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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

 

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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 shouldnโ€™t run today. Iโ€™m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 Iโ€™ve perfected the recipe Iโ€™ll share it here! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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, itโ€™s still neat. ๐Ÿ™‚ As I type this Lukeโ€™s still working on his first pumpkin. Heโ€™s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far itโ€™s looking good, but heโ€™s got a loooong way to go. Maybe Iโ€™ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. ๐Ÿ˜


Happy Monday!!
~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

 

Monday October 9th, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

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I guess I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today and I’m not entirely sure where I want to start or where I want to go with this little update, since I was kinda absent for most of last week. Haha that’s usually not the best way to go into writing a blog post, that’s typically when I ramble on and on and I worry that I’m not making any sense, but hey, I’m just gonna roll with it today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sooooo I guess we’ll start off with the race that I missed on Saturday. I had signed up for the Louisburg Cider 10k way back in May and I was pretty freaking stoked about it! But as you probably know, I got injured in August and haven’t been doing much running since then and was a little bit nervous about trying to do a 6.2 mile race. By the beginning of last week I had a feeling that I was going to be able to cover the distance, the only question was would I be able to do it without re-aggravating my injury.

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I never got to figure that out though. Last Monday a friend who I was very close to back in high school died. After I found out about that I didn’t think I was going to want to do it. I’m the kind of person who likes to be alone to process things like this and I didn’t exactly feel like being surrounded by a bunch of happy people that weekend. Especially after I found out his funeral was on Saturday, the same day as the race. Unfortunately Luke and I weren’t able to go, it’s kinda hard for us to drop everything and drive 5 hours to Illinois (where he lived, where the funeral was, and where we’re originally from, if you didn’t know), at such short of a notice.

So instead I did the only thing that made sense and went for a run that morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m not exactly one to dedicate miles, races, or runs in general to people. That’s just not my thing. But I did do this run sans music, and spend most of it thinking about my friend and all the growing up, fun times and crazy, “bad kid” stuff him, his girlfriend at the time, me, and Luke did together in high school, and prayed for his family. I was really nice. Sad, but exactly what I needed, I think. I’m actually really glad I ran by myself instead of going to that race on Saturday.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a little disappointed that I missed out on my first “official” 10k, that sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun, on what I’ve heard is a beautiful course, but there’s always next year and there’s always other races. ๐Ÿ™‚

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From my easy, beautiful, and peaceful run on Saturday.

Alrighty I guess that’s kinda a nice segue into the topic of the Longview half marathon, which is on November 11th, which I have signed up for, which is suppose to be my 3rd half marathon, and I am absolutely scared shitless about it. I mean I basically missed out of two months of training. I did very little running in August and almost no running in September and I’m just starting to really get back into “training” for it right now. Like right now I am just terribly overwhelmed by the fact that I only have one month to attempt to get into some kind of shape to run this thing. I’m not gonna try for any kind of PR, or time goal or whatever (although I would like to finish before the cut off time, which is 3 hours), but at this point I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do that. The last long run I did was a 9 miler back in the beginning of August and if I’m able to stick with the pace I did during that run I’ll be ok, but like I said, that was back in August and it was only 9 miles. So yeah, I’m hardcore freaking out about this thing now.

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Yesterday I sat down and wrote out a plan for what I’m hoping to accomplish this month. It involves absolutely no speed work, just getting in some miles, and mostly focusing on getting in an 8 mile long run, 10 mile long run, then a 12 mile long run, and then basically “tapering” the week before the race to hopefully let my legs get a chance to rest and be fresh on race day. If I can’t get those miles in, if they don’t go well, or if my knee starts acting up again I think I might email the race director and see if they can’t just bump me down to the 5k. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t. Especially since I’m not looking for any kind of refund or anything. Haha I’m actually not sure how the protocol for all of that goes, but I assume it wouldn’t be a good idea to not ask the race director and then try to do the 5k with a half bib. But anyway, that’s just plan “B” for now. I’m still aiming for that half marathon at this point though.

Anyway, I started very slowly easy back into running last week. Managed to get a whole 11.7 miles done. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My goal for this week it to continue easing back into things and doing an 8 mile long run, so I guess we shall see how that goes. Kicked off the week with an easy 3 mile run, followed by a few strides just for fun. It was a beautiful morning and I felt pretty darn good, so hopefully that’s a good sign!

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Ok, I think that pretty much covers running stuff for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

So lets talk about our new little girl ferret! She finally has a name!!! Haha like, 2 weeks ago I had been asking pretty muchย everyoneย for name suggestions because both of us were pretty much drawing blanks. Someone on my Vidme channel suggested Harley Quinn, sticking with our Batman theme since our other ferret’s name is Bruce Wayne. Haha that seems soooo freaking obvious! We’re not sure why we didn’t think of that right away! So yeah, she has a name now. ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as her adjusting to life here, she’s doing very well! She and Bruce becameย veryย fast friends and they’re pretty much inseparable at this point (which is funny, because Bruce has been alone for 3 years). They’re pretty much always cuddling when they sleep, they eat together, drink together, and get into lots of trouble together. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha but they both seem very happy with each other and I’m very glad about that.

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Harley and Bruce.ย 

I suppose that pretty much covers everything I wanted to talk about today and I don’t think I ended up being to ramble-y. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone has a good Monday and a great week!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: September 25th-October 1st, 2017

Monday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes of yoga

I guess Monday was really just a test run to see how my knee felt. Haha it was super humid, hot, and gross out, and I felt pretty awful. That was pretty much to be expected though. The first few runs back always suck…but other than that it went well! My knee felt pretty good and I’m thinking I’ll be able to slowly get back into my running routine and will be good to go for my half marathon in November.

Also, if it could start feeling like fall outside, that’d be great…

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Tuesday:

  • Rest day

Didn’t run on Tuesday, but Luke and I did see Cherry Bombs, Steel Panther, and Stone Sour live, so that was a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday: 

  • 3 miles

So this run went a lot better than I thought it would considering I’m slowly getting back into running, I was up late the night before, and I did some drinking at the Stone Sour concert. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it was about 60 degrees and lightly drizzling, so that made it more fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thursday: 

  • Rest day

So that kinda happened by accident. I was planning on doing some kind of cross training, but I ended up in a bit of a cleaning frenzy and ended up doing a bit of deep cleaning around the house instead. So I mean, really I’m just glad I ended up getting so much done haha!

Friday: 

  • Pumpkin picking and errand running (totally counts! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Luke and I were super busy on Friday! First we went to a farm thing  where you can pick apples and pumpkins, and picked up some pretty awesome pumpkins! When we got there we found out that we actually got really lucky and that Friday was the first day that they were opening the pumpkin patch for pumpkin picking. And we got there right after they opened so we we were some of the first people to pick pumpkins! That was sooooo cool, because we got the first pick of the pumpkins (and we found some pretty freaking awesome ones!), the field wasn’t all trampled because hardly anyone had walked in it, so we got to walk around through the vines and I actually ran through them and hurdled them and told Luke about every singe neat pumpkin that I saw. Haha so yeah, basically I’m a toddler. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then after we got our pumpkins we went out for Chinese food (yum!), then went to several different stores to grocery shop and pick up stuff we needed. So basically we were gone most of the day and by the time we got home we were both exhausted and ended up watching Bob’s Burgers for the rest of the night. Hahaha so I didn’t run, but it ended up being a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday: 

  • Rest Day

That wasn’t exactly the plan, but the day just kinda got away from me haha. 

Sunday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike 

This was one of those really tough “just getting back into it” runs. It was short, slow, and sucky, but at least I’m getting out there and doing it. ๐Ÿ˜„


 

 

Friday Fives: Reasons Why I’m Super Duper Excited About Fall

All right, all right, I know that most of you guys probably know that I absolute love everything about fall (and winter, but lets focus one one season at a time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But I can’t help it! I am a cold weather person, I do not do well in the heat/summer time, and lets be honest, October through December is pretty much the most exciting and beautiful time of year!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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1.ย Fall Runningย 

I guess this may be a bit obvious, but hey, this is a running blog after all! And besides, fall is probably the best season for running! The temperature is usually pretty close to perfect, the scenery is beautiful, there are an abundance of races, you don’t have to wake up super early to hit the road before the sun comes up, getting to see everyone’s Halloween decorations, being able to drink a nice warm drink when you get home, I could probably go on an on and on haha.

Now unfortunately I’m still injured and unable to do much running right now, but I’m still dreaming about long, tough, beautiful autumn runs.

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2. Halloween!!ย 

I mean come on, who doesn’t love Halloween? You get to dress up, watch scary movies, and eat obscene amounts of candy. What’s not to love? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh and not to mention all of the fun, Halloween themed races that I swear one day I’m going to participate in.

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3. Pumpkinย Picking Adventures

Luke and I kind of have this tradition of going pumpkin picking. We’ve done it every year since we’ve moved to Kansas. Hahaha I think it’s so much fun and just about the best thing ever to search through a field for the perfect pumpkin, picking it yourself, and then taking it home and carving it. Unfortunately for Luke, he doesn’t find any of that as enthralling as I do, but he puts up with it because he knows it makes me happy.

4. Fall Food

Chili, baked apples, homemade applesauce, soups, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin EVERYTHING! Oh and not to mention every food ever served at Thanksgiving ever (well, exept for things that contain pecans. I hate pecans haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ )! I think it’s all great haha! It seems like both Luke and I get into a super duper cooking mood once fall rolls around, so we always end up making lots of super yummy stuff! Fresh squash soups, chili with our home grown tomatoes and peppers, pies, cookies, bread, and anything that involves pumpkin, both Luke and I end up making from scratch, It’s lots of fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last year we went apple picking and ended up with a piss ton of apples, so we made applesauce! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested!

5. Fall Foliageย 

I don’t care what anyone says, fall is the prettiest season ever. That is all. ๐Ÿ˜‰