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Weird Weather, Happy Eclipse Day, and Half Marathon Number 3 Is Officially A-Go!

The weather this morning was pretty interesting to say the least! Woke up to a rainbow but no rain (at that point at least), then it did eventually start raining while the sun was still shining. That didn’t last too long though, and my weather app said that that was supposed to be the end of it, so I went out to go for a run, but a thunderstorm developed right on top of me and the lighting was getting pretty crazy, so I made my way home. And saw a second rainbow, which was pretty neat. Then after that it rained off and on until about 10 am, with a bunch of crazy thunder and lightning. Good times haha.

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As of 10:04 am as I type this, it’s still pretty cloudy out. I’m hoping it’ll clear up here in the next hour and a half ish. That’s when we’re supposed to be able to see the eclipse. Where I live in Kansas I don’t think we’ll be able to see the full thing and we’re only supposed to be able to see it for a few seconds, but still, it’ll be neat! But we wont be able to see it if the damn clouds wont go away haha.

Anyways, I guess I should probably explain why I haven’t posted anything here since last Tuesday. So at some point two weekends ago (at the Green Day concert, I think) I somehow hurt my leg and have been unable to run. I’ve basically been hobbling around for the past week. It’s not been fun haha. So I just haven’t had anything to talk about really. That and those post concert blues have hit me pretty hard. πŸ˜‰

But anyway, at first I thought it was my calf/shin that was hurting but I couldn’t exactly pin point where. But over the weekend I realized it was actually my knee that was the problem and the pain has just been radiating down my whole lower leg. Haha I’m pretty sure I just never noticed because I’ve had issues with that knee since I was 13 or 14 and I’ve just gotten used to it hurting. I have osgood schlatter disease in my left knee. It was supposed to go away by the time I stopped growing, but it never did. It’s a whole thing… Anyway, it’s been hurting. Luckily though it’s not shin splits like I originally thought. That would have meant a lot less running until it stopped hurting. The good news is that I’ve always been able to continue being active whenever my knee hurts, I just have to put up with it until it stops. Which it eventually will. Hopefully haha.

But yeah, like I said, I got a run in today. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My leg hurt for the first few minutes but it eventually worked itself out and it felt alright during the rest of my run. The goal was to do 30 easy minutes, but I ended up cutting that short because of the weather. At about 1.8 miles I was back at my driveway and I figured that was good enough, considering the crazy lighting and all. Ah well, it’s probably all for the best anyway. I shouldn’t be pushing it too hard after not running for a week and all.

I’m just glad I was able to get out there. Now hopefully I’ll be able to slowly ease back into half marathon training, because I’ve (finally) signed up for the Longview half last Friday! So it’s officially officially, I’ll be running the Longview half for the 3rd year in a row! Yay!!

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But yeah, that’s all I’ve got for today. I guess I’m off to go pray for the clouds to clear up and wait for the eclipse. πŸ™‚

Happy Monday everyone!

~Ashley

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Garmin Fenix 5, Half Marathon Training Day 3, and Other Randomness

Yay last night my amazing husband replaced my Forerunner 235 that I somehow managed to drown in the pool while we were in Florida! RIP Forerunner. You are greatly missed…Haha and that tan line is still there, but it’s not so bright white anymore. πŸ˜‰

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So anyway, last night Luke and I had to run to the store to pick up a few things that we needed. Mainly dishwasher detergent because we were completely out. Haha isn’t being an adult fun? πŸ˜‰ While we were out Luke basically goes “oh by the way I’m getting you a new Garmin today”. Obviously I was super exited, I’ve been very much missing my Garmin and trying to figure out how to use new apps and dealing with the not so great GPS on my phone was just no fun…but I also new he was fucking up to something, because he’s always up to something when it comes to things like this hahah! And then while we were talking in the car we were kinda messing around and I said something “mean” I guess (I don’t remember what it was, but like I said, we we’re just messing around). So he said something to the effect of “you can’t say that, I’m about to spend $500 on a watch for you!” I immediately responded with “I swear to God, you’d better not get me a Fenix! I was perfectly happy with my Forerunner!” Well he told me that “you got to pick out the last one, now it’s my turn to pick.”

Long story short, I’m now the proud owner of a Fenix 5.

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I was super duper excited to try it out this morning, but I was Β not super duper excited about waking up at almost 6 am. Especially after going to bed a little late last night. Haha I probably should have woken up an hour earlier, but there was no way that was going to happen. But at the very least, I still slept better last night than I did the night before. πŸ™‚

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Honestly I really didn’t want to get up at 6, but I had a new toy to try out and I needed to redeem myself from yesterday’s pretty much failed attempt at running, so I got up (very reluctantly), got dressed, drank half a cup of coffee, and got out the door. And any runner know’s that that’s the truly hard part, everything tends to be a lot easier once you step out the door. πŸ˜‰

My half marathon training plan called for a steady 40 minute run today, but that sounded boring and it’s hot and even though I feel A LOT better I’m still getting over the flu, so I wanted to be able to take walking breaks, so I did a slow interval workout instead. πŸ™‚ I had a lot of fun with it and I hit the 5k mark (which was my goal) in 42:33. So pretty slow, but not bad all things considered. Plus since this was the first run with my Fenix I ran 3 new PR’s, because, you know, a new watch automatically resets all of your previous PR’s haha. Yeah, that’s totally how it works. πŸ˜‰

…Ok, not really, but it’s still fun to watch them pop up on the screen. πŸ™‚

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After my run I checked on the garden. We got quite a bit of rain a few days ago, so the grounds still pretty wet, so I didn’t have to do any watering today. I should have done some weeding, but it was getting hot, and I was already hot and tired from running (and this is why I should have woken up earlier πŸ˜‰ ). Oh well, most everything is still looking really good! One of my cherry tomato plants is looking like it’s not going to make it, but that’ll happen. I’m not too worried about it though, since there are 2 other cherry tomato plants out there. I’ve also got 2 little melons, and a pretty decent sized melon growing on my watermelon vine right now. I’m super excited about those and I can’t wait until they’re ready to pick and to eat!

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Today’s harvest. πŸ™‚

After harvesting what produce I could, I took Lily for a super short walk, showered, made breakfast, ate, drank the rest of my coffee, and watched the Chasing Coral documentary on Netflix. It was very interesting and I definitely recommended it if you’re ever bored and trying to find something to watch on Netflix. Not gonna lie, it was a little bit depressing to watch, but I think that’s why more people need to watch things like this! We obviously need to change the way we’re going about things in order to save the planet, but I feel like most people (myself included) don’t think about these kinds of things enough, and we just go about with our day to day life without giving out dying planet a single thought, but I digress…

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While doing all of the above mentioned things, I was perusing Facebook a bit and I saw that the Longview Half’s page had posted this years finisher medal. It’s pretty nifty! Not gonna lie, I think I like last years medal a little bit better, but it’s still not bad. Hahah I still need to actually register for the race. I’ll get to that at some point though…

Anyways, I’ve got quite a bit of stuff that I need to get done around the house now. I also see a nap and some yoga in my very near future. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping that once Luke get’s home this evening we’ll be able to watch Rouge One (which is also on Netflix!!!). I already watched it once a few days ago, but now Luke absolutely has to see it and I’m totally game to watch it again! It was a fantastic movie in my opinion.

Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

 

 

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™‚

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™‚