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Holy Hell Hamstrings!!

Hahaha not gonna lie, I only went with that title because alliteration. I believe today is day 12 of half marathon training.

Seriously though, my hamstrings are just totally fucked today. They are tight, sore, and it’s hard to walk. Which is super weird because usually it’s my quads that put me into this situation. They are chronically tight which has caused me hip and shin issues in the past. But that’s a whole other thing, and they’re aren’t giving me any issues at the moment. Well, fingers crossed, but I’ve been making a point to make sure that my quads don’t give me anymore issues haha. But anyway, I feel like my hamstring tightness was caused by my pushing on the uphills yesterday. The half marathon I’m training for is crazy hilly, so I’m trying to focus more on hill work this time around. And at the price of my hamstrings apparently!

So today I was supposed to do an easy 3 miler and I seriously considered just toughing it out and going for it, but eventually I decided that would have just done more harm than good. So I’m switching today and a rest day around. Problem solved! Well hopefully haha.

Now I didn’t just sit around and hope my hamstrings would feel better. πŸ˜‰ This morning I did a few stretches and foam rolled them, my calves, and quads while drinking my coffee and watching Netflix. Not gonna lie, I’ve been on a Netflix bender lately. I’m currently watching Women Behind Bars. Interesting and kinda sad stuff.

Anyway, after I did some stretching and foam rolling my hamstrings felt a bit better so I decided to dye my hair. Haha since it’s such a long process it’s a lot easier to do on a day when I don’t do any kind of workout. Or anything really. It takes a little over 3 hours for the whole process to finish ( an hour and a half for the dye it sit in my roots, an hour and a half for the dye to sit in the rest of my hair, and not to mention the time it takes to apply the dye and then shower). And I don’t exactly like to do much but sit when I have the dye in my hair because I don’t want to get it all over the place. That would really suck.

So while I was sitting with the dye in my hair, my mom called and told me that she and my brother are on their way to Illinois from Colorado and they want to stop at my house on there way there. So obviously I told them that was fine, I just needed to know when they were going to be here because my dad’s dog is with them and Lily and Dean don’t get along with him. Finn’s never met him before and I plan to keep it that way because my dad’s dog is a 120 pound Caucasian Shepard and my dogs are 35-45 pound border collies and any altercations that they might get into wouldn’t end well for them.

But anyway, after the dye was done sitting in my hair I took a nice hot shower to rinse it all out and whatnot. That had definitely helped my hamstring situation. They felt much more relaxed after that. πŸ™‚ Then I just kinda picked up the house and waited for my mom and brother to get here.

They showed up around 3 pm with monster dog Niko and Ace (who is a very good boy) in tow. My poor dogs had to be put up, but it was for there own good. My brother napped for a while and my mom and I just hung out. 

Once Lukr got home from work he grilled some hamburgers and we all hung out for a while. I guess my moms decided they’re staying the night so I guess well see how that goes. 

Until next time.

~Ashley 

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The Best Running Advice I’ve Ever Gotten (So Far)

I’m definitely not the world’s best runner. In fact, I’m not particular skilled in the art of running at all. And I’m definitely not the most experience runner out there. I mean, I’ve been running for almost 4 years now, but that’s really not very long. Especially compared to the super fit 60 year old dude who’s been running since high school, or the crazy talented 25 year old chick who’s been running basically since she could walk. But I do like to think I have at least some knowledge on the subject of running. I mean, I’ve read a countless number of books, magazine, blogs, and other articles on the internet. I listen to several running related podcasts, religiously follow a bunch of other runners on several social media platforms, and enjoy talking with and learning from my fellow runners whenever I can. So I’m not gonna lie, it’s not exactly often that I stumble upon a new piece of information or advice that I haven’t at least heard or read about before.

So this “best running advice that I’ve ever gotten (so far)” was actually not something that was particularly knew to me. Hell, I’ve actually read the book it came from several times before, but today was when it finally clicked into place for me.

And that piece of advice?

Pecker out.

Now wait! Let me explain!! Because if you’re a woman reading this you may be asking “just what the heck this that supposed to mean? I most certainty don’t have a pecker!” Trust me, I don’t either, but that little nugget of wisdom basically changed my life today. Alright, that’s a bit of an over exaggeration, but it definitely changed my running form for the better.

I read this little phrase in The Little Red Book Of Running by Scott Douglas. Apparently “Pecker out” was a cue that his collage coach (who apparently never coached women) used to remind his runners to keep their hips slightly forward. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard so many variations of how important it is to keep your pelvis slightly tucked and your hips forward so that your feet land under you instead of in front of you. And that’s super important because if your feet are landing too far in front of your body their acting as a break and slowing you down instead of propelling you forward like they should be.

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I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about running. It’s full of all sorts of little nuggets of wisdom like the one I’ve shared with you today. πŸ™‚

Obviously that kinda thing is super important, but I’ve also read that everyone’s running form is different because our bodies are all unique, and what works for one runner may not work for another. And while running form is important, there’s really no need to worry tooΒ much about it if you’re able to run comfortably and without getting injured. So I never really bothered to look too much into my own running form. Waaay back when I first started running I switched from heal striking to landing on my forefoot, but that was basically the only change in form that I’ve made in the almost 4 years of running. Well, until today that is.

For some reason that little phrase “pecker out” was stuck in my head today so I decided to try it out during my run this morning, because why not, right? πŸ™‚ So every once in a while I’d tell myself “pecker out” to remind myself to keep pushing my hips forward a little bit, and holy cow did it make a huge difference! Especially when I was going up hill. I definitely felt more efficient, I feel like I didn’t get as worn out as I usually do on hills, and I was able I was able to get up the hills faster. My hips are a little sore now that I’m done though, but I already have weak hips to begin with and since I was moving them in a way they aren’t exactly used to, I kinda figured that was coming. But even so, I’m definitely going to continue on with this whole keeping my hips slightly forward thing. πŸ™‚

So yeah, I guess the moral if this post is that it’s usually a good idea to try out new things every once and a while, and to keep your pecker out (or hips slightly forward) while you’re running! πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday everyone! Wishing you lots of happy summer miles!!

~Ashley