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March Miles and Goal Check In

Happy first day of April!!!

Seriously though, wasn’t it just the first day of February like, 2 days ago?? πŸ˜‚

These last few months have just been flying by! My first race of 2019 is almost here! I almost can’t believe it! I’m getting pretty excited though! I don’t have any expectations for this race whatsoever, because it’s my first trail race, it’s at altitude, and I’m running it with my dad. That being said I actually feel pretty ready for it, even though I’ve literally done 0 trail running to prepare. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I’m just gonna do a quick check in this month since I’m working on quite a few things this year and have already talked about most of them pretty thoroughly in other posts. So, let’s start off with my monthly mileage! 😊

87.92 miles run in March! Whoohoo!! I’m very happy with how my running has been going lately! I’ve really just been putting in the work and grinding it out! Sure it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, but for the most part I’ve been feeling great! Getting in some pretty good speed workout, but mostly just getting in the miles. Honestly that is my biggest goal and focus for the year. Being consistent with my mileage and then slowly but surely upping it.

I’ve definitely been on the right track with that! These last two or three weeks have all been over 20 miles of running which is pretty darn good for me! I hit 24 last week and I’m super stoked about that! I’m hoping to hit 25 this week. 😁 After that though I plan on backing off just a bit, since that’ll be a race week. But seriously, I feel like I’m on a real roll right now! I’m currently at 243.46 miles run for the year and if I keep heading in this direction I should hit my goal of 1,000 miles in 2019 without too much trouble! 😊

Most of my other goals for 2019 really just revolve around keeping me healthy and injury free so I can run all of the miles I’m aiming for. πŸ˜‚ Things like doing my yoga (Check!), eating more healthy foods (Check!), getting enough sleep and recovery (check and check!), etc. Obviously that’s all working so far as I haven’t had any issues! That’s quite an accomplishment for this injury prone runner! πŸ˜‰

And of course I’m still focusing on my step goal! Running is one thing, but it can be kinda easy to run in the morning and then not move much for the rest of the day. πŸ˜‚ That’s why I like to have a step goal and to keep track of whether or not I hit it everyday, using the app “HabitBull”.

Hahaha I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been taking rest days of Friday’s and Sundays. πŸ˜‰ I’m not super thrilled that I went three days in a row without hitting my goal earlier this month, but after that I was pretty consistent and I’m very happy with that! 😊

Alrighty! I think that pretty much covers everything for a quick little update!

Wishing you a very happy April!

~Ashley

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February Miles and Goal Check In

Happy last day of February, friends!

It’s looking like winter is still going to be hanging around for a while! We’re getting another bout of super cold weather.

Anyway, February ended up being a good month for me running-wise! Like, really good! It has been a LONG time since I’ve felt really good running. That I’ve felt a sort of freedom and joy that only running could bring me. I’m talking years here, people. Looking back, 2017 and 2018 were just a huge struggle for me in this department. Sure, there were a few moments when running felt really good or really fun in those two years, but for the most part they were kind of a miserable grind. Like, no matter what I did I was just stuck in the same place and it was just getting increasingly more frustrating!

That all changed about two weeks ago though. Something just kinda clicked in place and now I’m experiencing that joy and freedom again. I haven’t had this much fun or felt this freaking good while running in two years! So I’m pretty excited right now! I’m just out there crushing workouts and having an absolute blast doing it!

Unfortunately my run today didn’t exactly fit into the super duper fun category. Like I said, we’re experiencing more super cold weather, so I took to the treadmill for my last run in February. It wasn’t all that exciting, but I still felt pretty good doing it! And that brings me to 85.65 miles run in February! That’s almost 16 more miles than last month! And January was longer than this month hahaha. πŸ˜‰ So I’m pretty happy about that. 😊

Alrighty! Onto goals goals goals! So this year I’m working on being a stronger, more well rounded athlete, and honestly that’s probably why I’m feeling so great in my running all of a sudden! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been making a point to get in at the very least one 30 minute strength training session in a week. I know it’s not a lot, but it’s more than I was doing for a while! I’ve been kinda slacking on the specific workout that I had planned on doing every Thursday, but I have been sticking with doing Pilates and I’ll gladly take it! πŸ™‚

I haven’t been doing super great about eating better. There’s still a bunch of junk that I could cut out of my diet and I definitely need to add in more vegetables. I gained about 5 pounds over the holidays and I still haven’t been able to shake that. So there’s something I really need to work on.

I’ve also been kinda slacking on getting yoga, stretching, and foam rolling done. And I can really feel it! I’m definitely more stiff and tight! But right here, right now, I’m commenting to getting back into the habit of stretching and foam rolling! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Lets see what else….oh yes, steps and journaling!

So, between the crazy cold and having more dental work done this month, so hitting my step goals has gone to the wayside several times. Honestly I like having this goal because it gives me motivation to get up and moving throughout the day, but I’m also pretty glad that I don’t super obsess over it. I’ve gotten close on some of those red days, but didn’t hit it and that’s been ok with me. 😁

And last but not least, I’ve been keeping up with my training journal! Yay me!! 😊

So this month has been really good in some areas! I’ve definitely got some things to work on, but all in all I’m just happy that my running has been so great! πŸ˜‚ Here’s hoping it stays that way! I’m thinking it will. I’m also thinking that 2019 is going to end up being a great year for me as it pertains to running. 😁

Wishing everyone a very happy March!

~Ashley πŸ’š

November Miles and Goal Check In

After a not-so-successful Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, one recovery week, one 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and slowly starting to work my way back into a normal running routine, I’m ending November with 57.95 miles! November has had its ups and downs running wise, but overall I’m happy with how I’m ending this month. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Alrighty! As for my other goals, well, I kinda took a little break from them! Since Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days was my big goal for November I figured I could use a little break from everything else. Especially since I took about a week off from running and have just been slowly working my way back into a regular running routine. It didn’t really make sense to me to be trying to hit 10,000 steps everyday or trying to journal about everything since I have kinda fallen out of that habit anyway.

But now that a new month is upon us and I’m pretty much back into my usual running routine (but in a much more laud back fashion πŸ˜‰) I’m getting right back into it!

I’ve also been thinking about what my goals for the upcoming year are going to look like. I’ve been thinking about that a lot since all of my racing for the year is done. I’m thinking my goals for 2019 are going to involve a lot of time goals. I didn’t really have any this year and I ended up not PRing my times for anything. That’s not a huge deal considering I’ve still made quite a bit of progress this year, just in a different way. But I sure have missed getting this shiny new PRs so that’s what I’m going to be focusing on! Among a few other things, of course. πŸ˜‰

But that’s another blog post for another day! Wishing you a very merry December!! πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸ¦ŒπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ·πŸͺ❀️

~Ashley

July Miles And Goal Check In

Well hello there, August! I’m very glad that you’re the last full month of summer, and I sure hope the hot weather leaves when you do! πŸ˜‰ Actually the weather hasn’t been too bad here lately! That’s supposed to change next week though. Apparently the really hot weather is coming back. Boo…

Anyway, didn’t do too bad mileage wise, considering that this month I had two weeks where I did little to no running. One week because of the heat wave and another because of our family vacation. Other than that though, I had a pretty good month! Ended up with 42.48 miles for the month and kicked off my training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days.

Haha and now that that’s in full swing I definitely don’t see my weekly or monthly mileage going down much. Well, as long as I can stay healthy and injury free. *Knock on wood.* I’m not typically good at that. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I did pretty good with my other goals as well. Still did pretty decent with my step goal even with the heat wave and being on vacation. Haha but being right on that river really helped with the whole walking thing while we were on vacation. πŸ˜‰ I also managed to keep up pretty well with my training journal, which was an improvement over last month. πŸ˜„

Welp, I guess that about covers it! Kinda short, sweet, and to the point this month. πŸ˜‚ I hope you have a great August!!

~Ashley

June Miles and Goal Check In

I totally almost forgot today was the last day of June! And it’s not like June has felt like it flew by or anything, I legit just forgot haha. But anyway, we’re half way through the year and I’m still going pretty strong with all of my goals! Haha well, at the very least I’m still thinking about and working on them, so that’s pretty impressive! I don’t think I’ve ever actually continued with goals I set for myself at the begging of the year for this long, so that’s just an impressive feat in and of itself! Now, only 6 more months to go! πŸ˜‰

So this last week of June has been crazy hot. I don’t think we’ve had one day this week were the heat index didn’t go over 100 degrees. It’s been kinda rough. My poor garden is really suffering. The plants just aren’t getting any break from the intense heat and sun. That’s another problem, it’s been hot, humid, and sunny with little to no cloud cover. Hopefully we’ll get a break from the intense heat soon! I’m not sure how much more my plants can take. And if the rest of this summer is gonna be like this, then well, gross…

But despite the awful weather we’ve been having, my running hasn’t actually suffered much! Haha probably thanks to my spiffy new treadmill!!! When it’s just too hot out I’ve been able to hope on the treadmill and do my runs instead of either having to cut them short or just not do them at all. I even managed to run 6.23 more miles than I did last month when the weather was a little better. Go me!!

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I’ve also been hardcore kicking ass at getting my step goal done this month! I only had 8 day’s this month were I didn’t hit it and only 2 of those days were consecutive. Haha you can see that it’s usually Sunday that I don’t make my goal, but that’s because that’s usually my rest day and I don’t typically go for it. I mean, I need at least one day of complete rest a week. πŸ˜‰

img_2884Β Last month I wasn’t doing a very good job of keeping up with my training journal and that kinda carried over for the first half of this month. Oops. But for the last 2 weeks I’ve been pretty darn meticulous about it. I’ve also been trying to be much more detailed with it. Since I start training for my two halves in two days in November next month I want to be in the habit of keeping a much more detailed training log. I feel like that will come in very handy for this upcoming training cycle, so it’s just something I want to stay on top of.

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Even though it’s been intensely hot and I haven’t been enjoying it at all, I’ve still had a pretty good month! In a couple of weeks Luke and I are going to be going on vacation with a bunch of his family, so I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to keep up with this trend of running more monthly miles. I’d like to and I’m going to try, but I’m not sure how this vacation is going to go (hopefully it’s nothing like our Florida vacation from last year), so I guess we shall see?

How was your month? Have you been keeping up with your goals? I sure hope so!!

But anyways, that’s all for today! I hope you’ve had a good Saturday!

~Ashley

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April Miles and Goal Check In

I totally forgot to do one of these last month. Oops. That’s my bad.

Hahaha but in all fairness, I was out of town and pretty busy doing stuff with family for Easter. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, lets get right to it, shall we?

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Not bad! Not bad at all!! It’s been like, a crazy long time, but I feel like I’ve actually been accomplishing something this month. I’ve been in kind of a rut for a lot longer than I’d like to admit when it comes to running, but I’m pretty sure I’ve been making progress with putting that all behind me this month and I Got. Shit. Done! Yay me!!

I feel like the whole running 2 half marathons in 2 days thing that I’m going to be attempting to do in November (which you can read more about here and here. πŸ˜‰ ) was exactly the kick in the ass that I needed to shut up and start putting in the real work again. Now the real question is will I be able to keep this up until then? So far I’m thinking I will! I mean, I’m kinda gonna have to now that I’ve got a big, crazy goal that I want to accomplish. Plus it helps that my dad also has a big, crazy goal that he’s working toward; his first half marathon! He’s going to be doing the second half marathon that I’m doing with me! πŸ™‚ And he’s totally killing it!! We’ve been texting each other non stop about how our training runs are going, so just having someone I can do things like that with is definitely helping my situation, and I imagine it will continue to do so as we both get farther into our training. πŸ™‚

Now then, onto the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year!

Okey dokey, so I’ve been crushing my step goal! The plan has been to walk 10,000 stepsΒ mostΒ days. I didn’t set out to walk 10,000 stepsΒ everydayΒ because I knew there would be no way I could get that done. I need a full day off from everything every once in a while. Still though, I did really well with it in April. πŸ™‚

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I’ve been using the app HabitBull to keep track of this goal.Β 

And of course my other main goal was to write in my training journal everyday and include at least one good thing that’s happened in every entry. And I was doing really well with that up until about a week and a half ago haha. I just kinda forgot about it a few times and it’s spiraled out of control since then. πŸ˜‰ But now that I’ve reminded myself that it’s something that I wanted to do this year, I’m gonna go fill it out right now. πŸ™‚

I feel like I’ve had a really good month and I’m super excited to see what I can accomplish this month. Happy first day of May!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

 

February Miles And Goal Check In

Well, unless I manage to squeeze in a run today (which at the time of writing this I’m not sure if we have anything on the agenda for today. I’m currently in Colorado visiting my parents and my dad might be planning another fun adventure.) I’m ending February with 18.57 miles run.

Honestly, that’s not bad considering I had my second toe incident in two years happen this month. Haha this time I slipped, fell, and stubbed my toe on the foot of my couch. And then immediately went and ran 4 miles on it because it looked fine and only hurt a little. But it did not look fine after that 4 miler haha. Although I did not see a doctor (they wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it anyway), I’m pretty sure I at the very least fractured it and was unable to really even walk on it for two weeks.

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This was taken on February 7th, the day I stubbed it. Luckily it doesn’t look like that anymore haha. It’s still got a small, brownish bruise on it, but other than that my toe looks pretty much normal again. It’s still kinda sore though, and I can definitely feel it if I’ve been standing on it too long. But I’ve been able to start doing a little bit of running again. πŸ™‚

Anyway, as for my yearly goals, well, I kinda fell of the bandwagon with those a little bit. But in all fairness, walking 10,000 steps on a broken toe would have been a bad idea. So I just kind forwent that and focused on resting, icing, compressing, and elevating my toe. And all things considered, I think it did heal pretty darn fast. So staying off of it for a while probably helped speed up that process.

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Haha just by looking at my little Habit Bull chart thing, you can see when I broke it. When I was trying to stay off of it. And when I started getting back into the swing of things.Β 

I haven’t really been writing a good thing every in my training journal either. But I mean, I haven’t been training so I haven’t been journaling about that. Also I kinda forgot to bring it to Colorado with me. πŸ˜‚ But I plan on resuming that once I get back home. πŸ˜„

And speaking of goals, I really need to update my “Goals and PR’s page“. I haven’t done that yet and we’re already entering the 3rd month of the year. Haha oh well better late than never, right? I’ll have to do do that when I get home as well.

Anyway, all in all I’m pretty happy with how this month went, considering my probably broken toe. I was still pretty active. I spent a lot of time on my stationary bike and even did a pretty decent amount of upper body work. Thanks to that I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose as much fitness as I could of if I hadn’t done that. So far returning to running hasn’t been all that bad. 😊

How did your February go? Really well, I hope! Wishing everyone a very happy March!

~Ashley