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Tinman Challenge Day 8

Taking the day off from running yesterday was exactly what I needed! Aside from my legs feeling really heavy (and I have a feeling they’re going to stay that way for another week or so, since I’m upping my weekly/monthly mileage with this challenge) I felt great!!

Not gonna lie though, I’m definitely not enjoying the fact that I have to wake up at 5 am. I’d probably feel a little better about it if I actually went to bed a little bit earlier haha. And in all fairness, I really do want to get to bed earlier, but Luke likes to stay up until 10 pm and then wont stop talking until 10:30-11 pm. And when he finally shuts up it takes me like half an hour to finally fall asleep. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s all Luke’s fault that I don’t get enough sleep. πŸ˜‰ But I’m lucky enough to be able to nap in the afternoon, so I’ll definitely be doing that later today. πŸ™‚


Anyway, my run this morning went pretty darn well. The daily running guide for the Tinman Challenge called for 5 miles today, so I ran those 5 miles and had fun doing it!

As much as I complain about having to wake up early in the summer, it does have it’s benefits. During my run it was about 57 degrees, the humidity was only around 76%, and there was a nice little breeze going on. So there was no drowning in my own sweat or dying of heat exhaustion today, which is always a bonus when it comes to summer running. And being able to watch the sunrise is pretty neat too, I will admit, but I still prefer fall/winter running over summer running. πŸ˜‰


Listening to Revolution Radio was another reason why this run was so much fun. Hahaha this album came out in October and I’m still not over how good it is!

So today’s run brings me up to 12.61 miles for the week so far and 23.61 miles for the month! I believe I am right on track to hit 93.3 which is the goal of this challenge that I’ve embarked on. I already knew I could accomplish this goal if I really worked toward it, and so far all I’ve done is confirmed that fact. So while this challenge is pretty difficult, i’m totally crushing it so far, and that’s super exciting. πŸ™‚

Anyway, like I had mentioned before, my legs were feeling really heavy and a little bit tight, but after about 2 miles they finally loosened up a little bit. Now that I’m done running though they are feeling a little bit worse than when I had started, so I’m definitely going to have to do some stretching and foam rolling today, because I’ve got another 5 miler tomorrow, and then a 6 mile run on Sunday. Fun fun fun!

But before I do any of that, I need a snack and another cup of coffee!

Wishing you lots of fun, safe, and happy summer miles!



Weekly Recap: May 15th-21st, 2017


  • Active Rest

I was still kinda getting over my cold on Monday, so I was still taking it a little bit easy. I did, however, start a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters, our dad, and my sisters boyfriend, so that kept me motivated to stay moving. At the very least I hit my step goal and that’s something I don’t typically do on my rest days. πŸ™‚ Oh and I also spent some time weeding in my garden. That totally counts for something!



  • 2 miles

Everything about Tuesday’s run felt hard. But the first few “getting back into it” runs always are, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I was just glad that I finally felt well enough to get a decent run in and not feel like absolute death while I did it. Then after my run I spent an hour weeding in the garden. I have a feeling that most of my summer is going to be consumed by weeding haha.

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  • 5 miles

On Wednesday I battled heat, humidity, and a wind advisory that turned into a tornado watch, but I got a solid 5 miler in! Well, it was a bit slower than most of my runs have been in the previous few weeks, but considering I was just sick and I was fighting against the elements, it felt like a solid workout. Haha I actually went out without a plan, so I kinda surprised myself by covering 5 miles. I also did a bunch of walking and more weeding on Wednesday and I pulled ahead of everyone else in our step challenge. Go me!

Also this is super unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they’re super pretty. πŸ™‚



  • 45 minutes of yoga

I ended up feeling really sore and tight after my huge leap back into running and walking and working in the garden earlier this week. So Thursday ended up being an impromptu rest day that involved a nice little nap followed by 45 minutes of yoga in the afternoon. Ah that was nice and very much needed.


  • 3 miles

Oh man, thanks to the thunderstorms that rolled in the night before, the humidity was at 95% when I ran on Friday. That made this easy run feel a lot harder than it normally would. Especially for me; the asthmatic runner. I got through it though! I like to think it was because of my tasty pre-run snack. I mean, how can I be in a bad mood after having my favorite flavor of Honey Stinger waffle? πŸ™‚

Speaking of Honey Stinger; the 10 Reasons Why I Love Honey Stinger post has been crazy popular (in terms of views, that is) ever since I wrote it. So that’s been pretty neat. πŸ™‚



  • Rest Day

I shoulda run on Saturday. I totally had time…haha oh well. 

My mom and dad showed up at my house around 7 am, then they both slept until 1:30 pm. Then we hit the road and my dad drove  the 5 hours to Illinois. So in those hours they were asleep I coulda run, but oh well. 


So yeah, I didn’t run today, but I sure got my calorie burn on! I spent the day helping my mom, dad, and brother clean out the house so that they can sell it. I was in charge of burning things, and burn things I did! As you can see, I’m ready for a shower! And dinner and bedtime wouldn’t be so bad either. πŸ˜‰


Step Challenge, 5 Mile Run, Awesome T-shirts, and Toenail Trouble

Hello everybody!! I feel like I’ve been really bad at keeping in touch with all of the other bloggers that I follow here on WordPress. Sometimes I just get into really weird moods where getting onto any kind of social media and trying to interact with people just seems super exhausting. I swear I’m going to catch up with all of you guys at some point though!

Anyways, on Monday I started a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters Sarah and Jessica, our dad, and Jessica’s boyfriend, and things got kinda heated! Haha I swear these step challenges make people super duper competitive! So as I type this at 11:45 am I’m in the lead with 38,132 steps. But by the time I post this (which should be around 5 pm, but who knows haha) that may change. Hopefully that change will involve me still being in the lead, but who knows. Sarah and Jessica have been doing lots of hiking in Colorado and I don’t know if that’s something they plan on doing today. My dad will probably regain his lead tonight though. I swear he beats me at these damn step challenges every single time!


So that kinda brings me to my 5 mile run that I did this morning. I actually was planning to do a little cross training instead of running, but knowing that I was in 4th place in the step challenge made me want to go get some steps in, and obviously the best way to accomplish that is by running!

I didn’t really plan on going for 5 miles though, but I was actually feeling pretty good which was surprising since I hadn’t done much running while I was sick and I kinda thought it was going to take me a while to get back into it. Luckily for me that doesn’t seem to be the case, so I figured why not go for 5 miles today! I ended up battling through some heat, humidity, and a heat advisory, but I got it done! And I hit my step goal of 10,000 steps and took the lead of the step challenge by the time I was done. So I felt very much accomplished. πŸ™‚


Totally unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they are super pretty!

By the time I got back home from my run, the mail had come and it included a package from an old grade school friend of mine! We still talk on Facebook every once in a while, and at one point I mentioned that I was running low on t-shirts. So he sent me bunch of his that he doesn’t wear anymore. They’re all going to be kinda big on me, I mean, I wear a women’s small and these are men’s larges, but I plan on getting crafty with them and doing some neat t-shirt cutting things. So that’s pretty exciting! I didn’t take pictures of all of them because there are nine and that would have taken forever, but this one is definitely my favorite! πŸ™‚


On a slightly unrelated note, does anyone remember last September when I had a toe incidentΒ which resulted in my big toenail falling off? Well it healed, my toenail grew back and every things been fine. Well, the toenail looked a little weird, but other than that it wasn’t giving me any trouble or anything. But while I was clipping my toenails this afternoon, I noticed that the nail really hasn’t grown at all since it first grew back. Like, it covered the nail bed, but then it just stopped growing. It’s also looking a little purple again and it feels a little loose. I think I’m going to lose it again. Sad face…I was so excited when it grew back.

I asked my sister who is officially a nurse now, and she said as long as it doesn’t hurt and isn’t infected it’s probably fine, but that it is probably going to come off again. She was actually surprised that it even grew back in the first place. Apparently it’s pretty common for toenails to just not grow back after they’ve been through some serious trauma like mine was in September. Luckily it doesn’t hurt or anything, so it’s not interfering with running, but I guess it’s something I’m going to have to keep an eye on it again. And I thought I had finally put the toe indecent behind me haha. Oh well.

That’s all I’ve got for today, but I’ll definitely keep you up to date on my step challenge and toe!

Happy Hump Day!


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. πŸ˜‰ 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 wasΒ 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 πŸ™‚ ), repeat 5 times, and then cool down. So that’s almostΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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 toΒ reallyΒ 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.Β 7:52!!!Β 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. πŸ™‚ 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!


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! πŸ˜‰

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

I hope you have a great Saturday!!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

Ten. Freaking. Miles.Β 

This morning I did the first 10 miler of my half marathon training plan. It’s not the first time I’ve done a 10 mile training run, but it was the longest run I’ve done since I ran my first half last year. So I feel like it’s still a big deal. 

Luke was kind enough to take me to the trail this morning. Although, it did take some convincing to get out of bed this morning at 8. Haha that’s what he gets for staying up so late on the weekends haha! 

Today’s run was nothing fancy. 5 miles out and then 5 miles back. Easy peasy, right? Well at least that’s what I’m telling myself! The first 6 miles went well, around mile 7 I was ready for a nap, at mile 8 I was ready to swear off running for good, and by mile 9 I wanted to die. But hey, I got got through it, and now next weeks long run should be a little easier (hopefully). 

So I got this 10 miles done at the exact same pace that I did the Longview half last year, so I’m pretty confident that this year I’ll be able to do it a little faster. At least I sure hope so! 

Anyway, I finally got around to trying Honey Stinger energy chews. I really liked them! They were yummy, easy to eat, and they didn’t upset my stomach. I had some trouble opening the package, but that may have been because I was so sweaty haha. Even though I did like these, I still prefer the waffles! I think those are more tasty. πŸ˜‰

When my run was done, I got some much needed mac and cheese from Panera. Hahaha trust me when I say that was very much necessary! As was my super long shower once we got home. I was disgusting.

So once all that excitement was done, Luke cooked a whole bunch of stuff! He made two jars of apple pie filling, he’s not sure how those are going to turn out but it seems fine to me. He also made chicken and dumplings and pumpkin bread. And while he was doing all that, I sat on the couch, attempted and failed at taking a nap, and sat some more. I’m so helpful haha. 

I suppose I should stretch and foam roll. I’ll get right on that once the pumpkin bread is done! πŸŽƒπŸ˜

Happy first day of October!! 


Friday Fives: Fitness/Health Apps

I probably rely a little too heavily on my apps to keep track of things, but they are just so darn convenient and fun! Nowadays there is literally an app for everything and if they help you reach your goals, make your life a little easier, or are just amusing, I say go for!

Now I’m not sure if any of these apps are available on the Google play store (although I’m almost 100% sure myfitnesspal and Garmin Connect are), but I know for a fact they are all available on the Apple app store. πŸ™‚

1: Myfitnesspal 

Good ol’ reliable myfitnesspal. I’ve been using this app off and on since about 2012, to track my calorie intake and to keep an eye on my nutrients, and it does that quite well without being overly complicated. Just hit the blue + button to add food, exercise, or even your water intake (although I use a different app for that πŸ˜‰ ).

I really like this app because it really makes keeping track of your food intake easy. They have a huge food database and most chain restaurants are included in that which is nice. And for the most part everything seems pretty accurate. Plus you can sync this app with Garmin Connect, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, etc, which is super convenient.

2: Plant Nanny 

This is definitely one of my favorite apps just because it’s so darn cute!

Basically, you pick a plant that you are supposed to water every time you drink any water. It’ll pick a intake goal for you based on your weight and activity level, and from there you can pick how many ounces (or milliliters if your  into that) the particular cup or bottle you’re drinking out of is, and it will tell you how many more glasses/bottles of water of the same size you’d need to drink throughout the rest of the day to meet your goal.

I guess it sounds kinda weird, but trust me, it’s adorable and it definitely makes me want to drink enough water.

3: Garmin Connect

I don’t think I could call myself a real runner if I didn’t mention my GPS watch’s app lol.

Back when I started using this app in 2014 it had a lot of weird issues, but at this point it seems like they’ve got all of the bugs worked out and now I actually enjoy using it. This app keeps track of your runs in an organized way that I really like, since it syncs with myfitnesspal you can also use it to keep track of your net calorie goal which is nice, but the most exiting feature, in my opinion, are the step challenges!

Every week you can compete in two step challenges. Once against all of your “connections” on the app and one against random people that the app pairs you with. These challenges can get super competitive and they definitely motivate me to get my 10,000 steps (or more if I really want to win ;)) in every day.

Now, in order to really use this app you need to have a Garmin device and depending on what model you have, you may have some different features available to you. For example; since I have a Forerunner, I have access to Garmin’s training plans for running, which is super nifty!

4: Mango Health

This is a fantastic app if you’re terrible at remembering your medications like I am!

After entering in your medication (you can enter more than one), you pick the time of day you want to be reminded to take it. So whenever that time rolls around you get a push notification reminding you to take your meds. This thing is a life savor! I cannot tell you how many times I would have forgotten my birth control if it wasn’t for this app. Plus, every time you take your medication on time, you get points, if you save up enough points you can exchange them for prizes. Once I got a $5 gift card. That was pretty neat!

5: RockMyRun

So this one is a little more entertainment than actual fitness, but it does have some benefits for running!

I lovelovelovelove this app! Basically, it just has a bunch of playlists that you can pick from to listen to while you run. But what’s exciting is that all the songs blend together so there’s no akward few seconds between song, some of the playlists are kinda remixed which is actually a lot of fun, and every playlist tells you the BPM so you can pick a playlist based on your workout. 

There are all sorts a features if you pay for a “rockstar” subscription, but the free version works just fine for me. They usually play on short add during each playlist and I can totally handle that. πŸ™‚

Do you use any of the apps on this list? 

What are some of your favorite health/fitness apps? 

Half Marathon Training: Day 37

I was absolutely exhausted all day yesterday. I was hoping a rest day and a good night ofΒ sleep would help, but I woke up with stiff and sore legs, and I didn’t sleep very well last night. I haven’t been sleeping well at all lately, and I’m not sure if it’s from caffeine (although I only have 1 cup of coffee in the morning) or if it’s just because our bedroom gets so hot at night. Either way, it’s no fun.


I desperately need more deep sleep.

So I think my lack of good sleep combined with humidity (it was at 98%) is why my easy 3 mile run this morning was so absolutely miserable. A LOT of walking happened. Like, waaay to much for a 3 miler, but whatever. I still covered the 3 miles and that’s all that matters. Especially since it was just supposed to be an easy run anyway. But I’m pretty sure this is the most time it’s ever taken me to cover this distance and that’s a little sad, but I’ll get over it. Oh! But on the bright side, I stretched immediate after running and that’s a habit I’ve hardcore fallen out of, but I did it today. It’s the little things, right? πŸ˜‰


Anyway, after I was stretched, fed, and showered, I did a bunch of cleaning (but didn’t actually finish anything) and some ab work. After that I didn’t get anything done. I’m just so tired…Bleh. Hopefully I’ll start sleeping well again and have so more energy. Dragging ass all day everyday is no fun.