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Longview Half Marathon – DNF, 2018

If you read my post from yesterdaypost from yesterday then you already know the result from the Longview Half on Saturday. In fact, if you read the title to this post then you probably know the outcome of this half marathon.

Did Not Finish

My very first DNF. And it was just about as fun as you’d probably imagine. But it was still a race that I showed up to the starting line for, so we’re gonna recap it!

So if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know about my pile. Hahaha so people like to create a “flat runner” with all of their gear laid out nice and neat a day or so before a race. I am not one of those people. Last week around Monday or Tuesday I started gathering up all of the gear that I needed and thought I might wear for both of my half marathons. But instead of being all nice and neat I just kinda threw it all on a stool in my bedroom. But hey, at least it was all in one place! πŸ˜‚

So my gear pretty much stayed like that until after packet pick up on Friday.

Luke and I were actually super busy on Friday (which you can read more about hereΒ πŸ˜‰ ). We had a lot of stuff we needed to get done, including packet pick up for Longview and my dad was driving to Kansas from Colorado that day so we had to be ready for him as well. Plus we had to go to 4 DIFFERENT STORES to find a box of freaking frozen whole grain waffles for my race day breakfasts. That was a whole thing haha. We did finally find me some waffles, got to and from packet pick up (which is usually an uneventful affair for a lot of the local races that I do) without any incidents, and my dad did eventually get to Kansas.

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We did end up getting everything done that we needed to of Friday, so that was great! So I ended up spending that afternoon/night resting, relaxing, and getting my gear ready, making a playlist, setting my coffee maker, you know, important stuff like that!! By the time Luke and I went to bed at 10:00 pm my pile was actually looking kinda civilized! But my dad didn’t make it to our neck of the woods until around 10:30 pm that night, so he went straight to his hotel instead of stopping at our house first.

 

So I woke up at 6:30 am on Saturday morning feeling good, confident, and ready to go! I drank my coffee, at my pre-race breakfast, and got dressed all while texting my dad haha. I wasn’t sure if he wanted to just meet us at the race, if he wanted us to pick him up at the hotel, of he wanted to meet us at the house, or whatever so that’s mostly what we were trying to figure out. Eventually we decided that Luke and I were going to meet him at his hotel and he was going to follow us to the race. So after I was ready that’s where Luke and I headed.

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Before we move on we need to discus the weather a little bit. That was also a big topic between Luke, my dad, and I that morning, because it was crazy and unseasonably cold. The temperature just kinda dropped out of nowhere on Saturday and I don’t think a lot of people were really prepared for that drastic of a drop in temperature in the middle of November. I know I sure wasn’t…

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Anyway, Luke and I met up with my dad at his hotel and then were off to the starting line! The whole parking situation was a little bit weird (isn’t it always haha) and the guy who was directing traffic wasn’t really being specific about where and how people were supposed to park in this field, but I guess enough people had done this kinda thing enough times and we eventually figured it out. Usually we park in the field right next to the starting line, but this year we ended up in a different field about 1/2 a mile away. Eventually I ended up being really grateful for where we ended up parking hahaha. Luke complained the whole way walking to the starting line because it was COLD. But the views of the lake were beautiful!

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Once we got to the starting line we thought we had actually made it in time for me to stand in line to use a port-o-potty and not have to worry about missing the starting gun! It was a really close call last year! But yet again we were wrong and 20 minutes was not enough time…. I’m telling you, they need more port-o-potties at the start of this race! But anyway, I was still able to line up before the gun went off. They started the race about 10 minutes late again this year, probably because of all of the people in line to use the bathroom. I’m not sure if they actually played the national anthem this year. If they did Luke, my dad, and I sure didn’t hear it haha! But they counted us down and sent us on our way.

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So I made a bad decision with how I was dressed this year. It was crazy cold so I figured I should wear one of my heavier hoodies over one of my warmer running jackets. That turned out to be a bad idea because I was starting to get really warm before I had even hit a mile. Well, my torso was anyway. At that point my legs were cold and heavy and I couldn’t feel my toes haha. Running like that was kinda hard. Anyway, I had to fumble around with my bib a little bit, but I managed to get the extra hoodie off, toss it, and put my bib back onto my other jacket haha. I think I might have finished the first mile or so during that whole ordeal? Honestly I don’t remember the miles very well haha. I’ve done this race 3 times before this year, but they changed the course this year so it was all new to me. Plus I was having some trouble paying attention to things. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I remember seeing the 2nd mile marker and thinking that I didn’t feel so great. But at that point I was hoping it was just because I was really cold and needed to warm up a little bit.Β  Somewhere around miles 2-3 ish I crossed over the damn for the first time. There were timing mats at the begging and end of the dam along with a finish line at the end because there was a little “race within the race” to see who could get over the dam the fastest. Obviously I wasn’t a contender for that, but it’s still pretty neat! That’s also why it looks like I’m crossing a finish line in the photos below. Because I kinda was haha.

 

Just looking at those I can tell I was already struggling at that point. I remember seeing the mile 3 marker and just thinking that I wasn’t going to be able to do this for 10 more miles. It was sill crazy cold for this time of year and that was really making my asthma act up. I felt like shit. The wind crossing back over the dam was making my situation worse, and I started texting Luke telling him that I was struggling. Apparently after I did that him and my dad went and bought me a powerade and a banana and started walking in my direction. Not on the course though. They walked along the median in the road.

At mile 4 I knew I wasn’t going to make it. There was just no way. I texted Luke telling him I think I needed to stop and asked him how far away the car was from mile 4. He didn’t answer (we didn’t have a very good signal out there), so I texted my dad as well and got nothing from him either. Honestly at that point that was ridiculously heartbreaking. Looking back it’s kinda funny, but in the moment it really wasn’t.

As I approaching mile 5 I finally heard back from Luke. He told me they were approaching mile 5 with some stuff for me and I let him know I was coming up on mile 5 as well. Right as I passed the mile marker I saw them walking at me. That was equal parts THE BEST THING EVER and THE WORST THING EVER, because I knew I had to quit, but I felt like I was letting them down at that point. Along with everyone else who’s been following along with my training this year.

Once we got to each other they offered me all of the goodies they brought for me, but I told them I was done. They said ok, we’re only a mile away from the car. Haha I think it was actually less than that though, so thank goodness for that! So we started heading that direction, I took off my bib, stopped my watch, and walked off the course. Officially earning my very first DNF. Honestly I think walking away would have been a lot harder if I didn’t have another race the day after. If I didn’t I think I just might have tried to keep going and I don’t think that would have been a good idea…

Once we got to the parking area Luke started the truck for me while I cut off my timing chip. Then I sat in the truck while Luke and my dad walked another 1/2 mile to the starting line to give them my timing chip and let them know I wasn’t finishing (I was worried that the race officials would see that I started but didn’t finish and freak out about that). While they were there they also got me a yogurt and chocolate milk and walked back another 1/2 mile to get back to me hahaha. Oh man, I’m forever grateful that they did that for me though.

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We ended up hanging out in the parking area for a little while, just talking and then figuring out what we were going to do for the rest of the day. Luke had to go to work and my dad and I had a packet pick up to go to, so Luke went home to get ready for work and my dad and I ended up going to Garry Gribble’s running store to pick up our stuff for our half on Sunday.

But I’ll talk about all of that in my Gobbler Grind recap. Spoiler alert; that one ends on a much better note. πŸ˜‰ So that’s all for now! It’s been snowing all day and it’s still coming down at 12:44 pm as I type this, so I need to go play in it. πŸ˜‰

I hope you had a great weekend!

~Ashley

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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days

My little self appointed challenge was not a success… Or at least not a total one.

Out of all of the different possibilities and outcomes I thought of I never even considered this one; I DNF’d at the Longview Half. Yeah, I did not see that coming!

The views near the starting line were really pretty though!

Longview was the race I was the most confident about. I woke up feeling really good! I thought I was ready! But weirdly enough the weather got the best of me. On Saturday we had a really crazy cold snap. Like, it was unseasonably cold. No one was really ready for these kinds of temperatures! It was 12 degrees at the start. The course takes you over a damn and the wind blowing off of the lake was crazy cold.

So all of that unseasonably cold weather that I’m not acclimated to yet got the best of me… The crazy cold air was making my asthma really act up and the wind wasn’t helping. I wasn’t feeling great at mile 1. By mile 3 I felt TERRIBLE and started texting my husband and dad who were out there spectating. I told them I didn’t think I could do this for another 10 miles. At mile 5 I was done…

My dad and husband walked out there to rescue me. Once I started texting them around mile 3 the bought me a Powerade, s banana, my dad got me a bandanna for my face out of his car, and they started heading my direction. We met up around mile 5 and I was just done. There was no way I was finishing that half. At least not without jeopardizing my health. So I took off my bib and we walked close to a mile to the car. Haha so it was pretty lucky that I decided to quit so close to where we parked. πŸ˜‚

So that was kind of a huge bummer. This was my very first DNF and it was not fun haha. But at the same time I know I made the right choice. There will always be other races (like the very next day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and I’m not the first runner who’s ever had to DNF and I certainly won’t be the last!

Today’s race went much better though!

Initially I woke up feeling kinda nervous and I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to give the half marathon distance another shot. But my dad was doing this one with me and her drive all the way from Colorado to do it, so I couldn’t really not do it. Or at least try, ya know?

So I got up, my dad came to my house and we talked while I got dressed and ate breakfast, I checked the weather and saw that it was MUCH better this morning. Now those are temps I like to see!! That’s PERFECT running weather in my book!! 😁

So we went out to the race start, hung out in the car for a while because we got there super early, walked around near the start for a little bit, and then lined up with everyone else. At this point I was super duper nervous! Yesterday really shook my confidence and I had already kinda felt like I had let people down and I really didn’t want to do it again…

We did it though! Near the end my dads knee/hips were kinda bothering him near the end and my lungs and stomach never really felt great at all during this half, but we finished!! And despite how not so great we both felt we had a lot of fun! We talked to some really awesome people, cheered on other runners, thanked all of the wonderful police officers who had to stand in the cold to keep us safe, and the amazing aid station volunteers who kept everyone fed, hydrated, and motivated. Seriously they were all great! And got the very most out of our entry fee! πŸ˜‚ Haha we took our sweet time crossing that finish line, but we did it and that’s all that matters!

So am I bummed that I had my very first DNF and wasn’t able to complete Operation Two Half Marathon’s In Two Days? Absolutely. But honestly today’s half totally made up for it! My dad and I got to spend some quality time together and we both had a lot of fun! 😁😁😁

Alright, that’s all for now! We’ve had a bit of a change in plans and Luke and I won’t be going up Colorado for Thanksgiving, so we’re going to have a kinda sorta Thanksgiving dinner tonight! πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜Š (Haha well, we’re having ham instead of turkey, but it’s the thought that counts, right? πŸ˜‰).

Anyway, I’ll have full recaps of both races up in a few days! But for now, happy Saturday!!

~AshleyπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ƒπŸ˜Š

November 9th, 2018

Holy cow we’ve been busy today!!!

Luke and I both had a bunch of stuff that we wanted to get done today, so we spent our entire morning running around and getting shit done!

Our first stop was Tractor Supply. We needed to pick up chicken feed, a protein supplement for them because they’re molting, straw because apparently winter is here? And we needed more to stuff in the chicken coop, and puppy chow for Whiskey. So we got all of that, came back home, and put down the straw for the chickens. Hahaha the seemed very pleased with the amount of straw we put in their nesting area and all around the entire coop.

Like I said, apparently winter is here! It snowed for almost 8 hours straight yesterday! And even more surprisingly, some of it stuck! It’s all melted now, but it was pretty while it lasted. β„οΈβ›„οΈπŸ˜Š

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Anyway, after the chickens were taken care of it was off to Aldi, followed by Sam’s Club to get our groceries for the next two weeks. That was uneventful for the most part, but it kind of set off a ridiculous mission for us to find frozen whole grain waffles. That’s what I like to eat before my long runs and what I was planning on eating for breakfast before both of my races this weekend, but the Aldi we typically shop at didn’t have any! In fact, they haven’t had them for several weeks! They have a spot in the freezer for them, but no waffles… So while we were Sam’s Club we checked there as well, but they didn’t have any either. So we went to a different Aldi and THEY DIDNT HAVE ANY FROZEN WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES EITHER!!!!!! Yet again, they had a spot on the shelves for them, but it was empty. *sigh*

We still had other things to get done, so the waffles had to wait. We went home, unloaded and put away our groceries, and then we were back off to Home Depot for a new air filter. Whiskey got to go with us. 😊

So we got that, came back home again, Luke replaced the air filter, we swapped Whiskey for Lily, and drove 40 minutes to Lee Summit, Mo to get my packet for the Longview Half. Luckily traffic wasn’t too bad and we were in and out of the running store pretty quickly, so we made our way to Walmart before going home, in a last attempt to find some damn frozen whole grain waffles.

Thank goodness Walmart actually had some!!! Otherwise I would of had to figure something else out for my pre-race breakfast and I really didn’t want to have to do that. πŸ˜‚

After Walmart we had a late lunch at Arby’s. Hahaha that was probably bad idea, but whateves. The gyro I got there was pretty good. πŸ˜‰ Then we got back home around 2:40 pm and were done for the day! Thank goodness haha. πŸ˜‚

Even with all of that running around I was still able to keep up with my hydration and aside from the Arby’s sandwich I ate pretty well. Well, I’m planning on having mac and cheese for dinner because carb loading. πŸ˜‰

This post will be up at 5 pm central time (so like an hour from right now as I type πŸ˜‚) and my dad still won’t be here. He had to change the oil in his work van so he left later than he had planned. He should be here around 9 or 10 pm though, and that’s not too crazy late. 😁

But anyway, that’s it for today! I’m going to spend the rest of my evening relaxing, reading, and doing some light stretching. Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days is starting tomorrow and I’m really stoked!!!

Happy Friday!

~Ashley

November 7th, 2018

We are getting so close!!! Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days is going down this weekend and I’m super excited!!

So I thought today would be a good time to share some random thoughts, feelings, and on-goings, since today and tomorrow are my last kinda chill days really. On Friday Luke and I have some running around we have to do, including going to packet pick up for the Longview half, which is the first of my two races. And then my dad is should be arriving here at some point on Friday night. Then of course Saturday and Sunday are the races! I’m pretty darn excited that my dad is going to be able to spectate at Longview with Luke. That’s pretty cool. πŸ™‚

Anyway, it’s looking like the weather is going to be pretty awesome this weekend! Hahaha well, I think so at least. I know a lot of people don’t agree with or understand my love of cold weather. But it’s definitely going to be cold on both days! YAY!! One of the reasons why I’ve always done fall half marathons (and pretty late in the fall at that) is because I DO NOT do well in the heat! But aside from last year when it was a little more chilly, it’s always been relatively warm when I’ve done my half marathoning. So I’m really freakin’ stoked that it’s actually going to be cold!! Not too thrilled about that chance of frozen mix on Sunday though. Luckily it’s a small chance at this point, but still, that might make things a bit unpleasant. But the possibility of snow tomorrow makes me really happy! πŸ™‚

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The weather has actually been pretty awesome lately! Ranging from kinda chilly to actually cold and I’ve been loving it! I was able to break out my winter running gear for my easy 3 miler this morning which was neat! I’m also probably going to need it this weekend. The Longview half is named thus after the lake it’s held by, so I imagine it will be cold by the water! And the course change this year is supposed to offer more lake views so I’d imagine it’s going to be pretty cold at times! Yay!

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Anyway, today’s run was beautiful and a lot of fun! I was kinda worried that I’d end up getting really excited about the fact that it’s cold out and run way to fast, but I managed to reign it in and stay at a very reasonable pace. πŸ™‚ That’s obviously really good. I don’t need to be tired from a hard 5k effort this weekend. πŸ˜‰ I’ve got one more easy 2 miler for tomorrow and then that’s it! Friday is a rest day and then I’ve got the half marathons to do on Saturday and Sunday! I feel like I might have mentioned that a few times already. πŸ˜‰ I’m just super excited.

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So after my run today my Garmin Fenix 5 said that I’m peaking. I’m not entirely sure how accurate that is, but either way I’d imagine that’s a good thing, right? I mean, I sure hope it is! My Garmin never showed me peaking for last year’s half and things went very poorly for me then. So maybe things will go really well for me this time? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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I’m very confident that I’m going to be able to finish both races without any real issues. I’ve said a couple of times now that I’d really like to PR at Longview, but if I’m being 100% honest I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’ve been really focused on volume and increasing my mileage during this training cycle and honestly I’ve gotten slower (which is saying something because I’m already super slow. πŸ˜‰ ). From what I understand that’s pretty typical and I’m not really upset about it. A PR would be nice but I’ve done all sorts of new and exciting things leading up to these races and the challenge of completing two half’s in two days is still a really cool and worthy goal/accomplishment in my book. So PR or no PR I’m just happy that I’m going to be showing up at two starting lines healthy, injury free, and ready to go!

So I’ve already kinda started prepping and getting all of my gear and what not ready and in one place. I know some people like to create flat runners by laying out their gear all nice and neat and then taking a photo of that and posting it to social media with all of the appropriate hashtags and all of the relevant brands tagged in the photo. I think that’s super neat but so far all I’ve got is a pile of random shit that I’m probably going to be wearing this weekend. Maybe in a few days it will turn into a flat runner. I doubt it though. πŸ˜‚

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Underneath the running gear you’ll notice a couple of white sweaters. Those would be sweaters that my husband never wears and has graciously given me to use as throwaway jackets for the start of both races. They’re both men’s larges so they are absolutely huge on me, but at least they’ll keep me warmer in the starting corrals and for the first mile or two than if I were just to wear my running gear!

So during my taper crazies, tantrums, whatever you want to call them, I’ve kinda been neglecting my stretching and foam rolling…But on the bright side, I’ve had more time on my hands than I normally do since I’ve been running a lot less and not having to dedicate time to pre/post run activities, so my house is VERY clean! Ok that’s kind of a lie. We’ve had a little bit of rain this week so there are muddy paw prints all over my floor and our animal room (our extra bedroom) is covered with dirt because that’s where Finn and Dean have been sleeping (Lily and Whiskey are a little bit better about staying clean.). But other than that I’ve been scrubbing walls, cleaning little nooks and crannys that often get neglected, and dusting and wiping down ALL OF THE THINGS! Hey, at least it’s keeping me busy, right? πŸ˜‰

Whew! I guess that pretty much covers everything for today! I probably wont be posting a weekly recap for this week because that would be a little bit boring haha. But I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to fill you in on this weekend. πŸ˜‰

As for now, I’ve got nice and clean sheets that need put on the bed, more laundry to do, and a floor that needs vacuumed and mopped. πŸ˜‰

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

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One Week To Go!!!!

One more week and Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will officially be happening!!!!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜Š

Don’t let my string of different emojis fool you, that’s how I should feel, but I’m still kind of experiencing the ignorant bliss that I have been throughout this whole training cycle. I guess it still hasn’t really hit me that I’m actually doing this thing. πŸ˜‚

That might be a good thing. Or it might not. I guess we shall see. But I have a feeling that around Monday or Tuesday of next week the fact that, yes I am in fact going to do this and it’s probably going to be really hard, will finally smack me in the face and wake up my long dormant nervous excitement.

I am pretty excited about the thought of getting up toe another two more starting lines. πŸ˜‰ I don’t get to race very often, so it’s always a really fun experience when I do and I always try to savor it! I’m not sure how my dad is feeling about doing his first official half. He hasn’t really said. Haha I’ve been trying to give him some pointers and advice leading up to it. He didn’t get to do much training because of his work schedule though, so it’s going to be a very interesting and potentially painful experience for both of us. πŸ˜‚

Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make it. He was going to run the Gobbler Grind Half with my dad and I, but oh well. Maybe next time, right. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ve been kinda starting to plan for and visualize both race days. I’ve been doing a really good job of visualizing how the start/finish of both races! Hahaha this will be my 4th time in a row running the Longview Half, so I have a pretty good idea of the starting/finishing situation there. What I haven’t really been doing good at is visualizing the middle/end parts of the race when things start to get difficult. I really need to work on that though. πŸ˜‚

That being said, they changed Longview’s course this year and I haven’t even bothered to look that all up. All I know is that there are supposed to be more views of Longview Lake and that they got rid of the giant hill at mile 2. Not gonna lie, I’m slightly disappointed about that! That hill was hard as hell, especially coming so early in the race, but it was also kinda fun.

Here’s the elevation map of the original Longview course. That hill is no joke!

Now as for the Gobbler Grind, I’m not too worried about visualization the harder parts of this race and figuring out how to work through them. I’m gonna have someone there to help me through the hard times and I’ll be there to help them too! So I feel like that’s really going to help be get through my second half in two days. I’m also really familiar with a lot of this course, including the start/finish line because it’s on the trail I used to run and walk on almost every day when Luke and I lived in an apartment in Overland Park. So thinking about getting there, hanging out, warming up, and lining up at that start has been easy and stress free! For both races really. I’m pretty stoked about that. It’s always nice knowing that you have a plan and don’t need to stress over little things on race day. 😊

This is really close to where the start of the Gobbler Grind is. I’m very familiar with the area. 😁

So yeah, that’s just what I’ve been thinking about and how I’ve been feeling these last couple of days.

Anyway, I did my last long run today! Yay! The plan was to do 8 miles, but not gonna lie, I’m kinda feeling like I might be getting sick (yikes! 😱) and have been really tired, so I compromised with myself and did 7 because that seemed a lot more doable for some reason. πŸ˜‚

The first like 3 ish miles of this run we’re kinda rough. But after I had done some coughing, hacking, and sneezing my lungs felt a little more cooperative and I felt a little better in general, so the rest of the run went relatively smoothly. 😁

When I got home my super spiffy new compression socks were waiting for me in my mailbox! So after second breakfast and a shower I put them on and wore them while I napped, because recovery. 😁 Haha I really like them though! They’re really comfortable, providing compression without feeling too tight, and they look pretty badass if you ask me!! I won’t be wearing them on a run until after my half marathons though. I don’t think they’d give me blisters or cause me any sort of discomfort, but I don’t want to risk it this close to my big days!

Anyway, that’s it! The hard work is done!! Now it’s time to rest, recover, and then do two half marathons in two days! 😁😁😁

So I believe I’ll be going to packet pick up for the Longview Half on Friday. I’ll also probably pick up a couple of throw away jackets that day, because it’s supposed to be really cold both mornings! Yay! By now you probably know that I love the cold!! So both Saturday and Sunday are looking good for me.

Now that’s just the weather for where I live though. I don’t live far from either race, but it’s far enough that it could be little bit different, as it gets closer to race days I’ll be checking the weather for those city’s. πŸ˜‰ I also imagine it’ll feel colder by the lake for my first half. It usually does.

Anyway, as of right now my dad is planning on driving here from Colorado Friday and will probably be here Friday night. Which is pretty awesome! That means he’ll be able to spectate at my first race with Luke Saturday morning. πŸ˜ƒ After my first half I’d like to head home so I can shower and nap, and then go pick up our packets for the second half (well, my dad’s first haha, but you know what I mean πŸ˜‰). Packet pick up is from 1-5 pm on Saturday, so I should have time to get all of that done and still be able to drive 30 minutes and into Missouri to get to the running store where packet pick up is being held. Then I guess the plan is to do a bunch of recover stuff and hang out with my dad for the rest of the day. Probably psyching each other up for what’s to come on a Sunday. 😁

So yeah. That’s just kinda the plan so far. I’m sure some things will change by next weekend and I’m good with that. I like to have a general plan, but I also like to be super open and flexible with it because shit happens. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ll talk a little bit more about potentially getting sick and how I’m feeling and what not tomorrow in my weekly recap, so that’s all for today!

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

October Miles and Goal Check In

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Is anyone doing anything fun tonight?? Originally Luke and I were going to go trick or treating with my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and her kids. But that kinda fell through, so now we’re just staying home and doing the same old same old. Bummer. But oh well…

Anyway, can you believe it’s the last day of October?!? How the heck are they’re only 2 more months left in 2018?!? I feel like I say this every year, but holy cow this year has flown by! πŸ˜‚ Actually that’s a lie. This summer kinda dragged on a bit, but other than that, the year has really flown by. πŸ˜‰

I’m pretty excited that November is almost here though! November is always a fun and busy month for me, and I have quite a bit to look forward to! For 4 years in a row now I’ve had a half marathon to run in November and obviously this year I have two!! Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make of for the second one, but my dad still is! Right now he’s planning on coming from Colorado to Kansas on Friday November 9th, so he’ll be able to go with us to my first half of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days and spectate with Luke. Then after that we plan on going to the packet pick up for the half we’re running together the next day. 😊 November is also my birthday month. I’ll be turning 27 on the 15th! Probably not going to do anything fun for it, but it’s always exciting to celebrate another trip around the sun. πŸ˜‰ Then of course Thanksgiving is November 22nd. We’ll be traveling to Colorado for that. Then the Christmas season officially begins and so does all of the fun stuff associated with that. 😁 November is always a fun month.

Anyway, did onto my monthly miles and goal check in!

90.60 miles run in October! Nice!!! πŸπŸ‚πŸ•ΈπŸ¦‡β˜ οΈ

Hahaha I’m too lazy to actually look it up on Garmin Connect, but I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage month I’ve ever done. Neat!! And I did it all without getting injured! Even more neat!! Haha and pretty dark impressive considering I’m the most injury prone, klutzy person I know. πŸ˜‚ But that alone makes me feel like October was a very successful month and that I’ve accomplished quite a bit. Especially since running more miles was one of my biggest goals for the year. 😁

As for my other goals, well, still not journaling. Oops. I’ve got nothing more to say about that really…

But I did do alright with getting my step goal in! I mean, I kinda got off to a rough start, but eventually got my shit together and started hitting it more often. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Anyway, I guess that just about covers my monthly mileage and goals. So I’ll leave you with a few more fall/Halloween type photos! I’ve kinda taken an excessive amount lately, but this is the first fall in several years that actually FELT like fall starting in October. It’s been wonderful!

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Happy Halloween!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€


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Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: 59 and 60 Days To Go!

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Two months to go!! Well, more specifically 59 more days until the Longview Half and 60 more days until the Gobble Grind Half!

Honestly when put that way, holy cow we’re getting close!! Haha I’ve been kinda thinking along the lines of “it’s still pretty early in September and November is still a ways a way”, but it’s really not. Two months. Two short months to go. Yikes. But it’s only “yikes” when I think about it that way. Once I go back to the whole “it’s only September” thing I feel a little bit better about it. Weird how the mind works like that. πŸ˜‰

Really though I’m not so worried about finishing either half. I’ve done the Longview half 3 years in a row, and this year will make it 4. IΒ knowΒ I can finish that race in particular, but the 13.1 miles in general. So I’m not really worried about that. I’m not really worried about finishing the Gobbler Grind the next day either.Β  At this point I’m actually pretty confident in my ability to finish both races. Especially since I’ll be doing the second one with my dad and brother.

What I’m really worried about is finishing times. I would really like to set a new PR and the way I see it, it’s probably best for me to go for that during the first half at Longview. My legs will be fresh, I wont be tired, and I kind of feel like I have to redeem myself after last year’s not-so-great experience at Longview. The course is going to be a little bit different this year. They got rid of the giant hill at mile two, so that will probably work out in my favor as well.

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Elevation data from the Longview Half, according to my Garmin. That hill at mile two is pretty killer haha.

I haven’t been feeling particularly speedy though. I mean, I’m definitely not a speedy person to begin with. I like to affectionately refer to myself a slow runner. But I’ve just been feeling extra slow lately. Although looking back at my running data from 2016 (the year I ran my best half marathon so far), the paces from my long runs are pretty similar. Although my shorter runs were definitely faster than I’ve been doing this year. But I have been running more this year. A lot more actually. I’ve also been injury free throughout this training cycle *knock on wood*, which is something I’ve never been able to say while training for a half marathon haha. So really it would appear that things are really going well! But jeez I’m still really worried about times. I really want a PR. It’s been a while since I’ve PR’d in anything. That being said, if things go a planned, I should be PR-ing my longest run in 4 weeks, I think? That should be pretty exciting. But I’d still really like a shiny new time PR.

I’m mostly just worried about times for the Longview Half though. The Gobbler Grind is just gonna be more for fun, although obviously it’s still going to be a bit of a challenge since I’m doing another half the day before. Since I’m doing it with family, who currently haven’t been able to do much training because of their work schedules. So it’s going to be an interesting day for all of us! Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun though. But misery loves company and all of that, so I’m sure we’ll all have fun. πŸ˜‰

Luke plans on being at both races for me and my mom is coming with with my dad and brother, but I don’t know if they plan on being at my house the morning I do Longview. Probably not, but it is a possibility that I’ll have a big cheering squad for Longview. I did the first year I ran it. My mom and dad came for it then and that was pretty sweet! But either way, it’ll be fun to have them all here, plus my mom wants to celebrate my birthday while they are, since the Gobbler Grind is only 4 days before my actual birthday. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I suppose that just about covers all of my thoughts and feelings of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, so far. I know it’s nothing really all that insightful. At this point in my life running doesn’t really feel deep and meaningful. It’s just something I do, ya know? I get up in the morning, run, and then get on with my day. I’m not sure how I’d feel if I had to go an extended period of time without running. I don’t think that would go for me. It’s just something that’s really ingrained into my life right now.

Okey dokey then! That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley and her very in the way blogging assistant, Bubbles

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