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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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Friday Fives: Reasons Why I’m Super Duper Excited About Fall

All right, all right, I know that most of you guys probably know that I absolute love everything about fall (and winter, but lets focus one one season at a time πŸ˜‰ ). But I can’t help it! I am a cold weather person, I do not do well in the heat/summer time, and lets be honest, October through December is pretty much the most exciting and beautiful time of year!! πŸ™‚

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1.Β Fall RunningΒ 

I guess this may be a bit obvious, but hey, this is a running blog after all! And besides, fall is probably the best season for running! The temperature is usually pretty close to perfect, the scenery is beautiful, there are an abundance of races, you don’t have to wake up super early to hit the road before the sun comes up, getting to see everyone’s Halloween decorations, being able to drink a nice warm drink when you get home, I could probably go on an on and on haha.

Now unfortunately I’m still injured and unable to do much running right now, but I’m still dreaming about long, tough, beautiful autumn runs.

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2. Halloween!!Β 

I mean come on, who doesn’t love Halloween? You get to dress up, watch scary movies, and eat obscene amounts of candy. What’s not to love? πŸ˜‰ Oh and not to mention all of the fun, Halloween themed races that I swear one day I’m going to participate in.

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3. PumpkinΒ Picking Adventures

Luke and I kind of have this tradition of going pumpkin picking. We’ve done it every year since we’ve moved to Kansas. Hahaha I think it’s so much fun and just about the best thing ever to search through a field for the perfect pumpkin, picking it yourself, and then taking it home and carving it. Unfortunately for Luke, he doesn’t find any of that as enthralling as I do, but he puts up with it because he knows it makes me happy.

4. Fall Food

Chili, baked apples, homemade applesauce, soups, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin EVERYTHING! Oh and not to mention every food ever served at Thanksgiving ever (well, exept for things that contain pecans. I hate pecans haha πŸ˜‰ )! I think it’s all great haha! It seems like both Luke and I get into a super duper cooking mood once fall rolls around, so we always end up making lots of super yummy stuff! Fresh squash soups, chili with our home grown tomatoes and peppers, pies, cookies, bread, and anything that involves pumpkin, both Luke and I end up making from scratch, It’s lots of fun!! πŸ™‚

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Last year we went apple picking and ended up with a piss ton of apples, so we made applesauce! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested!

5. Fall FoliageΒ 

I don’t care what anyone says, fall is the prettiest season ever. That is all. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Fall Is Almost Here, Two Short Runs, An Injury Update, Compression Gear, and Another Furry Friend

First and foremost, #ThrowbackThursday anyone? πŸ˜‰ Ah man, throwback Thursday never ceases to amuse me. I just think it’s fun to take a look back at past life experiences, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they might be.

So, since fall is almost here and I’m so super duper excited about that, I went perusing through the camera roll on my phone this morning looking for the photos of my jack-o-lanterns from last year, because they were pretty darn spiffy if you ask me!!

 

 

 

I was so super excited about how the 13.1 pumpkin turned out! I was kinda worried about it because I thought it was going to be hard to tell what it was, but once it was lit up it looked pretty good! And look at all the hair I used to have!! Haha not gonna lie, looking back I kinda regret cutting it all off. But it was sooo much nicer not having to deal with all of that hot hair over the summer. But anyways, now I’ve got to figure out what I want to do with this years pumpkins! Haha obviously I’ve still got some time, but I take this stuff very seriously! πŸ˜‰ We’re starting to get close to my favorite time of year and I’m so super stoked!!

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TRUE!!!!!

So now that we’re into the middle of September we’re starting to experience a bit of fall like weather in the morning/evening. The highs in the afternoon have been in the 80’s though so that still kinda sucks, but we’ll get to the colder weather eventually. πŸ™‚ But anyways, the nice weather in the morning is really reallyΒ reallyΒ making me miss running. Fall running is the best running (except once winter rolls around, then I’ll spend all season telling you that winter running is the best πŸ˜‰ ) and right now I definitely feel like I’m missing out!!

I have managed to do two very short runs this week. 2 miles on Monday and 2 more miles on Wednesday. That’s definitely not the kind of running I should be doing considering that I’m supposed to be training for my 3rd half marathon, but at the moment it’s the only kind of running I can do. And it’s still totally better than not running at all!!

 

 

 

Unfortunately the 4 miles that I’ve run this week were not pain free miles. During both runs my knee started to ache a bit during the second mile and on Wednesday I felt it a little bit in my shin as well. That was no bueno…but it’s still not as bad as it was last month and I like to think it’s finally starting to get better. Healing this whole situation has definitely been a slow process, but I’m glad that it seems to be getting better without the help of a doctor. Because IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to have to go see one haha.

So I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) very seriously in order to get this thing taken care of. Obviously the rest has come in the form of not running, but I’ve also been trying to take it easy and walk a little less if it starts bothering me. I was icing it for a while but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything for it anymore. And honestly I’m pretty sure icing is really only effective for the first like, 48 hours or something like that after you’ve been injured (I’m not entirely sure about that though, so don’t quote me on it. πŸ˜‰ ). So that brings me to compression and elevation. As far as elevation goes, I’ve just been propping my leg up with a pillow in the evening whenever i’m sitting down watching TV, but my compression game has definitely been VERY strong!

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I’m sporting a very old compression sock and a very new compression knee sleeve in this photo.

So Luke’s just as determined to get me healthy again as quickly as possible so he’s been making me experiment with some new gear haha. First he got me the knee sleeve pictured above. Oh boy does that thing work! I didn’t realize that my knee was actually hurting while I was walking until I started wearing this thing around haha (this right here is why I have to be super careful when it comes to injures. I have a ridiculous pain tolerance and sometimes I don’t notice that anythings going on until after it goes away and I start feeling normal again…). And after wearing it for about a week I was able to do my two short runs this week, which was obviously a huge improvement over not being able to run at all. πŸ™‚ So because I had quite a bit of success with the knee brace, Luke thought hey, if a little bit of compression worked, why not go with EVEN MORE compression. So he came home with a pair of full on compression tights for me the other day haha. I kinda wish he hadn’t spent so much money on me for this stuff, compression gear (especially these tights, holy shit) isn’t cheap…but I mean, they are some super spiffy looking tights. πŸ™‚

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I’ve only worn them once, so at this point there’s really no telling if they made a difference, but they’re still super spiffy. πŸ™‚

So all of that actually came about because I had ordered myself a new pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves (like I said, my compression socks are really old, and I’ve had to cut the toes off of both pairs that I have because they make my toes uncomfortable, so I figured sleeves were the way to go. πŸ˜‰ ) and a sports bra at some point last week, I think? The only problem with that is that Zensah’s warehouse is located in southern Florida so they had to close up shop and evacuate because of hurricane Irma, so I guess they’re not entirely sure when they’ll be able to ship out anything. And like, obviously that’s totally understandable and I don’t mind waiting, but Luke is not a patient person and apparently that applies to me as well, and that’s how I ended up with even more compression gear hahahahaha.

 

 

So like, I know compression gear is one of those things that some people absolutely swear by and other people just think is a placebo kinda thing, but it’s always seemed to work for me so I’m just gonna roll with it! πŸ™‚

Whew, alrighty then! Last on my agenda of this to talk about today is our newest furry friend! Everyone, meet Alfred!

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So kind of on a whim I guess, Luke decided that our other ferret, Bruce, needed a friend. So he went and got him one last night. Hahaha if you haven’t noticed, once Luke sets his mind on something he just goes and does it. And that’s how we ended up with another ferret. It’s really funny because everyone thinks all of the animals were my idea (because I’m the huge animal lover who was raised on a farm), but aside from the cats and Lily, Luke’s the one who went out and got the rest of them haha. I mean, I’m not complaining though. πŸ˜‰

At first we were both a little wary about introducing them to each other. Luckily we have two ferret cages so if it didn’t go well we could have kept them separate, but it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. They pretty much liked each other right off the bat and are already becoming fast friends. So I guess Luke was right, getting Bruce a friend was a good idea. And I mean, what good is Bruce Wayne without Alfred Pennyworth? πŸ˜‰

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Okey dokey then! That’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! I’ve been doing a terrible job at keeping up with everyone lately, so what’s going on with you? Are you excited about fall? Any up coming races, spiffy new gear, new furry friends,new PR’s, or are you sidelined with an injury as well?

Anyways, I hope everyone has a happy Friday eve, a great Friday tomorrow, and an even better weekend!

~Ashley

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