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Weekly Recap: April 30th-May 6th, 2018

This week brought with it warm weather, humidity, thunderstorms, and more severe weather. So basically normal spring time stuff here in the Midwest! On Wednesday night we even had two tornado’s forming in the area and were predicted to have wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour! Luckily nothing came of that and we just ended up getting some rain, thunder, and lightning. But to be on the safe side, the chickens got moved back into the spare bedroom and spent the night there haha. Luke and I both figured that it would be better to have them make a huge mess in there than it would have been for them to get hurt or blown away in the severe weather. But like I said, nothing ended up really happening so that was good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyways, I know I’m always talking about the weather and I’m sure that can get a little boring some times, but it’s usually a pretty big factor in my world. Between my garden, my animals, and my running, the weather is something I pay a lot of attention to. And like I said, this week brought some thunderstorms, and while I do love me some thunderstorms, the rain makes it super humid and muggy out and that kinda stuff absolutelyย drainsย me and doesn’t help my asthma situation (luckily that never really gets too bad). So since this was really the first humid week we’ve had this year (and one of the warmest so far) things did not go as planned. I always go through a super rough adjustment period when it starts getting hot and muggy out and it takes a while for me to somewhat adjust. Haha but I’ll adamantly tell you that I never actually adjust and that I was just born to reside in colder climates. ๐Ÿ˜‰

while that might not be necessarily true, I’m still not a fan of this kind of weather and my running tends to suffer because of that.

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • 10 minutes of strength work

Hot. Humid. Windy. That pretty much sums up Monday’s run. Wasn’t a fan hahaha.

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Tuesday:

  • rest day

Yeah, just couldn’t do it haha. After Monday’s run I was tired, and just bleh. But like I’ve said, humid weather does that to me. While I didn’t run on Tuesday Luke and I did end up doing some yard work before some of the rain came. He mowed the lawn, I did a bunch of weed eating, and we cleaned out our shed. Not really exciting stuff, but it needed done.

Wednesday:ย 

  • 4 miles
  • 30 minutes of yoga

It rained late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. So it was pretty gross out side when I ran. Yuck. I felt pretty terrible during and afterwards. But I did a little something and that’s all that matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then of course Wednesday night was when we had the severe weather scare. But luckily nothing really ended up happening.

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Thursday:

  • rest day

Nope nope nope nope nope. Not feeling it. Plus my calves were super duper tight and I’m not sure what that was all about. Weird. So no running for me. But I did do a little bit of work in the garden. Picked up dog poop and trash and what not. Then later in the day my 4 year old neighbor came over and she helped me clean out the chicken coop haha. I told her mom that every time she comes over I put her to work! But she has fun doing it, so it’s a win win for everyone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

Friday:

  • 3 miles
  • planted tomatoes and peppers

We had another small storm come through on Thursday night, so that meant more humidity on Friday morning. Yuck. Haha but on the bright side, all of the rain has made the grass and trees super duper green, so it’s really pretty out right now.

Haha and gardening totally counts as a workout! On Friday we went out and got most of the plants we wanted for this year so Luke did all of the hard work by tilling the big area that we grow our tomatoes and peppers in and then I planted them. ๐Ÿ™‚ So far they’re all looking really good out there!

 

 

Saturday:

  • 6.5 miles
  • 1 hour on the stationary bike

Ewww. This run. This run was not fun. The original plan was 8 miles, and I had even thought to myself that if I felt really good I might even go for 10! Obviously I didn’t feel really good though haha. I was absolutely and completely done by about mile 5. But I pushed through another mile and a half before I finally called it quits. Adjusting to the warm, humid, sunny weather is always a long and difficult process for me. But I think sticking it out there for as long as I did on Saturday probably helped some. And then later in the afternoon I was bored so I figured I might as well hop on the stationary bike for a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, this run did kind make me a bit nervous for the 5k I’m doing next week. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be warm and sunny and I obviously don’t do well in that kind of weather haha. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

 

 

Sunday:

  • more work in the garden

I can’t really call today a rest day because I feel like I didn’t really do much resting. Plus I did a lot of weed whacking around the yard and pulled weeds out of the tomato/pepper patch and now my arms feel like jello hahaha. So I mean, working in the garden totally counts as cross training in my book!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Total Weekly Mileage: 16.63

Not exactly what I’ve been aiming for, but considering the heat, humidity, and my weirdly tight calves, I’ll gladly take it! All in all I’d say it wasn’t a bad week. Definitely not a great week, but still not bad! I’ve got the Running With The Cows 5k next week and I’m getting pretty excited about that! It should be lots of fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I hope you’ve had a great week!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: March 19th-25th, 2018

Spring is here, here in Kansas! At least for now. The Midwest can get kinda weird with the weather sometimes haha. But the highs have been mostly in the 50’s and 60’s this week, and of course I’m kinda sad to see winter go. But it’s sill pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, so I haven’t really been experiencing any warmer weather running yet, since I typically run in the morning. Honestly though I should probably be trying to run during the warmer parts of the day, to help make transitioning to summer running and super hot weather just a little bit easier, but I’m just not ready to commit to that yet. I am a cold weather runner through and through. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The spring like weather has also brought some rain too, as it usually does here in the Midwest. We really needed it. It’s been pretty dry here lately. Plus I love rainy weather and think running in it is a lot of fun! Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve felt a little bit more motivated to run this week! Last week life kinda got in the way of running and instead of adjusting and making it happen, I let it fall to the wayside. But As predicted in my weekly recap last week, this week was better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 35 minutes of yoga

It started raining late Sunday night and pretty much never stopped until later in the afternoon on Monday. Good thing I enjoy rainy runs! Because unless I wanted to wait until well after 3 pm (which I never want to do. Morning runs are more my jam), I was going to get wet during this run. Which I definitely did. Well, soaked is more like it! It was a lot of fun though, as most rainy runs are!

But I think I got frostnip on my legs. It was in the high 30’s/low 40’s and pouring down rain, and I wasย almostย dressed appropriately. I should have worn my wind pants over my running tights, because when I got home, wrestled myself out of my running gear, and hopped in the shower, I noticed the tops of my thighs were super red. That ended up being kinda itchy and uncomfortable for the rest of the morning but as I warmed up it mostly went away. Haha good thing I wasn’t out there any longer or I might have actually ended up with frostbite or hypothermia. Lesson learned; when in doubt, wear the second pair of pants.

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Tuesday:ย 

  • 2 easy miles
  • 10 minutes of ab work

Yeah, this run didn’t feel easy. But I got most of it done without too many issues. Haha I was supposed to do 2 easy miles followed by a couple of 20 second strides, but I kinda skipped those. Still doing better than last week though! I feel like that’s becoming my mantra for this week. Hey, it totally works though! Did some ab work later in the day, and was very much looking forward to my rest day on Wednesday.

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Wednesday:ย 

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of yoga

I was definitely ready for this rest day haha. Did some restorative yoga, walked Lily, cleaned the house. It was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ And since I don’t have any other photos from Wednesday, lets just take a second to appreciate how big my chicks are getting! I am so freaking excited about getting fresh eggs!!!

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Thursday:

  • 1 hour on the stationary bike

On Tuesday I was kind of excited about having a rest day followed by a cross training day, but once I got there I felt kinda meh about the whole situation. I don’t particularly enjoy cross training. I think my stationary bike is super boring. But it is a necessary evil. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I spent an hour pedaling on my stationary bike, while day dreaming about the interval workout I had planned for Friday morning.

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Friday:ย 

  • Interval work

Speed work! Yay!! Did a 1 mile warm up, 30 minutes of intervals (1 minute of hard running, 30 seconds of recovery, followed by a 1 mile cool down. Haha a lot of that cool down was walking though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, this workout was so much fun! Hard. Really hard, considering I haven’t done any kind of actual speed work in forever. But it felt really good. Haha now if only I could hold that 7:35 pace for an extended period of time. That happened while running downhill with reckless abandon though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really should have done some stretching and foam rolling after that, but holy cow I was tired! I spend the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing. Totally worth it.

Anyway, my fancy new Oiselle running tights with all the pockets were supposed to show up on Friday but they never did. This is why I dislike the UPS. Every single time I order something online and it ships via UPS it ends up taking several more days than it’s supposed to to actually arrive. So I guess we’ll see when they show up…

 

 

Saturday:

  • 2 easy miles
  • 20 minutes of strength work

Turkey socks in March? Why not?! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Actually, my feet were a little sore and the only compression gear I have that actually goes on my feet are holiday themed.๐Ÿ˜‰ But I mean, weโ€™re only a few days into spring and Iโ€™m already excited for fall. ๐Ÿ˜‚Anyway, the compression socks definitely helped, but my left heel was still kinda sore and that usually means my left IT band isnโ€™t happy. Running on cambered roads does that to me sometimes. Especially when I donโ€™t pay enough attention to my hips. Itโ€™s all connected, baby! So I cut my run short and followed it with some strength moves for my hips. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday:

  • Rest Day
  • 40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Stayed up a little too late last night, slept like shit, woke up sore. Haha good thing it’s a rest day! I’m really glad that I ended up cutting my run a little short yesterday, because holy cow is my left IT band tight today! Luckily it’s not in any kind of pain though. My knee also doesn’t hurt and my left heel is feeling a lot better. All good signs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve had troubles with this IT band before, but this time I think I caught it before it turned into actual IT band syndrome. Yay for listening to my body!! I wonder if my running form has changed because of my broken toe though. At this point it doesn’t really hurt at all and the toe seems to be back to normal, but I suppose that doesn’t mean I’m not doing something different with my left foot and just not noticing it. I really can’t think of another reason as to why my IT band would be acting up again. Especially since I’ve barely been running 10 miles a week and haven’t done anything to exciting besides my speed workout on Wednesday. Hmmm. Oh well, at least I’ve realized it’s on its way to becoming a problem and have started giving it a little extra love.

Today I took an Epsom salt bath, and spent some time on my yoga mat stretching my hips, IT band and foam rolling everything. Hopefully it just needed some attention and doesn’t turn into a thing, but it’s definitely something I’m going to be paying attention to.

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So what about you?? How was your week? Has your IT band ever given you trouble before? What did you do for it?

Happy Sunday everyone!!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: February 19th-25th, 2018

No weekly recap from last week because last week was pretty boring haha. Spent a lot of time resting and icing my toe, hoping that it would heal quickly. Luckily all of that resting seemed to pay off! My toe has been feeling a lot better and I’ve been able to walk on it a lot better. It seems to get a little bit better everyday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday:ย 

  • 25 minutes of strength training
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Was finally able to take Lily for a walk on Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha poor Lily, it’s been almost 2 weeks since she’s been on a walk. Dean and Finn don’t mind, they like to spend most of their time in the backyard running around, chasing each other, and barking at squirrels. But Lily has separation anxiety and wont do that. So she’s been quite worked up since she’s been just as stuck inside as I have. But we fixed that on Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Followed up our walk with some strength work and time on my stationary bike.

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Tuesday:ย 

  • Rest Day

Monday started out at around 67 degrees with thunderstorms in the forecast. But all the the temperature dropped and by Tuesday the thunderstorms had turned into ice and snow. That was kind of interesting! I’ve seen a thunder snow before (which is just a snow storm with thunder and lighting), but Tuesday was the first time I’d ever seen an ice storm with thunder and lighting. That’s the Midwest for you, I suppose haha.

So thanks to all of the ice and the little bit of snow on the ground, Luke couldn’t make it to work. He tried, but the roads were terrible and our car doesn’t have heat so the ice that was still coming down was freezing to his windshield, so he could hardly see. He didn’t make it very far before he had to turn around and come home. So we used that as an opportunity to hang out all day, cuddled up on the couch with all three dogs and both cats, and playing video games, and watching YouTube videos and finishing an anime series that we’d started at some point a week or so ago. It was nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My sweet boys Dean and Finn are best friends. โค

Wednesday:ย 

  • 30 minutes of strength work
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

By Wednesday my toe was feeling good enough for me to want to experiment with running on it! But the roads were still pretty icy from the ice storm on Tuesday and I definitely didn’t want to aggravate the injury by running on ice. So I decided to work on my biggest weakness instead; my upper body. Mainly my arms. They’re kind of pathetically weak haha. So I did about 30 minutes of body weight exercises with them and with a little bit of ab work thrown in just for fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Followed that up with some time on my stationary bike and then did a little bit of yoga in the afternoon.

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Thursday:ย 

  • 2.5 miles
  • 20 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Hi my name is Ashley and I’m really good at making really bad decisions. Like attempting to run 2.5 miles on a probably broken toe on roads that were covered in black ice. Like I said, my toe is feeling a lot better, but running on ice still seems like a bad idea. But they had salted the roads at least twice by Thursday morning so how bad could they really be, right? Crazy icy. Super slippery. That’s the answer to that question haha. Lots of slipping, sliding, and walking happened. Oh and lots of laughing too, because the whole situation was just hilarious and I thought it was great. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday:ย 

  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

Yesterday Luke’s sister and her oldest son came to Kansas from Oklahoma to see a concert in Kansas City. So before they went to their show we all went out to dinner along with Luke’ brother, his brother’s girlfriend and her kids (who we just met for the very first time last night). We all ended up having a lot of fun! We don’t really get to see Luke’s sister or her kids (she also has 2 younger kids she didn’t have with her). The last time we got to hang out was during our family trip last summer, so it was nice to see them and hang out for a little bit! And meeting my brother-in-laws girlfriend and her kids was nice as well. Her kids are very sweet and she seems really nice. Haha But anyway, long periods of social interaction with big groups of people wear me out! I’m kind of an introvert by nature so that’s pretty typical. So on Friday I kind of needed to rest and recharge. Plus I’m still not so sure about my whole toe situation, so I kinda figured running two days in a row probably wasn’t a great idea, so I stuck with my stationary bike instead. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday:

  • travel day

On Saturday I ended up going to Colorado with my dad! We had an eventful day and did some pretty fun stuff. You can read about all of that here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday:

  • sight seeing day

My mom, dad, and I spend most of today out sight seeing and doing a bunch of other fun stuff. It’s a lot to post about here, but I’ll talk all about that in another post soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I hope everyone has had a good week!

Greetings from Colorado!

~Ashley

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Running In A Severe Thunderstorm Is A Great Way To Add A Little Danger To Your Running Routine

First, let me preface this post by saying I don’t recommend running during severe weather. Along with the obvious risk of getting struck by lightning, there’s also a chance of getting hailed on, getting hit with tree branches or other debris, and if is raining hard enough it may be difficult for drivers to see you, which can get very dangerous.

Also, I didn’t go out and run during this “dangerous” thunderstorm (as the weatherbug app called it) on purpose. That just kinda happened because I decided that checking the weather once was probably good enough. It was not haha.

So let me explain what went down this morning…

I woke up and got out of bed at 5 am, as I’ve been doing for the last week and a half ish. I made coffee, ate breakfast, then got dressed and checked the weather bug app while I drake my coffee and sipped on some water.

According to weatherbug, we were under a dangerous thunderstorm alert until 6 am, so I checked the radar, and saw that yes there was a chance that we were going to get hit with a pretty bad storm, but the dark orange section of this storm on the radar map was relatively small and it looked like it might not hit us at all. I decided that I was probably going to get rained on and experience a little bit of thunder and lightning since it looked like the yellow section of the storm on the radar map was coming right at us, but I figured that since the dangerous thunderstorm alert ended at 6 I should be ok. After that I didn’t bother to check the weather again and that ended up being a huge mistake.

I set out on to do my 4 miler at 5:30 am. Still assuming that the dangerous thunderstorm alert ended in half an hour and that I’d probably be ok to run. Plus even though I know it’s probably not the best idea, I do like running in thunderstorms as long as they aren’t too bad, so I was actually kind of excited!

Initially I was seeing a lot of lightning, but I didn’t really think much of it. A lot of thunderstorms here in the Midwest produce a lot of lightning, even if the storm really isn’t all that bad. Plus it hadn’t even started raining or really thundering yet so I thought I was going to be able to finish my 4 miler without any problems.

I was a little over half a mile in when it started to sprinkle a little bit, but I like running in the rain, so I wasn’t worried about it at all. When I was about a mile in, the wind started to pick up and the temperature started to drop very quickly. I think it ended up dropping close to 10 degrees actually. That’s when I started to get a little bit worried. A minute or two after I started to worry about this storm, there was a huge flash of lighting and a loud boom of thunder.

That’s when I knew that things were going to get really bad and that I should probably start heading home. So I ran passed the street I was originally going to turn on and turned onto my street instead. At that point it was absolutely pouringย down rain, the wind was getting crazy bad, tree branches were falling down, I got hit with a few stray leaves and sticks (luckily it was nothing too big. That probably would have ended badly), and there was a lot of really big lightning bolts and very loud thunder. And I was still almost a mile away from home.

I kept on trucking though and I made it home without indecent! I ended up stopping at 1.78 miles, which was super unsatisfying, but there was no way I was going to try to get in that last almost .2 miles done during that storm.

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I actually made it home right before Luke left for work, so I got to talk to him for a little bit. And don’t worry, he did in fact tell me that I was crazy and that I probably should have waited to run haha. After he left I did a little bit of yoga to try to loosen up my calves (they were feeling quite tight today) and then I sat in my wet running gear for probably around 30 minutes while I waited for the storm worst of the storm to pass.

So once the really bad part of the storm was over (and this time I made sure to check the weather several ย times before I went back out ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I set out to finish my run. It was still raining and there was a little bit of thunder and lighting, but it wasn’t too bad. So I was excited about that! Those are the kind of thunderstorms I like to run it haha. But unfortunately after sitting around for a while I just wasn’t feeling the whole running thing anymore. I was cold and my legs were feeling really tight (probably from sitting around in wet clothes) and I just wasn’t having fun anymore. So I did another 2 miles, decided that that got me close enough to 4 miles for the day, and then called it quits.

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While finishing up those 2 miles, I ran past the street that I hadย almostย run down earlier and I am very glad that I ended up turning onto my street instead. There are so many downed tree limbs in one part of that street, that they’re almost completely blocking part of the road. It’s a very good thing I didn’t decided to take that way home, because that probably wouldn’t have ended well for me…

I mean, there are downed tree limbs everywhere now, but it looked like that street was the worst. Luckily the worst damage to storm did to us was knock a decent sized branch onto the garden fence. It didn’t even hit any of the plants! So we got off pretty easy. My next door neighbor has a huge tree limb on his roof now. I sure hope it didn’t damage his roof. It doesn’t look too bad, but I guess it’s kinda hard to tell.

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Anyway, it’s almost 10 am as I type this, and the sun is shining, the birds are chirpping, and it’s looking like it’s going to be another beautiful, albeit hot and humid, day. Eventually I’m going to have to go out and enjoy it (and probably complain about how hot it is haha), but for now I’m thinking I need to take a little nap. My little storm chasing adventure kinda wore me out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley