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Friday Fives: OMG Tomorrow Is Race Day Thoughts and Feelings

Tomorrow’s the day I’ve been waiting for/dreading for a while now and I’m trying to gather my thoughts a little bit, because they’ve just been all over the place this week. I’m pretty excited, because races are fun! I mean, you get to hang out with a bunch of other runners, have roads closed off and the police out making sure you’re safe from traffic, there are volunteers handing you water and Gatorade, and a bunch of people cheering you on, some of whom have fun signs, and hi-fives aplenty. What’s not to like?! You know, aside from the fact that I feel very unprepared for this half marathon. I got injured over the summer, got sick a week before the race, and am already a super slow runner, so being even slower because of those things really really sucks.

So I suppose that basically sums up how I feel, but in the spirit of “Friday Fives” here are 5 thoughts and feelings I have about the Longview half marathon tomorrow;

1. It’s Gonna Be A Total Suckfest…

Mostly because of the hills that I did not train for. So that’s probably just going to be loads of fun. But I’m fully aware of how sucky it’s going to be (running this course twice before helps with that) and I’m ready to embrace it. There have been a couple times in this training cycle that I said I wanted to hurt, and I guess I’m finally going to get my wish tomorrow! And I guess at this point I’ve just kinda hyped myself up so much for it that I’m just like “Yes! Bring on the pain!!!”. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not though. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

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At least the course is pretty, being around a lake and all. πŸ˜‰

2. It’s Going To Be Another Warm Year.Β 

Ok, so the weather isn’t going to beΒ thatΒ bad. As of yesterday they’re calling for a high of 46 degrees a low of 41 and it’s supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain (which is great for me!). But this race is held on the second weekend of November. I’ve signed up for this race 3 years in a row now hoping that it would be nice and cold out. But 3 years in a row, the high has been around 50 degrees. I’m about 2 seconds away from turning this into a climate change thing, but that wasn’t my original intent for this post, so I’m gonna stop there. Just know that I’ve been kinda disappointed that the weather has yet to be as cold as I’d wish it would beΒ during this race.

But fun fact! The very first year they held this race, the only year I have not run it so far, race day fell on my birthday and they got some snow flurries. So yeah, I wish I would have done it that year, but I was not ready for a half marathon at that point of my life and I had no idea that this race or the KC Running Company even existed back then, so there’s that hahaha.

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3. I’ve Still Got A Few Things I Need To Get Done.

So usually I’m super on top of preparing for big events like this, but I’ve been very lax about it all this year. I mean, I’ve gotten my gear and fuel plan all figured out so at least there’s that. But I still need to make a playlist (because I like running with music damn it!! πŸ˜‰ ), figure out where I’m going to keep my fuel (why does running gear have so few pockets???), pick up a throwaway jacket and gloves, bananas, chap stick. I’ve also got to go to packet pick up at some point this afternoon. I should theoretically get all of that done today though. And maybe it would be a good idea for me to come up with some kind of race plan? But meh. I’m not too worried about it honestly. As long as I keep moving forward I’ll make it to the finish line and that’s really my only goal. πŸ™‚

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But hey, at least I know what I’m gonna wear! πŸ˜‰Β 

4. I’m Excited!Β 

I know I’ve been a bit of a negative Nancy about things going wrong during this training cycle, and I do think this half marathon is gonna be super hard and suck and be painful but I’m still excited for it! I’m excited to line up at the starting line, thank all of the volunteers and police officers (seriously, if you wanna take your mind off of running for a little bit, start thanking all of the people out there making the race possible for you. It helps and everyone volunteering definitely deserves A LOT of recognition for what they’re doing), talk to other runners, hi five spectators, and crossing the finish line. I’m also excited to be ridiculous and laugh with the race photographer at mile 11, have a volunteer tell me I really made sure that my timing chip was secured to my shoe (because so far someone has said something about it at EVERY. SINGLE. RACE. I’ve done hahaha), get my medal, and partake in whatever food that will be at the finish line this year. Last year it was chili, which I didn’t think was a great choice…and this year they did not specify anything in the participant’s guide, so I guess I’ll just find out what it is when I get there! πŸ˜‰

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5. I Get A Sweet Hoodie, Nifty Medal, and My Streak With This Race Continues! So Totally Worth It.Β 

I think this might actually be more than one point, but I’m just gonna roll with it. πŸ˜‰ So first off, the participation shirt for this race has just gotten better every year! This year it’s a pretty sweet hoodie, and I’m actually going to go pick that up along with my bib number later today! I’m pretty stoked about that. πŸ™‚ And the finisher’s medal is pretty nifty too! Although I think I liked last years better, but still, not too shabby! Along with some neat finisher’s stuff, I get the pride of crossing another finish line and of completing this race 3 years in a row. And that’s a streak I’d like to keep going for as long as I possibly can!

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Monday October 9th, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

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I guess I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today and I’m not entirely sure where I want to start or where I want to go with this little update, since I was kinda absent for most of last week. Haha that’s usually not the best way to go into writing a blog post, that’s typically when I ramble on and on and I worry that I’m not making any sense, but hey, I’m just gonna roll with it today. πŸ˜‰

Sooooo I guess we’ll start off with the race that I missed on Saturday. I had signed up for the Louisburg Cider 10k way back in May and I was pretty freaking stoked about it! But as you probably know, I got injured in August and haven’t been doing much running since then and was a little bit nervous about trying to do a 6.2 mile race. By the beginning of last week I had a feeling that I was going to be able to cover the distance, the only question was would I be able to do it without re-aggravating my injury.

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I never got to figure that out though. Last Monday a friend who I was very close to back in high school died. After I found out about that I didn’t think I was going to want to do it. I’m the kind of person who likes to be alone to process things like this and I didn’t exactly feel like being surrounded by a bunch of happy people that weekend. Especially after I found out his funeral was on Saturday, the same day as the race. Unfortunately Luke and I weren’t able to go, it’s kinda hard for us to drop everything and drive 5 hours to Illinois (where he lived, where the funeral was, and where we’re originally from, if you didn’t know), at such short of a notice.

So instead I did the only thing that made sense and went for a run that morning. πŸ˜‰ I’m not exactly one to dedicate miles, races, or runs in general to people. That’s just not my thing. But I did do this run sans music, and spend most of it thinking about my friend and all the growing up, fun times and crazy, “bad kid” stuff him, his girlfriend at the time, me, and Luke did together in high school, and prayed for his family. I was really nice. Sad, but exactly what I needed, I think. I’m actually really glad I ran by myself instead of going to that race on Saturday.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a little disappointed that I missed out on my first “official” 10k, that sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun, on what I’ve heard is a beautiful course, but there’s always next year and there’s always other races. πŸ™‚

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From my easy, beautiful, and peaceful run on Saturday.

Alrighty I guess that’s kinda a nice segue into the topic of the Longview half marathon, which is on November 11th, which I have signed up for, which is suppose to be my 3rd half marathon, and I am absolutely scared shitless about it. I mean I basically missed out of two months of training. I did very little running in August and almost no running in September and I’m just starting to really get back into “training” for it right now. Like right now I am just terribly overwhelmed by the fact that I only have one month to attempt to get into some kind of shape to run this thing. I’m not gonna try for any kind of PR, or time goal or whatever (although I would like to finish before the cut off time, which is 3 hours), but at this point I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do that. The last long run I did was a 9 miler back in the beginning of August and if I’m able to stick with the pace I did during that run I’ll be ok, but like I said, that was back in August and it was only 9 miles. So yeah, I’m hardcore freaking out about this thing now.

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Yesterday I sat down and wrote out a plan for what I’m hoping to accomplish this month. It involves absolutely no speed work, just getting in some miles, and mostly focusing on getting in an 8 mile long run, 10 mile long run, then a 12 mile long run, and then basically “tapering” the week before the race to hopefully let my legs get a chance to rest and be fresh on race day. If I can’t get those miles in, if they don’t go well, or if my knee starts acting up again I think I might email the race director and see if they can’t just bump me down to the 5k. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t. Especially since I’m not looking for any kind of refund or anything. Haha I’m actually not sure how the protocol for all of that goes, but I assume it wouldn’t be a good idea to not ask the race director and then try to do the 5k with a half bib. But anyway, that’s just plan “B” for now. I’m still aiming for that half marathon at this point though.

Anyway, I started very slowly easy back into running last week. Managed to get a whole 11.7 miles done. πŸ˜‰ My goal for this week it to continue easing back into things and doing an 8 mile long run, so I guess we shall see how that goes. Kicked off the week with an easy 3 mile run, followed by a few strides just for fun. It was a beautiful morning and I felt pretty darn good, so hopefully that’s a good sign!

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Ok, I think that pretty much covers running stuff for now. πŸ™‚

So lets talk about our new little girl ferret! She finally has a name!!! Haha like, 2 weeks ago I had been asking pretty muchΒ everyoneΒ for name suggestions because both of us were pretty much drawing blanks. Someone on my Vidme channel suggested Harley Quinn, sticking with our Batman theme since our other ferret’s name is Bruce Wayne. Haha that seems soooo freaking obvious! We’re not sure why we didn’t think of that right away! So yeah, she has a name now. πŸ™‚

As far as her adjusting to life here, she’s doing very well! She and Bruce becameΒ veryΒ fast friends and they’re pretty much inseparable at this point (which is funny, because Bruce has been alone for 3 years). They’re pretty much always cuddling when they sleep, they eat together, drink together, and get into lots of trouble together. πŸ™‚ Haha but they both seem very happy with each other and I’m very glad about that.

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Harley and Bruce.Β 

I suppose that pretty much covers everything I wanted to talk about today and I don’t think I ended up being to ramble-y. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone has a good Monday and a great week!

~Ashley

Garmin Fenix 5, Half Marathon Training Day 3, and Other Randomness

Yay last night my amazing husband replaced my Forerunner 235 that I somehow managed to drown in the pool while we were in Florida! RIP Forerunner. You are greatly missed…Haha and that tan line is still there, but it’s not so bright white anymore. πŸ˜‰

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So anyway, last night Luke and I had to run to the store to pick up a few things that we needed. Mainly dishwasher detergent because we were completely out. Haha isn’t being an adult fun? πŸ˜‰ While we were out Luke basically goes “oh by the way I’m getting you a new Garmin today”. Obviously I was super exited, I’ve been very much missing my Garmin and trying to figure out how to use new apps and dealing with the not so great GPS on my phone was just no fun…but I also new he was fucking up to something, because he’s always up to something when it comes to things like this hahah! And then while we were talking in the car we were kinda messing around and I said something “mean” I guess (I don’t remember what it was, but like I said, we we’re just messing around). So he said something to the effect of “you can’t say that, I’m about to spend $500 on a watch for you!” I immediately responded with “I swear to God, you’d better not get me a Fenix! I was perfectly happy with my Forerunner!” Well he told me that “you got to pick out the last one, now it’s my turn to pick.”

Long story short, I’m now the proud owner of a Fenix 5.

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I was super duper excited to try it out this morning, but I was Β not super duper excited about waking up at almost 6 am. Especially after going to bed a little late last night. Haha I probably should have woken up an hour earlier, but there was no way that was going to happen. But at the very least, I still slept better last night than I did the night before. πŸ™‚

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Honestly I really didn’t want to get up at 6, but I had a new toy to try out and I needed to redeem myself from yesterday’s pretty much failed attempt at running, so I got up (very reluctantly), got dressed, drank half a cup of coffee, and got out the door. And any runner know’s that that’s the truly hard part, everything tends to be a lot easier once you step out the door. πŸ˜‰

My half marathon training plan called for a steady 40 minute run today, but that sounded boring and it’s hot and even though I feel A LOT better I’m still getting over the flu, so I wanted to be able to take walking breaks, so I did a slow interval workout instead. πŸ™‚ I had a lot of fun with it and I hit the 5k mark (which was my goal) in 42:33. So pretty slow, but not bad all things considered. Plus since this was the first run with my Fenix I ran 3 new PR’s, because, you know, a new watch automatically resets all of your previous PR’s haha. Yeah, that’s totally how it works. πŸ˜‰

…Ok, not really, but it’s still fun to watch them pop up on the screen. πŸ™‚

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After my run I checked on the garden. We got quite a bit of rain a few days ago, so the grounds still pretty wet, so I didn’t have to do any watering today. I should have done some weeding, but it was getting hot, and I was already hot and tired from running (and this is why I should have woken up earlier πŸ˜‰ ). Oh well, most everything is still looking really good! One of my cherry tomato plants is looking like it’s not going to make it, but that’ll happen. I’m not too worried about it though, since there are 2 other cherry tomato plants out there. I’ve also got 2 little melons, and a pretty decent sized melon growing on my watermelon vine right now. I’m super excited about those and I can’t wait until they’re ready to pick and to eat!

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Today’s harvest. πŸ™‚

After harvesting what produce I could, I took Lily for a super short walk, showered, made breakfast, ate, drank the rest of my coffee, and watched the Chasing Coral documentary on Netflix. It was very interesting and I definitely recommended it if you’re ever bored and trying to find something to watch on Netflix. Not gonna lie, it was a little bit depressing to watch, but I think that’s why more people need to watch things like this! We obviously need to change the way we’re going about things in order to save the planet, but I feel like most people (myself included) don’t think about these kinds of things enough, and we just go about with our day to day life without giving out dying planet a single thought, but I digress…

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While doing all of the above mentioned things, I was perusing Facebook a bit and I saw that the Longview Half’s page had posted this years finisher medal. It’s pretty nifty! Not gonna lie, I think I like last years medal a little bit better, but it’s still not bad. Hahah I still need to actually register for the race. I’ll get to that at some point though…

Anyways, I’ve got quite a bit of stuff that I need to get done around the house now. I also see a nap and some yoga in my very near future. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping that once Luke get’s home this evening we’ll be able to watch Rouge One (which is also on Netflix!!!). I already watched it once a few days ago, but now Luke absolutely has to see it and I’m totally game to watch it again! It was a fantastic movie in my opinion.

Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

 

 

Actually Back To Scheduled Programming

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway, I hope you have a great week!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

I’m Officially Registered For My First Race Of The Year!

Yay!!

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So last night KC Running Company posted about this new 5k/10k on their Facebook page, and after reading a little bit about it I decided that I absolutely had to do it!

It’s in Louisburg Kansas (obviously πŸ˜‰ ), which is where the Louisburg Cider Mill is. That’s where Luke and I go pumpkin picking in the fall! Now this race isn’t actually at the cider mill (that would have been really neat though), but I figure the Louisburg Cider Mill has to be somewhat involved. Like they’re probably providing apple cider or something for the event. So that point alone pretty much sold me on this race, but then I found out that participants that are 21 and over get a souvenir cup of hard cider at the finish! Haha yeah, I literally went and registered for the 10k after I discovered that little fact. IΒ love hard cider!

So I’m super duper excited because this will be the first 10k race I’ve done! I’ve been wanting to do one so bad, but it seems like it’s easier to find 5k’s, half marathons, and full marathons. Plus the course is supposed to be really pretty and the race doesn’t start until 5 pm so in October that should be right around dusk, which is seriously my favorite time of day!

So yeah, that’s pretty much all I know about this event haha. I guess this is it’s first year, so they don’t appear to have an actual website yet, but it is a KC Running Company event, so I’m sure it will be a lot of fun! They seem to put on some really good races. πŸ™‚ The only thing I’m really worried about is that there wont be many other participants and that I’ll end up coming in dead last. But I suppose that’s one of the hazards of being a slow runner. AndΒ somebodyΒ has to come in last, I suppose. Either way, I’m still very excited about this race! πŸ™‚

And now I just need to sign up for the Longview Half again and I’ll be set for the year! I would like to do a few more races, but now I’ve got a fall 10k to look forward to (and fall is my favorite, so that’s exciting) and then hopefully my goal half marathon (which is basically becoming a November tradition for me), and I am very content with that. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday everyone!

~Ashley