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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

 

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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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It’s Peak Week!!

I’ve been feeling my taper just kinda looming off in the distance for a week or two now, but now that it’s almost here, well, I just don’t feel ready! I’ve been having a lot of fun with my training these past few weeks and I’m not ready for it to end! Plus I’m not sure what I’m getting do with myself once these half marathons are done. Haha obviously I’ve dealt with that post big race empty feeling before, so it won’t be anything new and I know how to deal with it. But that sure doesn’t mean I’m ready to experience it!

But right now I’ve still got two weeks before I have to deal with that. So there is still a little bit of time to revel in all the the fun (and not so fun haha πŸ˜‰) I’ve experienced during my self appointment “Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days” challenge.

Anyway, I’m pretty confident that I’m going to survive both half’s, so that’s good! Other than that, I really have no idea what’s going to happen. This whole training cycle has been different. A lot of experimenting has happened because I’ve never trained for or run back to back half marathon before. I’ve said before that I’d really like to PR during the first half, but they way things have been going I can’t really say that I’m confident that that’s going to happen. If I’m being honest it probably wont. I can live with that though. The real challenge and goal was doing two back to back half’s anyway.

So one thing that’s definitely been different during this half marathon training cycle is that I really haven’t done a lot of speed work. I’ve really been focusing more on increasing my volume and hitting certain mileage goals per week and in my long runs. Thanks to a long and brutal summer, I’m still not at the weekly mileage that I would like to be at. But it is something that I’ve really improved upon and I’m pretty proud of that. 😁

I’ve also been increasing my long runs. Honestly I think that’s probably long overdue. I’m more than capable of running longer on a regular basis and it’s only going to make me a better runner.

For my very first half marathon I never went over 10 miles for my long runs. For my second I think I got to 11? Possibly 12. Same for my third, and for both of those training cycles I only did that once. But this time around I went over 10 miles 4 times. One of those times being my longest run ever (for now πŸ˜‰) of 14 miles. So that’s pretty cool!!

Another thing that I’m doing differently this time is instead of doing my longest run of the training cycle at two weeks out from race day (which will be this weekend), I’m doing the most mileage in two days of this training cycle. I figured nows my last chance to get in back to back long-ish runs, so I might as well take advantage of that! Right now I’m planning on doing 10 miles on Saturday and 6-8 on Sunday.

And then after that, it’s taper time! Obviously a super big taper isn’t necessary for a half marathon training plan, so the biggest mileage cut I’ll be experiencing will be coming from my long run, but I’m still not looking forward to it! Even though last weeks long run didn’t go as planned I’ve still been enjoying these longer long runs that I’ve been doing. Haha but I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune Monday, November 12 when this is all said and done. πŸ˜‚

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today! I just kinda wanted to share my plans and how I’m feeling right now.

Until next time,

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: October 15th-21st, 2018

I felt like this week was going relatively smoothly until my long run on Saturday. Other than that I did everything I had planned and felt pretty good doing it. Well, there were times when I felt kinda tired and sluggish, but it was nothing too bad. Plus at this point in half marathon training that’s pretty much to be expected!

So here’s what went down this week;

Monday:

  • 3 miles

It felt like 26 degrees on my run on Monday! I got to break out my winter running gear and that was pretty exciting! It was nice, cold, and beautiful outside on Monday.

The original plan was to do an easy run. It was still kinda recovering from a cold and from all of the fun we had over the weekend while we were in Illinois. But my legs were feeling speedy on Monday so I just kinda went with it. It was fun. πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 5 miles

I was feeling a little bit sluggish on Tuesday. It wasn’t too bad, I still got through my scheduled 5 miler, it just wasn’t as fun as Monday’s run haha.

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Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • a little bit of stretching

It was another beautiful fall day in Kansas! I’ve been loving the weather! πŸ™‚ Although my run on Wednesday wasn’t all that great, it wasn’t terrible either. I’ve really been enjoying watching all of the leaves starting to change colors. There are some really pretty ones in my neighborhood right now and it’s just going to bet better and better as fall goes on. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • 30 minutes of pilates
  • 15 minutes of yoga

It was just a little bit warmer on Thursday, but still beautiful outside! Still would have been a great day for running if it wasn’t so windy! I spent my 3 miles battling with the wind, but I was still able to do a semi-speedy run, which is what I wanted to do for Thursday. πŸ™‚ Later in the afternoon I did some Pilates and then yoga in the evening.

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Friday:

  • rest day
  • 20 minutes of yoga

I felt REALLY good after those 20 minutes of yoga! It was pretty great haha. Other than that I spent most of my Friday getting my gear ready and just kinda prepping in general for my long run. Stuff like washing all of the gear I wanted to wear and getting it all into one place, making sure I knew what I was having for breakfast, setting the coffee maker, and making sure I was hydrated. Stuff like that really helps the mornings of my long runs go much more smoothly. πŸ™‚

That night I got lots and lots and lots of puppy cuddles. It was adorable and annoying all at the same time haha.

Saturday:

  • 12.69 miles
  • 25 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Well you guys I gave it my all, but today my all just wasn’t enough… My goal was 16 miles. It was supposed to be the longest run of this training cycle and the longest run I’ve ever done, but I just didn’t have it in me today. But ya know what? That’s ok! I like to look at it like this; if you don’t struggle and sometimes fail during a training cycle then you’re not going to be ready to struggle and then over come that struggle on race day. I’d much rather have a bad workout than a bad race. So I’m looking at this from that perspective. I’ve gotten the bad run out of the way, and now hopefully both of my races will go well. And even if they don’t at least I’ll be ready to handle it. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ Always look on the bright side my friends! Or at the very least, learn to find the positive in what might in the moment feel like a negative, because I promise you it’s always there. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

Alrighty all of that being said, I’m pretty sure part of my downfall during this run was yet again, being chased by a little demon dog that I’ve been getting chased by almost every time I run down a certain street for several months now, and yesterday he had a friend. They were smart enough to split up so one was always on a different side of me so I couldn’t really keep my eyes on both of them at once and once of them was starting to get really cocky and was starting to nip at my ankles. Luckily he never got a hold of me and I gave him a good kick and that made him stop. But they both kept following me until a truck drove down the street…

These little assholes are always out terrorizing people. One day I saw one of them chasing a lady with a stroller and her dog. Obviously her dog wasn’t happy about that but I didn’t see what happened because I was going a different direction. Anyway, the next time one of these little bastards chases me I’m gonna give their owner a piece of my damn mind. This is getting absolutely ridiculous. They just let their dogs out in their yard that’s not fenced in, they don’t put them on tie outs, and they don’t stay outside to watch the dogs. So the dogs terrorize anyone who goes by.

Honestly I’m surprised they haven’t been hurt by another dog or hit by a car. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that there have been a few times that I’ve thought about bringing Finn down there and letting him rough them up a bit. He’s ridiculously protective of me, so he’d definitely want to do something about one of the little demon dogs chasing us. Obviously I haven’t and I probably wont. But damn it would be kind of satisfying to watch them get roughed up a little by a dog that probably weighs almost 35 pounds more than them. But at the end of the day I know it’s not the dogs fault and I shouldn’t take it out on them. All of the blame lies on the owner who lets them do this…But still, I’m not gonna hesitated to give them a good, hard kick to prevent my ankles from getting bit. There’s no way I’m gonna just let them attack me.

Ugh, just thinking about it really pisses me off. How can you think it’s ok to let your dogs act that way?!?!?

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The little fucker on the left was the one who was trying to bite me. Seriously, fuck who ever owns these dogs. They are terrible dog owners.Β 

Sunday:

  • rest day

Well, if you can call going on a crazy cleaning spree resting haha. Oh man it felt so good to get my house nice and clean though! It’s kinda been a disaster ever since we got all of that rain two weeks ago, but since the mud has finally dried up and the dogs are clean again I though today would be a great day to tackle all of the dirt in my house. πŸ˜‚

Haha the photo is from this morning when Luke and I were feeding the chickens. I know most of my photos from this week are fall foliage, but it’s all just so pretty!!! πŸ‚πŸπŸƒ

Total Weekly Mileage: 26.85

That’s a little over 3 miles less than I would have liked, but I’m still pretty proud of what I’ve done this week. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: October 1st-7th, 2018

Damn it I was really beginning to think that I was going to make it through this training cycle unscathed! You see, I’m what most people would refer to as an “injury prone runner”. I talked more about all of that on Thursday, so I won’t go back into all of it here. But anyway, I managed to hurt my leg somehow earlier this week. I’m thinking it happened during my treadmill run on Wednesday. Luckily a shortened run on Thursday, an unscheduled rest day on Friday, and a little bit of extra TLC seemed to help and I was still able to do my long run on Saturday. So I’m thinking it was nothing too serious, and it was just a little bit of soreness from running awkwardly on the treadmill.

But we’ll get more into all of that! So lets recap the week! πŸ™‚

Monday:Β 

  • 3 miles
  • 30 minutes of strength work

Does anyone else find it especially satisfying when the first of the month falls on the first day of the week? Because I sure do! I kicked off the month/week with 3 miles that felt a lot more difficult than they actually were. Haha that’s all part of the process though. Followed that up with a Fit Collective Workout. It was another hard but fun strength session. πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:Β 

  • rest day

After Monday’s not so great run and just feeling all around tired, I figured a day off would help. It totally did too! Apparently that was exactly what I needed. πŸ™‚

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles on the treadmill

Wednesday called for threshold work, so I decided to do that on the treadmill. I’m really bad at holding a consistent pace and the treadmill is kind of a good tool for learning how to do that. Well, or at least forcing yourself to do it haha. Anyway, I warmed up for a mile, ran at threshold pace for about a mile and a half, and then cooled down for the last half mile. I felt like I totally crushed this workout! It was great!

But I also think that’s what caused me to hurt myself. I actually felt fine afterwards, but on Thursday my right knee and shin weren’t feeling so great…

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Thursday:

  • 2.5 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga
  • a little bit of foam rolling in the evening

So like I said, on Thursday my right knee and shin weren’t feeling so great. At first I though maybe it was just a little bit of soreness or something, so I set out to do my scheduled 5 miler anyway. My leg situation wasn’t really improving as I ran though. If anything it started getting worse. Initially I was just going to suck it up and finish my run. I have a ridiculously high pain tolerance so I totally could have done it. πŸ˜‰ But the more I thought about it the more I realized that was probably a bad idea. I’ve done things like that before and I’ve ended up making injuries worse. So I did the smart thing and stopped. That was kinda hard though, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel kinda guilty doing it.

It was definitely the right move though. I spent the rest of the day off of my feet, wore compression socks, and did some yoga and foam rolling.

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Friday:

  • rest day
  • 20 minutes of yoga
  • random foam rolling

Ok so Friday was an interesting day. First off, I took the day off from running to let my leg rest a little bit more. I stretched, did some random foam rolling during the day, and wore my compression sleeves. My leg was feeling better, but I didn’t want to push it by running on it.

Anyway, on Friday we went on a “Luke Adventure”. Luke Adventure are always random, always very out of the blue, usually ridiculous or unnecessary, but always fun. A Luke Adventure could be anything from randomly going to St. Louis to visit family, a trip to the pumpkin farm, a trip to the mall, an adventure to the Grand Canyon, or getting something slightly impractical like chickens or a new puppy.

So he called my on his way home from work and to make sure I wasn’t baby sitting or particularly busy and to get ready because we were going on an Luke Adventure today. And of course he wouldn’t tell me what we were doing. A lot of the time he doesn’t haha. That’s how our hour and a half journey to our Luke Adventure began. I wont tell you what we did yet though. I’ll dedicate a whole post to that tomorrow. πŸ˜‰ But if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know what went down.

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Saturday:

  • 14 miles

New distance PR who dis? πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Good news! My whole leg situation was a lot better on Saturday!! So I was able to do my scheduled long run. Yay! Got it done, felt pretty darn good doing it, and ran farther than I’ve ever gone before! Win win win win situation! I’m getting very excited about my upcoming half’s! Not sure how either of them are going to go, but hopefully they’ll be a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

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Sunday:

  • rest day

I feel like I’m doing something right this time around. I’m tired today, and my legs are a little bit sore, but not so much that I can’t walk properly or that I feel like I’m too tired to function. So I mean, I feel like that’s a good thing after hitting a distance PR yesterday!

That being said, I feel like I might be coming down with a cold or something. That kinda sucks, but it’s not unexpected. My immune system is already kinda shitty and I’m sure that half marathon training doesn’t help. But anyway, spent the day playing around with the results of our Luke Adventure yesterday and walking the dogs. It’s been raining like crazy which I like, but it’s crazy muddy so the dogs are a mess and now my house is a mess and it’s a whole thing… But still, I do enjoy the rainy weather. πŸ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage: 22.5

Not bad considering I had to cut one run short and took a few unexpected rest days. πŸ™‚ I’m still kinda riding the high from my 14 miler yesterday. It’s been a while since I’ve PR’d anything, so it was pretty exciting to finally get one. Looking forward to see what I can do next week!

I hope the first week of October has treated everyone well!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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Weekly Recap: September 24th-30th, 2018

This week was a little bit weird haha. We had plans and then those plans changed so my running plans changed. Then I spent several days being crazy sore from a strength workout I did on Monday. It was a whole thing haha. It was still a good week though. πŸ™‚

Monday:Β 

  • 6 miles
  • 35 minute strength workout

Whew! Monday was kinda hard, but oh boy was it good!! Started off the week with 6 fantastical miles! It was probably the best run I’ve had since spring. Which is crazy, but I’ve spent the whole summer just slugging along and trying to survive. But now that the weather has been getting better running is a lot more enjoyable! πŸ™‚ Anyway, the plan for Monday was a actually 5 miles, but I ended up doing 6 because I’m an overachiever. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

After my run I did workout #1 from this week’s plan from The Fit Collective. So, this workout had 8 moves and for the first set you did 10 reps of each move, then for the second set you did 9 sets, then 8, and so on and so forth until you got down to 1 rep of each move. I’ve never done a workout like that before and I thought it was a lot of fun! And hard too haha. By the time I was done and was exhausted! But in a good way. πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday:

  • rest day

Tuesday ended up being an impromptu rest day, for a few good reasons. πŸ˜‰

So Luke and his dad play Call Of Duty online together almost every night and they talk over their headsets. Luke’s dad mentioned that he was off of work on Friday and planned on taking his boat out and going fishing, so Luke decided that we were going to drive to Illinois on Thursday so that he could go with him. So I decided to switch around my running scheduled a little bit, just to ensure that my long run for this week gets done. I thought about doing it on Thursday, but then I figured Wednesday was probably a safer bet, so that’s what I decided to do.

That’s how Tuesday became a rest day, but honestly I’m kinda glad that I decided to take the day off. My hips and quads were crazy sore after my workout on Monday! In a good way, but still, trying to run on my legs as they were probably wouldn’t have been very pleasant.

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Wednesday:

  • 20 minutes of yoga

I obviously didn’t end up doing my long run on Wednesday. My legs were still super crazy sore. It’s been pretty bad, really. πŸ˜‚ But luckily (kinda) we’ve had another change of plans. Luke’s dad is going to be busy of Friday and isn’t planning on going fishing anymore. So not so lucky for Luke, but it is kinda good for my sore legs! Now they have a few more days to recover for my long run. πŸ™‚ I spent Tuesday and Wednesday night rolling and using my self massage tools to help my legs out as well. I’m in love with my little rollga activator! That thing is awesome!

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • Halloween decorating!

So the only downside to the weather being super nice is that I tend to get a little bit excited and then end up going a little bit too hard haha. My plan for Thursday was to do 3 easy miles, but that obviously didn’t happen. I had a lot of fun though. πŸ™‚

Earlier this week my mother-in-law mailed me some Halloween decorations and they got here on Thursday! So I spent most of the afternoon decorating. Fun times! πŸ™‚ πŸŽƒπŸ‚πŸ˜„

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Friday:

  • Rest Day

Kinda haha. Luke and I were very busy on Friday. We went to Sam’s Club. Hobby Lobby. On The Border for Lunch. Walmart. Barnes and Noble. Tractor Supply. And Aldi for groceries. We put up more Halloween decorations. Started prepping the chickens for the colder weather. Busy busy busy.

So we went to Hobby Lobby for more fun fall stuff. And we did find some, but they had a piss ton more Christmas stuff than Halloween/Thanksgiving/fall stuff. It was kinda disappointing. But oh well. We ended up with a couple of really nice candles and new art thing for the kitchen, bandannas for the dogs, among other fun Halloween things. As for the chickens, we put up another tarp on the side of the coop to help keep the wind from blowing in and it should help hold a little bit of heat in. Winchester helped. πŸ˜‰

Saturday:

  • 13 miles

Wow, this run…A lot of stuff happened during this run haha. This was the longest run I’ve done in a while and for the most part it went really well! πŸ™‚

The first two miles were a little bit rough. Not gonna lie, that made me a little bit nervous, but around mile 3 I started feeling better and by mile 5 I started having a lot of fun. The last 2-3 miles were pretty tough, but not unmanageable. That’s probably the best part about long runs. A lot can happen and a lot can change. And a lot of times it changes for the better. πŸ™‚ Anyway, my town’s fall festival was on Saturday, so there were a piss ton of people out and about. First people were heading to the parade rout and then after that they were making their way to the park for the rest of the fall festivities, so during the parade I made my way to the town cemetery and the outer part of my town so that I could avoid a lot of the commotion haha. That ended up working out pretty well for me. For the most part I missed the migration from the parade route to the park.

At some point during this run the mail came and so did my Gobbler Grind in training tank top. So of course I had to change into it haha. I like to stop at my house every 2-3 miles to get a drink, eat a little something, and pee if I have to. So during one of those little breaks I got the mail and ended up changing. πŸ˜‰

The weather was pretty spectacular during my long run! It started out in the high 40’s but it felt colder than that and it was cloudy for pretty much the whole thing. It was great!

Ummm I guess that pretty much everything from this run haha. I feel like I might be missing a few things, but at the very least that covers most of it.

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Alrighty! So Saturday was the longest run I’ve ever done in a half marathon training cycle. I’m hoping to keep that trend going for the next couple of weeks though. πŸ˜‰ Since I’ve done this several times now I figure it well past time for me to start increasing my long runs. Yesterday’s went really well and surprisingly I feel pretty good today! I’m feeling slightly dehydrated, but nothing too crazy and a little bit achy, but I’ve felt a lot more sore after shorter long runs. So that’s been a pleasant surprise! I also feel like it confirms the fact that I should definitely be increasing my long runs. πŸ˜‰

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.11

I was aiming for a little bit more than that, but still not bad considering I was so sore I could hardly walk and my plans got switched around a few times haha. All in all it was a good week though. πŸ™‚

I hope everyone had a good week as well! Happy last day of September and I hope your October is wonderful!

~Ashley

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Thursday Things

Happy Thursday everyone, and welcome to another edition of me rambling on about things that are going on in my life! πŸ˜‰

Okey dokey, this Thursday has been quite eventful! So let’s just start with the very first thing that I experienced today and the one thing that is a slight bummer; my big, Brahma chicken Jethro is definitely a male. I’ve been kinda suspicious about it for a while, but he started crowing today and that pretty much confirms what I basically already knew… And the reason that’s a bummer is that he wasn’t supposed to be male. The hatchery we got them from sexes them, but obviously accidents happen and we just got unlucky. So unfortunately Jethro might have to die. We just can’t have a rooster. Roosters tend to be kind of loud. Plus we don’t want any fertilized eggs. Obviously we’d gather them everyday, so the likely hood of ending up with chicks would be super small.Β  But still…So yeah, bummer.

Haha but go figure the most friendly and social chicken is a male. Usually roosters are giant assholes. They can get crazy aggressive and will attack people. A lot of my dad’s roosters did. Have you ever been stabbed by the little spur things some breeds of roosters get on the back of their legs? Because I have and it’s not pleasant. πŸ˜‚ But Jethro is a different breed than those chickens were, so that might be why he’s not so aggressive. Plus he’s still pretty young so that could be it too.

So all morning I’ve been texting my dad and husband about what the best course of action would be. Luke seems to be a bit on the fence about it, but my dad and I think butchering him and having him for dinner is the best course of action. Especially since he is still young, so his meat will be nice and tender. The only problem is that can get really messy and we have neighborhood children to consider. Back when we lived on a farm we would just chop their heads off. I suppose that’s a bit graphic, but it’s effective. So I’ve looked into ways that involve less mess and I’ve found one that I like. But for now, Jethro’s fate is still undecided.

Since I was dealing with that this morning I ended up getting out a little later for my run. Not a big deal though, because the weather has been crazy nice! We literally just switched from summer to fall over the course of a few days and it’s been fantastic!!! The last couple of years we’ve had super warm falls and the weather would kind of switch back and forth from being cold to warm, but always staying more to the warmer side, but so far that hasn’t happened yet! I’m really hoping for a cold fall and winter! It feels like FOREVER since we’ve had them or a decent amount of snow.

Anyway, I’ve definitely been enjoying the nice weather! The only problem is that I get a little bit too excited and then end up going to hard. And that’s what I did today. πŸ˜‚ The plan was to do 3 easy miles to loosen up my sore legs, but that didn’t happen! I mean, the 3 miles did, but not the easy part. It was fun though. 😊

Once I got back from my run I had a huge ass box waiting for me on my front porch! Earlier this week my mother-in-law was going through all of her Halloween stuff because she’s trying to down size, so she sent me a bunch of it! She sent me some super cool stuff and I’m very stoked, so of course I had to start decorating today. πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸπŸ–€

I started inside the house. This is actually the first year we’ve had indoor Halloween decor so that pretty freaking sweet!

Once Luke got home we moved onto the front yard. He set up a little cemetery with skeleton flamingos and I hung up all of the fake spiders/spider webs. We haven’t hung up the ghosts, bats, or lights yet though. Luke wants to pick up a few more things and then we’re gonna finish decorating the yard tomorrow. I’m pretty excited with how everything is looking and I’m definitely looking forward to getting a few new spooky things!!

Luke’s mom also sent him a super spiffy Michael Myers mask. How sweet is that?! We want to build a scarecrow, get a mannequin head thing, put the mask on it and then use it for the head. How cool would that be?!

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While we were out decorating we had Lily and Dean hanging out in the front yard with us. Finn is still too young and excitable to have that privilege, but he’ll get there before too long. πŸ™‚ I very much enjoy the fact that we’ve taken the time to train them and can now trust them to hang out in the front yard like this. A lot of people around here don’t and just let their dogs run around in the street or chase people and it’s super annoying. I get chased by dogs while I’m running all of the time and it’s no fun. But this is an example of a proper way to do it. My dogs are trained to stay in the yard. They don’t chase after people, cars, or other dogs. They can sit, stay, down, and come immediately. And the one who could potentially be a problem is kept inside or in the fenced in backyard. It’s not that difficult and I can’t even begin to fathom why the loose dog problem in my neighborhood is so freaking bad…but oh well. It’s not my dogs that are an issue.

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Alrighty, I guess that’s all for today! Tomorrow is a rest day for me, which is good because we’ve got errands to run and then more decorating to do! And then on Saturday I’ve got a 13 mile long run on the scheduled. That should be fun!

But for now, happy Friday eve!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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