half of this run. It started getting really bad so I ended up cutting this run a little short. Hahaha I’m good with that though. Running in that wind 5.43 miles should basically count for 6 miles anyway. πŸ˜‰

Later that afternoon we had a tree get blown down onto a power line. Yeah, not good. But thanks to the help of a few neighbors we got it down safely. You can read all about those adventures here, if you’d like. πŸ˜‰

Thursday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of strength work

Cross train day yay!! Hahaha worked on my kinda wimpy arms after taking a little spin on the stationary bike on Thursday. Followed that up with a little bit of head stand practice just for fun. πŸ™ƒ

Friday:

  • 3.25 miles

Busy busy day!! Didn’t get my run in Friday morning like I usually would. I managed to squeeze it in that afternoon. It was a good one! 😊

It would appear that spring is finally here in Kansas! It was kinda weird, one day it was winter but then the next it was spring. πŸ˜‚ And it’s looking like it’s actually here to stay! We’re supposed to get highs in the 60’s next week. Anyone ready for me to start complaining about the warm weather? Because it’s coming.πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 8 miles
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes stretching/foam rolling

Oh man, that 8 mile run Saturday morning was an absolute grind. I got through it somehow though! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That night my brother-in-law came over and brought his PlayStation that he set up on our second tv, so he and my husband spent the night playing Call Of Duty with their dad and one of their brother’s. I ain’t about that PlayStation life, so while they were doing that I ended up spending some time on our newly set up workout room! Spent some time on my stationary bike and doing some stretching and foam rolling while Lily watched. πŸ˜‚ Then after that I just binge watched more Law and Order SVU until 2 am when my brother-in-Law went home and we finally went to bed. Hahaha I’m not exactly a fan of staying up that late anymore, at least not often, but there was no way I was gonna to be able to sleep with all of that noise they were making. πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Spent the day, resting, relaxing, and letting my week of training seep in. πŸ˜„

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.77

Just barely missed the 23 miles I was aiming for! πŸ˜‚ Honestly though that’s close damn enough for me! I’m very happy with how well this week of running went and how easily I was able to jump back into the swing of things after being sick last week. πŸ˜„

At this point we’re about a month out from the trail race my dad and I are doing in Colorado! I got the racer’s guide via email a few days ago and looking at that elevation chart again kinda freaked me out! I’m going to be going from about 1,000 feet above sea level which is where I live to almost 5,000 feet at certain points of this race. There are definitely some hills. Yikes!

Good thing we’re the “Sloth Running Team” and are going to take our time and get there when we get there. πŸ˜‚

Still though, it’s gonna be a tough day! But probably lots of fun! I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Anyway, that’s all for today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

~Ashley πŸ’šπŸ€

February Miles and Goal Check In

Happy last day of February, friends!

It’s looking like winter is still going to be hanging around for a while! We’re getting another bout of super cold weather.

Anyway, February ended up being a good month for me running-wise! Like, really good! It has been a LONG time since I’ve felt really good running. That I’ve felt a sort of freedom and joy that only running could bring me. I’m talking years here, people. Looking back, 2017 and 2018 were just a huge struggle for me in this department. Sure, there were a few moments when running felt really good or really fun in those two years, but for the most part they were kind of a miserable grind. Like, no matter what I did I was just stuck in the same place and it was just getting increasingly more frustrating!

That all changed about two weeks ago though. Something just kinda clicked in place and now I’m experiencing that joy and freedom again. I haven’t had this much fun or felt this freaking good while running in two years! So I’m pretty excited right now! I’m just out there crushing workouts and having an absolute blast doing it!

Unfortunately my run today didn’t exactly fit into the super duper fun category. Like I said, we’re experiencing more super cold weather, so I took to the treadmill for my last run in February. It wasn’t all that exciting, but I still felt pretty good doing it! And that brings me to 85.65 miles run in February! That’s almost 16 more miles than last month! And January was longer than this month hahaha. πŸ˜‰ So I’m pretty happy about that. 😊

Alrighty! Onto goals goals goals! So this year I’m working on being a stronger, more well rounded athlete, and honestly that’s probably why I’m feeling so great in my running all of a sudden! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been making a point to get in at the very least one 30 minute strength training session in a week. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s more than I was doing for a while! I’ve been kinda slacking on the specific workout that I had planned on doing every Thursday, but I have been sticking with doing Pilates and I’ll gladly take it! πŸ™‚

I haven’t been doing super great about eating better. There’s still a bunch of junk that I could cut out of my diet and I definitely need to add in more vegetables. I gained about 5 pounds over the holidays and I still haven’t been able to shake that. So there’s something I really need to work on.

I’ve also been kinda slacking on getting yoga, stretching, and foam rolling done. And I can really feel it! I’m definitely more stiff and tight! But right here, right now, I’m commenting to getting back into the habit of stretching and foam rolling! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Lets see what else….oh yes, steps and journaling!

So, between the crazy cold and having more dental work done this month, so hitting my step goals has gone to the wayside several times. Honestly I like having this goal because it gives me motivation to get up and moving throughout the day, but I’m also pretty glad that I don’t super obsess over it. I’ve gotten close on some of those red days, but didn’t hit it and that’s been ok with me. 😁

And last but not least, I’ve been keeping up with my training journal! Yay me!! 😊

So this month has been really good in some areas! I’ve definitely got some things to work on, but all in all I’m just happy that my running has been so great! πŸ˜‚ Here’s hoping it stays that way! I’m thinking it will. I’m also thinking that 2019 is going to end up being a great year for me as it pertains to running. 😁

Wishing everyone a very happy March!

~Ashley πŸ’š