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Running is for EVERYONE

I just wanted to take a second to talk about the Nike mannequin that the internet is currently freaking out over.

This photo isn’t mine, obviously. I got it from a quick google search.

I kinda don’t get why people are freaking out. I read a piece of an article earlier today that said this theoretical person could never run, and is more likely to need a hip replacement and is probably on their way to having diabetes. WTF?!?

I’ve seen every shape, size, and body type lined up at pretty much every race I’ve done and I think that’s just fantastic!! And to me that solidifies the fact that EVERYONE can run.

And the fact that ANYONE is running is usually admired and encouraged in the running community. Sure Nike is a controversial brand (but I still buy their gear and run in their shoes 😉) but this is something they’ve definitely done right! Running and being active should be accessible to everyone! And that means the clothes and gear should come in varying sizes. Fitness and running isn’t just for thin people. It’s for EVERYONE. And anyone who thinks differently can kindly fuck off.

If anything I can only see this encouraging more people to start running, going to the gym, or embarking on their own healthy lifestyle. I can imagine it could be pretty intimidating to walk into an athletic wear store, being surrounded by fit looking people, fit looking mannequins, and maybe not even being able to find the proper gear in your size. Putting myself in that situation I’d be completely demoralized and might even decide to give up on my fitnesses journey right then and there.

But on the flip side, I walk into an athletic wear store and see ALL types of bodies being represented. In that case I’d feel accepted and like I actually belonged there. I’d feel even more encouraged to kick start my fitness/running journey.

Obviously these are just made up scenarios in my head. I’ve never experienced going to an athletic wear store and not been able to find my size (although I do have issues finding sports bras and tights that I like, are comfortable, and functional. but that’s a completely different issue.😉). But I HAVE felt like an imposter when it comes to being a runner sometimes. I’m not super thin or super fit looking. I definitely don’t have the type of body that screams “runner” to the average person.

Just ignore my dirty mirror. 😉

But you know what? That doesn’t make me any less of a runner! I run half marathons for goodness sake!! And that goes for any person of any shape, size, body type, or distance you can run. I don’t care if you weigh 90 pounds or 300. I don’t care if you run ultra marathons or can only run around your block. You are a REAL runner and I am proud of you! You belong here in this community, at any running expo, fitness event, or at the starting line of a race. Running is for EVERYONE!!

If this is the hill I have to die on then fine. I’ll gladly do it. I am NEVER going to discourage anyone from running or from starting a healthier lifestyle. The people who are angry about a freaking mannequin need a reality check. These are the same people who say that bigger people just need to go to the gym and workout to lose weight, but then they are really going to criticize Nike for having a mannequin to display the gear they have for bigger people?? The same people they’re saying need to go workout? It’s so hypocritical I can barely even wrap my mind around it!!

Running is for EVERYONE!!

I’ve said it many times in this post and I’m going to continue to advocate that point. And finally, I’m going to leave you with one of my all time favorite quotes:

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Weekly Recap: June 3rd-9th, 2019

So I’ve been following Blogilates for quite some time now. She was actually one of the first fitness YouTube channels I started watching and following along with back in 2012 when I stared losing weight and getting fit. I never participated in any of the challenges that she has done though. I just kinda used her videos and did my own thing with them.

But I’ve kinda fallen off from doing them, or any kind of strength training really. Which definitely isn’t good! It’s just that running is so much fun and I don’t want to do anything else! 😂 But this June she’s putting on a 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge and I’ve decided to actually follow along with it! I’m hoping that it will kick my butt into gear and keep me motivated to get some strength work done! We’ll see how that goes. But as of right now, I’m pretty motivated to get it done! 💪🏻😉

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 1 of Blogilates 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge

3 more miles added to the ol’ leg bank! Nothing fancy. Nothing fun. Just went out there and got it done! 👍🏻🏃🏻‍♀️

Followed that with day of of the Summer Sculpt Challenge. This one was a full body workout and it was tough! It was really good though! 😊

Also, more of my lilies are blooming and I love it!!

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles on the treadmill
  • Day 2 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Holy moly I woke up sore on Tuesday! Especially in my triceps. That was definitely a testament to how little strength work I’ve done lately. 😂 It was nothing a few easy miles on the treadmill couldn’t work out though, so that was good!

Tuesday are dedicated to legs and butt for this challenge and the video was HARD. But it was also a ton of fun! I really enjoyed this one! 😄

2 days down, 26 more to go! 😂

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 3 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Was up bright and early on Wednesday morning! I like to get out the door before the sun is up and has heated up the asphalt adding just another layer of misery to to activity that is summer running. 🥵🤣

Anyway, after my run I finished day 3 of the Summer Sculpt Challenge and then did a bunch of work in my garden. It was a productive day! 👍🏻😄

  • Thursday:
    • 9 holes of golf

    Hahaha so I actually intended for Thursday to be a rest day. I was sore AF and just felt like I wasn’t recovering at all from the Summer Sculpt Challenge. There in lies the problem with working out every single day, I suppose.

    But when my husband got home from work and he wanted to play a quick 9 holes of golf. I was feeling better by that afternoon, so I figured why not! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Plus after moving around a little bit on the golf course I started to feel a little bit better. 😄

    Friday:

    • 17 holes of golf

    On Friday Luke got me my own set of golf clubs! Yay!!

    Hahaha before I was just using his and they were not working for me. Men’s clubs are a little bit longer and heavier than women’s clubs so I wasn’t able to actually swing properly with his. Hence why he got me my own! 🏌🏻‍♀️

    So obviously we had to go golfing on Friday. 😂 This time we had a group of 4 that included me, Luke, his brother from Minnesota who is currently staying with us, and his other brother who lives here in Kansas. So having 4 people slowed us down considerably! We were out on the course for what felt like FOREVER! It was fun at first, but it was hot, humid, and exhausting. Which is why we ended up skipping that last hole. 🤣🤣

    I did play a lot better with my new clubs though, so there’s that! Honestly though all this golfing is probably going to have to slow down for me soon though! Training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two starts soon and I want to actually be able to do that. Golfing in the heat just took waaaay too much out of me.

    Lol yeah, I sure look like I should be lined up at the starting line of a half marathon, not on a golf course. 🏃🏻‍♀️😂

    Saturday:

    • 3.5 miles
    • Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

    A failed attempt at a long run… Obviously I wasn’t happy about that. But for real, I was crazy tired and drained from being out in the heat and humidity for so long the day before. It wasn’t good….

    So after my run I made sure I spent the day rehydrating, and apparently my body really needed refueled because I was STARVING all day. So I just kinda rolled with it and tried to give my body what it needed. Luckily the Summer Sculpt Challenge video was just stretching on Saturday. I sure needed that too. But apparently mostly I just needed to sleep!

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    After my failed long run yesterday I seriously considered trying to get some more miles in today. I had my gear all laid out and an alarm set, but when it came time to actually wake up I turned off my alarm and went right back to sleep. I ended up sleeping for about 9 and 1/2 hours and honestly it was great! I felt sooo much better after that!

    I actually kinda wanted to run this afternoon, but I figured if I wanted to run today but didn’t, I’d probably feel even better and want to run even more tomorrow. Hahaha but I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that though. I did spend a good amount of time walking dogs today though. 😄

    Total Weekly Mileage: 11.51

    Yeah, obviously this week didn’t go as planned. 😂 But it wasn’t bad either! Honestly if I would have gotten my long run in I’d be a lot happier, but I am working on becoming a stronger athlete and learning a new sport, so I’ll take it!! 💪🏻🏌🏻‍♀️

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Happy Global Running Day!

    So this is actually just a short little thing I shared on Instagram for Global Running Day, but I wanted to share it here too. 😊👍🏻

    I don’t have the most exciting or inspiring running story. I started late in 2013 mostly as a way to continue losing weight and it just kinda stuck.

    I’m certainly not a great runner. Most of my runs are done at a turtle’s pace with some walking thrown in. Sometimes a lot of walking.🐢😂

    Running usually doesn’t take me to interesting places with incredible views (this photo from my very first trail race in Colorado is one of the few exceptions😉). Most of my running happens right out my front door, around my small town.

    To me, none of that is really important though. Sure, I’d love to be able to run faster, experience more exciting places, and who doesn’t want to be a more inspiring person? But what really matters is the act of running itself. It helps keep me relatively healthy and fit, sure. But it’s so much more than that.

    It’s waking up early and watching the sun rise. It’s trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue without falling flat on your face. It’s trying to outrun a summer thunderstorm. Watching the leaves change in the fall. Knowing where all of the neighborhood dogs and cats live. It’s knowing most of the people within a 3 mile radius of your house by sight if not by name, and knowing the general ongoings in your neighborhood.

    It’s the feeling of camaraderie when you see another runner on your usual route. It’s the feeling of crossing a finish line that you worked so hard to get to. It’s early mornings and oatmeal, blisters and black toenails, sweat and determination, and having absolutely no fear of port-o-potties. 😉

    So yeah, I’m not the best, fastest, or most inspiring runner. But running has changed who I am in a fundamental way and I couldn’t be any happier about that. I’ll take my mediocre running self over my non-running self any day!

    And a big thank you to everyone who follows along and supports me on my crazy running journey! You guys are the best! 💜

    Happy Global Running Day! 🌎🏃🏻‍♀️

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: May 26th – June 2nd, 2019

    Wow with all of the shenanigans going on over the past few months I’ve kinda fallen off of the blogging bandwagon. I’m back on it though (I think 😉) and hopefully it’ll stay that way!

    So, this week was a weird one as far as training goes. Luke and I went to Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend for one of his brother’s high school graduation and between lots and lots of family time and not having anywhere safe to run, well, I didn’t. 😆 So getting back into the swing of things, especially in the middle of the week, was super hard. But, I like to think I made it work. 😉

    Monday:

    • 18 holes of golf
    • Badminton and volleyball with Luke and his siblings

    While I may not have run while we were in Minnesota that doesn’t mean I was sitting around idle! On Monday Luke, his brother, and I played our final game of golf in Minnesota. And this time we actually kept score! I won!!! 🏌🏻‍♀️ But only because Luke was giving me a few handicaps. 😂 I’m not very good at golf. Plus I was playing with Luke’s men’s clubs (because that’s all we have) and that makes things a little more difficult.

    After our golf game we headed back to Luke’s mom’s house for a little Memorial Day party. We ended up playing a terrible game of badminton (mostly because me and one of Luke’s sisters were terrible at it 😂) and then a game of volley ball where I was probably the best player! Go me! 💪🏻 Hahahaha and at one point Luke’s oldest sister decided that if anyone hit the ball out of bounds that they had to do a burpee. So everyone ended up having to do a few of those. It was terrible and fun all at the same time! 😁

    Tuesday:

    • Rest day

    On Tuesday we left Minnesota and spent 12 hours in the truck during our drive back to Kansas. We had an extra passenger with us because we ended up bringing Luke’s brother back to Kansas! He’s gonna hang out here until the middle of July because this is his last summer vacation before college. 😄

    Anyway, the ride was long. We drove through some crazy thunderstorms, but we made it home alright.

    Wednesday:

    • 2 miles
    • 9 holes of golf

    Wednesday Luke decided that he needed to go golfing again. 😉 Really he just wanted to take his brother to one of the golf courses here. So I ran 2 easy miles and then went with them and played 9 holes of golf.

    I wasn’t doing so hot that day though. Mostly because I was pretty tired, I think. So I stopped at 9. Luke and his brother payed for another 9 but they only ended up playing 4 holes because the members of this particular golf course showed up and were doing something. They didn’t feel like playing through all of that so we left.

    Thursday:

    • 3 miles
    • Yard work
    • 30 minutes of Yoga

    Busy busy day!

    Luke went back to work on Thursday and I had A BUNCH of stuff I needed to get done in the yard/garden since we were gone for 5 days. But of course I ran first. 😉 I did 3 easy miles. Nothing fancy. Just working on getting back into the swing of things after not running for 5 days.

    After that I spent several hours weed whacking, cleaning the chicken coop, and the doing a little bit of weeding in our landscaping and garden. Hahaha it doesn’t sound like much when you write it down, but it was a pretty tiresome day!

    That evening I did done much need yoga and foam rolling. After two 12 hour car rides and all the work I did on Thursday I really needed that!

    Ps, my lilies are starting to bloom. 😊

    Friday:

    • 2 miles

    Note to self; don’t listen to a pump up playlist on a recovery day. 😂

    Somehow I was still able to keep it easy though. I know this because I was like, hardcore rocking out. Then some dude sitting in his truck on the side of the road saw me and was laughing. He gave me thumbs up though, so it’s all good. 👍🏻😂

    Saturday:

    • 9 miles
    • 25 minutes of Pilates
    • 2 speedy miles on the treadmill
    • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

    My new motto is “keep the hard days HARD”. So that’s what I did on Saturday! 👍🏻☠️🤘🏻

    I started my day with a nice 9 miler. It was hot, humid, and hazy out, so it was pretty slow going. Still pretty hard though. Running in 88% humidity is no joke!

    That afternoon I tackled a nice 25 minutes of full body Pilates. Then that night I was bored and decided that a nice little speed session sounded like a lot of fun, so I hopped on my treadmill for 2 speedy miles. Then I followed that with some time on the stationary bike. Mostly to loosen up the ol legs.

    Keep the hard days hard. Mission accomplished. 👍🏻😁

    Sunday:

    • rest day

    Well, kinda. In the morning I had to do some work in the garden, but after that the rest of my day was easy peasy. Thank goodness for that! Hahaha I was TIRED after all of my shenanigans yesterday. And probably from traveling an whatnot earlier in the week. I definitely needed a day off from everything! 😴

    Total Weekly Mileage: 18.13

    I will gladly take it! Especially after several weeks of hardly logging any real mileage and after not even being in the same state earlier this week! Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I still got some real work in and I’m quite happy about that. 😄

    Now, all of the crazy traveling shenanigans are over for a while, so the plan is to buckle down in June and put in some real work! I’m doing Blogilates’ 28 day Summer Sculpt challenge this month (it starts on Monday!) because I’m basically shit at getting any kind of strength work in, so I figured this would be a good/fun way to do it! June is going to be hard, but I know it’ll be with it this fall! 💪🏻🏃🏻‍♀️

    Alrighty! That just about covers it!

    Happy Sunday!!

    ~Ashley

    May Miles and Goal Check In

    🎶Spring is almost over and the summer’s come and the days are gettin’ long🎶

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, anyone? 🎣

    The days are certainly gettin’ long here in Kansas! The sun sets around 8:30 pm this time of year, but full dark doesn’t really happen until around 9. Summer is definitely almost here! Yuck. Summer running is my least favorite. 🥵 But on the bright side, at least I have a treadmill for days when doing hard workouts outside would be unbearable! 👍🏻😆

    Anyway, May was an interesting month. I got sick, had a 5k race, picked up a new sport, and traveled to Minnesota. Plus all of our usual daily/summer activities like caring for chickens and all of the other animals. Planting and now tending the garden. And yard work of course. It’s a lot to jam into 4 weeks. 😂

    So needless to say my running mileage has suffered a little bit since April (44.32 miles. Another weird month) and A LOT since March (87.92 miles. A very good month! 🙂). This month’s grand total comes to 39.78 miles.

    Hahaha yeah, I’m not too happy about that. But life happened as it sometimes does. There was really nothing I could do about that terrible cold I got. It took me FOREVER to get over that. And I picked family time over running time while we were in Minnesota. A very good choice that I was willing to make. Sometimes you need to make sacrifices in life for running. Other times you need to make sacrifices in running for life. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️👍🏻

    The rest of my goals were kind of all over the place as well.

    Honestly I’ve been eating like shit pretty much all month. I’ve been journaling off and on, and this definitely wasn’t the best month as far as my step goal goes.

    But now for the most part all of the craziness that has been the last few months should be calming down. Now it’s time to buckle down and GET SHIT DONE! I’m ready to spend the next month or so building my mileage back up and then start training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two later in July! Bring. It. On!! 💪🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🤘🏻

    Wishing you a very happy June!

    ~Ashley

    Minnesota Here We Come!!

    One of Luke’s brothers is graduating from high school this weekend, so we’re heading up to Minnesota to celebrate!!

    Today Luke and I spent the day preparing everything for us to be gone for about 5 days! Luke mowed and cleaned out the truck this morning, while I got the chickens, rabbits, and ferrets all taken care of. Luckily Luke’s other brother who lives here in Kansas and works in the town we live in will be able to come here and check up on all of them and feed them while we’re gone. I’m not too worried about the cats. We just leave out a bunch of water and food for them and aside from being a little upset about not having their litter box cleaned every day, they’re fine. But still, it’s nice to know that someone is going to be able to check up on them. 😊

    The dogs however, are staying in a kennel. Well, Lily, Dean, and Finn anyway. Whiskey is in heat so she’s coming with us. Plus Luke and I both think she’s still too little to be staying in a kennel. She’s 9 months old and still not mature enough to handle that, we think.

    Poor puppies. Obviously they’re taken good care of at the kennel, but I hate leaving them there! It’s no fun watching them freak out as we leave.

    They thought we were going somewhere fun…

    Anyway, in between all of our getting ready for our trip shenanigans I was able to squeeze in a couple of miles of running, and then Luke and I went and played 9 holes of golf because he’s addicted. 😉

    So while I was running I did the thing where I take my shoes off and then just run in my socks for a little bit. I get a lot of weird looks carrying my shoes like that, but dammit it feels right!! 😉😂

    Then we went and got our golf on. Really the only reason we went today is because yesterday we went out to the course, paid, made it through 2 hits each and then it started pouring down rain and hailing. Obviously we couldn’t golf in that, so we called it quits. But the girl working there was giving out coupons to people who couldn’t finish their games, so we didn’t end up actually losing out on any money. We just had to go back today. 😂

    After our 9 holes of golf we went back home, ate dinner, dropped off Lily, Dean, and Finn at the kennel (poor puppies ☹️), then we loaded up the truck, went through the house one more time to make sure everything was squared away, and now we’re off to bed! We’re waking up at 2 am and then getting on the road as soon as possible!

    Minnesota here we come!!

    Until next time,

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: May 13th-19th, 2019

    My first weekly recap in… I don’t even remember. Several weeks? Hahaha I’ve had an interesting/not very exciting couple of weeks.

    This week definitely wasn’t what I wanted, running-wise, but it was still a really good week! I got a bunch of stuff not running related done and ended up having quite a bit of fun! 😄

    Monday:

    • 3 miles
    • 15 minutes Pilates
    • 25 minutes yoga

    Partly cloudy days like on Monday are some of my favorites! Those big puffy clouds just make the sky so pretty! 🌤😊

    Anyway, I got some shit DONE on Monday! My run wasn’t super great, but after being sick most of last week and hardly running, it felt good to get out there! Followed by a little bit of Pilates and then some yoga later that evening. 😁

    Tuesday:

    • 2 miles
    • 20 minutes stretching/foam rolling

    Just 2 easy miles for Tuesday. I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after being sick. But, I’m willing to put in the work to get there. It’s probably not gonna be fun though. 😂

    Wednesday:

    • 3.5 miles

    It was hot, humid, and gross out on Wednesday… I ended up cutting my run a little short because I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s getting to be that time of year though. Running becomes a lot less fun for me once the weather gets warmer.

    Thursday:

    • 4 miles
    • Yard work
    • 15 minutes of stretching

    Whew! Thursday was a day! I woke up earlier (which is going to have to start happening more and more now that it’s starting to warm up) got in a slow 4 mile run, then spent around 3 hours in my yard weed eating, trimming bushes, cleaning up the fence lines, weeding the landscaping and garden, and then finally cleaning out a few animal cages. It was a lot of work and I was exhausted! 😂 I like to think it was a good strength training session though! 😉

    Friday:

    • 18 holes of golf

    Recently Luke has decided to take up golfing. Originally his brother was going with him, but it’s hard for his brother to find someone to watch his kids and Luke was starting to feel bad that I had to watch them all of the time (especially since I’m ALWAYS babysitting my next door neighbor’s kid), so the last two times Luke has gone golfing I’ve gone with him! And surprisingly enough, I’m not as terrible as I thought I’d be! 😂

    This time definitely went better than the first though. But I am definitely starting to get the hang of some things! 🏌🏻‍♀️😁 Golf is hard though. There’s a lot going on with it, but it’s definitely fun trying to learn a new sport!

    Saturday:

    • 4 miles
    • Bowling

    Hahaha oh man, I had 3 days in a row that were kinda packed with all sorts of stuff!

    So on Saturday Luke’s dad, step mom, and youngest brother came to Kansas from Illinois just for a fun little trip. I actually ended up cutting my run 4 miles short because I had no idea what they’re plans were and if they were going to show up at our house at any point, so I had a bunch of cleaning I had to get done.

    They actually never came to our house though, so really I could have finished 8 miles. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta roll with whatever could potentially be happening in your life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ At least I got yo go out and run. 😊

    Then that evening we all went out to eat at a barbecue restaurant (not my favorite, but it was pretty good!) and then we went bowling! Luke’s youngest brother had never bowled before, but he ended up having a ton of fun and didn’t want to leave. 😂 It was a really good time though. About our 4th game Luke and I were bowling better than we ever have before! I ended up with 122 points, which is a lot for me.😂😂 After that though everyone but Luke’s brother was getting tired. We played another game that didn’t go as well and then Luke’s brother played 5 frames for all of us (I really don’t know how he managed that! It was impressive!) and then we finally left. Luke and I went home, and his dad, brother, and step mom went back to their hotel.

    Sunday:

    • More golf!

    Hahaha I didn’t do a full 18 holes this time. Truth be told, I’m TIRED! But I did end up playing 11 or 12 holes. Luke finished 18 and I was his official ball spotter (I have better eyes than he does so I find them faster 😉) and club holder. It was a good time. 😊

    So this week wasn’t exactly what I wanted as far as running goes, but I still ended up doing quite a bit!! 😄

    Now next week is going to be an interesting one as well. On a Thursday or Friday (we still haven’t decided yet) Luke and I are going to be headed to Minnesota to visit his mom and to celebrate one of his brothers graduating high school! I’m sure that will be lots of fun! But I’m not entirely sure how much running I’ll be able to get done. We shall see.😉

    Anyway, happy Sunday! I hope you had a great week!

    ~Ashley