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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: 59 and 60 Days To Go!

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Two months to go!! Well, more specifically 59 more days until the Longview Half and 60 more days until the Gobble Grind Half!

Honestly when put that way, holy cow we’re getting close!! Haha I’ve been kinda thinking along the lines of “it’s still pretty early in September and November is still a ways a way”, but it’s really not. Two months. Two short months to go. Yikes. But it’s only “yikes” when I think about it that way. Once I go back to the whole “it’s only September” thing I feel a little bit better about it. Weird how the mind works like that. πŸ˜‰

Really though I’m not so worried about finishing either half. I’ve done the Longview half 3 years in a row, and this year will make it 4. IΒ knowΒ I can finish that race in particular, but the 13.1 miles in general. So I’m not really worried about that. I’m not really worried about finishing the Gobbler Grind the next day either.Β  At this point I’m actually pretty confident in my ability to finish both races. Especially since I’ll be doing the second one with my dad and brother.

What I’m really worried about is finishing times. I would really like to set a new PR and the way I see it, it’s probably best for me to go for that during the first half at Longview. My legs will be fresh, I wont be tired, and I kind of feel like I have to redeem myself after last year’s not-so-great experience at Longview. The course is going to be a little bit different this year. They got rid of the giant hill at mile two, so that will probably work out in my favor as well.

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Elevation data from the Longview Half, according to my Garmin. That hill at mile two is pretty killer haha.

I haven’t been feeling particularly speedy though. I mean, I’m definitely not a speedy person to begin with. I like to affectionately refer to myself a slow runner. But I’ve just been feeling extra slow lately. Although looking back at my running data from 2016 (the year I ran my best half marathon so far), the paces from my long runs are pretty similar. Although my shorter runs were definitely faster than I’ve been doing this year. But I have been running more this year. A lot more actually. I’ve also been injury free throughout this training cycle *knock on wood*, which is something I’ve never been able to say while training for a half marathon haha. So really it would appear that things are really going well! But jeez I’m still really worried about times. I really want a PR. It’s been a while since I’ve PR’d in anything. That being said, if things go a planned, I should be PR-ing my longest run in 4 weeks, I think? That should be pretty exciting. But I’d still really like a shiny new time PR.

I’m mostly just worried about times for the Longview Half though. The Gobbler Grind is just gonna be more for fun, although obviously it’s still going to be a bit of a challenge since I’m doing another half the day before. Since I’m doing it with family, who currently haven’t been able to do much training because of their work schedules. So it’s going to be an interesting day for all of us! Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun though. But misery loves company and all of that, so I’m sure we’ll all have fun. πŸ˜‰

Luke plans on being at both races for me and my mom is coming with with my dad and brother, but I don’t know if they plan on being at my house the morning I do Longview. Probably not, but it is a possibility that I’ll have a big cheering squad for Longview. I did the first year I ran it. My mom and dad came for it then and that was pretty sweet! But either way, it’ll be fun to have them all here, plus my mom wants to celebrate my birthday while they are, since the Gobbler Grind is only 4 days before my actual birthday. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I suppose that just about covers all of my thoughts and feelings of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, so far. I know it’s nothing really all that insightful. At this point in my life running doesn’t really feel deep and meaningful. It’s just something I do, ya know? I get up in the morning, run, and then get on with my day. I’m not sure how I’d feel if I had to go an extended period of time without running. I don’t think that would go for me. It’s just something that’s really ingrained into my life right now.

Okey dokey then! That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley and her very in the way blogging assistant, Bubbles

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What My First Three Half Marathons Taught me

I actually posted a much smaller version of what this post is on my Instagram accountΒ a couple of weeks ago, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to get a little bit more in-depth with it and share my thoughts here. Especially since I’m getting pretty deep into my half marathon training at this point. I just thought it would be nice to reflect on the things I’ve learned from my previous halfs, and since it half/full marathon training season is in full swing, I thought maybe other people could take something away from the things I’ve learned so far as well! πŸ™‚

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Half Marathon Number One: Longview Half, 2015.

My first half marathon actually taught me quite a lot! But I mean, that does make sense considering that it was my very first. My first half and my very first race ever! Haha it’s not exactly recommenced to start off your racing career with a half, but what can I say? I’m an overachiever. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, my first half marathon taught me to set big goals, dream big, and that I’m capable of more than I thought. Before I even signed up for my first half the farthest I’d ever run was 5 or 6 miles. I had no idea if I could actually cover 13.1 miles in one go. At that point I was still impressed and amazed at the fact that I could do 5! That was still relatively new to me! I also knew nothing about proper running attire, fueling, or actual running workouts. Back in 2015 I was still a relative newbie to the sport. But one day I just kinda decided that I was going to run a half marathon, so I signed up, started a training plan, and never looked back. It was a rocky road to the starting line, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing. But the second I crossed that finish line I learned that setting big, crazy goals could be a good thing! Dreaming big will help you accomplish those goals! But most importantly, I learned that I was capable of doing hard things and that I really was a runner. Not just some person who was faking it. Not that there’s any fake runners or anything. That’s just something I had struggled with for a while. But once I became a half marathoner I never hesitated to call myself a runner ever again.

Crossing the finish line of my first half was an incredible experience and it’s something I’ll never forget!

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Longview half marathon, 2015. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Two: Longview Half, 2016Β 

I went into my second half marathon much more knowledgeable and prepared! I knew I could cover the distance having done it once before, and I had a few 5k’s under my belt as well, so I had a little bit of a better idea of what I was getting myself into. Training went well and the race itself went even better!

My second half taught me how to really have fun during training and to enjoy every mile during a race. Even when it started to hurt and get really hard. This was definitely my best half so far! Maybe even my best race so far! I’m hoping that will change this November though. πŸ˜‰

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Longview half marathon, 2016. Mile 11.

Half Marathon Number Three: Longview Half, 2017

My third half marathon is a little bit notorious in my mind. Training went pretty well, but I crashed and burned hard at about mile 8 during this half. By mile 10 I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish. I did, buy jeez it was pretty terrible…

My third half was my first bad racing experience. I’m still a relative newbie at the whole racing thing. At this point I’ve only got 7 actual races under my belt, but this half, this half was by far the absolute worst I’ve ever done. That being said, I still learned a few things from this race. First and foremost, I learned just how important proper fueling and hydrating is. I mean, I alreadyΒ knew,Β but I experienced firsthand why during this race. The Gatorade at the aid-stations wasn’t mixed properly and that made my stomach unhappy. Since my stomach was unhappy I wasn’t able to eat my Honey Stinger waffles. One of the wonderful pacers gave me a Twizzlers at one point and I was able to eat that in slow, little bites, but that was about it. I crashed. I burned. I suffered.

Suffering was the most important thing I learned during this half. I thought I had suffered through hard workouts before, but it was nothing compared to the last 3 miles of this race. It was a hard lesson to learn. Finishing hurt and then dealing with my finishing time hurt even more. But eventually I got over it and learned that I can suffer and suffer badly, but still finish. And at the end of the day finishing is still a huge accomplishment!

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Longview half marathon, 2017. Mile 11.

There you have it! What half marathoning has taught me so far! I’m pretty excited to take these lessons into the two half marathons I’m doing in November. The Longview Half again on November 10th and the Gobbler Grind Half on November 11th. I’m sure Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will end up teaching me a few things as well. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha right now I’m thinking that suffering lesson is going to come in quite handy for this little challenge.

I’m also pretty excited to finally be doing a half marathon that is not Longview. I love that race and want to continue to do it as many years in a row as I can, but it’s going to be fun to be doing a race that’s new to me! Actually, they changed the Longview course this year, so both races are going to be kind of new to me. At this point I’m really looking forward to both of them! I’m not really nervous yet, but I know that will come soon.

Anyway, have you learned any important lessons from a race? How have you applied them in life, running, or other races? I’d love to hear your answers!

But for now, wishing you a happy Monday!

~Ashley

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Longview Half finish, 2016

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Rain, Running, and Steaks.

It’s been raining on and off for almost two days now and it’s been fantastic!! And when it hasn’t been raining it’s been cloudy, which has been nice. It’s been a crazy dry, sunny, and hot summer here in Kansas and we’ve needed a break from it!

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The only problem with the rain and cloud cover we’ve been having is that it is super humid and sticky out. Still a huge improvement from the weather we’ve been having though. Plus it’s cooled off quite a bit. The highs have been in the mid to high 80’s and that’s supposed to go down even more next week. Yay!!

Haha and the only reason I’m bringing all of this up is because it makes running so much more enjoyable!! On Monday I did my run when it was sunny and probably around 74 degrees out and it felt terrible haha. But yesterday it was cloudy and drizzling when I ran and that made it sooo much better and totally killed my interval workout! Now that I’ve gotten a few of those under my belt they are starting to get more fun. Still hard though, but honestly that’s what makes interval workouts fun. They can be really hard if you want them to be. And yesterday I did. My goal during yesterday’s interval workout was to hurt. Mission accomplished. Haha oh man, I feel like all runners have a little bit of a sadistic streak in them. πŸ˜‰

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4 miles. Interval work. Drizzly weather. Sweaty bangs. Tuesday was a good running day. πŸ™‚

Yeah, wanting to hurt and successfully hurting was all fun and games yesterday, but today, well, not so much. Today my legs were sore, tired, and running was not so fun. But I mean, I’d rather have my speed workouts feel good and be fun and then have my easy days feel harder. It’s a lot easier to actually do an easy run when your legs are tired haha! At least I think so. πŸ˜‰ And I did do an easy run today. Although it felt more like a 3 mile slog through cold molasses, while breathing in air that felt like it was more water than oxygen. But it’s done now and my legs will probably feel better tomorrow because of it. πŸ™‚

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At least I hope they feel better tomorrow. I’ve got another 5 miles to do and then I get a cross-train day on Friday, so at least I’ll get a day off from running before my long run on Saturday. πŸ™‚ But aside from my legs feeling tired from my interval session yesterday (which I mean, they should. πŸ˜‰ ), I’m feeling pretty good! Tired. But good. So far half marathon training feels like it’s flying by. Sure, I’m only into week 4, but it still feels like it’s going fast. That being said though, I think I’m going to dial things back just a little bit next week. I’m not feeling terrible or anything, but since I keep describing myself as “tired” I feel like my body probably needs a little bit of a chance to adjust to my training and the increase in mileage I’ve been doing. Hopefully that’s all I need and I’ll be able to ramp things back up the week after that. But like I said, I’m still feeling pretty good! No illnesses or injury, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent. Or at least minimize. More likely than not I’ll end up with a cold at some point during cold and flue season, but that’s nothing I wont be able to handle.

But anyway, all of this training has had me craving red meat. That’s a pretty unusual development for me. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan or anything, but I’m really not a big meat eater either. That’s why I’m not a huge fan of grilling season. Everyone is always grilling up a bunch of meat and I get really tired of it really fast. But oh man, yesterday I just needed some kind of meat. Preferably from a cow. So for dinner I cooked up some steaks we had in our freezer, that we got from a local butcher shop like, a month ago.

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Yeah, this was exactly what I needed! I actually ate a whole on for dinner last night (again, pretty crazy for me) and then half of one for lunch today and I’m probably gonna eat the other half for dinner. πŸ™‚ I’ve yet to perfect the art of cooking steak, but these did turn out very well! I let them cook on a skillet for about 4 minutes, flipped them for a second, and then finished them in the oven for about 7 minutes. They were seared really well, but still nice and juicy and a little bit pink in the middle. I think I left them in the oven for a minute or two longer than I should have. I would have preferred a little more pink, but still, they were delicious!

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We’re gonna have to go back to that butcher shop soon. They are a little more expensive that just getting meat at a grocery store, but it’s worth it! Their meat is so much better. Plus the people who work there are pretty awesome. They have big bulk deals every month but they’ve let us sub out certain cuts of meat for others a few times now and I thought that was pretty cool. In my experience, small, local places are usually better than big, chain stores. Plus I just like the way a good butcher shop smells. Haha it reminds me of deer season and loading up my dad’s cows into his trailer and fresh venison and beef. Those were some good times. πŸ™‚

Anyway, is anyone else super stoked that August is about half way over and fall will be here soon (there are 38 days until the autumn equinox, but who’s counting? πŸ˜‰ )?!? I’m so ready for fall to get here! Hahaha I’ve pretty much been over summer since it started, but at least the weather has been improving a little bit.

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Anyway, that’s all for now!

Your hot and sweaty runner friend, who is dreaming of chilly, rainy, fall runs,

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: August 6th-12th, 2018

This week has been a little more tough. Mostly because I’ve been pretty tired and it’s been really hot and gross out. But even so, I haven’t skipped or cut a single run short this week and I’m pretty darn proud of that! πŸ™‚

At this point I’m only 3 going on 4 weeks in, but this training cycle has been a lot different than the training I did for my first 3 half marathons. I haven’t skipped or cut anything short this time around, but I did a lot during my first 3 training cycles. In all fairness though, I was also hurt while training for those (and a few of those injuries weren’t even running related haha). I’m also doing more mileage earlier on and I’ve already done my first double digit run this week, which I wouldn’t have even been close to doing the other 3 times I’ve done this.

I don’t know what it is, but this time around something just clicked and I’m getting shit done! Originally I was just going to try to survive both of my half marathons (since I’m doing two in two days and all. πŸ˜‰ ), but now I’m thinking about chasing a PR during the Longview Half, which will be the first of the two. I’ve just been putting in a lot of work so far and if I keep things up at this rate I really should be able to! Which would be amazing since last year at Longview didn’t go very well for me. Plus I haven’t PR’d in anything in forever and that’s just kinda sucked. I’m still not entirely sure if it’s a good idea to chase a PR for that half when I have another the day after, but my goal for the Gobbler Grind was always just to survive it and cross the finish line anyway. Plus my dad and my brother are doing that one with me, so I feel like it will be easier to do just that since I wont be doing the second one by myself.

I don’t know man, the thought of chasing a PR in general is kinda scary and exciting. But especially now that I’ll still have another half to do after finishing the first one. I think I’m gonna go for it though! Because isn’t the whole point of running to do fun, crazy, scary, exciting things? It sure is for me!!

Anyway, those are just some thoughts I’ve been having. I know I’m still super early into this training cycle, but I have been needed to figure out my goals for these two races and I think I just have. πŸ™‚

So lets talk about this week’s training!

Monday:

  • rest day

Last Saturday and Sunday I did a long run and then a medium long run. It was the first time I’d ever done something like that and it went really well! But I still had to recover from it, hence the rest day on Monday. πŸ™‚ That night we had a few storms roll through and the brought some much needed rain with them! Haha one of my all time favorite hobbies is watching thunderstorms roll in and taking photos/videos. I got a pretty cool little video of some lightning that night. πŸ™‚

Tuesday:

  • 4 miles, intervals
  • 30 minutes of strength work

It was still raining on Tuesday morning, which made me a happy camper! I was feeling kinda tired though, so it did take me a while to get out the door. I’m so glad I did though! This run reminded me why I love interval work so much!! Plus it was a little bit cooler because of the rain and that helped a lot. Haha honestly this is probably one of the best runs I’ve had all summer! I worked hard and felt really great doing it. Followed it up with some strength work later in the day. πŸ™‚

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Wednesday:

  • 2 treadmill miles

Originally the plan was to do 5 miles on Wednesday and then 2 on Thursday, but I was feeling kinda worn out from my interval session on Tuesday and it was hot and gross out, so I decided to switch those two runs around. Did this one on the treadmill because of an air quality warning. It wasn’t exactly fun, but I got it done! πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 5 miles

Thursday was another hot one! I tried to tough this one out on the road, but we had another air quality warning and it was pretty bad that day. So I ended up doing 3.18 miles on the road and then came inside and finished the last 1.82 miles on the treadmill. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do! But I got my 5 miles in and I was very happy about that.

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Friday:

  • 3 miles, hills

Stuck to the treadmill again on Friday. The weather was still pretty bad and I didn’t feel like running in it. Plus doing my hill workout was a lot easier on the treadmill haha. I was able to run uphill for the prescribed amount of time which was nice. None of the hills in my neighborhood are big enough to run up for more than 3-4 minutes, which can be a bit of a challenge when doing a hill workout. But now that I have a fancy treadmill I was able to do the whole thing, exactly as my training plan called for. Pretty neat!

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Saturday:

  • 10 miles
  • 40 minutes of yoga

I understand why my training plan calls for hard workouts and speed sessions the day before my long runs every once in a while, but that doesn’t mean I like it. 10 miles on very tired legs on Saturday. But I mean, that is kinda the point…and probably really helpful for the two half marathons in two days thing. Still though, this one was hard. Well actually for the most part it wasn’t too bad. But it was really starting to heat up during the last 3 miles and that’s when it started getting really hard. I had made it back to my house at 9.57 miles and said fuck it, I’m finishing this run on my treadmill. And you bet your ass I did hop on the treadmill for .43 miles. Oh man that was probably one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever done, but it was nice to finish that last little bit in my air-conditioned house haha.

Finally did some stretching on Saturday as well. You might have notice that I haven’t really done much of that or strength work or any cross training this week. Yeah, remember how I said I’ve been really tired? The fact that I’ve gotten all of my runs done this week is impressive! But I do know that all of that other stuff is important and I am going to focus on doing more next week. This week I was just happy to get all of my runs in. πŸ˜‰

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Sunday:

  • rest day

Yay!! Haha I’ve legit been looking forward to my rest day all week. πŸ˜‰ I spent the day binge watching Game Of Thrones. Last night Luke and I went to a house warming party that our friends threw and they let me borrow season 6 and 7 so I can catch up. But anyway, it was nice to sit around, do nothing, and watch TV all day. πŸ™‚

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Now this is more of the mileage that I had wanted to be running all summer! Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but at least I’m here now. πŸ™‚

Anyway, this week was a little bit of a challenge, but I got it done! Can’t wait to see what I accomplish next week!!

Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: July 30th – August 5th, 2018

Another great week of training is in the bag!

I did my last run of the week today and that officially wraps up week two of training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days. Obviously I’m not very far into my training, but at this point I’m feeling great physically and mentally! So lets get right into this week’s recap! πŸ™‚

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles

Kicked off the week with a nice and easy 3 miler. We had some pretty nice weather earlier this week and it was in the high 60’s when I did this run on Monday morning. It was pretty darn nice!

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Tuesday:

  • 3 miles, intervals
  • 20 minutes of Pilates

Intervals! Yay!! Haha so it’s actually been a hot minute since I’ve done a real, actual interval workout so this one was pretty tough! My paces were a little slower than I would have liked, but like I said, it’s been a while. Plus by Tuesday it was starting to get a little more hot out again, so I’m not too worried about it. I’m still happy with what I got done! Followed my run with 20 minutes of Pilates because I’m working on that strength! All in all pretty happy with the work I put in on Tuesday.

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WednesdayΒ 

  • 30 minutes of strength training

Day off from running but still put in some work! During my little strength session I kinda came to grips with the fact that I avoid push ups at all costs. They’re hard and I hate them haha. But since I’m trying to build strength through my entire body I figured maybe I should work on some of my weaknesses and this seemed like a good place to start, especially since it was the first day of August. So I decided to do a push up challenge thing for the month of August. Just to force myself to do them and hopefully at least get a little bit better at them. So we shall see how that goes.

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Thursday:

  • 3 easy miles

Just another easy 3 miler followed by day two of my push up challenge! Haha like I said, I’m really bad at push ups. I can’t really go down all that far, but I still accomplished 4 push ups on my toes instead of on my knees, so I’ll take it!

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Friday:

  • rest day

Luke and I had a pretty busy day on Friday! We had errands to run, groceries to buy, and then we made a jar of tomato sauce, 2 jars of strawberry jam, and a jar of blueberry jam. That was a lot of fun. You can read more about that here, if you’re interested! πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • 8 miles
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Longer run #1 done for the weekend!!! Since I’m going to be running back to back half’s I figure that means I need to do at least a few back to back long-ish runs. So that was my plan for this weekend. πŸ™‚

Saturday’s long run was relatively uneventful. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible. I was treated to a really pretty sunrise though, so that was nice. πŸ™‚ Afterwards I spent a good majority of the day resting, re-hydrating, and mentally preparing to go again on Sunday. I don’t think I’ve ever run the day after a long run before, so this is a brand new experience for me.

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Sunday:

  • 5 miles

Well, mission accomplished!! I followed yesterday’s long run with a medium long run today and I didn’t die! πŸ˜‰ Haha my legs were kinda tired, but other than that I felt pretty great! During the first mile-ish I was viciously assaulted with lots of love by a black lab who snuck out of the door while his owner was walking outside. I didn’t see it but all of a sudden I heard the unmistakable sound of a dog running at full speed right at me, so I turned to look, saw him coming, and had time to say “oh shit,” before he was right on me. Luckily he was just friendly and wanted love. But had he not been that could have ended badly for me. I had very little time to react before he got to me. Haha he was a very speedy boy. But his owner ran after him and apologized and since nothing bad happened I told him it was all good and that I love dogs. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like to stop during my runs to pet dogs, haha this one just kinda scared me at first!

Anyway, after my run I watered the garden, fed the chickens and cleaned up around their coop, and then did a few more chores around the house. After that I was pretty tired and spent most of the day focusing on re-hydrating and resting. Luckily tomorrow is a rest day. I’m really looking forward to that haha.

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Total Weekly Mileage: 22Β 

Starting to move onward and upward! So far my half marathon training is going really well and I hope that continues! I’m currently feeling very positive about training and my upcoming half’s!! πŸ™‚ Oh and I’ve also been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with this push up challenge so far! I can’t actually go down very far yet, but I’ve been doing them all on my toes and that’s a total win for me! Pretty stoked about that haha.

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Anyway, I hope you’ve had a great weekend!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Canning Season, A Long Run, and August’s StrideBox

It’s officially one of my favorite times of year! It’s canning season!! Yay!

Unfortunately we’ve had a pretty bad growing season. It’s been hot, the sun has been intense, and we haven’t had nearly enough rain, and my garden is suffering. My zucchini plants died, one of my berry bushes died, my cucumber plants aren’t doing so well, my watermelon plants haven’t even grown new flowers for at least two weeks, and my tomato plants are looking really sad. But they have started producing enough tomatoes for us to start doing some stuff with them, so yesterday Luke and I made a jar of tomato sauce. πŸ™‚

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It is kind of a long process for one little jar of sauce, but we thing it’s totally worth it! First you have to blanch the tomatoes, then peel the skin off and then cut off the stems, quarter them, and then let them boil in a sauce pan until they’re completely broken down and add in salt and lemon juice. While all of that’s happening you have to sterilize your jar (boiling it for about a minute works pretty well πŸ™‚ ) and once your sauce and jar are ready you pour the sauce into your now sterile jar, put the lid on nice and tight, and then boil it for another 45 minutes or so. Then you let the jar sit on your counter until the lid seals (hearing it pop shut is a very rewarding experience haha) and then store it for future chilly or pasta sauce, or whatever. Aside from the salt and lemon juice we don’t season it at all. That just makes it more versatile when you go to use it! Obviously this is just a super simplified version of what happens. Maybe once I feel like we’ve perfected the art of canning I’ll share our step by step instructions. πŸ˜‰

After our single jar of tomato sauce was done we moved on to making a few jars of berry jam, just for fun. We had to use store bought berries though. At this point none of our berry plants are producing enough fruit for us to do anything other than eat right away haha. But I have pretty high hopes for my strawberry plant! It did fantastic this year and it should do even better next year! Anyway, making the jam was pretty similar to making the tomato sauce. We just had to smash the berries before boiling them to break them down even more and then adding lots of sugar haha. So I mean, it’s not very healthy in that regard, but at least we know exactly what went into it (berries, sugar, lemon juice) and it doesn’t have any corn syrup, artificial sweetener, or weird food dyes in it. So I think that’s a plus! And it’s just a lot of fun to make! πŸ™‚

So now we have one jar of tomato sauce, two jars of strawberry jam, and one jar of blueberry jam. Not Bad! And I’m sure come fall we will have added more to our little store of homemade canned goods. πŸ™‚ Growing, processing, and cooking your own food is such a fun and rewarding experience! I think everyone should do at least a little bit of it! I personally thing those are all very useful skills to have. πŸ™‚

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Our tomato sauce and two jars of strawberry jam. Haha the blueberry wasn’t quite done when I took this photo. πŸ˜‰Β 

So Luke and I were pretty busy yesterday! In the morning we had to go grocery shopping and then took care of a few other things while we were out. Then we had to fix the tarp on the chicken coop (the wind keeps blowing it around and messing it all up) and then just kinda played with the chickens for a while. We did all of our canning and then cleaned up the kitchen (both of which took a while haha) and we still managed to get to be around 10 pm last night! Good thing too, because I needed to wake up at 5:00 this morning so I could do this week’s long run before it got too hot outside.

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We actually got a nice little break from the intense heat and at this point it’s looking like we wont be going back to having all sorts of heat and air quality warnings like we were having in June and July, but the hotter weather is back and that means I have to wake up super early to get out before the sun. Yuck. Waking up at 5 am is not my favorite thing to do, and I totally got spoiled from our little break from the heat so I’m not used to doing it anymore haha. I did it this morning though and was treated to a very nice sunrise.

All of those pretty colors didn’t actually last very long. The sky was pink for maybe 5 minutes, then it turned more yellow/orange for a few minutes, and then it turned to more normal daytime colors. I guess that’s what makes sunrises so special though. They don’t last very long and in the summer you have to get up pretty early to see them.

Anyway, had yet another uneventful long run. I wasn’t feeling too great today, but I also didn’t feel too terrible either haha. Tomorrow might be a lot more interesting though. Since I’m training for two half marathons in two days I plan on doing some back to back long-ish runs. So the plan for this weekend was to do 8 miles today, which I did. πŸ™‚ And then do 5 miles tomorrow. I don’t think I’ve ever run the day after a long run before and if I ever have it was probably a super short one. Maybe like 1 or 2 miles. So tomorrow will be a brand new experience for me! I feel like my legs are going to be super tired, but that’s pretty much the whole point of doing it haha! We shall see though. Hopefully it wont be too bad.

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I’m only two weeks into my training plan but I’m currently just trying to take it one day, one run, and one mile at a time, and not think too much about what I have coming in the future or what I did in the past. I’m hoping getting into and then staying in that mindset will help me get through the rest of this training cycle (because it’s gonna be a big one for me!) and then my two half marathons. I don’t think overthinking is going to help me so I’m just gonna try to do the exact opposite. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, not long after I finished my run the mail came and my August StrideBox did too!! That was a pleasant surprise, because last time I had checked the tracker for it, it said it wasn’t going to get here until Monday. πŸ™‚ This months box came with all sorts of fun snack like things, which is pretty much my favorite thing to get in my StrideBoxes. It also came with another cooling towel which is awesome because I lost mine haha. I’m not sure where or how my old one got away from me, but at least now I have a new one! πŸ˜‰ I’m also pretty excitied the protein gummy’s that came in it. I didn’t even know protein gummy’s were a thing, but I love me some gummy candy and have a slight issue with consuming enough protein on a daily basis, so I enjoy finding tasty things that help with that.

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Also, I just need to take a second to express how awkward it is for me to see the word “daily” spelled out properly. Ever since I got married my last name has been Dailey (pronounced the same way as “daily”) so the normal word just looks weird to me now every time I see it. Haha I know that’s kinda weird, but these are the things I experience in my life. πŸ˜‰

Okey Dokey then! That is all for today! I’ll let you know how my 5 miler tomorrow goes in my weekly recap that will be up tomorrow evening. πŸ™‚

Happy Saturday!

~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