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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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Weekly Recap: January 22nd-28th, 2018

It would appear that at some point last week, my best guess would be Monday or Wednesday when I decide it would be fun to run on ice/snow, I managed to hurt my foot. Luckily it doesn’t seem too bad. I can still walk on it just fine. But I don’t want it to turn into anything detrimental, so I took last Saturday, last Sunday, and this Monday off from running I’m hopes that it would help. It seemed to, which is great! But this little incident reminded me just how injury prone I am, and that I really need to work on things to supplement my running in order to stay healthy and finally get to work on my goals for this year, because thus far I’ve accomplished very little in the ways of getting those started…

Monday:

  • 15 minutes of strength work
  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

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Tuesday:Β 

  • Rest Day

So, in this post I said I was going to spend some time on the stationary bike or something on Tuesday. I also talked about how tired I’ve been. So obviously we know which one won haha. But I did make another batch of Superhero muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Not gonna lie, I’m surprised at how much I love these things, considering the fact that they’ve got a pretty decent amount of vegetables in them. But they are super tasty!! πŸ™‚

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 2 miles

Ugh, you know it’s a rough week when you’re first run is on Wednesday and it’s super short…But on the bright side, my intention was to just do an easy run, but this one kinda turned into a tempo run. It definitely felt like I was running at a “comfortably hard” pace and I caught myself pushing a little bit up a few hills anyway, so I’m gonna call it a tempo run haha. Plus I had on my super sweet Honey Stinger socks, and running is awesome socks makes it at least 10 times more fun. πŸ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • 40 minutes of yoga/foam rolling

Jeez louise, I’ve just felt like a lazy, tired, unmotivated, pile of mush this week. I mean, at least as far as running goes. On Thursday I didn’t feel like running, stationary biking, or doing any kind of productive strength training. Plus I was a little worried about my foot after Wednesday’s run ended up being a little bit harder than it probably should have. It felt fine, but I still want to be careful with it. So I ended up walking all 3 dogs instead, and then spent a decent amount of time on my yoga mat. So at the very least that’s good. πŸ™‚

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Friday:

  • 5 miles

My foot was still feeling 100% fine, so that’s good. I was still feeling super crazy tired even though I got really good sleep the night before, so that kinda sucked. And here in Kansas we were under a wind advisory all day and were experiencing gusts of wind that were up to 45 MPH. Ugh. I will gladly run in the rain, snow, ice, freezing cold, it doesn’t matter. But the one weather condition I hate even more than heat is strong gusts of wind. They suck… But surprisingly even with all of that, this run ended up being a lot of fun! I swear, the best runs happen when you least expect them. Also spent a lot of time playing a fun little game called “dodge the trash can!”, as everyone’s trash cans, recycle bins, and the trash that was once in them were all blowing all over the place because of the wind.

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Saturday:Β 

  • Rest Day

Stayed up late on Friday. Woke up late on Saturday. I think I’ve officially messed up my regular sleep schedule at this point. The problem with winter running is that I can get s run done at pretty much any time of day. I don’t have to worry about the sun being up and it being crazy hot out. That’s nice and all, but I tend to use it as an excuse to fall out of a normal sleeping pattern and that’s not a good choice. Especially since when I wake up at 9 am I tend to feel like doing nothing all day. Like I did on Saturday…

Bubbles didn’t mind me not doing anything though. πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • 2.38 miles

Another day of staying up late and then sleeping in. Oops. I think I’m gonna have to work on that this week, otherwise I’m gonna be in for a rude awakening when it starts getting warm out and I need to get out before it gets too hot…But anyway, usually I take a rest day on Sunday, but since I did that yesterday I decided to do a quick loop around my neighborhood, so at the very least I’d have a couple more miles in my already super low running mileage bank haha.

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All in all, I felt like my week was super unproductive and that I didn’t exactly accomplish much. Util I saw that my Garmin said my training status was “productive” again. I’m not entirely sure just how accurate any of that stuff is, but it’s been a while since it’s said I was being productive, so hey, I’ll take it!! And I think next week is going to end up being a lot better anyway. πŸ™‚

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Happy happy Sunday, everyone!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: August 21st-27th, 2017

Monday:Β 

  • 1.8 miles

The weather was insane on Monday!! Haha I woke up to a rainbow but no rain (at that point), then a whole bunch of rain while it was still kinda sunny out, then the sun came and it stopped raining, which is when I went out for my run. But a crazy thunderstorm with some pretty intense lighting developed right on top of me so I high tailed it home before I even hit two miles haha. Oh well, my knee/leg still hurt so a super short run was probably a good thing. Oh and lets not forget that the Great American Eclipse happened Monday afternoon. That was pretty awesome. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Tuesday:

  • Intervals
  • 25 minutes of blogilates
  • 20 minutes on my stationary bike
  • 10 minutes of foam rolling

Haha I didn’t really realize how much I did on Tuesday until I typed it all out. Started my day with a mile warm up followed by two miles of interval work. My leg hurt for the first few minutes but it eventually worked itself out for the most part. Haha I probably should have taken it easy, but I really wanted to go a little bit harder. Oh well, for the most part my leg felt alright. After my run I did some blogilates, then in the evening I spent some time on my stationary bike then foam rolled a bit. I really need to make that more of a habit. I don’t do it nearly enough…

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Wednesday:Β 

  • rest day

My leg was actually feeling pretty good on Wednesday, but after all the work I put in the day before I didn’t want to push it too far, so I skipped my easy run and walked the dogs did some yoga and iced my knee instead. Haha that was probably a good idea anyway, I was pretty darn tired on Wednesday, so I probably needed the day off from running. πŸ™‚

Thursday:

  • 1 easy mile

Probably maybe should have taken another rest day and given my leg as much rest as possible, but I needed to do something so I did haha.

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Friday:

  • Intervals

Did a mile warm up followed by 3 miles of intervals. And some of those intervals were pretty hard too! At least until it really warmed up outside haha. I’m a huge wimp in the heat… Anyways, this run was simultaneously one of the most fun/most awful runs I’ve ever experienced. Running is the only thing I’ve ever done where I can experience that kind of feeling. πŸ˜‰

So according to my fancy Fenix 5, I improved both my VO2 max and my anaerobic fitness. I sure hope that’s actually accurate! I suppose we’ll find out at the end of this training cycle though. Oh man after I got done with this run I was crazy tired and got absolutely nothing done for the rest of the day haha.

 

Saturday:

  • Rest day
  • 10 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Was supposed to do my log run on Saturday, but I had trouble falling asleep the night before and I knew it just wasn’t gonna happen. So I took a rest day, worked on hydrating, eating well, and I even did a little bit of stretching. πŸ™‚

Sunday:

  • 9 miles

Oh man, I really didn’t think this run was gonna happen today. Yet again I didn’t sleep very well so I woke up late, and I seriously considered skipping my long run. Again…But obviously I came to my senses and got a run done! The plan was to do 10 miles, but I honestly didn’t even think I was going to make it to 5, so I’m still pretty darn proud of what I accomplished even though I was a mile short. πŸ˜‰ My run was fueled by Honey Stinger, punk rock (I listened to a lot of Rancid and Green Day haha), and pure stubbornness. Once I got out there I knew I had more than 5 miles in me and there was no way I could go 3 weeks in a row without a long run. Anyways, I even took an “ice bath” (I didn’t have any ice so it was just a super cold bath, it was still just has miserable though haha) afterwards. My legs always seem to recover faster after an ice bath, so I guess they are really worth the torture. πŸ˜‰ Anyways, at some point I’m gonna stretch and foam roll and hopefully me legs wont feel too bad tomorrow.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.93

Not bad!!Β After two not so great weeks I feel like I’m finally back into the swing of things! My knee seems to be getting batter! It held up very well on my long run and it seemed to get better the farther I went. πŸ™‚ So hopefully I’ll finally be done with that and that I’ll be able to stay healthy until November haha.

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

 

Friday Fives: Favorite Fitness YouTube Channels

I don’t have a gym membership so when I first started getting into fitness and losing weight back in 2012, I did a lot of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs. I definitely got a lot stronger and fitter doing her workout routines, but I also got really really bored with them (which is actually how I started getting into running, but that’s a whole other story). That’s when YouTube became my saving grace when it comes to cross training. Believe it or not, you can get a really great workout done at home with nothing but a yoga mat and your own body!

You can probably tell that I really favor Pilates and yoga channels/workouts. That’s because they make me feel really good, I’ve yet to get bored with them (which is super important to me), and I can get a really great strength session done with just my body weight or maybe a few dumbbells which is super convenient!

So here are five of my all time favorite fitness YouTube channels!

1. Blogilates

I’ve been following Cassey Ho through her blog and Pop Pilates videos since 2013, which is around the time she started getting really popular, I think. But there is a reason that that she’s so popular around the interwebz and that’s because her workouts are absolutely killer! She can make you hurt and absolutely want to die during a 10 minute workout, all while smiling and acting all peppy and basically cheering you on during the whole thing. It’s actually pretty great!

She’s also got plenty of beginner’s workouts that focus mainly on getting your form correct. Which I think is really awesome, because I think sometimes we all need a refresher on how to preform the moves correctly or if you’re just getting started it teaches you to do the moves in the most effective way and without the risk of getting injured.

She also has a really awesome video series called “Cheap Clean Easts”, so if you thing that eating healthy or clean can be really expensive or hard you might want to check out those videos

If you’re looking for a great way to get stronger and all around healthier at home I highly recommend checking out her YouTube channel. πŸ™‚

 

2. Yoga With Adriene

I think Adriene is probably my most favorite yoga instructor on YouTube. Most of her videos are great for all levels of people, from very beginners to experienced yogis. I really really really love that she focuses mainly on “finding what feels good” in that moment for your body and mind. I feel like a lot of yoga videos on YouTube getting into the poses as perfectly as possible and Adriene doesn’t do that. She encourages you to get into the poses in a way that feels right for you and gives you plenty of different options to get there. She also talks a lot about all of the mental benefits that yoga can bring. She has videos for anxiety, stress, loneliness, and even broken hearts, along with videos for your abs, or flexibility, or whatever. I just think it’s great that she takes the time to remind you that yoga isn’t all about having rock hard abs, or being super flexible, or being able to get into crazy poses, but that it’s also not a bad thing to want things like that too. πŸ™‚

 

3. 5 Parks Yoga

I’ve actually just started getting into 5 Parks Yoga, but so far from what I’ve done, I really enjoy this channel. They have some really awesome deep stretch and strength building videos that I really like! I also really like the fact that their videos tend to be longer than the usual 5-15 minute yoga video’s you tend to find on YouTube. 5 Parks Yoga’s tend to be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, which is fantastic because you can get a full workout in without having to start another video. πŸ™‚

 

4. Livestrong WomenΒ 

Not gonna lie, I actually found the Livestrong Women channel because Cassy Ho did a few videos for them a while ago. Then I found out that Tara Stiles also did a video series for them. πŸ™‚

I really like this channel because it has a really wide variety of videos; There are challenges, Pilates based workouts, HIIT based workouts, recipes, demos on how to properly do exercise, etc. I find it to be very useful when I want to switch things up or try something new. πŸ™‚

5. Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles has basically been my yoga idol ever since I’ve gotten into fitness. She focuses a lot on moving with gentleness, gracefulness, and ease. Three things that I am usually not, but hey, she gives me something to work towards. πŸ™‚

Now, I know I just said I like 5 Parks Yoga because their videos are a little bit longer, but I do appreciate the fact that most of the video’s on Tara Stiles YouTube channel are relatively short. If I’m just not feeling the whole yoga thing, I can do one of her 5 minute videos and that’s still better than nothing! Or if I’m crunched for time the shorter videos are a little easier to squeeze into my scheduled. Plus I like to mix and match her shorter videos. So I could do one of her 5 minute flexibility videos, followed by one for abs, followed by one for headstands, and so on and so forth. Being able to do that usually keeps me from getting bored. Sometimes I find it hard to make it all the way through a 30 minute yoga video, but it I mix and match like that, I can go for an hour and not get bored! πŸ™‚

 

Do you have any favorite fitness YouTubeΒ channels?Β 

Weekly Recap: May 1st-7th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 3.5 miles
  • 25 minutes of blogilates

It was a cold and chilly day! Yay!! I kinda wanted to go for 4 miles on Monday, but I was feeling tired and was back at my house at 3.5 so I called it good. But I mean, close enough, right? πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday: 

  • 10 minutes of blogilates

Tuesday was a cross train day! Haha I just barely did enough to qualify as a cross train day though. 10 short minutes of blogilates. But in all fairness, on her May workout calendar she had 2 lower body days in a row and that just wasn’t working for me haha. I probably should have spend some time on my stationary bike, but whatever.

Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

So, on Wednesday I decided that I was going to give up caffeine so I skipped my morning cup of coffee. Bad idea. I ended up feeling exhausted and shitty all day…

Thursday: 

  • 3 mile run
  • 15 minutes of blogilates
  • 25 minutes on the stationary bike

I was feeling a little bit tired on Thursday, but I still got in a pretty solid workout! Now I’m realizing that I was probably starting to get sick that day, but oh well. I don’t think skipping my workout yesterday would have stopped that from happening. Luke’s sick, a bunch of people at his work are sick, it was only a matter of time before I ended up sick as well.

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Friday: 

  • Rest Day

Yeah whatever illness that’s been going around finally caught up with me. I woke up with a sore throat and just feeling kinda bleh in general. I thought about running, but eventually decided that resting was probably a better idea. I ended up feeling kinda achy and started getting the chills later in the day, so taking a breaks was probably the right decision.

Saturday:

  • Rest Day 

Very glad I didn’t run on Friday. I woke up feeling absolutely horrible on Saturday. So I just continued to rest on Saturday. I tried to stay hydrated and watched Nike’s breaking 2 on YouTube, because I missed the live stream from the night before. That was some incredible stuff! If I didn’t feel so gross I would have been super inspired to run Haha. 

Sunday: 

Oh man you guys, I don’t think I could have run today even if I wanted to. This cold is absolutely kicking my ass. I’ve been trying to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to do because I really don’t feel like drinking anything. That’s not helping the chest congestion I woke up with this morning. Ugh, it’s quite terrible and makes breathing harder. I can’t wait to get over this. 

 

 

Happy First Day Of May!!

Good morning and happy first day of the week AND month!! πŸ™‚

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I always love when the first day of the month falls on a Monday! A new week and new month means a fresh start and all that motivational bullshit. Really I just like making new goals for myself and the first day of the week or month (or both in cases like today!) is a great time to do that!

So my goals for this week and month are pretty simple, but that just works better for me. Every time I try to come up with some elaborate plan for myself or just try to do too much at once I end up getting overwhelmed and quitting. So simple is definitely good for me! Anyway, this month I want to run 60 miles and follow the blogilates May workout calendar. That’s pretty simple. I ran 51.73 miles in may, so to hit 60 miles in May all I have to do is one or two more long runs. Easy enough. And it’s been a while since I’ve actually followed a Blogilates workout calendar but I’ve done it several times before, so I should be able to accomplish that as well. πŸ™‚

As far as this week goes, I’m just going to follow my training plan and I’M NOT GOING TO SKIP MY LONG RUN THIS WEEK!!!! Haha I feel like I’ve been skipping out on my long runs a lot lately, so I’m for sure going to run 8-10 miles on either Saturday or Sunday. It’s GOING to happen.

Skipping long runs is actually why my mileage in April was a little lower than I would have liked. I mean, 51.72 miles is by no means bad and I’m glad I went a little over 50 miles for the month, but I would have rather of hit 60-70 ish miles for the month. That’s why I’m specifically aiming for 60 miles for May. Knowing I have a specific goal to work towards usually motivates me to get shit done! πŸ˜‰

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Anyways, that’s pretty much all I’ve got for this morning. Today is technically supposed to be my rest day, but it’s chilly and cloudy out this morning and I skipped my long run yesterday, so I’m thinking a nice 5 or 6 mile interval workout would be a lot of fun to do! Well maybe, that depends on how I feel when I get out there, but I’m definitely going to go run! πŸ™‚

Happy May and Monday!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: December 5th-11th, 2016

Monday:

  • Hill Repeats
  • 30 minutes of upper body blogilates videos 

Started out the week with a 1 mile warm up, followed by 3 hill repeats, then about 1.2 miles of more easy running. The original plan was for my repeats to be a little longer, but my legs felt like lead and jello throughout the duration of my run, so I only ended up running up about 1/4 of the hill and I walked down to recover instead of jogging. Whew! I’m just glad I got it done! I also met my kitty friend near the end of my run. That was nice. πŸ™‚

Tuesday: 

  • Easy 1 mile

Crazy gusts of wind made this easy run feel kinda hard, but sometimes running into the wind is lots of fun! 



Wednesday: 

The weather was perfect on Wednesday! Cold and cloudy. 😊 I was hoping to get snowed on, but that didn’t happen. I ended up walking the dogs in the snow though. That was fun.❄️⛄️



Thursday:

  • 1 mile 

Just one mile on Thursday because my shin was feeling a little sore. 

Friday: 

  • 1 mile 

Luke and I did a lot of running around on Friday. We went grocery shopping, Christmas shopping, took the dogs to the park, and a did a few other odds and ends. Managed to squeeze in a mile though. Also, my parents sent me a birthday card (about a month late, but whatever πŸ˜‰ ) and my dad wrote me a lovely message haha. 



Saturday:  

  • 1 mile 

Just another mile to keep the streak alive. We did a lot more running around today, then had a bunch of pizza for dinner. I ran after all the pizza. Not a good idea…this was the most uncomfortable run I’ve done in a while. Oh the bright side, all that discomfort was my stomach, my shin is feeling 100% better. πŸ˜„

Sunday 

  • 5.96 miles 
  • 10 minutes of stretching/foam rolling 

I wanted to get in 8-10 miles today, but the weather had other plans for me lol. I didn’t know it was supposed to rain, so I was only dressed for the cold, not the wet. I seriously considered getting 8 in, but I was starting to get super wet, and I figured a nice hot shower and lunch was a better idea than finishing my run and getting hypothermia. Although I really wish I would have checked my watch before I got all the way home, or I would have run that last .04 mile lol. Oh well, I basically made it 6 miles. πŸ˜„

Total Weekly Mileage: 15.97

Not bad! I think my legs are finally starting to adjust to the whole streaking thing. Tomorrow will be the half way mark for the Runner’s World winter running streak, and I’m super stoked that I’ve made it this far! It’s looking like I’m going to redeem myself from having to quit last year!! πŸ˜„