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Monday Funday!!

No weekly recap from last week. I️ wasn’t really doing anything fun enough to recap haha. It’s been pretty nice just running if/when I️ felt like it, having no set distances or workouts to do and just running for fun. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m very much enjoying not training for anything! I’m not sure how long that feeling’s gonna last though, considering I don’t get to race often, but right now it’s great and I’m enjoying running for fun! 😊

So today’s fun run consisted of a mile haha. I wanted to run, but I didn’t want to runΒ thatΒ much, ya feel me? πŸ˜‰ It made sense to me at least. So like I said, I’m very much enjoying just running for fun. But according to Luke, I apparently need to start running more again. Last night I told him how much of the office I’ve been watching (it’s been and awful lot hahaha). I guess maybe it’s been too much, but damn it it’s my down time!! πŸ˜‰

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Alrighy then! I’ve got a busy day, and then week ahead of me so lets just get right into that! Luke, all three dogs, and I are going to be driving to Colorado for Thanksgiving. That’s going to be an interesting trip. Lily and Dean have both been to Minnesota and that’s a much longer trip than this one, so I know they’ll be fine in the car for an extended period of time. But I’m not so sure about Finn. He does pretty well in the car, but he’s never been on a long road trip before and we’re going to have a pie with us, so yeah, things could get a little crazy haha.

We’re planning on leaving either later on Tuesday night or super early on Wednesday morning. So we’re going to be in for a long day of driving! Ugh, it’s a pretty awful drive, but I’m excited because I get to see my parents, this will be the first time the dogs have ever been to Colorado, and this will be the first time that Luke’s been to Colorado, that we’l actually be staying instead of just passing through. So hopefully we’ll be able to do something exciting and Colorado-y after we get there on Wednesday.

Unfortunately my dad only has Thanksgiving day off from work, so he probably wont get to do anything fun with us on Wednesday, but on Thursday he said he’s gonna do a 5k with me in the morning! We couldn’t find an actual turkey trot close enough to do (they were all like an hour away…), so we’re just going to run around the lake near his apartment. I’m so excited for that and we’re gonna have so much fun!! It’s also probably going to be pretty interesting because last I knew, my dad’s not really a runner. Still gonna be lots of fun though!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So today I’m going to clean up our cooler and pack it with tupperware, because my mom wants us to take some leftovers and I am totally on board with that! I’m also thinking about putting up Christmas decorations, because for the last 4 years I’ve decorated on the 20th of November (thanks for reminding me of that Facebook memories). And tonight Luke and I are going to bake a pumpkin pie to take to our little Thanksgiving shindig. Oh and last night I got THE BEST Christmas sweater ever! So obviously I’m going to wear it to Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

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It’s so beautiful!!Β 

Tomorrow we’re probably going to pack up the car once Luke gets home from work, get everything ready to go, sleep for a little bit, and then we’ll be on our way! Fun times!

Okey dokey then! I’ve got stuff to do and I already feel like I’m running out of time to do it haha. I hope everyone has a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

~Ashley

 

 

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Tuesday Things

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  1. It is beautiful outside today.Β It’s cloudy, drizzly, and the fall foliage is in full effect. πŸ™‚ It would be nice if it was a little bit colder because now it’s a gross, muddy mess outside, but oh well.
  2. Today is the last day of my 25th year on earth. Which is just an obnoxious way of saying that tomorrow is my birthday haha. I don’t think I’m gonna be doing anything exciting, but it’s all good, the fact that I’ll have officially made it around the sun 26 times is exciting in and of it’s self. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
  3. After taking 3 whole days off after my 3rd half marathon, I’m ready to run again!! My legs feel good and are ready to go! Nothing too serious at this point, but I’m probably going to start running again tomorrow. πŸ™‚ Haha I did a lot of things wrong before/during/after this half marathon, but apparently recovering wasn’t one of them!
  4. Thanksgiving is next week! That means Luke, the dogs, and I are going to be traveling to Colorado to see my parents and my brother! Yay! I’m a little worried about the car ride though. Lily and Dean have both spent a lot of time driving back and fourth from St. Louis and they’ve both been to Minnesota, so I know they’ll be fine, they always do well on long car rides. It’s Finn who might be an issue. He does fine in the car, but he’s never been on a long road trip, so things might get interesting…Hopefully he’ll just sleep the whole time there and back. I doubt that’ll happen though.
  5. It looks like they got all of the photos from the Longview Half online today! So here are a couple of photos of me at the top of the big hill that is mile two. πŸ™‚

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Alrighty then! Those were just a few things I wanted to mention today. Happy Tuesday everyone!

~Ashley

Rest Day, Pumpkin Bread, And Jack O Lanterns!

Never miss a Monday? Ha! Screw that!

 


My Garmin data is telling me that I need another rest day. But more importantly, my body is telling me that I shouldn’t run today. I’m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. I’m hoping another day off and some more rest will make that feeling go away though. The last thing I need right now is a cold. My half marathon is in 19 days so we’re getting really really close and I don’t need any more obstacles to overcome at this point. Even one as small as a cold hahaha.

But anyways, I think the whole “never miss a Monday”, “no off day’s”, and things like that that you see all over the internet on “motivational” photos is a very unhealthy mindset to find yourself in. You be go go go all the time. You just can’t. You need to take days off from running and working out. You’re muscles need to rest, your body needs to recover, and you can’t do that if you’re always running, always going, and never taking the time to allow your body to rest. Rest is essential!! 

And I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better haha. I really truly believe that, and I really truly believe that a lot of people fall into the trap of “no days off” and I don’t think that typically ends well for most people.

So yeah, there’s my little soapbox speech for today. πŸ˜‰

Instead of running I did some baking this morning! I somehow made it to the end of October without really making anything pumpkin related. *Gasp* That’s absolutely insane haha. I mean, I’ve made some french toast with some pumpkin, but that hardly counts. πŸ˜‰ So I made some pumpkin bread today. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN BREAD!!! Ugh its sooooo good!! Probably not the best thing in the world for you…I did make a few healthier swaps with this loaf though. Instead of using sugar I used honey, and instead of vegetable or canola oil I used coconut oil, so at least there’s that! There’s still a shit ton of calories in a single slice hahaha. Totally worth it thought! At least I sure thing so.

So my bread ended up being pretty good! Not as good as it could have been though. I think maybe it could have used a bit more spice and a little more honey. Other than that it was still quite yummy! And maybe once I feel I’ve perfected the recipe I’ll share it here! πŸ˜‹

Anyways, after Luke came home we carved three of our pumpkins yay!! Hahaha of course I went with the usual jack o lantern face and I attempted a moon and stars. The moon looks fine but the stars are kinda weird. Oh well, it’s still neat. πŸ™‚ As I type this Luke’s still working on his first pumpkin. He’s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far it’s looking good, but he’s got a loooong way to go. Maybe I’ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. 😝


Happy Monday!!
~Ashley

 

 

Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? πŸ˜‰ Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! πŸ˜‰ We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. πŸ™‚ But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really reallyΒ reallyΒ making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best πŸ˜‰ ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. πŸ˜‰ ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. πŸ™‚ So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. πŸ™‚

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. πŸ™‚

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. πŸ˜‰ ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! πŸ™‚

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. πŸ˜‰

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? πŸ˜‰

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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I Am The Happiest Of Campers

Oh man you guys! Green Day was absolutely amazing last night!!! It was a fucking awesome show, the crowd was amazing, and it was an all around great experience! It looked like the band was having just as much fun as the crowd was! And right after the show, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day’s frontman) got onto Facebook live and talked about how awesome the concert was, how much fun they had, and how great this tour has been. That was pretty awesome!!

 

Anyway, I’m exhausted emotionally and physically (haha sometimes I forget how much I can relate to some of their songs and how emotionally invested into their music I am.), I feel like I’m hungover even though I didn’t have anything to drink, but I’m still currently riding the high from last night! Haha I feel like those post concert blues are going to hit me at some point. They’re very similar to post race blues, actually. πŸ˜‰ But for now I’m the happiest, physically/mentally battered person you’ll ever meet. Haha I guess that’s pretty similar to finishing a hard race as well!


That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m going to go threw the photos I took, look for better photos on the internet, find the set list from last night (at this point I could tell you want songs they played, but not the exact order haha), gather my thoughts, rest, hydrate, shower, probably run, shower again, an THEN I’ll work on a full recap of the show.

We were kinda far away, so I didn’t get many good photos. But in all fairness, I wasn’t trying very hard haha.

Anyways, I hope your Friday was as amazing as mine was! I’m so happy right now! EVERYTHING IS GREEN DAY AND NOTHING HURTS!!! But if it wasn’t, smile, it’s Saturday! 😁

~ Ashley

Holy Hell Hamstrings!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time.

~Ashley 

Half Marathon Training Day 4

Rest days seem toΒ simultaneously go by really fast and really slow. Like the day just seems to drag on but then I’ll look at the clock at it will be 3 pm and I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished absolutely nothing productive during the day. Haha maybe it’s just that running makes me feel super accomplished!! πŸ˜‰ Honestly though, it’s probably because running has become such a big, ingrained part of my life that when I don’t do it I feel a little off.

That being said, rest is super important! And as much as I’d love to be one of those people who can run 5 miles everyday (seriously, people like that really exist!), but more and more I’m learning that I’m just not lucky enough to be one of those people. I’ve tried streaking several times and it can get pretty hard for me just to keep up with running 1 mile every day. And now that that is something that I’ve become more aware of, it’s also something I’m becoming ok with, if that makes any sense? Like, there have been many days that I feel guilty for taking the day off and resting, and honestly the more I think about it the more I think that’s kinda sad. No one should ever feel bad for taking a break and allowing your body to heal. That’s something that’s kinda super important! Especially when you want to be the very best runner that you can be!

That being said, I did consider doing a few easy miles this morning haha. Mostly because my run on Monday was super disappointing, but when I woke up this morning I was tired, sore, and just felt like all sorts of nope. So instead I did a crazy amount of laundry (I don’t know why I let it pile up so much…), took Lily for a nice long walk, bathed her (Finn got bathed yesterday and Dean’s getting a bath tomorrow πŸ˜‰ ), played with the bunnies for a while, recorded a vlog (which I’ll probably post to vidme tomorrow because I’m feeling too lazy to edit it right now), and then did some reading. Fun times!

So tomorrow’s a cross training day, not so fun times, but since I took today off (like my training plan told me to, I should add) Friday’s fartlek workout should be even more fun! I mean, I already love fartleks and now I should be nice and rested and ready to go! Haha if you couldn’t tell, I’m super stoked about this half marathon training cycle at the moment. I’m sure in a few weeks that wont be the case, as I tend to have a lot of ups and downs about my feelings towards running/training. But I’m super jazzed up right now so I’m totally gonna roll with that and hopefully hang onto that feeling for as long as I can!

But for today I’m enjoying slowing things down, resting, and trying to be optimistic about the mountain of laundry that I have to go deal with now…

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley