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Halfway Through The Streak, Two Year Blogging Anniversary, and A Few Other Things

Hello and happy Tuesday, friends!! 🙂

As of today I’m officially half way through the Runner’s World winter run streak! Yay!!

So the first two-ish weeks of running at least a mile every single day was tough. I was tired and sore and getting out of bed was basically a huge ordeal. But now, 20 days later, my body has adjusted feels pretty good! I’m not so crazy tired and I’m no more sore than I’d usually be. So that’s a nice change. 🙂

As long as I can keep this going through the Christmas eve/Christmas day adventures Luke and I will be having, since we’re driving to Illinois to spend time with our families, I definitely think I’m going to be able to finish this thing! Haha this is the 3rd year in a row that I’ve attempted it, so I’m pretty excited that I’m actually following through this year. 🙂 And as of right now I plan on finishing day 40 on New Year’s Day and then letting the streak die after that. It’s been pretty interesting overcoming all of the obstacles that life and the holidays have presented and still getting my runs in, but oh man streaking is hard haha. I don’t thing I’ll ever be the person who runs every single day for 10 years or something crazy like that, and I’m a-ok about that!

As for today’s run and running in general over the past week, well, it’s not been great… Ever since my brother in law came to my house followed by his nasty chemical trail of vape cloud grossness, I’ve been coughing, hacking, wheezing, and having trouble running. Ugh I swear vapes are worse than cigarettes and are an asthmatics worst nightmare. And my brother in law has his head shoved too far up his ass to care or even consider the fact that his actions effect other people.

Ugh whatever. Can’t do anything about it now… Just gotta wait and hope that it doesn’t take too long for my lungs to recover and then I should be good to go again. And at the very least I’ve managed to keep up with the streak.

Anyways, back to today’s run. Well, it sucked and part of that was definitely my own fault. Some of you might know that when I was 13 I had an “old fashioned” appendectomy. Apparently now a days they either use lasers to take it out (at least I think it was laser haha) and that only requires a very small incision. Or they just give you antibiotics in hopes that they wont have to take it out at all. But I guess none of that would have mattered for me, because mine ruptured, I almost died, it was a whole thing, and I guess that’s why they had to do it the “old” way. Anyways, since I lack an appendix I have trouble digesting certain things. Mainly sea food and most leafy greens. But this morning I decided to take a gamble on that and put some spinach in my smoothie. I thought maybe if it wasn’t just whole spinach leafs it might be ok. Apparently not…

I ended up spending all morning laid up on my couch with a VERY hot heat pack, because that’s the only thing that helps the terrible cramps I get. Yeah, I won’t be making that mistake again. I still managed to get in a slightly painful mile though, because I AM A BADASS!! Or just really dumb. Probably just really dumb haha. 😉 But that’s yet another thing that I’ve managed to overcome on this crazy streaking journey. If anything this is making me mentally stronger and that’s definitely something I need to work on!

So go me for getting my mile in! But now I’m going to end up feeling like shit all day haha. That always happens whenever I eat something I shouldn’t. And go figure the things I can’t eat are super healthy! Like, I can eat pretty much anything fried, that involves simple carbs, or covered in cheese, but I try to eat one of the healthiest vegetables ever and I end up in pain and feeling gross all day. Bodies are weird…

In other news, therunningrebel.com turns 2 today!

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That’s pretty freaking neat! Honestly I was really hesitant about starting a blog. I didn’t think I was interesting enough, or my story was good enough, or that I’m not a good enough runner so no one would be inspired by me or even be interested in my running journey, but oh boy was I wrong! I’ve met so many amazing people through this blog and the other social media accounts attached to it (and I’ve been doing a terrible job of keeping up with those people’s blogs and I’m really sorry about that!). People celebrate my accomplishments with me, remind me that setbacks are not failures, motivate me, inspire me, and have great conversations with me. For all of that I am eternally grateful! I’ve also had several people tell me that I’m inspiring (a word I honestly never thought would describe me) and that they appreciate that I post my mile paces, bad days, and things like that. And that is something I get! It can be super intimidating and even demoralizing whenever you’re scrolling through Instagram and seeing all of these incredible runners who are so much faster than you! It’s nice to know that there are people out there who run the same paces that you do and that everyone has bad days, and that all of that is ok!! 🙂

I’ve also been given the opportunity to represent a few brands that I use and believe in as an ambassador and I just think that’s so cool! I’m part of the Honey Stinger Hive (my go to running and adventure fuel), Team Zensah (I adore their compression socks), and the Stride Squad (thanks to StrideBox I’ve tried so many awesome new things that I never would have before!). I’m not gonna lie, I still feel really weird basically advertising for these brands here on this blog and other social media accounts, but these really are brands that I personally use and believe it. I would never be able to talk about something that I never used or didn’t like, or brands who don’t care about their customers, elite athletes, or ambassador teams.

So yeah, starting this blog opened up new opportunists for me, gave me a voice and a platform in which to use it, introduced me to all sorts of amazing people, and fully immersed me into the absolutely best part of the online running community. And for all of that I will always be grateful! Here’s to many more years of all of that!! 🙂

That’s all I wanted to talk about today! I hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday!

You’re digestively challenged, very grateful, streaking friend,

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap December 4th-10th, 2017

Monday:

  • RWRunStreak Day 12: 2.5 miles
  • 30 Day Shred Day 2

The plan for Monday was actually 3 miles but once I got to 2.5 I quite haha. I figured that was close enough. 😉 Anyways, got up, got my run done, then did day two of the 30 Day Shred. Oh man, I was tired, sore, but I still did it! My legs actually felt a lot better today though. They’re definitely not as sore/tired as they have been in the past couple of days, so I guess they’re adjusting to the streaking thing. 🙂

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How awesome are my matching skills haha!? Dear Santa, Ashley could use another pair of black running tights. 😉

Tuesday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 13: 1.5 miles
  • 30 Day Shred Day 3

Did you guys know I have a super power? It just so happens to be catching loose dogs! 🐶 Lol so while attempting to get in a mile for day 13 of #rwrunstreak I saw this guy out running around, so I called him and he came right to me (seriously, it’s my super power. 😉). So I grabbed him, called his owner, and we hung out for 5 ish minutes until his owner got there. Problem solved, Ashley saves the day! 😄 So I turn onto a different street and try to continue on my way, but I end up being chased by ANOTHER dog. And I know this dog and he’s not my biggest fan. You see, I run past his house almost every day and he’s always on a tie out near the road and he always barks/growls at me. Understandably so, he’s just protecting what is his. The problem is today he finally had his chance to teach me a lesson and he was definitely going to take it! He came running at me, hackles raised and growling. So I tried talking to him and letting him sniff my hand, but he wasn’t having it and he snapped at me. So his owner saw him and came running at him, so the dog took off running (pro tip, if your dog ever gets loose don’t run after him, he’ll just think it’s a fun game and keep running away). So I saw my chance to get away and bailed onto another street. Usually I would have helped this guy catch the dog, but like I said, he doesn’t like me and I didn’t want to get bit. Besides, I already got one dog back to where he needed to be to day. So that’s my story for today. I’m just out there saving the world, one loose dog at a time!!🐕😄

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Wednesday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 14: 2 miles

Fuck me. All of my running plans for the next few days just went out the window.☹️ My brother in law came here last night, and he likes to use his fucking vape right on the front porch and then open the door right after he does so his huge chemical trails follow him right into the house. Not only is that super disgusting, but It hardcore fucks up my lungs because I have asthma. Luckily it’s not that bad, but vape stuff and cigarette smoke always causes me a lot of problems…Anyway, I wanted to do 4 miles today but I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Honestly I’m impressed that I made it through 2.

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Thursday:

  • RWRunStreak Day 15: 1 Mile
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Nothing fancy. Just a mile to keep the streak alive. 🙂

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Friday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 16: 1 mile

After a long day of Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and light hanging (I talk in depth about all of my Christmas time adventures here 🙂 ), I still managed to get a mile done! Hahaha not gonna lie, after being out and about all day running was the last thing I wanted to do, but I’m glad I did. I ended up feeling a lot better afterwards.

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Saturday:

  • RWRunStreak Day 17: 2 miles
  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

My asthma was still kinda acting up on Saturday, so I did two miles and then switched to the stationary bike. Not the kind of run I wanted to do, but at least I’m keeping the streak going and I’m still moving!

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Sunday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 18: 3 miles
  • 30 Day Shred Day 4

Running has felt incredibly difficult lately. Probably thanks to my asthma and brother in law but it’s still really frustrating. But at least I made it through 3 miles today. 🙂

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Friday Fives: Stocking Stuffers For The Runner In Your Life

It’s that time of year again! Stressing over making sure you have a little something to give to your friends, family, coworkers, etc. It can be tough! But worry not my friends, you’re friendly neighborhood runner is here to give you some stocking stuffer ideas for the runner in your life. 🙂

1. Their Favorite On The Run Fuel 

I’m always up for trying new things, so personally I don’t mind getting something that’s not my favorite or that I’ve never tried before, but if your runner is a little bit more picky you might have to ask if you don’t already know. But some really popular brands are GU, Jelly Belly Sport’s Beans, and Honey Stinger.

Anyway, I know I never mind getting on the run fuel! It’s something that I could always use, and it’s relatively inexpensive to buy one or two gels, or waffles, or whatever, and you can usually find them at any local sporting good’s store.

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Honey Stinger waffles are my personal favorite. 🙂

2. Gloves 

If there’s one piece of running gear that I could consistently use more of, it would probably be cheap, throwaway gloves. Now, there are some fancier gloves out there; touch screen gloves, wind resistant gloves, moisture wicking gloves, etc. And those are all super neat! But honestly I’d rather receive a pair of gloves I could ditch at the starting line of a Turkey Trot, Santa Shuffle, or a Hangover Half Marathon (don’t let me lie to you, the only holiday themed running event I’ve ever done was a “run with Santa 5k” in my town haha. But I’d like to participate in others eventually. 😉 ). Also, I have a bad habit of blowing my nose into my hand (and I know I’m not the only runner who does this!!) and I don’t think I’d want to do that into a pair of $40 gloves haha.

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3. Custom Race Bib Ornament 

Did your runner crush a new PR, finish a big goal race, or just has a race bib that they particularly like? I think these race bib ornaments are super neat and a great way to remember a big race!! Also, shout out to my family and friends who might be reading this, looking for gift ideas for me. I think these are super duper neat and I don’t have one hahahaha. 😉 😉 😉

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Goneforarun.com actually has a bunch of cool custom race bib stuff, I just think the ornaments are particularly neat. 🙂

4. Runner Nation Coffee Mug

Fact; runners love coffee. Also fact; I’m not entirely sure how true that first “fact” is hahaha. 😉 But for real though, in my experience, a lot of runners do enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Especially on a day when they have to wake up particularly early or before a long run when a little bit of caffeine is definitely appreciated. And here’s another “fact” for ya, coffee tastes better when it’s in a neat mug. 😉

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5. A StrideBox Gift Subscription

Now a-days there’s a subscription box for everyone and everything, right? Well running is no exception!! StrideBox is a subscription box that comes full of lots of fun goodies for before, during, and after a run!!

So I’m not gonna lie, I was always a bit hesitant about subscription boxes because I was worried that after a few months the products that come in the box would get kinda lame after a while, but that hasn’t been my experience with StrideBox! It always comes full of all sorts of neat stuff to try! And good news!! If you use the code RunningRebel10, which is good until 12/24/17, you can get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription for the runner in your life! Or for yourself, because you deserve a gift too, and I swear the day StrideBox comes in the mail is basically like Christmas morning. 😉

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Again, you can use the code RunningRebel10 to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription!! 🙂 Good until 12/14/17.

So there you have it! Some nifty gift ideas for the runner in your life! Or at least I think they are. Fellow runners, what are some gift ideas that you’d like to receive or give during this holiday season? 🙂

 

 

Longview Half Marathon Recap 11/11/17

It’s done! Finally! This terrible, horrible, crazy training cycle is finally over! My 3rd half marathon is done, I did it, and I never have to worry about half marathon number 3 ever again!!!! 😉

I know I’ve talked about how and why this training cycle just did not go well about 8 billion times, but I figure for the purpose of this race recap I should mention why, yet again. So just real quick, I hurt my knee in August, was unable to run for most of August and September because of that. I had a bunch of crazy life stuff going on; family stuff, a friend who died, and some other randomness. Then a week before race day I got sick with a terrible chest cold and I found out during the race that I definitely was not as over it as I thought it was.

Okey Dokey, now that that’s out of the way, I just want to take a second to say that I’m a little bit disappointed with how the Longview Half was organized this year. I know this race is still really new (this was literally the 4th year they’ve held it) and I’m sure there are plenty of kinks to work out, but I just feel like the previous two years that I ran this race it went a little bit better. Especially in regards to the aid stations.

So first off, I don’t think there are enough porta potties at the starting line. Especially now that there are more runners because of the 5k that’s attached to this event now. I’m pretty sure the half started a few minutes late because of the amount of runners still in line to use the porta potties. I do, however, really appreciate the person (I’m not sure if he was a race official or a volunteer, but I can only assume he was somehow involved with putting on the race) who was encouraging the 5k runners to let the half marathon runners go first. I do not appreciate the man who was wearing jeans and obviously not a runner, who was in front of me in line….Come on people, let the runners go first!!! We paid to be here, do this thing, and use all of the race amenities.

Second off, I feel like the aid station situation was a complete disaster! I’m not sure who the aid station volunteers were this year, but for the most part they seemed to mostly be a bunch of high school age kids and they were super duper unorganized. Like, last year and the year before the first couple of people handing out cups would have water and then the next couple of people would have water and it was nice and organized and easy to make it through the aid station with what you needed. This was not the case this year. This year it was all completely random. Some people had Gatorade, some had water, some had both, and a lot of them weren’t telling you what they had, so you’d have to ask. I guess that’s not really that big of a deal, but it was a little confusing. But what really sucked was that a lot of these kids were running around the tables, in the road, and just all over the place. That was super stressful and confusing. At one point I wasn’t even sure where I was supposed to go because people were running around everywhere and standing in front of the arrows pointing out the race course, and it sucked. Also, I don’t think the Gatorade was mixed properly. The previous two years I ran this race the Gatorade tasted fine, but this year it was super watered down and gross…That was crazy disappointing.

And yet again the person who was supposed to be calling out names at the finish line missed a bunch of people this year. I didn’t get to witness this and I actually got announced as I crossed the finish line this year (last year I didn’t), but my husband Luke did, and he told me it was really starting to piss him off. He told me that just doesn’t seem fair because this is a bunch of people’s big day and that everyone deserves to feel like a bad ass athlete at the finish line of their race, and I totally agree! I don’t think it’s fair that some people miss out on that. And I can personally say that it is a little bit disappointing when you don’t get to hear your name being announced as you cross the finish line, because like I said, I didn’t get that last year.

Alrighty then! Now that that’s out of the way, lets talk about my race day!!

It started at 5:45 am, which I now know was waaay too late haha. The race started at 8 am and is 40 minutes away from my house, so I thought that would give me enough time to eat, get dressed, and then get to the starting line with plenty of time to spare, but that was not the case. I ate what I could (I was getting pretty nervous at this point so that wasn’t much haha), drank some coffee, let my dogs out, got dressed, let two of the dogs back in because they are the two that can’t/don’t want to be left in the yard for extended periods of time, woke up Luke (who was my chauffeur/coach/motivational speaker/photographer/cheerleader/anything else I needed him to be. Basically what I’m saying is he had to do all of the hard work and all I had to do was run 😉 ), and got all loaded up into the car by about 6:20 am, which was about 20 minutes later than we should have left. Oops.

That really only ended up being a problem because of race day traffic, which was obviously expected, and I just want to say that I think the police officers who were out there directing traffic in the cold did an awesome job. They were all super nice and took very good care of us runners, so I thanked as many of them as I could while I was out on the course. Seriously, I’m so great full for what they were out there doing. 🙂

So anyway, the parking situation seemed to go pretty smoothly, and we got parked and to the start area with about 10 minutes before the starting time. That kinda sucked because like I said before, the lines for the porta potties were pretty long and I had to pee, but on the bright side, at least I didn’t have to stand in the cold for a long amount of time. Haha not gonna lie though, while standing in line for the porta potties Luke was starting to stress me out by constantly asking me what time it was and saying that some of the runners weren’t going to start on time. A bunch of us missed the national anthem (I was literally peeing while it happened) but the race started a few minutes late, so I think most of us got lined up just in time. 🙂

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Me being slightly stressed out by the 5k runners who were mingling in with the half marathoners at the starting line, but at least I made it there! 🙂

Luckily all of the confusion with the 5k runners just generally being in the way at the starting line didn’t last too long. I had just enough time to shove my phone into the pocket in my tights before we were counted down and sent onto our 13.1 mile journey back to where we started.

I started out near the 3 hour pacer, but within the first half mile-ish I ended up near the 2:50 pacer. I knew that probably wasn’t a good idea, but the second I started running I felt amazing! The weather was nice; cloudy and chilly. My legs were fresh and felt great. I was ready to go! At this point I still had no plans other than finishing, but I thought it was going to be a great run!! Unfortunately I was very wrong…

The first mile flew by, as I think most first miles do during a race. By mile two I was nice and warmed up, so I ditched my hoodie at the first aid station and only got away with a single cup of water instead of a cup of Gatorade like I had wanted, because of some of the aid station confusion that I had mentioned before. But that early into the race I wasn’t all that worried about it.

So mile two is where the biggest hill on the course is, and the Longview Half has a timing mat at the bottom and top of this hill, and gives out a “King Of The Mountain” award to the fastest man and woman to make it up the hill, which I think is super duper neat! Even thought that’s something I’ll never win hahaha. Especially since I walked up most  of the hill, but that was part of my plan and I was gonna stick to it because I wanted the good feelings I was experiencing to last. Near the top of the hill I started running again and I felt strong as hell! Apparently I looked strong too, because the announcer at the top of the hill said I was making it look easy. I liked him. 🙂 There was also another race photographer at the top of the hill and I think those would have been some of my best race photos. They actually posted the race photos last night, but the King of the Mountain photos stopped at the 2:40 pace group and at that point I think I was still running near the 2:50, which sucks…I asked about that on their Facebook page and haven’t heard anything back yet, but it is still pretty early and I’m still super impressed that they got most of the photos up so quickly!

Anyway, around the 5k mark I backed off a little because I knew I was probably running too fast considering the lack of training I went into this thing with. So once I got to around mile 4 I was running near the 2:55 pacer and still feeling good! At the mile 4 aid station I discovered the gross, poorly mixed Gatorade, but I was glad that I had gotten some, along with a cup of water. This was also the aid station that I got a bit confused at because of all of the craziness that was going on with the volunteers, but it didn’t take me long to continue on my way in the correct direction. This was also the point in the race that I wanted to eat the first half of one of my Honey Stinger waffles, but the gross Gatorade upset my stomach and was only able to take a few bites of one. But it was still pretty early into the race and I was still feeling great, so I wasn’t all that worried about it. Especially since I was hoping that the Gatorade at that aid station was just a fluke and that it would be better at the other aid stations, but it did not…

Miles 5 and 6 were pretty uneventful. I was still feeling good, running in between the two 2:55 pacers (I think one was planning on finishing a little bit before 2:55 and the other planned on finishing a little after). At mile 6 I was yet again disappointed by the nasty Gatorade situation, but there was no point of worrying about it then, so I didn’t. But I did get two cups of it at that aid station, because it was so diluted and I wanted to make sure I was getting an adequate amount of electrolytes.

Anyway, around mile 7 I was feeling strong as hell. I was tackling the hills and felt great doing it, still running with the 2:55 pacer and talking to her a little bit. I’m pretty sure she started calling me “Nike” at this point because of my shirt haha. She was pretty awesome!

Around this time I had started getting anxious to see Luke, because near the end of mile 7 was where he had planned on being. I finally found him and he walked with me for a few seconds. He had a water bottle with him so I took a drink and I handed off my gloves because my hands felt warm enough and my sunglasses because they were fogging up and pissing me off. He told me I looked good, wished me luck, and then we parted ways.

Then mile 8 happened. Fuck you mile 8! I made it through the aid station alright. Got more water and gross Gatorade. Tried to eat a few more bites of one of my Honey Stinger waffles, but I was nowhere near following my fueling plan at this point. Anyway, about half way through mile 8 the wheels completely came off the bus. I was starting to get really dizzy, which was super frustrating because aside from the dizziness I still felt great!

Around mile 9 I started coughing and hacking pretty badly. That’s when I realized I wasn’t as over my cold as I had thought and that I obviously still had phlegm in my lungs, which I think what might have been causing me to be dizzy. That along with my not so great fueling. I was getting even more dizzy at this point, so I ended up walking all of mile 9 and losing the 2:55 pace group.

Around mile 10 I was still dizzy, still walking, and had been passed by the 3 hour pace group, but I was just right behind them. But I felt fucking awful. This was for real the worst I’ve ever felt and I had no idea how I was going to make it another 3 miles…Especially since mile 11 takes you over the lake which tends to be the hardest part of the race for me, since you have to deal with some strong bursts of wind coming off of the lake. But once I saw the mile 11 sign I started running again. I was still feeling pretty awful, but I wasn’t as dizzy. Plus I having 2 miles to go seemed a little less daunting than 3. There is another race photographer on the bridge during mile 11 and that’s where I’ve been doing my smiley, thumbs up photo, but this year I didn’t have it in me. This photographer was doing a really good job of getting a photo of every person by themselves and she perfectly captured how I felt in that moment. Fucking terrible.

Haha in the moment I knew I was going to look terrible in these and I regretted that a little bit, but now I’m actually really glad I have them. They definitely show just how much I was struggling, but I persevered and made it to the finish line!

Anyway, once I made it to the 12 mile mark I knew I was going to finish, but I had lost sight of the 3 hour pacer and I honestly thought I was going to be coming in at 3:10, 3:15 ish. Part of me was really upset about that, but I was also just really glad to be that close to the finish and I started chanting “One more mile. One more mile. Just one more mile.” to myself. And honestly that last mile wasn’t too bad. I was feeling less awful by then and knowing that I was so close to the finish line was definitely helping.

And then the finish line was in sight! I swear I’ve never been so happy to see a finish line in my life! Haha and I feel like that’s kinda saying something, considering I’ve only done 5 races (including this one) at this point. Once I got close enough to read the clock I glanced up and was genuinely surprised to see something close to 3:03. I was still under the impression that I was going to be crossing the finish line of my 3rd half marathon slower than I had finished my first. So that was a pleasant surprise. It was also nice to get to hear my name called as I crossed the finish line, because like I said before, I didn’t get that last year.

So my official time was 3:02:34, which was better than my first half (which I did in 3:09:32), and slower than my second half last year (which I did in 2:52:42). So I’m actually pretty happy with that time. Considering my not so great training, how badly the second half of this race went for me, and the fact that my only goal was to finish. 🙂

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After I crossed the finish line I got my medal, had my timing chip clipped off, was handed a bottle of water, and found my husband. I also looked for someone handing out mylar blankets because it was still pretty chilly, but it didn’t appear that they had any. I asked Luke if they had run out, but he said he never saw anyone with one and he didn’t think they handed them out at all, which was just yet anther disappointing thing at this years race, but oh well.

So at that point I was ready to go, but Luke told me I needed a photo by the finish line so he told me to stand in front of the Longview sign, told me to look a little less miserable, and took the photo.

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This was my best attempt at not looking miserable haha. But I was pretty darn stoked to be done and wearing my medal. 🙂

After Luke took my photo I went to see if there was any food left. Most of the booths that had been set up at the start were either gone or in the process of being taken down which kinda sucked, but I can’t really complain considering they technically want you to finish in 3 hours. Anyway, all that was left was a few yogurt, some chocolate milk, and granola bars. But the first year I did this half there was still a bunch of chicken noodle soup left, and I believe there was still some chili left last year (haha but I definitely didn’t want any chili after running 13.1 miles), so that was just kinda the cherry on top of all of the disappointment of how this thing was organized this year.

That all really sucks because I really do love this course and this race, and I think it could get more popular over the years, but only if it’s organized better. There needs to be more porta potties and maybe the porta potties need to be sectioned off so that only the runners can use them. And they need better aid station volunteers. And I mean, I really do appreciate them all being out there for us, but the aid stations were super chaotic this year,  whereas the previous two years I’ve run this race they were much more organized.

But on the bright side, the finisher’s medal is pretty spiffy and the participation hoodie is pretty sweet, so at least there’s that. 🙂

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Haha I got a little off track there. But anyways, I grabbed a chocolate milk and while we were walking to the car Luke told me all of the things he was disappointed with about how this years race was organised and promised me any kind of food that I wanted haha. So at first I wanted a bagel from Panera, but then I though Starbucks coffee sounded really good. So while we were on our way to Starbucks I changed my mind and told Luke we should get Chinese food, so we ended up going to a Bo Lings instead. Hahaha so I guess I just want to take this time to thank Luke for being so patient with my slightly out of it, post half marathon self, and for taking me to Bo Lings. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Post race feast!!

So yeah, this post is pretty long so thanks to anyone who read it all the way to the end! But I think that pretty much covers it! 🙂 I’m very happy for this training cycle to be over and to have a 3rd half marathon under my belt. Now it’s time to rest, recover, and then move on to other things!

~Ashley

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Friday Fives: Birthday Wishlist

Yay! My birthday is next month!! I’m gonna be a whole 26 years old. Fun times! 🙂 Haha so I figured why not share 5 things from my birthday wishlist, because not gonna lie, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to write about for this “Friday Fives” post hahaha.

So pay attention family and friends who might be reading this! I know I’m pretty terrible at giving you guys gift ideas (I’ve been told this several times by many different people hahaha). So here you go! 5 specific things that I want/could use. 🙂

1. Thick Socks

First off, I love getting socks as gifts! My feet are always super cold in the winter and I’m really good at wearing holes into socks, so I always need new ones. But I like the super, crazy, super thick and warm ones for the winter months! They keep my piggies nice and cozy and prevent them from freezing off on our hardwood floors.

Also, yes, I do prefer men’s socks. They’re usually thinker and last a lot longer (not sure why that is). And I know that spending $12 on a single pair of socks might seem a bit crazy (the socks that are pictured below are my favorite brand and run around $12 at Bass Pro Shop) but trust me, it’s worth it!!

2. A New Hoodie 

Since my new one was ruined in a conflict between my dog and some other dog who’s asshole owner was letting it run loose. Also preferably a men’s hoodie. I don’t like women’s hoodies. They are always too short and ride up and it’s super annoying…

Anyway, this Green Day one is a good one! Albeit kind of expensive.

3. All Of The Cute Headbands/Bows/Hair Clips 

My hair is currently at a super awkward length. Headbands/bows/hair clips help. 😉 Hottopic has some pretty good ones.

4. Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King and his son Owen King co-authored this book together. I MUST READ IT!!! And I mean, Stephen Kind is my all time favorite author anyway, so either way I was gonna have to read it. 😉

5. Honey Stinger Waffles 

A strange thing for one to ask for for their birthday? Perhaps. But these are my go-to running fuel and I could always use them!! 🙂

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Alright, I am aware and fully acknowledge that that was a super lame “Friday Fives” but hey, they can’t all be winners haha. 😉 Anyway, I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!

~Ashley

 

Weekly Recap: July 24th-30th, 2017

Monday:

  • 1 easy mile
  • 40 minutes of yoga

My first run of half marathon training did not go well… My legs just did not want to move, I didn’t sleep well the night before so I was super tired, and I was still recovering from the flu. So I tried to run, but after a mile I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. So I went home and did some yoga. 🙂

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Tuesday: 

  • 3.1 miles
  • 40 minutes of yoga

The second run of half marathon training went much better! I guess I was feeling pretty much back to normal on Tuesday. It’s still summer though and I still don’t like or preform well in the hot weather, so this run was still super slow. I had fun though. 🙂

Oh and thanks to Luke, I’m sporting a very fancy new Garmin Fenix 5, so that’s pretty exciting!

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Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

Wednesday may have been a rest day, but I still made a point to get my steps in by walking Lily twice during the day, then taking a nice long walk with Luke and Dean in the evening. 🙂

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Obviously this photo was taken before our first walk. 😉

Thursday: 

  • 30 minutes on my stationary bike

I may or may not have spent most of Thursday binge watching season 6 of Game of Thrones (and ended up finishing it on Friday) ;). I still got the cross training done that my training plan called for, so go me! 🙂

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Friday: 

  • 25 minute fartlek

Fartlek fartlek fartlek! No matter how many times you say it, it’s still a super fun word. 🙂 It’s also a super fun workout to do, if you ask me! Haha so I’m not sure why this is the first time in months that I’ve actually done a fartlek. Oh well. So when I saw that this was on my scheduled for Friday I was super excited! But most of these 25 minutes ended up being super slow with a few random bursts of speed thrown in whenever it seemed like fun. So while it may not have been the most hard core workout, I still think it qualifies as a fartlek fartlek fartlek. 😉 (I for real need a shirt that says “fartlek is my second favorite “F” word. I think you all know what my first favorite “F” word is.)

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Friday’s run was fueled by Honey Stinger, of course. 😉

Saturday:

  • 5 miles in the morning
  • 3 miles in the evening
  • a few minutes of stretching

Double day, yay! Haha well. sorta. The plan was to do 8 miles for my long run in the morning, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Basically I just felt really shitty for pretty much no reason, so I called it quits at 5 miles but I promised myself that I would get in 2-3 miles in the evening. So I did! And I felt great doing my evening 3 miles as well!! 🙂

 

 

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

I may or may not have stayed up until 1:30 am. Oops. 😉 Good thing today’s a rest day and I was able to sleep in this morning! 🙂 Anyway, started my day with a pretty awesome (well, if you ask me 😉 ) of bacon, cherries, and coffee! Yum!! The cherries were sooo sweet and super delicious! And now that my belly is happy I need to go make my legs happy and go do some stretching/foam rolling.

Total Weekly Mileage: 14.07

I’m happy with that number. 🙂 At first I kinda wasn’t. My run on Monday didn’t go well, my Friday fartlek was super slow and therefore super short, and although I got in 8 miles on Saturday I did have to double to do it, but if I would have gotten my 8 miles done in the morning and still doubled in the evening I would have gotten a few more miles in for the week. But then I remembered that I was still recovering from the flu on Monday, my fartlek on Friday may have been short but it was a lot of fun, and 8 miles is still 8 miles. 🙂

All in all I’m very happy with how my first week of half marathon training has gone. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but what in life doesn’t? 😉 I had fun, got shit done, and am excited to see what I can do in the upcoming weeks!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Aaaand We’re Off!! 

I typed this in on my phone while riding in a van/mini bus kinda thing with 10 other people, so please forgive me if this isn’t the most thought out or well written blog post ever. But seeing as we’re going to be in this van for awhile I figured I might as well do some blogging. 😉 Also, this is probably going to be a super long post, but I’ve got time to kill and a lot to talk about, so just hang in there with me, if you can. 🙂

So today has basically been a whirlwind of pre-vacation excitement, anxiety, and general rushing around trying to get everything in order so that this crazy long (14-16 hour to be exact) road trip goes as smoothly as possible. But we’ll get to all of that in a minute. Because all of the pre-vacation excitement actually started yesterday. At least for Luke and I, that is.

So my day yesterday began with thunderstorms. More specifically, it began with me waking up at 6 am and then sitting around for 2 hours waiting out a thunderstorm so I could get one last pre-road trip run done. That didn’t end up going as planned though (does it ever though 😉 ).

The weather was a little bit better whenever I hit the road, although it was still raining pretty hard and there was the occasional flash of lighting. But as I ran the wind started to pick up, it started raining even harder, and the lighting was getting much more frequent and a little more dangerous. I had planned to go for 6 miles, but by 4.22 miles I was back in front of my house, and I figured I had pressed my luck enough, so I decided to stop there. I mean, that was probably a good decision. Cutting my run short was definitely better than getting struck by lighting or hit by a falling tree limb or something. 🙂

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I literally could have not been any more wet after this run. I basically looked like I had jumped into a pool, fully clothed, shoes and all. Haha it was fun though. 🙂

After my swim…er, I mean run, I showered, ate, and got to work on all of the last minute things that I had needed to get done. I had basically checked out this week and got very little of the things that I had needed to get done until the very last minute. But in all fairness, it’s really hard to do anything when you know in just a few days you’re going to be on a beach hanging out with family haha.

First and foremost, I finished packing our suitcase. I swear that has been the most stressful part of this vacation so far! It’s just so hard because you can’t pack certain things like deodorant, or your tooth brush, because obviously you’re going to need those things before you leave. And then I spent a lot of time second guessing myself. Like, am I really going to need all of these shorts? Probably not, but then again, what if something happens and one pair gets super dirty and I don’t have an extra pair. Or am I really going to need these pants? I mean, we’re going to be in Florida, but you never know…After much debate, I finally got it done and I think we have everything that we’re going to need.

After that was taken care of I packed up my “carry on” bag for the drive down to Florida. Yeah, like 90% of what I packed is food, but I mean, what else was I supposed to bring on the car ride? And now I won’t have to worry about shady gas station food, so there’s that! 🙂

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Once I was 100% sure that Luke and I both had everything that we needed I started getting things in the house in order for my brother. He’s going to be staying here and taking care of our zoo while we’re gone. I’m so great full that I have people that I can rely on to take care of all of my critters while I’m away, but oh man I miss them already and I’m worried that they’re going to give my brother a hard time…I wrote him a list of everything that he needs to take care of and told him to text me if he has questions, but I’m still gonna worry. Haha jeez, you’d swear I was talking about leaving kids behind or something!

Anyway, when Luke got home from work he surprised me with a fancy new toy! I had been talking about how I wanted a Garmin Virb because they look so super neat, so he got me one just in time for our trip! So I spent a good majority of the evening messing around with that. 

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Alrighty then continuing on with last night’s shenanigans, my brother got to my house at around 11 pm (apparently he fell asleep in the middle of the day and didn’t end up leaving at noon like he wanted to. Haha but what else can you expect from an 18 year old, I guess. 😉 ). So once he got to my house I explained what he needed to do, showed him all of the food we bough him and the list I made him, and then Luke and I were off to bed. Waaay later than we should have been, but whatever.

Except it wasn’t exactly whatever, because hearing Luke’s alarm go off at 5:45 am was literally the worst thing ever…but we had things to do and places to be, so it couldn’t be helped, I suppose. 

Luckily we had everything pretty much taken care of and ready to go, so we were on the road to Illinois at about 6:30 am. When we were about 2 hours away we had to stop for food and coffee, because we were both dying haha. We were good after we had done food/caffeine in us though. 😄


Anyway, we made it to my grandma’s house a little after 11 am. Luke went to his dad’s house to hang out with him and his brothers who are not going to Florida with us (this is an event for his mom’s side of the family) and I stayed with my grandma. She, my Uncle Ken, and I all hung out for a while, we played with my uncles new 7 month old puppy, and then we got pizza for lunch. 😄


Then at around 3 pm, my Auntie (my grandma’s sister, so my great aunt) and my Uncle Pa (my great uncle) showed up at my grandma’s house. That was a really nice surprise! I haven’t seen them in a while so it was really nice to be able to talk with them for a little bit. 

 

So they left a little before 4, and Luke got back to my grandma’s at 4:30, and from there we headed to his grandma’s house to load up the van. So we did that (and oh man that was an ordeal), ate dinner, hung out for a while, and then were finally on the road by 8 pm. 


 

Anyway, it’s about 8:40 pm now and we’re all already bored, so this is definitely going to be a long trip….

I’ll try to keep you updated on all of our Florida adventures, but I promise nothing! 😉

~Ashley