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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™‚

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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

 

So I Guess I’m Making Vlogs Now?

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At the insistence of my sister, I am giving vlogging a try. I know nothing about making videos or editing them or anything like that, and I feel extremely awkward just talking into my iPhone camera, so I’m not sure how long lived this little adventure is going to be. But hey, I figured I might as well try it out. At the very least my sister has stopped bothering me about it. πŸ˜‰

(I tried to add the actual video to this post, but nothing I did worked. Sad face… Apparently just adding the URL from Vidme to the post doesn’t work like it does with YouTube. So I guess if you’re at all intersted in this not-so-great vlog or just hearing what my voice sounds like, you’ll have to click the link at the top of the post.)

10 Miles and Thursday Things

Decided to switch things up a little bit, and do my long run today instead of doing it during the weekend like I usually do.

I don’t know what it is about long run day, but every morning that I plan on running long, I can never seem to eat very much. I could eat anything and everything before a shorter run or even speed work, but my stomach never wants to cooperate when it knows we’re running long…This morning I managed to force down a container of yogurt with a tbs on chia seeds mixed in (great combo, by the way!) and a cup of coffee, which is actually more than I usually eat.

Anyway, about 40 minutes after I ate; around 8:20 am, I made my way out the door and set out to run 10 miles. What I didn’t take into account was the weather. I definitely should have gotten up and out the door much earlier. It was almost 60 degrees and sunny when I set out, and about 65 when I finished. That was absolutely no fun. I already dislike warm weather, and the transition from cold weather running to warm weather running is always super tough for me.

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I’m not exactly a fan of sunny weather.

I got it done though! Parts of it were slightly miserable. It ended up taking me about 2 hours and 22  minutes to do it, and at one point I ended up sitting on my porch for a few minutes while eating a banana and feeling sorry for myself. But I still covered 10 miles on my own two feet. πŸ™‚ This is actually the longest run I’ve done since the Longview Half back in November. I’ve set out to do 10 milers a few times since then, but the longest I’ve managed was 8, until today. I think because I fueled pretty well today.

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All of the trees in my neighborhood are starting to bloom! πŸ™‚

The yogurt and coffee I had for breakfast actually sat really well in my stomach. I was a little worried about that, since dairy and warm weather don’t tend to mix well for me, so that was a pleasant surprise! I stopped at my house around every two miles for a quick drink of water. That’s the nice part about running long around my neighborhood, I don’t have to carry water or food with me which is really nice. It almost makes up for the fact that it can get boring running up and down the same streets over and over again. Anyway, around mile 4 I ate half a pack of Honey Stinger energy chews, finished the pack at around 6.5 miles, then had my little pity party and banana at around mile 8. That seemed to work really well for me! I kinda wish I had a gatorade though. I sweat super salty so I always feel 8 million times better when I drink sports drinks while on the run. Oh well, I’ll just have to remember to stock up on some next time I go to the store.

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Anyway, after my run I sat with my legs up on the wall for 5 minutes, showered, ate lunch, and then a whole lot of nothing for a while. I’m feeling kinda drained from those 10 miles. Surprisingly enough though, my legs actually feel pretty darn good! My butt and hamstrings are kinda sore from running up hills, but for once my quads aren’t sore at all! They don’t even feel tight, which is pretty much a miracle n and of itself, because my quads are always tight. It’s really nice though! My legs have never felt so good after a long run before!

While I was eating lunch a thunderstorm kinda popped up out of nowhere. I had checked the weather several times throughout the day, and we weren’t supposed to get any rain at all. Luckily I saw a flash of lighting before it actually hit, so I had enough time to run outside and brought the rabbits before it started pouring. At first I was kinda wishing that this little storm would have popped up earlier while I was running. I very much enjoy running in the rain. But then it started hailing. Luckily the hail stopped after a few minutes, but that definitely wouldn’t have been pleasant to run in! So I guess I’m glad I ran when I did.

Around 3 pm I finally got my shit together and decided it would be a good idea to move around and stretch a little bit. So I ate a bowl of honey bunches of oats, did 30 minutes of yin yoga (I’ve been really enjoying yin yoga, but I couldn’t make it through the whole video I was doing today), picked up my running gear which was still scattered around the house, then started making dinner; pasta with veggies (zucchini for me, broccoli for  Luke), chicken, and garlic/tomato/basil s sauce. Yum! 

Once Luke got home we ate, and then I abandoned any pretenses of actually getting anything else done today haha. He’s playing video games, I’m reading a book, and that’s probably what we’ll be doing for the rest of the night. 

Happy Thursday! 

~Ashley

31 Day Blog Challenge: Most Proud Moment

I’m gonna have to say crossing the finish line at my first half marathon.

Up until that moment I had no idea that I could run 13.1 miles. The longest I had gone in preparation for the race was 10 miles, so I knew I could do that. Hell, I even thought that 3 extra miles probably wound’t even be that bad, but boy was I wrong! The last 3 miles of this race wereΒ terrible! I never once thought about quitting though, that just wasn’t an option. I had my sights set on 13.1 miles and I was going to get there no matter how long it took me!

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Smiling at mile 11, even though I felt like I was dying.Β 

3 hours, 9 minutes, and 32 seconds after starting, I finally crossed the finish line. Things didn’t go as I had planned. My previously injured hip was acting up, I was dehydrated, I didn’t fuel properly so I was feeling pretty shitty overall, but at that moment it didn’t matter. I didn’t care how absolutely slow I was, how tired/hungry I felt, or how badly my injured hip felt, I finally felt like a “real” runner.

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Luke was waiting for me with a big hug at the barrier. I laughed and said “Luke I just did a half marathon!” Seriously, I was so proud of myself. I had set out to run a half marathon and I did it! Getting handed my very first medal was pretty exciting too!

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The full recap of my first half marathon can be found here, if you’re interested! πŸ™‚

Longview Half Marathon Recap (11/12/16)

The day before the race, I learned this particular course already has a reputation.

I had a doctor’s appointment that day, and it turns out the nurse was a runner too, so of course we got to talking about running! πŸ˜‰ I had mentioned that I was doing a half marathon the next day, and she told me she’s run 16 halves and wanted to know which one I was doing. After I told her that I’d be doing Longview for the second year in a row she asked my why I’d want to do this particular race twice because “I’ve heard that course is absolutely brutal!”

I think it’s kinda neat that after only 3 years this race is already known for being brutal. That reputation is rightly earned though, this particular course is quite challenging. I mean, I don’t exactly have anything to compare it to, since this is the only half marathon I’ve done at this point, but I think it’s a pretty safe assumption to make. Especially since there is a king and queen of the mountain award for the man and woman who make it up the big ass hill at mile two the fastest.

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The race website doesn’t even have a course description, but after doing this event two year in a row, I think I can describe it pretty well; Mile 2 is one big ass hill, followed by some more hills because there are literally no flat sections on this course. Around mile 7 is where the rolling hills start but don’t worry, they only get worse with some crazy downhills. Miles 9 and 11 take you across Longview dam, where you will encounter amazing views from the lake and killer cross winds. Followed by another pretty gnarly up/down hill at miles 10/11. After that everything feels like a slight uphill, because it kinda is until you get near the finish line. Your final sprint is going downhill, because it’s not like you’re quads are completely trashed at this point or anything. πŸ˜‰

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I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself here, so let’s back track to the night before race day, shall we? πŸ™‚

The night night before the race I did a lot of Netflix watching, water drinking, and eating. Pretty much all of last week involved a lot of food, I don’t think I’ve ever been more hungry in my entire life haha! I also checked my gear and made sure I had everything one more time. By the time I went to bed I knew I was ready to go!

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I didn’t exactly sleep well, but does anyone ever sleep well the night before a race? I’m pretty sure that’s almost impossible. I woke up a few times frantically checking my watch because I thought I had slept through my alarm haha. Luckily whenever my alarm finally did go off, I woke up right away and got up and moving so that my not so great  night of sleep didn’t start to make me start feeling tired and sluggish. It never did, so that was good. Probably because I made a point to get some extra sleep through out the entire week before hand.

At this point last year I was so nervous that I couldn’t eat. I choked down half a banana and that was all that I could manage. Luckily this year I wasn’t feeling nervous at all! I was more excited and ready to get going! So this time around I was actually able to eat a little something for breakfast, and I think that really ended up helping me during the race. It wasn’t an exciting breakfast or anything though, just a bowl of frosted flakes and coffee with soy milk and honey. My stomach never seems to want to cooperate before longer runs, so I can never eat as much as I would like to.

After I ate I woke Luke up and listed to him complain about being awake at 5:45 in the morning while I got dressed and checked the weather. I made a last minute decision to wear my tank top and a throwaway jacket instead of the long sleeved shirt, and that ended up being a really good decision! It was really chilly to start, but the sun really started to heat things things up out on the race course! Anyway, we left the house around 6:20 and made it to the starting line around 7:10.

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One of the nice things about this race is that the starting line is also the finish line. So you don’t have to walk or take a shuttle back to your car afterwards. We both wanted to make sure we got there early enough to get a decent parking spot though, and we did! The walk back to the car wasn’t bad at all! Unfortunately the ground was frosty that morning and we were parked in a field, so my shoes and feet got kinda wet during the walk to the porta potties. They dried out before the race started, but my feet were freezing cold and kinda numb and that really sucked.

Since we got there almost an hour early the lines to the porta potties were super short, so that was nice. They were also the nicest porta potties I’ve ever used! Haha I guess that’s a weird thing to make note of, but whatever.

After I peed Luke and I walked around to stay warm, pointed out every dog we saw to each other, and I drank a bottle of water. I was kinda worried that I’d have to pee again, but I didn’t which was a good thing. About 30 minutes before start time the lines to the porta potties got super long and I never saw them get any shorter.

I was freezing balls cold and only wearing a light jacket, so Luke was kind enough to lend me his carhartt before the race started. πŸ™‚

About 20 minutes before starting time my stomach started growling, but I was prepared for that! I had a honey stinger waffle saved for that very reason. Luckily that was enough to satisfy me though, because I didn’t have anything else for before hand.

When it was finally time to line up I squeezed in kinda between the 2:45 and 2:50 pacers. At that point I assumed that was just wishful thinking on my part and that I wouldn’t be able to hang with either of those pace groups, but I ended up surprising myself.

Anyway, Luke hung out by the barrier with me while we waited to get going. The national anthem was played, we counted down, and then we were off!

Mile 1 was crowded, but otherwise uneventful. Mile 2 is where the real fun begins! First there is an aid station where I got rid of my jacket (I’m so glad I didn’t wear the long sleeved shirt), then like I mentioned before it’s pretty much all up hill. Good times. I ended up walking up most of that hill. I knew what was in store during the later miles of this race, so I wanted to make sure I saved energy going up this hill. I started running again near the top, because there is a race photographer and an announcer at the top of the hill calling everyone’s name, so I wanted to be running for that. Unfortunately I was making the world’s most unattractive face, but oh well.

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Once I got over the big hill it was actually pretty smooth sailing for me over the next 5 ish miles. I ended up going back and forth with one of the 2:50 pace groups. They were doing different run/walk intervals than I was, so that’s why we kept passing each other, otherwise I probably would have ended up running with them for the most part.

I started getting kinda hot around mile  6. That’s when the sun really started beating down on us, and there really wasn’t any shade along the whole course. There were aid stations every two miles though, and they somehow managed to keep the water and Gatorade pretty cool, even for us back of the packers, so that really helped!

Luke met me about half way through mile 7 with a water bottle. I told him to walk with me while I drank a little bit then poured most of the bottle on my head. He told me I was looking good, he was surprised to see me with the 2:50 pace group, and if I kept this up I was going to PR by a lot!

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He also took some interesting photos of me.

After drinking some more Gatorade at the mile 8 aid station I finally finished off my first pack of Honey Stinger energy chews (I had brought two with me). I had started it at about mile 6, but they were kinda making my stomach hurt. Not sure why, they never have before, but there wasn’t much I could do about it at that point. I didn’t end up eating the second pack and I feel like that may have been why I ended up getting really really tired during the last few miles, but I’ll get to that in a second.

Mile 9 is when the run across the dam started. The sun was really intense here since there is water on both sides of you, and you get to deal with some really fun cross winds. Looking back, I think this is really when my energy started to fade, I just hadn’t realized it then. I was still running with the 2:5o pace group though! Well, I was actually a little behind them. The pacer was doing a phenomenal job of being super upbeat and supportive, but at that point in time I was feeling kinda surly and wanted to revel in my misery a little bit. Haha I suppose that sounds a bit over dramatic, but that’s what I was thinking at the time. πŸ˜‰

At the mile 10 aid station they had gummy bears, cake balls, and beer. If my stomach had felt a little better I may have taken some gummy bears, but I decided to forgo them this time. I just thought that was kinda neat.

Mile 11 was over the dam again. Last year this was where they had a race photographer, so I was looking for one, but for whatever reason they moved them closer to mile 12. Not sure why they did that, the view at the beginning of mile 11 is better, but whatever.

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Same pose as last year! πŸ™‚

Seriously though, mile 11 was the longest mile of my life. I kept telling myself that the mile 12 marker had to be just around this curve, or at the top of this hill, but it never was. I have finally given up hope that I’d ever make it to mile 12 and I was going to be doomed to be stuck at 11 miles forever, when I finally heard the music coming from the last aid station. Seeing the 12 mile mark definitely wasn’t as exciting as crossing the finish line, but when I finally saw it I might have told you that it was the best feeling in the world.

Mile 11 was also when I started falling behind the 2:50 pace group. At that point I didn’t care though, at that point I could have probably walked the rest of the way and I would have still PR’d and that’s all I cared about.

I didn’t walk the rest of the way though. I kept up with my run walk intervals and some how the last mile flew the fuck by. Like one minute I was at the aid station and the next I was making the final turn to the finish line!

Unfortunately crossing the finish line ended up being a bit disappointing. I had turned off my music so I would hear them call my name as I crossed the finish line, but the announcer wasn’t even there! Luke said he kept getting up, walking around, and talking to people instead of calling out the names of the finishers. So that sucked. And then I only have one decent picture of my crossing the finish line because the girl in the white shirt jumped out of the crowd and had the other girl wheelbarrow her across the finish line. I don’t even think white shirt girl ran the race, but the photographer ended up focusing on them and taking 8 billion photos of them instead, which is kinda bullshit, because like I said, I’m 90% sure white shirt girl didn’t run, and even if she did, I don’t think it was fair of her to cross the finish line twice. Oh well…

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I couldn’t be too disappointed though, I just finished my second half marathon at 2:52:42!! My goal was to run it in under 3 hours because last year it took me 3:09:42, so I ended up CRUSHING my goal! I also PR’d my 10k time by running it in 1:20:00, which was one of my goals for this year!

Luke was waiting for me at the finish line looking pissy because he couldn’t get a decent photo of me thanks to the wheelbarrow girls, but he was still super excited for me and my PR! I got my medal, a bagel, chocolate milk, a granola bar, (they had chili too, but I definitely wasn’t feeling chili after that) and my finisher’s receipt, and then we headed back home.

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Once we got home the first thing I did was take an ice bath. That was the very last thing I wanted to do, but I’m glad I did. My legs were crazy sore the next day, so I can only imagine how shitty I would have felt if I didn’t.

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While I was sitting in a tub full of ice, Luke ran to the store to get stuff to make ribs. Later that night we had a few neighbors come over, so I spent my evening recovering around a bonfire, eating ribs, and listening to Luke brag to everyone about how well I did during my race. I’m pretty sure he talked about it more than I did, actually! πŸ™‚

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I know this post is super long, and I’m almost done I swear!

On Sunday Luke and I literally sat around all day watching Netflix and playing video games. Haha I didn’t want to do much else, my legs were completely trashed from all of those hills! They are still a bit sore today, but nowhere near as bad!

I’m super duper proud of myself, I can’t believe I PR’d by as much time as I did, and I’m already thinking about training for my next half! But I’m going to take some time off from running first. I think I’ve earned a little break (read that as, I don’t really want to take time off from running, but I know I should so I’m going to pretend like that’s exactly what I want to do πŸ˜‰ .


~Ashley

Goodbye, Running Slump!Β 

I’m pretty sure I broke through my running slump today! I PRd my 5K time (again) by 40 seconds, so that’s pretty neat! πŸ˜„

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Now that I think about it; I’ve been PRing a lot during my short interval workouts, which is what I did today, so I suppose all of this interval training is really working! I’m still walking during my recovery intervals, but hey, I’m still seeing some pretty big improvements!

Plus the slightly cooler, misty, overcast weather we had today really helped. I’ve also noticed that I tend to PR these workouts in similar conditions. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this was pretty good timing for the whole slump getting over thing, as the Longview Half is in 9 days!!! Not gonna lie, I was getting a little bit worried about that, but today has brought my confidence back. At this point I’m just super excited to run this race. I’m sure the nerves will kick in hardcore before too long, but right now I feel calm and ready to go!

I’m not too excited about how the weather’s looking though. Like, 80% of the reason why I wanted to do this race last year because it’s on the second Saturday of November so I figured the weather would be at least a little chilly. It ended up being in the high 40’s and low 50’s while I was running. That’s not too bad, but I still prefer colder weather. Anyway, I figured that was just a fluke and that this year would be better. Nope. It’s actually supposed to be about 10 degrees warmer that last year and it’s supposed to be more humid. Fucking awesome. 😦

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I’m really hoping that the whole crazy Midwest weather thing will kick in, and we end up having a drop in temperature, but that’s probably not going to happen. At the rate things have been going, the temperature will probably go up instead. Bleh. Maybe next year, right? πŸ˜‰

Do you have any races coming up?

I’m not the only one who starts obsessing over the weather 10 days before a race, right?Β 

What’s your ideal running temperature?Β