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Running Doesn’t Have To Be Fancy Or Pretty Or Perfect

I shared this on Instagram on Wednesday, but I wanted to share it here as well just in case you don’t follow me there. 😊

How often do you look at a photo of yourself mid run and think to yourself β€œwow I look attractive!” If you’re like me the answer is probably not often. But that’s not the point of running. Despite what those people with perfectly curated Instagram accounts with professionally done photos, wearing the latest and fanciest gear, while hardly breaking a sweat might want you to believe.

Running isn’t supposed to be a pretty sport! That’s part of the fun of it really! It’s a sport quite literally filled with blood, sweat, and tears. Dirt and snot. Messy, windblown hair and crusty, salty skin. I think that’s incredibly freeing. Especially in the world of very photoshopped Instagram models that we live in.

Fuck looking pretty. Fuck having to look a certain way to get likes and engagement. Here I am. Bad angle, double chin, and all. Wearing a 5 year old tank top and leggings that have holes in them (which you can’t see, but I promise they’re there), in a slightly edited (I mean, you HAVE to put a filter on it πŸ˜‰), but not photoshopped photo that I took by screenshotting a video I took on my iPhone. Nothing fancy.

That’s the beauty of it though! Running doesn’t have to be fancy or pretty or perfect. Running can be whatever you want to make it.

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Bummer…

Remember the real good day I had two weeks ago? Well yesterday was kinda the opposite of that. πŸ˜‚

First and foremost I got sick. Yuck.

I kinda saw that one coming though. Luke was sick over the weekend and every time he gets sick I also end up catching it because my immune system sucks. On Sunday I thought I was going to get lucky but nope, yesterday I woke up feeling not-so-great and it just progressively got worse from there. Fun times man.

A large icee was absolutely necessary yesterday. It made my slightly sore throat feel better.

That afternoon I got a rejection email from Garmin. Honestly I knew that job was a super long shot anyway, but I was hoping to get it. I thought the interview went well and it sounded like a great place to work, but apparently they didn’t think I was a good fit. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Oh well. Hopefully this just means there’s something better on the horizon!

At least I sure hope it does! If not I’m probably going to end up working at a cat litter factory here in my town. That’s definitely not preferable, but you gotta do what you gotta do. The cat litter factory is better than what I’ve got going on now, which is basically nothing. Sure, I get a little something from blogging but not enough to sustain myself. So I’ve got to start bringing in an actual income somehow.

And running lately has just been…not great. I feel like my failed attempt at a long run last weekend was due to the fact that I was coming down with a pretty gnarly cold (seriously, it’s been bad for both Luke and I). But the rest of last week just didn’t go well either. And same fit the week before that. And the week before that. Yuck.

I feel like I’m just not recovering properly. I really need to get my diet in check (I feel like I’ve been eating like shit for a while now as well). I definitely need to eat more protein. Probably in the form of meat. I know I’ve felt better and even recovered better when I had more meat in my diet but bleh. I’m just not big into meat. I’m not a vegetarian or anything (although I do have plenty of days where I do actually eat what would be considered a vegetarian diet), I’d just rather eat other things. But that’s definitely something I’m going to have to work on. I feel like if I can get my diet on track I’ll be able to get back on track with running.

But I do have to say, this cold sure isn’t helping with that! Hopefully I’ll get over it soon though. I’ve already missed out on too much running this training cycle and now I’m missing out on more because Monday and today I just haven’t felt well enough to run. My sinuses and ears are pretty clogged and that’s been making me dizzy. To me, that is a pretty definitive sign that I need to be resting and not running right now.

Anyway, I’ve thrown myself enough of a pity party. But buckle up folks because I’m taking off my pity party hat and putting on my mega fan-girl hat!

GREEN DAY IS DOING THINGS!!!!!!!!

I’ve been in hardcore fan-girl mode ever since rumors of a new album started floating around. And that happened a while ago actually.

Then more rumors started about a tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy (still not sure how I feel about that). That was basically confirmed Sunday night via an instagram post on the tour’s instagram account. Plus hints at something more to come on September 10th (today!!).

People were speculating that a new single was going to be released. Which it was!! Along with the albums release date. Plus the Hella Mega tour was officially announced and tonight Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy will be playing at the Whisky a Go Go tonight.

Whew! So there’s been a lot going on in the Green Day fandom today! πŸ˜‚

I gotta say, I’m still torn about the new album cover. But I aside from the weird vocals I think the new single is kick ass! So far I’m loving it and all of the Green Day hype that’s been happening today! So honestly all of that has made me feel a lot better. πŸ˜‚

Today has been a wild ride emotionally. πŸ˜‚ Things could definitely be better, but right now everything is Green Day and nothing hurts. Well, except for my throat, chest, and lungs from coughing, but you get what I mean. πŸ˜‰

Here’s hoping all of this means there are better things on the horizon!

But that’s all for now!!

Your favorite Green Day fan-girl,

~Ashley

Ps;

I really hate doing this but anyone wanna help a girl out and “buy me a coffee“. I know I haven’t exactly been blogging much but I was way back when I started my ko-fi account, which is why I made it. I just thought it would be a good way to keep the blog going (domain fees and keeping a blog monetized is no joke!) but right now we are in a tight spot, especially after Lily’s emergency surgery (hence my search for a “real” job”) and could use a little help if anyone is willing! I promise I’m really going to get back into blogging and really earn any of those “coffees”!

So that being said, is there anything in particular anyone wants to read more about here on this blog? Or anything you want to read less of?? I’d love to hear any suggestions anyone might have!

And with that I’m officially signing off for the day! I’ve got plenty of Green Day stuff to keep up with tonight. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Weekly Recap: August 12th-18th, 2019

Hell yes!!!

I kicked ass this week!! I followed my training plan to a T, got a bunch of stuff done in our yard and around the house (bonus cross training!! πŸ˜‰), did a little strength training, did some yoga, ate pizza, and got lots of puppy cuddles.

It was a great week! An exhausting week, but still, a great week. 😊

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 2 hours of yard work

Sweaty bangs, tomato face, and salt crusted running gear. All side effects of summer running. 🀣 Monday was all about getting in 3 miles into the leg bank. Mission accomplished!!

After my run I spent 2 hours in the hot sun working in my yard. Mostly weed whacking, but also taking care of some stuff in the garden. That totally counts as cross training! πŸ˜‰

Tuesday:

  • 3 treadmill miles, interval work
  • 20 minutes of pilates

Oh man, I just couldn’t get myself out of bed early enough in the morning for me to even consider outside running as an option. I got up at 8 am and it was already 80 degrees and rising (the heat index actually got up to 103 on Tuesday! πŸ₯΅).

So I ended up doing my interval workout on the treadmill! Not gonna lie, I really didn’t want to do it. I got through it though! While I was running there were these little birds hanging out in the bush right outside of the window that my treadmill is in front of so that was kinda amusing! Watching them sure took my mind off of the fact that I was on the treadmill! At least a it did little bit.

Wednesday:

  • Easy 2 miles
  • 3 hours of yard work
  • 25 minutes of yoga

More yard work! Yay? Hahaha oh man, we’ve had a lot of stuff going on outside with the garden and rain we’ve been getting! All on top of everything getting slightly neglected last week because of Lily’s surgery and then obtaining new born puppies. It’s been a whirlwind of stuff revolving around all of that. But I’m still getting my training in! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„

Anyway, I got pooped on by a bird during this run. That was definitely a first for me. Everyone on Instagram said it’s good luck though, so hopefully they’re right!

Thursday:

  • Rest day

Oh thank goodness!! I needed a day off after all of the yard work, lack of sleep from caring for now one week old puppy, all on top of half marathon training.

Honestly Thursday’s actually have the option of being rest days or cross training days on my training plan. Hopefully that means I will actually be doing cross training most weeks. But this week I definitely needed the rest!

Really though all of the puppy cuddles really makes up for everything. πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • more yard work
  • Running around a golf course but not actually playing golf

Friday was a busy day as it usually is for us!

Luke and I spent an hour in the morning doing more yard work. Surprise surprise. πŸ˜‚ At this point were pretty much caught up with all of that though. After we got that done we got groceries, paid the mortgage, bought dog food, and then Luke went golfing.

I didn’t feel much like golfing that day, so I just went with him to keep him company, help him find his golf balls, and fetching clubs for him. I guess some people might find that kinda boring, but I thought it was fun. But then again Luke and I always have fun together. Hahaha plus he has spent plenty of time waiting around for me at races, so I guess I kinda owe him. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Anyway, when you write it all down it doesn’t sound like a lot, but we were gone most of the day. So obviously we had to treat ourselves to some pizza for dinner. πŸ•πŸ˜‹

It was a Friday very well spent. πŸ˜„

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

The first two miles of this run were absolutely miserable. The next six were slightly better but not by much. It was a hard day. 🀣

That was a bit unexpected after two days of no running, but it happens. I’m just glad that I got it done!!

Sunday:

  • 6 miles

Tired, sore as hell, and Luke freaked me out this morning by waking up when I did thinking it was Monday and thinking he was late for work. πŸ˜‚

Weirdly enough though this run ended up being better, faster, and a lot more fun than yesterday’s was. And today I was running on tired legs! Running is just weird like that sometimes. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

So since I was having fun this run turned into an impromptu fartlek session. Now I know some people like to do fartleks that are more structured, with specific times or distances for accelerating and recovering. But to me that’s not a real fartlek. The term is Swedish for “speed play”. So if it’s super structured like than then to me it just feels like an interval work.

To me a fartlek session involves running hard up a hill just to make my quads burn (or more accurately, burn more because they were already tired todayπŸ˜‚). Trying to pass the guy walking his dog before he turns on another street. Seeing how fast I can get from one end park to the Baptist church across the street. And other random pick ups, slow downs, and variations in speed just for fun. With no specifics in mind. And that’s exactly what happened today. πŸ˜„

Total Weekly Mileage: 22.01

Mission accomplished!!!!! 100% completed this week of half marathon training exactly as my training plan called for! Woohoo!!

So yeah, right now things are going well in my world! Super stoked at how this week went and I sure hope next week goes just as well! πŸ˜„

Kicking my week off with a rest day tomorrow. Thank goodness! I’m tired. 😴 But also feel very accomplished. It’s a good feeling.

I hope you had a fantastic week and have a great Sunday night!

~Ashley

41 Days Until The Autumn Equinox and 49 Days Until The First Day Of October!

Yeah, I have a countdown for both of those things going on my phone. πŸ˜‚

For real though, I’m so over summer!

Not that I was exactly into it to being with. But I’m very ready for it to be over at this point. I’m tired of having to wake up super early to run before the sun comes out at the heat index hits the 100’s. I’m tired of dripping with sweat and being crusted with salt by the time I finish my runs. I’m tired of feeling drained and sapped of every ounce of energy I have on super hot and humid days. And I’m tired of having to resort to running on the treadmill on days where I want to sleep in until 7 am or days when we have heat warnings and I just can’t handle the excessive heat and humidity (I’m for real a huge wimp in the heat and the humidity doesn’t help my asthma…). I am so ridiculously ready for some cool weather and beautiful fall days!

But alas. For now you will find me drowning in my own sweat. πŸ₯΅

Alright. I know that was like, the worlds largest pity party. But I think sometimes it’s best to just get it all out, ya know? πŸ˜‚

Mostly I’m just upset because I ended up sleeping in until 8 am today. Yesterday I was up early, ran 3 “easy” (but they were actually hard AF) miles, and then proceeded to do 2 hours of strenuous yard work. All in the full sun, 80 degrees a rising, 94% humidity weather. With an excessive heat warning on top of it all. The heat index for yesterday got up to 103. Luckily I was done with everything and inside for that part of the day. But my morning in the sun, heat, and humidity really drained me. Hence the sleeping in until 8 today. And since it was already 80 degrees by then I figured the treadmill was my best option. Not my favorite, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That being said, I might have procrastinated my run today a little bit. I don’t find the treadmill to be particularly appealing so it’s can be really hard to take the first steps of actually getting onto the damn thing!

Eventually I did though. While I might not be stoked about the treadmill it’s pretty easy for me to stay motivated to get my runs done when I have a race on the calendar. Or in this case two. In two days. πŸ˜‰

So around 10:40 this morning I hopped onto my treadmill and got today’s workout done! It definitely helped that my training plan called for my favorite kind of interval workout today, but oh man it was still super hard! I got through it though! Plus for most of my workout there were these little birds hanging out in the bush right outside my window and that was cool! Hahaha they were pretty entertaining and definitely helped take my mind off of the fact that I was putting in some hard work on the treadmill.

Seriously though! I’m so glad that one is over! It was super tough and now I’ve been super tired all day. Like I said, I’m very ready for fall to get here so running isn’t so darn draining all of the time.

Anyway, thanks for hanging around and reading my pity party for today!

I’m all for positive thinking but I also think it’s helpful to say how you feel out loud or write it all down. Bottling things up all of the time just doesn’t work. At least it sure doesn’t for me! I already feel better now that I’ve complained!

So yeah. That’s all for today!

How are you feeling? Are you a summer lover or are you ready for fall? πŸπŸ‚

You’re very sweaty, sport drink reliant friend,

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: August 5th-11th, 2019

Oops. This posted before I was finished writing it. 🀣 I ended up babysitting my niece and nephew last night so I kinda completely forgot to finish writing my weekly recap. Oh well. Here it is in its entirety now. πŸ˜‰

Anyway!

Woohoo! I am back at it! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

This summer has been a crazy one but all of the craziness has, for the most part, settled down! I feel like I’ve finally gotten into half marathon training! Which is good because technically I should be three weeks into it at this point. Oops. But at least I’m into it now!

This week was a little bit stressful. It didn’t go as planned, but I think it ended up being relatively successful! πŸ˜„

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 25 minutes of yoga

Will waking up at 5 am ever get easier? Probably not… But at least you get rewarded by getting to watch the sun rise when you wake up that early!

I actually woke up 10 minutes before my 5 am alarm. That really sucked because I really did t want to be awake but at the same time I didn’t see any point in laying in bed for 10 minutes, so I got up, ate breakfast, got dressed, and then headed out for my run. Which was relatively uneventful, but still good. 😁

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles. Intervals.
  • 15 minutes of yoga

So I did my very first podcast interview on Tuesday! That was scary! But also so much fun!!! I can’t wait for it to come out and I’ll definitely share with you guys when it does! And don’t worry, I won’t let my new found podcast fame go to my head. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, my first speedy session of hall marathon training is done!! Unfortunately it had to happen on the treadmill. I slept in on Tuesday because I was up until 3 am the night before dealing with a vomiting dog. The dog is fine now, but by the time I woke up it was too hot out for me to want to run outside.

It’s all good though. This kind of interval workout is my favorite kind and it ended up going really well! 😊

Wednesday:

  • 3.5 easy miles

Whew! This was a tough one! But I kinda figured it would be, considering how well my interval workout on Tuesday went. πŸ˜‚

We had some thunderstorms roll in that morning so I waited until around 10 am to do this run. By then it was just lightly raining and it was very nice.

Thursday:

  • Rest day

So super duper long story short, Lily had to have an emergency surgery on Thursday. She is 100% fine now, but for most of the day on Thursday I was incapable of doing anything until the vet called me sand told me everything went well and that she was waking up from her surgery just fine. Whew. That was a long day…

Hahaha so this photo is actually from Thanksgiving 2015 but it’s o e of my favorites of Lily! My sister and I were going to feed my dad’s cows and she kept them from getting outside of the fence and then kept them away from their feeder while we filled it with hay. She is a very good dog. πŸ’œ

Friday:

  • 2 treadmill miles

Oh man, Friday was relatively uneventful. Got in two miles on my treadmill and that was pretty much it! πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Winchester cheered me on for this one!!

Ok, really he just likes to hang out on my yoga mat, but whatever. πŸ˜‰

But oh man, Saturday was a hot one! And I just wasn’t feeling it really. I got in 4 miles and just called it good. But hey, it sure beats not doing anything!!

Sunday:

  • 2 miles

So on Sunday I decided I was going to do 3 easy miles to just squeeze in some more miles since I didn’t really do a long run this week. I only ended up making it to two though because it was hot and humid and I wasn’t into it. πŸ₯΅ But again, a little something is better than nothing!!

After my two miles I had planned on resting and relaxing for the rest of the day, but I actually ended up babysitting my niece and nephew. They’re good kids, but jeez they can be exhausting! So so much for resting and relaxing. πŸ˜‚ At one point my nephew was playing on my phone and he took 8 million pictures of his shoe, my table, me, and his sisters feet. Good times. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Lol yeah, such a flattering photo. And this was probably the best one. 🀣

Total Weekly Mileage: 17.56

That’s about 2.5 miles less than I was aiming for, but honestly that’s not too bad! All-in-all I’m happy with how last week went and I’m looking forward to having an even better week this week!!

Happy Monday!

~Ashley

Home Sweet Home, Hello August, and Half Marathon Training

Yesterday afternoon Luke and I loaded up all 4 dogs into the truck and then made our way back to Kansas! Yay!! Is there anything better than sleeping in your own bed at night after being away?? 😴😊

Hahaha but before we actually got to sleep in our bed when we got home (at like, 7 pm yesterdayπŸ˜‰) we had some stuff to take care of. Mostly in the garden. After not being tended to for 4 days it was a little bit dry. It didn’t rain at all while we were gone either. But it’s not too bad. We still had to pick a ridiculous amount of tomatoes and even a few cucumbers last night.

So. Many. Tomatoes!!

It did actually rain that night though! We had a nice little thunderstorm roll in which was very much needed! My garden wasn’t the only think looking a little bit dry yesterday, so everything got watered and that’s good. It was a nice way to end July. Really the weather this summer has been pretty mild for the most part here in Kansas, but a little bit of rain was definitely necessary!β›ˆπŸ˜Š

It was still thundering when I woke up this morning, but no more rain. It just missed us. But things were sufficiently wet here, so that wasn’t a big deal.

Anyway, it’s the first day of August!!

That means it’s time to tally up my monthly mileage!

July was a bit of a hectic month. Luke and I hosted two teenagers and kept them entertained. We experienced a heat wave followed by a weird but very welcome cold snap. I twisted my ankle. And Obviously we had our trip to Illinois. So life and my usual clumsy nature definitely happened and were in full effect this month and my mileage clearly reflects that.

That being said, I still pushed through some stuff, squeezed in runs when we were busy, even if that meant losing some sleep. I cut some runs short when I was short on time, but I still did something and that sure beats nothing! And when I got hurt, instead of being stupid and trying to run on my swollen and sore ankle, I gave it the rest it obviously needed. So all in all I’m calling this month a win!

But now that things are finally going to be settling down around here I’m ready to really start putting in some work! Especially since I’m technically 2 weeks into half marathon training. Although I haven’t really gotten much done in that regard since I twisted my ankle last Wednesday. But that ankle is starting to feel much better now!!

I didn’t run today though, but I really needed to rest and recuperate and that’s also a part of training! Honestly I’m just exhausted from all of the running around we did while we were in Illinois. Today it was nice to just sit at home and do nothing. Well, for the most part at least. πŸ˜‰ I still have animals that needed tended to, tomatoes that needed washed, and other chores around the house that needed done. Oh and laundry. I had to do so much laundry. πŸ˜†

But anyway. We’re home! I’m ready to get going at half marathon training! And we are now that much closer to fall!! 53 more days until the Autumn Equinox and 61 more days until the first day of October!! πŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ

Happy first day of August!

~Ashley

Half Marathon Training Officially Begins Today!

Yay!!

But also not-so-yay. The last past couple of months haven’t been great for me running-wise. Between having my brother in staying with us since the end of May, then my sister in law also staying here for a week, traveling, the heat wave, and all of my other responsibilities, we’ve just been super busy and I haven’t been very motivated. Obviously I enjoy having my family stay with me, but oh boy does it throw me off! I’m a very routine oriented person and when my routine gets thrown off my whole being feels kinda thrown off. πŸ˜‚ I have GAD, so routines and having well laid out plans is something that I find very comforting. πŸ˜‚

But, I really need to get my ass into gear because come the second weekend of November, I’m tackling two half marathons in two days!!

Anyway, things around here are starting to slow down and go back to normal again. One of my sister in laws came and picked up my brother in law and is taking him back home to Minnesota until next summer, probably. It kinda sucks that our fun has come to an end, but not gonna lie, I am a little bit excited about being able to not have to tip toe around in the mornings, and actually do my running warm ups. I haven’t really been doing that because he’s been sleeping on our couch and I didn’t want to wake him up with all of my shenanigans. Especially not on the days where I had to wake up at 5 am. πŸ˜‚

Now all we’ve got left for the summer is a trip to Illinois this weekend and then things will be back to normal! Almost just in time for half marathon training. πŸ˜‰ Since we are going to be traveling this weekend I’m going to have to switch some things around on my training plan, but then after that it should be relatively smooth sailing in the schedule department, at least.

So, Week 1 Day 1 of half marathon training. I kicked things off with an easy 3.5 mile run!

We’ve been experiencing the horrible heat wave that’s been affecting a good portion of the US here in Kansas, but yesterday we got a good amount of rain and that cooled things off quite a bit! When I started my run it was 66 degrees out. It m. Was. Glorious!! The only thing that could have made it better was a little bit of cloud cover, but after the weather we’ve been having, I’ll gladly take the 66 degrees!!

That was a pretty great way to kick off training! Although my quads were still crazy sore from a kettlebell workout I did on Saturday. πŸ˜‚ Hopefully this run helped flush them out a little bit, but really I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how they feel tomorrow.

Anyway, I guess that’s where I am right now. Dreaming of fall. Officially in my next training cycle. And desperately trying to get my shit together. πŸ˜‚ I’ll get there eventually though. πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday and good luck to everyone who are also starting training plans today!

Wishing you many happy miles,

~Ashley