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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! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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! ๐Ÿ˜„

2 days down, 26 more to go! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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. ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿคฃ

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! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜„

  • 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! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Plus after moving around a little bit on the golf course I started to feel a little bit better. ๐Ÿ˜„

    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! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    So obviously we had to go golfing on Friday. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    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. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

    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. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Total Weekly Mileage: 11.51

    Yeah, obviously this week didn’t go as planned. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

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    Thursday Things

    We are back from Minnesota! Yay!

    Actually, we got back Tuesday night and were home all day yesterday, but whatever. ๐Ÿ˜‰ With all of the recent shenanigans that have been going on I haven’t been able to do much blogging! I mean, I could, but it’s a lot easier to do all of this on my laptop that it is on my phone and not gonna lie, I’m kinda lazy. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    So anyway, Minnesota was fun! Between bon fires, parties, one high school graduation, and lots and lots of family time we sure were busy! Don’t worry though, Luke made absolutely certain that we were able to squeeze in several games of golf. His new goal is to golf at least once in every state. So far we’re 2/50. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    On the golf course. Making weird faces because that’s what we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It was fun though! Luke’s brother (the now high school graduate ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) went with us every time and he is now a fan of golf. ๐Ÿ™‚ We played at two different courses while we were there and they were both very pretty. The three of us all actually did quite well on our third and final golf game of our trip. We even kept score for the very first time and I won!! In all fairness though, Luke had me playing with a few handicaps because I’m not very good at golf and because I’m playing with his men’s clubs which does make it a little harder for me than it does for them. I guess eventually I’m going to need a set of women’s clubs.

    Processed with Rookie Cam

    Luckily we did golf and therefore got in some kind of physical activity! Hahaha I’m not exactly one that likes not being on the move. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t getย anyย running done while we were there, unfortunately. Mostly because we were pretty busy with my brother in law graduating and all of the activities that revolved around that.Then on top of that we were up late every night having us some good ol’ fashioned sibling hang out time, so there was no way I was getting up early after all of that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But mostly there was really no where nearby that I felt safe to run. My mother in law’s house is right off of a buys highway and apparently they see people running on it, but neither her or I think that’s a good idea. I was told of a potential loop I could do, but I was kinda worried about getting lost. Especially since our cell service wasn’t too great there. So, I decided I was just going to enjoy my time there and not worry about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lily, Dean, and Finn all stayed at a kennel while we were in Minnesota but we brought Whiskey with us. We don’t think she’s old enough to stay in a kennel yet. Especially since she has such a sensitive personality. Plus she was in heat so we didn’t want her anywhere near Finn while that was going on. We definitely don’t want any puppies yet! So, she came with us.

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    Luke and I have definitely lucked out with all of our dogs! None of them get car sick at all!! Sure they all get used to riding around in vehicles starting at a very young age, so all 4 of them know how to behave in the truck, but there really isn’t much you can do about a dog that gets car sick. My sister’s German shepherd gets sick and freaks out every single time he rides in her car. So I’m glad we don’t have to deal with any of that. Whiskey sat quietly in the back seat all 12 hours to Minnesota and all 12 hours back to Kansas with no problems. She had a bone to chew on but really she just slept most of the time. We let her out to run around a little bit and go to the bathroom every time we stopped for gas and food, but honestly I think that dog would have held it all 12 hours if we had made her (which we never would!). She is insanely good about things like that. She was the easiest dog I’ve ever potty trained and I could probably count on one hand the amount of times she’s had an accident inside.

    Anyway, she did good during our entire trip there actually. She got to hang out with everyone at my mother in laws house whenever Luke and I went anywhere and overnight because the house we were staying at didn’t allow pets. She liked meeting all of the new people, sleeping in my sister in law’s room, and getting to run around in the woods. But even after all of that I’m pretty sure she’s glad to be back home with the other dogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    We ended up kidnapping my brother in law and bringing him back to Kansas with us. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He wanted to be able to hang out with Luke a little bit during his last summer before he goes to college so he’s going to be staying with us until the end of July. Cool Beans! The fun will continue! At least for the 3 of us it will. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So like I said, we actually got back home from Minnesota Tuesday night. We left that morning knowing that we were going to end up driving through some thunderstorms in Iowa and it did in fact rain the WHOLE TIME we drove through that state. It was nothing too bad though. Things started getting super iffy around Missouri and Kansas though. We had somehow timed it just right that we wereย  super close to getting hit by THE WORST part of this storm cell right around the Missouri/Kansas border. I’m talking hail, flash flood warnings, high winds. It was raining so hard at a certain point that we could barely see out the windshield and there was a tornado warning for the county we were in. We got incredibly lucky and justย barelyย avoided the worst part of the storm cell, but we sure could see it! This storm did end up producing a tornado that was about a mile long and that was so covered in rain that there were times that you could barely see it. We just missed it, but we were pretty darn close to where it touched down. Scary stuff, but obviously we ended up making it home safely. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    The storm from just outside of Kansas City.

    So yeah, we are home sweet home now. ๐Ÿ™‚ As of today I’ve gotten a couple of runs done and I’m finally back to eating like a normal person. Hahaha I swear, I gained like, 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. But fast food while on the road, party food, and alcohol will do that to a person. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad to be back to regular scheduled programming as far as all of that stuff goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Drinking coffee in my own kitchen was a super nice change yesterday morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Okey dokey, just one more little thing before I go! Remember earlier this year how I had promised ROAD iD giveaways? Well one is currently live on my Instagram feed!!! I’m giving away a $35 ROAD iD gift card to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random! So if you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a ROAD iD or if your current one needs updating this could be an excellent opportunity to do so! Or if you don’t want to wait to potentially win a giveaway you can always follow my ambassador link to save 20% on ROAD iD’s website. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alrighty! That is all for now!

    Wishing you a very happy Thursday!

    ~Ashley

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    Running With The Cows 5k, 2019 Race Recap

    Woohoo! The Sloth Running Team was back at it again!!

    Hahaha except my dad forgot his shirt, so we didnโ€™t wear them for this race. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    On Friday my dad drove here to Kansas from Colorado so that we could tackle the Running With The Cows 5k on Saturday! Yay!

    Also Luke took me golfing for the first time ever (for me anyway๐Ÿ˜‰). Obviously the thing you wanna do the day before your race is pick up a brand new sport and then spend something like 3 hours doing it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Surprisingly I wasn’t as terrible at golf as I thought I would be! Plus I didn’t end up hurting myself (world’s biggest klutz right here) so that was good! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Honestly though I wasn’t too worried about it. I’m still suffering from/getting over a cold, so all of the plans I had for this race kinda went out the window. That was kind of a bummer, but there are always other races. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Plus Running With The Cows is a super duper fun race no matter what! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜Š

    We didnโ€™t keep score, but my first round of golf wasnโ€™t too terrible! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Other than my dad getting here and a rousing round of golf, Friday was relatively uneventful. Saturday was obviously when all of the real fun happened! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ„

    My dad and I were up at 6:00 Saturday morning! We didn’t have to get up super duper early because Running With The Cows is only 20 minutes from my house, which is super nice! We are our breakfasts, got dressed, then we headed out to the starting line!

    The half marathon was originally supposed to start at 7:30 am and the 5k was supposed to start at 8, but it was raining a little bit and people were still pulling into the parking area (that was kinda slow going because of the rain as well. The parking area was really just a field and it was pretty muddy). That wasn’t a big deal though. That just gave us a little extra time to find packet pick up and to use the port-o-potties. Both of which we accomplished with relative ease! We got our packets and walked back to my dads van to put on our bibs and timing chips, then it was off to the port-o-potties! At that point the half marathoners were lined up and getting ready to take off, so there was no line! Sweet!!

    The most crooked race bib youโ€™ll ever see! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did in fact race with it like this. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    After we had taken care of we got in line to have our picture taken with a baby cow! This race always has farm animals at the starting line. This year they had two sheep, a miniature pony, and the baby cow of course. This was the first time that they actually had a little photo op with it though (at least out of the 3 times that I’ve done it now ๐Ÿ˜‰) so I thought that was super neat!

    He was such a cute little guy!!

    After that my dad has to make another pit stop at the port-o-potties and then it was time to line up in the starting corral! It was pretty crowded! This race is pretty darn popular so that’s unsurprising, nor is it a bad thing. Although we were lined up a little too far back. We ended up getting stuck behind some slower people, which would have been more annoying if we were actually trying for a specific time. We weren’t though. The only goal for this race was to have a bunch of fun since I was still getting over being sick.

    Anyway, after a quick countdown we were off! To a pretty slow start. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    You can kinda see both me and my dad directly under the Running With The Cows banner. Both with huge smiles on our faces, of course! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    Like I said, we did get stuck behind some slower people. Plus there are just so many people that it’s kinda hard to get into a good groove until everyone spreads out a bit. Which eventually they did of course, but it took until about half was through the race for that to really happen. Not a big deal though. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    This race is put on by a Catholic Church/school so close to a mile in I think (they don’t put up mile markers for the 5k course. Probably because it’s an out and back so it is pretty straightforward. You go out about 1.5 miles then you come back about 1.5 miles. ๐Ÿ˜‰) the school band is out on the course playing for everyone. I think that’s super cool! Hahaha I cheered extra loud for them because I didn’t think enough people were. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This is also the only intersection you come across on this course (it’s super rural ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜) so I also made sure to thank the police officers who were out there blocking traffic and keeping everyone safe.

    So at this point we’re trucking along and still weaving around slower runners. Honestly doing things like that really motivates me to go faster! I’m not typically a competitive person, but there is just something super fun about reeling groups of people in and then weaving past them. Hahaha we also went off roading a few times to get around people. We’d jump off of the road into the dirt and then hop back on after we passed someone. That was a lot of fun! I was actually pretty impressed with how well I was running and how good I felt considering I was sick all week leading up to this race and I still wasn’t feeling 100% on Saturday.

    At around 1.5 miles we came upon the only aid station and the turnaround point! My dad and I both grabbed a cup of Gatorade, cheered when the race volunteers said we were half way there, and pretty much just got out of there as quickly as we could. Since so many people do this race the aid station was a bit hectic, but the volunteers were totally on top of it! Huge kudos to them! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š They were also handing out orange slices, which I thought was kinda funny since this was only a 5k, but hey, whatever floats your boat! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Anyway, after the turnaround point things get lots and lots of fun because you get to run down the hill you had to run up to get there! The hill doesn’t make it all the way to the finish, but it is all a net downhill back the way you came. I wouldn’t say we were flying at that point, I was feeling good, but still not good enough to be at that point, but we were definitely going strong! Honestly the whole way felt like it took no time at all! Probably thanks to the downhill. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So right before you turn back into the church parking lot that the race starts in there is a grain silo with another Running With The Cows banner hung up on it. And since I’ve done this race twice before I knew they have a photographer at that point. So we were able to kinda pose for our photo. Hahaha I had to crop some people out, but I think it’s a good one!

    Iโ€™m pretty sure we both were smiling like that throughout the whole race. ๐Ÿ˜

    After that we made our final turn an crossed the finish line in 39:21! Except at that point I didn’t really have a good guess as to what our official time was because they had the clock running for the half, not the 5k. Once I did find out our official tune though I was pretty stoked! We did much better than I had though we would! Especially considering the fact that I was still getting over a horrible cold. ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I swear we were the happiest people there that day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

    After crossing the finish line we went through all of the usual post race stuff. We got our medals which was actually a first for this particular 5k. Before they only gave the half marathon finishers medals, but they were celebrating they’re 10th anniversary of this race so I guess they wanted it all to be special. ๐Ÿ˜Š This was also the first time I actually had a medal hung around my neck. Every other time I’ve received a medal the race volunteer has just handed it to me, but this lady hung it around my neck and I just thought that was so cool! I know it’s such a small gesture, but honestly it really made me feel like I had accomplished something. I don’t know if that’s weird or not, but hey, it’s true. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    After having our timing chips cut off of our shoes we got in line for a second picture with the baby cow. But I mean, how could you pass it up! He was just too cute!! Plus this photo turned out better which is cool. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ

    After getting more baby cow hugs we headed inside the school for the post race buffet! They always have an awesome spread for the race finishers which is super awesome! And for that reason alone this could easily have been one of my favorite races ever! Hahaha but really I just adore the cow theme and the whole atmosphere. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜

    After enjoying our post race meal we headed on out and just kinda messed around for a while. We stopped back at my house, went to Scheels just for fun, and then we got burgers at 5 Guys. Going to 5 Guys is officially our new post race tradition, as we also went there after we did the Gobbler Grind Half last year! Hahaha I gotta say though, there burgers taste better after running a half. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They’re still pretty good though. ๐Ÿ˜‹

    After our post race burger my dad took a nap and then had to leave to start driving back to Colorado around 6:30 pm that night. He had to work on Monday, so he couldn’t stay any longer. It’s all good though! If everything works out well Luke and I just might head out to Colorado for a few days this summer! And then of course my dad is going to be coming back here in November for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two, which he’ll be doing with me. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

    Oh man, for real though. We both had an absolutely amazing time at this race! If you ever find yourself in the Kansas City area on the second Saturday in May you NEED to do this race! 5k or half, doesn’t matter. It’s a FANTASTIC event! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‚

    Alrighty my friends! That is all! I hope you have a fantastic week!!

    ~Ashley

    Hello Again, Colorado!

    It’s race week!!

    Destination race week really! I’ve never done a destination race or “racecation” before so I’m pretty excited!

    Anyway, my brother had some stuff to do in Illinois which worked out pretty well for me! Yesterday he drove from Illinois to my house in Kansas and then stayed the night. Then this morning I did all of my usual chores, especially the ones pertaining to the animals ๐Ÿ˜‰, then we packed up his work van and hit the road to Colorado!

    This isnโ€™t even everything I packed. Hahaha I kinda brought an excessive amount of stuff with me. But at least Iโ€™m prepared for pretty much any situation! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Our drive was mostly uneventful. We didn’t stop anywhere outside of a few rest areas and gas stations so we made pretty decent time at first. Hahaha every time my dad and I make the trip either to Colorado from Kansas or to Kansas to Colorado we end up stopping several places so we end up taking a lot longer. Our record is 16 hours for what should be around a 10 hour drive. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My brother an I would have made it in 10 hours if it wasn’t for the blizzard.

    The super scenic views of western Kansas. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Really though it’s a good thing that we didn’t do much dicking around. Several people warned us that we were in for some bad weather and they were right! The farther west we got the colder it got, and not too long after crossing the Kansas/Colorado state line it started raining and snowing off and on.

    Hahaha of course we had to stop at Coloradoโ€™s welcome sign. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My sister who lives in Colorado Springs warned us that the Denver area was expecting a pretty bad blizzard. She told us that all of the flights out of the Denver airport were canceled. My dad basically runs several FedEx terminals and he told us that they probably weren’t going to have drivers out running tonight either. So yeah, they were expecting it to get pretty bad. And of course I kept getting alerts for it on my phone. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    For a while there was actually a decent amount of snow on the ground! And it was blowing around so sometimes everything was just super white. It was kinda crazy, but honestly not too terrible. But the farther we went the more snow that was on the ground.

    It did really start snowing about an hour out from our destination. Things got a little bit iffy at that point. It was just s snowy, icy, slushy mess. It was pretty gross for a while, but eventually it did get a little bit better.

    We made it though! And my dad had a bunch of food waiting for us. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Hahaha so the most fun part of this trip is watching the altimeter on my Garmin steadily go up. It’s super amusing. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Hahaha but anyway, we made it. My dads dog Niko was super duper excited to see me, and now I’m just hanging out with my dad.

    Happy Wednesday!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: March 25th-31st, 2019

    This was a good week running-wise! Fantastic really! I felt good for the most part, got all of the miles in that I wanted to, and am just slowly but surely sneaking up my weekly/monthly mileage! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    While it was a good week as far as running goes, I really really skimped out on everything else. I did get a few yoga sessions in and even did a few foot drills, but I didn’t do any real cross training outside of walking my dogs and I didn’t do any strength training. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh well, I’m still happy with how this week went!

    Monday:

    • 4 miles

    Oh man, this was one of the hardest “easy” runs I’ve ever done!

    Well, maybe not ever. But definitely in recent memory! ๐Ÿ˜‚ My legs were still tired from my 10 miler on Saturday but I managed to slog through this run. Getting my legs moving was probably the best thing I could have done for them anyway. ๐Ÿ˜

    Tuesday:

    • 3 miles
    • 20 minutes of yoga

    My legs decided to cooperate with me on Tuesday! They were feeling much better. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    So I threw in some intervals just for fun. And it was fun. The weather was nice; warm but not oppressively hot, sunny, not too much wind. Sure I like winter running, but I do enjoy a warm sunny run every once in a while. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Wednesday:

    • 5 miles

    Caffeine, sarcasm, and inappropriate thoughts were the only thing that got me out the door Wednesday morning. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Seriously though, I really didn’t feel like running. I drug my feet getting dressed, getting to the door, walking out of the door, and then finally leaving my driveway. But I was eventually glad that I did this run. It ended up going well. Especially after the first mile or 2.

    Thursday:

    • 2 miles

    2 speedy miles for me!!

    I had a dentist appointment that morning to get a permanent crown put on the tooth I’ve most recently gotten root canalled. So yay for having one more tooth finally take care of! I’ve still got a long way to go and more work that needs done, but we’re slowly getting there. As much as our insurance and finances allow anyway.

    So, after my dentist appointment I was feeling good and ready to get moving but I also didn’t feel like doing a lot. So I busted out two nice and speedy miles. Like, much more speedy than I’ve run in a long time! Honestly it felt really good to just get out there and run with what was basically reckless abandon. I ended up in that fantastic “hurts so good” zone. But it also felt really good to stop after only 2 miles. It was exactly what I needed that day. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Friday:

    • Rest day
    • 25 minutes of yoga

    Friday may have been a rest day but it sure was a busy one! It feels like Luke and I had to go EVERYWHERE. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    That evening I was finally kick back, relax with some tea, and do some nice and easy yoga. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Saturday:

    • 10 miles

    Oh boy! Saturday was a very very interesting day!

    It rained off and on all day on Friday and that cooled things down quite a bit. The moisture continued on Saturday. First with snow. Yeah, snow!!! Which eventually turned to rain, then the wind started picking up….but by the end of the day the sun started to come out and it started warming up again. It was kinda crazy!

    So my long run ends up being kinda crazy as well! I started with the snow which was ok, but once that turned into rain and the wind started picking up things started getting kinda miserable for me. I was soaked and freezing. I stopped at home once at about 4 miles to change my outermost layer of gear and then at about mile 8 I was very much over it. So I went home, changed into dry clothes, and did the last 2 miles on my treadmill. I got all 10 miles done though and I’m very proud of that! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    Ah Sunday! Sunday’s are my real days of rest! I usually don’t have to do much outside of my regular chores and I always try to sit down, relax, and not do much of anything. I also like to do things that she me feel good. Kinda pamper myself, ya know? โ˜บ๏ธ

    So today I did a hair/face mask, cleaned, filed, and painted my fingernails, tended to my toenails (I so t paint them usually. It’s kinda pointless because I’m always wearing socks. ๐Ÿ˜‚), and just sat back and did a lot of reading. It was really nice. Plus now my hair face and nails all look and feel fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜

    I think it’s super important to do things that make you feel good like that every once in a while. So that’s usually what I dedicate my Sundays to doing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Total Weekly Mileage: 24.12

    As long as I keep this up there is no way that I won’t hit my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2019! Hahaha I know it’s still pretty early in the year and a lot can happen in the next 9 months, but as long as I stay healthy and injury free I don’t see any other reason why o won’t be able to keep this up and hopefully increase my weekly mileage even more!

    Okey Dokey then! I believe that pretty much covers everything from this week! Like I said, even though I did no strength or cross training, I’m happy with how it went.

    Now I’ve just gotta get through next week and then I’ll be off to Colorado to spend some time with my dad and siblings, and to run my very first trail race! I’m getting super excited about all of that! It’s going to be lots and lots of fun!

    Happy Sunday and last day of March! I hope you’ve had a good week and month!

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: March 11th-17th, 2019

    Well this week turned out to be a pretty good one as far as running, training, actually doing some cross training, and whatnot goes! Mother Nature sure brought a few surprises this week as well, but all-in-all it was a good one!

    So let’s get right into it!

    Monday:

    • 3 miles on the treadmill
    • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

    Did someone speed work on the treadmill to kick off my week! Warmed up with 10 minutes on the stationary bike, did an easy mile on the treadmill, followed by some hard intervals, really focusing on my form, and then an easy half mile cool down, and finally 5 more minutes on the stationary bike.

    It was a hard workout, but a good one!! Haha I had a very cute spectator and ran the first few minutes of my easy mile without shoes, just because it felt good not to. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Anyway, Luke and I cleaned out our extra bedroom and put the treadmill, stationary bike, and other various exercise equipment. We’ve dubbed it the “exercise room” and let me tell ya, it’s pretty sweet having a room dedicated to exercise stuff! It definitely makes actually cross training easier! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Tuesday:

    • 3 easy miles

    Holy moly my legs were tired after Monday’s speed work. That coupled with the wind we were experiencing made this run TOUGH. It was a super, slow slog, and I wanted to quit the whole time. But I finished it and I know I’m better for it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Anyway, it’s definitely starting to feel like spring here in Kansas! It’s getting warmer and windy and I’d say it was getting wet, but we actually had a super wet winter. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it’s looking like we’re gonna have a wet spring as well.

    Make a wish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Wednesday:

    • 5.43 miles
    • downed tree stuff

    We had wind gusts of up to 50-60 mph on Wednesday. That made for a very interesting day…

    Started my day off in my usual way, with a run. ๐Ÿ˜ŠI got poured on during the first half of this run! That was a lot of fun!! Although at on point an older gentleman pulled up next to me in his car and offered to take me anywhere I wanted to go. I told him I was alright and politely declined. I know this guy probably had nothing but good intentions, but still, even if I wasn’t having a good time I wouldn’t just get into a car with a stranger like that.

    Anyway, the wind really started picking up around the second half of this run. It started getting really bad so I ended up cutting this run a little short. Hahaha I’m good with that though. Running in that wind 5.43 miles should basically count for 6 miles anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Later that afternoon we had a tree get blown down onto a power line. Yeah, not good. But thanks to the help of a few neighbors we got it down safely. You can read all about those adventures here, if you’d like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thursday:

    • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
    • 20 minutes of strength work

    Cross train day yay!! Hahaha worked on my kinda wimpy arms after taking a little spin on the stationary bike on Thursday. Followed that up with a little bit of head stand practice just for fun. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

    Friday:

    • 3.25 miles

    Busy busy day!! Didn’t get my run in Friday morning like I usually would. I managed to squeeze it in that afternoon. It was a good one! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    It would appear that spring is finally here in Kansas! It was kinda weird, one day it was winter but then the next it was spring. ๐Ÿ˜‚ And it’s looking like it’s actually here to stay! We’re supposed to get highs in the 60’s next week. Anyone ready for me to start complaining about the warm weather? Because it’s coming.๐Ÿ˜‚

    Saturday:

    • 8 miles
    • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
    • 20 minutes stretching/foam rolling

    Oh man, that 8 mile run Saturday morning was an absolute grind. I got through it somehow though! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    That night my brother-in-law came over and brought his PlayStation that he set up on our second tv, so he and my husband spent the night playing Call Of Duty with their dad and one of their brother’s. I ain’t about that PlayStation life, so while they were doing that I ended up spending some time on our newly set up workout room! Spent some time on my stationary bike and doing some stretching and foam rolling while Lily watched. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Then after that I just binge watched more Law and Order SVU until 2 am when my brother-in-Law went home and we finally went to bed. Hahaha I’m not exactly a fan of staying up that late anymore, at least not often, but there was no way I was gonna to be able to sleep with all of that noise they were making. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    Spent the day, resting, relaxing, and letting my week of training seep in. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Total Weekly Mileage: 22.77

    Just barely missed the 23 miles I was aiming for! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Honestly though that’s close damn enough for me! I’m very happy with how well this week of running went and how easily I was able to jump back into the swing of things after being sick last week. ๐Ÿ˜„

    At this point we’re about a month out from the trail race my dad and I are doing in Colorado! I got the racer’s guide via email a few days ago and looking at that elevation chart again kinda freaked me out! I’m going to be going from about 1,000 feet above sea level which is where I live to almost 5,000 feet at certain points of this race. There are definitely some hills. Yikes!

    Good thing we’re the “Sloth Running Team” and are going to take our time and get there when we get there. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Still though, it’s gonna be a tough day! But probably lots of fun! I’m definitely looking forward to it!

    Anyway, that’s all for today!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

    ~Ashley ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ€

    My Most Important Pieces Of Running Gear

    Alrighty my friends! Do me a favor; quickly scroll through this list and then come back here…

    Done?

    Ok. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Notice anything missing from this list? Running shoes, right? I mean, aren’t those literally the most important piece of running gear after all? And then after that a good sports bra, right?

    Both of those things are super important, but here’s the thing, we all know that at this point! I mean, look at Runnerโ€™s World. At this point the magazine is 90% shoe ads. I stopped subscribing after they got a new editor and chief, but I’ve heard it’s just been going downhill ever since. But they aren’t the only company constantly telling us that we need shoes. Shoes shoes shoes shoes. Runners need their running shoes! Alright. We get it!

    But I personally believe that finding the right running shoe for yourself is a very personal thing. Everyone’s feet, body, running stride, etc, are different. Therefore the perfect running shoe for someone else might be an injury waiting to happen for you!

    So yes, maybe do a little bit of research before buying a pair of running shoes, but the best possible thing you can do is try on a variety of brands and styles. Run around in them a little bit at the store, and then just kinda hope that they’ll end up working for you. And if not, try again. I know that sounds like a lot of trial and error, but I really believe that’s the best way to figure out what’s going to work the best for you. You can also go to a reputable and trustworthy running specialty store, but take whatever they tell you with a grain of salt. Yes, they want to help you, but at the end of the day no one knows your feet and your body like you do.

    Also if you have a particular shoe that works for you, don’t let anyone convince you that you’re wrong! I’m looking at you, people who say you can’t run long distances in Nike Frees!!

    And don’t even get me started on sports bras. There is a lot wrong with that particular part of the athletic wear industry right now. I can’t find anything that isn’t super heavy duty that feels like you’re clipping yourself into a straight jacket, that has no pads or underwire (I get why some people like padded sports bras, but I hate them), or that had a bottom band that digs into and chafes the rib cage. I’ve seen women who end up bleeding pretty badly from these terrible sports bra bands. Nike used to make THE PERFECT sports bra for me, but they don’t anymore and I’m so freaking pissed! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a sports bra that was actually comfortable…

    But anyway. That’s why sports bras are also not on this list.

    Hahaha oh wow. I really didn’t mean for that to turn into a rant like that. It just kinda happened. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But really I think someone needed to say it.

    So, let’s get into a more positive track, shall we?

    Obviously I’ve got a bone to pick with certain areas of the running gear/athletic wear industry, but there are actually quite a few brands and products out there that I love, trust, and believe in! Which is great because obviously running gear is fun! But it can also make or break your workout (I’m looking at you, terrible sports bras!), help you keep track of your training, progress, time, mileage, mile splits, or whatever, keep you comfortable in certain weather conditions, help keep you safe, provide you with a little extra piece of mind, or just make you feel like a total badass. Which is also super important!

    So, today I wanted to share what I would consider to be my most important pieces of running gear. Obviously if asked, most runners would give you different answers as to what their most important gear is because we’re all different and need and want different things! How awesome is that?! ๐Ÿ˜Š But for me, these are a few of the things I just can’t live without when it comes to running.

    ROAD iD

    Safety first, my friends!!

    My ROAD iD contains my name, birth year, blood type, and emergency contact. All things that could definitely come in handy in case of an emergency. Plus having all of that right on my wrist means I don’t have to carry my ID or anything else with me while I run, which is nice. ๐Ÿ˜„

    At this point I WILL NOT run without my ROAD iD. Heck, I rarely ever take it off! It just gives me so much peace of mind knowing that if something were to ever happen to me my husband would be contacted right away. I seriously think everyone should have one!

    (PS if you don’t have one yet, you can follow my special link to get you one and save 20% on your order. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    Garmin Fenix 5

    I am a run by feel kinda gal, so I actually don’t pay a lot of attention to or get distracted by the paces that my Garmin is constantly providing me. Which is a problem that some people run into on occasion and something that can become a bit of an issue.

    But, since it’s not a problem for me I always run wearing my Garmin Fenix 5. It’s a super fancy GPS watch and I do enjoy all of the data it can provide me, the biggest thing I’m looking for is my mileage. Yup, I’m the kind of person who can’t end a run at 4.8 miles even if I’m standing right in front of my house (and even though I know that GPS watches aren’t 100% accurate). But keeping track of my mileage is super important to me. It’s how I know if I’m being consistent and actually working hard instead of just phoning it in. Some people can measure that with time, but I prefer miles. Everything else that my Fenix 5 can do is just an added bonus. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Oiselle Pocket Jogger Capris

    You guys, the pants CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!

    I know that’s a little dramatic. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But seriously, the amount of pockets on running gear is too damn low!! I don’t need to carry much with me on my runs, but at the very least I like a pocket that my phone will fit in along with a few other pockets that I can keep fuel and chapstick in. But I literally never had that until these pants came into my life. I LOVE them. Now I just need to get the Pocket Jogger Shorts! Not one pair of my running shorts contains enough pockets.

    I do have photos of my pair of pocket jogger capris, but they arenโ€™t as good as this one from Oiselleโ€™s website. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Trucker Hats

    Oh trucker hats! Where would I be without you?!?

    Gagging and choking on my hair, and constantly trying to keep my bangs out of my eyes, probably. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Trucker hats are an absolute MUST for me during the warmer months. I have what I affectionately refer to as a “choppy hair cut”. There are multiple layers, bangs, it’s kinda long, messy, and nothing is the same length. It can be hard to contain. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even braids and headbands can’t keep it all out of my way. But trucker hats help without holding in too much heat thanks to their mesh backs. Plus I like to have some kind of brimmed hat anyway to keep the sun/wind/rain/who knows what out of my eyes if need be. ๐Ÿ˜„

    Moisture Wicking Socks

    Honestly the brand and style don’t matter much to me. Sometimes I wear compression socks. Sometimes I don’t. As long as my socks keep me feet from getting too sweaty and gross then I’m good to go!

    The thing is, one time in my early days as a runner I forgot to switch into moisture wicking socks. It was a miserable experience for my poor, sweaty feet and I have never and probably will never make that same mistake again. I always double check my feet before I hit the pavement, just to be sure that I did indeed put on a pair of my running socks. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I’m a simple girl with simple needs. Aside from my Garmin I really don’t have any super duper fancy gear. Obviously there is nothing wrong with having the latest/expensive/technologically advanced/super spiffy gear. But I like to remind people that while all of that stuff can be fun, you really don’t need much to start running. That’s one of the cool things about this sport! It really doesn’t take fancy equipment. You just need a pair of shoes that work for you and whatever allows you to move comfortably over however many miles you want to cover.

    Alrighty! That’s all from me for now!

    What running gear can’t you live without? I’d love to hear your answers!

    But for now I’ll wish you happy Monday and a wonderful new week!!

    ~Ashley