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What My First Three Half Marathons Taught me

I actually posted a much smaller version of what this post is on my Instagram accountย a couple of weeks ago, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to get a little bit more in-depth with it and share my thoughts here. Especially since I’m getting pretty deep into my half marathon training at this point. I just thought it would be nice to reflect on the things I’ve learned from my previous halfs, and since it half/full marathon training season is in full swing, I thought maybe other people could take something away from the things I’ve learned so far as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Half Marathon Number One: Longview Half, 2015.

My first half marathon actually taught me quite a lot! But I mean, that does make sense considering that it was my very first. My first half and my very first race ever! Haha it’s not exactly recommenced to start off your racing career with a half, but what can I say? I’m an overachiever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, my first half marathon taught me to set big goals, dream big, and that I’m capable of more than I thought. Before I even signed up for my first half the farthest I’d ever run was 5 or 6 miles. I had no idea if I could actually cover 13.1 miles in one go. At that point I was still impressed and amazed at the fact that I could do 5! That was still relatively new to me! I also knew nothing about proper running attire, fueling, or actual running workouts. Back in 2015 I was still a relative newbie to the sport. But one day I just kinda decided that I was going to run a half marathon, so I signed up, started a training plan, and never looked back. It was a rocky road to the starting line, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing. But the second I crossed that finish line I learned that setting big, crazy goals could be a good thing! Dreaming big will help you accomplish those goals! But most importantly, I learned that I was capable of doing hard things and that I really was a runner. Not just some person who was faking it. Not that there’s any fake runners or anything. That’s just something I had struggled with for a while. But once I became a half marathoner I never hesitated to call myself a runner ever again.

Crossing the finish line of my first half was an incredible experience and it’s something I’ll never forget!

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Longview half marathon, 2015. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Two: Longview Half, 2016ย 

I went into my second half marathon much more knowledgeable and prepared! I knew I could cover the distance having done it once before, and I had a few 5k’s under my belt as well, so I had a little bit of a better idea of what I was getting myself into. Training went well and the race itself went even better!

My second half taught me how to really have fun during training and to enjoy every mile during a race. Even when it started to hurt and get really hard. This was definitely my best half so far! Maybe even my best race so far! I’m hoping that will change this November though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Longview half marathon, 2016. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Three: Longview Half, 2017

My third half marathon is a little bit notorious in my mind. Training went pretty well, but I crashed and burned hard at about mile 8 during this half. By mile 10 I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish. I did, buy jeez it was pretty terrible…

My third half was my first bad racing experience. I’m still a relative newbie at the whole racing thing. At this point I’ve only got 7 actual races under my belt, but this half, this half was by far the absolute worst I’ve ever done. That being said, I still learned a few things from this race. First and foremost, I learned just how important proper fueling and hydrating is. I mean, I alreadyย knew,ย but I experienced firsthand why during this race. The Gatorade at the aid-stations wasn’t mixed properly and that made my stomach unhappy. Since my stomach was unhappy I wasn’t able to eat my Honey Stinger waffles. One of the wonderful pacers gave me a Twizzlers at one point and I was able to eat that in slow, little bites, but that was about it. I crashed. I burned. I suffered.

Suffering was the most important thing I learned during this half. I thought I had suffered through hard workouts before, but it was nothing compared to the last 3 miles of this race. It was a hard lesson to learn. Finishing hurt and then dealing with my finishing time hurt even more. But eventually I got over it and learned that I can suffer and suffer badly, but still finish. And at the end of the day finishing is still a huge accomplishment!

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Longview half marathon, 2017. Mile 11.

There you have it! What half marathoning has taught me so far! I’m pretty excited to take these lessons into the two half marathons I’m doing in November. The Longview Half again on November 10th and the Gobbler Grind Half on November 11th. I’m sure Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will end up teaching me a few things as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahaha right now I’m thinking that suffering lesson is going to come in quite handy for this little challenge.

I’m also pretty excited to finally be doing a half marathon that is not Longview. I love that race and want to continue to do it as many years in a row as I can, but it’s going to be fun to be doing a race that’s new to me! Actually, they changed the Longview course this year, so both races are going to be kind of new to me. At this point I’m really looking forward to both of them! I’m not really nervous yet, but I know that will come soon.

Anyway, have you learned any important lessons from a race? How have you applied them in life, running, or other races? I’d love to hear your answers!

But for now, wishing you a happy Monday!

~Ashley

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Longview Half finish, 2016

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Thursday Things

My dad signed us up Tuesday, so there’s no turning back now! This November he’ll be running his first half marathon and I’ll be running two half marathons in two days! That should be an interesting experience!

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I think I’m up for the challenge though! Plus its pretty darn exciting that my dad and I are doing another race together and the fact that this will be the first of hopefully many half marathons that he will run! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s also pretty exciting that I have someone who actually wants to do these things with me! Not gonna lie, for the most part I do prefer to run alone, but I’m always open to run with other people anyway! Especially my family!

So like I mentioned on Monday, he’s been gearing up in preparation for half marathon training! On Sunday he got himself a legit pair of running shoes, an r8 roller, a bunch of Honey Stinger waffles, and a pair of compression socks, and on Tuesday, along with registering ups both for the Gobbler Grind, he got himself a Road ID (which I think is one of the most important pieces of gear you can own. I’ve got a whole post about what they are and why I think they’re important that you can read here ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and a bunch of badges for it.

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So he should be pretty much set! Plus he has the added benefit of being able to talk to someone who’s done the whole half marathon thing, has been running for almost 5 years, and who is always reading, listening to podcasts, and talking to more experienced runners about the subject. Lucky him haha! Aside from all of the various resources I’ve mentioned I’ve been pretty much on my own with the whole running and half marathon-ing thing. Maybe one day I’ll hire a coach. At least that would take a lot of the guess work out of it. But I do kinda like flying solo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for me, well, I’m not too worried. At least not yet haha. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be able to pull off this stunt and when I do I’m pretty sure that’s just gonna be even more justification to myself that I absolutely need to run a full marathon, probably next year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But we’ve still got a ways to go before we get anywhere near that territory.

Anyway, I’m a little bit annoyed right now. Earlier this week my neighbor let her daughter come over while she was really sick. Literally the first thing that kid said when she walked through my door was “I have a really bad cold.” Yup, after she said that I knew I’d be getting sick…and now, of course I am. It was really bad yesterday, but I seem to be improving a little bit today. My throat is pretty sore though and that’s super annoying. Plus I’ve been super crazy tired, so I didn’t run yesterday or today. I figured it was probably best to let my body rest.

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I’m annoyed though because now Luke has also come down with it and had to come home early from work today. All of this could have been prevented if my neighbor would have just kept her kid at home. Or at least would have told me that the kid was sick when she asked if she could come over, because then I would have said no. Don’t get me wrong, I like my neighbors and I really don’t mind that her kid comes over all the time. She likes to hang out with me and play with all of our animals. But I don’t exactly think it’s cool to be sending your sick kid to someone else house so that she can infect everyone else. Like I said, now both Luke and I have it and it fucking sucks..

Especially since it’s really nice outside right now and there is a bunch of stuff we need to get done for the garden, the rabbits, the chickens, and whatnot and this evening would have been a good time to get a start on some of that because Luke doesn’t work tomorrow, but now we aren’t going to get a chance to take advantage of that or the nice weather (it’s supposed to rain on tomorrow, and then get kinda cold again on Saturday and Sunday) which sucks. I don’t know man, obviously I don’t have kids, but if I did I don’t think I’d be sending their sick asses around to infect the neighbors.

So yeah, did a whole lot of nothing yesterday. This morning I walked Lily since it was crazy nice out and I figured getting a little bit of vitamin D might help my situation a little bit. I’ve also been trying to drink more water today because I didn’t drink much yesterday. It’s super hard to motivate yourself to drink water when your throat hurts. Which is weird because right now cold stuff seems to be making my throat feel a little better, but I still don’t feel like drinking water. Haha bodies are weird. I’ve also been making a point to eat super well today. Trying to get lots of nutrients in to help my body fight off this thing as quickly as possible. I’m already tired of all of this “resting” nonsense, but I know I’ll probably get well faster if I do it. I just don’t really do the whole sitting around doing nothing thing well. Especially on really pretty days like today when I’d rather be outside.

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Oh well. I can’t do much about it now, aside from what I’m already doing. Hopefully this illness wont stick around for too long because both Luke and I are already very tired of it haha.

Oh, but possible on the bright side, my Oiselle pocket jogger capris should hopefully be getting here tomorrow! There was a whole freaking debacle about that haha. I had originally ordered a pair on March 16th, but long story short, the UPS lost them and it took them 3 weeks to figure that out. Yeah, that was super annoying. But Oiselle’s customer service is pretty great and they refunded the order right away after the UPS officially declared them lost or whatever. So I re-ordered them last Friday and hopefully they’ll actually get here this time. If not I’m gonna have to make a point to not order anything online that ships via the UPS. This isn’t the first time I’ve had issues with the UPS but it’s been the worst by far. I really really want to try out Oiselle’s leggings though and this particular pair has ALL OF THE POCKETS! So fingers crossed that the UPS doesn’t fuck up a second time. I mean, what are the odds, right?

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Alrighty then, that’s all for today! I’m gonna go back to wallowing in my own misery now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

~Ashley

Half Marathon Number 3 Is Done! Thank Goodness!!!

This training cycle kicked my ass. It chewed me up, spit me out, and stomped me into the dirt for good measure. I battled a hot, miserable summer, just long enough to get hurt. I spent most of August and September not running thanks to a nagging knee injury. I started running again in October and was able to slowly and carefully start re-building a little bit of mileage, just to get hit with a chest cold from Hell the week before race week. Thanks to said cold, I missed three more days of running and spent a week and a half trying to get healthy again. Or at least healthy enough to cover 13.1 miles without feeling like absolute death. 
In the midst of all of that I dealt with the same old everyday stuff we all have to deal with. Thereโ€™s been some drama going down in my family, Iโ€™ve been dealing with a lot of personal stuff, and I lost a good friend to depression. Iโ€™ve dealt with a lot of bullshit to say the least. 

So yeah, it came as no surprise to me that the race also kicked my ass haha. It actually started off really well and I felt super strong going up the hills and basically unstoppable on the down hills. Unfortunately the wheels came off the bus maybe half way into mile 8. I got really dizzy, ended up having to walk quite a bit, and not gonna lie, at mile 10 I wasnโ€™t sure I was gonna make it, but somehow I crossed the finish line in 3:02:34. Thatโ€™s better than my first half marathon 2 years ago, but not as good as my second last year. Itโ€™s all good though, I made to the finish and that was my only goal, so Iโ€™m proud of myself for accomplishing it! 


Alrighty then, thatโ€™s all for now! But I will have a full race recap up in the next few days! 

~Ashley

Half Marathon Number 3 Is Done! Thank Goodness!!!

This training cycle kicked my ass. It chewed me up, spit me out, and stomped me into the dirt for good measure. I battled a hot, miserable summer, just long enough to get hurt. I spent most of August and September not running thanks to a nagging knee injury. I started running again in October and was able to slowly and carefully start re-building a little bit of mileage, just to get hit with a chest cold from Hell the week before race week. Thanks to said cold, I missed three more days of running and spent a week and a half trying to get healthy again. Or at least healthy enough to cover 13.1 miles without feeling like absolute death. 
In the midst of all of that I dealt with the same old everyday stuff we all have to deal with. Thereโ€™s been some drama going down in my family, Iโ€™ve been dealing with a lot of personal stuff, and I lost a good friend to depression. Iโ€™ve dealt with a lot of bullshit to say the least. 

So yeah, it came as no surprise to me that the race also kicked my ass haha. It actually started off really well and I felt super strong going up the hills and basically unstoppable on the down hills. Unfortunately the wheels came off the bus maybe half way into mile 8. I got really dizzy, ended up having to walk quite a bit, and not gonna lie, at mile 10 I wasnโ€™t sure I was gonna make it, but somehow I crossed the finish line in 3:02:34. Thatโ€™s better than my first half marathon 2 years ago, but not as good as my second last year. Itโ€™s all good though, I made to the finish and that was my only goal, so Iโ€™m proud of myself for accomplishing it! 


Alrighty then, thatโ€™s all for now! But I will have a full race recap up in the next few days! 

~Ashley

Last Long Run

This training cycle has been a weird one. Started off pretty good, then I got hurt, had to take almost two month off from running, and spent most of this month slowly building back up to ensure that I’m fit enough to cross the finish line of what will be my third half marathon, but not running too much or too hard, to ensure that I make it to the starting line healthy and injury free. Like I said. Weird.

But finally winding down. I did my last and longest run of this training cycle this morning and not gonna lie, it did not go well. And neither did my long run last weekend, and that’s slightly terrifying, but I keep telling myself that now that I’ve had two really shitty long runs in a row the race itself shouldn’t be that bad! And oh man do I hope I’m right! But I mean, I probably am. Even if this half marathon is the most painful and emotionally tough race I’ve done up until this point (and I have a feeling that it’s going to be) at least I wont be alone. I’ll have plenty of aid station volunteers and police officers to thank, there will be some spectators out on the course cheering me on, signs to read, kids to high five, and of course other runners to talk to. So even if it is hard, at least I’ll have all of that to keep me going. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome spectators at races are?! This guy was standing at the top of the biggest hill on this particular course, dressed as a guy riding a duck, with a sign that says “duck this hill”. This was at first half marathon and very first race ever. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, enough about worrying about the future and looking back fondly at past races, lets talk about my run today! In a word, it was shit. Like, I’m pretty sure this run caused me to have a mental breakdown hahaha. And I mean, I can laugh about it now that it’s done and over with, but at the time it was absolutely awful. When I woke up this morning I just had a feeling that it wasn’t going to go well, and I was right…but I was initially pretty excited because it was cold enough to break out my winter running gear, and if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love me some cold weather running!

So the first 2 miles went pretty well. I was super stoked about the cold and having lots of fun! Miles 3-5 went ok as well, I ran through the town cemetery (because tis the season, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and then down to pasture which usually contains cows. Haha the last few times I’ve run down that particular street they weren’t there, but they were today which was super exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stopped at my back at my house around miles 2 and 5, to get sips of water and eat half of a Honey Stinger waffle and at that point everything was going pretty well.

then at around mile 6 this just started going awry. I’m not entirely sure what happened, but my legs started feeling really tight and heavy (probably because of the cold) and my mind just decided it was going to go to some dark places. First about running and all of the worries I have about this upcoming half marathon, but then about all sorts of life stuff that I’ve been dealing with/worried about. Fun fun fun stuff…ended up walking most of mile 7 trying to re-gather myself and just hoping that would make my legs feel a little bit better, but nope, that didn’t work. So ok, stopped by my house again around mile 8, drank some more water/Gatorade, ate another half of a Honey Stinger waffle, texted Luke, and then I started to feel a little bit better. I set out again on the loop around my neighborhood that would have taken me back through the cemetery, to the cow pasture, and that would have brought me all the way back home and to 12 miles run, which was my goal.

That unfortunately did not happen, because yet again, I ran into a couple of fucking dogs who were running loose. I swear, my town has a loose dog epidemic and animal control does not care. Trust me, I’ve called them several times to report loose dogs and they always seem super pissed about me calling and I have no idea if anything actually comes of it, so I’ve given up on calling them and I just try to make friends with the neighborhood dogs (and I mean, I am friends with a lot of them haha), but that doesn’t exactly mean much when the dogs is running loose and probably scared. Anyway, the dogs I ran into today were running together and had on what looked like to be those invisible fence collars. So I assume they live together and that they’re invisible fence deal failed today. At first I tried to call them to me because they were acting friendly. One of them even got close enough to sniff my shoes, but just as I was about to try petting him, his little friend decided that he didn’t like me and started growling at me and baring his teeth. And once he did that the brave one who was almost ok with me decided that he was scared of me at that point. Great. So now I’ve got two dogs ganging up on me, growling at me, baring their teeth, and not letting me walk past them. At that point I decided to cut my losses and slowly backed away and then turned onto another street that took me into a 2 mile loop back to my house, instead of the 3 I needed to hit my goal.

After my little run in with those dogs, I went back into that not so great place mentally, and by the time I got back to my driveway I knew there was no way I was going to be able to leave again and get that last mile done. So, I figured 11 miles was close enough to 12, and I called it quits.

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So yeah, it sucks that I didn’t get the full 12 in to meet my goal, but like I said, 11 was still pretty darn close! And I did push through some pretty hardcore mental stuff, along with the typical physical discomfort as well, so although this run sucked terribly, I’m still calling it a win! ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I was done, I took an ice bath which was equally as awful, but also important. Then I ate a little bit and drank some chocolate milk, checked my social media, took a nice, long, super hot shower, ate some leftover pizza, and have been pretty much been lazing around the house ever since.

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But now that the miles are done, the ice bath is over, and I had a chance to nap, I’m feeling much better! As I type this I’m sipping on water, eating a big bowl of mac and cheese (because I earned it, damn it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), and watching Attack on Titan on Hulu. ๐Ÿ™‚ But now that I’m fully recovered mentally and feeling pretty good physically, I think I’m going to go do some stretching and foam rolling!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday!

~Ashley

 

Weekly Recap: October 16th-22nd, 2017

Monday:

  • 5 miles

I wasn’t exactly planning on going for 5 on Monday, but the weather was nice and I felt good, so it just kinda happened. ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly this run made me a little bit more confident about the half marathon next month. If we get lucky and get nice weather and if I’m feeling good, things should go pretty decently! At least I sure hope so haha.

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Tuesday:ย 

  • 5k

This technically wasn’t my fastest 5k (new watch syndrome ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but hey, I’ll take it!! Hahaha honestly this was supposed to be an easy run, but it was another really nice day and was having fun pushing a little bit on the uphills so it just kinda happened. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday:

  • Rest day

I was going to do some yoga or something, but I guess I kinda forgot to after my little incident with yet another loose dog while walking Lily that morning. My brand new hoodie got ruined during that little adventure. Sad face…

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Thursday:

  • Rest day

Whoa, two rest days in a row? That hardly ever happens because holyshiti’mgonnaloseallmyfitness! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hahah ok not really, but I think you might know what I mean. Anyways, my fancy Garmin Feix 5 said I needed to spend about 50 more hours recovering (or doing an easy effort) on Thursday morning, so I figured I’d better not run. Especially since I slept pretty well but still woke up tired. Haha oh man, that’s never a good thing. But I’m trying to be super conscious and careful about this stuff because I really want to make that half marathon in November happen and it’s coming up so fast and I’m very under trained and feel super unprepared, but I’m gonna go for it anyway! Whew, that felt kinda long winded.

I’m also thinking about signing up for a spring half that I could actually potentially be ready for, but we shall see. I’m also tentatively planning on doing a full marathon in 2019. But just thinking about it scares the shit out of me so we’re not gonna talk about that right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Friday:

  • 3 miles

Ah this was a really good run. ๐Ÿ™‚ My legs felt a little bit heavy, but other than that I felt pretty darn amazing! I actually probably had a few more mile left in me, but since I was planning to do 10 miles on Saturday I figured it was best to stop at 3. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Saturday:

  • 10 miles
  • ice bath
  • 10 minutes of foam rolling
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Oh man, this run was one of the hardest that I’ve ever done! Like, just from start to finish it was awful. But I did it and I know I’m better for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I did my ice bath, which was pretty miserable, but totally worth it. Then later that evening I put on my compression sleeves, did some foam rolling, and was about to get some stretching done, but my little next door neighbor came over so that didn’t end up getting done. Haha you can probably see, aside from running, I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing…No stretching, strength training, I only foam rolled once. Oops.

 

 

Sunday:ย 

  • Rest day

I woke up stiff everywhere. Not sore, just stiff. My legs, abs, arms, and upper back were just super uncomfortable. I probably should have seen that coming though. Yesterday’s 10 miler was the longest run I’ve done since August and this is the highest mileage week I’ve done in a very long time (and considering I’ve only run 21.22 miles this week that’s really not impressive haha). It’s all good though, I’m just glad to be running again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Total Weekly Mileage: 21.22ย 

So obviously I’m a very low mileage runner, but I’m planning on working on that over the winter and then over the course of next year. And then I think if I can get up to running around 35-40 is miles a week that I need to start training for a full marathon. So, I’m tentatively planning on that for 2019. Oh man, the thought of that is absolutely terrifying, but it’s also pretty exciting, so obviously I’m gonna have to do it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But I’m also a very injury prone person, so I’m going to need to work on that as well. I mean, part of it is probably from running so I’m going to need to focus more on recovery and strength work if I want to accomplish my goals. But at the same time, most of the injuries that have sidelined me have been because I’m a fucking klutz. Like, this whole knee thing that I’ve been dealing with over last few months happened because I somehow hurt in at the Green Day concert in August. Last year my brother in law dropped a piece of plywood on my toe and that messed it up bad enough to keep me from running for a few weeks. Once like a year or two ago I stepped off of the paved trail I was running on really weird and twisted my ankle. Another time I was doing cartwheels in the apartment that Luke and I used to live in (hahaha yeah, I don’t remember why…) and smacked my foot off of a low part in the ceiling and couldn’t walk for a few days after that. I could go on and on and on. So I guess I just need to be more careful? Haha I’m not sure how else to keep me from hurting myself in the most ridiculous ways possible…

Oh and one last thing! I’m on Strava (again haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ )! If you’re on Strava feel free to add me, because as you can see, I need some more friends on there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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But anyways, I hope you’ve had a good day and a great weekend!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Yesterday Was A Good Day

And I think today is going to be a good day as well, but first we need to talk about how a easy 2 mile run turned into a “long” run. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So Luke and I have been waking up around the same time for the past couple of days and that’s been really nice. That means he’s been sleeping in a little bit and I’ve been waking up a little bit earlier, but I think it’s been worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, we woke up to a chilly, cloudy, slightly drizzly day yesterday! My favorite!!

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So we got up, Luke got dressed and was off to work, and I let the dogs out, made myself some super yummy oatmeal and coffee, ate, checked the weather (it was 47 yesterday morning and felt like 42 ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and got dressed and ready to run in some of my favorite weather!

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So my original plan was just to do 2 or 3 easy miles, nothing too exciting. But once I stepped outside I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Especially since the temperature dropped a little bit more while I was out and I just couldn’t waste such a nice, chilly day on such a short easy run, so I did 8 instead. Hahaha because that’s the obvious solution. But in all fairness, that means I’ve knocked out my “long” run for the week so now I wont have to worry about that anymore. Plus I had quite a bit of fun! The colder weather tends to do that to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So yeah, I did have fun but I also did a little bit of struggling haha. I suppose that’s to be expected though, this was the first long run I’ve done in 2 ish months so I kinda saw that coming. Actually, the first 2 miles were absolute hell but they got progressively better after that, up until the last mile and a half ish. That was also pretty awful. By then my legs were hurting a little bit and I was super tired, but hey, still made it 8 miles! ๐Ÿ™‚

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After spending that much time out in the cold yesterday morning (which don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed!) I wanted to get myself warmed up again, so I had some hot apple cider, which was absolutely heavenly, and took a long, super hot shower. That was a also really really nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I put on my comfiest sweat pants, warm winter socks, and a flannel shirt over a t-shirt and cuddled on the couch with the dogs while I watched Netflix and did some blogging. So those were pretty much the best post run activities ever. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also tried to nap a little bit, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Does anyone else have this problem? Where you’ll be absolutely exhausted after a run but just can’t fall asleep? Because I seem to have that problem often haha. Oh well, that’s alright though because I ended up sleeping crazy well last night.

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Haha this photo was taken pre-shower. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I ended up doing a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day because I was so freaking tired after not really running longer like that for a while. But I am a little bit more confident about the half marathon in November so that’s good. ๐Ÿ™‚

So like I said, I slept pretty darn well last night, but I’m still kinda tired haha, so I guess today is going to be a rest day. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s looking like it’s going to be another chilly, dreary day though so I’m sure I’m going to spend quite a bit of time walking the dogs out in the nice weather. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley