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Half Marathon Training Day 17 and A Garden Update

So you know how right before a big event you have planned how you just don’t feel like doing anything? That’s definitely what I’ve had going on today. It was also one of those days where you realize it’s already 2:00 pm and you really haven’t done anything all day…

Well, I suppose that’s actually kind of a lie though. I did run this morning (although I did a lot of procrastinating before hand) and I also did a pretty decent amount of work in the garden after my run, so I suppose I did doΒ something.Β Haha I guess it just doesn’t feel like a lot after sitting around for most of the afternoon. I don’t know, I’m just in a weird mood at this exact moment I guess.

But anyways, my run did actually go pretty well! Especially considering that I didn’t get it done until after 9 am and it was getting pretty hot out haha. So the game plan for today’s workout was to warm up for a mile and then do 5 minutes of hard running, 1:30 minutes of rest, repeat 3 more times, then cool down with another mile. And I mostly accomplished that haha. I mean, I did everything but the last mile to cool down. At that point it was super hot, I tired, drained, and felt like it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip that last mile. Especially since I did all of the hard stuff, anyway. πŸ˜‰

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Nimrod is a great album to run to! Especially if you’re a pissed off at someone haha.

So even though I did skip that last mile I’m quite happy with how this workout went! Since the half marathon I’m training for has some pretty killer hills, I decided to push it just a little bit up the hills. I’m going to be ready to tackle those crazy rolling hills come November!! Haha but anyway, I didn’t do anything too crazy or intentionally seek out the bigger hills in my neighborhood, but I did tell myself to “run strong” up the hills I did encounter, instead of slowing down because it was hard and hot and uncomfortable. I’m quite proud of myself for handling the hills the way I did today. πŸ™‚

After inspecting my Fenix 5 and Garmin Connect, it would appear that I’m doing something right at the moment! According to my fancy Fenix (seriously though, all of the feedback you get from this thing is pretty impressive!) my training load is currently optimal! Yay!! And according to Garmin Connect (and my Fenix, I suppose) my run today should improve my anaerobic fitness and my VO2 max! Pretty exciting stuff!!

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Hahaha honestly at this point I’m not sure what I should be doing with all of this information. But I have a feeling that just maybe I can use it to start training more effectively and efficiently. I mean, following training plan is one thing, but knowing if you’re working too much, just enough, or not enough kinda takes things to a whole new level!

So I’m very pleased with how my run went this morning. I’m also very pleased with how my garden is doing!! I’m still a bit upset that my zucchini plants have died and my lettuce went to seed and is now all just weird stalk-y things (but hopefully that means I won’t actually have to plant lettuce next year, it’ll just start growing all by itself), but everything is doing quite well!! Especially my tomatoes. One could possibly argue that they’re doing a little bit too well. The plants got quite big and we didn’t space them out enough, so the bigger, stronger plants are killing a few of the weaker plants… It’s not really that bad though. I mean, I’m still getting a piss ton of tomatoes every day, so I pulled out two of the plants that were dying this morning. So now my bigger stronger plants wont have to fight for water/nutrients anymore, and hopefully that means they’ll produce even more tomatoes! Hahaha not that I need more or anything though.

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This is everything I picked this morning. There are 18 tomatoes there. I definitely don’t have a shortage of those!

The bigger watermelon that I had growing split a little bit before it was ripe because of all the rain we had gotten on Sunday. Sad face…I gave it to the rabbits though and they seemed to enjoy it! They ate the whole thing, rind and all! There’s still a smaller one (although it’s getting a little bit bigger everyday!) out there that’s doing really well, so hopefully that one will be able to grow, ripen, and be able to be picked before we get another day full of rain. And as you can see in the photo above, I’ve also got some good looking cucumbers and a few banana peppers as well! I think We’ve got enough cucumbers to make another jar of pickles! We’re definitely not going to have as many cucumbers/pickles as we did last year. Then we had 3 or 4 cucumber plants, now we only have one. But we’ve already got 5 jars of pickles made and growing season isn’t over yet! So it’s not like we’re suffering there either haha.

I think last year our garden definitely did a little better, but we also didn’t leave it unattended for 10 days last year…Plus everyone has an off year, but all in all I’m still quite happy with what we’ve got going on. I mean, I’ve got over 30 tomatoes sitting on my counter right now haha! Luke definitely need to get to canning them! πŸ˜‰

So yeah, gardening and running. That’s what my day has consisted of. Other than that I can’t really tell you what else I’ve done, because honestly even I’m not entirely sure haha.

This evening Luke and I are going to drive 30 minutes to go grocery shopping when he gets home from work. We had planned on getting that done yesterday and drove to the Aldi that’s 15 minutes from our house, but it turns out that they’ve closed for remodeling. So weΒ triedΒ to shop at Walmart, but that didn’t go well. First off, their produce is super expensive! And second off, we just didn’t know what else to get. Obviously they didn’t have the usually stuff we would get at Aldi and it just seemed like everything else was just boxed/frozen stuff that wasn’t all that great for you. I mean, I’m sure they have better options if you know what you’re looking for, but we did not. Hahaha it’s been quite a while since we’ve grocery shopped at Walmart…

So long story short, we ended up getting cherries, potatoes, bananas, and dinner for last night before we gave up and decided to go to the other Aldi tonight.

Oh, and hey! Look how close we’re getting!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β I’m soooo freaking stoked for Friday!!!!

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Green Day shirt of the Day! πŸ˜‰ Haha I get a lot of weird looks when I wear this one, because I have one of those skulls tattooed on my shoulder (but in black because white wouldn’t have worked well haha).Β 

So yeah, that’s what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you? πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

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Photos From This Week

So, I got a little bit lazy this week and didn’t write down all of my workouts for my usual weekly recap and I don’t really feel like trying to remember everything from the week. Oops haha. Oh well, it happens to the best of us I suppose. So instead here are some photos from this week instead. I hope you enjoy!!

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:Β 

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Thursday:Β 

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Friday:

 

 

Saturday:

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Sunday:

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Friday Fives: Things I’m Super Into Right Now

1. Green Day

Maybe it’s not exactly fair to say that I’m super into Green Day right now. I’mΒ alwaysΒ super into Green Day. Hence the tattoo pictured below. πŸ˜‰ But I mean, I kinda have to mention them, since Luke and I are seeing them for the second time a week from today! I seriously cannot wait!! Let super duper fan girl mode commence!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Again, I’m not entirely sure this one counts as Stephen King is my favorite author and the Dark Tower Series is my all time favorite book series. But since the Dark Tower movie is coming out well, today actually haha, Mr. King has been tweeting/Facebook-ing quite a bit about it and that made me want to re-re-re-re-re-re read the series haha. And at some point I’d like to go see the movie, but I’ll probably just end up watching it on Netflix/dvd whenever it ends up getting released on one of those.

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3. My Homegrown Tomatoes

Yeah, I’m into my own thing right now. What of it? πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, my tomatoes are all starting to get ripe and I’ve been picking at least 5-6 everyday, so obviously I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes. I’m not complaining though, they’re sooooo good!! πŸ™‚

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4. The Run, Selfie, Repeat, PodcastΒ 

I guess I’m jumping onto the Kelly Roberts bandwagon a little late, but I have kind of a bad habit of resisting getting into things that are super popular. But I’ve been binge listening (that’s a thing, right? haha) to her podcast and I can see why she’s so popular in the running world. She’s super motivating and real and I can definitely get on board with that! If you’re looking for a new podcast I definitely recommend checking this one out (if you haven’t already, that is. πŸ˜‰ ).

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5. StrideBox

So at this point I’ve only gotten 2 StrideBoxes at this point (and in the sake of total transparency, StrideBox sent them to me for free), but I absolutely love this subscription box!

So I think I’ve said it here before, but I was always a little unsure about subscription boxes. I mean, I was kinda worried that they wouldn’t live up to all of the hype but StrideBox definitely has! It comes packed with products from well established brands along with products from new or not as well known brands, which I think is fantastic! I’m all for supporting small/new companies so this is a great way to learn about them! It’s also a great way for me to try out new things. I’m kind of aΒ creature of habit and don’t tend to stray from things I know, so that means I don’t often try new things haha. Also, I really like the sticker that comes in every box and the little card that contains a recipe and workout. I think that’s pretty spiffy!!

Garmin Fenix 5, Half Marathon Training Day 3, and Other Randomness

Yay last night my amazing husband replaced my Forerunner 235 that I somehow managed to drown in the pool while we were in Florida! RIP Forerunner. You are greatly missed…Haha and that tan line is still there, but it’s not so bright white anymore. πŸ˜‰

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So anyway, last night Luke and I had to run to the store to pick up a few things that we needed. Mainly dishwasher detergent because we were completely out. Haha isn’t being an adult fun? πŸ˜‰ While we were out Luke basically goes “oh by the way I’m getting you a new Garmin today”. Obviously I was super exited, I’ve been very much missing my Garmin and trying to figure out how to use new apps and dealing with the not so great GPS on my phone was just no fun…but I also new he was fucking up to something, because he’s always up to something when it comes to things like this hahah! And then while we were talking in the car we were kinda messing around and I said something “mean” I guess (I don’t remember what it was, but like I said, we we’re just messing around). So he said something to the effect of “you can’t say that, I’m about to spend $500 on a watch for you!” I immediately responded with “I swear to God, you’d better not get me a Fenix! I was perfectly happy with my Forerunner!” Well he told me that “you got to pick out the last one, now it’s my turn to pick.”

Long story short, I’m now the proud owner of a Fenix 5.

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I was super duper excited to try it out this morning, but I was Β not super duper excited about waking up at almost 6 am. Especially after going to bed a little late last night. Haha I probably should have woken up an hour earlier, but there was no way that was going to happen. But at the very least, I still slept better last night than I did the night before. πŸ™‚

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Honestly I really didn’t want to get up at 6, but I had a new toy to try out and I needed to redeem myself from yesterday’s pretty much failed attempt at running, so I got up (very reluctantly), got dressed, drank half a cup of coffee, and got out the door. And any runner know’s that that’s the truly hard part, everything tends to be a lot easier once you step out the door. πŸ˜‰

My half marathon training plan called for a steady 40 minute run today, but that sounded boring and it’s hot and even though I feel A LOT better I’m still getting over the flu, so I wanted to be able to take walking breaks, so I did a slow interval workout instead. πŸ™‚ I had a lot of fun with it and I hit the 5k mark (which was my goal) in 42:33. So pretty slow, but not bad all things considered. Plus since this was the first run with my Fenix I ran 3 new PR’s, because, you know, a new watch automatically resets all of your previous PR’s haha. Yeah, that’s totally how it works. πŸ˜‰

…Ok, not really, but it’s still fun to watch them pop up on the screen. πŸ™‚

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After my run I checked on the garden. We got quite a bit of rain a few days ago, so the grounds still pretty wet, so I didn’t have to do any watering today. I should have done some weeding, but it was getting hot, and I was already hot and tired from running (and this is why I should have woken up earlier πŸ˜‰ ). Oh well, most everything is still looking really good! One of my cherry tomato plants is looking like it’s not going to make it, but that’ll happen. I’m not too worried about it though, since there are 2 other cherry tomato plants out there. I’ve also got 2 little melons, and a pretty decent sized melon growing on my watermelon vine right now. I’m super excited about those and I can’t wait until they’re ready to pick and to eat!

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Today’s harvest. πŸ™‚

After harvesting what produce I could, I took Lily for a super short walk, showered, made breakfast, ate, drank the rest of my coffee, and watched the Chasing Coral documentary on Netflix. It was very interesting and I definitely recommended it if you’re ever bored and trying to find something to watch on Netflix. Not gonna lie, it was a little bit depressing to watch, but I think that’s why more people need to watch things like this! We obviously need to change the way we’re going about things in order to save the planet, but I feel like most people (myself included) don’t think about these kinds of things enough, and we just go about with our day to day life without giving out dying planet a single thought, but I digress…

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While doing all of the above mentioned things, I was perusing Facebook a bit and I saw that the Longview Half’s page had posted this years finisher medal. It’s pretty nifty! Not gonna lie, I think I like last years medal a little bit better, but it’s still not bad. Hahah I still need to actually register for the race. I’ll get to that at some point though…

Anyways, I’ve got quite a bit of stuff that I need to get done around the house now. I also see a nap and some yoga in my very near future. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping that once Luke get’s home this evening we’ll be able to watch Rouge One (which is also on Netflix!!!). I already watched it once a few days ago, but now Luke absolutely has to see it and I’m totally game to watch it again! It was a fantastic movie in my opinion.

Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

 

 

Thursday Things

Oh man, things definitively took an interesting turn Tuesday/yesterday!

So Tuesday night, Luke subbed on his boss’s softball team. Something he was very happy to do, as he isn’t on his own softball team this year. But in the second inning of the first game (it was a double header) he was trying to slide home but he ended up falling and hitting his head off the ground pretty hard. He said right afterwards he had tunnel vision for a few minutes and was a little bit disoriented. So he told his boss that there was a good chance that he was either going to be late to work on Wednesday or just may not come in at all. And since his boss saw him fall and heard the sound his head made when it hit the ground, he said that was absolutely fine.

So yesterday Luke slept until about 8 am (about 2 hours later than he usually gets up), but when he woke up he was a little bit dizzy. So after a little bit of debate with me (he for real got dressed and ready to go into work) I convinced him to stay home, because I really thought he needed a little bit of rest. But of course Luke is stubborn and couldn’t actually sit at home and rest. We ended up taking Finn to one dog park by himself, then we ran home, grabbed Lily and Dean, and then took all three of them to a different dog park haha. Luckily after walking around a little bit, Luke said he felt a lot better so maybe a little bit of moving around was good for him. πŸ˜‰

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Finn, Dean, and Lily. My babies are so pretty. πŸ™‚

After our second dog park adventure, we stopped at a Sprout’s, which is about 5 minutes from the dog park (and this dog park is about 30 minutes from our house). Originally just to get lunch, but we also ended up getting walnuts (we haven’t been to a Sprout’s for a while and forgot how great buying stuff in bulk can be hahaha), and water and disposable cups so we could give the dogs water, who we had left in the car. Yes, we did indeed leave the dogs in the car on a hot summer day, but we were also parked in the shade, and left the car running with the air conditioner on full blast. We also didn’t have our spare key, so we had to leave the doors unlocked, but our dogs are all super protective/territorial so we really weren’t worried about it. They were cool, comfortable, would keep the car from being stolen, and we were only in the store for a few minutes anyway.

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Side note; I tried kombucha for the first time yesterday. Not bad!!

Well whenever we were walking back out to the car, some lady was looking into our car windows, looking all worried, so Luke told me to go run out there before she decided to break a window or call the police. Now, I totally understand why someone would be worried about dogs locked in a car on a hot day if the car wasn’t running. Hell, I’d probably be one of the first people to go help the dogs. But again, OUR CAR WAS RUNNING AND THE AC WAS ON!! Trust me, they were absolutely fine!! And I know for a fact Lily was growling at her from the driver’s seat, and I have a feeling Dean and Finn have been growling at her from the back seat. So I ran up to the car, opened the door and told them they were all being good puppies. The lady didn’t look too happy, but she walked back to her car. Good riddance to her. People are too nosy sometimes, and if she would have tried anything I feel like one of the dogs would have nipped at/bitten her. Oh well, it all ended well, so that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚

Anyway, after all of that we went home, made some pickles, and then spent the rest of the day playing Story Of Seasons on our Nintendo 3DS’s. Good times! Plus I’m very glad that Luke spent several hours sitting and relaxing. πŸ™‚

 

So that was all yesterday. Today kinda ended up being pretty boring though. πŸ˜‰

I had intended to get up early and do a 5 mile run, but oh man I just couldn’t. I woke up at 5 and I was just so fucking tired (and after looking at my sleep chart thingy I can see why…). So I tried to go back to sleep (but I feel like I kept waking up a little bit), and eventually go up at 7:30. So there’s that, but I’m also crazy sore. Probably because of all of the work in the garden earlier this week. DOMS definitely caught up with me today haha. So today ended up being an impromptu rest day, but there was absolutely no way I running would have went well or have even been a good idea, so I’m not too worried about it. πŸ™‚

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So I haven’t exactly done much today, but it was nice to take a little break. πŸ™‚ And hopefully I’ll be able to run and have fun while doing it tomorrow morning. Anyway, today I cleaned up the house a little bit, did a some yoga, played some more Story Of Seasons, and that was pretty much it haha.

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Anyways that’s all I’ve got for today, I suppose. Happy Thursday!

~Ashley 

My Morning In Photos

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(I wish Vidme was like YouTube in the way that when you add the link to a video in a post it would automatically embed the video into the post, but oh well)

But it you’re at all interested in my summer morning routine go check out my latest vlog! I shared my morning in photos today. πŸ™‚

Actually Back To Scheduled Programming

Welp, it’s my first full week home back from Florida, so now I’m going to be posting the usual weekly recap, what I ate Wednesday, Friday fives, etc. posts, since I didn’t do any of that last week, or the week before. πŸ˜‰ Plus I kinda like to keep things on a scheduled and it’s kinda been driving me crazy that I haven’t been doing that lately.

Anyways, happy Monday! I hope you have a good day and a great new week!! I’m definitely doing to be trying to make this week a good one! Half marathon training round 3 officially starts this Sunday and I’m a little nervous because I currently feel very unprepared but I’m also very excited!

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At this point I haven’t officially registered for what will be my third half marathon, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that very soon. But the goal is to run the Longview Half marathon again! Haha I know at this point in my running career that this is the only half that I’ve done, and eventually I’m going to broaden my horizons and run a different half, but for now I’m sticking with this one. Mostly because so far, I’ve run every Longview Half except for the very first one, and years and years from now I still want to be able to say that. πŸ˜‰ But eventually I’m definitely going to start running more than one half marathon a year, but this is just not that year.

I’m thinking maybe next year I want to do the Running With The Cows half. I did the 5k last year and it was a lot of fun! It was a beautiful course, there were in fact cows, and there was a HUUUGE feast at the end of the race. But since I only did the 5k last year, I only had a bagel, banana, and chocolate milk, because after only 3.1 miles I didn’t feel like it would be right to eat any of the other goodness that they had there. Especially since it was probably around 9 in the morning at that point. Haha but I could totally justify partaking in the post race feast if I Β were to run the half. πŸ˜‰

 

 

But enough about future/past races. Lets talk about some current running stuff!

So, I ran one whole mile today! Yay! Haha but I’m currently doing this thing where I intentionally go out a little later in the day than I normally would, just so it’s a little hotter out and the sun is shining on me. And so far I can only make it a mile without feeling like I’m absolutely going to die under those conditions, but I feel like intentionally getting out in the conditions that are hard for me is going to make me more mentally (and maybe even physically) tough, and I’m hoping it helps me adjust to training in the heat a little better. Haha it still really sucks though. I’m so ready for fall to get here. πŸ˜‰

 

 

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All summer long I’m just a sweaty, gross, unhappy mess.

But I’ve been getting it done! Like I said, whenever I purposely go out later I’ve only been getting a mile of running done (I’ve been making a point to run a mile out and then walk a mile home), so that’s what I did today. I got out the door at 9 am when it was about 82 degrees, 70% humidity, and sunny without a cloud in the sky. So basically my least favorite conditions ever! Haha but at least today the humidity wasn’t all that bad. That was my one happy thought throughout all 12 minutes and 17 seconds of my run. πŸ™‚

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I’m so very excited about how awesome both of my new tattoos look!Β 

So yeah, I guess I’m trying to take my weaknesses and use them to make me better. Haha it’s not fun though…Especially since I’ve pretty much got a routine down where I run, walk the dogs, and then work in the garden, so when I run later in the morning sometimes the dogs don’t get walked (I don’t like walking them on the asphalt if it’s super hot and the suns been out for a while), and that means I have to be in the garden when it’s hotter and sunnier. That’s no fun. But the garden is definitely recovering from the 10 day’s it didn’t get cared for while we were in Florida! I’ve got two new watermelons growing out there, more cucumbers than I know what to do with, and a shit ton of green tomatoes, and a few tomatoes that are just starting to turn red/yellow. I’m very happy about all of that, but I am still mourning the loss of my zucchini plant…

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But anyway, I do feel like I’ve gotten a little bit accomplished this morning so now I need to sit down in the air conditioning, drink something with electrolytes in in (I’m a super salty sweater), and recover from being in the heat. It’s kinda sad, but the heat really does take a lot out of me and it takes me a while to recover haha.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week!

~Ashley πŸ™‚