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Weekly Recap: February 19th-25th, 2018

No weekly recap from last week because last week was pretty boring haha. Spent a lot of time resting and icing my toe, hoping that it would heal quickly. Luckily all of that resting seemed to pay off! My toe has been feeling a lot better and I’ve been able to walk on it a lot better. It seems to get a little bit better everyday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday:ย 

  • 25 minutes of strength training
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Was finally able to take Lily for a walk on Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha poor Lily, it’s been almost 2 weeks since she’s been on a walk. Dean and Finn don’t mind, they like to spend most of their time in the backyard running around, chasing each other, and barking at squirrels. But Lily has separation anxiety and wont do that. So she’s been quite worked up since she’s been just as stuck inside as I have. But we fixed that on Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Followed up our walk with some strength work and time on my stationary bike.

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Tuesday:ย 

  • Rest Day

Monday started out at around 67 degrees with thunderstorms in the forecast. But all the the temperature dropped and by Tuesday the thunderstorms had turned into ice and snow. That was kind of interesting! I’ve seen a thunder snow before (which is just a snow storm with thunder and lighting), but Tuesday was the first time I’d ever seen an ice storm with thunder and lighting. That’s the Midwest for you, I suppose haha.

So thanks to all of the ice and the little bit of snow on the ground, Luke couldn’t make it to work. He tried, but the roads were terrible and our car doesn’t have heat so the ice that was still coming down was freezing to his windshield, so he could hardly see. He didn’t make it very far before he had to turn around and come home. So we used that as an opportunity to hang out all day, cuddled up on the couch with all three dogs and both cats, and playing video games, and watching YouTube videos and finishing an anime series that we’d started at some point a week or so ago. It was nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My sweet boys Dean and Finn are best friends. โค

Wednesday:ย 

  • 30 minutes of strength work
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

By Wednesday my toe was feeling good enough for me to want to experiment with running on it! But the roads were still pretty icy from the ice storm on Tuesday and I definitely didn’t want to aggravate the injury by running on ice. So I decided to work on my biggest weakness instead; my upper body. Mainly my arms. They’re kind of pathetically weak haha. So I did about 30 minutes of body weight exercises with them and with a little bit of ab work thrown in just for fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Followed that up with some time on my stationary bike and then did a little bit of yoga in the afternoon.

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Thursday:ย 

  • 2.5 miles
  • 20 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Hi my name is Ashley and I’m really good at making really bad decisions. Like attempting to run 2.5 miles on a probably broken toe on roads that were covered in black ice. Like I said, my toe is feeling a lot better, but running on ice still seems like a bad idea. But they had salted the roads at least twice by Thursday morning so how bad could they really be, right? Crazy icy. Super slippery. That’s the answer to that question haha. Lots of slipping, sliding, and walking happened. Oh and lots of laughing too, because the whole situation was just hilarious and I thought it was great. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday:ย 

  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

Yesterday Luke’s sister and her oldest son came to Kansas from Oklahoma to see a concert in Kansas City. So before they went to their show we all went out to dinner along with Luke’ brother, his brother’s girlfriend and her kids (who we just met for the very first time last night). We all ended up having a lot of fun! We don’t really get to see Luke’s sister or her kids (she also has 2 younger kids she didn’t have with her). The last time we got to hang out was during our family trip last summer, so it was nice to see them and hang out for a little bit! And meeting my brother-in-laws girlfriend and her kids was nice as well. Her kids are very sweet and she seems really nice. Haha But anyway, long periods of social interaction with big groups of people wear me out! I’m kind of an introvert by nature so that’s pretty typical. So on Friday I kind of needed to rest and recharge. Plus I’m still not so sure about my whole toe situation, so I kinda figured running two days in a row probably wasn’t a great idea, so I stuck with my stationary bike instead. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday:

  • travel day

On Saturday I ended up going to Colorado with my dad! We had an eventful day and did some pretty fun stuff. You can read about all of that here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday:

  • sight seeing day

My mom, dad, and I spend most of today out sight seeing and doing a bunch of other fun stuff. It’s a lot to post about here, but I’ll talk all about that in another post soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I hope everyone has had a good week!

Greetings from Colorado!

~Ashley

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February 17th, 2018

Hello friends! I hope everyone has had a super Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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This photo is kind of irrelevant haha. I’ve just been wearing these socks all day and they make me super happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m not sure if I can describe my Saturday as “super”, but I did have a pretty good day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still not running thanks to my toe, but it is starting to look and feel a lot better! And the tooth that had the root canal seems to be healing nicely as well! It’s still a little sore, especially where I had the Novocaine shots, but other than that it’s doing great! Now I just need to get a crown on it and it should be good to go! I’m still feeling a little bit itchy from the antibiotics I had though (I had an allergic reaction to them). I only took two doses of it so I was hoping the rash wouldn’t last for very long, and for the most part it’s gone, I’ve just got a few itchy spots left and it’s kind of obnoxious haha. But all in all, my ailments are healing and I’m very happy about that! I was in kind of miserable shape there for a little bit, so it feels great to finally be on the mend!

Just for comparison, the photos below show my toe on February 7th, and 16th. So it’s definitely healing! I’m still kinda limping around on it, but it definitely feels better than it did on the 7th when I hurt it!

 

It’s kind of annoying that I’m always doing this kind of stuff my myself though. I swear almost every time I get hurt and am unable to run, it happens because I did something stupid or klutzy (like slipping, falling, and hitting my toe on the edge of my couch). Most of my injuries don’t come from running, although I have had my fair share of those as well. I’m just super injury prone, I guess.

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This is my husband’s assessment of my life. It’s also the reason he won’t let me get on the roof to take down our Christmas lights EVEN THOUGH IT”S THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY!!!ย 

Anyway, 4 years ago today to my parents’ extreme disappointment, I got my second tattoo!

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Haha I guess they weren’t too fond of their eldest daughter getting a relatively large, black skull permanently put onto her body. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I, on the other hand, think it’s fucking fantastic! A lot of people don’t seem to agree with me on that one though, but that just makes me like it even more haha. The artist who did it was pretty awesome! She did a tattoo on Luke a few days before she did mine and they both turned out really great! I bled a lot during this one (it took a lot of ink haha), but even so there is very little visible scaring and 4 years later it still looks really good!

And funnily enough, February 17th also just so happens to be Billie Joe Armstrong’s birthday! That didn’t happen on purpose, it was just a really weird coincidence. Still kinda neat though. ๐Ÿ™‚ So yeah, wishing the happiest of birthdays to my favorite front-man!

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I wish I knew who to properly credit this photo for! All I know is that I found it on pinterest.ย 

Speaking of tattoos, I want another one (or two, or ten. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). So does Luke. And it would appear that we will be going on another family vacation this summer (this year we’re going to Branson, MO), and I’m thinking we might end up coming home from that trip with a little more ink. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ll have to wait and see, but we both have several ideas of things we want done, and I’m pretty sure we’re just going to start making it a tradition to get tattooed while we’re on vacation, because why not?! Haha I mean, we both got tattooed while we were in Florida and that was a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also kinda want another ear piercing, but I absolutely hate healing piercings. It usually takes my body a while to finally get used to them. So maybe that wont happen. Or maybe it will. I can’t make up my mind haha.

But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Haha I don’t have a lot going on right now, especially since I’m not currently running, so I feel like I don’t have a lot to talk about. Oh well. Hopefully it wont be too much longer until I can run again!

Until next time,

~Ashley

My First Dental Appointment In 10 Years, Game Plan For My Teeth, And A Toe Update

Yup. You read that right. Until yesterday I hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years. I got my bottom set of wisdom teeth removed when I was 16, and that was it. Mostly because dental work is freaking expensive. Actually healthcare in general here in the USA is freaking expensive and the whole system, including insurance, can be pretty dumb. Hence the reason I haven’t been to a dentist in 10 years or to a GP in 4 years. I do got to the gynecologist once a year though. That is 100% covered by my insurance, including birth control (as long as I get the generic brand. I’m pretty sure I’d have to pay a little bit to get the name brand. But the generic works for me, so I’m gonna continue having my insurance pay for it). So at least there’s that!

Anyway, my teeth are kinda bad haha. When I was a teenager I didn’t exactly take care of them…I try to take better care of them now, but maybe it’s just too little, too late. My mom’s also told me that my dad’s teeth aren’t so great either, so I might have inherited that from him. Either way, they aren’t great and I’ve had a few (one in particular) that are getting particularly bad. Bad enough that I absolutely had to get them looked at. So finally got a dentist appointment set up to look and the problem, assess what needs to be done, and then refer me to a specialist. Good thing that got set up when it did, because a few days later things really started going downhill for me.

The particularly bad tooth was definitely infected. That was something I was almost positive of. And then on Saturday I got a fever and the pain in that tooth was so bad that I couldn’t really eat much. But since I had a fever I didn’t really feel like eating anyway. Luckily it wasn’t a high fever or anything, although I hadย terribleย body aches. I think they might have been the worst I’ve ever had! My temperature finally came down to my normal of 97.5 on Sunday, so thank goodness that was short lived, but I still couldn’t really eat much. Sad face…

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My fever on Sunday only got up to 101.7. So not too bad. Haha as a kid I was notorious for getting super high fevers (I’m talking 104, 105 degrees) and I was worried about it getting super high and that would have been terrible.

On Monday I was still having trouble eating, but I saw the dentist at 2 pm and he solved that problem for me haha! But first I got a few x-rays taken of my problem teeth, he look at those and at the teeth themselves and told me what was up and what my options were. After much discussion about what our insurance will or will not cover, and how much money our insurance will actually pay, we finally had a game plan. So, I need two root canals, one extraction, and some other minor work. But I cannot afford to get that all done at once. So for now I’m going to get a root canal and then a crown done in the tooth that’s really causing me problems, then wait a year until our insurance will reset and we’ll have more money available through them, and then get the second root canal done, and then just go from there. So at least we have a plan! ๐Ÿ™‚

So the dentist has referred me to a specialist to get the root canal done, so I need to set that up, but for now he’s put me on antibiotics and pain meds. Specifically, I’m supposed to be taking clidamycin once every 8 hours, and a hydrocodone every 4-6 hours as needed. First off, I didn’t realize he was gonna prescribe me pain meds! I figured he’d tell me to just keep taking ibuprofen. Although, the problem with pain meds is that I don’t like taking them haha. Back when I was 13 and had an appendectomy the hospital sent me home with codeine that I took maybe once or twice. I just didn’t like the way it made me feel. And when I was 16 I had my wisdom teeth they sent me home with Vicodin. I took that twice. It made me puke both times, and I hate puking more than anything in the world, so after that I stopped taking it and just suffered through the pain. That was kinda terrible, but I lived haha. So at first I was kinda skeptical about taking the hydrocodone, but I really wanted to eat, so I took one last night and holy cow did it work!!

Initally right after I took it I was kinda freaking out (hello anxiety) thanks to all of the issues pain meds have given me before. But after about half an hour I felt pretty darn great!! Hydrocodone makes one of my sisters really loopy (she had to take it for her hip dysplasia) so I was wondering if I was going to get the same affect. I didn’t though. I was just felt super float-y and calm and kinda dizzy. But not bad dizzy. It was the dizzy feeling you get when you’re drunk, but without all the grossness that comes after that hahaha. Not gonna lie, it was a fun experience. I think mostly because it did kinda shut my anxiety up for a little bit. Oh and I was finally able to eat, so that was fucking great!! It also made my probably broken toe feel really good too, so that was a nice little benefit. ๐Ÿ™‚ But so far I just took the one at around 3:40 pm yesterday and I’m still pretty much pain free in my tooth, so that’s pretty freaking great. But I’m sure the antibiotics are kicking in and helping that situation as well.

But unfortunalty, I had to stop taking the antibiotics after 2 whole doses (one last night and one this morning). So, I’m allergic to penicillin. I learned that when I was in the hospital after my appendectomy. It made me break out into hives. Which of course I informed the dentist of, hence the clindamycin. But it turns out I’m allergic to that too. A few hours after taking my second dose this morning I started breaking out in a rash. It’s not too bad, but it itches and is super annoying… So I called the pharmacist and then the dentist earlier and they both put me down as allergic to it in their records and now the dentist is calling the pharmacist to try to figure out what I should take, and I guess one of them will call be back when they do. Damn…I was so prepared too! I’ve got this gross probiotic supplement that I’ve taken twice now, andย  also have some greek yogurt on the ready too. Haha oh well, at least I’ll be prepared for when they figure out another kind of antibiotic to give me.

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Finn thought he wanted some of this gross probiotic supplement. Finn was wrong.

And on top of all of that, my toe is probably broken. Well, I’m thinking I probably just fractured it, but either way, I’m just having all sorts of fun right now…So the toe thing happened last Wednesday, when I slipped, fell, and hit it on the edge of my couch. Oh and then ran 4 miles on it because initially it only hurt a little bit and wasn’t bruised or swollen or anything. That was probably a bad idea and I haven’t run since. I have been able to stationary bike a bit though, so at least there’s that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today most of the swelling has gone down, but it’s still really really bruised. Haha but it doesn’t hurt at all this morning. Thanks hydrocodone!! I’ve been doing my best to stay off of it, icing it, keeping it elevated, and taping it to the toe next to it. So hopefully it’ll heal quickly. But so far it seems to be taking it’s sweet time…

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Haha see that purple line going down my toe? I’m pretty sure that’s the exact spot my poor toe hit the couch. ๐Ÿ™‚

So in hopes to speed up the healing process I made some bone broth over the weekend, using the recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow. I’ve just been drinking it by it’s self, and it is really really good!! Not sure if it’s actually going to help speed up the healing process or not, but it’s suppsed to be full of calcium, magnesium, collagen, and all sorts of other good stuff, so I figure it just might help. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So yeah, that’s my life currently. I’ve got a probably fractured toe, a definitely infected tooth (which is getting taken care of soon), and now I’m having an allergic reaction to my antibiotics, which I’ve had to stop taking. Oh man I’m having a hell of a time right now…

I suppose now I’m gonna go slather myself in topicalย benadryl because I don’t have the oral kind, and cannot go obtain any because my husband and I only have one car, and he’s at work. And wait and see what kind of antibiotic they’re planning on trying on me next…Hopefully they’ll find one that works for me.

I hope you’re Tuesday is fantastic!

~Ashley

Apparently Running This Morning Was A Bad Idea…

Hi, my name is Ashley and my husband wont let me get on the roof to take down the Christmas lights that are still up, and today I just solidified his reasoning behind that.

I am a klutz. A huge klutz as a matter of fact, and I’m really good at accidentally hurting myself. I do a lot of weird things like twisting my ankle because I stepped off of a sidewalk weird, or being covered in scrapes and bruises because I’m really good at tripping over absolutely nothing. Honestly the fact that I’ve managed to complete 3 half marathons unscathed is pretty impressive!! But today my klutzy, injury prone fate caught up with me once again.

So here’s what happened…

This morning I tripped, fell, and stubbed my toe on the edge of our couch. That’s a pretty typical occurrence in my life, actually haha. So I checked my toe and it wasn’t red or bruised or anything. It kinda hurt, but I could move it just fine, so I figured it wouldn’t be a problem, so I went out and ran 4 miles. But as it turns out, that ended up being a bad idea.

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This is probably the most instagram-y, instagramable, instagram post about winter running ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My toe kinda hurt for the first mile-ish, but after that it stopped so I figured it was fine and kinda forgot about it. After I finished my 4 miles I took a super instagram-y photo, ate some super yummy chili that I had made last night, and then jumped into the shower. That’s when I noticed that my toe was very purple and kinda swollen. So yeah, I guess running n it really was a bad idea.

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In all fairness, how the heck was I supposed to know it wasn’t a good idea?!?! My toe didn’t look like that when I put on my running socks/shoes, and really didn’t hurt that bad, so I didn’t think I had any reason not to run haha. So first I texted my sister who is a nurse and an absolute saint for putting up with me when I ask her about things like this. And obviously I’m asking her for medical advise a lot because I hurt myself a lot haha. She told me that it’ll probably fine if I just RICE it and tape it to the toe next to it, and as long as I can still move it I probably don’t need to see a doctor. They wouldn’t really be able to do much for me anyway unless it was badly broken, and I feel like it can’t be that bad if I was able to run on it.

After getting medical advise from my sister, I texted Luke and told him what happened. He was not amused…

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Told you I’m always getting hurt hahaha.ย 

So yeah, I guess I’m going to spend the rest of my day icing my toe, elevating it, and staying off of it. And I guess I probably won’t be running for a few days, so that really sucks…Ah the joys of being a klutz.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a good day!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 22nd-28th, 2018

It would appear that at some point last week, my best guess would be Monday or Wednesday when I decide it would be fun to run on ice/snow, I managed to hurt my foot. Luckily it doesn’t seem too bad. I can still walk on it just fine. But I don’t want it to turn into anything detrimental, so I took last Saturday, last Sunday, and this Monday off from running I’m hopes that it would help. It seemed to, which is great! But this little incident reminded me just how injury prone I am, and that I really need to work on things to supplement my running in order to stay healthy and finally get to work on my goals for this year, because thus far I’ve accomplished very little in the ways of getting those started…

Monday:

  • 15 minutes of strength work
  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

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Tuesday:ย 

  • Rest Day

So, in this post I said I was going to spend some time on the stationary bike or something on Tuesday. I also talked about how tired I’ve been. So obviously we know which one won haha. But I did make another batch of Superhero muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Not gonna lie, I’m surprised at how much I love these things, considering the fact that they’ve got a pretty decent amount of vegetables in them. But they are super tasty!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wednesday:ย 

  • 2 miles

Ugh, you know it’s a rough week when you’re first run is on Wednesday and it’s super short…But on the bright side, my intention was to just do an easy run, but this one kinda turned into a tempo run. It definitely felt like I was running at a “comfortably hard” pace and I caught myself pushing a little bit up a few hills anyway, so I’m gonna call it a tempo run haha. Plus I had on my super sweet Honey Stinger socks, and running is awesome socks makes it at least 10 times more fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • 40 minutes of yoga/foam rolling

Jeez louise, I’ve just felt like a lazy, tired, unmotivated, pile of mush this week. I mean, at least as far as running goes. On Thursday I didn’t feel like running, stationary biking, or doing any kind of productive strength training. Plus I was a little worried about my foot after Wednesday’s run ended up being a little bit harder than it probably should have. It felt fine, but I still want to be careful with it. So I ended up walking all 3 dogs instead, and then spent a decent amount of time on my yoga mat. So at the very least that’s good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday:

  • 5 miles

My foot was still feeling 100% fine, so that’s good. I was still feeling super crazy tired even though I got really good sleep the night before, so that kinda sucked. And here in Kansas we were under a wind advisory all day and were experiencing gusts of wind that were up to 45 MPH. Ugh. I will gladly run in the rain, snow, ice, freezing cold, it doesn’t matter. But the one weather condition I hate even more than heat is strong gusts of wind. They suck… But surprisingly even with all of that, this run ended up being a lot of fun! I swear, the best runs happen when you least expect them. Also spent a lot of time playing a fun little game called “dodge the trash can!”, as everyone’s trash cans, recycle bins, and the trash that was once in them were all blowing all over the place because of the wind.

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Saturday:ย 

  • Rest Day

Stayed up late on Friday. Woke up late on Saturday. I think I’ve officially messed up my regular sleep schedule at this point. The problem with winter running is that I can get s run done at pretty much any time of day. I don’t have to worry about the sun being up and it being crazy hot out. That’s nice and all, but I tend to use it as an excuse to fall out of a normal sleeping pattern and that’s not a good choice. Especially since when I wake up at 9 am I tend to feel like doing nothing all day. Like I did on Saturday…

Bubbles didn’t mind me not doing anything though. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sunday:

  • 2.38 miles

Another day of staying up late and then sleeping in. Oops. I think I’m gonna have to work on that this week, otherwise I’m gonna be in for a rude awakening when it starts getting warm out and I need to get out before it gets too hot…But anyway, usually I take a rest day on Sunday, but since I did that yesterday I decided to do a quick loop around my neighborhood, so at the very least I’d have a couple more miles in my already super low running mileage bank haha.

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All in all, I felt like my week was super unproductive and that I didn’t exactly accomplish much. Util I saw that my Garmin said my training status was “productive” again. I’m not entirely sure just how accurate any of that stuff is, but it’s been a while since it’s said I was being productive, so hey, I’ll take it!! And I think next week is going to end up being a lot better anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy happy Sunday, everyone!!

~Ashley

Not Being Able To Run Is Tough…Getting Back Into It Is Even Tougher

You know how after taking a break from running, whether it be for injury, burnout, loss of motivation, or whatever, and you miss it while you’re not doing it but then once it comes time to start running again and you just don’t want to do it? Yeah that’s where I am right now. Now that I’ve fallen out of my routine I’m finding it very difficult to begin getting back into it.

And honestly I don’t even think starting to get back into a routine is even the hard part. I mean, it sucks that I’ve fallen out of it, but I think after a few days I can be right back into it. The problem is I know how freaking badly running again is going to suck. It’s going to be so freaking hard. Because running is already really hard, but the more you do it the more fun it becomes. At least that’s how it usually goes for me. The first few weeks of coming back after a break, or even just starting for the very first time, is super hard and it hurts in a way that doesn’t feel good (if you’ve been running for a while then you probably know that good hurting feeling. I know I sure do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and it’s no fun and I’m totally not looking forward to all of that. Ugh but the only way to get back to having fun with running is to actually do it and experience all the suck. I’m just not looking forward to the experience…

Did that paragraph even make any sense? Haha it made sense to me, at least.

Anyway, two days in a row I’ve told myself I was going to hop back onto the running bandwagon and I have not. Honestly I think that’s alright though. If I’m not ready to embrace the suck yet then I’m not going to do it. Doing something I don’t want to do is a really good way to get me to burnout, which is something I definitely don’t want to do right after getting back into it haha. At the end of the day if running isn’t fun then I’m not going to do it.

Eventually I’ll be ready to embrace all of the suck that comes with getting back into running. And probably very soon, because I am very much over this whole not running thing hahaha. But today is not that day, and I’ve officially decided that I’m ok with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Ashley

Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. ๐Ÿ™‚ But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really reallyย reallyย making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because Iย reallyย didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. ๐Ÿ™‚

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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