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Thursday Things

My dad signed us up Tuesday, so there’s no turning back now! This November he’ll be running his first half marathon and I’ll be running two half marathons in two days! That should be an interesting experience!

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I think I’m up for the challenge though! Plus its pretty darn exciting that my dad and I are doing another race together and the fact that this will be the first of hopefully many half marathons that he will run! πŸ˜‰ It’s also pretty exciting that I have someone who actually wants to do these things with me! Not gonna lie, for the most part I do prefer to run alone, but I’m always open to run with other people anyway! Especially my family!

So like I mentioned on Monday, he’s been gearing up in preparation for half marathon training! On Sunday he got himself a legit pair of running shoes, an r8 roller, a bunch of Honey Stinger waffles, and a pair of compression socks, and on Tuesday, along with registering ups both for the Gobbler Grind, he got himself a Road ID (which I think is one of the most important pieces of gear you can own. I’ve got a whole post about what they are and why I think they’re important that you can read here πŸ™‚ ) and a bunch of badges for it.

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So he should be pretty much set! Plus he has the added benefit of being able to talk to someone who’s done the whole half marathon thing, has been running for almost 5 years, and who is always reading, listening to podcasts, and talking to more experienced runners about the subject. Lucky him haha! Aside from all of the various resources I’ve mentioned I’ve been pretty much on my own with the whole running and half marathon-ing thing. Maybe one day I’ll hire a coach. At least that would take a lot of the guess work out of it. But I do kinda like flying solo. πŸ˜‰

As for me, well, I’m not too worried. At least not yet haha. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be able to pull off this stunt and when I do I’m pretty sure that’s just gonna be even more justification to myself that I absolutely need to run a full marathon, probably next year. πŸ˜‰ But we’ve still got a ways to go before we get anywhere near that territory.

Anyway, I’m a little bit annoyed right now. Earlier this week my neighbor let her daughter come over while she was really sick. Literally the first thing that kid said when she walked through my door was “I have a really bad cold.” Yup, after she said that I knew I’d be getting sick…and now, of course I am. It was really bad yesterday, but I seem to be improving a little bit today. My throat is pretty sore though and that’s super annoying. Plus I’ve been super crazy tired, so I didn’t run yesterday or today. I figured it was probably best to let my body rest.

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I’m annoyed though because now Luke has also come down with it and had to come home early from work today. All of this could have been prevented if my neighbor would have just kept her kid at home. Or at least would have told me that the kid was sick when she asked if she could come over, because then I would have said no. Don’t get me wrong, I like my neighbors and I really don’t mind that her kid comes over all the time. She likes to hang out with me and play with all of our animals. But I don’t exactly think it’s cool to be sending your sick kid to someone else house so that she can infect everyone else. Like I said, now both Luke and I have it and it fucking sucks..

Especially since it’s really nice outside right now and there is a bunch of stuff we need to get done for the garden, the rabbits, the chickens, and whatnot and this evening would have been a good time to get a start on some of that because Luke doesn’t work tomorrow, but now we aren’t going to get a chance to take advantage of that or the nice weather (it’s supposed to rain on tomorrow, and then get kinda cold again on Saturday and Sunday) which sucks. I don’t know man, obviously I don’t have kids, but if I did I don’t think I’d be sending their sick asses around to infect the neighbors.

So yeah, did a whole lot of nothing yesterday. This morning I walked Lily since it was crazy nice out and I figured getting a little bit of vitamin D might help my situation a little bit. I’ve also been trying to drink more water today because I didn’t drink much yesterday. It’s super hard to motivate yourself to drink water when your throat hurts. Which is weird because right now cold stuff seems to be making my throat feel a little better, but I still don’t feel like drinking water. Haha bodies are weird. I’ve also been making a point to eat super well today. Trying to get lots of nutrients in to help my body fight off this thing as quickly as possible. I’m already tired of all of this “resting” nonsense, but I know I’ll probably get well faster if I do it. I just don’t really do the whole sitting around doing nothing thing well. Especially on really pretty days like today when I’d rather be outside.

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Oh well. I can’t do much about it now, aside from what I’m already doing. Hopefully this illness wont stick around for too long because both Luke and I are already very tired of it haha.

Oh, but possible on the bright side, my Oiselle pocket jogger capris should hopefully be getting here tomorrow! There was a whole freaking debacle about that haha. I had originally ordered a pair on March 16th, but long story short, the UPS lost them and it took them 3 weeks to figure that out. Yeah, that was super annoying. But Oiselle’s customer service is pretty great and they refunded the order right away after the UPS officially declared them lost or whatever. So I re-ordered them last Friday and hopefully they’ll actually get here this time. If not I’m gonna have to make a point to not order anything online that ships via the UPS. This isn’t the first time I’ve had issues with the UPS but it’s been the worst by far. I really really want to try out Oiselle’s leggings though and this particular pair has ALL OF THE POCKETS! So fingers crossed that the UPS doesn’t fuck up a second time. I mean, what are the odds, right?

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Alrighty then, that’s all for today! I’m gonna go back to wallowing in my own misery now. πŸ˜‰

~Ashley

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Friday Fives: Gear I Won’t Run WithoutΒ 

1. Road ID

I actually already have a post dedicated to Road ID, you can find that here. πŸ™‚ But I had to mention it because I literally wont leave my front door without it. It’s not like I’m super paranoid that something is going to happen to me while I’m running or anything like that. But I like to know that if for whatever reason I can’t speak for myself, I have some very useful information right on my wrist.

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2. Moisture Wicking Socks

I’m not all that picky when it comes to running socks. My one and only condition when it comes to socks is that they absolutely MUST be moisture wicking.

I forgot to change into moist wicking socks one time before a run. I only mad that mistake once, but I’ll never make it again! My feet were hot, moist and just felt gross during that whole run. I also got some pretty gnarly blisters! That was no fun… Ever since that day I check my feet at least 3-4 times before I start my runs haha. Maybe that’s a little bit obsessive, but at least my feet are happy.

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3. Some Kind Of HatΒ 

Ok, this one is kind of sort of a lie, as I used to never wear any kind of had unless it was cold outside and I needed to keep my ears warm. But I’ve been wearing a hat more and more, and at this point I’d rather run with one than without one, as they are usually quite handy! They help keep my hair out of my face, keeps the sun out of my eyes and shades my face whenever it’s really hot and sunny (and I’ve found that just getting a little shade on my face makes warm weather running marginally better), and if it’s raining I don’t have to constantly be blinking or wiping water out of my eyes, which can get super annoying after a while.

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4. A Good Sports BraΒ 

Oh man, I love me a good Nike sports bra! They’re what I’ve been wearing since I started running and I don’t often stray from them. They provide me enough support to keep me comfortable, and they have enough of a compression element to keep the girl strapped down and prevent them from doing too much bouncing.

I have worn a few Victoria Secret sports bras like the one pictured below. They are super pretty. usually pretty comfortable, and they make my cleavage look great haha. Plus I really like how easy they are to take off with the zipper in the front. But surprisingly enough they allow for waaay too much bouncing for my taste. Plus I always chafe under my arm pits when I wear them for too long. So I only tend to wear them on shorter, easier runs, and then stick with my Nike sports bras whenever I can. πŸ™‚

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5. My PhoneΒ 

Technically an IPhone 6 isn’t really a piece of running gear. But I always take it with me, even if I don’t plan on listening to music. I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it, because you never know. Some kind of situation could come up where I need to make a phone call, and it would really suck to not be able to do that.

Plus I never have to worry about getting lost! Haha I never have before, but it’s nice to know that if I somehow do, google maps will be there to guide me home. πŸ˜€

Is there any kind of gear that you wont run without?Β 

Road ID and Why I Wear It

Disclaimer: I did not receive any kind if compensation or reward for writing this post. This is just a product that I use, love, and get a lot of questions about.Β 

So I really do get a lot of questions about my “13.1 bracelet”. Especially on Instagram where I have a bad habit of posting way to many photos of my feet and of my wrist (showing off my runs on my Garmin of course! πŸ˜‰ ).

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It is pretty spiffy! But it’s a lot more important than just a neat looking “13.1 bracelet”. It’s actually the Wrist ID Slim from Road ID, and all of the important stuff is on the face plate that I don’t usually have showing in any of my photos. If I forget to turn it around though, I blur it out because it’s got some important information on it that the internet doesn’t need to know. It’s got my first and last name, birth year, the city and state that I live in, Luke’s phone number and his relation to me, my blood type, and one of my favorite quotes; “Pain only hurts”, fromΒ Scott Jurek’s book Eat and Run. The 13.1 thing is just a neat little badge that I had to pay extra for, but I just thought it was too nifty to pass up! πŸ™‚

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I consider my Road ID to be one of my most important pieces of running gear! Even more important than moister wicking socks, and that’s saying something! Those things are pretty damn important! My Road ID is so important to me because it gives me peace of mind while I’m out on the road. I’ve never actually had any kind of experience where I couldn’t speak for myself and the information on my wrist would come in handy, but it is something I would worry about sometimes. What would happen to me if I ended up unconscious in the hospital? No one would know who I was, how old I am (which can be really important information in certain situations), or who to contact. And obviously my family would have no idea where I was or what happened to me.

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At one point I considered carrying my driver’s license with me on my runs, but that still wouldn’t help anyone contact my family if they needed to, and 90% of the time I’d have no where to keep it anyway. I don’t know about you guys, but I have a really hard time finding running gear with pockets, and if it has pockets, they’re never sufficient. But that’s a whole different story…

Anyway, I had seen Road ID’s all over Instagram and I thought they were pretty nifty and when I got a coupon for $5 off any Road ID with one of my race packets I decided to get one and I’m so glad that I did! I really really hope I never end up in a situation when someone will actually need the information on my Road ID, but it makes me feel a lot better knowing that it’s there, just in case. πŸ™‚

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Do you carry any form of ID/emergency information while you run?

Seriously though, what’s with running gear not having pockets??Β