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Thursday Things

Hello friends, and happy summer solstice!

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I’ve just got a few things I want to talk about today, so lets get right into it! πŸ™‚

This morning I had a dentist appointment. He cemented the permanent crowns to the two teeth I’ve had root canals done on, and then did a cleaning for all of my teeth. Oh man, it’s been a while since that’s happened! But the new crowns look fantastic and seem to fit in my mouth perfectly! I’m glad those two teeth have been taken care of but I’ve still got quite a bit of work that needs to be done on my teeth and I have no more dental insurance until next year. So unfortunately that’s going to have to wait. Hopefully my teeth will hold out for a while.

But anyway, while we were there I had to have like, 8 thousand x-rays taken and the dental assistant said I was one of the easiest people she’s ever worked with! I didn’t complain, or gag, or have any trouble while she was taking the x-rays with whatever it is that they have to put in your mouth to do that. Haha I told her if I can willingly sit through a 3 hour tattoo I can do this kinda discomfort, no problem! Then after the dentist had cleaned my teeth he commented on my pain threshold. I always find it amusing when people comment on that. Mostly because I’m very well aware of it haha. When I was 13 my appendix ruptured and the surgeons at the hospital were hesitant to even operate on my because “I wasn’t in enough pain”. After spending 3 days in the ER and having my body start to shut down they finally operated, and low and behold, it was my appendix, it had ruptured days ago, and my whole abdomen was a huge mess. So yeah, I’m very aware of my high threshold for pain. It literally almost killed me!!

Now if only I could take that pain threshold and transfer it to hot, sunny, gross days, when I’m trying to do a hard run. Then I’d be pretty much set haha!!

Anyway, after my dental appointment I did actually run outside today! The treadmill is nice, but seriously, nothing is better than how freeing it feels to run outside! Plus the weather was pretty nice too. We’ve had some rain just near by and that’s cooled things off quite a bit. When I started my run it was partly cloudy with a nice, cool wind blowing in and by the time I was done it was starting to drizzle a little bit. It was really nice!! I felt really good, my calves weren’t as tight as they were yesterday from the 2 treadmill runs I had done earlier this week, and I was listening to Let’s Go, which is probably my all time favorite Rancid album. It was a really good run. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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The drizzle ended up turning into a nice little rain shower, which was fantastic! We’ve really needed some rain. It’s been really hot and the sun has been pretty intense and my garden has been suffering because of it. Even with daily waterings. It’s just been bad. But even so I’ve still gotten a good amount of strawberries, 1 zucchini, and 1 blueberry so far. I’ve also got a couple of small watermelons growing, the blueberry bush is full of berries that just need to ripen, my tomato plants are starting to grow little tomatoes, my zuccini plants are covered in flowers, and my peach tree is still covered in peaches. I’m thinking with the intense heat it’s not going to be a great year for my garden, but I also don’t think it will be too bad.

The garden might not be doing all that great, but the new chicks are! They’re eating and growing like crazy! They’re also incredibly messy and have taken to knocking their feed everywhere and perching on they’re feeder. Haha they’re funny little creatures.

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Alrighty then! That’s all I’ve got for today. But my half marathon training plan starts next month(have I mentioned yet that I’m running 2 half marathons in 2 days, yet?!?!?! πŸ˜‰ )! I am pretty excited for that, I find the challenges of training for a half fun, but since I’m training for 2 I’m going to be tweaking some things here and there. But I’ll get to all of that later.

For now, happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

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Treadmill Running

I started out my running journey almost 5 years ago on a treadmill in my old apartment complexes fitness center, but once I started running on the paved trail that was near by, I ditched the treadmill and never looked back. In that time I’ve forgotten a little something about myself; I’m super duper awkward on treadmills!

So just going back a little bit, last weekend Luke and I went to Illinois for one of his brother’s high school graduation party. While we were there we picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. My sister (actually, both of my sister’s, my brother, and both of my parents) live in Colorado now. It would have been more expensive for her to rent a truck and drive all the way to Illinois just to get it, and since she knew Luke just recently bought a new truck, she told me that we could take it. And that, my friends, is how I ended up getting a $600 treadmill for free. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!! πŸ˜‰

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Originally I wasn’t going to take the treadmill. “I’m a road runner!” I told myself, “I pride myself in running in ALL OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS!” And that is true, but in the summer months I always end up runningΒ a lot less and basically not doing any kind of speed work, because I do not do well in the heat. It absolutely drains me and my running kinda suffers because of it. So after thinking about that for a while, I figured why not take the treadmill? I could probably utilize it in a way to supplement my outdoor running and actually do some speed work in the summer! So at this point I’m pretty stoked to have it. Even though it’s kinda huge and taking up a lot of room in my living room haha.

Anyway, back to my original point. I run weird on treadmills. And I’ve kinda forgotten about that little fact until now. Once I had started running on that trail back in the apartment days I realized how natural treadmill running felt to me. I also realized how quickly I tore shoes up while running on a treadmill. Once I started running on asphalt my shoes started lasting me a lot longer. Probably because running on a revolving belt is just naturally going to wear them out faster, but also because my running gait is just super awkward while moving on said revolving belt and I’ve never been able to get into a good rhythm on one. And honestly I probably never will.

So I’ve only run twice since Sunday when we brought this thing home. Both runs were on the treadmill and both runs felt super weird. Now, I know I’m slow, but a little simple math told me that my Garmin wasn’t reading correctly with that first run on Monday and that I was going somewhere around a 13:30 pace and not a 15 minute per mile pace. Haha that was a huge relief! Because that first run felt HARD! So I’m not actually sure about the distance on this run. I’m not all that worried about it though, I figured out how to calibrate my watch to the treadmill and it was pretty close to what the treadmill was reading on Tuesday. Still not sure how accurate the treadmill is, but I’m just gonna roll with it haha.

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First treadmill run in a very long time on Monday!

You might notice in the photo above that I’m not wearing any shoes. Haha remember how I said I tear shoes up while running on the treadmill? Yeah, I don’t want to be doing that right now. You see, I’m down to one pair of running shoes (I just had to retire my current pair of Nike Free’s. It was a sad day), my Nike Pegasus and they’re getting close to being halfway through their running life with me. I can usually get about 300 ish miles out of a pair of shoes before they have to retire to my “everyday” shoes, and then I can usually wear them for about another year before I have to get rid of them. It’s a good system for me. πŸ™‚ But anyway, since I’m down to one pair of running shoes and currently not able to spend $100 to get a new pair (that whole trip to Illinois, our up coming family vacation that Luke’s mom has been planning, and having to pay bills, buy food, and other adult stuff like that is really slowing the whole getting new running shoes thing down). So in order to preserve my current pair of shoes I’ve done both of my runs this week in my socks!!

(Just a little side note here guys, I have a ko-fi account now! You might have notice the “Buy Me A Coffee” button on the side of my blog. I actually spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I should join ko-fi, because I didn’t want anyone to think I was like, begging for money or anything. And I’m totally not! But you know, I do work pretty hard on this blog and my other social media accounts. I put myself out there and share my story in some pretty up close and personal ways. So I figured why not give people a way to show me some love and support in the small way of “buying me a coffee” if they want to. And if they don’t, no big deal and no hard feelings. It’s not like I started this blog to make boatloads of money. Although I’d be lying if I said that wouldn’t be nice. πŸ˜‰ But anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there really quick. I probably wont be bringing it up much though.)

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So anyway, in order to preserve the life of my remaining pair of running shoes, I’ve done both of my runs this week in just my socks. I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal though. As kids my sisters and I would run around the farm barefoot all the time. We’d walk around corn fields, cow pastures, the woods, our gravel driveway, and even ride our bikes all sans shoes, and it was great!! And it’s not like I wear shoes all the time anyway. Nowadays I always walk around my house in just socks. I ride my stationary bike barefoot, tend to my garden barefoot or in flip flops or rubber boots (so, shoes that basically have no support whatsoever). I’ve even played tennis and helped Luke practice for softball either barefoot or in socks. Haha we’ve actually discoverd that I pitch better without shoes on! Although that’s probably just a weird coincidence, but now whenever we got out to the softball fields and there’s no home plate out we just use my shoes because I’m a-ok with not wearing them haha.

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P.S. I’m totally in love with my Zensah watermelon compression socks!!Β πŸ‰πŸ˜„[/[/[/[/[/[/

I’ve also got an affinity for minimalist shoes. Hence why I love Nike Free’s so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love myΒ Pegasus. They’re a great training shoe and a good way for me to switch things up a little bit, but I wont do races in them haha. Compared to the Free’s they just feel heavy to me. I don’t even like wearing them on long runs, but I do because I know it’s good for me. But anyway, since I’m quite often barefoot, or wearing socks or minimalist shoes, I figured my feet, ankles, and legs would be strong enough to do my treadmill running in just my socks. But I think I might have overdone it a bit yesterday. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill, very awkwardly because like I said, treadmill running is weird and hard, in just my socks. I’m not hurt or injured or anything, but my calves are just super tight today! My guess is from running super duper awkwardly on the treadmill two days in a row and now wearing shoes probably didn’t help.

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Haha yesterday I actually spent those 4 miles watching part of a full Green Day concert on YouTube. I have no idea how people can go to a concert and record the whole thing! I’m too busy singing and dancing to even consider taking decent pictures, let along record a video! But I am incredibly grateful to the people who do! Haha yesterday’s 4 miles flew by thanks to whoever recorded this concert! I find treadmill running to be incredibly boring, so I never thought I’d say treadmill miles just flew by! So that was really nice!! But like I said, I woke up with super tight calves today, so I figured I needed to rest them and stretch them, so that’s been my goal for today.

I actually wanted to run outside today. The weather has been a little less hot thanks to some rain we have in the forecast, so it would have been nice to take it outside today. But my tight calves are making my heels hurt a little bit. I’ve dealt with plantarΒ fasciitis before (and ironically I got it from running in a pair of shoes that were waaay to supportive for my feet. I have very high arches and I’ve found the less support a shoe has, the better!) and I definitely didn’t want to go through all of that again, so I figured taking the day off and getting my calves to loosen up a bit was obviously the better option. So I spent about 30 minutes on my yoga mat doing just that. I still felt a little tight, but a lot better after that!

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So I’m hoping tomorrow they feel even better and I’ll be able to run on them. The weather forecast is saying that it’s supposed to be in the 60’s and cloudy with a chance of rain, so I’d like to run in that before it starts getting hot and gross again!! But once it does, at least I’ll have the treadmill as an option. πŸ™‚

I’ve also got another dentist appointment tomorrow to get my permanent crowns put on. So hopefully that all goes well. But that is all I’ve got for now, so happy hump day everyone!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: June 11th-17th, 2018

Oh man, it’s been hot hot HOT this week!! Our area has been under a heat advisory pretty much all week and it’s kinda sucked. Mostly just because I hate the heat in general, but also because our air conditioner wasn’t rated properly for this house and it just can’t keep up. It’s set at 72 degrees, but on days were the high is around 85-90 degrees the house heats up to a not so great 77 degrees and it pretty much stays that way until the sun goes down. It’s rough haha. So I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising that I haven’t done as much running as I would have liked to this week. The weather’s just been too gross! Even waking up at 5 am hasn’t helped… Oh well. While we were in Illinois for a graduation party we picked up my sisters old treadmill, so I’m hoping now I’ll acutally be able to do the amount of running that I’ve set out to do this summer.

Monday:Β 

  • 30 minutes of strength training

Nope nope nope nope nope. It was too hot, too humid, and the air quality wasn’t too great on Monday. So no run for me. But I did a nice little strength session, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 7.18 miles

We had some thunderstorms come through late Monday night/early on Tuesday, so it was pretty humid out. But there was a nice bit of cloud cover which did help a little bit once the sun came out. Still woke up at 5 am to beat the heat though! Or at least beat what I could of it! Haha it still wasn’t too pleasant out.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 20 minutes on the stationary bike

The rest of our new chicks came on Wednesday! So instead of running I spent 20 minutes on the stationary bike, because I wanted to be able to keep an eye on the new babies and make sure they weren’t getting bullied by the bigger chicks we have. Luckily they all seem to have adjusted well and the older chicks don’t mind the newer ones at all! πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 2 miles
  • 25 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

I wanted to run a little more on Thursday but it was just too freaking hot! Haha I know that’s pretty much the theme of this whole post at this point. But I don’t do well in the heat. I just don’t. So I tried, but nope haha. After my 2 miles I went in and spent some time on the stationary bike and then did some yoga later that afternoon.

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Friday:

  • 4.17 miles
  • Bathed Dean and Finn

Trust me, bathing both Dean and Finn totally counts as a workout haha. They’ll gladly jump into muddy lakes or wallow in the nastiest puddles. But come at them with clean water and soap and you’d swear you were torturing them. Luckily I didn’t have to bathe Lily too, but honestly she’s a lot easier. She hates it too, but will get in the bathtub if you tell her to and will stand there until you tell her to get out.

Anyway, I was bound and determined to do more than 3 miles on Friday. I took it nice and slow, stopped half way through for a drink, and managed to make it 4 miles. πŸ™‚ When I first started I felt really good and thought about going for 5, but by the time I was doing the last mile the sun was really starting to come up and making things a lot more hot and miserable. So I stopped. Haha but still met my goal of more than 3 miles, so I was happy with that. πŸ™‚

Once Luke got home from work on Friday we packed up the truck, loaded in the dogs, and drove to Illinois for one of his brother’s graduation party. Luckily after driving 20 hours to the Grand Canyon, 16 hours to Minnesota, and 11 hours to Colorado, the 5 hour drive to Illinois really isn’t so bad haha!

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Saturday:Β 

We were pretty darn busy on Saturday!!

In the morning we took one of Luke’s brothers to do a little bit of target practice. That brother’s graduation part was that afternoon. That night we took Luke’s youngest brother to the park, and after that we picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. It was busy, but it was fun!

Sunday:

We drove back home to Kansas today! Once we got home we set up the treadmill my sister let me have, and I’m definitely going to be using it tomorrow because it’s still fucking hot…

I’m definitely not a fan of treadmills, but this one is pretty darn nice!! Plus since we put it in the living room I’ll be able to watch TV while I use it. But it’s crazy hot and this is gonna help me get in some more running miles without dying!

Happy Sunday everyone!!

~Ashley

More Chicks, My Thoughts On Summer Running, Yet Another Road Trip, and A Treadmill.

The last set of our new chicks got here this morning! And they were all alive this time!!

The post office called Luke at 6:30 this morning to let him know that they were there. That was pretty weird just because neither of us knew that the post office was open that early haha. But anyway, now we have all of our replacement chicks. I’m still super annoyed that were were soooo close to getting eggs, but then my neighbor’s dog killed my poor chickens, and now we’re back to square one. Oh well, at least the chicks are cute. πŸ˜‰

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So, you can see that there’s a big size difference between the 2 day old chicks we got today and the 2 week old chicks. They grow FAST! But so far everyone seems to be assimilating well. The new chicks are eating, drinking, pooping, and moving around just fine. And the bigger chicks aren’t bullying them at all and don’t seem too bothered by the new additions to the brooder box, so that’s good! I was kinda worried that the bigger chicks might hurt the new babies but after keeping an eye on them all day, I think they’ll be fine.

So just for fun here’s a little size comparison of a 2 week old Rhode Island red and a 2 day old Rhode Island red.

 

 

 

 

I know those aren’t the best pictures ever, but you get the point. πŸ˜‰ They’re quite a bit bigger and that’s why I was worried, but like I said, so far it doesn’t seem to be an issue. πŸ™‚

So now we have 5 Rhode Island reds, 2 brahmas, and 1 barnevelder. So we’ve got a little more variety in our flock this time around. The Rhode Island reds are pretty much you’re standard brownish/red hen, but the brahmas and the barnevelder should be pretty neat looking once they’re fully matured! I’m pretty excited about that! πŸ™‚

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The baby barnevelder.

They’re all going to have to be inside in the brooder box for several more weeks, but once we’re able to move them outside and into the coop we wont have to worry about Ozzy getting into our yard and bothering them anymore. Along with putting up the new fence between our yards, our neighbor also ran an electric fence all the way around his yard, and won’t let Ozzy outside unless he’s home, so he’s not going to be an issue anymore. πŸ™‚ I’m still kinda pissed that we’re all the way back to square one though, and we wont be getting eggs until the winter now, but oh well. Can’t really do anything but move on at this point.

Alrighty then! Lets talk a little bit about running now, shall we? I mean, that is kinda the main focus of this blog after all. πŸ˜‰ Specifically I’d like to talk about my thoughts on summer running, which can basically be summed up in 3 short words;

Fuck. This. Shit.Β 

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Obviously I am not a fan haha. It’s been crazy hot for how early in the year it is. The past few days the heat index has been in the hundreds, which is pretty unusual for June. Usually that doesn’t come until July and August, so if it’s already this hot now, what exactly are those months going to be like?!? I have a feeling it’s not going to be a lot of fun…

So since it’s been so hot and gross out I’ve been kinda struggling to get my miles in. I really wanted to start building up my mileage over the summer, but jeez louis the heat just gets me every time! And since the weather’s been particular bad this year it’s just made things that much worse.Β  Bleh, I’m ready for fall!! Haha that being said, I am trying though! I got a pretty decent 7 mile run done yesterday! I felt pretty drained and tired the whole day afterwards, but the run itself wasn’t too bad. πŸ™‚

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I didn’t get a run in today though. I woke up feeling kinda gross this morning. Probably from the 7 miles I ran in 85% humidity yesterday. Seriously, the heat and humidity do me in every single time haha. Plus the new chicks got here a lot earlier than I thought they would and I wanted to keep an eye on them all day. Just to make sure they were eating, drinking, and not getting bullied by the older chicks. The life of a chicken farmer, I suppose. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ While no running was had today, I did spend a little bit of time on my stationary bike. So I was able to keep an eye on the chicks and get my legs moving a little bit. πŸ™‚

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One of my sisters has kinda solved my warm weather running dilemma though, and it’s a good thing we have a truck now, because we have a few things to pick up from my parent’s old house in Illinois! Which actually works out well, because we’re driving there this weekend for one of Luke’s brother’s high school graduation party!

So on Friday after Luke get’s off of work we’re going to be packing up the truck, picking up one of Luke’s other brother’s who lives here in Kansas, and then we’ll be hitting the road and hopefully be making it into Illinois by 9 or 10 that night. I’m not sure if we’ll be stopping at their dad’s house first, or just going straight to my grandma’s though. Luke’s brother that lives here has had kind of a falling out with their dad (that was a whole long thing that I’m not going to get into) and is welcome at the party, but not to stay at their dad’s house, so we’ll be staying at my grandmas. Haha well, I’d be staying there anyway, because why wouldn’t I want to hang out with my grandma? She’s awesome!

This party is on Saturday but I’m not sure at what time, but at some point while we’re there we need to pick up my Grandpa Jim’s boat and my sister’s old treadmill. When my Grandpa Jim died my dad inherited his fishing boat, which was fine while my dad still lived in Illinois but now that he lives in an apartment in Colorado he has nowhere to keep it and they’re trying to clean out that house so they can sell it, so Luke and I are taking the boat. That actually works out quite nicely, because my dad wanted to keep the boat in the family since it was his dad’s and all, and Luke’s a big fisher but prefers to fish out of a boat, so he hasn’t done a lot of fishing since we moved to Kansas almost 6 years ago. So it’s a win-win for everyone! πŸ™‚

We’re also going to be picking up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house. She doesn’t have a truck and can’t afford to rent one to drive from Colorado to Illinois to pick it up so she bought a new one and offered me the old one. Originally I wasn’t going to take it because I pride myself on being an all-weather-runner and don’t particularly enjoy running on a treadmill but after thinking about it a little bit I realize it would probably be a really good idea! I’ll actually be able to do some decent speed work in the warmer months now! That’s usually something that falls to the wayside once it gets hot and I’m just focusing on surviving haha. Plus I wont have to worry about particularly hot and humid days anymore, if I start feeling too miserable outside I’ll be able to finish up my run on the treadmill! Haha I don’t plan on running on it too much. I still want to reap the benefits of hot weather training, but at least I’ll probably be able to start hitting my weekly mileage goals. Even if that means I have to double and do an easy outdoor run in the morning and then a little bit of a harder workout in the evening on the treadmill. I’m pretty excited about that! I’ve never really been able to do any kind of speed work or harder workouts in the summer before! And hopefully the harder work that I should be able to do on the treadmill will help make me for fit and ready for the 2 half marathons in 2 days that I’ll be doing in November!

Anyway, that’s just a little update for today! We’ve got all of our chicks, I hate summer running and I’m hardcore struggling with it right now, but hopefully getting that treadmill will make that a little easier!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: June 4th-10th, 2018

This week I was finally back to my normal schedule, which was very welcome after all of last weeks shenanigans!! It was a tough week of running though. It was all slow going this week. Lots of hot and sweaty runs. At some point not too long ago I saw someone on Twitter call running in the heat/humidity “the poor mans altitude training”. I like to think that’s true!! Summer running is no fucking joke!

Monday:

  • 2 miles
  • 30 minutes of strength training

Oh man I did not want to do anything on Monday!! I woke up late and seriously considered just not running that day. Haha but not gonna lie, after spending some time scrolling through Instagram and seeing a bunch of people I follow on there getting work done, well, I had to go get something done too. πŸ˜‚

Tuesday:

  • 5 miles
  • 40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Tuesday’s run was hot, slow, and sweaty. I was feeling a little sore because of the strength work I had done the day before, but that mostly worked itself out over those 5 miles. And what didn’t get worked out during my run definitely did after all of that stretch and foam rolling I did! Man did I feel great after that!!

Wednesday:

  • Rest day

I hadn’t planned on taking a rest day on Wednesday, but the night before I ate something that my stomach did not like(pumpkin seeds?? I’ve never had an issue with them before…). That happens to me every once in a while though. It has ever since I had an appendectomy when I was 13. I get debilitating stomach cramps that can last for several hours and it’s absolutely no fun. Luckily by the next day I was feeling better, but I knew that running still probably wasn’t a good idea, so, rest day.

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • 30 minutes of strength training

Another day of me finding hard to get going…I had wanted to run 6 miles on Thursday, but once I eventually did get out on the road I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Still happy with the 3 I did do though. πŸ˜„ Followed that up with a little bit of work in the garden and another 30 minute strength session.

I’ve been trying to focus more on strength work since I’m running two half marathons in two days in November. I figure the stronger I am, the more resilient and less injury prone I’ll be. Plus I figure being a little stronger will help prevent me from dying during that second half. At least I sure hope so. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • Rest day

And this one was planned!! πŸ˜‰

What wasn’t planned was waking up at 5:30 am to clean up dog vomit. We got them a new kind of food (a brand that they’ve had before) and apparently that didn’t agree with Dean’s stomach this time around and he ended up throwing it all up at 5:30 in the morning. Exactly how I wanted to start my day. πŸ˜‘

Haha oh well, the rest of the day wasn’t so bad. We went grocery shopping which we desperately needed to do and then did a few more errand type things. Had a Honey Stinger waffle for breakfast because we’re legit that low on food and I didn’t feel like cooking the very last egg because I’m lazy. And I mean, Honey Stinger waffles are delicious, so why not start the day off with one.πŸ˜‰

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

Oh man, this ran was basically just a slog through hell! So hot. So humid. No fun. But getting up early and watching the sun rise on these early morning runs is nice. So there’s that. β˜€οΈπŸŒ³πŸ˜„

Saturday evening Luke and I went to a softball field and I pitched him some softballs so he could do some practice hitting. His company league starts up next week so he wanted to get a few hits in before that. We did this a lot last year as well, and I’m proud to say that my softball skills have greatly improved! Haha I’ve never actually played in a game, and I cant hit to save my life, but I’m actually pretty decent at pitching and catching the ball. Last year Luke spent a lot of time making me catch fly balls and ground balls haha. Anyway, that was a nice way to end the day. πŸ™‚

Sunday:Β 

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

I almost considered running a couple of miles today, just to get my weekly mileage up to 20. But when I woke up at 7 this morning it was already 80 degrees and pretty humid. Plus I was feeling a little dehydrated and tired from yesterday’s hot 8 miler, so I opted for a little bit of time on the stationary bike, some yoga, and dyeing my hair instead (before, during, and after photos below. πŸ˜‰ ). I think I made a good decision. We’re heading to Illinois next weekend for one of Luke’s brother’s High School graduation party so I plan on doing another 8 on Monday since I won’t be able to get in a long run on Saturday. So not running today was probably the best option for me. Although if it was fall or winter I probably would have done those 2 miles. πŸ˜‰

Total Weekly Mileage: 18

Much better than last week!! But I kinda figured it would be, since I didn’t have a bunch of weirdness going on this week. Next week might be a bit challenging to do what I want to get done since we’ll be going to Illinois for the weekend, but I’ve got a plan for that so we’ll see how that goes! πŸ™‚

Happy Sunday!!

~Ashley
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How Running Changed My Life

Happy Global Running Day!!!

Earlier this week I had pledged to run 6 miles on globalrunningday.org. Mostly just for fun, but also as a way to celebrate the day and the sport of running in general. Plus I was planning on running 6 miles today anyway, so why not participate in the global running day festivities? πŸ˜‰

 

 

But unfortunaly, last night I ate something that my stomach did not like (pumpkin seeds?? I’ve never had a problem with them before…). That kinda thing happens to me sometimes. It has ever since I had an appendectomy when I was 13. Every once in a while I’ll eat something that my stomach doesn’t like (usually it’s spinach or fish. I absolutely will not eat either of those anymore) and then I getΒ terrible stomach cramps. Like, curled up in the fetal position trying not to move or vomit. It’s no fun. Luckily I’ve found that heat kinda helps. So last night I spent a lot of time in the shower just letting the hot water hit my stomach and back (because for some reason that tenses up really bad too) and once I ran out of hot water I spent the rest of the night with a hot water pack on my back and a mug of hot water resting on my stomach. That actually helped a lot!Β  And while I did feel a lot better when I woke up this morning, I knew that running wasn’t going to help my current situation, so I didn’t. That was kind of a bummer, but it was for the best. Besides, I can do my 6 miles tomorrow, anyway. πŸ™‚

So, since I didn’t run today, I figured I could still take a look back and just kinda remember why I started running, how that reason has changed over the almost 5 years that I’ve been doing it now, and how running has changed my life. Because it really has.

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I started this whole crazy running adventure back in 2013. But really you have to go back to around 2012 to get the whole story. 2012 was a pretty busy year for me! I got married, moved 5 hours away from my childhood home to Kansas for my new husband’s job, so we were living all on our own 5 hours away from our family and any help that they might have given us. That was pretty crazy, but obviously we got through that all in one piece! But before we got married and moved to Kansas my now husband was finishing up college and I was working at a Walgreen’s.

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I did not, in fact, ❀ Walgreen’s haha. But I needed the money.

So back when I worked there, Walgreen’s slogan or whatever was “where there’s a way to stay well.” Not sure if that’s still the case, but sometimes when I answer the phone I have some weird flashback thing and want to answer with “Hi, thank you for calling you’re Troy Walgreen’s, where there’s a way to stay well. My name is Ashley, how may I help you.” In my best customer service voice of course haha. But since they’re whole thing was “staying well” they always had little challenges and incentives for their emplyoees to do that. We got free flu shots during flue season, could get check ups at the wellness clincic for a crazy reduced price, were encouraged and rewarded for participating in the 1 5k that small ass town held every year (haha if only I was a runner back then! Walgreen’s paid for your entry fee!). And at one point we were given the option to take a pedometer that they provided for free (it was a shitty one, and this was back in 2011 before fitbits and other wearable devices were really becoming a thing) and whoever got the most steps in a certain amount of time won something. Although I don’t recall what that prize was. I didn’t participate in the challenge though. But in 2012, the year I got married, I participated in the weight loss challenge that they held. We all bought in with $5 or $10 and whoever lost the biggest percentage of weigh won the pot. I didn’t win, but that did kinda kick off my weight loss journey.

I don’t want to get too much into that though, because that’s not what this is about. But I was pretty overweight as a teenager and in my early 20’s. And technically I think I might still be pushing toward the “over weight” category on the BMI chart, but I am much healthier now than I was back then. But anyway, so for that challenge I had started walking a lot more. Every single day I’d go out and walk around the woods on my family’s farm and I started counting calories on MyFitnessPal. Once we were married and moved I was still going at it and by then I was doing at home workouts. Mostly things like Jillian Michaels’ DVDs and blogilates, along with some other stuff on YouTube. I ended up getting down to 142 pounds, the lowest weight I’ve ever been in my adult life (and man do I wish I was at that weight now!! I’m currently fluctuating somewhere around 158-160 pounds these days, but I’m not as obsessed with the number on the scale as I was back then).

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I kept up with all of that really well for a while, but by the summer of 2013 I was getting kinda bored with it all. I was also getting super frustrated because although I was at a really healthy weight, and looked great, I didn’t think so. I was kind of in a super unhealthy place with food, calorie counting, and my body. I wanted to get down to 135 pounds (yikes! I don’t think that would have been healthy for me). I refused to eat anything that wasn’t “clean” and was very strict about my calorie limit, but eventually that lead to me being really unhappy and I would have binging episodes. And since the number on the scale refused to budge any lower than 142 pounds (I though I’d be happy if I could at least get to 140. Oh man I’m glad I don’t think like that anymore.), I decided I needed to switch it up and do something that burned a lot more calories than the at home workouts I was doing, so I downloaded a couch to 5k app and started doing it on the treadmill at my apartment complex’s fitness center. And in the worst pair of shoes for my feet, ever! Haha they were too small for me to be running in and waaay to supportive for my feet. Running in them wasn’t pleasant, but I was pretty proud of myself for trying though. But I don’t consider that point and time when I became a runner. And my life definitely didn’t change runnning on that treadmill. That didn’t happen until around October of that year.

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Oh man is the treadmill boring!! I hated it back then and I still hate it now. At this point in my life I absolutely refuse to use one, unless absolutely necessary. Which is probably a good thing considering I don’t currently have access to one haha. I’m not to upset about that though. πŸ˜‰ But my hatred of the treadmill but my growing love for running made me start venturing outside that fall. Fall is my favorite season and the weather that year was amazing! So I wasn’t about to spend anymore time inside than I had to. Plus by that point I was a little more comfortable using the paved trail that was near my apartment. When we first moved there I was kind of experiencing a bit of….culture shock for lack of a better term. I had moved from a farm in a rural area to a pretty big city and was not used to being around people all of the time.Β  So I avoided the trail for the most part until what was well over a year after we had moved there that fall.

But that fall, when I started running outside, in what was kind of nature (there were some parks and woods, but remember, it was still in a big city), out in the elements, and surrounded by other runners. That’s when I really became a runner. That’s when my life changed. That’s when I started to feel free.

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I really started to change things then. I was reading just about any thing about running that I could get my hands on. Books, magazines, and of course I always had the good ‘ol internet. I got my first pair of real running shoes in the November of 2013. Nike Pegasus 30? Or maybe they were the 32’s. I don’t remember exactly. I just remember being really freaking excited because they fit me right, were comfortable, and super pretty. πŸ™‚

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From that point on everything became about running. Losing weight and counting calories became fueling my body for my runs and making sure I was getting the proper nutrients. Running was something I did for fun, not just to burn calories, and those at home workouts just became supplemental to my running. I stopped worrying so much about the number on the scale and was more focused on the number of my 5k time. Running had pretty much become my life and to be honest that probably saved me from going really deep into the disordered eating that I had doing and gave me something much more positive to focus on.

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These photos were taken in November 2014. I legit just got rid of those running tights. Haha that was long over due. They were VERY worn out.

So from the fall of 2013 to about 2015, right before we moved out of the apartment and into the house we live in now, I was running for fun. I wasn’t doing any kind of training and I really didn’t have any real goals in mind. And at that point I hadn’t run any races. Not even a little 5k fun run. But I decided I wanted to challenge myself, try something new, and make a potentially bad decision (haha can you tell I kinda like doing things like that? ;), so I signed up for my very first race ever, a half marathon. Obviously that’s not exactly recommended, but what can I say? I’m a rebel. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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Training for my first half was one of the craziest, most challenging, and exhausting experiences I’ve ever had. I learned a lot though. About myself and what I’m capable and about running too, although I did make a lot of mistakes during my very first training cycle. But who doesn’t? I was running more and farther distances than I ever had before and I absolutely loved it! Although there were bumps in the road, I spent a lot of time being tired, and even ended up getting injured, I had never had so much fun and felt so in tune with my body and mind. Honestly, training for my first half marathon was probably one of the happiest moments in my life at that point.

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Actually completing it, however, was on of the hardest things I’d ever done in my life at that point. I struggled. I didn’t fuel correctly. I definitely didn’t pace myself well (still have trouble with that though haha). And it was slow as fuck (which is something I still am, but also something I don’t care about anymore). When I crossed the finish line of my very first half marathon, my life changed again. Not as drastically as when I had first started running, but still, I felt almost reborn.

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Mile 11 of the Longview Half Marathon, 2015

I started this blog not long after finishing my first race ever, which just so happened to be my first half marathon. πŸ˜‰ I guess the rest is history. I’ve been sharing my story here and connecting with all sorts of amazing people ever since. πŸ™‚

I like to call myself a reformed couch potato, because it’s kinda true. I wasn’t very active in my teenage years and I was unhappy. Unhappy with my body and who I was as a person. Once I started losing weight in my late teens and early 20’s I thought I’d be happy once the scale read a certain number, but really I was just making myself even more unhappy with my body and going down the really slippery slope of disordered eating. Running didn’t exactly reform my couch potato ways, but it sure saved me from going down a really dark path and brought me back into the light. I still struggle with it sometimes, but I’m much happier with my body and who I am as a person now. I go out and chase my dreams instead of wasting my time on the couch. I’m much more healthy. I’m not so focused on how much I weigh, I can eat treats and all sort of yummy foods without feeling guilty and like I’m ruining my weight loss “progress”. I don’t run to burn calories. I run for fun and to achieve the things I once thought were completely impossible. Running saved me from myself. I am eternally grateful for the day that I decided to download that couch to 5k app. And for the day I decided to set a ridiculous goal and run a half marathon. And that’s why I’m going to continue to set crazy goals for myself (like running two half marathons in two days this November). Chasing goals is a lot more fun and rewarding than just trying to lose weight or look a certain way.

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Whew! That ended up being a lot longer and a little more deep than I had originally planned. I think it was finally time to go a little deeper into all of that though. I mean, if I’m going to be sharing my story here then I might as well shareΒ allΒ of it. And I think this part of it is pretty important. So if you took the time to read all of that I thank you! And thank you to everyone who’s supported me on my running journey! Honestly I don’t think I’d still be here today, running, training for half marathons, and blogging about it if it wasn’t for all of the support and love I get from each and everyone of you. ❀ πŸ™‚

That got kinda sappy and that’s not my usual style, but whateves, this whole post is a tad bit sappy anyway. πŸ˜‰

Happy Global Running Day! And shout out to all of the runners out there. Yes,Β all of them. Runners are awesome. You are awesome. Period. Alright. I’m done now. πŸ™‚

~Ashley

 

 

Weekly Recap: May 28th-June 3rd, 2018

Monday:

On Monday Luke and I had a little Memorial Day party. Him, my brother-in-law, and one of my neighbor’s all smoked ribs and made it into a competition to see who’s were the best. Although I don’t think they ever came to a conclusion haha. But we spent the whole day outside hanging out and playing with the dogs and all of the small children that were running back and forth between our two yards. It was a fun day!

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Tuesday:

  • Rest Day

Tuesday was not a fun day… First, my other neighbor’s dog killed my chickens, then I had to go to the dentist. Yuck. But I got temporary crowns put on both teeth that have had root canals and in about another week or so I should get the permanent ones put on. So at least those teeth have been taken care of.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 2 miles

I always know its a weird week when my first run doesn’t happen until Wednesday. Haha but life happens and sometimes running kinda falls to the wayside. And that’s ok every once in a while! Anyway, did 2 hot and muggy miles on Wednesday. My gums got really irritated during the whole crown process thing the day before and I was told that they might take a while to calm down again. So my whole mouth was kinda achy and throbbed with every step I took, So 2 miles was all I had in me. But that was a whole lot better than nothing!!

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Thursday:Β 

  • 3 miles
  • a few minutes of Pilates

I was actually feeling really good on Thursday! I slept in a little bit (mostly because I figured a little extra sleep might help my tooth situation heal a little faster πŸ˜‰ ) and thought that getting out later to run was going to suck. Once the sun comes out and heats up the asphalt things can get slightly miserable haha. But surprisingly enough it wasn’t too bad and I had a lot of fun! Followed my run with some weeding in the garden and a short blogilates video. πŸ™‚

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Friday:Β 

  • rest day

Feeling kinda tired on Friday. Probably from all of the craziness earlier this week. So, rest day. But 4 of our new chicks made in on Friday! Luke had ordered new ones from a hatchery online the day Ozzy killed our other ones. We were supposed to get 8 but 4 of them didn’t make it. But the rest should be here by next Wednesday. I’m still super duper pissed that we were soooo freaking close to getting eggs and now we’re all the way back to square one, but oh my gosh little 2 day old chicks are just too adorable!!

 

Saturday:

  • 4.36 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

I wanted to do 10, so obviously that didn’t go as planned…

I was so ready to do a long run on Saturday! I had everything prepped any laid out the night before, woke up at 5 am to try to beat the heat, ate, had my coffee, and then had to spend an extra hour and a half waiting out a thunderstorm… Don’t get me wrong, I love thunderstorms and have a really bad habit of running during them haha. But this one looked pretty bad, so I waited it out. And I’m glad I did. There were a bunch of downed tree limbs on the roads and I saw once house that had its shutters ripped off and another that had a window screen get broken by the storm. So obviously waiting was a good idea, but that meant I ate two and a half hours before my run instead of my usual one. That kinda had me feeling off. I shouldn’t have gone out feeling kinda hungry (that never ends well for me) but I did… And for some reason my gums were starting to hurt again during this run. I mean, they’ve been kinda achy ever since I got the crowns put on, like the dentist said they would, but it was just bothering me more on Saturday. Haha I usually do better when dealing with pain and discomfort, but mouth pain is the worst!!

So I ended up stopping waaay short of my goal, but I’m just gonna chalk it up to this whole week being weird and hectic and off, and hope that next week is better!

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Sunday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

Not gonna lie, I was kinda super stoked that I didn’t have to run today haha. I mean, I guess I could have, but typically Sunday’s are my rest days and I like to keep it that way. Did a little bit of easy yoga though. That felt pretty good. πŸ™‚

Total Weekly Mileage: 9.37

Meh, it was a weird week. I’m glad I did amount of running at all haha. πŸ˜‰

Anyway happy Sunday, everyone! Here’s to a new week and a fresh start at things. πŸ™‚

~Ashley

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