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Half Marathon Training Day 17 and A Garden Update

So you know how right before a big event you have planned how you just don’t feel like doing anything? That’s definitely what I’ve had going on today. It was also one of those days where you realize it’s already 2:00 pm and you really haven’t done anything all day…

Well, I suppose that’s actually kind of a lie though. I did run this morning (although I did a lot of procrastinating before hand) and I also did a pretty decent amount of work in the garden after my run, so I suppose I did doΒ something.Β Haha I guess it just doesn’t feel like a lot after sitting around for most of the afternoon. I don’t know, I’m just in a weird mood at this exact moment I guess.

But anyways, my run did actually go pretty well! Especially considering that I didn’t get it done until after 9 am and it was getting pretty hot out haha. So the game plan for today’s workout was to warm up for a mile and then do 5 minutes of hard running, 1:30 minutes of rest, repeat 3 more times, then cool down with another mile. And I mostly accomplished that haha. I mean, I did everything but the last mile to cool down. At that point it was super hot, I tired, drained, and felt like it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip that last mile. Especially since I did all of the hard stuff, anyway. πŸ˜‰

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Nimrod is a great album to run to! Especially if you’re a pissed off at someone haha.

So even though I did skip that last mile I’m quite happy with how this workout went! Since the half marathon I’m training for has some pretty killer hills, I decided to push it just a little bit up the hills. I’m going to be ready to tackle those crazy rolling hills come November!! Haha but anyway, I didn’t do anything too crazy or intentionally seek out the bigger hills in my neighborhood, but I did tell myself to “run strong” up the hills I did encounter, instead of slowing down because it was hard and hot and uncomfortable. I’m quite proud of myself for handling the hills the way I did today. πŸ™‚

After inspecting my Fenix 5 and Garmin Connect, it would appear that I’m doing something right at the moment! According to my fancy Fenix (seriously though, all of the feedback you get from this thing is pretty impressive!) my training load is currently optimal! Yay!! And according to Garmin Connect (and my Fenix, I suppose) my run today should improve my anaerobic fitness and my VO2 max! Pretty exciting stuff!!

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Hahaha honestly at this point I’m not sure what I should be doing with all of this information. But I have a feeling that just maybe I can use it to start training more effectively and efficiently. I mean, following training plan is one thing, but knowing if you’re working too much, just enough, or not enough kinda takes things to a whole new level!

So I’m very pleased with how my run went this morning. I’m also very pleased with how my garden is doing!! I’m still a bit upset that my zucchini plants have died and my lettuce went to seed and is now all just weird stalk-y things (but hopefully that means I won’t actually have to plant lettuce next year, it’ll just start growing all by itself), but everything is doing quite well!! Especially my tomatoes. One could possibly argue that they’re doing a little bit too well. The plants got quite big and we didn’t space them out enough, so the bigger, stronger plants are killing a few of the weaker plants… It’s not really that bad though. I mean, I’m still getting a piss ton of tomatoes every day, so I pulled out two of the plants that were dying this morning. So now my bigger stronger plants wont have to fight for water/nutrients anymore, and hopefully that means they’ll produce even more tomatoes! Hahaha not that I need more or anything though.

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This is everything I picked this morning. There are 18 tomatoes there. I definitely don’t have a shortage of those!

The bigger watermelon that I had growing split a little bit before it was ripe because of all the rain we had gotten on Sunday. Sad face…I gave it to the rabbits though and they seemed to enjoy it! They ate the whole thing, rind and all! There’s still a smaller one (although it’s getting a little bit bigger everyday!) out there that’s doing really well, so hopefully that one will be able to grow, ripen, and be able to be picked before we get another day full of rain. And as you can see in the photo above, I’ve also got some good looking cucumbers and a few banana peppers as well! I think We’ve got enough cucumbers to make another jar of pickles! We’re definitely not going to have as many cucumbers/pickles as we did last year. Then we had 3 or 4 cucumber plants, now we only have one. But we’ve already got 5 jars of pickles made and growing season isn’t over yet! So it’s not like we’re suffering there either haha.

I think last year our garden definitely did a little better, but we also didn’t leave it unattended for 10 days last year…Plus everyone has an off year, but all in all I’m still quite happy with what we’ve got going on. I mean, I’ve got over 30 tomatoes sitting on my counter right now haha! Luke definitely need to get to canning them! πŸ˜‰

So yeah, gardening and running. That’s what my day has consisted of. Other than that I can’t really tell you what else I’ve done, because honestly even I’m not entirely sure haha.

This evening Luke and I are going to drive 30 minutes to go grocery shopping when he gets home from work. We had planned on getting that done yesterday and drove to the Aldi that’s 15 minutes from our house, but it turns out that they’ve closed for remodeling. So weΒ triedΒ to shop at Walmart, but that didn’t go well. First off, their produce is super expensive! And second off, we just didn’t know what else to get. Obviously they didn’t have the usually stuff we would get at Aldi and it just seemed like everything else was just boxed/frozen stuff that wasn’t all that great for you. I mean, I’m sure they have better options if you know what you’re looking for, but we did not. Hahaha it’s been quite a while since we’ve grocery shopped at Walmart…

So long story short, we ended up getting cherries, potatoes, bananas, and dinner for last night before we gave up and decided to go to the other Aldi tonight.

Oh, and hey! Look how close we’re getting!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β I’m soooo freaking stoked for Friday!!!!

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Green Day shirt of the Day! πŸ˜‰ Haha I get a lot of weird looks when I wear this one, because I have one of those skulls tattooed on my shoulder (but in black because white wouldn’t have worked well haha).Β 

So yeah, that’s what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you? πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

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Photos From This Week

So, I got a little bit lazy this week and didn’t write down all of my workouts for my usual weekly recap and I don’t really feel like trying to remember everything from the week. Oops haha. Oh well, it happens to the best of us I suppose. So instead here are some photos from this week instead. I hope you enjoy!!

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:Β 

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Thursday:Β 

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Friday:

 

 

Saturday:

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Sunday:

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Actually Back To Scheduled Programming

Welp, it’s my first full week home back from Florida, so now I’m going to be posting the usual weekly recap, what I ate Wednesday, Friday fives, etc. posts, since I didn’t do any of that last week, or the week before. πŸ˜‰ Plus I kinda like to keep things on a scheduled and it’s kinda been driving me crazy that I haven’t been doing that lately.

Anyways, happy Monday! I hope you have a good day and a great new week!! I’m definitely doing to be trying to make this week a good one! Half marathon training round 3 officially starts this Sunday and I’m a little nervous because I currently feel very unprepared but I’m also very excited!

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At this point I haven’t officially registered for what will be my third half marathon, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that very soon. But the goal is to run the Longview Half marathon again! Haha I know at this point in my running career that this is the only half that I’ve done, and eventually I’m going to broaden my horizons and run a different half, but for now I’m sticking with this one. Mostly because so far, I’ve run every Longview Half except for the very first one, and years and years from now I still want to be able to say that. πŸ˜‰ But eventually I’m definitely going to start running more than one half marathon a year, but this is just not that year.

I’m thinking maybe next year I want to do the Running With The Cows half. I did the 5k last year and it was a lot of fun! It was a beautiful course, there were in fact cows, and there was a HUUUGE feast at the end of the race. But since I only did the 5k last year, I only had a bagel, banana, and chocolate milk, because after only 3.1 miles I didn’t feel like it would be right to eat any of the other goodness that they had there. Especially since it was probably around 9 in the morning at that point. Haha but I could totally justify partaking in the post race feast if I Β were to run the half. πŸ˜‰

 

 

But enough about future/past races. Lets talk about some current running stuff!

So, I ran one whole mile today! Yay! Haha but I’m currently doing this thing where I intentionally go out a little later in the day than I normally would, just so it’s a little hotter out and the sun is shining on me. And so far I can only make it a mile without feeling like I’m absolutely going to die under those conditions, but I feel like intentionally getting out in the conditions that are hard for me is going to make me more mentally (and maybe even physically) tough, and I’m hoping it helps me adjust to training in the heat a little better. Haha it still really sucks though. I’m so ready for fall to get here. πŸ˜‰

 

 

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All summer long I’m just a sweaty, gross, unhappy mess.

But I’ve been getting it done! Like I said, whenever I purposely go out later I’ve only been getting a mile of running done (I’ve been making a point to run a mile out and then walk a mile home), so that’s what I did today. I got out the door at 9 am when it was about 82 degrees, 70% humidity, and sunny without a cloud in the sky. So basically my least favorite conditions ever! Haha but at least today the humidity wasn’t all that bad. That was my one happy thought throughout all 12 minutes and 17 seconds of my run. πŸ™‚

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I’m so very excited about how awesome both of my new tattoos look!Β 

So yeah, I guess I’m trying to take my weaknesses and use them to make me better. Haha it’s not fun though…Especially since I’ve pretty much got a routine down where I run, walk the dogs, and then work in the garden, so when I run later in the morning sometimes the dogs don’t get walked (I don’t like walking them on the asphalt if it’s super hot and the suns been out for a while), and that means I have to be in the garden when it’s hotter and sunnier. That’s no fun. But the garden is definitely recovering from the 10 day’s it didn’t get cared for while we were in Florida! I’ve got two new watermelons growing out there, more cucumbers than I know what to do with, and a shit ton of green tomatoes, and a few tomatoes that are just starting to turn red/yellow. I’m very happy about all of that, but I am still mourning the loss of my zucchini plant…

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But anyway, I do feel like I’ve gotten a little bit accomplished this morning so now I need to sit down in the air conditioning, drink something with electrolytes in in (I’m a super salty sweater), and recover from being in the heat. It’s kinda sad, but the heat really does take a lot out of me and it takes me a while to recover haha.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

Garden UpdateΒ 

I don’t think I’ve really mentioned much about how my garden has been doing ever since Luke and I started planting stuff back in March. So I thought I might as well post a little update on it today. πŸ™‚

So the thing that’s currently doing the best and what I’m definitely most excited about is the peach tree! It’s absolutelyΒ covered in little green peaches that seem to get a little bit bigger every day!!!

I’m so super excited about it, because last year (at least I think it was last year) when we bought it it was supposed to grow peaches. It did at first but they all ended up falling off and the tree just took off and grew a good 4-5 feet taller. That was a bit disappointing, but apparently it was all for the best, because now we should have a whole bunch of fresh peaches! Β I’m already dreaming of pies and jams and jellies and grilled peaches… It’s going to be great!

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I’m also very excited about the amount of berries that are starting to form on my strawberry plant! Last year I only got 2 or 3 berries from it, but that’s pretty typical, strawberry plants tend to grow more and more berries every year. So pictured below is a little cluster of strawberries that are currently growing. They’re even starting to turn kinda red which is awesome!

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At the moment we really don’t have a lot going on in my big garden plots. Like I said before, Luke and I planted some stuff in March and that’s pretty much been it so far. Mostly because March/April is still a little bit early to plant anything else that we want to grow. We do have some lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and carrots growing though πŸ™‚

Unfortunately now it’s too warm for the broccoli and brussel sprouts to really do anything. I think all of the rain we got a week or two ago kinda stunted their growth and they just never really took off while it was still cool enough for them. So now I don’t think we’re going to get any heads of broccoli unless we can somehow keep the plants alive through the heat of the summer and into the fall. Then we might, but I’m not too sure. That’s ok though, because even if they don’t grow heads they’ll still keep growing and their leaves will get really big, and my rabbits really seem to like broccoli leaves.

I feel like the same think kinda goes fro the brussel sprouts, but I’ve never grown them before, so I’m just going to wait and see how that plays out.

The lettuce in these plots seems to be doing pretty well! I think it also got a little stunted by all of the rain, but once things dried out a bit and it got some sun it’s all started taking off! Pretty soon I should be able to start pulling off some of it and using it for salads and bunny food. πŸ™‚ That’s the great thing about lettuce, you can pull off a good portion of the leaves and it will keep growing back. So basically we’ll have and endless amount of lettuce all summer and that’s pretty sweet!

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Now out by our shed in a little plot we planted some carrot and onion seeds. The only problem is that root vegetables don’t tend to do well in our soil. It’s got too much clay in it. Although last year we just let the carrots grow all summer and into the fall, and we ended up with some decent sized ones, so we’re going to try for that again. As you can see in the photo below, I really need to weed out some of my carrot plants, but so far they seem to be growing just fine! I’ve only seen a few tiny little onion plants though and they’re not looking so good, so I’m thinking we’re going to have another year without onions. Oh well. I’m just happy that the carrots are doing well.

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You might have noticed that there is a lot more than just vegetables growing in my garden…I desperately need to do some weeding. But every time I had planned to it rained, and then I got sick and wasn’t able to. It’s just been a whole thing… Luckily today I felt well enough to do a little bit of weeding though! So I pulled some grass/weeds from just around my vegetable plants and out of my strawberry container. But I didn’t exactly have time to get rid of all of the weeds because I wanted to plant my flower seeds from Cheerios today, and wouldn’t you know it there were thunderstorms in the forecast.

So after riding the intimidate areas around my vegetable plants, I went out front, weeded the landscaping around the tree, put down my seeds, and made it inside right as it started raining. I’m hoping that the rain pushed the seeds far enough into the dirt that they’ll be able to take hold, but not too far down that they won’t be able to grow through the mulch. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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At the very least I feel like I got a little something accomplished today. This weekend we are planning on planting tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and a few other things. And I plan on actually weeding out all of my garden plots, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us! I’m pretty happy about that though, I enjoy growing things and it’s very rewarding to be able to walk out your back door, grab a tomato (or strawberry, or zucchini, or whatever) off of a plant you grew and cared for, and then eat it.

I also just wanted to mention that the African daisies (at think that’s what they were called) that we planted a few weeks ago are doing very well!! If you look closely in the photo below, you can see that this plant is covered in little buds and already has a bunch of flowers on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Do you have a vegetable or flower garden?

Do you enjoy growing things?

What’s your favorite type of flower? (Mine are lilies and I have a bunch in front of my house that are getting ready to bloom and I cant wait!!!)