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Weekly Recap: January 8th-14th, 2018

This week was a tough one. I’d be lying if I said anything different. Mostly thanks to anxiety related things that I’ve still yet to figure out the cause of. Haha oh well. So I ended up focusing a lot on yoga this week. I think that ended up being really good for me. πŸ™‚

Monday:

  • Rest Day

So Luke actually ended up taking Monday off from work. We went grocery shopping, but other than that we did a whole lot of nothing. So yay for impromptu rest days, I guess. πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday:

  • 2 miles
  • 25 minutes of yoga

This month’s StrideBox showed up in my mailbox while I was attempting (and slightly failing but still managing 2 miles) to run on Tuesday. Yay! πŸ™‚ I swear it’s like Christmas morning the day that thing comes. It’s pretty freaking sweet. And after my run I did a little bit of yoga, because like I said, I was trying to focus on that this week.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 30 minutes of yoga
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike

Tuesday’s run was kind of a fail. I mean,Β  I did still make it 2 miles and 2 miles is better than no miles, but still….So I decided thatΒ  I was going to skip running on Wednesday and just do yoga instead. That was a good decision! Haha but that night I did hop on my stationary bike for a few minutes because I was bored. πŸ˜‰

And unrelated, but it’s super muddy outside so all 3 of my dogs (but mostly Finn and Dean) are gross mud monsters and I’ve given up on ever having clean floors ever again. Fun fun fun.

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Thursday:

  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike to warm up
  • 3.89 miles of “running”
  • 30 minutes of yoga
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Thursday morning brought lots of rain. Which eventually turned to ice, and then later in the day snow. I got my “run” done during the ice portion of the day. Run is in quotes because it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars, that it was actual running (I talk a little more about all of that here. πŸ˜‰ ). So normally I’m a little more neurotic about hitting my daily mileage, so not gonna lie, it kinda hurts me to type “3.89” instead of “4” miles. But the roads were getting increasingly worse the longer I was out, so the second I got to my driveway I called it quits instead of going a little further to actually hit 4 miles. Haha but I mean, it honestly is close enough and really isn’t that big of a deal. Plus running on ice is freaking hard! This has to count for at least 6 or 7 miles. πŸ˜‰ I kid, but it is hard. And pretty fun too!!

Oh and all of the mud in my backyard is frozen for now. So that’s kinda nice! Hahaha well, until it melts I guess.

 

 

Friday:

  • Rest day

I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself because I’m supposed to be working towards all of these big goals I have and these small amounts of running that I’ve been doing just aren’t going to get me there. And then I remembered that I actually did kinda do a lot yesterday. I mean, running on ice is freaking hard! Plus I was sick last week and the week before that was Christmas, so once I took a minute to step back and remember all of that, I realized that I’m not doing too bad and that I can’t just jump right back into where I was months before this just because I want to. I’ve got to slowly get back to the mileage that I was at and then start building up from there (which is my main goal for the year), and attempting to do too much too soon is going to do nothing but cause problems. So I did not do the easy 20 minute run I had planned for Friday.

I’m trying very hard not to compare myself and my running to others and to where I’ve been before. This is where I am now and that’s 100% ok. Not running on Friday was a win for me. πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 3.2 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

That was hard….Running in general is hard. But that’s one of the things that makes it so special, right? πŸ™‚ Just trying to slowly work back into a more normal running routine. So far, I’m making a tiny bit of progress.

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

We got some more snow today! Yay!!! I spent a lot of time playing outside with the dogs in it. Snow makes everything more exciting! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage: 10.21

That’s better than last week and that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚ Plus my goal was to focus more on yoga and I definitely succeeded at that!

 

 

 

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January 12th, 2018

This morning I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself. I mean, it wasn’t all that long ago when I could do an easy 4 miler like I did yesterday, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day and tackle another run. But I took a minute to take a step back and really look at what’s going on. I did kind of do a lot yesterday! I braved the elements and did an almost 4 mile run (it was 3.89, but that’s freaking close enough hahaha) with ice under my feet and pretty harsh wind gusts which where sometimes at my back and sometimes at my face. It was slow going (it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars), hard work, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

And then later in the day I did a 30 minute yoga sequence and spend 30 minutes on my stationary bike (and it wasn’t 30 minutes of me just fucking around on the bike like I sometimes do, I was actually putting in some work hahaha! πŸ˜‰ ). And that was all on top of me being sick last week, and being crazy busy with Christmas stuff the week before that, so no freaking wonder I don’t feel like doing anything today!

Sure maybe at one point I could have done a hard workout after everything I did yesterday. And yes, compared to what some people can do/are currently doing, I did hardly anything yesterday. But comparing myself to other people or to what I could do at another point and time is literally going to get me nowhere. It doesn’t getΒ anyoneΒ anywhere.

So, this is where I’m at right now and that’s ok. I’ve got some really big goals I want to accomplish and I’m going to have to work really hard to make them happen. But right now I need to focus on even getting to the point of being able to work towards them. I can’t just jump right back into what I was doing several months ago and think that will work. It won’t. More likely than not I’ll just end up burnt out or hurt, and I’m already super injury prone haha. I need to work back up to where I was and then build from there. And if that means having to skip out on a run here or there to rest, then so be it. For me today, not running is a win. πŸ™‚

I know this post is kinda just one big “note to self” thing. But if you take anything away from it, let it be the fact that it’s ok to be where you’re at right now and to work with that instead of comparing yourself to someone else or to your past self (something that I’m super guilty of), and then trying to do too much, or getting frustrated and giving up on whatever your goal happens to be. You’ve got this. I believe in you. Which is also a good “note to self”. πŸ™‚

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!

~ Ashley

Well Dammit…

I guess all of the travel, super late nights, alcohol, not so great food (I mean it was delicious! But definitely not nutritious in any way, shape, or form haha.), and general Christmas craziness has finally caught up to me. I woke up tired, congested, and with a sore throat. Fun times…

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So it’s looking like my running days in 2017 are over. Haha at the very least I wanted to do something that almost resembled a long run (6-7 ish miles?) and maybe even a few easy miles on New Year’s Eve, but that’s not gonna happen. Especially with how cold it is. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the cold and have actually run in colder/more crazy conditions (-10 degrees with at least 8 inches of snow on the ground. That was a super fun day. πŸ™‚ ). But it’s probably not a great idea to attempt to run when it feels like -4 outside and you’re obviously coming down with something.

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I guess today would be a great day to try out the “flu-fighter chicken and rice stew” recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow, but I don’t have all of the necessary ingredients and I don’t think getting out in this cold and driving to the store in a car that has no heat is a good idea anyway haha. I have a feeling that that wouldn’t help my current situation at all, and I don’t think the soup would is worth that. πŸ˜‰ It does sound really really good though…

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Anyways, I guess I’m going to spend the day curled up on the couch with my dogs (two of whom would rather be outside all day, but it’s waaaay too cold for that), Netflix and lots of tea. But at this point it’s looking like I’m going to be ringing in the new year sick. Sadface…

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Poor Dean would rather spend the day guarding the backyard from squirrels, birds, the evil mail lady (she’s actually really nice. My dogs are just assholes), and barking at his friend Cujo the German Shepard, who’s backyard is right behind mine. While Finn attempts to herd him and pretty much anything that moves. But it’s too cold for that today.Β 

I hope everyone is well, has a good Saturday, and a safe and fun New Year’s eve!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: May 1st-7th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 3.5 miles
  • 25 minutes of blogilates

It was a cold and chilly day! Yay!! I kinda wanted to go for 4 miles on Monday, but I was feeling tired and was back at my house at 3.5 so I called it good. But I mean, close enough, right? πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday: 

  • 10 minutes of blogilates

Tuesday was a cross train day! Haha I just barely did enough to qualify as a cross train day though. 10 short minutes of blogilates. But in all fairness, on her May workout calendar she had 2 lower body days in a row and that just wasn’t working for me haha. I probably should have spend some time on my stationary bike, but whatever.

Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

So, on Wednesday I decided that I was going to give up caffeine so I skipped my morning cup of coffee. Bad idea. I ended up feeling exhausted and shitty all day…

Thursday: 

  • 3 mile run
  • 15 minutes of blogilates
  • 25 minutes on the stationary bike

I was feeling a little bit tired on Thursday, but I still got in a pretty solid workout! Now I’m realizing that I was probably starting to get sick that day, but oh well. I don’t think skipping my workout yesterday would have stopped that from happening. Luke’s sick, a bunch of people at his work are sick, it was only a matter of time before I ended up sick as well.

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Friday: 

  • Rest Day

Yeah whatever illness that’s been going around finally caught up with me. I woke up with a sore throat and just feeling kinda bleh in general. I thought about running, but eventually decided that resting was probably a better idea. I ended up feeling kinda achy and started getting the chills later in the day, so taking a breaks was probably the right decision.

Saturday:

  • Rest Day 

Very glad I didn’t run on Friday. I woke up feeling absolutely horrible on Saturday. So I just continued to rest on Saturday. I tried to stay hydrated and watched Nike’s breaking 2 on YouTube, because I missed the live stream from the night before. That was some incredible stuff! If I didn’t feel so gross I would have been super inspired to run Haha. 

Sunday: 

Oh man you guys, I don’t think I could have run today even if I wanted to. This cold is absolutely kicking my ass. I’ve been trying to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to do because I really don’t feel like drinking anything. That’s not helping the chest congestion I woke up with this morning. Ugh, it’s quite terrible and makes breathing harder. I can’t wait to get over this. 

 

 

March 5th, 2017

So far this weekend has been kinda uneventful, and it’s been great! πŸ™‚

On Friday Luke and I did some grocery shopping. We spent a ridiculous amount of money, but we’re all stocked up on stuff that we’ve really needed but have been putting off for too long. Like a new toilet brush, rubber gloves for cleaning, and a new febreez oil diffuser thing, because with all of these animals, two boys, and a runner, things can get pretty smelly around here haha. Our fridge, fruit basket, and cabinets have been refilled, which is always a nice feeling, and we also walked away with a few things that aren’t exactly necessary, but are pretty neat. Like this big ass thing of coconut oil!

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Definitely not a necessary purchase, but I’m super excited about it! SinceΒ my mom gave me a little bit of coconut oil while I was in Colorado I’ve been looking into the benefits of it and all the different ways to use it. According to the internet, it’s basically a miracle substance and cures/helps pretty much everything. πŸ˜‰ Obviously that’s a little bit of an over exaggeration, but it really is supposed to be good for you in a bunch of different ways, so I’ve been experimenting with a few of them. First and foremost, I’ve been putting a table-spoon of it in my coffee every morning. It’s absolutely delicious and supposedly good for digestion, weight loss, an energy boost, and a multitude of other things. I’m not going to list them all here. I’ve also been oil pulling with it every morning before I brush my teeth. I talked a little bit about that here. And yesterday I made a face scrub type of thing with it. I mixed together about a table-spoon of coconut oil and about a teaspoon of baking soda then rubbed it on my face for a few minutes. It’s supposed to help with blackheads and clean your pores. I’m not sure it any of that actually happened, but my face is much softer and less oily, which I definitely wasn’t expecting, considering I literally rubbed oil onto my face.

Along with stocking up on house hold items and groceries, Luke and I had planned on starting our garden on Friday. So when we got home from the store we turned our compost, which is something we should have done a long time ago. Then we pulled out some trees and weeds that were growing through and around our fence. After that was done we decided not to start tilling that day, even though that was what we had planned on doing. It’s still getting kinda cold at night and we’ve been getting frost in the mornings, so we decided to put that off for just a little bit longer. We’ll probably get started on that next week.

Yesterday we took the dogs to the park but that was pretty much it. The rest of the day was spent playing DS and I read for a little bit, and that’s probably all we’re going to do today as well haha.

I haven’t run at all this weekend and it’s actually been really nice! I guess I really did just need a little break. This morning I woke up feeling refreshed and actually wanting to run. but I decided to give it one more day, just to play it safe. I didn’t really notice how tired I actually was until I woke up feeling energized today. I really need to work on doing my easy runs really easy, and focusing on recovery. I’ve never really been good at those two things and those are kind of important things to do…

Anyway, I need to do some laundry and vacuuming, and then some dog walking.

Have a great Sunday!

~Ashley

 

Operation Florida Is Offically A-Go

Luke’s mom has officially rented a 1.2 million dollar house for our trip to Florida in July. Yeah let me repeat that, Luke’s mom rented a 1.2 MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE for our vacation this summer. It’s got like 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms (I don’t remember exactly, but it’s close to that), a 40 foot pool in a screened in patio, and all sorts of other neat stuff. How freaking crazy is that?!?Β Oh and the rent is like, $350 a night and there are all sorts of weird rules and a crazy home owner’s association, because along with other rentals, people actually live in the subdivision (ew I hate subdivisions) that this house is in. Since these are million dollar homes and some of them are lake front property, I can only assume that most of the people who live there are doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, and a bunch of them are probably older. That would definitely explain all the crazy rules and home owners association.

I feel like all the of the doctors, lawyers, and CEO people aren’t going to like us very much haha. We’re going to be one big ass group of people, all originally from the Midwest, all from working class families, with a little bit of ghetto and a little bit of redneck/hick-ness all mixed. Yeah they are definitely going to hate us and it’s going to be so much fun!

And I suppose it’s a good thing we are going to be in a subdivision surrounded by other vacationers and rich people. I looked up this house on google maps and it looks like I’ll be able to run around the area without any problems, so that’s one thing I wont have to worry about. There’s also a lake within walking distance, and where there are lakes there are usually walking paths. Not sure how willing I am to run super close to a lake that’s probably filled with alligators though haha.

So, if anything this whole Florida trip has given me motivation to start eating better. I still haven’t managed to reign that in ever since I stopped counting calories. I’m not exactly saying that I want to lose some weight (even though I really do), but what I really want is to be able to feel confident enough to wear a swimming suit while we’re in Florida. I actually really love swimming, but last year I only went once because I felt like I looked fat and gross in a swimming suit. Whether that was actually true or not isn’t exactly the point though. I just want to be able to hang out in the pool or go to the beach this summer and not be constantly worrying about how I look or comparing myself to all of the other girls there. Yeah, chaining that mindset isn’t going to be hard at all…But I feel like it’s all going to start with what I’m eating, so that’s what I spent a lot of time focusing on today.

I’m actually kind of glad that I had something to really start working on today, as it was a rest day and those can get kinda boring. Plus it’s a lot easier to start eating a little better when you can’t justify eating 6 oreos because you ran 6 miles that day (because obviously it only makes sense to eat one oreo per mile you ran. Duh!). That’s another thing, Luke and I didn’t even buy those oreos that I totally ate more than 6 of yesterday! My brother in law did. It seems like every few days he brings home some kind of junk food specifically for me. One day it was a bag of mini twix bars, then a package of oreos, then yesterday it was a little bag of brownie brittle. I’m not entirely sure what his angle is, but I really wish he’d stop because I have no self control. I even told him that I did’t want to eat junk food anymore, but when he brought me the brownie brittle he said “I know you don’t want any more junk food, but I know you like brownie brittle so I got you some”. Whatever though, if he keeps doing this I’m just going to start throwing it all away. I mean, I already told him I don’t want it, and he wont eat anything he specifically bought for someone else, so that seems like the best course of action to me. Don’t get me wrong, I really hate the idea of wasting food like that, but when you really think about it, oreos barely count as food anyway.

I didn’t eat super clean today or anything, but I did make a point to include more plants into my meals. I had a humus sandwich for breakfast (I can’t be the only person who loves nothing but humus on whole wheat toast!) and a cup of coffee with soy milk and sugar (I’m out of honey sad face). Lunch was a sweet potato, sliced and roasted with some olive oil along with some ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning. Later in the afternoon I had a snack of whole wheat crackers and a glass of orange juice with some chia seeds mixed in. For dinner I made pasta, it had a little bit of pasta sauce and a decent amount of sauteed zucchini, cauliflower,and onions in it. Yum!! It wasn’t exactly the best day of eating, but I adding more plants into my usual diet is definitely a good place to start!

As for what I did today well, I rested and re hydrated. I definitely didn’t drink enough water yesterday and I was totally feeling it today. Actually, I don’t think I’ve been drinking enough water in general as of late. I guess that’s just one more thing I need to work on. Anyway, I finished the book Shoe Dog, worked on a few blog posts, and other than taking the dogs for a quick walk I hardly left the couch at all today. I think that was a little bit warranted though. Every once in a while everyone needs a day spent sitting around doing nothing. At least I think so. Plus at the very least I feel like I at least did something productive by doing a bit of writing.

Oh and I finally got around to updating my Goals and PR’s page! I’m only about a month late with coming up with goals for the year, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ I don’t have any time goals for this year anyway. Obviously I won’t mind if I can run certain distances a little faster, but my main goal is to hardcore up my mileage and run 1,000 miles this year! That’s a pretty big jump considering I only ranΒ 567.03 miles last year, but I think as long as I really make a point to hit my weekly and monthly mileage goals I can at the very least get close to 1,000 miles. I’m definitely aiming to hit 1,000 miles right on the head though, so we’re just going to have to wait and see how that goes! So far I’m falling just a little bit behind, but as long as I get back on track and make up those 11 miles that I didn’t do last month I should be good!

On a super duper unrelated note (but lets be real here, when have I ever been able to keep a blog post on a single subject? That’s just not my jam), my sister just started her own website! How super neat-o is that? You should totally go check it out! She doesn’t have a lot going on there yet, but I’m sure she’ll be posting about all sorts of fun adventures that she has with our other sister. Plus all the links to her social media sites are on there and if you’re into adorable animals you’ll want to check those out! You may even see a few guest appearances of some of my critters. πŸ˜‰

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Sorry Jessica, I kinda stole your photo. But I figured you wouldn’t mind. πŸ˜‰ https://www.jessicamartwin.com/

Jeez I’ve just been in a super ramble-y mood lately. I’m sorry if I’m being super boring with these long posts about life, upcoming events, and whatnot. That’s just all I’ve got to talk about at the moment. At the very least I’m not currently in super crazy Green Day fangirl mode. But be warned, it’s coming. The closer we get to August the more I’m going to start freaking out about seeing them in concert again. Remember that post that started off with me “Jumping up and down wildly while screamingΒ incoherently”? That for real happened. I, a 25 year old “adult” momentarily reverted back to being a 15 year old girl again after purchasing Green Day tickets. Probably not one of my finer moments, but hey, it happens. πŸ˜‰

Ok, I’m going to shut up now before I start rambling again.

~Ashley

 

 

 

Friday Fives: Fitness/Health Apps

I probably rely a little too heavily on my apps to keep track of things, but they are just so darn convenient and fun! Nowadays there is literally an app for everything and if they help you reach your goals, make your life a little easier, or are just amusing, I say go for!

Now I’m not sure if any of these apps are available on the Google play store (although I’m almost 100% sure myfitnesspal and Garmin Connect are), but I know for a fact they are all available on the Apple app store. πŸ™‚

1: Myfitnesspal 

Good ol’ reliable myfitnesspal. I’ve been using this app off and on since about 2012, to track my calorie intake and to keep an eye on my nutrients, and it does that quite well without being overly complicated. Just hit the blue + button to add food, exercise, or even your water intake (although I use a different app for that πŸ˜‰ ).

I really like this app because it really makes keeping track of your food intake easy. They have a huge food database and most chain restaurants are included in that which is nice. And for the most part everything seems pretty accurate. Plus you can sync this app with Garmin Connect, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, etc, which is super convenient.

2: Plant Nanny 

This is definitely one of my favorite apps just because it’s so darn cute!

Basically, you pick a plant that you are supposed to water every time you drink any water. It’ll pick a intake goal for you based on your weight and activity level, and from there you can pick how many ounces (or milliliters if your  into that) the particular cup or bottle you’re drinking out of is, and it will tell you how many more glasses/bottles of water of the same size you’d need to drink throughout the rest of the day to meet your goal.

I guess it sounds kinda weird, but trust me, it’s adorable and it definitely makes me want to drink enough water.

3: Garmin Connect

I don’t think I could call myself a real runner if I didn’t mention my GPS watch’s app lol.

Back when I started using this app in 2014 it had a lot of weird issues, but at this point it seems like they’ve got all of the bugs worked out and now I actually enjoy using it. This app keeps track of your runs in an organized way that I really like, since it syncs with myfitnesspal you can also use it to keep track of your net calorie goal which is nice, but the most exiting feature, in my opinion, are the step challenges!

Every week you can compete in two step challenges. Once against all of your “connections” on the app and one against random people that the app pairs you with. These challenges can get super competitive and they definitely motivate me to get my 10,000 steps (or more if I really want to win ;)) in every day.

Now, in order to really use this app you need to have a Garmin device and depending on what model you have, you may have some different features available to you. For example; since I have a Forerunner, I have access to Garmin’s training plans for running, which is super nifty!

4: Mango Health

This is a fantastic app if you’re terrible at remembering your medications like I am!

After entering in your medication (you can enter more than one), you pick the time of day you want to be reminded to take it. So whenever that time rolls around you get a push notification reminding you to take your meds. This thing is a life savor! I cannot tell you how many times I would have forgotten my birth control if it wasn’t for this app. Plus, every time you take your medication on time, you get points, if you save up enough points you can exchange them for prizes. Once I got a $5 gift card. That was pretty neat!

5: RockMyRun

So this one is a little more entertainment than actual fitness, but it does have some benefits for running!

I lovelovelovelove this app! Basically, it just has a bunch of playlists that you can pick from to listen to while you run. But what’s exciting is that all the songs blend together so there’s no akward few seconds between song, some of the playlists are kinda remixed which is actually a lot of fun, and every playlist tells you the BPM so you can pick a playlist based on your workout. 

There are all sorts a features if you pay for a “rockstar” subscription, but the free version works just fine for me. They usually play on short add during each playlist and I can totally handle that. πŸ™‚

Do you use any of the apps on this list? 

What are some of your favorite health/fitness apps?