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Weekly Recap: June 10th-16th, 2019

Well I’ve sure had an interesting week when it comes to running! Some good, some well, not so good but funny now to look back on. πŸ˜‚ Although I am still feeling one of my running incidents from this week. But we’ll get there in a minute. πŸ˜‰

It was an interesting week and an all around good week as far as training goes! I got in all of the mileage that I wanted to get done, I’ve been (mostly) sticking with the Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge, and I even got a few speedier workouts done! 😁

So, let’s get this weird week recapped!

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

So we somehow got INCREDIBLY lucky when it comes to weather! At least I sure think so! πŸ˜‰ On Monday morning it was a glorious 53 degrees when I started my run! It was FANTASTIC!

It was still a little humid, but honestly I can’t really complain about that. Last June it was already crazy hot so 53 degrees this time of year almost felt unheard of. It was great and I enjoyed every second of it. 😊

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

I’m not entirely sure what to call Tuesday’s run. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ It wasn’t really a specific workout but it was definitely a harder effort. And that harder effort felt pretty darn great because we had another cooler morning. πŸ˜‰

Followed my run with the Blogilates Summer Sculpt challenge, of course! As you can see, Bubbles has been joining me for these Pilates sessions. I have a sneaking suspicion that she’s not working as hard as I am though. 😹

Wednesday:

  • 5 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

Wednesday was when things really started getting interesting!

So if you’ve been following along with me for a while then you probably know that I like to run through my town’s cemetery. It’s just so calm and peaceful there. But one downside is that I live in a super small town so the cemetery is also super small. I think the road that goes through it is close to a quarter of a mile all the way around? Something like that. But on the bright side, there is RARELY anyone else there. That’s one of the reasons I love run to through there.

But on Wednesday I accidentally stumbled upon a funeral. Oops!! I had to nope the fuck out of there real quick! Luckily they were just setting stuff up at that point, so I don’t think I actually ended up bothering anyone. Except for the dump truck driver who was coming in as I was going out. He had PLENTY of room on that road but he wouldn’t budge out of the middle of the road and therefore forced me onto the grass and over someone’s grave. Running over someone’s grave feels a little bit wrong, but it was that or need a grave of my own so πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t disturb any mourners. I feel like running through a funeral would be super rude. Hence why I got out of there ASAP. Hahaha the rest of my run was a lot less eventful and honestly that was for the best! πŸ˜‚ 5 more miles in the bank!!

Thursday:

  • Rest day

Thursday was supposed to be a cross training day but whatever. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ I ended up doing some serious Pokemon Go-ing instead (by walking my dogs around the neighborhood πŸ˜‰). Then I hung out with all of my puppies in the backyard for a while.

That afternoon Luke and his brothers went golfing so I had to babysit my brother-in-laws kids. It’s not that I don’t like his kids or anything, but I would have rather gone golfing. πŸ˜‚ But they wanted to do a brother thing or whatever, so it’s all good. Haha I got to golf on Friday anyway.

Friday:

  • 6 miles
  • 17 holes of golf

On Friday I fell.

About .2 miles into my run. 🀣

Honestly, the fact that I fell isn’t super surprising. I am a HUGE klutz. I’ve injured myself in a lot weirder ways than tripping over a pothole while on the run.

What’s really surprising is that it took me this long to do it! I’ve never actually fallen while on a run before! The roads in my town are pretty shitty, but I’m usually really good at navigating my way around them. Not today though. I caught my foot in a particularly bad pothole while making sure I wasn’t going to get hit by a car coming from the cross street and then I went down! Lol not too bad though. All I did was scrape my knees. And luckily the endorphins from running finally kicked in at around 3 miles so they only really hurt for half of the run.

And this, my friends, is why my husband won’t let me use ladders. Or mow the lawn. And has seriously questioned whether or not I should have access to sharp objects. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Honestly though it could have been a lot worse so obviously I’m glad it wasn’t!

After I finished my run I ate a snack, took a shower, tended to my wounds, and then Luke called to tell me that he had an interesting day at work, that he left early, and that we were going golfing. So we did. πŸ˜‚

But only after we went to the sprint store. He wanted to get his brother a phone since he is starting college after this summer and Sprint had a bit one get one free iPhone deal going on. So my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to a Xr and my brother-in-law got iOS first real phone! Fun stuff! πŸ˜„

Hahaha Friday was definitely an eventful day!

Saturday:

  • 6 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

On Saturday I found a turtle friend!! 🐒

But turtle friend was in the middle of the road, so it got moved to the grass so that it wouldn’t get run over by a car. Some people will go out of the way to run over turtles/snakes/frogs and that just makes me so mad. Like, what’s the point?!?😑

But anyway, I hope this one made it to wherever it was going. It was gone by the time I started my second lap of the neighborhood, so I like to think that it did. 😊

So yeah. 6 more miles in the leg bank and the official end to me very interesting week of running. πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • rest day

A well earned rest day at that! I KILLED it this week! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

Hit my mileage goal, mostly stuck to the Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge (but obviously shit happens and running is more important, so some days things get switched around or just not done at all. But I’m still doing it and that’s all that matters .πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ), had a few very interesting runs; I almost crashed a funereal and I took a tumble. But all in all, it was a great week!

So, today was super chill! I dyed my hair, did a bunch of reading, and I plan on doing some nice stretching this evening!

Total Weekly Mileage: 22

I hope you had a great week!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: June 3rd-9th, 2019

So I’ve been following Blogilates for quite some time now. She was actually one of the first fitness YouTube channels I started watching and following along with back in 2012 when I stared losing weight and getting fit. I never participated in any of the challenges that she has done though. I just kinda used her videos and did my own thing with them.

But I’ve kinda fallen off from doing them, or any kind of strength training really. Which definitely isn’t good! It’s just that running is so much fun and I don’t want to do anything else! πŸ˜‚ But this June she’s putting on a 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge and I’ve decided to actually follow along with it! I’m hoping that it will kick my butt into gear and keep me motivated to get some strength work done! We’ll see how that goes. But as of right now, I’m pretty motivated to get it done! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 1 of Blogilates 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge

3 more miles added to the ol’ leg bank! Nothing fancy. Nothing fun. Just went out there and got it done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Followed that with day of of the Summer Sculpt Challenge. This one was a full body workout and it was tough! It was really good though! 😊

Also, more of my lilies are blooming and I love it!!

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles on the treadmill
  • Day 2 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Holy moly I woke up sore on Tuesday! Especially in my triceps. That was definitely a testament to how little strength work I’ve done lately. πŸ˜‚ It was nothing a few easy miles on the treadmill couldn’t work out though, so that was good!

Tuesday are dedicated to legs and butt for this challenge and the video was HARD. But it was also a ton of fun! I really enjoyed this one! πŸ˜„

2 days down, 26 more to go! πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 3 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Was up bright and early on Wednesday morning! I like to get out the door before the sun is up and has heated up the asphalt adding just another layer of misery to to activity that is summer running. πŸ₯΅πŸ€£

Anyway, after my run I finished day 3 of the Summer Sculpt Challenge and then did a bunch of work in my garden. It was a productive day! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„

  • Thursday:
    • 9 holes of golf

    Hahaha so I actually intended for Thursday to be a rest day. I was sore AF and just felt like I wasn’t recovering at all from the Summer Sculpt Challenge. There in lies the problem with working out every single day, I suppose.

    But when my husband got home from work and he wanted to play a quick 9 holes of golf. I was feeling better by that afternoon, so I figured why not! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Plus after moving around a little bit on the golf course I started to feel a little bit better. πŸ˜„

    Friday:

    • 17 holes of golf

    On Friday Luke got me my own set of golf clubs! Yay!!

    Hahaha before I was just using his and they were not working for me. Men’s clubs are a little bit longer and heavier than women’s clubs so I wasn’t able to actually swing properly with his. Hence why he got me my own! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    So obviously we had to go golfing on Friday. πŸ˜‚ This time we had a group of 4 that included me, Luke, his brother from Minnesota who is currently staying with us, and his other brother who lives here in Kansas. So having 4 people slowed us down considerably! We were out on the course for what felt like FOREVER! It was fun at first, but it was hot, humid, and exhausting. Which is why we ended up skipping that last hole. 🀣🀣

    I did play a lot better with my new clubs though, so there’s that! Honestly though all this golfing is probably going to have to slow down for me soon though! Training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two starts soon and I want to actually be able to do that. Golfing in the heat just took waaaay too much out of me.

    Lol yeah, I sure look like I should be lined up at the starting line of a half marathon, not on a golf course. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

    Saturday:

    • 3.5 miles
    • Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

    A failed attempt at a long run… Obviously I wasn’t happy about that. But for real, I was crazy tired and drained from being out in the heat and humidity for so long the day before. It wasn’t good….

    So after my run I made sure I spent the day rehydrating, and apparently my body really needed refueled because I was STARVING all day. So I just kinda rolled with it and tried to give my body what it needed. Luckily the Summer Sculpt Challenge video was just stretching on Saturday. I sure needed that too. But apparently mostly I just needed to sleep!

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    After my failed long run yesterday I seriously considered trying to get some more miles in today. I had my gear all laid out and an alarm set, but when it came time to actually wake up I turned off my alarm and went right back to sleep. I ended up sleeping for about 9 and 1/2 hours and honestly it was great! I felt sooo much better after that!

    I actually kinda wanted to run this afternoon, but I figured if I wanted to run today but didn’t, I’d probably feel even better and want to run even more tomorrow. Hahaha but I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that though. I did spend a good amount of time walking dogs today though. πŸ˜„

    Total Weekly Mileage: 11.51

    Yeah, obviously this week didn’t go as planned. πŸ˜‚ But it wasn’t bad either! Honestly if I would have gotten my long run in I’d be a lot happier, but I am working on becoming a stronger athlete and learning a new sport, so I’ll take it!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: May 13th-19th, 2019

    My first weekly recap in… I don’t even remember. Several weeks? Hahaha I’ve had an interesting/not very exciting couple of weeks.

    This week definitely wasn’t what I wanted, running-wise, but it was still a really good week! I got a bunch of stuff not running related done and ended up having quite a bit of fun! πŸ˜„

    Monday:

    • 3 miles
    • 15 minutes Pilates
    • 25 minutes yoga

    Partly cloudy days like on Monday are some of my favorites! Those big puffy clouds just make the sky so pretty! 🌀😊

    Anyway, I got some shit DONE on Monday! My run wasn’t super great, but after being sick most of last week and hardly running, it felt good to get out there! Followed by a little bit of Pilates and then some yoga later that evening. 😁

    Tuesday:

    • 2 miles
    • 20 minutes stretching/foam rolling

    Just 2 easy miles for Tuesday. I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after being sick. But, I’m willing to put in the work to get there. It’s probably not gonna be fun though. πŸ˜‚

    Wednesday:

    • 3.5 miles

    It was hot, humid, and gross out on Wednesday… I ended up cutting my run a little short because I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s getting to be that time of year though. Running becomes a lot less fun for me once the weather gets warmer.

    Thursday:

    • 4 miles
    • Yard work
    • 15 minutes of stretching

    Whew! Thursday was a day! I woke up earlier (which is going to have to start happening more and more now that it’s starting to warm up) got in a slow 4 mile run, then spent around 3 hours in my yard weed eating, trimming bushes, cleaning up the fence lines, weeding the landscaping and garden, and then finally cleaning out a few animal cages. It was a lot of work and I was exhausted! πŸ˜‚ I like to think it was a good strength training session though! πŸ˜‰

    Friday:

    • 18 holes of golf

    Recently Luke has decided to take up golfing. Originally his brother was going with him, but it’s hard for his brother to find someone to watch his kids and Luke was starting to feel bad that I had to watch them all of the time (especially since I’m ALWAYS babysitting my next door neighbor’s kid), so the last two times Luke has gone golfing I’ve gone with him! And surprisingly enough, I’m not as terrible as I thought I’d be! πŸ˜‚

    This time definitely went better than the first though. But I am definitely starting to get the hang of some things! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ Golf is hard though. There’s a lot going on with it, but it’s definitely fun trying to learn a new sport!

    Saturday:

    • 4 miles
    • Bowling

    Hahaha oh man, I had 3 days in a row that were kinda packed with all sorts of stuff!

    So on Saturday Luke’s dad, step mom, and youngest brother came to Kansas from Illinois just for a fun little trip. I actually ended up cutting my run 4 miles short because I had no idea what they’re plans were and if they were going to show up at our house at any point, so I had a bunch of cleaning I had to get done.

    They actually never came to our house though, so really I could have finished 8 miles. Oh well, sometimes you just gotta roll with whatever could potentially be happening in your life. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ At least I got yo go out and run. 😊

    Then that evening we all went out to eat at a barbecue restaurant (not my favorite, but it was pretty good!) and then we went bowling! Luke’s youngest brother had never bowled before, but he ended up having a ton of fun and didn’t want to leave. πŸ˜‚ It was a really good time though. About our 4th game Luke and I were bowling better than we ever have before! I ended up with 122 points, which is a lot for me.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ After that though everyone but Luke’s brother was getting tired. We played another game that didn’t go as well and then Luke’s brother played 5 frames for all of us (I really don’t know how he managed that! It was impressive!) and then we finally left. Luke and I went home, and his dad, brother, and step mom went back to their hotel.

    Sunday:

    • More golf!

    Hahaha I didn’t do a full 18 holes this time. Truth be told, I’m TIRED! But I did end up playing 11 or 12 holes. Luke finished 18 and I was his official ball spotter (I have better eyes than he does so I find them faster πŸ˜‰) and club holder. It was a good time. 😊

    So this week wasn’t exactly what I wanted as far as running goes, but I still ended up doing quite a bit!! πŸ˜„

    Now next week is going to be an interesting one as well. On a Thursday or Friday (we still haven’t decided yet) Luke and I are going to be headed to Minnesota to visit his mom and to celebrate one of his brothers graduating high school! I’m sure that will be lots of fun! But I’m not entirely sure how much running I’ll be able to get done. We shall see.πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, happy Sunday! I hope you had a great week!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: April 22nd-28th, 2019

    Oh wow! The last two weeks were kinda crazy and just all fun and games with my trip to Colorado, my trail race, and recovering from all of that. Plus I was just super busy. That’s why I missed two weeks of weekly recaps. πŸ˜‚

    But I’m back!

    Monday:

    • 2 miles
    • 25 minutes of Pilates

    So this run actually wasn’t super great. I had too much wine and Easter ham the night before. πŸ–πŸ·πŸ€’ But I wanted to go out and so something, so I did! Followed by Pilates. THAT was a struggle, but I got a decent lower body workout done. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

    Tuesday:

    • 5 miles
    • 20 minutes of yoga

    I had 3 easy miles on the schedule for today but that turned into what was basically a 5 mile fartlek, because I was having way too much fun for a shorter, easy run. πŸ˜‚

    Training plans are definitely important and they’re there for a reason, but every so often you just need to embrace how you feel and roll with it. Sometimes that means backing off a little bit, sometimes that means taking a day off, and other times it means throwing caution to the wind and just running as fast and as far as you want to

    Wednesday:

    • 3 miles

    So this run was hard. Like, it wasn’t actually bad or anything. It was just super humid and that’s not fun.

    Plus I’ve been having some discomfort in my left knee all week (I tweaked it at some point. I’m not sure how, but I’m almost positive it didn’t happen while I was running). I’ve been doing the exact opposite of what you should actually do when you get a little niggle and I’ve just been completely ignoring it. πŸ˜‚ Definitely not a great course of action. But my high pain tolerance sometimes lets me get away with things like this. I mean, I ran 5 miles on a newly broken toe a few years ago. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Thursday:
    • Rest day

    Since my knee discomfort wasn’t really improving and I actually started feeling it down into my shin (which is pretty typical actually. I’ve had this issue with my knee since I was a kid) I finally made the correct decision to rest it.

    Like I said, I’ve had this knee thing for forever so I’m not super worried about it. Hence why I kept running on it. πŸ˜‚ But since it wasn’t getting better I figured a little RICE was necessary. πŸ˜‰

    Friday:

    • Rest day

    Still letting the ol’ knee have a little break! So I mean, the back half of this week has been pretty boring. Running wise at least. πŸ˜‚

    Finn got his annual vaccinations on Friday. Going ya the vet stresses him the fuck out because he’s not particularly fond of strangers, but he did well! Also got the vet records for him, Lily, and Dean. We’re going to Minnesota later this month and they all have to be kenneled unfortunately. We’re bringing Whiskey with us though, because Luke and I aren’t fond of the idea of kenneling an 8 month old puppy. Obviously she’s had all of her shots and what not. But puppies her age can still have a bit of a fragile psyche. But it’s good for her to come with us, experience some new things (she’s not as well traveled as the other dogs πŸ˜‰), and be away from the rest of our small herd of border collies.

    Saturday:

    • Rest day

    Skipping my long run is always the hardest part of taking time off. It’s been ingrained into my head that the long run is the most important run of the week. Maybe it’s not the most important, but obviously it’s there for a very good reason! Plus I never know what to do with myself on long run days when I don’t run. Like, normally a good chunk of the day is dedicated to preparing to run, running, and then recovering from said run.

    But since I didn’t do any of that on Saturday I ended up binge watching several episodes of The Act on Hulu. I’d kinda heard bits and pieces of the story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard, so when I saw The Act pop up on Hulu I was intrigued, but hadn’t gotten around to watching it until now. That’s done pretty crazy (and obviously dramatized for TV) stuff! It’s definitely an interesting watch!

    Sunday:

    • Rest Day

    Not running when you want to run is hard. πŸ˜‚

    But today was easier since Sunday’s are usually my rest days anyway. I finished watching Season 1 of The Act. Made scrambled eggs for my chickens (I had a ridiculous amount of eggs and they like them, so πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ. It works out really. It’s a cheap protein to give them. πŸ˜‰). Did some stretching. Fun stuff.

    Tomorrow I’m going to give a couple of easy miles a go though! See how everything feels and whatnot. It is all feeling better today, but sometimes it can be hard to really tell with things like this until you actually try to run on them.

    So yeah, not the week I wanted to have. But it happens. Hopefully I’ll be good to go next week!

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: February 4th-10th

    Not gonna lie, this week was kind of exhausting! But like, exhausting in the best possible way!!! I’m finally feeling like I’m making some progress and getting more fit!! I’d totally be lying if I said I’ve been being patient about the whole process and I may or may not have spent some time staring at my training log wanting to cry out of frustration, but I’ve kept grinding on and putting in the work. Even when it was hard, I felt ridiculously slow, or like I was getting absolutely nowhere.

    But I’m super duper excited to report that all of that work is paying of and I definitely felt it this week! And maybe I ended up going a little too hard two days in a row which lead me to skip the big strength workout I’ve been doing on Thursday’s. πŸ˜‚ That’s ok though. I’m still super happy with what I’ve accomplished this week and I’m so stoked about how strong I’ve felt!! πŸ’ͺ🏻That strength is definitely going to come in handy for the trail 10k my dad and I are doing in Colorado in April!

    Monday:

    • 2 miles

    I kinda really didn’t want to run on Monday. I just wasn’t feeling it…But I went out and did a couple of miles anyway! Hahaha they actually ended up being kinda speedy too, because I really just wanted to get this run over with. πŸ˜‚

    Tuesday:

    • 3 miles, hill repeats
    • 25 minutes of yoga

    Hit the treadmill for this one! There are a few hills nearby that I can do a pretty decent hill workout on, but honestly it’s just a lot easier to get one done on the treadmill. This ended up being a FANTASTIC workout!! It was hard, but I felt strong! πŸ’ͺ🏻 I’m definitely seeing some improvements in my running already and I’m pretty freaking stoked! 😊

    Wednesday:

    • 4 treadmill miles

    Hahahaha ok, so I actually started out this run outside! But it had been kinda rainy, icy, and misty since Tuesday and the roads were SUPER slick. Even after being salted. I made it a whopping .3 miles before I had to turn around and try to walk home without dying. πŸ˜‚

    After my failed attempt at running outside I changed and then hopped on the treadmill for 4 more miles. 4 pretty solid possibly a little too fast miles? I mean, I felt really good doing them, it’s just that I probably shouldn’t have gone so hard at it the day after that hill workout. Oops.

    Anyway, technically I guess I really ran 4.3 miles on Wednesday, if you count the slipping/sliding I did outside as actual running. Yeah, I’m gonna count it. πŸ˜‰

    It doesn’t look too icy in this photo, but I could barely find any solid footing!!

    Thursday:

    • 25 minutes of yoga

    Yeah, I definitely went too hard on Wednesday. I woke up feeling exhausted on Thursday and I just knew I needed to take it easy. Luckily at this point Thursday is not a running day for me so I didn’t miss out on any miles, but I didn’t end up doing the strength workout that I’ve been doing. Kinda bummed that I missed out on that since I know that’s been a big part of the improvement that I’m feeling this week, but I also knew that I really just needed a day off from really hard stuff. I stuck to some mostly easy yoga, but there was a little bit of ab work and a few other strengthening poses thrown in there. 😊

    Friday:

    • 3 treadmill miles

    So Thursday night well into Thursday morning we had a crazy ice storm! Like, there was rain, sleet, a little bit of snow, and lots of thunder and lightning! It was nuts! So obviously the roads were pretty shitty on Friday. So I had to do my run on the treadmill. Not a fan, but at least I got it done!

    Also, can we just talk about how crazy the weather has been this winter?!?

    Saturday:

    • 8 miles

    Cold and still kinda icy out on Saturday, but I still got my long run done! It was a slow one. I had to pick my way around ice and get hope out of the way of cars also trying to navigate the ice. I even had to stop a couple of times for cars. But I made it through without any incidents or close calls, so I’ll take it! πŸ˜„

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    Oh man I’ve been looking forward to this rest day!! I’ve had a fantastic week and I’m feeling like I’ve made some good progress with my running, but oh boy I needed a day off. πŸ˜‚

    I spent most of my day glued to my couch, binge watching Law and Order: SVU. Hahaha is forgotten how good the older episodes were and got sucked in pretty quickly. That and a couple of fetch breaks. It was a good day. 😊

    Total Weekly Mileage: 20.33

    I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished this week! Not only did I hit my mileage goal for the week, but I got in some pretty fantastic workouts! It was a good week and I’m hoping next week will go just as well!

    I’m about 2 months I’ll be traveling to Colorado to do a trail 10k with my dad. The elevation change from going from Kansas to near the mountains in Colorado gets me every time. This 10k is going to be hard, but I also think I’m gonna be ready for it!! Then in May my dad is coming here to run a 5k with me! We’re gonna have a couple of fun times together. 😁

    Anyway, that was my week! Check back in tomorrow! I’ve got some exciting stuff to announce!!

    Until then,

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: January 7th-13th, 2019

    With 2 races on my schedule for this spring it’s time to get to work!! If I’m gonna survive the trail 10k I’m doing with my dad in Colorado this April I figure I need to get stronger. Actually, I really just need to get stronger in general. πŸ˜‚

    So that’s kinda what I want to focus on right now. Although I missed my big strength day this week. Oops. But I wasn’t feeling well on Thursday. Plus earlier in the week I had a little strain or something in my right quad. Luckily after taking it easy for a few days it’s gone away, so hopefully that’s the end of that! But other than that it’s been a pretty good week!!

    Monday:

    • 2 miles
    • 30 minutes of yoga

    The plan for Monday was a hard, interval workout. Unfortunately that’s not what happened. During my one mile warm up I noticed that my right quad wasn’t feeling right. I was hoping it would work itself out during my warm up but it never did. So I ran another easy mile home and called it a day. That afternoon I spent some time on my yoga mat trying to stretch it out a little bit but it still just wasn’t feeling great.

    Tuesday:

    • 30 minutes of yoga
    • 20 minutes of Pilates

    My quad still wasn’t feeling great on Tuesday. In fact, it was even more sore! So I decided not to run. I did clean out the chicken coop though. πŸ˜‰ Also did some more yoga, done Pilates for strength work, and really got into my quad with my foam roller that night. That REALLY seemed to help!

    Wednesday:

    • 4 easy miles

    My quad was still a bit sore, but feeling much better by Wednesday! Got in 4 relatively easy miles that morning. The first two miles were nice, slow, and easy. Just to see how my leg felt. It seemed fine so I finished the last two a little bit faster. Nothing too crazy or hard or anything. I felt like I was still going easy, but I also felt like I finished strong. That’s actually been my mantra lately. Whenever I find myself in a tough spot I just repeat the word “strong” to myself. It’s really been resonating with me lately. 😊

    Thursday:

    • Rest Day

    Thursday was supposed to be my cross training day dedicated to a longer strength work out, but my stomach was not happy and I just wasn’t feeling well. So it kinda turned into a rest day. I’m not really happy about that because I really want to dedicate myself to doing this kinda thing on Thursdays, but shit happens I guess. Obviously taking a rest Day was a good idea because I felt a lot better on Friday. πŸ˜„

    Not really related to anything, but here’s a picture of Jethro eating a banana. πŸ˜‚

    Friday:

    • 3 miles

    Felt really good going into Friday! My quad was feeling much better as was my stomach! Plus it was cold and rainy out! My favorite! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒ§ The rain was supposed to turn into a big snow storm and while I didn’t deal with anything like that during my run I did get hit with a tiny bit of sleet and saw a few snowflakes. Then much later that afternoon, the rain finally started turning into snow! β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ

    Saturday:

    • 4 miles in a snow storm!

    Oh man, Saturday was crazy! We had a snow storm come through that started Friday afternoon and didn’t let up until Saturday afternoon. I talked all about that here. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I ran in a blizzard in November so of course I had to run in this snow storm as well!

    The original plan for Saturday was 6 miles but that became negotiable once it started snowing on Friday. Running in the snow is fun but it’s also really hard! I like to think these snowy miles were the equivalent of 6 miles on a normal day. πŸ˜‰

    Sunday:

      Snow storm clean up

    Sundays are usually my rest days but I didn’t really rest at all today. πŸ˜‚ I spent a good majority of my morning shoveling snow out of the chicken coop and dragging the big ass tree limbs that fell in our backyard to the wood pile. Once it started getting close to lunch time I was hungry and needed a break so I went inside, showered because I was covered in chicken poop, ate lunch, and then did stuff around the house while my hair dried. Then I went back out in the afternoon to take care of the tree branches in the front yard. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to be able up get them all because some of them were really big and heavy! I did it though!! 😊

    Shoveling snow and moving those tree branches was HARD WORK! But I like to think that made up for the fact that I skipped my strength workout on Thursday. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

    This photo doesn’t even do it justice! There were even more branches than this and the biggest one isn’t even pictured! But they’re all in our wood pile now. 😁

    Honestly I’m pretty stoked about how this week went! In a perfect world I would have gotten more miles in, but a sore quad (which is feeling 100% better now!) and a snow storm (slowed me down but didn’t stop me!) didn’t exactly help. πŸ˜‚ Still though, it was a good week! I’m very happy to be back into my normal routine after the holidays. Now that I’m feeling back on track, it’s only up from here! 😊

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: October 22nd-28th, 2018

    This is it! Peak week is officially done! Bring on the taper!!!

    Haha I’ve been really dreading my taper. I think mostly because the past few weeks have been a lot of fun and I don’t want it to end! And I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself after my two half marathons in two days challenge is over. Usually I like to have a plan on what’s coming after a big goal like this (even if it’s just a small plan or goal). I guess I’d better come up with something soon! πŸ˜‚

    Anyway, peak week went pretty smoothly! Here’s what went down;

    Monday:

      3 easy miles
      10 minutes of yoga

    Ok, so for the most part things did go really well this week, but on Monday I wasn’t feeling it. Or much of anything really. πŸ˜‚ I went out and did my planned run though. I should have done some more yoga or at least thrown in some foam rolling, but meh, wasn’t feeling it. Haha at least I did a little something something though. πŸ˜‰

    Tuesday:

    • 4 miles, interval work

    Holy cow this was a fantastic run! I had so much fun!! Don’t get me wrong, I still put in a lot of work though. But even so, I still managed to take lots of photos of the beautiful fall foliage (although a lot of them turned out slightly blurry πŸ˜‚). All the trees are starting to turn all sorts of pretty colors. It’s great!

    Anyway, I had planned on doing some strength work as well, but then I got kinda busy deep cleaning the bathroom, walking dogs, and baby sitting my neighbor’s kid. But my run was fantastic so I’d say my whole day was pretty fantastic! πŸ˜„

    Wednesday:

    • 3 miles
    • 15 minutes of Pilates

    Yet another gorgeous day on Wednesday! Actually this whole week has just been amazing, in regards to the weather! All week I’ve been watching the subtle changes in all of the fall foliage during my runs. It’s been wonderful! This has definitely been one of the most colorful falls we’ve had in several years, so I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in. I’ve taken about a bazillion photos in the process of soaking it all in haha. πŸπŸ‚πŸ–€

    Thursday:

    • rest day

    Thursday was supposed to be a cross train day but it ended up as a rest day. I had some kind of rash/allergic reaction to something (I think it might have been something in a bottle of apple cider we had. It only happened after I drank it and never came back since I’ve stopped drinking it). So I was not feeling too great. Plus I was just kinda tired in general haha. But I suppose one should be feeling a little bit tired during their peak week. πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, Whiskey got her first ever bath on Thursday. She was not a fan… Haha but luckily she got over it very quickly and still wanted to be my friend afterwards. πŸ˜‰

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    Friday:Β 

    • rest day

    Another rest day, yay! Hahaha and this one was actually planned! πŸ˜‰

    Luke and I spent the morning getting groceries and running some errands. After that we hung out at home for the rest of the day. We played with the dogs in the backyard for a little while and messed with the chickens, and then our 4 year old neighbor came over so we hung out with her for a while and then had a little pizza party because everyone was hungry but Luke and I didn’t feel like cooking. πŸ˜‚ It was a good time. πŸ™‚

    Saturday:

    • 10 miles

    Alrighty! This weekended brought the real fun stuff! The plan was to do a long run on Saturday and then another long-ish run on Sunday and to get to the highest mileage I’ve ever done two days in a row. Fun stuff, man!

    I accomplished Saturday’s run with out any issues. I was feeling kinda tired though and I didn’t feel as great as I would have liked to for this run. It was slow slow slow going. But hey, at least I did it! And I didn’t get chased by any obnoxious dogs! That’s always a nice bonus hahahaha. 🀣🀣🀣

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    So I’m sure a bunch of people were out doing lots of fun, spooky things on Saturday night, since it’s Halloween weekend. If you did I hope you had lots of fun!! Haha but since Luke had to work in the morning and I had another run to do, we stayed home and carved our pumpkins instead. That was the extent of our spooky activities for the day, but it was a lot of fun.πŸŽƒπŸ–€

    Sunday:

    • 7 miles

    Getting out of bed this morning was a little bit of a struggle. Then the first 3 ish miles of this run were HARD. But after that things started feeling a lot better! Slow, but still, better. πŸ™‚

    Now my legs are very tired. Actually, all of me is very tired haha. But honestly I feel really good! I’ve made it through almost an entire training cycle with out getting injured *knock on wood*. I’ve managed to up my mileage, not a lot or as much as I would have liked, but still, I’m making progress and moving forward and that’s really really cool!

    Now it’s time to taper and in two weeks I get to see what I can do and accomplish during my two half marathons! I’m pretty excited!! πŸ™‚

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    Total Weekly Mileage:

    Now, I can’t say with any certainty that this is the most mileage I’ve ever run in a week (I guess I could go check on Garmin Connect, but I’m too lazy to do that. πŸ˜‰ ), but it’s definitively up there! It’s looking like I’m going to go over 90 miles for the month which is super cool and something I know I’ve never done before! This training cycle has been full of new things and I think that’s just super awesome! At this point in my running life I’m pretty comfortable with the half marathon distance, and while I’m still learning about racing andΒ reallyΒ pushing yourself, I’m still comfortable enough to start trying some new things. I’m not sure how the training I’ve done this time around is going to end up affecting me come race day, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going to be able to finish my back to back half marathons without dying haha.

    Anyway, taper time is here and I’m going to do my best to embrace it!

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend you enjoyed all of the fall photos that this post is full of! I sure enjoyed taking them! 😊

    Until next time,

    ~Ashley πŸπŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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