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Long Run and a Hill Workout

Well, we’re back to this again…

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I got really spoiled by the really nice weather we had last weekend and earlier this week. But all good things must come to an end and the cooler, rainy weather did yesterday. Bummer. But we’re getting really close to the end of August and the first day of fall is about a month away, so hopefully the summer weather wont be around for much longer!!

Anyway, now that it’s all hot and gross out again, I really regret not running on Thursday haha. I took a rest day because I was tired, but oh man I should have just sucked it up and gone for a run anyway. It rained almost all day and it wasn’t crazy hot out. I did take a nice long walk with Dean though. That was nice. We like the rain. πŸ™‚

 

So since we are getting closer and closer to fall, I’ve been keeping and eye on the weather like a crazy person, just hoping and praying that we’ll start getting little hints of fall soon and that summer doesn’t hang around for too long haha. Since I’ve been doing that I knew that this weekend was supposed to be really hot and humid again. So on Thursday night I made kind of a last minute decision to do my long run on Friday, instead of on Saturday like I usually do. So at like, 9:45 that night (which is only 15 minutes before we go to bed haha) I started rushing around and getting stuff ready to go for the next morning. I like to have my coffee maker prepped, have an idea what I’m going to eat for breakfast, and my gear all in one place, the night before my long runs. Any other run I don’t make this much of an effort to prep for, but I like to be ready for when I run long haha.

The plan for this week’s long run was 10 miles but that didn’t happen. I got pretty close though. While the weather on Friday was still better than it was today, it was crazy humid, hazy, and hot out. And I made the really bad mistake of not drinking enough water before or during my long run, I didn’t fuel during my run, and I had no form of electrolyte replacement. Those are all things I need to function during summer long runs, so by mile 6 I felt like I was dying.

Luckily mile 6 happened when I was about a mile away from home, so I got to close to 7 by the time I made it back and once I did I grabbed some cash and ran to Casey’s (it’s less than a block away from my house), bought a couple of Body Armor’s (it’s my new favorite sports drink! So much tastier than Gatorade), ran back home, and proceeded to chug one whole bottle of my sports drink. Oh man, looking back now, it’s a really good thing I went back home when I did. I don’t think it would have ended up well for me if I didn’t. Anyway, I really didn’t want to go back outside after that, so I hopped on my treadmill and did a little over a mile. Just enough to hit 8 miles for the day, and then I called it quits. There’s not doubt in my mind that I would have been able to finish out 10 miles if I would have hydrated and fueled better, but hey, we all make mistakes. And 8 miles in the heat and humidity almost counts for 10 anyway. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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You can literally see how hazy it was in this photo. It’s not edited or filtered or anything. Gross…

While I didn’t quite accomplish my goal yesterday, I’m still glad I decided to switch my long run and hill workout. It was even hotter out today, without a single cloud in the sky, and of course we had another heat advisory. But earlier this week I had already decided that I was going to do this week’s hill workout on my treadmill. It’s actually super convenient because I don’t have any hills nearby that take me 6 or 8 or however many minutes my training plan calls for me to run up, so the treadmill kinda solves that problem! The only downside to doing a hill workout on the treadmill is that there is no downhill haha. I like the reward of being able to coast downhill after a hard climb up, but on a treadmill the most you get is totally flat. Which still isn’t bad, I just think running downhill is fun.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I killed this workout or if this workout killed me. Every inch of my body was dripping with sweat by the time I was done. It was pretty darn hard, especially after my run yesterday, but I still feel like I crushed it!

 

Afterwards while I was laying on the floor with my legs up on the wall my doorbell rang and I answered looking like this…

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Sweaty, smelly, and wearing clothes that did not match at all because I threw on the nearest shirt I could find before I opened the door. Haha it ended up being one of the election candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives. I guess she was going door to door to talk to people today and while she gave me her whole spiel she kept looking at me like I was a crazy person. It was pretty freaking hilarious. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Honestly when I went to answer the door I figured it might be one of my neighbors. One of them currently has his truck parked in our driveway because he’s re-doing his, so I thought he might want to ask if his cousin who’s there helping if he could park his truck in our driveway too, or something like that. He know’s I’m a runner and is very used to seeing me run around the neighborhood and being a sweaty mess so I didn’t really thing anything of it but nope, it was someone out campaigning. Haha I thought it was really funny though. I don’t think she expected someone that gross to open the door.

Oh man, sometimes it’s just little things like that that make life great. πŸ™‚

Anyway, earlier this week the wonderful people at Rollga sent me one of their Rollga foam rollers and their Activator thing, and those got here on Thursday. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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You can check out Rollga’s website here!Β 

I did a little bit of rolling with them that day, but I’m thinking I’m going to get super duper acquainted with them tonight! I could really use it!! Plus not gonna lie, even though I’ve only used it once at this point, I think this might be the best foam roller I’ve ever used! I really like the way the groves in in kinda cradle your muscles. It’s fantastic. I haven’t exactly figured out the Activator yet, but I’m gonna work on it!! It looks like it might end up being pretty darn useful.

(Friendly reminder that I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I did get these recovery tools for free. I’m not getting paid or anything and wasn’t obligated in anyway to talk about or promote them though, so I really do mean what I say. Just trying to be 100% transparent and real here. πŸ™‚ )

Anyways, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Rest Day, Pumpkin Bread, And Jack O Lanterns!

Never miss a Monday? Ha! Screw that!

 


My Garmin data is telling me that I need another rest day. But more importantly, my body is telling me that I shouldn’t run today. I’m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. I’m hoping another day off and some more rest will make that feeling go away though. The last thing I need right now is a cold. My half marathon is in 19 days so we’re getting really really close and I don’t need any more obstacles to overcome at this point. Even one as small as a cold hahaha.

But anyways, I think the whole “never miss a Monday”, “no off day’s”, and things like that that you see all over the internet on “motivational” photos is a very unhealthy mindset to find yourself in. You be go go go all the time. You just can’t. You need to take days off from running and working out. You’re muscles need to rest, your body needs to recover, and you can’t do that if you’re always running, always going, and never taking the time to allow your body to rest. Rest is essential!! 

And I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better haha. I really truly believe that, and I really truly believe that a lot of people fall into the trap of “no days off” and I don’t think that typically ends well for most people.

So yeah, there’s my little soapbox speech for today. πŸ˜‰

Instead of running I did some baking this morning! I somehow made it to the end of October without really making anything pumpkin related. *Gasp* That’s absolutely insane haha. I mean, I’ve made some french toast with some pumpkin, but that hardly counts. πŸ˜‰ So I made some pumpkin bread today. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN BREAD!!! Ugh its sooooo good!! Probably not the best thing in the world for you…I did make a few healthier swaps with this loaf though. Instead of using sugar I used honey, and instead of vegetable or canola oil I used coconut oil, so at least there’s that! There’s still a shit ton of calories in a single slice hahaha. Totally worth it thought! At least I sure thing so.

So my bread ended up being pretty good! Not as good as it could have been though. I think maybe it could have used a bit more spice and a little more honey. Other than that it was still quite yummy! And maybe once I feel I’ve perfected the recipe I’ll share it here! πŸ˜‹

Anyways, after Luke came home we carved three of our pumpkins yay!! Hahaha of course I went with the usual jack o lantern face and I attempted a moon and stars. The moon looks fine but the stars are kinda weird. Oh well, it’s still neat. πŸ™‚ As I type this Luke’s still working on his first pumpkin. He’s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far it’s looking good, but he’s got a loooong way to go. Maybe I’ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. 😝


Happy Monday!!
~Ashley

 

 

10 Miles In Struggleville

Look out half marathon number 3! I’m coming for you!! I feel like it’s gonna suck and I’m not going to be having much fun, but now I know I can do it!!

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My long run this morning, it was pretty terrible. I’m not at all surprised by that though. This was the longest run I’ve done since August, so I kinda figured it was going to suck. Honestly most of my problem was probably mental. I didn’t sleep well last night and running 10 miles was literally the last thing I wanted to do. But I knew that if I didn’t get it done this morning that I probably never would, so I went out and did it. It sucked. It was slow. I had to fight for every single step that I took. But I did it and I’m probably better for it. Maybe I didn’t improve my fitness at all, but I think I made huge strides with my metal toughness today.

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After my run I decided I needed to continue torturing myself and take an ice bath haha. Ice baths are usually a pretty miserable experience, but my legs always end up feeling a lot better in the hours and days following a long run and ice bath, so I suck it up and I do it. Haha the only problem with that was that I didn’t have any ice!

The ice maker in my freezer has been broken for quite some time now and I keep forgetting to get a bag of ice whenever I’m out and about. So when I had about 2 miles left in my run I texted Luke and asked him if he could get me some, and some chocolate milk too. πŸ˜‰ He was at work, but I could have stopped by and picked it up once I was done. So he did get me what I asked for, but thanks to my awesome next door neighbor I didn’t have to go get it! She had gone there to talk to Luke to see if I could baby sit her daughter today, because she’s not feeling well and wants some time to just relax. So he told her I could (after he texted me and asked me first haha) and he sent my milk and ice with her, so by the time I got home it was sitting on my front porch. So yeah, my husband’s awesome, my neighbor’s awesome, and I was reminded that running really is a team sport. πŸ™‚ Haha and I’m also baby sititng a 3 year old by myself today, which is waaay out of my comfort zone (I just don’t feel like I’m good with small children), but she’s a good kid and enjoys hanging out here.

Anyways, my excitement of not having to go get my stuff was very short lived, because I mean, I had to go spend 20 minutes sitting in a tub full of ice cold water. Fun times…Haha luckily Winchester decided to keep my company during that little adventure. Honestly he seemed very confused about the fact that I was fully clothed in a bathtub full of freezing cold water. And thanks to my wonderful husband I had many options as to what I was drinking while I was in there; I had my hot coffee to make the experience a little less terrible, my favorite flavor of Gatorade that he had picked up for me the other day and that I’d been sipping on during my run, and the chocolate milk that I’d asked for. πŸ™‚

 

After my ice bath I ate a little snack and waited for about 30 minutes before I took a nice hot shower (I think I read somewhere that you’re supposed to wait a little bit after ice baths before you get into a hot shower, to let your core temperature get closer to normal by itself. I have no idea if that was long enough, but oh well. πŸ˜‰ ), then attempted to nap. After laying down for a few minutes I knew that wasn’t going to happen. It seems like no matter how tired I am after a long run I can never seem to nap. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, it’s 1:26 pm as I type this, and my neighbor is supposed to be here around 2 or 3 ish, so I need to go pick up the house and do a little bit of stretching before she gets here.

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

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Longest Run Is Done!Β 

Aaaand with that, peak week is done! Thank goodness! πŸ˜‚

My long run was 12 miles today, and I did that around my neighborhood. As you can imagine, that can be a little bit boring. Mostly because I run here everyday, but also because the farthest I can get from my house is about 1 mile. So that can get a bit monotonous after a while.

Luckily it actually wasn’t too bad this morning! I broke my run up into 2 mile segments, so I’d run 1 mile away, 1 mile back, then quickly stop back at my house for a drink of water/Gatorade. That definitely helped break up the run and kept me from getting too bored. 

Anyway, I felt pretty good up until the last mile, but I’m very happy with how everything turned out. I totally killed it going up hills today. πŸ˜„

Afterwards I took my first ice bath. Holy cow that was an interesting experience! It totally helped my legs though! The we’re definitely less sore/tired feeling afterwards. Shoutout to Luke for making me hot chocolate and dumping ice on me multiple times. Running truly is a team sport and if moments like that don’t prove it, I don’t know what will! 

I spent the rest of the day eating and watching TV. Not very productive, but I like to think I earned it. πŸ˜„

I hope you’ve had a good Saturday!

~Ashley