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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

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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!)