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Florida Vacation: Day 2

We were gone until 10:30 pm last night, so I didn’t have a chance to write out a blog post about what we did yesterday, so there may be two Florida vacation recaps today. πŸ˜„

Anyway, before we did anything yesterday I got a very hot, very sweaty, and very slow 5k done. πŸ˜„

On Sunday my sister in law gave me one of those virtual 5k packet thingys. Apparently she’s subscribed to FlexItPink and gets a new virtual race every month, but they had sent her 2 of the same one, so she gave one to me! 

Not gonna lie, I’m not into the whole virtual race thing. I mean, if I’m gonna pay for a race, I want to get the whole race day deal, ya know? Closed course, water stations, other runners, and actual finish line, and all of that good stuff. Haha I’m actually not trying to diss virtual races or anything like that though. If you enjoy them that’s cool! It’s just not my thing…. Anyway, I figured I might as well “participate” in this virtual thingy since my sister in law was kind enough to give it to me. Plus it was kinda nice to have a little bit of extra motivation to get out the door and do a 5k in this crazy hot, crazy humid Florida weather. πŸ˜„

So yeah, I’m pretty sure this ended up being the slowest 5k that I’ve ever done in my life.  It took me almost 45 minutes to get it done. But the weather was just killer today. It was 77 degrees with 94% humidity when I started and it only got hotter as time went on. But I did it and that’s all that matters! πŸ˜„ And the views were really nice, so that was a plus! 

After my run I showered ate, and then basically just waited for everyone else to wake up so we could start our day. The plan for yesterday was to go to the beach, so I was very excited about that. 

Luke got up around 8:40 am, so at least I had someone to hang out with at that point haha. Everyone else started getting up and moving around 9:30-10 ish. Haha all of these super late mornings are kinda driving me crazy. I’m used to getting up at starting my day around 7 am (or earlier if I’m running that day), so sitting around and doing nothing all morning is kinda weird for me. 

Anyway, around 11 am Luke’s mom had to run to Walgreens and once she got back we all got packed up, slathered in sun screen (haha Luke and I don’t want to burn before we get tattooed), and ready, and packed. That was a whole ordeal. But we were finally on our way to the beach at 2 pm. 

But then we got stuck in traffic…What should have been a two hour car ride ended up being a 3 hour car ride. But we did finally make it to the beach! 

Unfortunately this beach trip didn’t exactly go well. Everyone was moody after being in that damn bus again (I mean we spent 20 hours on it just a few days ago), there was trash everywhere, the water in the swimming area was only waist high, and there weren’t really any waves to play in. When we were told we were going to a beach we thought that meant something like cocoa beach or clear water beach where you’re actually put in the ocean. This beach was in a man made cove and it was no fun…

Anyway we all stood in the water for maybe 30-40 minutes, then we sat on shore for a while, packed up the bus, and spent waaay to much time trying to get food, gas, and then back to the house. Haha yesterday wasn’t exactly fun, but at least I ran. πŸ˜€


Hopefully today will go a little better, but so far I’m not sure. It’s 9:40 am and people are just starting to get up. Oh well, I guess we shall see. 

Happy Independence Day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: June 12th-18th, 2017

I’ve kinda had a little mantra that I’ve been reciting to myself all week and it goes like this; a tight athlete is an inefficient athlete. Because, well, I’ve just been tight all over. Mostly in my calves and hamstrings, but also in my quads, shoulders, arms, and even my neck. That’s no bueno and it’s probably altering my running form enough to make me less efficient. Hence my mantra!

Along with the tightness and most likely altered running form, whenever my quads and calves get tight my shins start to ache, and nothing good ever comes from achy shins. So I’ve been reciting my mantra over and over again to remind me that I need to stretch. A lot. And so I have been! πŸ™‚

I found this nifty video on YouTube for shin splints and I’ve been incorporating it into almost every yoga session I’ve done each day. Now it hasn’t completely solved my problem, but it’s definitely made a very big improvement!

 

Now if only I was this dedicated to strength training! Then I’d be all set haha!

Monday:Β 

  • 6 miles
  • 10 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

This week I kinda veered off of the daily running plan that goes along with the Tinman challenge and decided to work down my weekly mileage instead of working it up. So I started out the week with a “long” run, insead of the 5k that the plan calls for, and I gotta say, that ended up working out a lot better for me!!

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Tuesday:

  • 5 miles in the morning
  • 30 minutes of yoga
  • 2 miles in the evening

All of that tiredness and heaviness that I felt in my legs last week was pretty much gone by this point! I had a lot of fun on my 5 miler on Tuesday and I felt so good that evening that I decided I needed to do a few more easy miles. That was the first time I’ve doubled in quite a long time! It was totally worth it!!

 

 

Wednesday:Β 

  • 1.78 miles, got caught in a thunderstorm and had to run home and wait it out for a while, then did 2 more miles
  • 10 minutes of yoga

Haha yeah, things got a little crazy on Wednesday. I talk all about what went down that day here, if you want to know all of the details, but basically, my run got interrupted by a severe thunderstorm…

 

 

Thursday:

  • rest day

After Wednesday’s escapades I decided that I could use a day off from running. And not gonna lie, I didn’t want to wake up at 5 am again and used this rest day as an opportunity to sleep in a little bit. It was glorious! And I mean, I felt pretty shitty during part 2 of my run on Wednesday, so I figured a rest day was in order. πŸ™‚

Friday:

  • 5 miles
  • 20 minutes of hoeing in the garden
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

This run ended up being a lot of fun!! We got more thunderstorms last night so they cooled everything off a little bit. I was worried that the humidity would be terrible, but it was only at 77% this morning. Not bad!! πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 2 miles

We got another really bad thunderstorm the night before, so it was crazy humid and muggy and miserable outside on Saturday. I had planned on doing 3 miles, but I stopped at 2 because I was basically dying haha. On the bright side, I had a lot of fun dodging and hurdling all of the leaves and tree branches that had been knocked down by the storm. πŸ˜‰

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Sunday:

  • Active Rest Day

Yay no running for me today! Haha I actually feel pretty darn good today, but we had ANOTHER thunderstorm last night, so yet again it’s humid and gross outside. But Luke and I are going to the dog park a little bit later today, and I’m going to work on some stretching as well. πŸ™‚

Also, happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there! You probably are and or have a super cool dad, but my dad is definitely the coolest!! πŸ˜‰

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Me, my dad, and my baby brother. πŸ™‚

Total Weekly Mileage: 24 miles

Went over my weekly goal by a whole mile! Go me!! πŸ˜‰

Total Monthly Mileage: 48.62

So, I’m definitely hanging in there on this challenge! I’m a little bit behind, but I’m not too worried about it. Even if I don’t hit the total monthly mileage goal for this challenge I’m still going to be super proud of myself! So far I’ve hung in there when things have gotten tough, I’ve hardcore upped my mileage which I’ve been trying to do for a while now (and in the summer too! I never accomplish much in the summer, running wise), ran more miles than I ran in the entire month of May, and I’ve definitely learned that I’m capable of much more than I thought! I think all of that is much more important that hitting some arbitrary number of miles anyway. πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve had a great week!

~Ashley

A Short Mile-By-Mile Summary Of This Morning’s Run

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Mile 0:Β Maybe I should give GU another shot. I mean, I did get one in my StrideBox so I guess there’s no reason to waste it. *eats half of it* Yeah, it’s just as gross as I remembered it being. Actually, I think this flavor might be even more gross.

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Mile 1:Β I did put on moisture wicking socks today, right?! *Glances at feet* Yeah, I did. It’s just so humid out that no amount of moisture wicking material is going to save me from drowning in my own sweat.

Mile 2: Shit my legs are sore. Why did I thing running 6 miles today was a good idea?*Stops at home for a sip of water and to put on compression socks* Well, at least the compression socks seemed to help my legs a little bit.

Mile 3:Β Β IΒ hateΒ running in the summer.

Mile 4:Β *Stops at home for another sip of water and to finish my GU* Yup. I’m never eating another GU in my life. EVER.

Mile 5:Β Dude! Sweet car!! Also, this hill is a bitch.

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Mile 6: I’m so done with summer running. I hate the hot. I hate the humidity. I want to die! Can a person hibernate in the summer? Like, I’m just gonna spend the rest of the summer hiding in the air conditioning, eating, reading, and napping. That sounds much more pleasant than attempting to continue running.

Post Snack/Shower/Nap:Β Well, I guess that wasn’tΒ too bad and I’m definitely going to keep running. But I’m still very much ready for fall to get here! Also, I need another snack. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Tinman Challenge Day 8

Taking the day off from running yesterday was exactly what I needed! Aside from my legs feeling really heavy (and I have a feeling they’re going to stay that way for another week or so, since I’m upping my weekly/monthly mileage with this challenge) I felt great!!

Not gonna lie though, I’m definitely not enjoying the fact that I have to wake up at 5 am. I’d probably feel a little better about it if I actually went to bed a little bit earlier haha. And in all fairness, I really do want to get to bed earlier, but Luke likes to stay up until 10 pm and then wont stop talking until 10:30-11 pm. And when he finally shuts up it takes me like half an hour to finally fall asleep. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s all Luke’s fault that I don’t get enough sleep. πŸ˜‰ But I’m lucky enough to be able to nap in the afternoon, so I’ll definitely be doing that later today. πŸ™‚

 

Anyway, my run this morning went pretty darn well. The daily running guide for the Tinman Challenge called for 5 miles today, so I ran those 5 miles and had fun doing it!

As much as I complain about having to wake up early in the summer, it does have it’s benefits. During my run it was about 57 degrees, the humidity was only around 76%, and there was a nice little breeze going on. So there was no drowning in my own sweat or dying of heat exhaustion today, which is always a bonus when it comes to summer running. And being able to watch the sunrise is pretty neat too, I will admit, but I still prefer fall/winter running over summer running. πŸ˜‰

 

Listening to Revolution Radio was another reason why this run was so much fun. Hahaha this album came out in October and I’m still not over how good it is!

So today’s run brings me up to 12.61 miles for the week so far and 23.61 miles for the month! I believe I am right on track to hit 93.3 which is the goal of this challenge that I’ve embarked on. I already knew I could accomplish this goal if I really worked toward it, and so far all I’ve done is confirmed that fact. So while this challenge is pretty difficult, i’m totally crushing it so far, and that’s super exciting. πŸ™‚

Anyway, like I had mentioned before, my legs were feeling really heavy and a little bit tight, but after about 2 miles they finally loosened up a little bit. Now that I’m done running though they are feeling a little bit worse than when I had started, so I’m definitely going to have to do some stretching and foam rolling today, because I’ve got another 5 miler tomorrow, and then a 6 mile run on Sunday. Fun fun fun!

But before I do any of that, I need a snack and another cup of coffee!

Wishing you lots of fun, safe, and happy summer miles!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

It’s officially been a week since I got sick. I’m still not back to feeling 100% better yet, but I am getting there. I don’t feel super ill and gross and like I’m dying anymore so that’s great! I feel like I’m finally able to start getting back into my regular routine, which is even better!

So I keep saying it, but I’ve yet to do it because I have been sick and trying to get more rest, but I really need to start getting up earlier so that I can start my runs before it get too hot and humid. I’m thinking that next week I’m going to start getting up at 5:45 am with Luke (that’s when he gets up for work). That should be good for now, since it’s not tooΒ hot out yet, but before too long I’m going to have to get up around 5 in the morning and I’m most definitely not looking forward to that.

Haha anyway I got up at 7:30 this morning. That’s about half an hour later than usual, but like I said, since I’m still kinda sick I’m trying to get a little more rest. Plus I knew it was supposed to be a little cooler out today (the high is 68 degrees and it felt like 62 when I ran) and cloudy so it wasn’t too bad I suppose.

I feel like the fact that I even ran today was impressive though! I’ve been kinda tired and cranky lately, probably because I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to do much running. So when I got up I almost though about not running today. But after a cup of coffee I felt a little bit better and got my ass out on the road and did the 3 miles that I told myself that I was going to do today.

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They were 3 super duper slow miles, and I think the last half mile-ish was mostly walking, but I’m very glad to have gotten them done. Don’t get me wrong, this run was a total suck fest and I wanted to quit the entire time. But once I was done I felt quite a bit better both physically and mentally, and that’s pretty great! πŸ™‚

But anyway, other than the fact that I was actually able to run this morning, today has been otherwise uneventful. Tomorrow should be a lot of fun though! If it doesn’t rain Luke and I are going to do a bunch of tilling and planting and weeding in the garden and that’s always fun! We’ve also got our usual every-other-Friday routine of grocery shopping, errand running, and probably dog park walking today, so tomorrow’s going to be very busy!

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: April 17th-23rd, 2017

Monday:

  • rest day

Good thing too! Finn got a little sick and woke me up at 4 am by crying then having a diarrhea in his crate. So we were awake and dealing with that all morning. Fun times. Luckily it was my rest day and I didn’t really have much planned for Monday anyway. I did watch the Boston Marathon on TV. That was a lot of fun! There are so many amazing stories and athletes out there, it makes me super glad that I get to be a part of the awesome running community!

Watching it also kinda made me want to run a marathon! Haha ever since my first half I knew a full was going to be in my future, but I always thought that future was going to be very distant. Now I’m not so sure about that. I mean, the Garmin marathon looks like fun and it’s pretty close to my house. Maybe that’s something I should aim for in the next year or two. πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 30 easy minutes
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Woke up a little later than I had intended to on Tuesday, so it was kinda warm and super humid during my run but it actually ended up being a lot of fun. I may or may not have spent the whole 30 minutes alternating between listening to she’s out of her mind by Blink-182 and Cowboy by Kid Rock. Haha yeah, I have no idea what that was about but it was totally working for me! Kinda weird, but hey, I’ll take it!

I also re-re-re-re started writing a training journal haha. I’ve tried keeping a training journal several times over my relatively short running career and I always start out super excited about keeping track of my workouts and thoughts, but then I always end up slowly tapering off and then just quittingΒ all together. So I guess we’ll see how that goes, but I really do intend on sticking with it this time.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • “Threshold” run
  • 10 minutes of blogilates

Today’s workout was a 15 minute warm up, 15 minutes of running at “threshold” pace, and 15 minutes to cool down. I tend to run by feel and not pace, so I didn’t aim for any particular pace during the “threshold” portion of this workout. I just focused on going “hard”. Haha I was kinda worried during my warm up, I was a little stiff and sore and tired. So I went ridiculously slow and did a little bit of walking. It took me almost the whole 15 minutes to cover a mile, but I felt better afterwards. I think that ended up making the “hard” portion of this run go a little better. It wasn’t exactly fun because it was warm and humid, but I got it done and I totally crushed it! I even covered a mile in 11:44 which is kinda speedy for me, especially on a warm, sunny day! Then the 15 minute cool down was slightly miserable at first, but after a few minutes it wasn’t too bad. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • Rest Day

It was more of an active rest day though. πŸ™‚ During the day I walked all 3 of the dogs and later in the evening Luke and I walked Finn and Lily. So I got a good amount of walking done on Thursday.

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Friday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

I kind of hate when I have two days off from running in a row, but I also kinda love it haha. It almost drives me crazy, but at the same time my runs the next day always end up going super well. πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • Intervals (3.27 miles)
  • 5 minutes of yoga

I talk much more in depth about this run here. I don’t feel like typing that all out again, so you can go check out that post of you wanna know all of the details. But yay! I PR’d my 5k time!!! It’s been a while since I’ve PR’d at the 5k distance and I totally wasn’t expecting to do it on Saturday, so that was a nice little surprise. πŸ™‚

Also, I was planning on doing more yoga that just a measly 5 minutes, but the day kinda got away from me…

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Sunday:

  • 2.21 miles
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike

Oh man, I didn’t realize how much Saturday’s workout drained me! I was supposed to do a long run today, but when I woke up I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I was crazy tired and my whole lower body felt pretty achy, so I thought that maybe 4 or 5 easy miles would be a better idea than trying to run any longer than that. Once I started running though, my feet and shins started to hurt and I just felt like shit in general, and it wasn’t getting any better. So I finished a loop around my neighborhood and then called it good.

I took a short nap this afternoon and I felt a little better after that, and I’m going to spend at least 30 minutes on my yoga mat stretching and foam rolling later tonight, so hopefully that helps as well. πŸ™‚

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Total weekly mileage: 11.10

Oh man, that’s kinda really bad. Skipping out on my long run really didn’t help me in that regard. But I can’t even be mad because Saturday’s workout just went so well and I hit some new paces that I’ve never hit before, so that’s just awesome! And I’m really hoping that Saturday was some kind of weird fitness breakthrough and that I’ll end up getting a little bit faster in general now. That would be really nice. πŸ™‚ I probably should have expected that I was going to be kinda tired today though. Haha going that hard during that interval work when I knew I was supposed to run long the next day probably wasn’t the best idea ever, but it just felt so good and I couldn’t help myself. πŸ™‚

Oh and I’ve also been keeping up with my written training journal! I know it’s only been like a week, but I’m usually pretty bad at keeping up with those, so I’m kinda proud of myself for sticking with it so far.

How did your week go?Β 

Did you have any fun workouts or PR’s?

April 17th, 2017

Happy Marathon Monday!!

My day started shitty. Literally. Poor Finn got a little bit sick and woke Luke and I up at about 4 am, by crying and then having diarrhea all over his crate. So I had to get up, let him outside (which meant Dean had to go out too because he always wants to be outside), clean out his crate, then sit outside with him for a while. At around 5 am we came back inside and slept on the couch for about 40 minutes. Then Luke got up to get ready for work and Lily woke Finn up. So I let all the dogs out and made a bunch of coffee, found the channel on TV that the Boston Marathon was going to be broadcast on, and started reading the latest issue of Runner’s World while waiting for that to start.

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Luckily today was a rest day for me and I didn’t really have anything planned to do anyway, so I was able to hang out and watch the Boston Marathon all morning, which was really nice. Last year I ended up missing the elite runners because I was out running and then showering and eating while they were racing, so I’m really glad that I was able to watch them today. πŸ™‚ Especially Meb Keflezighi because everyone loves Meb and it’s his last Boston Marathon before he retires, and Desiree Linden because she had said several times that she was in it to win it this year and I was rooting for her the whole way!

So I definitely think more big running events need to be broadcast on TV. Watching all of these awesome athletes and hearing some of their stories is super inspiring and it definitely makes me proud to be a part of the running community (even if it is just a very small part). From the very best elites to the very back of the packers; runners are all amazing people. πŸ™‚

Haha and it also kinda made me want to run a marathon! I mean, after I finished my first half in 2015 I knew that one day a full marathon would be in my future. But at that point I thought it would be the very distant future, but now I’m not so sure. I kinda want to run a few 15 milers before I actually consider training for and then running a full marathon. But who know? The Garmin marathon looks like fun and it’s super close to my house. Maybe that’s something I’m going to want to aim for in the next year or two. πŸ˜‰ Obviously I’ll still need to do a bit thinking on that one though.

Anyway, I ended up watching the whole TV broadcast of the marathon. So that was from 7:30 am to about noon. Watching TV for that log felt a little bit wrong (I don’t typically watch a lot of TV, aside from in the evenings with Luke sometimes), but totally worth it! It was a lot of fun to watch! πŸ™‚

So after watching that I took Lily for a walk because I felt like I needed to get up and moving and get some fresh air after sitting inside for so long haha. We ended up finding a dollar and a mini snickers, so obviously that was a really good decision. Then I did a bunch of chores that I had neglected to do this morning, since I was just too busy watching the Boston Marathon. Then I had to bathe Finn, since his whole backside was covered in poop from this morning. You seriously would have thought I was killing him by the amount of noise he was making haha, but it would appear that he’s starting to feel a little better so that’s good.

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So on a slightly unrelated note; I’m probably going to be running the Longview Half Marathon for the third year in a row (at least I really really want to!), and I’m trying to get my sister to do it with me. She’s currently recovering from POA hip surgery which she had to fix her hip dysplasia so she’s not quite sure if she’ll be able to do it. I, however, totally think she can!! She’s got something like 7 months to train, and she used to run all the time before her hip got too painful. She used to be super speedy though, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work out since I’m super duper slow, but I guess we’ll get that all figured out. First I have to convince her to do it with me anyway. πŸ˜‰

I also really really really want to do the KC Pumpkin Run 5k this fall! Two freaking years in a row I almost did, but both years I ended up having something planned that day so I was never able to sign up… I really feel like this is the year though! At least I really hope it is haha. This 5k looks like so much fun! actually, the KC running company puts on quite a few fun looking holiday/seasonal races that I want to do. I just kinda lack the funds to do very many races right now, so that kinda sucks. One day though, I’m just going to go crazy and run all of the fun themed races!! But it’s not like I’m unhappy withΒ just running around my neighborhood or anything like that. It’s just that being surrounded by a bunch of other crazy runners is a lot of fun! Oh and having people cheer for you is pretty exciting too!

Did you watch the Boston marathon? What did you think? (Did anyone else get a little teary eyed when Meb was waving at the crowed and getting emotional at the finish line? because I totally did. He seems like such an awesome person.)

Have you ever found any fun treasures while out running or walking?Β 

Are there any fun themed races/fun runs out there that you want to do? (I’ve got two words for you. Zombie Run!! I wanna do one so bad!)