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January 12th, 2018

This morning I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself. I mean, it wasn’t all that long ago when I could do an easy 4 miler like I did yesterday, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day and tackle another run. But I took a minute to take a step back and really look at what’s going on. I did kind of do a lot yesterday! I braved the elements and did an almost 4 mile run (it was 3.89, but that’s freaking close enough hahaha) with ice under my feet and pretty harsh wind gusts which where sometimes at my back and sometimes at my face. It was slow going (it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars), hard work, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

And then later in the day I did a 30 minute yoga sequence and spend 30 minutes on my stationary bike (and it wasn’t 30 minutes of me just fucking around on the bike like I sometimes do, I was actually putting in some work hahaha! πŸ˜‰ ). And that was all on top of me being sick last week, and being crazy busy with Christmas stuff the week before that, so no freaking wonder I don’t feel like doing anything today!

Sure maybe at one point I could have done a hard workout after everything I did yesterday. And yes, compared to what some people can do/are currently doing, I did hardly anything yesterday. But comparing myself to other people or to what I could do at another point and time is literally going to get me nowhere. It doesn’t getΒ anyoneΒ anywhere.

So, this is where I’m at right now and that’s ok. I’ve got some really big goals I want to accomplish and I’m going to have to work really hard to make them happen. But right now I need to focus on even getting to the point of being able to work towards them. I can’t just jump right back into what I was doing several months ago and think that will work. It won’t. More likely than not I’ll just end up burnt out or hurt, and I’m already super injury prone haha. I need to work back up to where I was and then build from there. And if that means having to skip out on a run here or there to rest, then so be it. For me today, not running is a win. πŸ™‚

I know this post is kinda just one big “note to self” thing. But if you take anything away from it, let it be the fact that it’s ok to be where you’re at right now and to work with that instead of comparing yourself to someone else or to your past self (something that I’m super guilty of), and then trying to do too much, or getting frustrated and giving up on whatever your goal happens to be. You’ve got this. I believe in you. Which is also a good “note to self”. πŸ™‚

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!

~ Ashley

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Friday Fives: OMG Tomorrow Is Race Day Thoughts and Feelings

Tomorrow’s the day I’ve been waiting for/dreading for a while now and I’m trying to gather my thoughts a little bit, because they’ve just been all over the place this week. I’m pretty excited, because races are fun! I mean, you get to hang out with a bunch of other runners, have roads closed off and the police out making sure you’re safe from traffic, there are volunteers handing you water and Gatorade, and a bunch of people cheering you on, some of whom have fun signs, and hi-fives aplenty. What’s not to like?! You know, aside from the fact that I feel very unprepared for this half marathon. I got injured over the summer, got sick a week before the race, and am already a super slow runner, so being even slower because of those things really really sucks.

So I suppose that basically sums up how I feel, but in the spirit of “Friday Fives” here are 5 thoughts and feelings I have about the Longview half marathon tomorrow;

1. It’s Gonna Be A Total Suckfest…

Mostly because of the hills that I did not train for. So that’s probably just going to be loads of fun. But I’m fully aware of how sucky it’s going to be (running this course twice before helps with that) and I’m ready to embrace it. There have been a couple times in this training cycle that I said I wanted to hurt, and I guess I’m finally going to get my wish tomorrow! And I guess at this point I’ve just kinda hyped myself up so much for it that I’m just like “Yes! Bring on the pain!!!”. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not though. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

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At least the course is pretty, being around a lake and all. πŸ˜‰

2. It’s Going To Be Another Warm Year.Β 

Ok, so the weather isn’t going to beΒ thatΒ bad. As of yesterday they’re calling for a high of 46 degrees a low of 41 and it’s supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain (which is great for me!). But this race is held on the second weekend of November. I’ve signed up for this race 3 years in a row now hoping that it would be nice and cold out. But 3 years in a row, the high has been around 50 degrees. I’m about 2 seconds away from turning this into a climate change thing, but that wasn’t my original intent for this post, so I’m gonna stop there. Just know that I’ve been kinda disappointed that the weather has yet to be as cold as I’d wish it would beΒ during this race.

But fun fact! The very first year they held this race, the only year I have not run it so far, race day fell on my birthday and they got some snow flurries. So yeah, I wish I would have done it that year, but I was not ready for a half marathon at that point of my life and I had no idea that this race or the KC Running Company even existed back then, so there’s that hahaha.

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3. I’ve Still Got A Few Things I Need To Get Done.

So usually I’m super on top of preparing for big events like this, but I’ve been very lax about it all this year. I mean, I’ve gotten my gear and fuel plan all figured out so at least there’s that. But I still need to make a playlist (because I like running with music damn it!! πŸ˜‰ ), figure out where I’m going to keep my fuel (why does running gear have so few pockets???), pick up a throwaway jacket and gloves, bananas, chap stick. I’ve also got to go to packet pick up at some point this afternoon. I should theoretically get all of that done today though. And maybe it would be a good idea for me to come up with some kind of race plan? But meh. I’m not too worried about it honestly. As long as I keep moving forward I’ll make it to the finish line and that’s really my only goal. πŸ™‚

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But hey, at least I know what I’m gonna wear! πŸ˜‰Β 

4. I’m Excited!Β 

I know I’ve been a bit of a negative Nancy about things going wrong during this training cycle, and I do think this half marathon is gonna be super hard and suck and be painful but I’m still excited for it! I’m excited to line up at the starting line, thank all of the volunteers and police officers (seriously, if you wanna take your mind off of running for a little bit, start thanking all of the people out there making the race possible for you. It helps and everyone volunteering definitely deserves A LOT of recognition for what they’re doing), talk to other runners, hi five spectators, and crossing the finish line. I’m also excited to be ridiculous and laugh with the race photographer at mile 11, have a volunteer tell me I really made sure that my timing chip was secured to my shoe (because so far someone has said something about it at EVERY. SINGLE. RACE. I’ve done hahaha), get my medal, and partake in whatever food that will be at the finish line this year. Last year it was chili, which I didn’t think was a great choice…and this year they did not specify anything in the participant’s guide, so I guess I’ll just find out what it is when I get there! πŸ˜‰

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5. I Get A Sweet Hoodie, Nifty Medal, and My Streak With This Race Continues! So Totally Worth It.Β 

I think this might actually be more than one point, but I’m just gonna roll with it. πŸ˜‰ So first off, the participation shirt for this race has just gotten better every year! This year it’s a pretty sweet hoodie, and I’m actually going to go pick that up along with my bib number later today! I’m pretty stoked about that. πŸ™‚ And the finisher’s medal is pretty nifty too! Although I think I liked last years better, but still, not too shabby! Along with some neat finisher’s stuff, I get the pride of crossing another finish line and of completing this race 3 years in a row. And that’s a streak I’d like to keep going for as long as I possibly can!

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Friday Fives: Birthday Wishlist

Yay! My birthday is next month!! I’m gonna be a whole 26 years old. Fun times! πŸ™‚ Haha so I figured why not share 5 things from my birthday wishlist, because not gonna lie, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to write about for this “Friday Fives” post hahaha.

So pay attention family and friends who might be reading this! I know I’m pretty terrible at giving you guys gift ideas (I’ve been told this several times by many different people hahaha). So here you go! 5Β specificΒ things that I want/could use. πŸ™‚

1. Thick Socks

First off, IΒ love getting socks as gifts! My feet are always super cold in the winter and I’m really good at wearing holes into socks, so I always need new ones. But I like the super, crazy, super thick and warm ones for the winter months! They keep my piggies nice and cozy and prevent them from freezing off on our hardwood floors.

Also, yes, I do prefer men’s socks. They’re usually thinker and last a lot longer (not sure why that is). And I know that spending $12 on a single pair of socks might seem a bit crazy (the socks that are pictured below are my favorite brand and run around $12 at Bass Pro Shop) but trust me, it’s worth it!!

2. A New HoodieΒ 

Since my new one was ruined in a conflict between my dog and some other dog who’s asshole owner was letting it run loose. Also preferably a men’s hoodie. I don’t like women’s hoodies. They are always too short and ride up and it’s super annoying…

Anyway, this Green Day one is a good one! Albeit kind of expensive.

3. All Of The Cute Headbands/Bows/Hair ClipsΒ 

My hair is currently at a super awkward length. Headbands/bows/hair clips help. πŸ˜‰ Hottopic has some pretty good ones.

4. Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King and his son Owen KingΒ co-authored this book together. I MUST READ IT!!! And I mean, Stephen Kind is my all time favorite author anyway, so either way I was gonna have to read it. πŸ˜‰

5. Honey Stinger WafflesΒ 

A strange thing for one to ask for for their birthday? Perhaps. But these are my go-to running fuel and I could always use them!! πŸ™‚

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Alright, I am aware and fully acknowledge that that was a super lame “Friday Fives” but hey, they can’t all be winners haha. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!

~Ashley

 

Friday Fives: Things I like About Spring Running

We’ve had a few false starts, but it looks like spring is finally sprung here in Kansas! So for today’s “Friday Fives” I thought I’d talk about a few things I actually enjoy about spring running. πŸ™‚

1. It takes a lot less time to get ready

Gearing up for cold weather runs makes me feel like a total badass (I can’t be the only one, right?). But I’ve got to admit, it is nice to be able to throw on a thin pair of tights, sports bra, tank top, shoes and socks, and then be ready to hit the road. You don’t have to worry about being properly layered, whether or not your hat covers your ears, or how many pairs of socks are going to be necessary/if your big, fuzzy, wool socks will even fit into your running shoes… It can take a lot of thought just to get ready to run in the cold. Especially if the cold is accompanied by the wet.

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So this photo is totally from the fall of 2015, but whatever, the same point still applies. πŸ˜‰

2. The plants are alive and everything is green again!!

I love the winter months, I really do, but unless it’s snowing winter isn’t exactly the most visually appealing season. At least in the spring the grass is a nice bright green, flowers are blooming, the trees are growing leafs again. It’s great. πŸ™‚

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3. The warm weather runners finally come out of hiding

I’m not trying to put you guys down in anyway or anything like that. I’ve honestly missed you! I mean, I really do prefer to run by myself, but winter running can get super duper lonely. Like, no one is out and about. It’s usually just me and one or two other crazy runners out braving the cold/snow/ice. But once the weather starts to get a little nicer more and more people start coming out and I always see more people out running, which is nice! Like I said, I prefer running alone, but I do like to smile and wave at all the other runners (or walkers, or dogs/cats, or kids on bikes, etc.) that I see. πŸ™‚

4. Running in the rain 

Running in the rain is one of my all time favorite things to do, regardless of the temperature, but I think spring showers are the most fun to run. Like I mentioned before, aside for maybe a light jacket, you really don’t have to worry too much about layering for rainy spring time runs. You also don’t have to worry about icy patches (although I swear really slippery mud is just as dangerous!). Plus being wet and warm (or at least wet and slightly chilly) is a lot more fun than being wet and cold. That can get pretty miserable at times, especially if you weren’t mentally prepared for it.

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5. Nice weather

All right all right, we all know at this point that Ashley isn’t the worlds biggest fan of warm weather, and that she would definitely take a cold snowy day over a warm sunny one pretty much every single time (yeah, I don’t know why I started talking about myself in the third person either…). But I can’t deny that there is something kinda magical about the first warm, sunny days of the season. Like when it’s in the mid 50’s to low 60’s, the sun is shining through some big puffy clouds, all the fun changes in the plants and what not that I mentioned earlier,, and a slight, pleasant little breeze. Yeah the first few days like that are a lot of fun, I must admit. All of that gets really old, really quick. At least I think it does anyway.

What are some of your favorite things about running in the spring?

Friday Fives: Things I Hate

I guess maybe “hate” isn’t exactly the right word. These are really more pet peeves and things I just don’t really like or understand, but that’s just not an exciting title. Any maybe this is just isn’t an exciting topic, but I’ve been thinking about this kinda stuff lately and I’m trying to bring back the “Friday Fives” thing, so it seemed like a good idea to me! πŸ˜‰

1. Stretchy dog leashes.

I’m pretty sure the devil himself invented stretchy dog leashes. You know what I’m talking about, right? Those leashes with the weird handles with a button that releases or locks a thin fabric cable in place? I swear those things can cut a limb off if you end up tangled in one of them, which seems to happen every single time I encounter a person who has their dog hooked to one. Plus it seems to me that they just defeat the whole purpose of having your dog on a leash. You can’t really control your dog from 30 feet away.

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So I guess they’re actually called retractable dog leashes haha. My google search for “stretchy dog leash” didn’t get me the results I wanted but that did. Either way, I loathe these things.

2. When people leave their GU/other fuel wrappers on the trail or stick it in the chain link fence instead of throwing it away.Β 

IF YOU HAD A PLACE TO KEEP IT WHILE IT WAS FULL YOU HAVE A PLACE TO KEEP IT WHILE IT’S EMPTY!!!!! Plus I always find them a few feet away from trash cans. Seriously, just throw them into the trash or stash it back where you had it before you ate it. Littering isn’t cool people.

3. When cyclists hog the trail.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to bail off the trail because some dickhead cyclist is riding side by side with their friend and they don’t want to pause their conversation for two seconds to ride one behind the other while they pass me going the opposite direction. Or when they take a curve too fast and end up too far to their left and therefore in the very small section of the trail that I need to run on. 1. There is a speed limit on this particular trail that I’m talking about for a reason! 2. I’m a fucking pedestrian I’m going a lot slower and taking less space on the trail than you are. That’s why you’re suppose to be watching out for and trying to avoid hitting me, not the other way around. 3. There are huge ass signs with rules basically stating all of this and more posted all over the trail for a reason!

4. People who are rude to cashiers/waiters/any other person working in customer service.

Oh man, I don’t even know where to start with this one. Just, why? What’s even the point? They’re people too, just trying to do their job and you bitching at them doesn’t make it any easier. I worked at a Walgreen’s for two years so I’ve go some experience with this kind of thing. Whenever you’re kind/friendly/understanding to the person trying to help you, you get much better service and the person actually tries to help solve whatever issue you’re having. Whenever you’re rude, 90% of the time that person is doing whatever it takes to get you out of their hair. Dealing with rude customers is no fun and no body wants to do it. Don’t be a rude customer.

5. Pants that don’t have pockets. Or worse, fake pockets!

Seriously!!! Why do a good majority of my pants lack pockets?!? I need a place to store stuff but I don’t want to have to carry a purse with me everywhere I go…At this point I’d almost be happy with those tiny pockets that you can only fit a few dollars and a tube of chap stick in. At least that’s better than nothing.

Maybe it’s just because I don’t wear jeans though, but I’ve yet to fine a pair of jeans that fit properly around my waist/thighs/butt, so jeans aren’t typically an option for me. But that’s a whole other thing that I hate and I’m not about to get into that right now.

 

Friday Fives: Even More Running Memes

It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve done a “Friday Fives” post, but yesterday I went looking back at a few of them. Specifically the running memes posts (you can find those here and here if you’re interested). I thought those were a lot of fun and memes are always good for a laugh, so why not share five more of my favorite running memes? πŸ™‚

1. Did something die in here??!

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Oh wait, that’s just me…

2. Hmmm this looks like a fun place to run! Do you think I can run here?

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I’m pretty sure my husband is really tired of hearing those two things come out of my mouth.

3. Listen to Master Yoda you must.

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Knows what he’s talking about he does.

4. My Saturday mornings are earlier than my Monday mornings.

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True Story.

5. Dear friends and family;

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I am kinda crazy sometimes though. Sorry about that…

Ah man, memes are great! πŸ™‚ Just a quick note though, none of these belong to me, I found them all on pinterest! If you want to see more like them and have a pinterest account, you should totally follow me so I can follow you! I need to follow more runners on pinterest anyway. πŸ˜‰

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

~Ashley