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41 Days Until The Autumn Equinox and 49 Days Until The First Day Of October!

Yeah, I have a countdown for both of those things going on my phone. πŸ˜‚

For real though, I’m so over summer!

Not that I was exactly into it to being with. But I’m very ready for it to be over at this point. I’m tired of having to wake up super early to run before the sun comes out at the heat index hits the 100’s. I’m tired of dripping with sweat and being crusted with salt by the time I finish my runs. I’m tired of feeling drained and sapped of every ounce of energy I have on super hot and humid days. And I’m tired of having to resort to running on the treadmill on days where I want to sleep in until 7 am or days when we have heat warnings and I just can’t handle the excessive heat and humidity (I’m for real a huge wimp in the heat and the humidity doesn’t help my asthma…). I am so ridiculously ready for some cool weather and beautiful fall days!

But alas. For now you will find me drowning in my own sweat. πŸ₯΅

Alright. I know that was like, the worlds largest pity party. But I think sometimes it’s best to just get it all out, ya know? πŸ˜‚

Mostly I’m just upset because I ended up sleeping in until 8 am today. Yesterday I was up early, ran 3 “easy” (but they were actually hard AF) miles, and then proceeded to do 2 hours of strenuous yard work. All in the full sun, 80 degrees a rising, 94% humidity weather. With an excessive heat warning on top of it all. The heat index for yesterday got up to 103. Luckily I was done with everything and inside for that part of the day. But my morning in the sun, heat, and humidity really drained me. Hence the sleeping in until 8 today. And since it was already 80 degrees by then I figured the treadmill was my best option. Not my favorite, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That being said, I might have procrastinated my run today a little bit. I don’t find the treadmill to be particularly appealing so it’s can be really hard to take the first steps of actually getting onto the damn thing!

Eventually I did though. While I might not be stoked about the treadmill it’s pretty easy for me to stay motivated to get my runs done when I have a race on the calendar. Or in this case two. In two days. πŸ˜‰

So around 10:40 this morning I hopped onto my treadmill and got today’s workout done! It definitely helped that my training plan called for my favorite kind of interval workout today, but oh man it was still super hard! I got through it though! Plus for most of my workout there were these little birds hanging out in the bush right outside my window and that was cool! Hahaha they were pretty entertaining and definitely helped take my mind off of the fact that I was putting in some hard work on the treadmill.

Seriously though! I’m so glad that one is over! It was super tough and now I’ve been super tired all day. Like I said, I’m very ready for fall to get here so running isn’t so darn draining all of the time.

Anyway, thanks for hanging around and reading my pity party for today!

I’m all for positive thinking but I also think it’s helpful to say how you feel out loud or write it all down. Bottling things up all of the time just doesn’t work. At least it sure doesn’t for me! I already feel better now that I’ve complained!

So yeah. That’s all for today!

How are you feeling? Are you a summer lover or are you ready for fall? πŸπŸ‚

You’re very sweaty, sport drink reliant friend,

~Ashley

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Half Marathon Training Officially Begins Today!

Yay!!

But also not-so-yay. The last past couple of months haven’t been great for me running-wise. Between having my brother in staying with us since the end of May, then my sister in law also staying here for a week, traveling, the heat wave, and all of my other responsibilities, we’ve just been super busy and I haven’t been very motivated. Obviously I enjoy having my family stay with me, but oh boy does it throw me off! I’m a very routine oriented person and when my routine gets thrown off my whole being feels kinda thrown off. πŸ˜‚ I have GAD, so routines and having well laid out plans is something that I find very comforting. πŸ˜‚

But, I really need to get my ass into gear because come the second weekend of November, I’m tackling two half marathons in two days!!

Anyway, things around here are starting to slow down and go back to normal again. One of my sister in laws came and picked up my brother in law and is taking him back home to Minnesota until next summer, probably. It kinda sucks that our fun has come to an end, but not gonna lie, I am a little bit excited about being able to not have to tip toe around in the mornings, and actually do my running warm ups. I haven’t really been doing that because he’s been sleeping on our couch and I didn’t want to wake him up with all of my shenanigans. Especially not on the days where I had to wake up at 5 am. πŸ˜‚

Now all we’ve got left for the summer is a trip to Illinois this weekend and then things will be back to normal! Almost just in time for half marathon training. πŸ˜‰ Since we are going to be traveling this weekend I’m going to have to switch some things around on my training plan, but then after that it should be relatively smooth sailing in the schedule department, at least.

So, Week 1 Day 1 of half marathon training. I kicked things off with an easy 3.5 mile run!

We’ve been experiencing the horrible heat wave that’s been affecting a good portion of the US here in Kansas, but yesterday we got a good amount of rain and that cooled things off quite a bit! When I started my run it was 66 degrees out. It m. Was. Glorious!! The only thing that could have made it better was a little bit of cloud cover, but after the weather we’ve been having, I’ll gladly take the 66 degrees!!

That was a pretty great way to kick off training! Although my quads were still crazy sore from a kettlebell workout I did on Saturday. πŸ˜‚ Hopefully this run helped flush them out a little bit, but really I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how they feel tomorrow.

Anyway, I guess that’s where I am right now. Dreaming of fall. Officially in my next training cycle. And desperately trying to get my shit together. πŸ˜‚ I’ll get there eventually though. πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday and good luck to everyone who are also starting training plans today!

Wishing you many happy miles,

~Ashley

Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is Officially A-go!!

Woohoo!! As of Saturday I am officially registered for the Gobbler Grind half marathon! That means Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially a-go!! 😱

Apparently hanging up my fliers at the Indian Creek Trail and at the office where Luke works really worked! So far I’ve had 8 people sign up for the Gobbler Grind using my ambassador discount code which means I got to register for free (I only needed 5 for that. πŸ˜‰). Sweet!!!

Some ambassador programs are definitely better than others! 😁 Some just give you a discount, but others (usually ones that you have to work a little bit harder for) have better benefits like this! And I’m not trying to brag or anything like that! Just keeping it real and everything in full disclosure! I am an ambassador for this race (and several brands) so I do get some perks from all of that. But I do strive to keep everything I post in here 100% real. I would never promote or become involved with a brand or race that I didn’t believe in or love.

Hahaha and I know I always say something like that whenever I talk about any of that ambassador programs I’m in, but like I said, just trying to keep it real on my little corner of the interwebs! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

So anyway, Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially official! Yay!!

And right before I “officially” kick off my half marathon training cycle too!! Hahaha I say “officially” because my training plan actually starts next week, but I’ve been training with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two in mind since the beginning of this year, really.

I would be a lot more stoked about the start of my half marathon training plan if the last week of June and first week of July didn’t have so little running in them… Those weeks I only totaled 11 mile and the 7 miles respectively. Oops. But I mean, it’s been a busy summer and life just kinda happened. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Really though I was doing pretty well, at least mileage wise, up until that point though and I really got my shit together last week and got in 18 miles. Not what I’ve been aiming for, but not terrible. And I’m really focusing on making this week even better, so I should be ok in that department. I won’t be going into this training cycle ridiculously out of shape at least! πŸ˜‚

The real issue here is that I haven’t really done any speed work since this spring. Yikes. Since I’m tackling two half’s in two days I don’t really have a time goal for either. Especially since I’m running both races with my dad. But really, I should still be doing some speedier things…

Oh man the first few speed sessions of half marathon training are really going to hurt. 🀣

But all in all I am pretty excited to “officially” start training for this thing next week! Hopefully it’ll all go smoothly! Or as smoothly as summer running can ever go for me. Hahaha I am not a fan. πŸ₯΅ But summer miles bring fall smiles! So I’m going to do my best to stick with it!

And doing my best apparently means waking up at 5 am so I can get out the door before the sun comes up and slogging through 3 very slow, slightly painful miles. At least, that was my “best” this morning. Really I wanted to get in 5 miles today, but my legs are shot from walking around the zoo in Doc Martens all day on Saturday. My sparkle boots (Doc Martens 1460 Pascal Glitter πŸ˜‰) are very pretty and SUPER comfortable! But they are a lot heavier than the shoes that I have been wearing lately.

I actually experienced this every fall when I got from wearing mostly tennis shoes and flip flops to wearing heavier boots. My legs always feel a little heavy when I start my footwear transition. πŸ˜‚

Worth it! I got several compliments on my boots that day. 😊

So, 3 miles today! I think my slow slogging (in my super light Nike Free’s! πŸ˜‰) helped shake out my legs a little bit though. So hopefully tomorrow’s run will go a little bit better! Either way, still got in 3 miles before the sun had a chance to rise and really heat up the road, so I’ll take that as a win!!

After I finished my slow slog run I spent about an hour and a half tending to my chickens and my garden. I had quite a bit of weeding to do. πŸ˜‚ But my tomato plants are finally starting to go off!! They’ve had a bunch of green tomatoes on them for a while now but they’re starting to get ripe! Plus I’ve got these HUGE green tomatoes out there and I absolutely cannot wait for them to to finally turn red!!

Our garden is much smaller than it’s been in previous years. This year we’ve only got tomato plants, pepper plants (which I’ve already gotten one huge, green pepper from, cantaloupe plants, and cucumber plants (which are just now starting to grow little tiny cucumbers!!!). But it’s doing MUCH better than last year. Last summer was absolutely BRUTAL. It was crazy hot and sunny pretty much every day and I’m not even exaggerating when I say we went two whole months without a drop of rain. It was crazy! But this year has been sooo much better and we’re definitely going to get a much better produce yield, which means we’ll actually have some stuff to can! Yay!!

Anyways, that’s all for today!!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

Until next time,

~Ashley

There Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime Blues

Hahaha I don’t actually have the summertime blues! I just couldn’t think of a title for this post and it seemed almost fitting. πŸ˜‰ We’ve been super busy here lately!! And unfortunately the past three-ish weeks have just not been good for me running-wise.

Between summer weather finally hitting us HARD (it was actually relatively mild up until the last week of June), a weird little niggle in my hip (which is gone now, thankfully!), one of my brother in laws staying with us (which isn’t a bad thing! I’m just a very routine oriented person and being out of my usual routine is a little difficult for me), preparing for and then celebrating Independence Day and Luke’s birthday, lots of treats and yummy, greasy, comfort/party food, alcohol consumption, and getting less sleep than usual, running has just kinda fallen to the back burner.

But I mean, these strawberry margaritas were definitely worth it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

I’m definitely not super stoked about that, but sometimes life happens and you’ve just gotta roll with it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ And I’ve definitely been rolling with it! πŸ˜‚

But this week I really want to buckle down and get some shit done! There hasn’t been enough suffering in my life lately and boy do I miss it!! (Hahaha my fellow runners know what I’m talking about! πŸ˜‰). And obviously I’ve just missed running in general, even though I have been doing some! It’s just not been enough.

I’ve still got a few more interesting weeks ahead of me before things calm down around here though! Later today two of my sister in laws will be arriving here and then the younger one will be staying with us for the week along with her brother. Not gonna lie, I have no idea what I’m going to do with two teenagers in my house! My brother in law is pretty chill and we get along fine. But like a lot of brothers and sisters, these two don’t exactly get along great all of the time. I’m sure we’ll all be fine! It’s just going to be an interesting week! πŸ˜‚

We didn’t have a flag, so on the 4th we played the national anthem and all faced my brother in law’s shorts. πŸ˜‚

Then next weekend Luke and I are driving to Illinois to visit some other family (this will be after my brother and sister and law will be back home in Minnesota). Obviously that will be more fun, but I can never seem to fit in any running while we’re there. Not a big deal, at the very least I know it’s coming so I’ll be able to fit in my long run (which is the run I’m always the most worried about missing) in earlier that week.

So anyways, that’s what’s been going on with me! Lots of fun, but very little running. Hahaha I really need to get my ass back into gear though! Half marathon training officially (because I already feel like I’ve been training πŸ˜‰) starts this month and I am PUMPED! I’m going to be trying to tackle two half marathons in two days again this year (it didn’t end up happening last year, bummer). And this year my dad will be joining me for BOTH half’s!

Hahaha he’s going to have to get his ass into gear as well! He hasn’t been doing much running lately. He has been mountain biking quite a bit though, but obviously that’s not the same thing. Either way, I don’t think a time goal is going to be in place for either of these half’s for that very reason. But either way, we’ll still have fun!

Hahahaha I stole this photo from his Instagram without asking. But I’m pretty sure he won’t care. πŸ˜‰

But speaking of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two, I finally got around to hanging up some fliers with my ambassador discount code on them!

I’ve had my fliers for a while now, but I’ve been slacking a little bit. πŸ˜‚ But now I’ve got some hung up in several of the break rooms at the office Luke works at, the break room of the warehouse one of my brother in laws works at, a Panera, a dog park, and several on the Indian Creek Trail in Overland Park, KS! Yay!!

I’ve still got plenty more to hang up though. I need to hang some up around my town as well! I know there are several runners around here who also like to do local races (hahaha I’ve heard their names and the city their from announced at some of the local races I’ve been to!).

In full disclosure, if I get 5 people to use my code I get to do the half marathon for free! And obviously I’d love that! So far I know I’ve got two people registered with it. Possibly even all 5 already. One of my local Instagram friends posted a photo of one of my fliers on her running groups Facebook page and she said at least 4 people want to register for this race as a prep race for a marathon they’re trying for! So hopefully they do! Hahaha that would work out pretty well for several people, I think. Myself included obviously. πŸ˜‰

But more importantly, I’ve got training that I need to get done! And I’m definitely ready to get back to work! Getting back into it is probably going to suck pretty hard considering the general lack of any substance the small amount of running these last three weeks have had. But I feel very eager to get back to it, so bring it on!!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me right now!

I did wake up early (5 am. Ew. 🀒) and got 4 miles done this morning! So I’m off to a good start! Now I’ve got some stuff to do before my sister in laws get here this afternoon!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

~Ashley

Happy Mail Day To Me!!

I’ve been watching this documentary series thing about the 90’s on Netflix and it’s been super entertaining/slightly nostalgia (I was born in ’91 so I only really remember the later 90’s). I’ve really been enjoying it aside from the fact that they barely even included Green Day their music episode. Dookie was literally one of the biggest albums of the 90’s. Especially coming out the year Kurt Cobain does. But whatever…I guess they almost made up for it by the amount of time they spent on Nirvana. Almost. And of course they ended the episode with Good Riddance playing in the background. ClichΓ©, but my little fan-girl heart was still happy to hear it. πŸ˜‚

Hi my name is Ashley and I’m the world’s biggest Green Day fan. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Oh man, anyway. This series has done exactly what it was probably meant to do, I suppose. It’s gotten me thinking of just how far we’ve come (and how far we haven’t come) as the human race. Like, 30 years ago the internet was barely even a thing but now we have access to it 24/7 via these relatively tiny devices that we carry with us in our pockets. Really it’s kinda mind blowing when you think of it!

At this point we can purchase basically anything we could possibly dream of and have it delivered to our front doors in just a few days. And once it is delivered we snap a photo with the small devices that give us access to the internet at all times and post about it on our social media accounts. And thus, the whole “mail day” social media thing began. Pretty crazy, right?! πŸ˜‚

So I revived two packages today! The first one came via the good ol’ USPS this morning and I wasn’t exactly expecting it. That’s always a good feeling, right?! 😁 The second was delivered via FedEx (dude, don’t even get me started on all of the delivery options we have today! And how much that’s grown, especially with Amazon and drones and people renting out vans just to deliver stuff. Holy moly!!πŸ˜‚). That one I was expecting, tracking, and highly anticipating! πŸ˜‰

So, our regular mail actually comes super duper early in the morning. Around 8-9 am, which has always kinda blown my mind. Back when I lived in Illinois it always came around 3-4 pm. But I guess that’s the difference between living in town, almost across the street from the post office and on a farm in the middle of nowhere. πŸ˜‚ Anyway, today I got the mail as usual, whatever. But there was a package in there addressed to me from a local running store! Yay!! I wasn’t really expecting it (even though I was promised this stuff) but I knew exactly what it was and was pretty stoked about it!

My ambassador stuff from the Gobbler Grind Half finally came!! Hahaha back in February I was accepted as an ambassador for the Gobbler Grind and was promised some apparel and flyers basically in exchange for free advertising (which really is all any ambassador program is πŸ˜‰). They said “a few weeks” but I guess that turned into “a few months”. I’m not complaining or anything though. I’ve never organized a race so I have no idea what all goes into that, but I’m sure the race director and everyone is is pretty busy all year. Planning this race and more likely than not a few others. Really all that waiting did was turn it into a pleasant surprise because I had almost forgotten about it. πŸ˜‚

But anyway, now I’ve got a sweet Gobbler Grind t-shirt, some flyers to hand out, and another buff! It’s so funny actually, I’ve been saying I needed a buff for a while but I never ended up getting myself one. But now I’ve gotten two for “free”. One at the Desert Rats 10k earlier this month and now this one that came with my Gobbler Grind stuff! Pretty sweet! Also just a weird coincidence that I’ve been talking about wanting one and now I’ve got two. πŸ˜‚

Now that I’ve got some flyers I need to figure out what to do with them! In all transparency, if I get 5 people to register for this race using my code (GG19AD) I get a free entry! I’ve already got one person to use it so only 4 more to go! Anyone wanna help a girl out? πŸ˜‰ It’s a super fun race!! Plus I’m really hoping to meet some of my online friends there! How super cool would that be?!? 😁

But anyway, for now I’m going to give a couple to my husband to hang up at his work. Apparently a bunch of people there are runners so that’s probably a good place to start! I’m also thinking my local grocery store? I live in a super small town so basically everyone who lives here shops there, even if it’s just occasionally. And I know there are some runners around here. I mean, I see them while I’m out running! πŸ˜„

I really do love this race though. That was the whole reason I even applied to be an ambassador for it. So far it’s probably one of the best races I’ve ever done! So even if I can’t get 4 more people to register I’m still going to do it! I still can’t get over how awesome the aid station volunteers were last year. They were literally THE BEST! So I’m very excited to be doing this half marathon again this year! And with my dad, too! 😁

Anyway, at around 12:30 pm a very nice FedEx driver dropped off my Honey Stinger order! Yay!! A couple of days ago I did some restocking of my running fuel! Of course that meant Honey Stinger waffles!! They are my go-to running fuel. They also make good snacks. πŸ˜‰ So I got a box of my favorite flavor; chocolate. I’ve also been enjoying the lemon flavored waffles as well, so I got a box of those too. Plus a box of cracker n’ nut butter bars because yum!! πŸ˜‹ And a “variety pack” which is just a box of different flavors of waffles, a few chews, bars, and cracker n’ nut butter bars.

Now I’ll be set on that front for a while. 😁 Probably for at least most of the summer. Training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two officially starts in a few months and I definitely want to be ready for that! πŸ˜„

And speaking of that, guess who I’ve officially convinced to take on this challenge with me?!?!

Hahaha yup! It’s official! My dad is signed up for both races and is going to tackle them with me! Yay!! We have lots of fun racing together! Actually, at this point everything single race I’m doing this year I’ll be doing with him. That is unless I end up registering for another race, but right now that’s kinda unlikely. It’s all good though! Two half marathons, one 10k, and one 5k is more than I’ve done in other years.πŸ˜„

Alrighty! That’s all for today! Just an exciting mail day. 😊

Happy Wednesday!

~Ashley

Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two

So do you remember how I tried running two half marathons in two days last year, but the most unexpected conclusion to that whole debacle was that I didn’t finish the first half marathon?

Yeah, so I’m gonna go for it again this year. πŸ˜‚

Me hardcore struggling at around mile 3 of the Longview Half last year.

If you don’t remember that whole ordeal it would just like a refresher, you can read about day one at the Longview Half, which I didn’t finish, here. And day two at the Gobbler Grind Half, which I did with my dad, here. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

My dad and I at the finish of the Gobbler Grind Half last year!

Honestly I hadn’t really considered attempting Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days again until last night when my husband asked me if I’d signed up for Longview yet.

Which was a fair question! The Longview Half definitely holds a special place in my heart. It was my very first race/half marathon ever. I had completed it 3 years in a row and last year would have been the 4th year, but I ended up DNF-ing. And I’ve been at Longview almost every year the race has been held. The only one I missed was the very first one. πŸ˜‚ Until last year kinda derailed my plans, I wanted to finish this race in as many years in a row as possible. I thought it would be insanely cool if u could look back and say “yup, I’ve done the Longview Half every year for 20 years in a row”. And I suppose I still technically could as long as I include the asterisk for year number 4. I still showed up. I made it 5 miles. I just didn’t finish. πŸ˜‚

Me at mile 11 of my first year at Longview. My first half marathon. And my first race ever.

Anyway, after my husband asked about Longview I told him I wasn’t planning on doing it this year. The plan was to do the Gobbler Grind Half again with my dad. But then I remembered last year my dad had mentioned that if I would have told him earlier, that he would have registered for both half marathons as well. So I texted him about it last night. I figure April is a pretty decent heads up for something in November. πŸ˜‰

Hahaha I haven’t gotten an actual answer from him yet, but we shall see! Either way, I went ahead and registered for Longview last night. So yeah. Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two went from not even being a though, to something that is actually happening all within the span of a few hours last night. πŸ˜‚

I’m actually pretty excited about attempting this goal again! And I’m still currently too far out from it to be nervous about it. I’m currently too busy being nervous about my upcoming trail race in Colorado (which is next Sunday! 😱) to be worried about two half marathons in November. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, while all of that fun was going on last night Luke and I were actually on our way to Scheels to get me a new pair of running shoes! My pair of Nike frees I got last summer are still holding up pretty well (although they are starting to get a bit worn down in the soles. Not too bad though.), but my Nike Pegasus should have been replaced a looong while ago. Or at the very least a sane person would have stopped running in them a long while ago. πŸ˜‚

Earlier this winter as I was putting them on for a run one day and I thought to myself “Wow! These shoes feel ridiculously comfortable”. So I decided to inspect the one that wasn’t on my foot yet, and surely enough the soles right at the ball of my foot was super duper worn down. I kept running in them though and wore the sole down even more.

Here’s what they look like now. πŸ˜‚

Yeah, they’re just a little bit worn in. πŸ˜‚ I kept wearing them though because like I said, they just felt soooooo good on my feet! Probably because I’m used to wearing Nike Frees. They are definitely my favorite shoe to run in, although I do understand that it’s good to run in several different models just to work your muscles and ligaments a little bit differently. So I usually like to rotate between a pair of Frees and Pegasus. I also spend a good majority of my time in just socks or in rubber boots (and if you’ve ever worn rubber boots, you know that the offer absolutely NO support. πŸ˜‚). So that’s probably why I’ve been able to continue running pain/injury free in a pair of ridiculously worn out shoes.

Anyway, they got replaced last night! Scheels didn’t have any Frees in my size (they had the older model on clearance but the new model wasn’t in stock yet). And there were no Pegasus to be found (I’m assuming Nike is withholding them again? It’s super annoying that they constantly do this, but I guess I can understand the business model behind it), so I ended up with a pair of Winflo 5. I haven’t actually looked much into them, but I have heard they are pretty similar to the Pegasus and they felt really good when I tried them on, so I figured I’d give them a shot! Plus they were black on black on black like my current pair of Frees and that pretty much won me over. I’m very much loving the blacked out shoe trend that seems to be happening at the moment. πŸ–€

New Nike Winflo 5. So pretty. πŸ–€πŸ˜Š

So yeah, new shoes and a new race registration! Fun stuff!! 😁 And there’s even more fun stuff on the way! Yay! But I’ll be taking about all of that later. So that’s all for now!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Have a great rest of your weekend!!

~Ashley πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ–€