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5 Miles Yesterday, 3 Miles Today, 13.1 Miles in 24 Days

I am having a good week, running wise! πŸ™‚

I suppose Tuesday is a bit early to start declaring things like that, but so far it’s true! I got 5 miles done yesterday, mostly on a whim haha. The weather was nice and I felt too good not to do a a mid-ish distance run (well, for me it’s a mid distance run anyway. πŸ˜‰ ). I felt really good getting it done and I probably had a few more miles in me, but 5 seemed like a nice number for a Monday. I also had a bunch of fun looking at everyone’s Halloween decorations! Someone had a Pennywise balloon on a drain grate. That was pretty awesome.

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After running 5 miles yesterday I thought my legs would feel pretty tired (considering that I’m coming back from an injury and I’m probably not getting back into the running thing slowly enough, but whatevs πŸ˜‰ ) but they actually felt really good! Well, maybe they did feel a bit heavy for the first mile of today’s run, but after that they were fine!

So there’s a lot of construction going on around my neighborhood; people are re-doing roofs, the town hall (which I live right next too) is getting completely re done inside and out, the gas company has been digging on several different streets and so has the power company, and there’s a little bit of road work going on. So I spent a good amount of time dodging work trucks, backhoes, construction signs, and workers. Not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of running past these people. On several occasions they’ve thought it was a good idea to say some gross things to me, or just whistle and yell at me. Ugh, that’s no fun…but today I turned up my music, pulled down my hat, and just ignored them. Although I did catch a few of them staring in a way that made me wish I wasn’t wearing tight pants and a tank top, if you know what I mean…Haha I think I’m gonna start bringing Dean running with me again. He likes to bare his teeth at people he doesn’t like, especially when he knows I feel uncomfortable. That usually puts a stop to some of that nastiness.

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My sweet, laid back boy is very capable of looking and being vicious when he wants to, believe it or not. πŸ˜‰Β Β 

But anyway, aside from the creepers this run was a lot of fun! I pushed hard on some of the uphills and ended up running my fastest 5k with this particular watch. Haha that’s not my actual 5k PR, but hey, I’ll take it! πŸ™‚

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So yeah, my two good runs in a row have really boosted my confidence for the upcoming half marathon that I feel like I barely trained at all for thanks to my damn knee issue. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if I still feel that way after the 10 mile long run I’m planning to do this weekend haha. Hopefully that will go well and I’ll feel even more confident! Right now I’m thinking the half is going to be super slow, painful, and generally awful, but I also think that I’ll be able to do it, and right now that’s all I really care about.

Anyways, I think that’s all I’ve got for today. I need to go stretch out my legs and then I’m thinking a nap sounds nice. πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley

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Monday October 9th, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

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I guess I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today and I’m not entirely sure where I want to start or where I want to go with this little update, since I was kinda absent for most of last week. Haha that’s usually not the best way to go into writing a blog post, that’s typically when I ramble on and on and I worry that I’m not making any sense, but hey, I’m just gonna roll with it today. πŸ˜‰

Sooooo I guess we’ll start off with the race that I missed on Saturday. I had signed up for the Louisburg Cider 10k way back in May and I was pretty freaking stoked about it! But as you probably know, I got injured in August and haven’t been doing much running since then and was a little bit nervous about trying to do a 6.2 mile race. By the beginning of last week I had a feeling that I was going to be able to cover the distance, the only question was would I be able to do it without re-aggravating my injury.

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I never got to figure that out though. Last Monday a friend who I was very close to back in high school died. After I found out about that I didn’t think I was going to want to do it. I’m the kind of person who likes to be alone to process things like this and I didn’t exactly feel like being surrounded by a bunch of happy people that weekend. Especially after I found out his funeral was on Saturday, the same day as the race. Unfortunately Luke and I weren’t able to go, it’s kinda hard for us to drop everything and drive 5 hours to Illinois (where he lived, where the funeral was, and where we’re originally from, if you didn’t know), at such short of a notice.

So instead I did the only thing that made sense and went for a run that morning. πŸ˜‰ I’m not exactly one to dedicate miles, races, or runs in general to people. That’s just not my thing. But I did do this run sans music, and spend most of it thinking about my friend and all the growing up, fun times and crazy, “bad kid” stuff him, his girlfriend at the time, me, and Luke did together in high school, and prayed for his family. I was really nice. Sad, but exactly what I needed, I think. I’m actually really glad I ran by myself instead of going to that race on Saturday.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a little disappointed that I missed out on my first “official” 10k, that sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun, on what I’ve heard is a beautiful course, but there’s always next year and there’s always other races. πŸ™‚

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From my easy, beautiful, and peaceful run on Saturday.

Alrighty I guess that’s kinda a nice segue into the topic of the Longview half marathon, which is on November 11th, which I have signed up for, which is suppose to be my 3rd half marathon, and I am absolutely scared shitless about it. I mean I basically missed out of two months of training. I did very little running in August and almost no running in September and I’m just starting to really get back into “training” for it right now. Like right now I am just terribly overwhelmed by the fact that I only have one month to attempt to get into some kind of shape to run this thing. I’m not gonna try for any kind of PR, or time goal or whatever (although I would like to finish before the cut off time, which is 3 hours), but at this point I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do that. The last long run I did was a 9 miler back in the beginning of August and if I’m able to stick with the pace I did during that run I’ll be ok, but like I said, that was back in August and it was only 9 miles. So yeah, I’m hardcore freaking out about this thing now.

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Yesterday I sat down and wrote out a plan for what I’m hoping to accomplish this month. It involves absolutely no speed work, just getting in some miles, and mostly focusing on getting in an 8 mile long run, 10 mile long run, then a 12 mile long run, and then basically “tapering” the week before the race to hopefully let my legs get a chance to rest and be fresh on race day. If I can’t get those miles in, if they don’t go well, or if my knee starts acting up again I think I might email the race director and see if they can’t just bump me down to the 5k. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t. Especially since I’m not looking for any kind of refund or anything. Haha I’m actually not sure how the protocol for all of that goes, but I assume it wouldn’t be a good idea to not ask the race director and then try to do the 5k with a half bib. But anyway, that’s just plan “B” for now. I’m still aiming for that half marathon at this point though.

Anyway, I started very slowly easy back into running last week. Managed to get a whole 11.7 miles done. πŸ˜‰ My goal for this week it to continue easing back into things and doing an 8 mile long run, so I guess we shall see how that goes. Kicked off the week with an easy 3 mile run, followed by a few strides just for fun. It was a beautiful morning and I felt pretty darn good, so hopefully that’s a good sign!

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Ok, I think that pretty much covers running stuff for now. πŸ™‚

So lets talk about our new little girl ferret! She finally has a name!!! Haha like, 2 weeks ago I had been asking pretty muchΒ everyoneΒ for name suggestions because both of us were pretty much drawing blanks. Someone on my Vidme channel suggested Harley Quinn, sticking with our Batman theme since our other ferret’s name is Bruce Wayne. Haha that seems soooo freaking obvious! We’re not sure why we didn’t think of that right away! So yeah, she has a name now. πŸ™‚

As far as her adjusting to life here, she’s doing very well! She and Bruce becameΒ veryΒ fast friends and they’re pretty much inseparable at this point (which is funny, because Bruce has been alone for 3 years). They’re pretty much always cuddling when they sleep, they eat together, drink together, and get into lots of trouble together. πŸ™‚ Haha but they both seem very happy with each other and I’m very glad about that.

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Harley and Bruce.Β 

I suppose that pretty much covers everything I wanted to talk about today and I don’t think I ended up being to ramble-y. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone has a good Monday and a great week!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: September 25th-October 1st, 2017

Monday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes of yoga

I guess Monday was really just a test run to see how my knee felt. Haha it was super humid, hot, and gross out, and I felt pretty awful. That was pretty much to be expected though. The first few runs back always suck…but other than that it went well! My knee felt pretty good and I’m thinking I’ll be able to slowly get back into my running routine and will be good to go for my half marathon in November.

Also, if it could start feeling like fall outside, that’d be great…

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Tuesday:

  • Rest day

Didn’t run on Tuesday, but Luke and I did see Cherry Bombs, Steel Panther, and Stone Sour live, so that was a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

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Wednesday: 

  • 3 miles

So this run went a lot better than I thought it would considering I’m slowly getting back into running, I was up late the night before, and I did some drinking at the Stone Sour concert. πŸ˜‰ But it was about 60 degrees and lightly drizzling, so that made it more fun. πŸ™‚

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Thursday: 

  • Rest day

So that kinda happened by accident. I was planning on doing some kind of cross training, but I ended up in a bit of a cleaning frenzy and ended up doing a bit of deep cleaning around the house instead. So I mean, really I’m just glad I ended up getting so much done haha!

Friday: 

  • Pumpkin picking and errand running (totally counts! πŸ˜‰)

Luke and I were super busy on Friday! First we went to a farm thing  where you can pick apples and pumpkins, and picked up some pretty awesome pumpkins! When we got there we found out that we actually got really lucky and that Friday was the first day that they were opening the pumpkin patch for pumpkin picking. And we got there right after they opened so we we were some of the first people to pick pumpkins! That was sooooo cool, because we got the first pick of the pumpkins (and we found some pretty freaking awesome ones!), the field wasn’t all trampled because hardly anyone had walked in it, so we got to walk around through the vines and I actually ran through them and hurdled them and told Luke about every singe neat pumpkin that I saw. Haha so yeah, basically I’m a toddler. πŸ˜‰

Then after we got our pumpkins we went out for Chinese food (yum!), then went to several different stores to grocery shop and pick up stuff we needed. So basically we were gone most of the day and by the time we got home we were both exhausted and ended up watching Bob’s Burgers for the rest of the night. Hahaha so I didn’t run, but it ended up being a great day. πŸ™‚

Saturday: 

  • Rest Day

That wasn’t exactly the plan, but the day just kinda got away from me haha. 

Sunday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike 

This was one of those really tough “just getting back into it” runs. It was short, slow, and sucky, but at least I’m getting out there and doing it. πŸ˜„


 

 

Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? πŸ˜‰ Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! πŸ˜‰ We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. πŸ™‚ But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really reallyΒ reallyΒ making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best πŸ˜‰ ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. πŸ˜‰ ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. πŸ™‚ So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. πŸ™‚

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. πŸ™‚

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. πŸ˜‰ ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! πŸ™‚

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. πŸ˜‰

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? πŸ˜‰

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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Weird Weather, Happy Eclipse Day, and Half Marathon Number 3 Is Officially A-Go!

The weather this morning was pretty interesting to say the least! Woke up to a rainbow but no rain (at that point at least), then it did eventually start raining while the sun was still shining. That didn’t last too long though, and my weather app said that that was supposed to be the end of it, so I went out to go for a run, but a thunderstorm developed right on top of me and the lighting was getting pretty crazy, so I made my way home. And saw a second rainbow, which was pretty neat. Then after that it rained off and on until about 10 am, with a bunch of crazy thunder and lightning. Good times haha.

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As of 10:04 am as I type this, it’s still pretty cloudy out. I’m hoping it’ll clear up here in the next hour and a half ish. That’s when we’re supposed to be able to see the eclipse. Where I live in Kansas I don’t think we’ll be able to see the full thing and we’re only supposed to be able to see it for a few seconds, but still, it’ll be neat! But we wont be able to see it if the damn clouds wont go away haha.

Anyways, I guess I should probably explain why I haven’t posted anything here since last Tuesday. So at some point two weekends ago (at the Green Day concert, I think) I somehow hurt my leg and have been unable to run. I’ve basically been hobbling around for the past week. It’s not been fun haha. So I just haven’t had anything to talk about really. That and those post concert blues have hit me pretty hard. πŸ˜‰

But anyway, at first I thought it was my calf/shin that was hurting but I couldn’t exactly pin point where. But over the weekend I realized it was actually my knee that was the problem and the pain has just been radiating down my whole lower leg. Haha I’m pretty sure I just never noticed because I’ve had issues with that knee since I was 13 or 14 and I’ve just gotten used to it hurting. I have osgood schlatter disease in my left knee. It was supposed to go away by the time I stopped growing, but it never did. It’s a whole thing… Anyway, it’s been hurting. Luckily though it’s not shin splits like I originally thought. That would have meant a lot less running until it stopped hurting. The good news is that I’ve always been able to continue being active whenever my knee hurts, I just have to put up with it until it stops. Which it eventually will. Hopefully haha.

But yeah, like I said, I got a run in today. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My leg hurt for the first few minutes but it eventually worked itself out and it felt alright during the rest of my run. The goal was to do 30 easy minutes, but I ended up cutting that short because of the weather. At about 1.8 miles I was back at my driveway and I figured that was good enough, considering the crazy lighting and all. Ah well, it’s probably all for the best anyway. I shouldn’t be pushing it too hard after not running for a week and all.

I’m just glad I was able to get out there. Now hopefully I’ll be able to slowly ease back into half marathon training, because I’ve (finally) signed up for the Longview half last Friday! So it’s officially officially, I’ll be running the Longview half for the 3rd year in a row! Yay!!

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But yeah, that’s all I’ve got for today. I guess I’m off to go pray for the clouds to clear up and wait for the eclipse. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday everyone!

~Ashley

Photos From This Week

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

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:Β 

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Thursday:Β 

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Friday:

 

 

Saturday:

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Sunday:

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I’m Capable Of More Than I’ve Ever Imagined

So this is just a little something that I posted on instagram last night, but I wanted to share it here with you guys as well! πŸ™‚ It’s kinda short, sweet, and too the point, but I’ve found that somethings are better that way.

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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham ✨


5 years ago if you would have told me I was going to become a dedicated runner I would have laughed in your face. I was never an athletic person and found running to be some kind of awful torture forced upon us by gym teachers and coaches.

3 years ago if you would have told me in just a year I’d cross the finish line of my first half marathon I would have called you crazy. Sure I was a “runner” (back then I wasn’t so sure about that though), but I was slow and running was painful and I thought I’d never be able to cover more than 5 miles.

Now here I am in the middle of 2017. I’m training for my 3rd half marathon, a 6 mile interval workout has quickly become one of my all time favorites, and I don’t even bat an eye when I see a 10 mile run on my training plan. Running can still be painful, I’m still slow, and some days I absolutely hate it. But I’ve proven to myself time and time again that I’m capable of more than I’ve ever imagined. I just had to find the courage to start. And once I did, I realized that I could do anything as long as I kept moving forward. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ