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Thursday Things

Hello friends!!

I’ve been kinda slacking on the whole blogging thing, I know. Honestly I’ve been super focused on growing my Instagram account lately. Instagram sure isn’t making that easy thanks to it’s weird algorithms. But I have been making some progress on that front! 😁

Instagram is lots of fun. And if you do it right it can also become a community of some really awesome and supportive people! I love the community I’ve become apart of on Instagram! But story telling, sharing thoughts, ideas, even just random ramblings is a lot easier to do on a blog! I mean, people come to blogs expecting to read! That’s not exactly the case on Instagram. A lot of people are there just to look at pretty pictures. Which is totally fine! It can just be a little bit limiting sometimes.

So I definitely want to get more back into blogging!! I know I’m not the best writer out there or anything, but lately I’ve been writing down these little…well I’m bot sure what to call them exactly. Poems? I don’t think that’s right… Anyway, I’ve shared a few of them on Instagram and I’ve gotten some very positive feedback from them and that’s just made me want to start writing and sharing more again on my blog! 😊

So I figured I’d start easy and go for a “Thursday Things” post. I like to ramble and my “Thursday Things” posts are usually a pretty good place for me to do that! 😊

So let’s get right into it!

Team ROAD iD!

Obviously I’ve already talked about being an ambassador for ROAD iD his year (which you can read about here. πŸ˜‰). I’m super duper excited to be working with a brand that I love and believe in the way I do ROAD iD. I’ve been wearing mine since 2015 and at this point I rarely ever take it off.

Last weekend I received my welcome package for team ROAD iD. They sent all of their Team ROAD iD members a bunch of fun goodies! And check this out! How awesome is the box it all came in! πŸ˜„

I was very excited about that hahaha. I’m also very excited about the neat-o things said box contained; more bands for my ROAD iD and a new badge for it, a t-shirt, stickers, a super sweet Thule backpack (I’ve needed a new backpack for a while now!), and a bunch of gift cards! I used one of the gift cards to get my dad a new faceplate fit his ROAD iD since the info on his wasn’t up to date, but the rest of then will be used in giveaways!! Probably on Instagram, but I might do one on here as well. I’m still trying to figure out how I wanna do all of that. But it’s coming soon so be on the lookout for that!

I’m very excited about the prospects of hosting a giveaway! I’ve never done one before but I’ve always wanted to, and now I’ve got the perfect opportunity to host one! 😊 Like I said though, I’m still working out the details, but I expect to be doing one next month!

But for now, if you need a ROAD iD now and don’t want to wait and attempt to win a giveaway, remember that you can save 20% on ROAD iD’s website by following my handy dandy link;

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Okey dokey, enough about that! Let’s talk about running!

Last week I had an AMAZING week of running! It was soooo good! Like, most of my runs felt great and I had so much fun! It’s been a while since I’ve had a whole week like that. where most of it just felt fun and carefree even though I was putting in some hard work.

Unfortunately all of that fun came to an end this week…

I almost did it. I almost made it through cold and flu season without getting sick. Almost. On Monday I felt a little bit tired and my body was kinda heavy feeling, but I thought that maybe I was just tired from the work I’d put in last week. I did a super slow 3 mile slog on the treadmill (because it felt like -15 and I didn’t feel like dealing with that. πŸ˜‚), in hopes that I would feel better afterwards, but nope.

I woke up on Tuesday and my whole body felt sore. At that point I was at a loss as to why. So I skipped my run and spent an hour on my stationary bike instead and then followed that up with about 30 minutes of yoga. I was hoping that would help with the soreness, but honestly I felt worse afterwards than I did before, which I thought was weird.

But then I woke up actually feeling sick yesterday and it all kinda made sense after that. πŸ˜‚ So yeah, that sucks, but at least I know why I’ve felt off all week. I took a rest day yesterday and woke up feeling a little bit better today, but not 100%, so I took today off as well. I was doing so well and being super consistent with my running since the beginning of this year, so it’s kind of a bummer to have to stop that for now, but I also know that it’s definitely for the best and the thing I need most right now is rest.

But if I was gonna get sick now wasn’t the worst time to do it. πŸ˜‚ My first race of the year, a trail 10k in Colorado, is next month and I obviously want to be healthy for that!!

I’m doing that one with my dad who hasn’t really been able to train due to work, and since it’s in Colorado near the mountains the elevation change is gonna kick my ass. It always does. So it’s going to be a tough day for us and we aren’t exactly going to be “racing”. Especially since I’ve done exactly 0 trail runs in preparation for this.πŸ˜‚ Honestly I’m hoping to rely on the skills I’ve built in the first 20 years of my life tracking around the woods and family farm. So at the very least I’m not a complete stranger to a little bit of off road terrain! Hahaha but we’ll see how that actually goes!

Honestly while it’s probably going to be slow and painful, it should still be a lot of fun! My dad and I have had lots of fun during the two other races we’ve done together so far, so I don’t think this one will be any different. 😊

My dad and I am mile 13 of the Gobbler Grind Half marathon. Friendly reminder that you can use the code GG19AD to get $20 off of your entry fee for this race!! I hope to see you there this November! http://gobblergrindmarathon.com

Then in May my dad is coming to Kansas to do Running With The Cows 5k (one of my all time favorite races!) with me, and he’ll be doing the Gobbler Grind Half with me again in November! 😊 So far that’s all of the racing I’ll be doing this year. Although I would like to register for another 5k or two later this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make that happen yet. Mostly I want to because I’ve got done time goals I’m aiming for and I won’t be able to go after then running with my dad. Which is totally fine! I’d much rather get to spend more time with him that hit a PR. But I’d still like to end up with a shiny new PR this year. πŸ˜‚

Honestly I can do a fast 5k anytime I want on my usual running routes. That should be easy enough and I’m not the kind of person who only counts PR’s if they happen within a race. But the half marathon time I’m shooting for might be a little more difficult. Depending on how things go during the Gobbler Grind this fall, that might have to wait until next spring. Assuming I can get in another half then that is. We shall see.

But to back track a little bit, I’m currently nursing a cold and haven’t run in 3 days. πŸ˜‚ But really 3 days off isn’t too bad. I’ll be able to jump back into the swing of things pretty easily if that’s all I end up missing. Which I’m thinking it will be. I’m gonna test out my legs and lungs tomorrow with 2 or 3 easy miles just to see how I feel and then go from there!

But I think that’s enough for today!

Happy Friday Eve!

~Ashley

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I’m Capable Of More Than I’ve Ever Imagined

So this is just a little something that I posted on instagram last night, but I wanted to share it here with you guys as well! πŸ™‚ It’s kinda short, sweet, and too the point, but I’ve found that somethings are better that way.

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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham ✨


5 years ago if you would have told me I was going to become a dedicated runner I would have laughed in your face. I was never an athletic person and found running to be some kind of awful torture forced upon us by gym teachers and coaches.

3 years ago if you would have told me in just a year I’d cross the finish line of my first half marathon I would have called you crazy. Sure I was a “runner” (back then I wasn’t so sure about that though), but I was slow and running was painful and I thought I’d never be able to cover more than 5 miles.

Now here I am in the middle of 2017. I’m training for my 3rd half marathon, a 6 mile interval workout has quickly become one of my all time favorites, and I don’t even bat an eye when I see a 10 mile run on my training plan. Running can still be painful, I’m still slow, and some days I absolutely hate it. But I’ve proven to myself time and time again that I’m capable of more than I’ve ever imagined. I just had to find the courage to start. And once I did, I realized that I could do anything as long as I kept moving forward. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

 

Happy Monday!

Good morning! Or afternoon, or evening, or whenever you’re reading this. πŸ˜‰

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I’ve just got a few little things I want to mention today, so this post is probably going to be short, sweet, and to the point, and I’ll probably go into a little more detail about some of this stuff tomorrow!

So, on Saturday we bought tickets to go see Monday Night Raw, since it’s in Kansas city today. I’m not huge into wrestling or anything, but Luke and his brother are, so obviously they’re super excited. And I kinda am too. It’s something new and different to do, plus going to it will definitely beat sitting and home and watching it on TV!

Since we’re going to that tonight and will probably end up going to bed super late, I had considered running today instead of taking a rest day (which Monday’s typically are for me), so that I wouldn’t have to try to do it tomorrow on limited sleep. But I woke up still feeling a little bit beat up, so I guess I’m not going to be running today after all. Oh well, I got all the dogs walked and therefore got in 8,500 steps by 9:30 this morning, so it’s not like I’m being super lazy or anything. πŸ˜‰

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It’s about 10:15 am now as I type this, and Luke is going to be home from work at around 3:30 pm so we can get ready and then drive to Kansas City, so I’ve still got some time to do some yoga, pick up the house a little bit, eat lunch, and make snacks for the drive to Kansas City and back, so I guess I’m off to go do that! As always, if you’re at all interested in keeping up with my everyday adventures, I’ll be posting a bunch to my Instagram story. 

Happy Monday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Yay 5K PR!!!

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My previous PR was 37:42, so I’m very happy about this!

I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve PR’d at the 5k distance, so I am super excited right now! I’m also super duper excited because this was completely unexpected!!

Last night I stayed up a little later than I usually do, and I drank a little bit too much wine and had a couple of slices of pizza, knowing good and well that I had a hard workout scheduled for today. Hahaha whoops… So when I got up this morning (a little earlier than I would have liked to, I should add) I thought this run was going to end up being absolutely miserable. If you follow my Instagram story at all, you would have seen that I was definitely doing some procrastinating this morning. πŸ˜‰ But I did eventually get dressed, out the door, and on the road.

I think in another post I had mentioned that I’m following one of the training plans on Garmin Connect. I’ve used their training plans for both of my half marathons and they’ve never steered me wrong, plus I really enjoy their plans and so far the “improve your fitness” plan has been a lot of fun as well! So anyway, the workout that was scheduled for today was an interval workout, and it wasΒ almost my favorite combination of hard and rest intervals; the plan was to warm up for 10 minutes, run at 10k pace for 3 minutes, rest for 2 minutes (I prefer to rest for 1 minute, so this was really close πŸ™‚ ), repeat 5 times, and then cool down. So that’s almostΒ what I did.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I run by feel and not pace, so I wasn’t at all trying to maintain any particular pace, I just ran the 3 minute intervals “hard”. Then for the first 3 rest intervals I ran at a super easy, super comfortable pace for 1 minute, and then walked for a minute. My mental game is super weak and I tend to always walk through my entire rest intervals, so I feel like that was actually a really big breakthrough for me! Haha even though for the last 3 intervals I ended up walking for the full 2 minutes because at that point I had decided to tackle some hills. But still, I’m very proud of myself. πŸ™‚

So when I started my 10 minute warm up I felt really good. Actually I felt pretty great! But at first that kinda had me worried, because sometimes I’ll feel super duper good during my warm up, and then after that everything will go down hill from there. But once I finished my first 3 minute interval at a 10:07 pace and it felt almost easy, I knew this run was going to be fucking fantastic. After that I decided that I wanted toΒ reallyΒ push myself and I busted out the next two intervals at a 9:39 and a 8:19 pace. That 8:19 pace interval had me super excited, because at one point I happened to glance at my watch (which is actually something I try really hard not to do while running intervals) and it said I was running at a 7:52 pace.Β 7:52!!!Β That’s almost unheard of for me! And then when I got home I realized that I managed to go even a little bit faster than that, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

So that brought me to about halfway through this workout and all the way back to my house (which was the starting point of my run), and then I was faced with a semi tough decision. I could either run down my street again, which is the flattest street in my neighborhood, and try to hit those same paces, or I could go tackle a few hills. Obviously I picked the hills. Haha running down the same street again would have just been way too boring! So the next three intervals were a little bit slower since they were, for the most part, spend going up hill. But I think I still maintained close to the same effort that I was running for the first half of my run. πŸ™‚ After my last 3 minute interval I turned off my watch and then waited for my shiny new PR to pop up onto the screen, because at that point I knew it would, and then spent 3-4 minutes walking back home so that was basically my cool down haha.

Once I got home the first thing I did was get my legs up on a wall (gotta help flush out that lactic acid!) and synced my GPS watch to Garmin Connect. That’s when I relized that at some point, probably not long after I glanced at my watch and saw that I was running at 7:52 pace, that I had actually hit a 7:46 pace! HOLY SHIT! I have absolutely no idea how I pulled that one off! I probably didn’t even hold that pace for very long, but still, I’ve never ever hit a pace anywhere close to that before! So yeah. I’d say this workout was a crazy huge success, which like I said is crazy, because I really thought it was going to be awful!

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Now I feel like tomorrow my legs are going to be super fun and my long run is going to be absolutely no fun, but maybe I’ll end up getting pleasantly surprised again. Haha I sure hope I do anyway, but I have a feeling that I’m not going to get that lucky two days in a row.

Anyway, after I felt like my legs had been up for long enough, I chugged the rest of the Gatorade that I was drinking, showered, and made myself a bacon and egg sandwich with extra bacon (which I devoured too fast to take a decent photo of) as a reward for my shiny new PR. Because obviously extra bacon is the best reward ever! πŸ˜‰

And now that I’m clean, fed, and probablyΒ adequately hydrated, I suppose I need to stretch and foam roll.

I hope you have a great Saturday!!

~Ashley πŸ™‚