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Weekly Recap: October 30th-November 5th, 2017

Monday:

  • 3 miles

I kind of ended up surprising myself on this run! My legs were kinda sore/heavy from my not so great long run last Saturday, but I actually ended up feeling really good and having a lot of fun on Monday! Good thing too, because after my run I spent the rest of the day taking care of my sick husband, and knew that more likely than not, I was going to end up getting sick too.

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Tuesday:

  • First sick day

I would end up getting sick on one of my favorite holidays…not that it really matters though. Since Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year we didn’t really do anything fun, and it was pretty cold out so we only got 7 or 8 trick or treater’s. Anyways, spend the day watching a few Stephen King movies and pretty much moping around and feeling sorry for myself because I was too tired/weak feeling to do anything else.

Wednesday: 

  • Second sick day
  • 20 minutes of yoga

I felt even worse on Wednesday than I did on Tuesday…So I spend most of the day laying around, resting, and watching movies. But I did do a quick little “yoga for when you’re sick” sequence, from the Yoga with Adriene channel on YouTube. It actually did feel kinda good to stretch and move around a bit. 🙂

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Thursday: 

  • Third sick day
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Oh man, I woke up feeling absolutely miserable on Thursday. But I think I was finally on the up swing. I wasn’t as achy or weak feeling as I was on the previous two days, and I was finally coughing up all the nastiness from my lungs, sneezing non stop, and even my ears were draining. So I figured everything was working it’s way up and out and that I was hopefully on the mend.

Still spent most of the day taking it easy and resting. I didn’t want to do too much and relapse or something. But I did do a little bit of light cleaning around the house (something I’d been neglecting since I got sick) and did the “yoga for when you’re sick” sequence again.

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Friday:

  • Fourth sick day

Good news! Was feeling a little bit better (but still pretty shitty) on Friday! Bad news! Not good enough to run. I mean, I probably would have if I didn’t have a race coming up next weekend and wasn’t concerned about getting as healthy as possible by then. So as antsy as it’s making my feel, I took another day off to rest and recuperate from this damn chest cold. Hahaha this cold has seriously been making me wish I still had an appendix, which supposedly aids in our immune systems. I talk a little bit more about that in this post, if you’re interested. 🙂

Saturday: 

  • 5th sick day

I initially thought that I was going to be able to get a short run in on Saturday, but eventually decided against it. I was just exhausted and sore all over from coughing. I was feeling a bit better though and did do a decent amount of walking around. 😊

Also, shout out to my awesome mother in law for sending me a box of Honey Stinger waffles as an early birthday present! I am 1000% sure that giving the runner in your life their favorite running fuel as a gift is the best idea ever haha. 😊



Sunday: 

  • 6th sick day (but I think it’s finally almost over!)
  • 3.1 miles

Brought my total weekly mileage up to 6.22 today and felt absolutely great doing it!! Well aside from the fact that my chest, lungs, throat, back, and abs all hurt from all of the coughing and hacking I’ve been doing this week. But my legs felt fantastic! So hopefully that’ll carry over to next Saturday’s half marathon. I’ve also been wearing the finisher’s shirt from my first half marathon a lot lately for luck. Lol I need about as much of that as I can get!!! 😂 I’m coming for you for a 3rd time Longview Half!!! 🏃🏻‍♀️👍🏻😁


 

 

Half Marathon Training Day 4

Rest days seem to simultaneously go by really fast and really slow. Like the day just seems to drag on but then I’ll look at the clock at it will be 3 pm and I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished absolutely nothing productive during the day. Haha maybe it’s just that running makes me feel super accomplished!! 😉 Honestly though, it’s probably because running has become such a big, ingrained part of my life that when I don’t do it I feel a little off.

That being said, rest is super important! And as much as I’d love to be one of those people who can run 5 miles everyday (seriously, people like that really exist!), but more and more I’m learning that I’m just not lucky enough to be one of those people. I’ve tried streaking several times and it can get pretty hard for me just to keep up with running 1 mile every day. And now that that is something that I’ve become more aware of, it’s also something I’m becoming ok with, if that makes any sense? Like, there have been many days that I feel guilty for taking the day off and resting, and honestly the more I think about it the more I think that’s kinda sad. No one should ever feel bad for taking a break and allowing your body to heal. That’s something that’s kinda super important! Especially when you want to be the very best runner that you can be!

That being said, I did consider doing a few easy miles this morning haha. Mostly because my run on Monday was super disappointing, but when I woke up this morning I was tired, sore, and just felt like all sorts of nope. So instead I did a crazy amount of laundry (I don’t know why I let it pile up so much…), took Lily for a nice long walk, bathed her (Finn got bathed yesterday and Dean’s getting a bath tomorrow 😉 ), played with the bunnies for a while, recorded a vlog (which I’ll probably post to vidme tomorrow because I’m feeling too lazy to edit it right now), and then did some reading. Fun times!

So tomorrow’s a cross training day, not so fun times, but since I took today off (like my training plan told me to, I should add) Friday’s fartlek workout should be even more fun! I mean, I already love fartleks and now I should be nice and rested and ready to go! Haha if you couldn’t tell, I’m super stoked about this half marathon training cycle at the moment. I’m sure in a few weeks that wont be the case, as I tend to have a lot of ups and downs about my feelings towards running/training. But I’m super jazzed up right now so I’m totally gonna roll with that and hopefully hang onto that feeling for as long as I can!

But for today I’m enjoying slowing things down, resting, and trying to be optimistic about the mountain of laundry that I have to go deal with now…

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley