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โ€œFastโ€ Running, โ€œSlowโ€ Running, Summer Running, and Treadmill Running

Running, running, running. Yay!

Haha So lets talk about that today! Running, half marathon training, all of that fun stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually wanted to write about this yesterday because I had a really good run on the treadmill, but my 4 year old neighbor came over and stayed at my house for 5 hours. Holy cow I don’t know how people with small children get anything done! Because I sure didn’t during the 5 hours she was here. Pretty much all we did was color, watch cartoons, and play with the chickens and ferrets. I didn’t get anything that I wanted to do done yesterday (aside from my run, that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but holy cow by the time she finally went home I was EXHAUSTED.

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I’m pretty sure this is what I look like every morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, I haven’t been feeling all that great the last couple of days. I guess I’ve come down with a bit of a cold or something. So on Monday I took the day completely off. I did pretty much nothing but sit on the couch and watch TV. Although at one point I did trip over a dog toy and fell pretty hard on my knees. They’re fine, just a little bruised. Haha but yeah, that’s why I’m not allowed to get on the ladder. Or use power tools. Or the lawn mower. And my weed whacker privileges are on thin ice. Hahahaha I’m just too big of a klutz apparently.

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Pictures never seem to do bruises justice haha.

Anyway, then on Tuesday I slept in for about an hour longer than I usually do, and I woke up feeling quite a bit better! Still not at 100%, but a definite improvement! But since I did sleep in it was really warm and sunny outside by the time I was ready to run, so I took to the treadmill! Having that option has been fantastic! I’ve definitely been able to do more running over the summer thanks to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So on the scheduled for yesterday was an interval workout. And a pretty tough one too! The hard intervals were a little longer and I usually despise doing long intervals haha. But I did most of the workout despite not usually being a fan (which is really a good reason to do it anyway) and having not felt so great for the last couple of days. I did end up cutting it a little short. I used the last interval as a cool down, instead of running it hard and then doing a cool down and I had to stop a few times to hack up my lungs, but other than that this workout actually went really well! Honestly it was the first time I felt like I was really able to run “fast” (in quotations because fast and slow are all relative. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) since I did the Running With The Cows 5k back in May. So yeah. It’s been a while.

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It was warm and humid that day, but I got shit done! And learned a few interesting things about myself that day. You can read the recap for this race here. ๐Ÿ™‚

But all of my slow running hasn’t been for lack of trying. I’ve had plenty of speed work outs on my scheduled but I just haven’t actually been able to accomplish anything particularly speedy. I’m already a slow runner, but holy cow this summer has just felt particularly slow and terrible and terrible and slow. It hasn’t been good. I’ve really just been feeling, well, defeated.

I’ve been particularly worried about how I’m going to do in my upcoming half marathons. Mostly the Longview half. I really want to PR my half marathon time. Like, soooo bad! And if I’m going to do it this year Longview will be the place to do it, since it’s the first of the two half marathon’s I’m doing back to back. And since they’ve changed the race course and gotten rid of the giant hill at mile 2, well, that will really work out in my favor! And that’s all fine and good, but the paces I’ve been running this summer have just been too slow to really make me think that PRing is going to be possible. Grant it I am attributing a lot of that to the terrible weather this summer. So many heat warnings. So many air quality advisories. So much humidity. It’s been bad… But still, I feel like I’ve just been too slow. There is still some time to change that though, and yesterday’s run was a bit of a confidence booster! Now all I need is a good/faster long run or two and I’d feelย a lotย better about where I am fitness-wise.

Luckily for me, that just might happen! The first day of fall is in 3 days, and according to WeatherBug tomorrow is supposed to be the last really hot day on the 10 day forecasts! Thank goodness! I’m so ready for summer to be over!!

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I’m also ready to be done with the treadmill. Or at least less reliant on it. I like being able to run on it whenever it’s super hot out, but I’ve gotten a little bit lazy about it. Like yesterday. I could have gotten up earlier and run outside. Although yesterday I think the little bit of extra sleep really did help me feel better. Although I think I might have gone a little too hard yesterday. I was planning to do another treadmill run today, but I was tired, sore, and just not feeling it. I’m trying to listen to my body, so I skipped the run and did yoga instead. I felt really good afterwards, so I think I made the right decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew, I guess that covers everything I wanted to talk about today. Haha all of this thinking about paces and times, I guess I’m starting to get some pre-race nerves. Just a little bit though. I still feel like I’ve got some time to do some more work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. Iย knowย 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.ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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August 21st, 2018

Hey guys! Sorry about the lack of posts lately. Our wifi was going in and out and it was a whole thing…It’s fixed now though, so we’re back in business! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, we had two whole days of rain on Sunday and Monday and that’s really cooled things off here in Kansas! It’s been great!! Running is so much more pleasant when the temperatures are in the 60’s. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday’s easy 3 miler was great! And I wish I could say the same about today’s 4 mile interval workout. That didn’t go as well. My quads were just absolutely dead today. Not sure why but I figured that was a pretty good indication that I needed to spends some quality time with my foam roller today. So I cut my run short halfway through at 2 miles. I really didn’t want to, but man my legs just weren’t feeling right, so it was probably a good decision. Just one that I wasn’t exactly happy to have to make.

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While short, this run was still kinda interesting! Since the weather has been really nice there are a lot of people outside mowing their yards, working on roofs, putting in new windows, and there is a little bit of construction going on in my neighborhood. So trying to stay out of other people’s way and not get run over by heavy machinery is a great way to spice up any run! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus I saw two loose chickens in someone’s front yard this morning. I have a feeling they weren’t supposed to be there and I hope they eventually got put where they should be.

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That’s one very amusing thing about living in a very small, semi-rural town. Our city ordinary specifically says we can’t keep chickens, but there are at least four other people in my neighborhood, aside from myself, who definitely have chickens. And honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t more! Haha one guy even has geese, doves, and other kinds of birds, along with his chickens. At one point he even had a peacock and he also breeds his basset hounds occasionally. So obviously these city ordinances aren’t being enforced. But I feel like as long as it’s not causing any problems nobody really cares. They joys of small town living! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before we even got our chickens we actually asked several of our neighbors if they would mind and they were all fine with it, which was super cool. And so far we haven’t had any issues with them. Hens are usually pretty quite unless they are upset about something or are laying an egg, and even then they aren’t too terribly loud. Plus we don’t have a rooster so we don’t have to worry about that. Really the only potential issue we would have with them is the smell. Chickens aren’t exactly cleanly animals and their poop smells (but in all fairness, who’s poop doesn’t smell?) and their feed can smell too if it gets wet and starts to mold. So we just have to keep their coop nice and clean, which isn’t an issue because that’s something I’d do anyway. Healthy chickens are happy chickens, and happy chickens lay better eggs. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So after my run I washed all of their stuff and cleaned out the coop. I shared a lot of that process on Instagram so I figured I might as well share that here as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

First I washed all of their “dishes” and their pool. Haha I had several different containers out there for snacks and ice water from when it was super hot out, so usually I wouldn’t have this much to wash, but either way it needed done.

So mud and chicken poop got scrubbed off of all of that stuff. Including the pool. Then most of that stuff went back in the house where it got washed again, and then run through the dishwasher. But their water thing and the pool got filled with clean water with a little bit of apple cider vinegar mixed in with it. I swear ACV hasย  a use for just about everything! In this case it helps keep the pool from growing a bunch of algae and keeps their water container from getting really slimy and gross. Plus it can help keep the chickens from getting internal parasites, so it’s just very useful all around!

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Yeah, this will stay clean for about a day…

After that was all taken care of, I moved on to the inside of the coop. Luckily it usually doesn’t get too gross in there, since they usually only sleep up there. So I scooped out their old straw, poop, and what not and then put new straw in their nesting area. Fun fact; chickens create a lot of dust! Between their poop drying up and old straw and feed breaking down, it gets really dusty in there! So I have to wear a mask thingy because I have asthma and that shit irritates my lungs haha. But the mask really does help.

The chicken pictured above is my smallest one. But she’s my little buddy. She follows me around and lets me pick her up. I’m not sure if she actually likes being picked up, but she tolerates it better than the other 7 haha. As of yet she doesn’t have a name, but I’m thinking she’s gonna need one! Well, as long as she’s distinguishable from the other 5 Rhode Island Red’s. They’re all kinda hard to tell apart. She’s just easy because she’s smaller than the rest of them.

Anyway, after the inside of the coop is clean then I clean up the outside area. That usually just involves cleaning up more poop and old feed. I actually didn’t have much to do in that department today. It was a little muddy in there from the rain so there really wasn’t much to clean up. The tarp we have over the outer coop keeps the chickens relatively dry when it rains. At least dry enough that they don’t want to go inside haha. But some water does drip down and it seeps in from the ground outside of the coop. It’s not too crazy muddy in there though. Just muddy enough to keep me from having to clean up a bunch of poop haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It does take a little bit of work to keep them all clean, but honestly it’s really not bad. I’d imagine if I just let it all go and not keep up with it for a while it would get pretty gross in there though. But anyway, that’s what I do to keep my coop clean and my chickens happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now then, I really need to go foam roll. I’ve been putting it off all day…

~Ashley

 

Thursday Things

Remember how almost a year ago I got to see my all time favorite band for the second time and it was literally the best thing ever and I was the happiest camper that ever was?!?!? Yeah, me too.

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#throwbackthursday

Yeah that was super-duper irrelevant, but I shared that on Instagram this morning so I thought why not share it here as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, this week has been a little hard so far, half marathon training-wise. I had a rest day on Monday, followed by an interval session on Tuesday. That went REALLY well and I had a blast doing it. Probably because it was raining and a little bit cooler that day. And I also really like interval work haha. But after that everything had been a bit of a struggle. I’ve just been really tired this week (menstruating does that to me sometimes) and have been struggling to get up and moving in the mornings. Plus after the rain on Tuesday it got really hot, humid, and gross out again. And we’ve been getting more air quality alerts which really sucks. I was hoping we were done with heat and air quality warnings, but obviously we are not. I’m really hoping that August ends up being our last really hot month, but September can still be pretty warm too. I guess we’ll have to wait and see though.

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Now that being said, I’ve still been sticking to my training plan and getting shit done!! Just a little more slowly this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The plan for today was an easy 5 miler. I started out on the road but I didn’t wake up early enough this morning, so at about 3 miles in it was 80 degrees with 90% humidity, sunny, and the air quality was really bad. So I gave up finishing my run outside and completed it on the treadmill instead. Really glad I have that option now, otherwise this run would have been cut short! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a hill workout on the scheduled for tomorrow and I still haven’t decided if I want to try to do it outside or just do the whole thing on the treadmill. It’s supposed to be pretty gross out tomorrow as well…

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Anyway, after my run this morning I was pretty busy! I spent the rest of the morning cleaning EVERYTHING haha. I did a bunch of laundry, watered and tended to the garden, cleaned both of my rabbits’ cages which is a time-consuming process for various reasons, completely cleaned and took every inch of the room they live in, and then kinda spot cleaned the rest of the floor through out the house. Oh and periodically checking on the chickens and giving them ice, since they seem to hate this weather just as much as I do. After all of that was taken care of I showered, ate lunch, and sat down to read for about an hour because I felt like I needed a bit of a break after all of that haha. But at around 2 pm I was back at it again, this time doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen, and then putting away laundry. Usually I don’t enjoy doing chores around the house, but today I really was for some reason so I was trying to take advantage of that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Oh and I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with my little push up challenge! Las night I thought I had forgotten to do them during the day, but when I checked the scheduled yesterday was actually a rest day so that worked out haha. I did my 7 push ups for today later in the afternoon after my cleaning frenzy. I did all 7 on my toes which I was pretty darn proud of! I’m still not able to go down all the way, but before 5 was the most I could do on my toes and I felt like I was dying doing them. Now it’s still hard, but I feel pretty good doing them! Haha and maybe by the time this challenge is over my push ups wont look so half assed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well, that pretty much sums up what I’ve done today though. Like I said, tomorrow I’ve got a hill workout to do, and probably a little bit of strength work too. And of course Saturday is my long run day. Then Saturday evening Luke and I are going to a housewarming party. I’m not sure who is all going to be there but the only people I’ll know are the couple who are throwing the party and Luke. Not exactly an introverts idea of a good time haha. Not gonna lie, I’m already looking forward to my rest day on Sunday. I’m already worn out just thinking about all of that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’ve been pushing through and getting it done! I’m so so so very ready for fall to get here, but I can’t deny that all of these hard summer miles aren’t helpful. They make running in the colder months seem so much easier and feel that much more enjoyable. Summer miles bring fall smiles!

All righty then! That is all from me for now!

How’s your summer running been going? Are you currently training for anything? Do you like running in the warmer months or the colder months better and why? Apparently I’m just full of questions today! But I would really like to know your answers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday eve!! I hope your week has been good so far!

~Ashley

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also managed to keep up pretty well with my training journal, which was an improvement over last month. ๐Ÿ˜„

Welp, I guess that about covers it! Kinda short, sweet, and to the point this month. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope you have a great August!!

~Ashley

Half Marathon Training W1D2

First run of half marathon training for Operation Two Half Marathons in Two days is done!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Not gonna lie, I felt kind of out of shape today, but I suppose that’s bound to happen when you do little to no running for 2 weeks in a month. Oops. I’m not too worried about that though, these first few weeks might be a little tough but I’m sure I’ll start feeling better after that. Haha and then the real work will begin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now that being said, I actually felt really good on today’s run! I did an easy 3 miler, followed by 30 minutes of strength training. The run was uneventful, but a lot of fun! Last night I was so super stoked about it while I was getting all of my gear ready and I was even pretty excited to wake up early and get it done! It’s been a while since I’ve felt that way, so maybe those 2 weeks of little to no running were actually a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I was super excited for this run and to start half marathon training! Plus it was like 68 degrees when I ran thisย  morning and that certainly helped! I’m hoping the crazy heat we’ve been having is finally done and being outside will actually be an option again!

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After my run I did about 30 minutes of strength work, which was not as fun. Haha it never is though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But building a little more strength is something I really want to focus on right now. I feel like I’m gonna need it to make it across the finish line of both half marathons. Especially the second one.

So that really wasn’t too bad, but the whole out of shape feeling came after my run and my workout. After I did both of those things I went out and tended to the garden. Unfortunately my zucchini plants died while we were in Branson, so that sucks, but I’ve still got 4 watermelons growing on my watermelon vines, my strawberry plant is still kicking off a few berries ever now and then (although at this point I’m pretty sure it’s close to being done for the year), and my tomatoes, while very sad looking, are producing quite a bit of fruit! I picked a bunch of cherry tomatoes yesterday and a pretty decent amount today, as well as a few regular tomatoes. They crazy heatwave we had earlier this summer definitely didn’t go our garden any favors and we’re not having a good harvest because of it, but at least we’re getting something.

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Got a little off track there haha, but anyway, after my garden was tended to I took a shower and then felt absolutely starving (even though I had a good post run/workout snack) and exhausted! And that’s why I was feeling out of shape haha. I usually don’t feel that way unless I’m deep into training and just finished a hard workout. Nothing I did this morning was particularly hard and it definitely didn’t warrant me feeling like that haha. Oh man, it’s all good though. I ateย anotherย snack and the promptly passed out in my bed for about an hour and 20 minutes. The fact that I was able to get dressed and eat before I did that was a feat in and of itself. Along with actually being able to nap. Usually that’s a difficult thing for me to do for some reason. It was pretty great though! It was one of those naps that you wake up feeling kinda disoriented and totally out of it when you wake up. That’s how I know I napped hard. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I felt fine, albeit still a little worn out feeling after a bottle of water and lunch. So that’s good.

I feel like I’m not going to be as excited or feel as good on tomorrows run haha. Oh well, it’s still going to happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, that’s all for today! Wishing you a happy Monday and a great week!

~Ashley and her ever faithful blogging assistant, Bubbles.

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June Miles and Goal Check In

I totally almost forgot today was the last day of June! And it’s not like June has felt like it flew by or anything, I legit just forgot haha. But anyway, we’re half way through the year and I’m still going pretty strong with all of my goals! Haha well, at the very least I’m still thinking about and working on them, so that’s pretty impressive! I don’t think I’ve ever actually continued with goals I set for myself at the begging of the year for this long, so that’s just an impressive feat in and of itself! Now, only 6 more months to go! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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

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I’ve also been hardcore kicking ass at getting my step goal done this month! I only had 8 day’s this month were I didn’t hit it and only 2 of those days were consecutive. Haha you can see that it’s usually Sunday that I don’t make my goal, but that’s because that’s usually my rest day and I don’t typically go for it. I mean, I need at least one day of complete rest a week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

img_2884ย Last month I wasn’t doing a very good job of keeping up with my training journal and that kinda carried over for the first half of this month. Oops. But for the last 2 weeks I’ve been pretty darn meticulous about it. I’ve also been trying to be much more detailed with it. Since I start training for my two halves in two days in November next month I want to be in the habit of keeping a much more detailed training log. I feel like that will come in very handy for this upcoming training cycle, so it’s just something I want to stay on top of.

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

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

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

~Ashley

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