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Pumpkin Picking 2019

Woohoo! The tradition continues!!

Every year since Luke and I moved from Illinois to Kansas we’ve gone pumpkin picking in the fall. Not on any specific date. We just go whenever works best for us. Or at a particular place. We’ve gone to a few different cider mills, orchards, and straight up pumpkin patches. But it’s still a tradition that’s still going strong 7 years as of today!

We took Dean with us today because we’ve always wanted to bring a dog with us but we never bothered looking up whether or not we could until today. πŸ˜‚ But they said dogs were allowed so we brought one!!

Hahaha it’s hard picking when you’ve got 4 to choose from. But we chose Dean because he’s the most laid back and chill. Plus he has very little herding drive so he didn’t really bother the goats and chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo area. Lily, Finn, and Whiskey would have wanted to herd all of the critters. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we went to the Louisburg Cider Mill bright and early this morning! We got there at 8 am, right when they open, so we could beat the heat and the crowds! And we were totally successful!!

First we took Dean through the corn maze. He was very confused about that. He wanted to keep running through the corn. Eventually he figured out that we were staying on the path though and eventually we let him lead the way. He wasn’t very successful about finding his way to the end, but eventually Luke and I figured it out! Hahaha I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve actually entered and exited a corn maze in the correct place. πŸ˜‚

After we finished the corn maze we got down to business picking THE PERFECT pumpkin! I think we succeeded in that endeavor! It’s HUGE, and round, and perfect! Hahaha I’m very excited! πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Surprisingly enough I don’t have any photos of it right now. I’m sure I’ll have a whole bunch throughout the rest of spooky season though! But I do have a few photos of the pumpkin patch and Dean dragging me through it. πŸ˜‚

Whew! That was a lot of fun!! After we picked out our perfect (but super expensive) pumpkin we went to the little country store they have there and got some loose tea (they have THE BEST loose tea) and soup mix. Yum!! πŸ˜‹

Now if only the weather would cooperate and cool off! It was super nice out this morning but it got up to 90 by this afternoon. Boo… It is supposed to cool down but next week though and I sure hope it does! I’m looking forward to some fall weather!

Anyway, after our pumpkin picking adventures Luke and I ran some errands, bough groceries, then went to Walmart for some golf balls because Luke wanted to golf today. So we did get his golf balls. But we also ended up with some mini pumpkins as well. πŸ˜‚

And he did get to get in 18 holes of golf. I didn’t feel like playing though so I played the part of caddy/spectator. πŸ˜‰

So I got to go pumpkin picking which is one of my favorite things and Luke got yo go golfing which is one of his favorite things, so everyone was a winner today! πŸŽƒ 🏌️😊

And now that we’re done with all of that fun we’re going to spend our evening just hanging out at home. And I’m going to at least attempt to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Really all I need to do is make sure I have breakfast ready, set my coffee maker, and lay out my clothes. But I don’t feel like doing That right now. I should also probably drink some water because I basically haven’t all day. Oops.🀣

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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

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

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

Monday:

  • Rest day
  • 30 minutes of yoga

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

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

Tuesday:

  • Rest day
  • 10 minutes of yoga

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

Wednesday:

  • 4 miles, intervals
  • 25 minutes of yoga

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

Thursday:

    3 miles

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

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

Friday:

  • rest day

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

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Saturday:

  • 7 miles
  • 45 minutes of stretching and foam rolling

Last long run! Yay!

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

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

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Sunday:

  • rest day

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

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

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

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

Total Weekly Mileage: 14.01

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

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

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

~Ashley

 

One Week To Go!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

October Miles and Goal Check In

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Is anyone doing anything fun tonight?? Originally Luke and I were going to go trick or treating with my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and her kids. But that kinda fell through, so now we’re just staying home and doing the same old same old. Bummer. But oh well…

Anyway, can you believe it’s the last day of October?!? How the heck are they’re only 2 more months left in 2018?!? I feel like I say this every year, but holy cow this year has flown by! πŸ˜‚ Actually that’s a lie. This summer kinda dragged on a bit, but other than that, the year has really flown by. πŸ˜‰

I’m pretty excited that November is almost here though! November is always a fun and busy month for me, and I have quite a bit to look forward to! For 4 years in a row now I’ve had a half marathon to run in November and obviously this year I have two!! Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make of for the second one, but my dad still is! Right now he’s planning on coming from Colorado to Kansas on Friday November 9th, so he’ll be able to go with us to my first half of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days and spectate with Luke. Then after that we plan on going to the packet pick up for the half we’re running together the next day. 😊 November is also my birthday month. I’ll be turning 27 on the 15th! Probably not going to do anything fun for it, but it’s always exciting to celebrate another trip around the sun. πŸ˜‰ Then of course Thanksgiving is November 22nd. We’ll be traveling to Colorado for that. Then the Christmas season officially begins and so does all of the fun stuff associated with that. 😁 November is always a fun month.

Anyway, did onto my monthly miles and goal check in!

90.60 miles run in October! Nice!!! πŸπŸ‚πŸ•ΈπŸ¦‡β˜ οΈ

Hahaha I’m too lazy to actually look it up on Garmin Connect, but I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage month I’ve ever done. Neat!! And I did it all without getting injured! Even more neat!! Haha and pretty dark impressive considering I’m the most injury prone, klutzy person I know. πŸ˜‚ But that alone makes me feel like October was a very successful month and that I’ve accomplished quite a bit. Especially since running more miles was one of my biggest goals for the year. 😁

As for my other goals, well, still not journaling. Oops. I’ve got nothing more to say about that really…

But I did do alright with getting my step goal in! I mean, I kinda got off to a rough start, but eventually got my shit together and started hitting it more often. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Anyway, I guess that just about covers my monthly mileage and goals. So I’ll leave you with a few more fall/Halloween type photos! I’ve kinda taken an excessive amount lately, but this is the first fall in several years that actually FELT like fall starting in October. It’s been wonderful!

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Happy Halloween!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€


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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