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Desert Rats 10k Race Recap

Better a little late than never right?! πŸ˜‰

I’ve been trying to sort through all of my thoughts on this race, but I still haven’t been able to pull them all together. I’m gonna try though! But this post might end up being s jumbled mess. πŸ˜‚

I’ve also been waiting for the professional race photos to be posted onto Gemini Adventures’ website. Mission accomplished on that front! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰

That being said, I still have a ridiculous amount of photos thanks to my dad. He’s become quite the shutterbug and we definitely stopped more than once just so he could take pictures. But I mean, I can blame him when the views from the course looked like this…

Anyway, let’s recap this thing!

So, the day before this race my dad and I drove about 5 hours from Longmont to Grand Junction, which was super close to Fruita, where the race was being held. We made a few stops along the way, including one stop to take around 3 hours to hike to and from Hanging Lake. I won’t go into all of that again since I’ve already written about that here. But I will say that whole adventure was super hard, fun, and beautiful. Not exactly something I’d recommend doing the day before a race, but I don’t regret it. πŸ˜‚

After that adventure we made a stop for some burgers and then made our way to one of my dad’s drivers houses (my dad basically runs several FedEx terminals). He invited us to stay the night with him and his family so that we didn’t have to stay at a motel. That was super nice of him and he and his whole family were super welcoming and incredibly nice. 😊

I ended up getting to bed around 11 that night and I’m not sure when my dad finally made his way to bed. But we were up before the sun at 5 am Sunday morning. The guy we stayed with laid out breakfast for us the night before; a couple of water bottles, some instant oatmeal, bread, candy bars, and an invitation to anything in the fridge or pantry that we wanted. I definitely like oatmeal before a run though, so that’s what I stuck with. πŸ˜„ So we ate, got dressed, and loaded up our stuff into my dad’s van and then made our way to the staring line in Fruita.

It only took us about a half an hour to get there. So we actually got there super duper early at around 6:30 am. The race didn’t even start until 8:30 am. πŸ˜‚ So we drove up this pretty gnarly Jeep trail. That was a bit iffy in my dad’s van. But it was fun.

This was AFTER we made it back down the super iffy section of road we went up. πŸ˜‚

We didn’t go too far though. There wasn’t a lot of parking for this race so we made our way back to the starting/finish area and snagged us an awesome parking spot.

We sat in the van for a while. Talking, people watching, and sipping at water and nibbling on a few snacks. Packet pick up started at 7 am, so we got out our stuff right as they open up. Being some of the first people there definitely had its benefits! Along with our bibs and participation shirts, we also got buffs. They had a limited supply of them that were donated to them so not everyone got one. Hahaha I was pretty stoked though! Mine sure came in handy during the race. I wiped my nose on it more times than I can count. πŸ˜‚

After we collected our things we stopped at the port-o-potties. There weren’t many of them but at this point it was still pretty early so no one was in line. Score!! 😁 Hahaha after our business with the port-o-potties was taken care of we went back to the van to warm up because it was pretty chilly out that morning. And of course while we were there we pinned on our bibs and got the rest of our gear ready.

Before we picked up our bibs we obviously needed to get a selfie with the starting line. πŸ˜„

At about 15 minutes to the start time we shed our outer layers (and oh boy was that hard! It was still pretty chilly out! πŸ˜‚), strapped on our hydration packs, and made our way to the starting area. We also marveled at the line for the port-o-potties and we’re grateful that 1. We went when we did and 2. Didn’t have to go again. πŸ˜‚

There was very little organization going on. Half marathoners were mixed in with the 10k-ers and as far as I could tell no one was really lined up according to pace. It wasn’t really a super big deal though because this was a really small race. Just several hundred people really. Those aren’t negatives though! Just facts. 😁

A race official counted us down but honestly we couldn’t hear him all that well, but it was kind of easy to tell when we were supposed to take off because everyone cheered and started moving forward. πŸ˜‚ So we took off down the trail, starting with a slight down hill that I definitely didn’t feel and sure didn’t notice until we had to climb up it on our way back to the finish line. 🀣

That downhill was short lived though! We began one of the bigger climbs of the race (and there were several) in the first few minutes. Those climbs KILLED me. My legs were actually pretty prepared for them thanks to the hill work I had done on my treadmill, but my legs were also sore sand tired from our hike the day before. And unfortunately that never went away… That wasn’t what actually killed me though. It was the elevation. Here in Kansas I’m just about 1,000 feet above sea level. I. Fruita Colorado we were at 5,000 feet and we gained around 600 feet getting up some of those hills. I’m sure that’s not a lot for you mountain runners out there, but for this flatlander who also happens to be exclusively a road runner it was TOUGH.

Anyway, the first 1.5 miles were the hardest. I think. Hahaha honestly from this point on everything is a blur. The aide stations were each about a mile and 1/2 apart and that’s what I’m kinda basing everything on. πŸ˜‰

So by the time we made it to the first aid station we were DFL (Dead Fucking Last). At least as far as the 10k-ers went. But considering how small the race was and all of the other circumstances that was pretty unsurprising. And honestly, not at all upsetting. I went into this thing just wanting to survive it and to have some fun. I knew it was going to slow going and I had put any kind of ego aside for this one.

Anyway, the volunteers at the aide were all super awesome. We got many complaints on our Sloth Running Team t-shirts, and I got several laughs and sympathetic looks every time my dad told people I was from Kansas.

Ps. Next time I do a trail race in Colorado I’m wearing a shirt that says “I’m from Kansas”. Just so everyone understands why I look and sound like I’m dying. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Anyway, the next 1.5 miles were much more rugged. There were loose rocks and the rail definitely got more technical. Honestly though I had so much fun on the harder (but more flat/downhill!) sections of the course. Having to chose you’re footing and trying not to trip over rocks was a lot of fun! And I was actually pretty good at it!

You can definitely see the rocks in this photo, but there were more fun sections of the trail than this!😁

Now, if I remember correctly (and I probably don’t πŸ˜‚) pretty close to the next aide station and the half way point there was part we had to kinda scramble up! Oh man, that was hard! My poor lungs were just not doing well this less oxen than they’re used to. But we both made it up it. With lots of huffing and puffing on my part. 🀣

At the next aide station I took a little cup of tailwind to drink and a couple of Honey Stinger gels (score!!). I don typically like gels for fuel while running because they upset my stomach but I took some just incase. But at this point I was doing pretty well on just water and a Gatorade that I had stashed in my hydration pack.

This side station was located on Pizza Overlook. Sadly they didn’t have any pizza. πŸ˜‚

After we left the second aide station is when we ended up running around the rim of the canyon (at least I’m pretty sure. Hahaha like I said. Everything is a blur. πŸ˜‚). Pictures will never do justice to how beautiful it actually was.

After a few twists and turns we stumbled upon the one and only race photography. Shout out to him for sitting there and waiting for our DFL asses. πŸ˜‚ of course I had to be a total dork for my photo. But at the very least I was being a total dork during a super hard 10k with some incredible views! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

On the way to the final aid station at about 4.3 miles were we’re blessed with some amazing downhills. The trail was still a little tricky but I picked it up quite a bit going down those hills (around 10 minutes per mile pace according to the one time I actually glanced at my Garmin πŸ˜‚). That was a ton of fun!! At this point we were starting to head back the way we came and the last aide station was also the very first aide station. We were also heading back up hill. Yuck. 🀒🀣Basically the whole last mile was uphill, with one super short down hill in the middle of it.

The finish line was just on the other side of that hill on the left side of this photo.

We crossed the finish line at the EXACT same time, cheering and holding hands! That was pretty cool! And according to the official results, we weren’t actually DFL. Hahaha neat! But also still, not a big deal. πŸ˜‚

Once we crossed the finish line we were handed our “medals” (really just a dog tag on a chain, but still super neat!), and made our way to the food tables were we got pancakes, fruit, coffee, and a few other things, although they did have quite a bit of other post race snacks as well. πŸ˜„ we found a nice place to sit and cheered on some of the first half marathoners to start running in.

After we ate we went back to the van, wiped ourselves down with wet wipes and I changed my shirt (and managed to get out of my wet sports bra without showing any boobies to the world. πŸ˜‚). And then we started our 17 hour drive back to Kansas.

So yeah. This was my first trail race ever. My first official 10k. The farthest I’ve ever run at 5,000 feet above sea level, and the slowest 10k/race I’ve ever done. It was hard. It was beautiful. And it was absolutely so much fun!!

Apparently we’re doing the half next year. Hahaha we’ll see about that. 🀣🀣

But for now, the next race on the schedule is the Running With The Cows 5k on May 11th here in Kansas! I’m very excited about that!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Hanging Lake, April 13th 2019

Happy Marathon Monday!

Who else spent most of the day keeping up with the Boston Marathon? πŸ€šπŸ»πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I am back home from Colorado! Yesterday my dad and I did our trail race in Fruita, Co (I’ll have a full race recap on that soon!) and then spent 16 or 17 hours on the road, making our way back to Kansas. And then eventually Illinois for my dad. Hahaha I’m very happy to say I get to stay home in Kansas. 😁

So, I’ve been busy, having lots of fun, and out of phone service for a while, so I haven’t really had a chance to write about our adventures in Colorado over the weekend. So I’m going to play a little bit of catch up the next few days.

Friday was actually a pretty chill day. That Thursday was a lot of fun and while we didn’t do anything on Friday I’m actually pretty glad about that now. Saturday and Sunday were fun, busy, painful, and absolutely gorgeous.

So our Saturday began with a 5 am wake up call. Fun! πŸ˜‰ My dad and I packed up his van and started making our way to Fruita from his apartment in Longmont for our trail race the next day. But of course we had to make several stops along the way. πŸ˜‚

First we stopped in Genesee Park to check out a little herd of bison. Well, really we stopped along the side of the highway and walked over to the fence where the were for a few minutes.

I’ve actually seen a bigger herd of bison in the Grand Canyon National Park back in 2014, but it was still fun to go see some more here. There was even a brand new baby which was cool! Only the one though, but we definitely saw some very pregnant bison.

 

 

 

 

We stopped a few other places. Nothing too exciting though. Mostly just gas stations and little viewing areas along the highways. Going through Vail was pretty interesting though. We ended up going through a blizzard. My second blizzard of this trip. In a shitty little van that my dad and brother use mostly for work. πŸ˜‚ We made it through alright though.

At about 1 pm we made it to our main stop for the day; Glenwood Canyon. A few weeks ago my dad hiked up the mile-ish (I think?) trail to Hanging Lake and he said I absolutely had to see it while I was there, so that was the plan for Saturday afternoon.

It was actually snowing a little bit when we got there! And it continued to snow a little bit off and on for most of our hike up and eventually a little bit of the hike back down.

So you start out on a little paved path, maybe about half a mile to the trailhead. At this point I was already feeling the elevation. Oh boy I had no idea what I was actually in for. πŸ˜‚

So like I said, the hike up to Hanging Lake was around a mile, but it was hard, steep, icy and treacherous in places, and oh yeah, it was super hard! πŸ˜‚ It was fun and super pretty though.

 

 

 

The trail started off super rocky, but eventually it turned into more dirt as you started to follow a creek (I’m not sure which creek that would be and I’m too lazy to look it up. πŸ˜‰ ). Then the farther we went up the more ice/snow was on the trail. Luckily my dad has some tracktion that we put on our boots and that helped us out a lot. But we saw a lot of people who weren’t as prepared and they were slipping and sliding all around. On our way down we actually saw a dude who fell on the ice and broke his leg. He was ok, he had several people in his group taking care of him and the rescue team was on his way to get to him.

 

 

 

Anyway, did I mention how freaking hard this climb up was?!? Haha oh man, it seemed to take us FOREVER. But the the trail was super pretty and we had a hydration pack and lots of snacks, so at least there was that. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

I think it took us close to two hours to hike up the trail to Hanging Lake. It was a tough hike. Especially for someone from Kansas who isn’t used to being at 8,000 feet above sea level, let alone doing hard hiking at that kind of elevation. Once we finally made it to the lake though, man, words can’t even describe how amazing it was! Photos barely even do it justice. But wow. Once I saw that lake, it was totally worth it!

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We hung out there for a while. We ate some snacks and made a few friends. Yeah, I know, I know, you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife. But theses little guys were so unafraid of people, so they obviously get fed all of the time. Hahaha we actually got pretty much everyone who was up there with us feeding the chipmunks. It was so funny. Everyone was sharing snacks, pointing out where our little friends were, taking pictures for each other, and just smiling and laughing with a large group of mostly strangers. So in a weird way, breaking the rules brought a bunch of people together that day!

 

After sharing our snacks with our new friends, we hiked out just a little bit farther to Spouting Rock. That was super duper neat! We took some pictures for this group of women so they took some pictures of us. You guys, if you ever need to be reminded that people are generally good, hike somewhere. Or run a race. But we’ll get to that later. πŸ˜‰

Okey dokey, after seeing Spouting Rock we began our hike back down. Oh boy going down was a lot easier, especially once we got past the slippery ice/snow. We even did a little bit of running! πŸ™‚ Hahaha so we got down A LOT faster than it took us to get up. The downhill was much more enjoyable.

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So we hung out at near the trail head for a little bit. Mostly just looking at wildflowers. But my dad actually found a pair of Lululemon leggings crumpled up in the weeds. Why the heck you’d get rid of a pair of expensive leggings like that I’ll never know, but we took them and I’m pretty sure they’ll fit me. So yeah, hiked up to Hanging Lake and obtained a pair of fancy Lululemon leggings. πŸ˜‚

After we were done I was STARVING! So we went to s little restaurant in Glenwood Springs and got cheeseburgers. Holy cow! That was the best burger and fries I’ve ever had. Probably because I was so hungry. πŸ˜‚

After we ate we drove about another hour to one of my dad’s driver’s houses. He invited us to stay there the night before our race so we didn’t have to stay at a motel. He was really nice as well as his whole family. We went out to ANOTHER restaurant to eat again πŸ˜‚, and then my dad and I showered and went to bed once we got back to their house. We had a another 5 am wake up for Sunday before our race.

I’ll recap the race tomorrow probably. But for now, that’s it! We had lots and lots of fun on Saturday! 😊

I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

~Ashley

Upcoming Adventures

Things have been kinda quite around here lately! Aside from some chicken drama we haven’t really had much going on since Christmas time. That’s going to change here very shortly though! This spring is going to be a busy one and I’m pretty excited about sone of the things that are going to go down and the adventures that are going to be had!

First on my list is my upcoming trip to Colorado! That’s this week actually!

So currently, the plan is my brother is driving here from Illinois to pick me up and bring me to Colorado with him (Luke and I only have one vehicle and obviously he’ll need that to go to and from work, so this was the option that worked best for everyone). I’m not sure what my dad has planned for the week, but on Saturday we’re going to be driving from Longmont to Fruita (about a 5 hour drive) and then do some hiking there. Then we’re going to stay at a motel there and then on Sunday is the Desert Rats 10k trail race that we’re doing together. After that my dad and I will head back to Kansas where obviously I live and he might stay the night, and then he needs to to take care of some stuff in Illinois so that kinda works out well for him.

We’re planning on squeezing in as much fun as possible in the short amount of time I’m there and I’m sure we will! I’m very much looking forward to spending some more time in Colorado. 😊

Views while hiking up Rabbit Mountain with Luke and my brother on Thanksgiving of 2017

Next on the agenda is the Running With The Cows 5k! I’ve done this race twice now and I absolutely love it! One day I’ll end up doing the half marathon. Once I get over my fear of racing in warm weather. πŸ˜‚

So this is coming up on May 11th and my dad is doing this one with me as well!

I’m not sure when he plans on coming here from Colorado for that, but no matter when he does I’m sure we’ll end up having lots of fun! 😊

Running With The Cows 5k, 2018

Later in May one of my brother-in-laws graduates from high school so Luke and I will be driving to Minnesota for that! We’ve been going on vacations in the summer with Luke’s mom’s side of the family so we actually haven’t even been up to Minnesota since 2015! Crazy stuff!!

So aside from celebrating the new high school grad I’m not sure what all is going down while we’re there but I’m sure it will involve some fun stuff! Last time we were there we went to Itasca State Park. That was super cool! Especially for a group of people who all used to (and a couple still do) live near the Mississippi in Illinois!

Unfortunately no running events will be taking place while we’re in Minnesota. Hahahaha that would have been fun though! Maybe I’ll look up some races and see if I can swing one while we’re there. πŸ˜‰ honestly though there probably won’t be time for that.

Itasca State Park, October 2015

Alrighty, so those are the big ones coming up soon! Of course we’ve got all sorts of smaller adventures along the way. Like starting our garden for instance. Now that spring is finally here we’ll be getting that started soon! I’m very excited about that. I wanna grow ALL OF THE THINGS! πŸŒ±πŸ…πŸ₯¬πŸ“πŸ₯¦πŸ‘πŸŽƒ

And I’m sure at some point we’ll be making our way back to Illinois again. Another of my brother-in-laws girlfriend just had their baby on March 19th. That’s kind of a whole thing, but I’m sure Luke’s dad will convince him to come meet her before too long. I mean, she is our first…”official” (for lack of a better term.) niece.

Hahaha Luke’s whole side of the family is a little bit confusing and I’m not about to get into all of that here. But we do already have a couple of nephews and a niece on his mom’s side. They just aren’t directly related to Luke. But this new baby is like for reals related to him. So “official” sure. But not our first niece or nephew or relative of that sort. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, right now that covers the majority of the races I’m doing this year. For now. There’s always the possibility that more might be added to the schedule though. πŸ˜‰

But for now there are only two other races on tap for 2019; the Longview Half and the Gobbler Grind Half, which I’ll be doing with my dad again. Jeez I’m beginning to think he likes this whole racing thing! 😁 I’m currently trying to convince him to do Longview with me too, but that one is the day before the Gobbler Grind. Yeah, I’m trying that again. πŸ˜‚ But anyway, he’ll be coming back to Kansas again for that. We had an absolute blast running it last year!

So, will I be seeing any of you guys there on November 10th?!?

This is such a fun race held in Overland Park Kansas! I can’t say that the whole course is super pretty because it is in a pretty big city and I ain’t a about that life, but a lot of the course is on a super pretty paved trail that follows a nice little creek. I actually used to run on parts of the course all of the time back when Luke and I lived in an apartment in Overland Park so I thought that was super cool!!

And don’t even get me started on the volunteers! They were the best!!

If you’re looking for a fun half marathon in the Kansas City area I can’t recommend this one enough! And of course you can use my code GG19AD to get $20 off of your entry fee!

http://gobblergrindmarathon.com

Right now that comes out to be about 33% off, but once the price increase my discount stays the same at $20, so if you wanna save a little extra money now is the time to register!

I hope to see you there!!!

So yeah, I’m pretty excited about my upcoming adventures! Both in the near future and the ones happening later this year! Yay for exciting adventures!!

What about you? Got any fun adventures coming up soon?? I sure hope so!

But for now, I need to start packing!! Colorado here I come!!

~Ashley

Ya know, just me hanging out with an Elk on my last trip to Colorado, March 2018

Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two

So do you remember how I tried running two half marathons in two days last year, but the most unexpected conclusion to that whole debacle was that I didn’t finish the first half marathon?

Yeah, so I’m gonna go for it again this year. πŸ˜‚

Me hardcore struggling at around mile 3 of the Longview Half last year.

If you don’t remember that whole ordeal it would just like a refresher, you can read about day one at the Longview Half, which I didn’t finish, here. And day two at the Gobbler Grind Half, which I did with my dad, here. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

My dad and I at the finish of the Gobbler Grind Half last year!

Honestly I hadn’t really considered attempting Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days again until last night when my husband asked me if I’d signed up for Longview yet.

Which was a fair question! The Longview Half definitely holds a special place in my heart. It was my very first race/half marathon ever. I had completed it 3 years in a row and last year would have been the 4th year, but I ended up DNF-ing. And I’ve been at Longview almost every year the race has been held. The only one I missed was the very first one. πŸ˜‚ Until last year kinda derailed my plans, I wanted to finish this race in as many years in a row as possible. I thought it would be insanely cool if u could look back and say “yup, I’ve done the Longview Half every year for 20 years in a row”. And I suppose I still technically could as long as I include the asterisk for year number 4. I still showed up. I made it 5 miles. I just didn’t finish. πŸ˜‚

Me at mile 11 of my first year at Longview. My first half marathon. And my first race ever.

Anyway, after my husband asked about Longview I told him I wasn’t planning on doing it this year. The plan was to do the Gobbler Grind Half again with my dad. But then I remembered last year my dad had mentioned that if I would have told him earlier, that he would have registered for both half marathons as well. So I texted him about it last night. I figure April is a pretty decent heads up for something in November. πŸ˜‰

Hahaha I haven’t gotten an actual answer from him yet, but we shall see! Either way, I went ahead and registered for Longview last night. So yeah. Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two went from not even being a though, to something that is actually happening all within the span of a few hours last night. πŸ˜‚

I’m actually pretty excited about attempting this goal again! And I’m still currently too far out from it to be nervous about it. I’m currently too busy being nervous about my upcoming trail race in Colorado (which is next Sunday! 😱) to be worried about two half marathons in November. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, while all of that fun was going on last night Luke and I were actually on our way to Scheels to get me a new pair of running shoes! My pair of Nike frees I got last summer are still holding up pretty well (although they are starting to get a bit worn down in the soles. Not too bad though.), but my Nike Pegasus should have been replaced a looong while ago. Or at the very least a sane person would have stopped running in them a long while ago. πŸ˜‚

Earlier this winter as I was putting them on for a run one day and I thought to myself “Wow! These shoes feel ridiculously comfortable”. So I decided to inspect the one that wasn’t on my foot yet, and surely enough the soles right at the ball of my foot was super duper worn down. I kept running in them though and wore the sole down even more.

Here’s what they look like now. πŸ˜‚

Yeah, they’re just a little bit worn in. πŸ˜‚ I kept wearing them though because like I said, they just felt soooooo good on my feet! Probably because I’m used to wearing Nike Frees. They are definitely my favorite shoe to run in, although I do understand that it’s good to run in several different models just to work your muscles and ligaments a little bit differently. So I usually like to rotate between a pair of Frees and Pegasus. I also spend a good majority of my time in just socks or in rubber boots (and if you’ve ever worn rubber boots, you know that the offer absolutely NO support. πŸ˜‚). So that’s probably why I’ve been able to continue running pain/injury free in a pair of ridiculously worn out shoes.

Anyway, they got replaced last night! Scheels didn’t have any Frees in my size (they had the older model on clearance but the new model wasn’t in stock yet). And there were no Pegasus to be found (I’m assuming Nike is withholding them again? It’s super annoying that they constantly do this, but I guess I can understand the business model behind it), so I ended up with a pair of Winflo 5. I haven’t actually looked much into them, but I have heard they are pretty similar to the Pegasus and they felt really good when I tried them on, so I figured I’d give them a shot! Plus they were black on black on black like my current pair of Frees and that pretty much won me over. I’m very much loving the blacked out shoe trend that seems to be happening at the moment. πŸ–€

New Nike Winflo 5. So pretty. πŸ–€πŸ˜Š

So yeah, new shoes and a new race registration! Fun stuff!! 😁 And there’s even more fun stuff on the way! Yay! But I’ll be taking about all of that later. So that’s all for now!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Have a great rest of your weekend!!

~Ashley πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ–€

Weekly Recap: March 18th-24th, 2019

Hills, tank top weather, a super moon, yoga, sunshine, a little bit of rain, a double digit run, and over 20 running miles! This week has it all and more!

Monday:

  • 3 treadmill miles
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of strength training

Hills hills hills!!!

KILLED my quads on the treadmill on Monday. I want to be ready for my upcoming trail 10k in April, so I figure I need to squeeze in a few more hill sessions. 😊

After powering up some hills on the treadmill I cooled down a little bit on my stationary bike. Later in the day I continue the leg torture with a 20 minute leg workout. I like to think Monday was a successful day.

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

It’s tank top weather!!

Not gonna lie, I’m not exactly stoked about that. I kinda already miss winter. πŸ˜‚ Where are my cold weather peeps at??

I was, however, pretty darn excited about how well this run went! I absolutely KILLED my legs on Monday. So they were super sore and understandably so when I woke up on Tuesday. But I was glad to find that even so my body responded well and even wanted a little more, even though my legs were tired and sore. It was a super fun run. It was also a hard run. Probably shouldn’t have done that after a hard day on Monday, but I was just having too much fun. πŸ˜„

I had good intentions of doing yoga later in the day, but I ended up babysitting my neighbor’s kid and that just never happened. Oh well.

Wednesday:

  • 4 miles

4 “easy” miles done in the morning. They sure didn’t feel easy though. πŸ˜‚ The original plan was to do 6, but yeah, no. DOMS was REAL on Wednesday. Not really surprising though.

Anyway, Wednesday was the first day of spring and a full moon! Everyone was calling it a super moon but I honestly have no idea what the whole super moon thing is about. It seems like we have a “super moon” every month now. Whatever, the moon still looked incredible Wednesday evening. I took Lily and then Whiskey (I don’t walk my dogs together, they gang up on me if I do. πŸ˜‚), so I got to see it as the sun went down and the moon came up. Pictures never do it justice though.

Thursday:

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minute arm workout
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Thursday’s easy 2 miles actually felt easy! πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, that was nice. Followed that up with a little arm workout and then yoga later in the day. Honestly it wasn’t an eventful day, but it was a good one. 😊

Friday:

  • Rest Day

An impromptu rest day on Friday because oh boy was I tired!! 😴

Honestly though it was more of an active rest day. My little next door neighbor came over to “hang out” (i.e. her mom needed me to babysit her πŸ˜‰) around 12:30 that afternoon. So we walked to the park, played on a rock wall, swing set, and monkey bars, then we walked back home and watched Gravity Falls until Luke came home. Then we all played outside a little bit, had pizza for dinner, and finally got rid of my favorite 5 year old neighbor around 6:40 pm. She had fun though, so that’s all that matters.

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

First double digit run since the Gobbler Grind Half in November! πŸ₯³ I’ve been enjoying my 8 mile long runs, but it’s long past time for me to start building them up!

Well, for now at least. I’ve got at least two more that I’d like to do before the trail 10k my dad and I are doing April 14th. After that I’m not sure if I’m gonna jump back into training pretty much where I left off, or if I’m gonna take a week or two a little bit easier and then build up from there. It really depends on how I feel once it’s all said and done. Sure it’s only a 10k, but it’s a 10k in the mountains and going from almost 1,000 feet above sea level to around 5,000 feet is hard! πŸ˜‚ Plus my dad is already planning some hikes he wants to take me on while I’m in Colorado, so really who knows how I’ll feel when I get back to Kansas. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’ve got my training plan written out all the way up to the race and then like I said, I’ll just figure it all out after that’s all said and done.

So, I’ve been writing my own training plan so far this year and honestly it’s going great! Better than any training plan I’ve done up until this point! It’s pretty sweet actually! I know some people don’t like having to think about what workouts and runs they need to do, but I kinda like piecing it all together for myself!

This is actually probably a whole other post for a different day, so for now I’ll leave it at that.😊

Sunday:

  • Rest day

It’s weird how adding two more miles to a long run can make you so much more tired. πŸ˜‚

When you think about it, two miles really isn’t a lot, but for whatever reason going from 8 miles to 10 miles feels like a big jump. At least I think it does! So today I felt a little bit more tired than usual since I did add those two more miles to my long run. Although I definitely don’t feel as beat up as I once would have! Just a little bit sore and tired. It’s pretty cool how you can gauge how far you’ve come based on how sore your legs feel the next day. πŸ˜‚

But really, there was a time when 10 miles would just completely wreck me. I’m definitely not wrecked today though! A little low on energy, but otherwise good! 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 22

Woohoo! Another 20+ mile training week! Honestly I would have liked to have gotten to 24 miles this week, but I ended up cutting my run on Wednesday a little short. Not a big deal really. I’m still happy with the fact that I went over 20 miles for the week. I’m slowly but surely working my way up!

Alrighty! That’s a wrap for this week! I’ve got two more full weeks of training and then it’s off to Colorado for a week and then my first race of 2019 on April 14th!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: March 11th-17th, 2019

Well this week turned out to be a pretty good one as far as running, training, actually doing some cross training, and whatnot goes! Mother Nature sure brought a few surprises this week as well, but all-in-all it was a good one!

So let’s get right into it!

Monday:

  • 3 miles on the treadmill
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

Did someone speed work on the treadmill to kick off my week! Warmed up with 10 minutes on the stationary bike, did an easy mile on the treadmill, followed by some hard intervals, really focusing on my form, and then an easy half mile cool down, and finally 5 more minutes on the stationary bike.

It was a hard workout, but a good one!! Haha I had a very cute spectator and ran the first few minutes of my easy mile without shoes, just because it felt good not to. πŸ˜„

Anyway, Luke and I cleaned out our extra bedroom and put the treadmill, stationary bike, and other various exercise equipment. We’ve dubbed it the “exercise room” and let me tell ya, it’s pretty sweet having a room dedicated to exercise stuff! It definitely makes actually cross training easier! 😊

Tuesday:

  • 3 easy miles

Holy moly my legs were tired after Monday’s speed work. That coupled with the wind we were experiencing made this run TOUGH. It was a super, slow slog, and I wanted to quit the whole time. But I finished it and I know I’m better for it. 😊

Anyway, it’s definitely starting to feel like spring here in Kansas! It’s getting warmer and windy and I’d say it was getting wet, but we actually had a super wet winter. πŸ˜‚ But it’s looking like we’re gonna have a wet spring as well.

Make a wish. πŸ˜‰

Wednesday:

  • 5.43 miles
  • downed tree stuff

We had wind gusts of up to 50-60 mph on Wednesday. That made for a very interesting day…

Started my day off in my usual way, with a run. 😊I got poured on during the first half of this run! That was a lot of fun!! Although at on point an older gentleman pulled up next to me in his car and offered to take me anywhere I wanted to go. I told him I was alright and politely declined. I know this guy probably had nothing but good intentions, but still, even if I wasn’t having a good time I wouldn’t just get into a car with a stranger like that.

Anyway, the wind really started picking up around the second half of this run. It started getting really bad so I ended up cutting this run a little short. Hahaha I’m good with that though. Running in that wind 5.43 miles should basically count for 6 miles anyway. πŸ˜‰

Later that afternoon we had a tree get blown down onto a power line. Yeah, not good. But thanks to the help of a few neighbors we got it down safely. You can read all about those adventures here, if you’d like. πŸ˜‰

Thursday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of strength work

Cross train day yay!! Hahaha worked on my kinda wimpy arms after taking a little spin on the stationary bike on Thursday. Followed that up with a little bit of head stand practice just for fun. πŸ™ƒ

Friday:

  • 3.25 miles

Busy busy day!! Didn’t get my run in Friday morning like I usually would. I managed to squeeze it in that afternoon. It was a good one! 😊

It would appear that spring is finally here in Kansas! It was kinda weird, one day it was winter but then the next it was spring. πŸ˜‚ And it’s looking like it’s actually here to stay! We’re supposed to get highs in the 60’s next week. Anyone ready for me to start complaining about the warm weather? Because it’s coming.πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 8 miles
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes stretching/foam rolling

Oh man, that 8 mile run Saturday morning was an absolute grind. I got through it somehow though! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That night my brother-in-law came over and brought his PlayStation that he set up on our second tv, so he and my husband spent the night playing Call Of Duty with their dad and one of their brother’s. I ain’t about that PlayStation life, so while they were doing that I ended up spending some time on our newly set up workout room! Spent some time on my stationary bike and doing some stretching and foam rolling while Lily watched. πŸ˜‚ Then after that I just binge watched more Law and Order SVU until 2 am when my brother-in-Law went home and we finally went to bed. Hahaha I’m not exactly a fan of staying up that late anymore, at least not often, but there was no way I was gonna to be able to sleep with all of that noise they were making. πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Spent the day, resting, relaxing, and letting my week of training seep in. πŸ˜„

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.77

Just barely missed the 23 miles I was aiming for! πŸ˜‚ Honestly though that’s close damn enough for me! I’m very happy with how well this week of running went and how easily I was able to jump back into the swing of things after being sick last week. πŸ˜„

At this point we’re about a month out from the trail race my dad and I are doing in Colorado! I got the racer’s guide via email a few days ago and looking at that elevation chart again kinda freaked me out! I’m going to be going from about 1,000 feet above sea level which is where I live to almost 5,000 feet at certain points of this race. There are definitely some hills. Yikes!

Good thing we’re the “Sloth Running Team” and are going to take our time and get there when we get there. πŸ˜‚

Still though, it’s gonna be a tough day! But probably lots of fun! I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Anyway, that’s all for today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

~Ashley πŸ’šπŸ€

Weekly Recap: March 4th-10th, 2019

Well this week Sure didn’t go as planned! But that’s life for you, isn’t it? Not everything goes as planned all of the time, and that’s ok! Shit happens.

This week my shit was getting sick. Nothing too bad though. I just had to take a few days off from running. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but I was a little bit bummed because I was on a huge roll with my running. But oh well. My body needed some extra rest so that’s what I gave it. 😊

Monday:

  • 3 treadmill miles
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Oh man, this was a tough one! For some reason I felt heavy and stuff on Monday. Probably because I absolutely KILLED it last week! Like, wow. I’m very happy with what I accomplished. 😊

Anyway, doing this run on the treadmill also didn’t help. But the real feel temps were around -15 that morning and o really didn’t want to deal with that. I love the winter you guys, but at this point even I’m looking forward to it ending! This crazy cold hasn’t exactly been fun! I’m super grateful that I have a treadmill though and have been able to get all my miles in because of it! 😁

Tuesday:

  • 1 hour on the stationary bike
  • 30 minutes of yoga

I was still feeling stiff and heavy on Tuesday. I was hoping my easy slog on the treadmill the day before would have helped, but no dice. So I skipped my planned run and spent some time on my stationary bike, hoping that would flush my legs out a little bit. That plus a little bit of yoga. It felt really good. 😊

Wednesday:

  • Rest Day

Woke up sick. Yuck. But at least I know why I’ve felt off all week! πŸ˜‰ Took the day off and spent most of my time binge watching Law and Order: SVU. I’m not exactly stoked to be missing out on a few days of running. Especially since I’ve been absolutely killing it lately and have been running more consistently than I ever have before. But I know that right now my body needs rest, so rest I shall!

Thursday:

  • 15 minutes of yoga

Still not feeling very well on Thursday. So I took another rest day, although I did do a little bit of yoga. A nice little “yoga for when you are sick” routine by Yoga With Adriene. She is my all time favorite yoga YouTuber. She literally has a yoga routine for EVERYTHING and she’s just an amazing human being. If you’re looking to start an at home yoga practice you should definitely check her out!

Friday:

  • 3 miles

I was definitely starting to feel better by Friday!! Went out for a nice and easy 3 mile run. It went well. 😊 Hahaha Running definitely helped clear out some of the snot out of me. πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 6 miles
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Plan “A” for Saturday was to run 10 miles. Plan “B” was to run whatever my body could handle. Turns out, that was only 6 miles. But hey, I’ll take it! I was definitely feeling better, but still getting over being sick and I knew that there was a very good possibility that actually completing my long run was a bit of a longshot.

It’s all good though! I’m just glad that I got out and got something done! Even if I didn’t exactly feel great doing it.

Sunday:

  • Rest day

I forgot about daylight savings time until yesterday evening. πŸ˜‚ Oh well, while the adjustment of “springing forward” is a little bit weird at first, it’s not too terrible.

Anyway, I thought about getting in a few easy miles or something today since I missed so many days this week, but I eventually decided against it. I’m trying to hold fast on the Sunday rest day thing. Taking Sunday’s off helps me go into a new week of training feeling rested and rejuvenated physically and mentally. 😊 So here’s hoping next week goes better than this one did!

Total Weekly Mileage: 12

Obviously this wasn’t a great week. 12 miles in a week is no where near what I’ve been running, but still, I’ll take it. I got sick and I needed to rest. And honestly I think all of that rest helped me to get over my cold faster than I would have if I had just tried to push through it. I’ve learned so much about listening to my body over the past several years and I really think that’s all starting to pay off!

Anyway, I hope to be back at it again in full force next week!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley