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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. 🙂


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! 🙂


On a slightly unrelated note, does anyone remember last September when I had a toe incident 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. 😉 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 was 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 🙂 ), repeat 5 times, and then cool down. So that’s almost 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. 🙂

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 to really 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. 7:52!!! 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. 🙂 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! 😉

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

I hope you have a great Saturday!!

~Ashley 🙂

Ten. Freaking. Miles. 

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. 😉

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! 🎃😁

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. 🙂

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 😉 ).

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. 🙂

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 of 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? 😉


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.

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


  • 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!



  • 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. 😀

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! 😄


  • 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!!


  • 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.


  • Rest day

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


  • Rest Day

Hung out and played yard games. 

Total weekly mileage: 15.84

Got my mileage up this week! Super happy about that. 😄 Going to try to keep it up next week.