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May 9th, 2017

Never in my life has a cold fucked me up the way this one has. It’s seriously beenΒ terrible. My voice is still really hoarse (I’ll add the link to my vlog from today below, if you want to hear how bad it is), my chest is still really congested, I’m coughing and hacking, my nose is still stuffy, and I still don’t feel all that great…

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On the bright side, I do feel quite a lot better today! Much better than I felt over the weekend! I’m still doing my best to rest, eat lots off fruits and veggies, and hydrate. Which is actually going a lot better than it was over the weekend, because now I actually want to eat and drink. πŸ™‚

I also got in another short, slow “run” (there was quite a bit of walking done, for only doing a mile) this morning. These short easy runs have really helped clear out my nose and chest, but I’m still not up for doing much more than a mile yet and the warm weather sure isn’t helping. It was a little over 70 degrees when I finally hit the pavement today. I do need to start waking up before the sun gets up. That will make running feel a little better, but right now I’m just focusing on getting enough rest so that I can get over this damn cold. Then I’ll start worrying about waking up at 5 am, and getting back to a more normal running scheduled.

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Anyway now that I’ve run and showered I guess I’m going to continue resting. All this sitting around is kinda driving me stir crazy, but I know it’s what my body needs right now, so I’m going to do it. I’ve started re-reading The Stand for the 8 billionth time, so that should help keep me busy. Yesterday I spent some time outside on my back porch reading, trying to get rid of my terrible running shoe tan lines, and soaking up some vitamin D. So I think I’m off to do do that again. I feel like helped a bit. And the ridiculous amount of blueberries that I ate yesterday probably helped a little bit too haha. Yay vitamin C and antioxidants!! πŸ˜‰

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Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!!!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: May 1st-7th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 3.5 miles
  • 25 minutes of blogilates

It was a cold and chilly day! Yay!! I kinda wanted to go for 4 miles on Monday, but I was feeling tired and was back at my house at 3.5 so I called it good. But I mean, close enough, right? πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday: 

  • 10 minutes of blogilates

Tuesday was a cross train day! Haha I just barely did enough to qualify as a cross train day though. 10 short minutes of blogilates. But in all fairness, on her May workout calendar she had 2 lower body days in a row and that just wasn’t working for me haha. I probably should have spend some time on my stationary bike, but whatever.

Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

So, on Wednesday I decided that I was going to give up caffeine so I skipped my morning cup of coffee. Bad idea. I ended up feeling exhausted and shitty all day…

Thursday: 

  • 3 mile run
  • 15 minutes of blogilates
  • 25 minutes on the stationary bike

I was feeling a little bit tired on Thursday, but I still got in a pretty solid workout! Now I’m realizing that I was probably starting to get sick that day, but oh well. I don’t think skipping my workout yesterday would have stopped that from happening. Luke’s sick, a bunch of people at his work are sick, it was only a matter of time before I ended up sick as well.

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Friday: 

  • Rest Day

Yeah whatever illness that’s been going around finally caught up with me. I woke up with a sore throat and just feeling kinda bleh in general. I thought about running, but eventually decided that resting was probably a better idea. I ended up feeling kinda achy and started getting the chills later in the day, so taking a breaks was probably the right decision.

Saturday:

  • Rest Day 

Very glad I didn’t run on Friday. I woke up feeling absolutely horrible on Saturday. So I just continued to rest on Saturday. I tried to stay hydrated and watched Nike’s breaking 2 on YouTube, because I missed the live stream from the night before. That was some incredible stuff! If I didn’t feel so gross I would have been super inspired to run Haha. 

Sunday: 

Oh man you guys, I don’t think I could have run today even if I wanted to. This cold is absolutely kicking my ass. I’ve been trying to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to do because I really don’t feel like drinking anything. That’s not helping the chest congestion I woke up with this morning. Ugh, it’s quite terrible and makes breathing harder. I can’t wait to get over this. 

 

 

Hello Again, Colorado!Β 

It’s good too be back! Even though I’ll only be here until Sunday, I’m definitely going to make the most of the short time I’m here. πŸ˜„

Me, my brother, and his friend all stayed up a little too late last night playing darts with Luke and my brother in law. Oops haha. I went to bed around 11 pm but couldn’t fall asleep until a little after 12:30 am, and my brother and his friend didn’t get to sleep until around 1:30 am. But even though we all went to bed late we still got up at 7 am, and were out on the road by 7:30. Not bad!

I wish I could say the same about the long ass car ride though. It’s pretty brutal being in the car for like 10 hours. I’m super impressed with my brother though, he drove the whole way! I don’t know how he did it, we were riding in my mom’s tiny SUV and it is super uncomfortable to drive for extended periods of time. I drove it for 4 hours once and my hips were achy, my feet fell asleep, and I wanted to die haha. But he made it the whole 10 hour drive, and with only three short out stops for gas and snacks.

You have no idea how excited I was to see this in a gas station in the middle of nowhere, Kansas.

Luckily my brother’s friend is pretty cool and we all got along really well. We spent a lot of time joking around and showing each other funny memes and stuff, and I also posted quite a bit on my Instagram story, so that all definitely helped time go by a little faster, but oh man, sometimes it just seemed to drag on and on and on…At least some of the scenery was pretty.

 


We finally got to my mom and dad’s apartment around 4 pm Colorado time (I think?) and that’s when the real fun began!
My parents didn’t know I was coming. I had told them Luke and I were busy this weekend and that I couldn’t come. So when we got here, I told the boys to be quite while we walked up the steps and then I started knocking on their door in the most obnoxious way ever. My mom opened the door looking absolutely perplexed, but once she realized it was me she started screaming and hugging me. So that was a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

Once every one calmed down a little bit we started making plans for the weekend. Tomorrow we’re going hiking on Rabbit Mountain first thing in the morning, and on Sunday we’re going to go visit my sister and then all go to the zoo together. Once we had that all figured out my dad had to go to work so my mom took us out to dinner and then did a little bit of shopping.

Dinner. 😊

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Two Stephen King books for $4 and a gummy pig! How awesome is that?!?

After that little adventure my mom and I took her dog Niko for a walk while the boys chilled at the apartment. It was a short walk, but oh man was it pretty! Haha not gonna lie, I was kinda winded near the end of the walk! The elevation really got to me I guess, plus Niko was getting really tired and I was basically dragging his 130 pound ass back to the apartment. That was fun. Definitely a good workout! πŸ˜‰

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After our walk I took a quick shower and then went grocery shopping with my mom. First we went to a farm and home supply store for dog food (I can’t for the life of me remember the name on it) while we were there she noticed the holes in my leggings so she found and bought me a new pair. Haha she’s just awesome like that. Then we went to walmart to get food and what not. It seems like every time I’m with my mom we somehow end up going to walmart…Whatever.

Now we are finally back at the apartment and I don’t think we have to go anywhere else for the night. Thank goodness! I’m pretty well done in. Currently my mom and I are painting while my brothers friend is showing us memes. Ah, I can’t think of any better way to bond that with acrylic paint and internet humor. πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow should be a very fun filled day as well, and I’ll try to take lots of pictures to share with you all!

~Ashley

Feburary 4th, 2017

No super long, ramble-y post today. I promise.

Actually, I’m not exactly up to writing anything super long today, or doing much of anything really. Last night I started doing a lot of coughing and hacking, and this morning I woke up snotty, with a sore throat (from all the coughing) and just feeling like crap in general. Awesome…

That being the case, I reallyΒ really didn’t want to do the 4 mile run I had planned on doing today. But I got up, ate breakfast, got dressed, and walked out the door with every intention of finishing my run. The first 3 miles were really shitty, which is never a good thing when you only plan on going for 4, but near the end of the 3rd mile I was starting to perk up a bit, so I told myself I was going to do 5 instead. And I did! And it went pretty well. I was still a little ways away from my house after I’d hit 5 miles though, so I figured I might as well keep running until I got home. As I neared my mailbox Β I looked at my watch and saw that I was at 5.3 miles. Well there was no way I could finish when I was that close to 5.5 miles, so I told myself I was going to go around the block one more time. But instead of turning at the next street I ended up doing a full lap of the neighborhood and that brought me to 8 miles.

Somewhere around mile 6 I had decided that the second I stopped running I was going to crash and that would be that for the day, so I figured I should make this my long run since there is no guarantee that I’m going to feel any better tomorrow, and I briefly considered going 10. But the wind was really starting to pick up and by the time I got home I had already hardcore exceeded my goal and expectations for this run, so I happily stopped at 8. πŸ™‚

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I was right about my prediction at mile 6. After I finished my run I ate, showered, drank some tea, took a short nap, and haven’t moved since. Haha oh well, at least I got a decent run in! Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 23rd-29th, 2017

Monday:

  • Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones work out video

I made it all the way through the almost hour long video this time!! I had to do a bunch of beginner’s modifications which kinda sucks. A few years ago I was able to do the whole thing without modifications like it was nothing. At the very least that just proves that I’ll be able to do it again, as long as I stick with the whole strength training thing, which I totally intend on doing. πŸ™‚

Tuesday:

  • Easy 2 miles

Well, that’s almost a lie haha. I felt really good during Tuesday’s run, so during the second mile I picked up the pace a little bit and did some down hill running with reckless abandon, which is my absolute favorite way to take on down hills, by the way. That’s probably not the best way to go about downhills, but oh man is it fun!! And slightly dangerous during slippery conditions, actually. But for the most part I run for the fun of it, so I’m not about to deny myself this little pleasure.

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Wednesday: 

  • Easy 3 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

My original intent when I set out on this run was to do 5 miles; 1 mile to warm up and cool down, and intervals for the 3 miles in between. Obviously that didn’t happen though. My shins were feeling a little achy. Probably because my quads were feeling a little tight. I’ve noticed that those two things usually come hand in hand. So a mile into this run I decided to keep it short and easy instead of pushing anything too hard.

I also did a very tiny amount of exploring on Wednesday! A week or so ago, I saw a car out in what I had always thought was just a big empty field. Every day after that, I’d run by that field, trying to find that road and figure out how to get there, and on Wednesday I finally figured it out! It’s really weird though, there are just a bunch of random roads in the middle of this field. They all look pretty new  too. I’m wondering if at one point someone was going to build another subdivision (ewww) but it just never happened (yay!). That or eventually someone is going to build something out there (gross). Either way, I’m definitely going to be exploring out there more, even though I kinda get the feeling that I’m not supposed to be out there haha. I also found a pasture full of cows. If anything, I’m going to be there a lot just to look at the cows! I miss having cows…

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Thursday: 

  • Rest Day

Not gonna lie, I’ve been feeling pretty rundown this week. I’m thinking it’s because I’ve been waking up with Luke at 5:45 every morning. Usually I get up around 7-7:30 am, so I’ve been getting an hour to an hour and a half less sleep than I usually do. Who would have  thought that extra hour would make such a big difference?! And now that I think about it, I haven’t been eating nearly enough protein and am menstruating so I’m probably a little bit lacking in the iron department. So those are some pretty big reasons as to why I’m feeling so bleh. Anyway, a rest day was very much necessary.

Friday:

  • 2.67 miles
  • a little bit of foam rolling

So, Friday morning I woke up sore everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Especially in my quads. That was kinda weird, considering I didn’t do anything exercise wise aside from walking the dogs on Thursday. Maybe it was super duper delayed onset muscle soreness from my workout on Monday? Considering my new sleep scheduled and lack of protein I suppose I can’t rule it out. So for my run I did a slow lap around my neighborhood and called it good. πŸ™‚

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Saturday: 

  • Rest Day

I did some catching up with sleep on Saturday. I originally got up at 5:45 am like I have been, but around 6 I went back to bed and slept until about 7:40. It was great. πŸ™‚ I also talked all about why I took a rest day on a Saturday here, since I don’t usually do that.

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Sunday: 

  • Rest Day

Feeling better today! My legs don’t feel heavy and gross anymore. But I’m still working on refueling and completely recovering before I run again. I’ve been doing some thinking and I’ve realized I haven’t been treating my body very well, and it’s no wonder it started rebelling against me. I’m working on it though. πŸ™‚

I Have A Confession To Make

I’ve spent waaay too much obsessive over counting calories and losing weight. I’m going on 5 years (off and on, but mostly on) of diligently tracking every single bite that went into my mouth.

I started using myfitnesspal back in 2012 as a way to help me lose weight. It worked really well for a while. I lost around 30 pounds, and in 2013 I was at my lowest weight in my adult life. It was a healthy weight too, I was at 143 pounds (at 5’7 that put me in the “normal” range on the BMI scale, if you put any stock into all that crap like I used to). I pretty much maintained that weight through out 2013 and most of 2014, but then I started to steadily gain weight back. Luckily I never made it back to my highest weight, and at the 158.5 pounds that I’m at now is still in the “normal” range on the BMI scale (again, if you actually put any stock into any of that. I don’t really anymore), so i’m not technically overweight, but I also think it would be good for me to get back down to 140 ish pounds. I definitely felt a lot better and much more confident at that weight.

The problem is, I’ve been trying to get back down to that weight by counting calories and that’s obviously not working anymore. I’ve been stuck around 160-158 pounds for quite some time now, and honestly, I’m just tired of keeping track of all this stuff. Like what’s the point really? Why does it matter how many calories I eat in a day or what the number on the scale is? In the grand scheme of things none of that really matters, so fuck it. This morning I deleted myfitnesspal from my phone and disconnected the account from Garmin Connect, and I didn’t track a single bite of food today. I am officially done with all of this counting and tracking stuff. I’m also done comparing myself now to who I was a few years ago. That’s not doing me any good anyway.

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Instead, I’m going to focus on eating super clean again. I’m going to focus on eating foods that are good for my body and every once in a while food that is good for my soul (so you know, treats πŸ™‚ ). And focus on being the healthiest and happiest I can be, instead of how much I’m eating or how much I weigh.

~Ashley

January 25th, 2017

The plan for today was a 5 mile run; 1 mile to warm up, 1 to cool down, and intervals for the 3 miles in between. That didn’t end up happening though, my quads are super tight, which makes my shins feel a bit achy. So I ended up doing 3 easy miles instead. Not as exciting as speed work, but it was still fun. πŸ™‚

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I even did a tiny bit of exploring today! That’s kind of a big deal for me! Once I get comfortable with something I usually stick with it forever. Which is what I’ve been doing for the last almost 2 years now. I haven’t wandered from the little square of streets I run on at all. But last week I saw a car driving out in what I had always thought was just a random empty field, so every time I’ve run past this field I’ve been trying to figure out where that road was and how to get there, and today I figured it out! I had to run down a dead end street that I’ve never gone down because, well it’s a dead end haha (that dead end is actually pictured above πŸ˜‰ ). Anyway, what I had thought was just one road is a bunch of random, new looking streets, just out in a field of overgrown grass. I’m wondering if at one point someone was planning to build a subdivision out there but it never happened. That or someone is actually going to build something out there and they just haven’t done it  yet.

Either way, I have no idea if I had any business being out there. I mean, there weren’t any no trespassing signs or anything, but it just didn’t look like a place people were supposed to be, so I didn’t stay out there long. Plus I didn’t want to do too much wandering, since I wanted to keep my run short today. I’m probably going to end up doing more exploring this weekend though. The allure of a new interesting place near a pasture full of cows is just way too exciting for me to stay away from haha.

Anyways, sore shins means I need to do a bunch of stretching and foam rolling, so I suppose I’m going to go do that now.

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley