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Weekly Recap: July 17th-23rd, 2017

Monday:

  • 1 mile run
  • 1 working in the garden

So I’ve been making a point to run a little later in the day a every once in a while. Just so it forces me to run when it’s hotter and the suns been out for the while, because that’s my least favorite weather in general, and that’s when I tend to not run very well. So basically I’m just trying to work on my weaknesses a little bit, and hopefully become a little more mentally and physically strong. Haha but let me tell you, it’s absolutely no fun! So far I’ve only been able to make it a mile running later in the day, but I’ve been running a mile and and then walking a mile back home, just so I’m out in the heat a little longer. I’m hoping working on running and being in the heat is going to make half marathon training during the summer months a little bit easier, but I guess we shall see!

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Tuesday:

  • 2.5 mile run
  • 2.5 hours working in the garden ( I got shit done on Tuesday!)
  • 20 minutes of stretching

Ugh it was so hot and humid, and my run sucked…But I got a shit ton done in the garden, so at least there’s that! πŸ™‚

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Wednesday:

  •  1 easy mile

Luke had fallen at a softball game and hit his head pretty hard on the ground so he took the day off from work. Since he had hit his head I wanted to keep an eye on him and didn’t want to be gone running for too long. πŸ˜‰ But it turns out he’s fine, so it’s all good!

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Thursday:

  • 20 minutes of yoga

So I woke up tired and sore everywhere. At first I thought it was because I had done so much work in the garden earlier in the week, but turns out I was actually coming down with the flu (or something similar to it) and I just didn’t realize it on Thursday.

Friday:

  • Rest Day

I was definitely too sick to do anything on Friday. I woke up tired, achy, had a headache, had a slight fever, no appetite, and just felt like crap in general. So I spent most of the day resting.

Saturday:

  • Rest Day

Still not well enough to do anything…but I did feel a little bit better! I wasn’t as achy and my fever had gone down a bit, so I think by Saturday I was on the mend. πŸ™‚

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Hurray! Half marathon training officially starts today! And on a rest day too haha. I really enjoy that Garmin’s training plans tend to start on a rest day. That very much amuses me, and I guess it helps mentally prepare me for the next day when the actual half marathon training workouts start. πŸ™‚ Plus since I’m still getting over whatever illness I had it probably best that I rest today (although I am feeling much better this morning!). πŸ˜„

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My Morning In Photos

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(I wish Vidme was like YouTube in the way that when you add the link to a video in a post it would automatically embed the video into the post, but oh well)

But it you’re at all interested in my summer morning routine go check out my latest vlog! I shared my morning in photos today. πŸ™‚

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™‚

July 15th, 2017

So yesterday when Luke came home from work he surprised me with a new pair of Nike Pegasus 34’s for an anniversary gift! Haha that jerk does this to me all the time! He acts like these things are no big deal and that he doesn’t plan on doing anything for them (which is fine by me, I’m not big on celebrating this kinda things anyway.), but then he always does something like this haha. He said he also wanted to go out to dinner, but he got home later than he would have liked and that probably wouldn’t have worked out well. But now he’s promising to take me out on Monday. I told him I didn’t care either way, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, he’s the best!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Ok but for real though, I’m super excited to add a third pair of running shoes into my rotation. Although I have a feeling it’s going to drop back down to two before too long. I have a feeling on of the pairs of my Nike Free’s is nearing the end of their running life. But anyway, about 2 years ago I had a pair of Pegasus 30’s and I absolutelyΒ adoredΒ them! But once I retired them I never ended up with another pair of the Pegasus. Mostly because from what I understand, Nike likes to stop the production of certain models of shoes for a few years or something like that. I guess that helps bump up their sales once they resume production and sales of those models of shoes. But also because it seems to be hard to find shoes in my size. I wear a size 9 for regular everyday shoes, and a size 10 for my running shoes, but I swear every time I go to a sporting goods store they only have 7’s and 8’s. Which is weird. At least I think it is…I thought 9’s and 10’s were pretty common sizes for women, but whatever. Haha Luke said he had to go to several different stores yesterday to find my size, but he knew how badly I wanted another pair of Pegasus so he hunted them down for me. Like I said, he’s the best!

So I didn’t plan on doubling yesterday, but obviously I needed to take my new shoes out for a spin! So I did! πŸ™‚ They felt just as good on my feet as my last pair of Pegasus did. Obviously they are a little bit bigger and heavier than the Nike Free’s that I usually wear, but I think it’s good for me to add a different model of shoes into my rotation. That’s supposed to be good for working the muscles and ligaments in your ankles and feet a little bit differently and that’s definitely a good thing. πŸ™‚

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So aside from my new shoes being awesome, this run kinda sucked. It was crazy hot/humid (which is my absolute least favorite) and for whatever reason Strava decided not to record my run. Ugh, that was kinda frustrating…I miss my Garmin…But oh well, at least the sunset/clouds/sky was pretty.

 

 

Anyways, I stayed up a little later than usual last night (I went to bed around 12:30 am, instead of my usual 10:30-11 pm), with the intention of sleeping in just a little bit this morning. Finn didn’t exactly let that happen though. He woke me up at 5 am because he needed to go outside. Then he woke me up again around 5:45 because he needed back in. Then around 6:30 my neighbor let his dog out and he was barking, so Finn started barking, so I let him back out, but about half an hour later he needed back in. So at that point I gave up and just got up, even though I really wanted to sleep for another hour, but at that point it just wasn’t going to happen…

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So I got up, had my coffee, and then spent a lot of time procrastinating getting a run in. Not gonna lie, right now I’m kinda liking the idea of doing a run streak and so far I’ve run for 3 day’s straight. Haha I know that’s not much, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Well at this point I’m not really going to call it a streak just yet, but at this point that is the goal, so to keep that going I needed to run at least a mile today. But I really, really wasn’t feeling the whole running thing this morning. But that was definitely more of a mental thing than a physical one.

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Literally me this morning…

But luckily for my little, baby “streak”, I finally got off my ass and got a mile done. Haha obviously it’s not much, but now I’m just that much closer to actually being able to call this thing a streak. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I think they whole mental block with running is because of anxiety. I keep thinking I’m having breathing/asthma problems, but I’m like 90% sure it’s just my anxiety acting up. Especially since it’s been pretty bad lately… I don’t think I’ve really talked much about my anxiety issues on here. Maybe eventually I’ll do into detail about it, but I had to go through a whole thing with a cardiologist a few years ago (because my GP had heard a murmur in my heart at one point), but long story short, turns out it was all just anxiety and my heart is fine. And I mean, I pretty much already knew I had some kind of anxiety disorder. They tend to run in my family actually, and my grandma, mom, both of my sisters, and a few of my cousins all have it in some way shape or form. But I guess it’s nice to actually have a doctor tell you that’s what it is, and that you’re not dying or crazy or whatever.

Honestly I probably need medicated, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. I hate going to the doctor, I hate hospitals, doctors offices, dentists, and all that stuff (probably because of the anxiety haha). Seriously, every time I go to any kind of doctor’s office my blood pressure tends to be a bit high. Isn’t anxiety great?! (That’s super duper sarcasm by the way πŸ˜‰ ). I also probably need to back off on the caffeine, but that’s also not going to happen anytime soon. πŸ˜‰ Luckily staying active in general, but especially running and yoga seem to help. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I suppose that’s all I have for today.

I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

~Ashley

July 13th, 2017

So last night I totally forgot to set my alarm for 5 am and I accidentally slept until 6. Oops… Haha but other than that I think I’m definitely getting back into my usual summer routine without too many issues. This morning I quickly downed a cup of coffee, ran a mile, and then did some more work in the garden. So pretty typical, I was just up an hour later than I would have liked to be.

Anyway, we got some rain earlier in the morning, so it was hot/humid/muggy/gross outside. And by now you probably know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to hot/humid weather, so it may not surprise you to know that I only had a mile in me this morning. After that there was just no way I was going to go any farther. I was hot, sweaty, tired, and completely drained. Unfortunately hot weather tends to have that effect on me. But I’m really going to have to get over that and really get my ass into gear, because half marathon training starts on the 23rd and I’m feeling very unprepared at the moment. I’m still kinda excited though. I always do better with running when I have a scheduled to stick to.

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But anyway, I’m just glad I got out there and did something today. Even if it was just one measly mile. And it wasn’t even that slow of a mile. Well obviously it was slow, I’m a slow person, but it wasn’t the slowest mile I’ve ever done and all things considered I’m pretty happy with how it went. πŸ™‚ Oh and I’m on Strava now! Probably until I can replace the Garmin I broke, but I may end up continuing to use it even after I have a GPS watch again, so feel free to add me on there!

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After my short little run, I got straight to work on my garden, which is looking sooooo much better today!! All of my plants are less wilted and I’ve taken care of most of the super tall grass that’s in there. Like I said yesterday, the battery on my weed eater isn’t very good so I can go for very long, but I’m definitely making progress! Haha but yeah, pretty much all I did in the garden today was weed eat. Since it rained this morning I didn’t have to water the plants, but I may have to later this afternoon.

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Here’s the difference between the grass I have cut and the grass I haven’t gotten around to cutting yet. Oh and Lily and Finn. πŸ˜‰ It seems like border collies are just always poping up at random places in my garden, but I guess that’ll happen when you have three of them. πŸ˜‰ It’s pretty great. πŸ™‚Β 

In the photo above, Finn is sitting next to my cucumber plant. I had done a bunch of weeding around it (yeah, hard to believe, right πŸ˜‰ ) on Tuesday and then after that it was looking kinda sad, wilted, and I was afraid I might have damaged it so much that it was going to die, but it seems to be doing just fine! I’m just going to have to pace myself when it comes to getting rid of the grass all around it and probably the watermelon too.

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My three helpers. πŸ˜‰ Haha this fence doesn’t do a very good job of keeping them out of the garden. They all hop over it likes it’s nothing. Oh well, they’re actually all pretty good at not trampling my plants and that’s all I care about.Β 

So yeah, that pretty much covers what I did from 6 am-about 9:30 am haha. After that I showered, ate a little snack, and now here we are. πŸ™‚ I’m not entirly sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my day at this point. I guess what I really need to do is mop my floors since the dogs and I got them nice and muddy this morning, but it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow so that almost seems pointless. Ah the joys of having dogs… Seriously though, I wouldn’t trade any one of them for all of the money in the world. They are the best. πŸ™‚

I hope this summer is going good for you, because so far it’s kicking my ass haha! But summer miles bring fall smiles, and I’m just going to keep telling myself that until it gets cold again. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you lots of healthy, happy summer miles.

~Ashley

The Best Running Advice I’ve Ever Gotten (So Far)

I’m definitely not the world’s best runner. In fact, I’m not particular skilled in the art of running at all. And I’m definitely not the most experience runner out there. I mean, I’ve been running for almost 4 years now, but that’s really not very long. Especially compared to the super fit 60 year old dude who’s been running since high school, or the crazy talented 25 year old chick who’s been running basically since she could walk. But I do like to think I have at least some knowledge on the subject of running. I mean, I’ve read a countless number of books, magazine, blogs, and other articles on the internet. I listen to several running related podcasts, religiously follow a bunch of other runners on several social media platforms, and enjoy talking with and learning from my fellow runners whenever I can. So I’m not gonna lie, it’s not exactly often that I stumble upon a new piece of information or advice that I haven’t at least heard or read about before.

So this “best running advice that I’ve ever gotten (so far)” was actually not something that was particularly knew to me. Hell, I’ve actually read the book it came from several times before, but today was when it finally clicked into place for me.

And that piece of advice?

Pecker out.

Now wait! Let me explain!! Because if you’re a woman reading this you may be asking “just what the heck this that supposed to mean? I most certainty don’t have a pecker!” Trust me, I don’t either, but that little nugget of wisdom basically changed my life today. Alright, that’s a bit of an over exaggeration, but it definitely changed my running form for the better.

I read this little phrase in The Little Red Book Of Running by Scott Douglas. Apparently “Pecker out” was a cue that his collage coach (who apparently never coached women) used to remind his runners to keep their hips slightly forward. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard so many variations of how important it is to keep your pelvis slightly tucked and your hips forward so that your feet land under you instead of in front of you. And that’s super important because if your feet are landing too far in front of your body their acting as a break and slowing you down instead of propelling you forward like they should be.

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I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about running. It’s full of all sorts of little nuggets of wisdom like the one I’ve shared with you today. πŸ™‚

Obviously that kinda thing is super important, but I’ve also read that everyone’s running form is different because our bodies are all unique, and what works for one runner may not work for another. And while running form is important, there’s really no need to worry tooΒ much about it if you’re able to run comfortably and without getting injured. So I never really bothered to look too much into my own running form. Waaay back when I first started running I switched from heal striking to landing on my forefoot, but that was basically the only change in form that I’ve made in the almost 4 years of running. Well, until today that is.

For some reason that little phrase “pecker out” was stuck in my head today so I decided to try it out during my run this morning, because why not, right? πŸ™‚ So every once in a while I’d tell myself “pecker out” to remind myself to keep pushing my hips forward a little bit, and holy cow did it make a huge difference! Especially when I was going up hill. I definitely felt more efficient, I feel like I didn’t get as worn out as I usually do on hills, and I was able I was able to get up the hills faster. My hips are a little sore now that I’m done though, but I already have weak hips to begin with and since I was moving them in a way they aren’t exactly used to, I kinda figured that was coming. But even so, I’m definitely going to continue on with this whole keeping my hips slightly forward thing. πŸ™‚

So yeah, I guess the moral if this post is that it’s usually a good idea to try out new things every once and a while, and to keep your pecker out (or hips slightly forward) while you’re running! πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday everyone! Wishing you lots of happy summer miles!!

~Ashley

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice!!

I guess technically it started yesterday, and depending on who you ask, either yesterday or today is the officially first day of summer! But when the first day of summer is really doesn’t matter to me. What does matter, however, is that yesterday and today were the longest day’s of the year! Which basically just means that on those two days we get the most hours of daylight compared to another day of the year. And after that, we get a just a little bit less daylight everyday!

Grant it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to start cooling off outside. Here in the Midwest we still haven’t made it to the hottest days of the year. Those don’t usually come until July and August. But a just a tiny bit less daylight everyday just makes that just a little more bearable, if you ask me. Plus now we’re just that much closer to Fall!! Haha can you tell I’m very much ready for summer to be over? πŸ˜‰

Anyway, almost every single day of this month, I’ve regretted participating in challengeville’s Tinman challenge. I’m running more than I’ve ever run in the summer and I hate it haha. But at the same time I’m really glad that I’m doing it! I’ve run more than I’ve ever run in the summer (I know I already said that, but it needed said again πŸ˜‰ ) and it’s really keeping me motivated to push through the discomfort of being hot and sweaty and tired. It’s also taught me that I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was, and that’s a great lesson to learn! I’m just kinda learning it the hard way haha.

So I’ve kinda stopped following the daily running guide that accompanies this challenge. It wasn’t exactly working for me, so I started kinda doing my own thing and that’s been working a lot better for me. πŸ™‚

This morning I did 6 miles. Not gonna lie, I had set out to do 7 (which was a mile more than any of the runs on the daily running guide). But I was hot, sweaty/salty, tired, and very close to home by mile 6, so that’s where I stopped. I’m not too upset about that though, 6 miles is still no joke! Especially when it’s 71 degrees and 82% humidity outside…

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Now that my run is done and I’m showered and have eaten a snack, I need to stretch, water the garden, take care of the rabbits, walk the dogs, clean the house, and once all that is done maybe take a nice little nap? Haha sounds like a good plan to me anyway!

I hope you have a happy hump and a great first (or second) day of summer! πŸ™‚

~Ashley