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Streaking Is Hard

But it’s starting to get easier. At least I think it is haha. Accomplished 2.5 miles for day 12 of #RWRunStreak. 🙂 The plan was actually 3, but I’m super tired and once I got to 2.5 I figured that was close enough. 😉 On the bright side, my legs are feeling a lot less sore/tired today so  that’s good! I guess they’re starting to adjust to the whole streaking thing.

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How super awesome are my matching skills?! 😉

After my run I did day 2 of the 30 Day Shred. Now that was really hard. Mostly because my upper body is crazy sore today. But I suppose that’s just another reason to stick with this workout program. My upper body has always been pathetically weak and that’s something I really need to work on. So I am working on it. 🙂

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Right now I’m motivating myself to keep up with this workout program, the streak, upping my running mileage, cross training, and stretching, by telling myself it’s all pre-marathon training. Because I want to train for and run a full marathon in 2019! I think I’ve kinda mentioned that here before already, but I’ve already been looking into local marathons and trying to figure out which one it is that I’m gonna want to do. 🙂 A couple of people have asked me why I don’t do one next year in 2018. Well the answer to that is basically what I mentioned above. I want to build up my running base and mileage, get stronger, and hopefully less injury prone. So that’s the plan! Spend next year really working on all of that and then hopefully I’ll be ready to tackle my first marathon in 2019!

Anyways, since I am so tired from this streak I feel like I haven’t been getting a whole lot accomplished haha. I’ve been sleeping in a little bit every morning, I napped for an hour and a half yesterday, and I’ve just been focusing on recover activities right now. I’ve been using my self massage stick thing-y on my quads for a few minutes pretty much everyday, stretching, wearing compression gear, and stuff like that. So yeah, I feel like my whole life is revolving around running and recovering from running right now. But I’m thinking that tiredness will go away once my body adjusts a little bit more and I get stronger. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, not just streaking but upping my mileage as well, so I’m just gonna stick with it because I know it will eventually get easier. 🙂

And I say that I feel like I’m not getting anything accomplished and feel almost lazy, but I still won both step challenges that I was competing in last week, have managed to keep the house in somewhat decent shape, wrapped a bunch of Christmas presents, spent a good amount of time cleaning and doing/putting away laundry today, and still had time to walk one of the dogs. Haha and we don’t go for walks around the block, our walks tend to be around 2 ish miles every time. Sometimes longer. 🙂 So I guess I’m not actually being as lazy and I feel like I am.

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Anyways, I suppose that’s all I’ve got for today. I hope everyone has a great week!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: November 20th-26th, 2017

Whew! This week was a crazy one!! Luke, the dogs, and I spent Thanksgiving at my parent’s place in Colorado, so we spent a crazy amount of time driving. On Wednesday our drive took 11 ish hours (although I think the time zone change actually made it more like 12 hours). But we spent a lot of time messing around and having fun (I talk all about that here, if you’re interested! 😉 ). And then the drive home on Friday took closer to 10 hours but it was a lot less fun. It was actually a huge cluster fuck, but at least it’s over and we’re home! 🙂 Along with our crazy holiday week, I also started the RWRunStreak for the 3rd year in a row. I didn’t finish it the past two years, but this is gonna be my year!! Anyways, lets get to my weekly recap!!

Monday: 

  • 1 easy mile
  • 10 minute of strength training

Just an easy mile on Monday, because I wanted to run but I didn’t want to run that much, ya feel me? 😉 Haha I’m very much enjoying my little off season thing right now. Just running for fun and sometimes that means only hitting the road for a single mile. Anyways, I’ve been writing down some of my goals and one of them for this month is to work on strength training. Specifically strength work that caters to runners, so I found this short little 10 minute workout on YouTube that I really like and will be doing for a little bit. 🙂

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Tuesday: 

  • Thanksgiving trip prep day

Haha I couldn’t call Tuesday a rest day even though I didn’t really do any kind of workout, not really. I spent the day cleaning the house, packing, made a pie, walked the dogs, and just got everything ready in general for Thanksgiving and the few days we’d be in Colorado.

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Wednesday: 

  • Drove to Colorado

On Wednesday we woke up at 3 in the morning, packed the car, and drove 30 minutes in the opposite direction from the state of Colorado because Luke forgot to turn in his time sheet at work and he had to do that before we left haha. After that was done we began our crazy 11 ish hour journey. So we didn’t get very far at first because it was 17 degrees outside and the heater in our car doesn’t work. So we had to stop at walmart and get a heated blanket and some of those hand warmer things to stuff in our socks. That was interesting. We also saw some crazy stuff! We saw a semi truck hauling one of those ready made homes, stuck under an overpass, the poop emoji on a billboard, a UPS truck sitting in a ditch, a guy getting out of his truck at a gas station to shoo a crow off of his car, among other things. I talk in more detail about all of that craziness here. 🙂

 

Thursday: Thanksgiving Day 

  • 2 mile hike around Rabbit Mountain with Luke, my brother, and all 3 dogs
  • 4 mile run/walk around a lake with my dad

Whew! Things got crazy on Thanksgiving!! This was the first day Luke actually got to spend in Colorado (the last time he’d been in the state was just to drive through on our way to the Grand Canyon), so he wanted to go hiking somewhere. So we took the dogs and my brother to Rabbit Mountain, which is super pretty, 10 minutes away from my mom and dad’s apartment, and the mountain my dad took me hiking on the last time I was in Colorado. We hiked to the top, did some fun bushwhacking, and back down (which ended up being 2 miles) in a little over an hour. It was a lot of fun and the dogs loved it!! Also, on the way there I found a Honey Stinger waffle in the car and I was super stoked about that because I really needed it by the time we were done haha.

 

After our hike we headed back to the apartment, hung out with my mom and helped her do some cooking while my dad slept (he works nights), once he woke up we ate our Thanksgiving dinner, and then after letting our dinner digest a little bit my dad and I set out to run/walk around the lake next to his apartment complex. It’s a super pretty lake with a nice trail that’s mostly gravel, but also had some concrete, with the mountains off in the distance and an amazing view of Longs peak. It was probably one of the most beautiful runs I’ve ever been on!! So my dad isn’t much of a runner, so I’m super impressed with how well we did! We did run/walk intervals for the first 5k and then ended up walking the last mile we did for a total of 4 miles. It was so much fun and we both had a great time. I love doing stuff with my dad because I always learn stuff when I’m with him. He’s taught me everything I know about gardening, growing stuff, and the great outdoors. 🙂

So this 4 mile adventure kicked off this years winter run streak and it was a great way to start it!! 🙂

 

Friday: 

  • easy 1 mile
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Unfortunately we couldn’t spend more time in Colorado because Luke had to work. So at 2 am on Friday morning we had to head back to Kansas. The ride back was pretty awful. I guess the dogs had eaten something that didn’t agree with them so Finn ended up having diarrhea in the car twice, and Lily did once…We had to stop several times to let them go potty and we threw away some stuffed animals that my mom sent home with us for the dogs, a blanket, hoodie, and backpack because they were covered in dog shit. It was awful. But we finally made it home!

After relaxing for a little bit I went out and got my mile in for the RWRunStreak, did a little bit of much needed yoga, and then did a bunch of cleaning around the house. So yeah, Friday was pretty busy too, but I’m very glad to be back home. 🙂

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Saturday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 3: 2 miles

Nothing too exciting running wise on Saturday. Just two easy miles. Haha I needed to work on rehydrating after our super lon trip home yesterday. I never drink enough water on long car rides. 😆

Sunday:

  • RWRunStreak day 4: 1 mile
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Jus a mile to keep the streak alive, 30 minutes of pedaling because I was bored, and 20 minutes of yoga to keep the body happy.😁

Running Keeps Me Sane

And it’s only when my klutzy, accident/injury prone ass gets hurt and can’t run that I really, truly understand that.

That’s currently where I’m at. I’m hurt, can’t run, and driving myself insane with things that are probably just a result of my having anxiety, but you know, also just regular life stuff. Haha I probably need to see a doctor about both of those things, but I’m a very stubborn person who does not like, and has had several bad experiences with doctors. One day I’ll tell the story of how my high pain tolerance and a team of equally as stubborn as me doctors almost killed me when I was 13 and suffering from a ruptured appendix (although initially the doctors couldn’t figure that out). That’s a super long story though, and I don’t think I still have any photos from that time in my life. Eventually I want to talk to my mom, dad, sisters, brother, and grandma about it though, and type it all out. But for now, wanna see my scar? Too bad if you don’t, because I’m gonna show you anyway. 😉

 

 

 

So yeah, every doctor I’ve ever seen since I was 13 likes to touch it and say “you had an old fashioned appendectomy!” Yes, I did! Because it was ruptured and they couldn’t get all the nastiness out the newfangled way they do it now with like, lasers and shit. And I absolutely hate when people touch it, but doctors always freaking do it without asking… I’ve also got a bunch of scar tissue in my abdomen that can uncomfortable if I sit/lay in certain ways for too long, and apparently that could potentially cause issues if I were to ever get pregnant. I don’t plan on doing that anytime soon though. 😉

Anyways, I’ve rambled on enough about that.

So ever since the Green Day concert last month (which I don’t regret going to at all before anyone asks 😉 ) I haven’t been able to do much running. I think I must have hurt something in my left knee/calf (I’m honestly still unsure as to where the pain is originating from, all I know is that it hurts every time I try to run on it) with all of the standing/dancing that I did. Oh man, that was so much fun and I really wish we could go see them again…

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But anyway, the week of the 14th-20th of August I ran a total of one whole mile. But I thought, hey, maybe a week pretty much complete off from running would help. And it really seemed to! The next week I managed to pretty much get all of my training runs done with minimal to no pain. And my 9 mile long run for the week went totally great and my leg felt almost back to 100%! It was all down hill from there unfortunately. The week of August 28th-September 3rd I attempted to do 2 runs and neither of them went well. I ended up running about 1.5 miles for both of them but I just ended up with pain in my knee, shooting down into my calf both times. And then after those two failed attempts at running I ended up limping around for the rest of the day. That’s when I decided that running was making it worse and that I needed to stop. Sad face.

And that brings us to this week, in which I’ve done absolutely no running at all. I’ve actually just been sitting around feeling sorry for myself, which definitely hasn’t helped with the whole anxiety thing…But yesterday it finally clicked in my head that just because I can’t run, it doesn’t mean that I can’t do other things, so I did a Jillian Michaels’ DVD workout that I haven’t done in forever! It was pretty tough considering that I haven’t done it in a while, and it’s not like I strength train enough anyway haha, but it definitely wasn’t as tough as I thought it was gonna be! I had to modify a few things to keep my leg happy, but I made it through without dying! I actually felt pretty strong while I was doing it. I was glad to find that I’m actually not in as bad of shape as I thought I might be. 🙂

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So yeah, I felt pretty great after that! I  woke up feeling crazy sore this morning, and while that’s slightly annoying it also makes me feel like I actually accomplished something with this workout, ya know?

Haha you’d think with how obnoxiously injury prone I am, that I’d be consistently cross training and working on strengthening my muscles in order to keep my body as injury free as possible, so that I can keep running, not take a piss ton of time off, and then drive myself completely insane because I just can’t turn my brain off when it latches onto something to worry about. *Insert world’s most dramatic eye roll here*  But you know, I just don’t do that stuff as often as I should. It’s just not as fun as running dammit! And who wants to do something that’s not fun?!?! Not me, that’s for damn sure. But at this point I am promising myself and anyone who reads this that I’m going to dedicate the time to straight train at least twice a week. I think that’s a good goal to work on for now. 🙂

Surprisingly enough though, I’ve actually been pretty good about stretching/doing gentle yoga and yoga for flexibility. That’s definitely a step in the right direction as far as rehabbing injuries and preventing new ones from happening. I was also icing my knee and calf for a while, but at this point I don’t think that’s really doing much. I’ve also been wearing a lot of compression gear and that has actually felt like it’s been helping! Luke bough me this crazy compression knee brace thingy, but my knee has felt a lot better since I’ve been wearing it! Not good enough to run on yet, but at least it’s a step in the right direction! And as far as compression socks go, well I think I might need new ones. Both pairs that I have just don’t seem as compression-y as they once were. They are still providing some compression though, so I figure that’s better than nothing for now. Haha I’m actually going to get calf sleeves instead of the whole sock, because as you can see, I cut the toes off of my compression socks because they make my toes super uncomfortable.

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So yeah, that’s where I am right now. At this point I’ve pretty much given up on the 10k that I’m registered for. That’s exactly one month from today and since I’m still not running at all I just don’t think I’m going to be able to make it happen. And I was soooo looking forward to it! This was going to be my first 10k race and it’s supposed to be a super scenic, evening race with a free glass of hard cider at the end…Oh well, there’s always next year I suppose. Haha I’m just upset that I spent $35 on a race I’m not going to do.

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As for the Longview half, well, I haven’t completely given up on that. I have however, given up on any time goals I had for it. That’s not for a little over 2 months so I feel like there’s still some hope for that one. At this point I know I can cover the distance, even on minimal training, so as long as my leg heals I’ll still be able to do it. You know how some runners have a race that they do every. single. year? That they’ve done for 5, 10, 20 years in a row? Yeah, I want the Longview half to be that race for me and I really don’t want to have to end that streak this early into it. I mean, I’ve only done it two years in a row and this is gonna be the third. Well hopefully. But like I said, if I  can get my leg healed I should be able to do it.

Whew, alrighty then. That is all I’ve got for today. It’s been super nice outside in the mornings. In the low/high 50’s so we’re starting to get our first tastes of fall here in Kansas, and that’s just making not running even more suck-y but I can still walk my dogs! So I’m gonna go do that and then do some yoga.

Happy almost fall! 🍁🍂

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: January 23rd-29th, 2017

Monday:

  • Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones work out video

I made it all the way through the almost hour long video this time!! I had to do a bunch of beginner’s modifications which kinda sucks. A few years ago I was able to do the whole thing without modifications like it was nothing. At the very least that just proves that I’ll be able to do it again, as long as I stick with the whole strength training thing, which I totally intend on doing. 🙂

Tuesday:

  • Easy 2 miles

Well, that’s almost a lie haha. I felt really good during Tuesday’s run, so during the second mile I picked up the pace a little bit and did some down hill running with reckless abandon, which is my absolute favorite way to take on down hills, by the way. That’s probably not the best way to go about downhills, but oh man is it fun!! And slightly dangerous during slippery conditions, actually. But for the most part I run for the fun of it, so I’m not about to deny myself this little pleasure.

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Wednesday: 

  • Easy 3 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

My original intent when I set out on this run was to do 5 miles; 1 mile to warm up and cool down, and intervals for the 3 miles in between. Obviously that didn’t happen though. My shins were feeling a little achy. Probably because my quads were feeling a little tight. I’ve noticed that those two things usually come hand in hand. So a mile into this run I decided to keep it short and easy instead of pushing anything too hard.

I also did a very tiny amount of exploring on Wednesday! A week or so ago, I saw a car out in what I had always thought was just a big empty field. Every day after that, I’d run by that field, trying to find that road and figure out how to get there, and on Wednesday I finally figured it out! It’s really weird though, there are just a bunch of random roads in the middle of this field. They all look pretty new  too. I’m wondering if at one point someone was going to build another subdivision (ewww) but it just never happened (yay!). That or eventually someone is going to build something out there (gross). Either way, I’m definitely going to be exploring out there more, even though I kinda get the feeling that I’m not supposed to be out there haha. I also found a pasture full of cows. If anything, I’m going to be there a lot just to look at the cows! I miss having cows…

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Thursday: 

  • Rest Day

Not gonna lie, I’ve been feeling pretty rundown this week. I’m thinking it’s because I’ve been waking up with Luke at 5:45 every morning. Usually I get up around 7-7:30 am, so I’ve been getting an hour to an hour and a half less sleep than I usually do. Who would have  thought that extra hour would make such a big difference?! And now that I think about it, I haven’t been eating nearly enough protein and am menstruating so I’m probably a little bit lacking in the iron department. So those are some pretty big reasons as to why I’m feeling so bleh. Anyway, a rest day was very much necessary.

Friday:

  • 2.67 miles
  • a little bit of foam rolling

So, Friday morning I woke up sore everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Especially in my quads. That was kinda weird, considering I didn’t do anything exercise wise aside from walking the dogs on Thursday. Maybe it was super duper delayed onset muscle soreness from my workout on Monday? Considering my new sleep scheduled and lack of protein I suppose I can’t rule it out. So for my run I did a slow lap around my neighborhood and called it good. 🙂

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Saturday: 

  • Rest Day

I did some catching up with sleep on Saturday. I originally got up at 5:45 am like I have been, but around 6 I went back to bed and slept until about 7:40. It was great. 🙂 I also talked all about why I took a rest day on a Saturday here, since I don’t usually do that.

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Sunday: 

  • Rest Day

Feeling better today! My legs don’t feel heavy and gross anymore. But I’m still working on refueling and completely recovering before I run again. I’ve been doing some thinking and I’ve realized I haven’t been treating my body very well, and it’s no wonder it started rebelling against me. I’m working on it though. 🙂

Weekly Recap: July 11th-17th, 2016

Monday:

  • 20 easy minutes

This was my first run back after taking a week of for my foot. It went pretty well! At first my foot felt a little sore, but after a few minutes it was fine. 🙂 I probably would have stayed out longer, but I had 3 dogs in the backyard and it was 80 degrees out, so I didn’t want to be out to long. I think 20 minutes was sufficient though.

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Tuesday:

  • 30 minute NTC work out

Ugh, I was dragging ass on Tuesday. Got s strength work out in though, so at least I accomplished that.

Wednesday:

  • 3 hilly miles
  • Yoga for Runners: Cool Down

Intentionally sought out hills on Wednesday. Not my brightest idea though. My legs and butt were CRAZY sore from Tuesday’s workout.

When I started this run I felt like I could barely move my legs, by mile two I felt great, and mile 3 was pretty good too, but I was getting hot and tired at that point. I ended up negative splitting which was really cool!

But about an hour after I finished I felt like I could barley walk and pretty much had to hobble around for the rest of the day. Like I said, not my brightest idea. I’m still super stoked that I managed to hit negative splits though. 😄

Thursday: 

  • 30 minutes (7.6 miles) on the stationary bike

Stationary bike, lots of walking, and lots of food on Thursday. 😁

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Friday: 

  • Rest day

Saturday:

  • Rest day

Wanted to do a long run on Saturday, but my mom and dad were here and it just didn’t happen. I still got a lot of walking done though. 😄


Sunday: 

  • 4 miles

My heat sensitive ass though I could get an 8 mile run done, starting at 8 in the morning when it was already sunny and 75 degrees. Obviously that didn’t work out for me. I wanted to run again in the evening, but that was a no go as well. It’s just too hot…oh well, at least I got 4 miles in this morning.



Total weekly mileage: 8.49

I’m actually not to upset about that. I start half marathon training soon, so I’m thinking a few easy weeks are probably a good idea. 😄

But just because I didn’t do much running , doesn’t mean I didn’t do much moving. Thanks to Pokemon Go, Luke and I have done A LOT of wandering around the neighborhood. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’m going to win Garmin Connect’s 65k step challenge this week. As I type this, it’s only 4pm and we may go out Pokemon hunting again. 😁

How was your week? 

Have you been playing Pokemon Go?

Do you participate in step challenges? They tend to make me super competitive hahaha.