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Weekly Recap: March 19th-25th, 2018

Spring is here, here in Kansas! At least for now. The Midwest can get kinda weird with the weather sometimes haha. But the highs have been mostly in the 50’s and 60’s this week, and of course I’m kinda sad to see winter go. But it’s sill pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, so I haven’t really been experiencing any warmer weather running yet, since I typically run in the morning. Honestly though I should probably be trying to run during the warmer parts of the day, to help make transitioning to summer running and super hot weather just a little bit easier, but I’m just not ready to commit to that yet. I am a cold weather runner through and through. πŸ˜‰

The spring like weather has also brought some rain too, as it usually does here in the Midwest. We really needed it. It’s been pretty dry here lately. Plus I love rainy weather and think running in it is a lot of fun! Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve felt a little bit more motivated to run this week! Last week life kinda got in the way of running and instead of adjusting and making it happen, I let it fall to the wayside. But As predicted in my weekly recap last week, this week was better. πŸ™‚

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 35 minutes of yoga

It started raining late Sunday night and pretty much never stopped until later in the afternoon on Monday. Good thing I enjoy rainy runs! Because unless I wanted to wait until well after 3 pm (which I never want to do. Morning runs are more my jam), I was going to get wet during this run. Which I definitely did. Well, soaked is more like it! It was a lot of fun though, as most rainy runs are!

But I think I got frostnip on my legs. It was in the high 30’s/low 40’s and pouring down rain, and I wasΒ almostΒ dressed appropriately. I should have worn my wind pants over my running tights, because when I got home, wrestled myself out of my running gear, and hopped in the shower, I noticed the tops of my thighs were super red. That ended up being kinda itchy and uncomfortable for the rest of the morning but as I warmed up it mostly went away. Haha good thing I wasn’t out there any longer or I might have actually ended up with frostbite or hypothermia. Lesson learned; when in doubt, wear the second pair of pants.

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 2 easy miles
  • 10 minutes of ab work

Yeah, this run didn’t feel easy. But I got most of it done without too many issues. Haha I was supposed to do 2 easy miles followed by a couple of 20 second strides, but I kinda skipped those. Still doing better than last week though! I feel like that’s becoming my mantra for this week. Hey, it totally works though! Did some ab work later in the day, and was very much looking forward to my rest day on Wednesday.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of yoga

I was definitely ready for this rest day haha. Did some restorative yoga, walked Lily, cleaned the house. It was nice. πŸ™‚ And since I don’t have any other photos from Wednesday, lets just take a second to appreciate how big my chicks are getting! I am so freaking excited about getting fresh eggs!!!

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Thursday:

  • 1 hour on the stationary bike

On Tuesday I was kind of excited about having a rest day followed by a cross training day, but once I got there I felt kinda meh about the whole situation. I don’t particularly enjoy cross training. I think my stationary bike is super boring. But it is a necessary evil. πŸ˜‰ So I spent an hour pedaling on my stationary bike, while day dreaming about the interval workout I had planned for Friday morning.

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Friday:Β 

  • Interval work

Speed work! Yay!! Did a 1 mile warm up, 30 minutes of intervals (1 minute of hard running, 30 seconds of recovery, followed by a 1 mile cool down. Haha a lot of that cool down was walking though. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, this workout was so much fun! Hard. Really hard, considering I haven’t done any kind of actual speed work in forever. But it felt really good. Haha now if only I could hold that 7:35 pace for an extended period of time. That happened while running downhill with reckless abandon though. πŸ˜‰ I really should have done some stretching and foam rolling after that, but holy cow I was tired! I spend the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing. Totally worth it.

Anyway, my fancy new Oiselle running tights with all the pockets were supposed to show up on Friday but they never did. This is why I dislike the UPS. Every single time I order something online and it ships via UPS it ends up taking several more days than it’s supposed to to actually arrive. So I guess we’ll see when they show up…

 

 

Saturday:

  • 2 easy miles
  • 20 minutes of strength work

Turkey socks in March? Why not?! πŸ¦ƒπŸπŸ‚

Actually, my feet were a little sore and the only compression gear I have that actually goes on my feet are holiday themed.πŸ˜‰ But I mean, we’re only a few days into spring and I’m already excited for fall. πŸ˜‚Anyway, the compression socks definitely helped, but my left heel was still kinda sore and that usually means my left IT band isn’t happy. Running on cambered roads does that to me sometimes. Especially when I don’t pay enough attention to my hips. It’s all connected, baby! So I cut my run short and followed it with some strength moves for my hips. 😊

Sunday:

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Stayed up a little too late last night, slept like shit, woke up sore. Haha good thing it’s a rest day! I’m really glad that I ended up cutting my run a little short yesterday, because holy cow is my left IT band tight today! Luckily it’s not in any kind of pain though. My knee also doesn’t hurt and my left heel is feeling a lot better. All good signs. πŸ™‚ I’ve had troubles with this IT band before, but this time I think I caught it before it turned into actual IT band syndrome. Yay for listening to my body!! I wonder if my running form has changed because of my broken toe though. At this point it doesn’t really hurt at all and the toe seems to be back to normal, but I suppose that doesn’t mean I’m not doing something different with my left foot and just not noticing it. I really can’t think of another reason as to why my IT band would be acting up again. Especially since I’ve barely been running 10 miles a week and haven’t done anything to exciting besides my speed workout on Wednesday. Hmmm. Oh well, at least I’ve realized it’s on its way to becoming a problem and have started giving it a little extra love.

Today I took an Epsom salt bath, and spent some time on my yoga mat stretching my hips, IT band and foam rolling everything. Hopefully it just needed some attention and doesn’t turn into a thing, but it’s definitely something I’m going to be paying attention to.

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So what about you?? How was your week? Has your IT band ever given you trouble before? What did you do for it?

Happy Sunday everyone!!

~Ashley

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January 24th, 2017

Ugh, I’m getting really tired of the crazy fog that we’ve been having every morning. It’s making everything crazy muddy, so my floors are crazy muddy because my dogs have hairy feet and track in a lot of mud… It’s obnoxious. Plus the fog makes running/walking/being on the road in general makes things about 8 million times more dangerous. Especially since a lot people around here don’t seem to realize that when it’s foggy out (or rainy, or actually dark out) you need to turn on their headlights. Seriously guys, it’s not that difficult! And in the fog it makes you a lot easier to see, which is a just a little bit more safe. You’d think growing up near St. Louis I’d be used to really shitty drivers, but I swear people here in Kansas are worse…

Along with making road conditions unsafe, the fog makes breathing while running super uncomfortable. You’re seriously just breathing in a bunch of water and it’s absolutely no fun…

Ok, I’m done complaining now. I think. Haha I guess we’ll see by the time I finally get done rambling.

So have you ever had one of those moments when you’re just tired of what you currently look like and what to do something majorly different? Because I totally had that happen yesterday. At first I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. I don’t have any money for a new tattoo, so that was out. I thought about another DIY piercing, but I have sensitive ears and didn’t feel like going through the healing process for that. I considered (and am still considering actually) dying my hair, but meh, I don’t know what I’d want to do…So I ended up cutting off a bunch of my hair.

Mostly because I really miss my short hair. It was so much easier to take care of, plus it didn’t end up being a hot, gross, sweaty mess in the summer. The only problem is, I really like the way I look with long hair. Plus aside from the one time I seriously had all of my hair chopped off in 2011 (at one point it was even shorter than in the photo below), it’s always been super long.

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My hair in 2012 and my hair in 2015.

But like I said, I wanted a change, so I cut a bunch of it off yesterday. And when I say cut it off, I mean I actually cut it off. I’ve been cutting my hair myself for 2 years now and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to a hairdresser. It’s just so much cheaper to do it myself, and it’s not like I do anything with my hair anyway. I straighten it every once in a while, and other than that it’s usually down or in a braid or ponytail. And I’ve been dyeing it myself since I was like 17, but that’s a whole other story. Plus if I hate how it turns out, I have no one to blame but myself. But i’m quite happy with how it turned out this time around! It’s not as short as it was back in 2012 but its at a nice medium length now. πŸ™‚

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Look at that pile of hair! My head feels a lot lighter now. πŸ˜‰

Ah, my shorter hair made running a much more pleasant experience! When my hair is long, I have one hell of a time deciding what to do with it during workouts. In the winter I can usually just leave it down, but I always end up with some really nasty knots. In the summer I tend to opt for braids. I don’t particularly like ponytails, since my hair was so long I had to do them really high and tight and that gave me headaches. Plus my hair was still long enough to bounce off of my nexk and ears and that was super annoying. So braids worked alright but the still could be annoying…

Today I just left my hair down and since it’s a lot shorter there were no knots! Yay!! And on a completely unrelated note, there are two things in life that I don’t have time for; matching my socks and matching my gloves. I just can’t be bothered to do it. Seriously, why take the extra few seconds/minutes to find a glove or socks partner? I don’t care if they match or not. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, my run was short, sweet, and fantastic! Only two easy miles, but it felt sooo good!! Haha well, the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but I felt too good to not pick up the pace a bit. Especially on the section of road that was going down hill. When I’m feeling good I like to run hard on the uphills and then run the down hill with reckless abandon, which is exaclty what I did today. And that’s why the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but boy was it lots of fun! Anyways,  finished in 24:17. Still slow, but it’s faster than I’ve been doing, so I’m happy with it. Plus the weather was awesome this morning. I waited for the fog to clear up, so the sun was out, it was nice and cold, and there was not much wind (which doesn’t exactly happen often here in the Sunflower State) . It was great. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒ€πŸ˜

The only thing that would have made this run better is if I could have been able to run part of it without shoes. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go barefoot since the end of December. Anyone remember back in September when I had a toe incident that was suprisinly not running related? Well that toe has been kinda bugging me lately. It’s been red and swollen since it got hurt but it’s been a little worse lately. Luckily as long as I run or walk in shoes it’s not a problem, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚ I just want to be able to run barefoot again. That’s a lot of fun.

A good run after a week of not so good runs really has a way of lifting my spirits and reminds me why I even bother with this crazy sport. Those bad times can really make a person question why they even bother. At least I do sometimes, but I guess bad days, weeks, and months are all part of the adventure. 

Wishing you lots of happy miles! 

~Ashley