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Weekly Recap: December 31st – January 6th, 2018-2019

Hello 2019! I’ve sure got some big goals for you!! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

I haven’t really gotten right down to work this week though. πŸ˜‚ Luke and I went back to Illinois for New Year’s Eve, and then he took the rest of the week off from work. So I was still caught in a bit of that weird holiday limbo this week. Although it has been a lot better than last week and I do feel like I’ve accomplished something. 😁

Monday:

New Years Eve

On Sunday night Luke and I drove back to Illinois so we could hang out at his dad’s house for New Year’s Eve, and that we did! We spent Sunday night eating too much, staying up too late, and playing board games. Same for New Year’s Eve, except we stayed up even later (we finally went to bed at 3 am πŸ˜‚), lived solely on several different cheese dips, chips, little smokies, and alcohol. Whew, it was a crazy night, but a good one!

The dogs all passed out around 9:30 pm though. πŸ˜‚

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see anyone on my side of the family but my grandma and Uncle. But my siblings and dad are in Colorado and my mom is still in Illinois, but …well that situation is just really weird right now.

My dad and I are always texting back and forth though. I don’t remember exactly when, but at some point over the weekend he decided to do the Running With The Cows 5k with me this year (I’m not even sure if I mentioned that I’ve signed up for that here or not πŸ˜‚), so he signed up for that. Then he found some big trail running festival thing in Colorado that he wanted to go to, so he signed us both up for the 10k that’s being held that weekend. That event is in April and is about 5 hours away from where he lives, so we’re gonna drive there and then camp there all weekend. That should be fun!! 😊

So I’m pretty stoked that I’ve already got two races lined up for 2019, but now I really need to get my ass in gear and start training for them. πŸ˜‚

Tuesday:

We hung out at Luke’s dad’s for a while on Tuesday, but that afternoon we went and visited his grandma for a little bit and then drove home that evening. It’s nice to go visit family, but holy cow is it exhausting!! We’re pretty much done with that for a while now. πŸ˜‰

Wednesday:

  • 2.5 miles

After our drive back from Illinois Tuesday evening, we spent Wednesday morning recuperating from New Year’s Eve and all of the driving. πŸ˜‚ It was ridiculously nice to sleep in our own bed that night.

In the afternoon I went out and ran a couple of miles. I probably could have and should have done more, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I was still feeling kinda bleh from all of the junk food, alcohol, and lack of sleep. But at least I got out and ran! 😊

Anyway, I found $5 on my first run in 2019! I feel like that’s a good sign for this year! At least I sure hope so!

Thursday:

  • 4 miles

Was feeling a lot better on Thursday! My legs were kinda dead though. Probably from spending so much time in the truck earlier this week. Still pretty happy with the 4 miles I got done though. Plus it was nice and cold which is nice. β„οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

Friday:

  • Rest Day

Friday was the last day of Luke’s little vacation, so we had ourselves a little party for just the two of us. πŸ˜‰ Basically all we did on Friday was farm virtually (Luke playing Stardew Valley on his Switch and me playing Story Of Seasons: Trio Of Towns on my 3DS) while eating a ridiculous amount of snacks. I also baked cookies, so yeah, more snacks. πŸ˜‚ It was a good time though! 😁

Bubbles snuggled with me throughout most of it, but here she is on our pile of couch blankets. 😹

Saturday:

  • 5 miles
  • 30 minutes of Pilates

Whew! Back to reality!

Apparently chips, queso dip, and chocolate chip cookie are fantastic running fuel because this run was pretty great!! Hahaha I thought it was gonna be horrible after all of those snacks on Friday. πŸ˜‚ My legs were still feeling kinda heavy, but other than that I felt pretty good! Even managed a few speedy intervals in the middle of this run that felt really good. Hahaha but those probably felt good because I also ate some a Honey Stinger chews in the middle of this run. πŸ˜‚ I felt like I needed it though. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, after my run I cleaned out the chicken coop and collected two eggs for the day, cleaned around the house, showered, attempted and failed to nap (although just laying in bed for 30 minutes was nice), finished cleaning the house, did a piss ton of laundry, and then finally did some Pilates. It was a very productive day. 😁

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Yeah, yeah. ANOTHER rest day. But I’m trying to get back into the regular rhythm and flow of a usual week in my life, and Sundays are always my day off, so it made sense.

Anyway, spent my Sunday off dyeing my hair. Because my Sundays tend to be dedicated to hair upkeep nowadays, between dyeing it and using hair masks on it. πŸ˜‚ But it’s getting longer and it does require more work when it’s long. Plus this purple I’ve been using fades out super fast and I hate it. I need to get some more Manic Panic. That seems to work a lot better for me. πŸ˜πŸ’œ

Alrighty! It’s been a crazy week! It was fun, but I’m ready to get back into a regular routine and to start training for some upcoming races this spring (be in the lookout for a post about that later in the week! πŸ˜‰).

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Now let’s get back at it! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

~Ashley

Goals for 2019

Happy 2019!!!! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season and a safe and happy New Year’s celebration! πŸΎπŸŽ‰

Now that we’re 4 days into 2019 I thought I’d share my goals for the new year. Honestly I’ve actually had most of them planned out since November. πŸ˜‚ Mostly because that’s when I got my Believe Training Journal. It’s got a section in it about goal planning and that’s the first thing I filled out in it.

After that I spent some time really thinking about and refining what I came up with. Setting goals can require a little bit of soul searching. You’ve really got to admit to yourself where you’re at, the work you’re willing to/able to put in, and whether or not the goals you’re setting are actually realistic. I definitely believe in setting big, scary goals, but I also think if you’re going to set big goals you should set smaller, much more obtainable goals. Goals that can be used as stepping stones to set you up for success and get you that much closer to the bigger, scarier goals.

So, here are my big, scary goals for 2019!!

  • Run a 35 minute 5k
  • Run a 2:45:00 half marathon
  • Run 1000 miles this year

Yeah, considering my current PR times these are some really big goals! But I know I can run faster. I’m what I affectionately refer to as a slow runner, and I’m perfectly ok with that. But I still want to push myself and see what I’m capable of and I’m pretty sure that if I put in the work, I’ll be able to crush my goals. Or at the very least get close!

As for the 1000 miles on 2019, well, that’s mostly just a way to keep myself consistent. I ran 692.25 in 2018. That’s 118.9 miles more than I ran in 2017 which is pretty cool, but I know I have more in me. Hahaha if anything I think 2018 has built up my confidence and has really made me want to put in some hard work and get shit done in 2019!!

Now, as I’ve said, big scary goals are important. But you need smaller goals that are a bit more obtainable to use as stepping stones to get to those bigger goals. So I’ve got some of those as well!! 😊

  • Hit 12,000 steps almost every day (similar to the 10,000 steps that I did almost every day in 2018)
  • Run a 10 minute mile
  • Run a 1:25:00 10k (I’ve actually done this before, but it’s been a while. I’d also really like to PR my 10k time, but for now this is my goal)
  • Get my nutrition in line (I’d also be happy to lose some weight, but I’m more concerned about nutrition and how it affects my performance)
  • Focus on the 1 precent-ers (yoga, strength work, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, things of that nature)
  • Keep writing Monthly Goal Check In post
  • Keep up with my training journal

Well, that about covers it! Those are my goals and now they’re out there for all the world to see! Not gonna lie, that’s kinda scary having it all out there because obviously there’s always the chance that I won’t hit my goals. But that’s exactly what happened with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two days. I had a big goal, something outside of my control prevented me from accomplishing it, I had to work through all of those feelings and what not but I lived hahaha. So even if I don’t hit my goals I know I’ll be able to get over it and move on. Honestly that’s I think that’s the hardest thing about setting goals. The possibility of failure holds you back, but once you experience it and make it through a failure in one piece it sure makes setting big, scary goals a little bit easier! πŸ˜‚

Okey dokey, that’s all for now!

Happy 2019!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 1st-7th, 2018

Welp, the new year has kinda gotten off to a rough start for me. I’ve been sick (again πŸ˜‘) and unable to do much running. Mostly because we’ve been stuck in single/negative temperatures and attempting to run in that with a sore throat is pretty freaking miserable. So I’ve mostly been focusing on rest this week, which is probably exactly what I need after all of the craziness, running around, alcohol, and super late nights that our Christmas adventures brought last week. But resting has been kinda nice. Luke took most of this week off from work, so we’ve been hanging out, playing video games, and cooking a few things from Run Fast Eat Slow. So that’s been fun!

Not gonna lie, watching everyone else getting to work on their goals for the new year has been a little bit torturous. I’ve got big goals that I want to start working on too! πŸ˜‚ But first I gotta get over this illness…

Monday (New Year’s Day):

  • 2 miles

I attempted to get a decent run in on Monday. But like I said, the super cold temps were not mixing well with my sore throat, so I had to call it at 2 miles. Haha I probably shouldn’t have even done that, but oh well. πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday:

  • Β Rest Day

Yeah, I woke up feeling even worse on Tuesday. Basically conferming the fact that I should have not run on Monday. But I mean, I had to start off 2018 with a run! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, Luke and I spent most of Tuesday at home, doing a whole lot of nothing, which is probably what I needed. I also spent a lot of time drinking apple cider vinegar and raw honey in warm water, because it’s good for colds/sore throats.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • Walked around the dog park

Started to feel a little bit better on Wednesday! Plus it was a little bit warmer (and by that I mean it was in the 20’s πŸ˜‰ ), so we took the dogs to the park so they could run around a little bit. And then for dinner we made the herb chicken, and miso soup from Run Fast Eat Slow! Haha I had to make a few changes to the soup; I couldn’t find any red miso at the store so I used white, and I used some nori sheets I had instead of having to buy wakame. It still ended up tasting really good though! I added some soba noodles and it ended up being the perfect dinner on a cold winter’s night. Oh and the chicken turned out really well too!! I just don’t have a photo of it. πŸ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • Rest Day

My throat was still sore on Thursday, but I was starting to feel like I was finally starting to get well again. I wonder if my delicious soup had something to do with that? πŸ˜‰ I didn’t want to push it though, so no running. But I did make some of the superhero muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Those turned out really well!!!

Friday:

  • 3 miles

Was feeling much better by Friday, so I decided to get a nice 3 miler done. It was about 18 degrees out and by the end of it my throat was starting to hurt a little bit again. But when I was about a mile in some guy wearing a veteran hat, while walking a Chihuahua that was wearing a pink sweater called me tough. So I mean, that was great. πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • Easy peasy 20 minute run (1.5 miles)
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Still sniffling and sneezing on Saturday, but as a whole I was feeling a lot better! Haha tired, but better. πŸ™‚ Almost didn’t run though. Like I said, I was tired, and it was still pretty cold out and I was worried about my throat starting to hurt again…But when I checked the weather I saw that we were supposed to get some freezing rain on Sunday, so I decided I needed to get a short run in since I probably wouldn’t be able to the next day. I’m glad I did it. πŸ™‚

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Basically just trying to get back into my usual scheduled, which means taking Sunday as a rest day. πŸ™‚ The freezing rain actually just turned out to be a really really cold rain, so the roads weren’t at all bad like I was worried they’d end up being. So I ended up taking all of the dogs for walks in the rain. Haha not like they mind! Probably not the best decision for me, since I’m attempting to get over this cold, but I love me some rainy weather!! πŸ™‚

So yeah, it’s definitely been an interesting week haha. Glad I’m finallly feeling better and I’m super excited to really get started on my goals for this month and this year!

I hope everyone had a good week!

~Ashley

2018 Goals, Potential Races, and Finn’s First Birthday!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

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I hope you had a very merry Christmas, a fun (and safe) New Year’s Eve, and a happy holiday season in general. Mine sure was!!

For Thanksgiving Luke and I drove to my parents’ place Colorado and only really got to spend one full day there, but we jam packed that day with all sorts of fun (which you can read all about here πŸ™‚ )!

 

 

For Christmas we drove to Illinois and were able to stay there for a little longer. We spent A LOT of time running around all over the place trying to go everywhere we needed to go, see everyone we needed to see, and attended the usual family Christmas parties. We totally succeeded at all of that and had lots of fun doing it! It hardcore wore us out though and I think all of that contributed in my getting a gross chest cold later in the week haha. You can read about that craziness here, if you’d like. πŸ˜‰

 

And as for New Year’s Eve well, we were going to hang out with some friends, but one of them had just had surgery and since I was sick that didn’t end up happening. So I spent most of the morning making the Carrot-Ginger soup from Run Fast Eat Slow and it turned out great!! Then Luke and I just hung out at home together all night. It sucks that I’m sick but it was still nice. Plus he’s taken a couple of days off of work this week, so we’ll getΒ even more time to spend together which is nice. He works a lot so we don’t get that very often anymore.

But anyway, enough about holiday stuff, lets talk about my goals for the new year!! Honestly I don’t have many that are super thought out or anything. One day a week or two ago I just wrote down a few things I wanted to do and work on and kinda sorta built on those, pretty much as I wrote this blog post hahaha.

Goals For 2018:

  • Be more constant about hitting my step goal. Thanks to the whole fitness tracker crazy, it seems like nowadays a goal that a bunch of people have is to take 10,000 steps everyday, and I am one of those people. 10,000 steps is kind of an arbitrary number, but I think it’s a good goal to have, especially in our modern world in which we do a lot of sitting. It’s definitely a very obtainable goal and I’m usually pretty good about it, but I’ve been slacking a little bit over the past several months. Now I decided to go with being more consistent instead of trying to aim for it every single day because that seems like the better way to go. I mean, every once in a while it’s nice to have a day were you sit around doing nothing, or life happens and you just can’t get it done without going to extremes, or becoming super neurotic about it. And besides, consistency is key. πŸ™‚
  • Build up my weekly running mileage to about 50-60 miles a week. This is something I’ve been wanting/needing to do for a while, but have never really come up with a plan to accomplish. Technically I still don’t have an actualΒ plan,Β but I do have a pretty good idea about how I want to go about doing it, so at least there’s that.
  • Keep a training log. Another thing I’ve been needing to do for a while! Actually, I have kinda sort kept a written log before. I do really well for a while but then kinda taper out. But now I plan on keeping an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it haha! I think a written log is definitely going toe help me find things I can do to help me improve my running, figure out how/when/why I get injured (I’m kinda sort injury prone πŸ˜‰ ), and help me keep up with my goals. I mean, it seems like the most successful runners keep a written training log, so there’s gotta be something to it!
  • Write down one positive thing in said training log every day. I think this will just be a good way to remember that not everyday is good, but there is good in everyday. Even if that good is something super small like met a new dog, ate a yummy cookie, my hair looked nice today, and stuff like that. πŸ™‚

So that pretty much covers my goals for the year. I think they’re all achievable goals. Now I just have to remember to stick with them hahaha. πŸ˜‰

Along with my goals there are also a few races that I want to run this year; the Garmin 10k in April (I thought about doing the half but I’ve yet to do an “official” 10k and that’s something I want to cross of my bucket list. Plus a 10k takes a lot less time to train for haha), the Running with the Cows 5k (which I signed up for before the price increase last night! πŸ˜‰ ) in May, and the Longview half in November (that’ll make it 4 years in a row that I’ve run this race and I want to keep that going!!!

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The Garmin 10k will be a new one for me, if I do it, and that’s pretty exciting!! Plus, it’s held at the Garmin world headquarters which is legit 10 minutes away from my house, so that’s really nice! I did the Running with the cows 5k in 2016 and it was a lot of fun!! There were baby goats and cows at the start line, It’s held on a pretty rural road with all sorts of pretty views of cow fields, and there is a ridiculous amount of food at the end! So what’s not to love?!? Oh and this one is like 15 minutes away from my house which is also super awesome. πŸ™‚ And of course the Longview half. My first and only half marathon experience and my November tradition. Eventually I will run another half that is not this one. Eventually…hahaha.

 

 

Aaaaand last but certainly not least; today is Finn’s first birthday!! Yay!!

Finn started out life as a not so cute puppy (I mean, ALL puppies are cute, but Finn was the least cute puppy I’ve ever seen hahaha. He was mostly just awkward.) with ears that were way too big for his body and couldn’t make up their mind if they wanted to be up or down. He’s always been a little shit disturber and that hasn’t changed, but he’s learning how to act, how to behave, and how to function in scary/different environments. He’s way too smart for his own good, but eager to please (as most border collies are). His ears have finally made up their minds and he has finally grown into them, and he’s grown into a very handsome boy. His herding instincts are amazingly strong, he has a very strong eye, and has an obsessive need to circle things, and likes to cut the head of whatever it is he’s herding (dogs, cats, rabbits) and is definitely a nose biter. I really want to take him somewhere and get him some herding lessons. He’s the perfect age for that, but unfortunately we don’t currently have the time or money to do it. Maybe one day though. And maybe one day after we have some testing done on his eyes and hips, Mr. Finn just might become a proud father. πŸ˜‰

 

Mr. Finn isn’t the only one with a winter birthday though. Dean was born on January 17th and will be 3 this year, and Lily was born in February and will be 8 (haha my friend who’s dad bred her, and her boyfriend at the time who originally ended up with her but ended up giving her to me, couldn’t remember the exact day, but it was definitely February. πŸ˜‰ ). So we might just have to have another puppy party for the three of them. They’re all good dogs and I’m very glad that I was lucky enough to end up with all of them.

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Having 3 border collies and no farm/livestock is hard though, I’m not gonna lie. These dogs do require a lot of work, time, attention, exercise, and mental stimulation. I’m also very lucky to have the time, patience, and knowledge to be able to handle the task of keeping 3 high energy, highly intelligent dogs happy. πŸ™‚

But anyway, that’s everything I’ve got for today! I hope everyone has a fantastic 2018!!

~Ashley

Well Dammit…

I guess all of the travel, super late nights, alcohol, not so great food (I mean it was delicious! But definitely not nutritious in any way, shape, or form haha.), and general Christmas craziness has finally caught up to me. I woke up tired, congested, and with a sore throat. Fun times…

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So it’s looking like my running days in 2017 are over. Haha at the very least I wanted to do something that almost resembled a long run (6-7 ish miles?) and maybe even a few easy miles on New Year’s Eve, but that’s not gonna happen. Especially with how cold it is. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the cold and have actually run in colder/more crazy conditions (-10 degrees with at least 8 inches of snow on the ground. That was a super fun day. πŸ™‚ ). But it’s probably not a great idea to attempt to run when it feels like -4 outside and you’re obviously coming down with something.

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I guess today would be a great day to try out the “flu-fighter chicken and rice stew” recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow, but I don’t have all of the necessary ingredients and I don’t think getting out in this cold and driving to the store in a car that has no heat is a good idea anyway haha. I have a feeling that that wouldn’t help my current situation at all, and I don’t think the soup would is worth that. πŸ˜‰ It does sound really really good though…

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Anyways, I guess I’m going to spend the day curled up on the couch with my dogs (two of whom would rather be outside all day, but it’s waaaay too cold for that), Netflix and lots of tea. But at this point it’s looking like I’m going to be ringing in the new year sick. Sadface…

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Poor Dean would rather spend the day guarding the backyard from squirrels, birds, the evil mail lady (she’s actually really nice. My dogs are just assholes), and barking at his friend Cujo the German Shepard, who’s backyard is right behind mine. While Finn attempts to herd him and pretty much anything that moves. But it’s too cold for that today.Β 

I hope everyone is well, has a good Saturday, and a safe and fun New Year’s eve!!

~Ashley

Happy New Year!!Β 

Wishing everyone a happy 2017!

Hopefully this year will have better things in store for us all. I feel like 2016 kinda sucked in general for everyone. But even if it didn’t, I hope this year treats you well!

I spent a little bit of time last night looking at my “stats” from 2015 and 2016, and even though 2016 may not have been all that great, I made some pretty impressive improvements running wise, compared to 2015! 

 

Seriously though! I’m pretty impressed with myself right now, there are some crazy differences between the miles and paces I ran those 2 years. Eventually I need to get back onto Nike+ so I can look at my stats from 2013 and 2014. Haha 2013’s stats probably aren’t all that impressive, as I started running in October (I think?) of that year. 

While I have made some crazy improvements, I kinda want to up the ante a little bit and aim to run 1,000 miles this year. I know that’s kind of a big jump, but I think it’s totally doable! If my math is correct (and it’s probably not, I’m seriously terrible at math) I’d have to average close to 21 miles per week through the year. That may take a little work, but I definitely think I can make it happen! 

As far as times go, I don’t think I’m going to aim for anything too crazy like I did in 2016. My goal for the 10k distance was to cut 5:33 minutes off of my PR from 2015. I got that goal right on the mark, but aiming to shave that much time off of a distance is pretty crazy. I’m thinking for 2017 I’m just going to try to do each distance a little bit faster, so I’d be happy if I just shave a second off of each of my PR’s. πŸ˜„

So I guess that pretty much covers the goals I have for running this year. 

Do you have any New Years resolutions? Or are you not into that kinda thing? I don’t typically do the whole resolution thing, I just like to come up with a few goals that I want to work toward throughout the year. 

At this point I only have one non-running related goal for the year, and it’s relatively simple; I want to make at least one blog post every day in 2017. Sounds simple enough, right? Haha it’s not like coming up with something new and interesting for 365 days is going to be hard or anything. πŸ˜‰ I’m going to give it my best shot though!

I found a nifty little 31 day blog challenge a while ago, and I though that would be a good way to kick start this 365 day journey. I guess technically this counts as an introduction, so I’m just gonna roll with that and call this day 1!

I suppose if you wanted an actual introduction about who I am and whatnot you could check out my “about” page. All that good stuff can be found there. πŸ˜„

Anyway, I’m super excited to see what this year has in store and I’m very excited to make things happen in my running and life in general!

Happy 2017! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‰πŸΎ

~Ashley