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Yay 5K PR!!!

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My previous PR was 37:42, so I’m very happy about this!

I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve PR’d at the 5k distance, so I am super excited right now! I’m also super duper excited because this was completely unexpected!!

Last night I stayed up a little later than I usually do, and I drank a little bit too much wine and had a couple of slices of pizza, knowing good and well that I had a hard workout scheduled for today. Hahaha whoops… So when I got up this morning (a little earlier than I would have liked to, I should add) I thought this run was going to end up being absolutely miserable. If you follow my Instagram story at all, you would have seen that I was definitely doing some procrastinating this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I did eventually get dressed, out the door, and on the road.

I think in another post I had mentioned that I’m following one of the training plans on Garmin Connect. I’ve used their training plans for both of my half marathons and they’ve never steered me wrong, plus I really enjoy their plans and so far the “improve your fitness” plan has been a lot of fun as well! So anyway, the workout that was scheduled for today was an interval workout, and it wasย almost my favorite combination of hard and rest intervals; the plan was to warm up for 10 minutes, run at 10k pace for 3 minutes, rest for 2 minutes (I prefer to rest for 1 minute, so this was really close ๐Ÿ™‚ ), repeat 5 times, and then cool down. So that’s almostย what I did.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I run by feel and not pace, so I wasn’t at all trying to maintain any particular pace, I just ran the 3 minute intervals “hard”. Then for the first 3 rest intervals I ran at a super easy, super comfortable pace for 1 minute, and then walked for a minute. My mental game is super weak and I tend to always walk through my entire rest intervals, so I feel like that was actually a really big breakthrough for me! Haha even though for the last 3 intervals I ended up walking for the full 2 minutes because at that point I had decided to tackle some hills. But still, I’m very proud of myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

So when I started my 10 minute warm up I felt really good. Actually I felt pretty great! But at first that kinda had me worried, because sometimes I’ll feel super duper good during my warm up, and then after that everything will go down hill from there. But once I finished my first 3 minute interval at a 10:07 pace and it felt almost easy, I knew this run was going to be fucking fantastic. After that I decided that I wanted toย reallyย push myself and I busted out the next two intervals at a 9:39 and a 8:19 pace. That 8:19 pace interval had me super excited, because at one point I happened to glance at my watch (which is actually something I try really hard not to do while running intervals) and it said I was running at a 7:52 pace.ย 7:52!!!ย That’s almost unheard of for me! And then when I got home I realized that I managed to go even a little bit faster than that, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

So that brought me to about halfway through this workout and all the way back to my house (which was the starting point of my run), and then I was faced with a semi tough decision. I could either run down my street again, which is the flattest street in my neighborhood, and try to hit those same paces, or I could go tackle a few hills. Obviously I picked the hills. Haha running down the same street again would have just been way too boring! So the next three intervals were a little bit slower since they were, for the most part, spend going up hill. But I think I still maintained close to the same effort that I was running for the first half of my run. ๐Ÿ™‚ After my last 3 minute interval I turned off my watch and then waited for my shiny new PR to pop up onto the screen, because at that point I knew it would, and then spent 3-4 minutes walking back home so that was basically my cool down haha.

Once I got home the first thing I did was get my legs up on a wall (gotta help flush out that lactic acid!) and synced my GPS watch to Garmin Connect. That’s when I relized that at some point, probably not long after I glanced at my watch and saw that I was running at 7:52 pace, that I had actually hit a 7:46 pace! HOLY SHIT! I have absolutely no idea how I pulled that one off! I probably didn’t even hold that pace for very long, but still, I’ve never ever hit a pace anywhere close to that before! So yeah. I’d say this workout was a crazy huge success, which like I said is crazy, because I really thought it was going to be awful!

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Now I feel like tomorrow my legs are going to be super fun and my long run is going to be absolutely no fun, but maybe I’ll end up getting pleasantly surprised again. Haha I sure hope I do anyway, but I have a feeling that I’m not going to get that lucky two days in a row.

Anyway, after I felt like my legs had been up for long enough, I chugged the rest of the Gatorade that I was drinking, showered, and made myself a bacon and egg sandwich with extra bacon (which I devoured too fast to take a decent photo of) as a reward for my shiny new PR. Because obviously extra bacon is the best reward ever! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And now that I’m clean, fed, and probablyย adequately hydrated, I suppose I need to stretch and foam roll.

I hope you have a great Saturday!!

~Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Streak Lives On…But Just Barely

So I’m going to start off this post with a little bit of TMI; PMS has been absolutely kicking my ass since about last Friday.

I haven’t been sleeping well, I’m exhausted, moody, hungry, and I’ve been having the worst cravings ever (which doesn’t help with the moodiness, by the way, especially when you don’t have whatever it is that you’re craving). Ugh, being a person of the female variety really sucks fucking ass sometimes.

I’ve seriously been on the pill for 10 years, so I don’t even know if feeling like this is normal for me or not…but it seriously makes me contemplate going off the pill and getting a non hormonal IUD. Ugh but I’ve read way too many horror stories about IUD’s, and Chance scares me, so yeah…I’m probably going to end up talking to my doctor about it at my next check up.

So that’s been making getting out of bed and getting at least a mile of running done kinda difficult, but hormones and birth control aren’t the intended topic of this post, so moving on.

So looking back at last week’s recap, I’m really not doing as bad as I think I am, it’s just the getting out and doing it that’s getting really tough. Friday’s 2 miler was particularly sucky, but I was experimenting with running without my shoes, so I had that to distract me for the last little bit, Saturday was fun because I got to run in the snow, same with Sunday, although I really didn’t want to go out that day because I was super tired.

Monday was interesting, because all of my preferred winter running gear was stuck in the washing machine and had been since Sunday night (that’s a whole other thing that I’ll get to in a second), so I had to run in what was the absolute worst outfit ever. My sock and shoe situation was the same as usual, thank goodness because if it wasn’t I probably just would have given up on the whole streak thing. I had on a pair of tights that are too big and don’t have a drawstring (pants without drawstrings are literally the bane of my existence. Along with clothing that lacks pockets), those were under a pair of old, stained, stretched out, and way to big sweat pants. At the very least those have a drawstring, but it doesn’t do much good, I mean, you can only pull it so tight. On top I had a Victory Secret sports bra, not my favorite for running, those tend to chafe me under my arms after a while but since I wasn’t going far it didn’t matter. On top of that I had a too tight pull over that has sleeves that are too long and also super tight, so range of motion in my shoulders/arms was severely lacking, and getting to my Garmin was difficult. Over that I wore Luke’s Under Armour hoodie that I always steal. It comes down to almost my knees, so it’s huge on me, which is normally comfy, but not while running. So while doing my mile I simultaneously felt like I was being squeezed to death, while all of my clothes fell off. Oh and to top it all off, the tip of the thumb on my right glove had a hole in it, which wouldn’t have been an issue if it didn’t feel like -10 outside. By the time I finished I couldn’t feel my thumb and I’m kinda surprised that I didn’t get frost bite.

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Alright now that that’s all out of the way, I can tell the washing machine story. So for the last 2 and 1/2 ish weeks our front loading washing machine hasn’t been working properly. Near the end of the cycle it would get an error code and the door wouldn’t unlock and you couldn’t run it anymore on any cycle. So after looking up the error code we learned that it was a draining issue. Alright, after fiddling with the drain hose and unplugging and plugging the machine back in, we were able to get the door unlocked, run a drain and spin cycle (because everything would be sopping wet after a normal cycle), and that would be that. While super annoying, that worked for a while.

Both Luke and I kept saying we were going to find the warranty and call someone to come look at it, but we kept putting it off. I guess neither of us were too fond of that idea. Well on Sunday it stopped near the end of the cycle so I unplugged it and then completely forgot about it until the next morning. I tried all the usual tricks to get the damn thing to drain and get the door unlocked but at this point nothing was working. So Luke and I both did a bit of research and were texting each other back and forth about what we were finding on the good old interweb. We figured out that there was a filter somewhere in the machine that needed cleaned out. The only thing we couldn’t agree on was how to get to the thing, as we had both read different things, so we just decided we’d figure it out once he got home from work.

So yeah, that’s how my winter running gear got stuck in the washer and why I had to run in the worst assortment of stuff ever.

Once Luke got home from work (around 5:45 pm) we got to work. After doing more reading, and watching a billion videos on YouTube, we learned that we had to take off the top panel, the panel that has all the buttons and electrical stuff on it, the door, and the rest of the front panel.  I’m not even going to bother explaining how we ended up doing all of that because it took forever, and was an absolutely shitty process. Just know that we eventually got it all off and found this stupid filter.

Upon opening said filter, literally 5 gallons of water came rushing out. We knew this was going to happen, but that still didn’t make it a pleasant experience. We ended up using every towel we own, most of our dish/hand towels, and a shop vac, but we still ended up working with a bunch of water on the floor. And because that wasn’t bad enough, Winchester decided this was a opportune moment to use the litter box (which is located in the laundry room) and kick cat litter all over the wet floor. So now we were working in freezing cold cat litter filled water. Fun fun fun.

Once the water was drained and partially cleaned up, we finally got the filter out and promptly learned that yup, that was definitely the problem. It was full of almost 2 years worth of dog hair (most of which belonged to my brother in laws dog, I might add, because he absolutely refuses to brush the damn thing or clean up so his hair gets everywhere because he’s part lab /husky so he sheds a new freaking dogs worth of hair every. Single. Day. But I’m not bitter about it or anything, she said sarcastically), and gunk, and just complete nastiness. So we pulled all of that shit out of the filter, rinsed it off, and put it back in.

Yup, fixing the problem was that freaking easy. It was getting to it that was the hard part. Go figure. Probably because they want you to call a service technician to come and do it for you, but we ain’t about that life. Oh, and did I mention this is supposed to be done every month? So once a month they want you to call someone to come do this for you. Yeah, not gonna happen.

Anyway, so getting everything put back together didn’t take as long as taking it apart did, but it still took a while. We finally got it done though, plugged the washing machine back in, turned it on and the door was unlocked. That was a good sign. So we added a few wet towels to my now unstuck running gear, poured some detergent into the slot, turned it on the normal cycle, hit start and…IT DIDN’T FUCKING WORK!!!!!!!!!!

Luke and I just looked at each other with absolute defeat smeared across our faces. By then it was almost 9 pm, neither of us had eaten since lunch, we were cold, wet, dirty, and so done with this damn washing machine. After a few deep breaths Luke said that maybe he plugged the power to the door in upside down, and he thought maybe he could get to it without taking the whole thing apart again. After some fiddling and lots of yelling, he got it unplugged and then plugged back in what he hoped was the right way. So we started her up again and thank the lord baby Jesus hallelujah, we got it started! Then 45 minutes later, the cycle finished and I swear to God I’ve never heard a more beautiful sound than the little chime that the washing machine does when a cycle is done. I’m pretty sure it moved me so much that I teared up a little bit (ok, now I’m just being over dramatic).

So I put everything into the dryer (which has been working just fine, knock on wood) and then we went to bed and passed the fuck out. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my washing machine story.

After all of that hard work and drama, you’d thing that I’d finally end up getting a goodnight’s sleep, right? Well that’s where you’d be wrong! I tossed and turned all night, kept alternating between being freezing cold and ridiculously hot, apparently woke Luke up a few times (yeah, he wasn’t too happy with me this morning), and to top it all off, I woke up a little after 4:45 with a terrible headache and couldn’t get back to sleep. Oh man, that was awful, I’m a morning person, but not that much of a morning person, ya dig?

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Anyway, I tried going back to sleep, but after a few minutes I knew that just wasn’t going to happen, so I got up, made coffee, took some ibuprofen, started a load of laundry (we fixed it, might as well use it), and started writing this post.

Around 7:30 it was finally pretty light out, so I decided I needed to go run. Ugh I really really really didn’t want to run. I did though. I finally got my ass out the door around 7:45 and did what was basically an unstructured hill workout. I ran to “the big hill”, ran up it, ran down a “little hill” then ran back up that, ran back down the “big hill” , then ran home. That got me to 2 miles and I am a-ok with that. In my weekly recap I mentioned that I’m working my way back up to 20 miles a week, but I feel like I’m going to be lucky if I hit 16 again this week. Oh well, at this point my only goal for this week is keeping my streak going. I mean, I’ve come too far to quit now, I’ve only got 12 more days to go!

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American Idiot is the only playlist appropriate for days like today.

Upon returning home, I found the lucky cat my great grandma gave me when I was like 5, broken on the floor. I thought I heard something crash and break before I got out of bed this morning. I’m pretty sure one of that cats was trying to get on my bookshelf and knocked it off, so that’s awesome. I’m pretty sure it can be fixed with a little super glue, but I’m still not happy about it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Yeah, I changed right back into my pajamas when I got home. 

After my run I had second breakfast (because what’s even the point of being a runner if you don’t get 2 breakfasts), started another load of laundry, showered, cleaned the rabbits’ cage (which in retrospect I realized I probably should have done before I showered, but whatevs), finished cleaning up our mess from last night in the laundry room, and now here we are! 

I’m thinking I’m going to do a little yoga, eat some lunch, take a quick nap, and then see where the day takes me after that. 

I hope your day is going a little better than mine has been. 

~Ashley

Goodbye, Running Slump!ย 

I’m pretty sure I broke through my running slump today! I PRd my 5K time (again) by 40 seconds, so that’s pretty neat! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Now that I think about it; I’ve been PRing a lot during my short interval workouts, which is what I did today, so I suppose all of this interval training is really working! I’m still walking during my recovery intervals, but hey, I’m still seeing some pretty big improvements!

Plus the slightly cooler, misty, overcast weather we had today really helped. I’ve also noticed that I tend to PR these workouts in similar conditions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, this was pretty good timing for the whole slump getting over thing, as the Longview Half is in 9 days!!! Not gonna lie, I was getting a little bit worried about that, but today has brought my confidence back. At this point I’m just super excited to run this race. I’m sure the nerves will kick in hardcore before too long, but right now I feel calm and ready to go!

I’m not too excited about how the weather’s looking though. Like, 80% of the reason why I wanted to do this race last year because it’s on the second Saturday of November so I figured the weather would be at least a little chilly. It ended up being in the high 40’s and low 50’s while I was running. That’s not too bad, but I still prefer colder weather. Anyway, I figured that was just a fluke and that this year would be better. Nope. It’s actually supposed to be about 10 degrees warmer that last year and it’s supposed to be more humid. Fucking awesome. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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I’m really hoping that the whole crazy Midwest weather thing will kick in, and we end up having a drop in temperature, but that’s probably not going to happen. At the rate things have been going, the temperature will probably go up instead. Bleh. Maybe next year, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you have any races coming up?

I’m not the only one who starts obsessing over the weather 10 days before a race, right?ย 

What’s your ideal running temperature?ย 

The Adventures of Half Marathon Training: Day 12

Alrighty then! Let’s just get right into it!

So I switched things up a bit over the last two days. Yesterday was supposed to be an easy run day, but I took a much much muchย needed rest day instead. That ended up being a wise decision. I don’t think I would have been able to have made a 40 minute “easy” run happen in yesterday’s heat. Plus the humidity and hills. Ugh.ย Instead I took it easy. I did some cleaning, worked in the garden a bit, and Luke and I went for a short walk in the evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since I took my rest day yesterday, the original plan was to do that easy run today, but we are under another heat advisory. Fun times… I didn’t feel like waking up crazy early, so I ended up spending 40 minutes on the stationary bike instead. I feel like that’s a fair trade off.

Unfortunately I’m not sure how many miles I went. The bottom screen of my stationary bike went out halfway the my workout, so all I know is that I went 40 minutes…But it was probably somewhere around 10.5 miles, since that’s usually how far I go in 4o minutes.

Anyway, before putting in miles on my bike, I took Lily out for a quick walk to loosen up my legs a bit. They’re still kinda tight and the stationary bike doesn’t help in that regard.

Look what I hit on pokemon Go during our walk this morning! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

And afterwards when my legs were nice and tight, I did a nice 30 minute long “yoga for runners” video and threw in a bit of foam rolling. So my legs are feeling a little better. My quads are still kinda tight though…

But aside from my tight quads, I’m feeling great! No foot, shin, or hip issues for me!! Last year during my first half, my right hip gave me trouble all throughout training and the actual race. So this year in working really hard to make sure it, and the rest of my body, stays happy. I want to make it to the starting line (and finish line) healthy and injury free!

As of today I’m 100 days out and feeling good!

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Weekly Recap: May 30th – June 5th, 2016

Monday:

  • Double Day!! (Ran 4 miles in the morning and 2 in the evening)

The original plan was to do a 6 mile long run in the morning, but that just wasn’t going to happen, so I ended up splitting the run up. I’m glad I did too! The second run went sooooo much better!


 

Tuesday:

  • 40 minutes (10.8 miles) on the stationary bike

Cross train days are the bane of my existence, but I still did it. 40 minutes on the stationary bike while attempting to keep my heart rate in the aerobic zone. I did pretty well for the most part. ๐Ÿ˜€

Also, I kinda want a real bike, but I’m also to terrified to actually ride out on the roads. Haha so I guess I’ll just stick with my stationary one. 

Wednesday: Global Running Day

  • Intervals 
  • Weeded part of the garden 
  • About an hour and a half pitching softballs to my husband and brother-in-la

I accidentally woke up to late and it ended up being super hot on my run. This was supposed to be speed work but towards the end it ended up being a “just keep going and don’t die” kinda thing. 

Did a 10 minute warm up, followed by 2 minutes of “hard” running, 1 minute of recovery, repeat 9 times, followed by a 5 minute cool down. 

Wednesday ended up being pretty busy for me! Glad I skipped strength training or else I probably wouldn’t have been able to walk or lift my arms for a few days! According to my husband I threw probably over 150 pitches. I also got quite a few steps in! ๐Ÿ˜„


Thursday:

  • Rest day

My right arm/shoulder area is super sore. My legs are kinda feeling Wednesday’s workout as well. Glad I got Thursday off!!

Friday: 

  • 6 miles

Decided to do this around my neighborhood. That was a bad idea…the roads are super cambered and my hips were dead by the end of it.


Saturday: 

  • Rest day

We drove to Oklahoma on Saturday! We got there around 11 am and then hung out with Luke’s family. 

Sunday: 

  • Rest Day

Hung out and played yard games. 

Total weekly mileage: 15.84

Got my mileage up this week! Super happy about that. ๐Ÿ˜„ Going to try to keep it up next week. 


Gear, Gadgets, and a Long Run Fuled by Pizza

*Throws hydration pack onto a table* It’s officially that time of year again! It’s getting to the point where I can’t go very far without water, and my handheld water bottle just isn’t cutting it anymore. 

Thank goodness for this guy!! It holds 2 liters of water and has two pockets so I can bring pretty much anything I could concivably need with me. Haha you can see my little tub of vasaline in the front pocket. Hey, you never know when you might need some extra lube on those hot summer runs!! 

So, I absolute love this thing! My sister gave it to me a few years ago and ever since I’ve worn it on pretty much every single one of my super hot summer runs. It especially came in handy during half marathon training! I can’t imagine carrying a handheld bottle for that long, but more power to the people who can!

Anyway, this thing fits me perfectly. It doesn’t bounce or chafe and once you get used to it, carrying water on your back during runs really isn’t that bad. The only down side is that it makes by back sweat. A lot. But that’s a price I’m willing to pay for having 2 liters of water readily available on my runs.

I’m super glad I brought it with me today, I’m pretty sure I would have died without it. 

Now I’m going to back track a bit and talk about a few things that went down yesterday. 

So a few days ago my phone charger broke, and my husband was tired of sharing his with me, so we set of to Nebraska Furniture Mart (it’s a wholesale store. Along with furniture the sell appliances, electronics, video games, etc.) to replace it. Which we did. But some how I ended up with a fancy shmancy new GPS watch, because my husband is just awesome like that, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve kinda wanted a forerunner 235 since they came out. But I had my 225 and I’ve been quite happy with it. I mean, it’s pretty similar to the 235, it just doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that come with the 235. Like the ability to customize the watch face, or constantly being able to see your heart rate, or the ability to get notifications from your phone. Haha I could go on, but anyway, I’m really enjoying it already. Plus it’s a much more exciting color than the 225, and obviously that’s super important. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After our shopping adventures yesterday we were all STARVING but we didn’t want to cook, so we ordered a shit ton of pizza instead. Oh man that was a good decision. Haha it was probably also a bad decision, as I ate almost all of a medium sized pizza by my self. (I mentioned I was STARVING, right? Hahaha I really need to start eating better…)

It’s all good though, usually after a night of pizza for dinner my long runs the next day go well! And today was alright. It probably would have been better if it wasn’t getting hot/humid, but there’s not much I can do about that, unfortunately. 

I thought about doing 6 miles today, and while that extra mile would have been hell, I would probably have been able to do it. But since I haven’t done a long run in two weeks I decided it was probably better to stick with 5. 

I’ve mentioned that my husband is amazing, right? Good. Because today he dropped me off at the trail so I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic, and so most of my route would be shaded. Plus the nature trail is much more interesting than my neighborhood.

A running club has group runs on this trail. Sometimes I see them, but I always see where they’ve been. Sometimes they write fun sayings on the asphalt, but today it was just mile markers.


For the most part it was an uneventful 5 miles as far as running goes. Since it’s getting hot I’ve give up on PR’s and what not, at this point I’m just focusing on not dying. That’s pretty much my game plan during the summer. Not dying haha. And unfortunately it’s only going to get worse. I’m dreading July and August…

After my run I re-fuled with more pizza. Totally worth it. (Seriously though, I need to start eating better). After that we took the dogs to the dog park, then played softball for an hour and a half. So at this point I’m pretty worn out. We’re going to spend the rest of our evening relaxing and I could definitely use that at this point! 

I hope you’ve had a great Saturday!!

~ Ashley