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Happy Summer Solstice!!

I guess technically it started yesterday, and depending on who you ask, either yesterday or today is the officially first day of summer! But when the first day of summer is really doesn’t matter to me. What does matter, however, is that yesterday and today were the longest day’s of the year! Which basically just means that on those two days we get the most hours of daylight compared to another day of the year. And after that, we get a just a little bit less daylight everyday!

Grant it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to start cooling off outside. Here in the Midwest we still haven’t made it to the hottest days of the year. Those don’t usually come until July and August. But a just a tiny bit less daylight everyday just makes that just a little more bearable, if you ask me. Plus now we’re just that much closer to Fall!! Haha can you tell I’m very much ready for summer to be over? 😉

Anyway, almost every single day of this month, I’ve regretted participating in challengeville’s Tinman challenge. I’m running more than I’ve ever run in the summer and I hate it haha. But at the same time I’m really glad that I’m doing it! I’ve run more than I’ve ever run in the summer (I know I already said that, but it needed said again 😉 ) and it’s really keeping me motivated to push through the discomfort of being hot and sweaty and tired. It’s also taught me that I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was, and that’s a great lesson to learn! I’m just kinda learning it the hard way haha.

So I’ve kinda stopped following the daily running guide that accompanies this challenge. It wasn’t exactly working for me, so I started kinda doing my own thing and that’s been working a lot better for me. 🙂

This morning I did 6 miles. Not gonna lie, I had set out to do 7 (which was a mile more than any of the runs on the daily running guide). But I was hot, sweaty/salty, tired, and very close to home by mile 6, so that’s where I stopped. I’m not too upset about that though, 6 miles is still no joke! Especially when it’s 71 degrees and 82% humidity outside…

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Now that my run is done and I’m showered and have eaten a snack, I need to stretch, water the garden, take care of the rabbits, walk the dogs, clean the house, and once all that is done maybe take a nice little nap? Haha sounds like a good plan to me anyway!

I hope you have a happy hump and a great first (or second) day of summer! 🙂

~Ashley

 

 

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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. 😉 But I’m lucky enough to be able to nap in the afternoon, so I’ll definitely be doing that later today. 🙂

 

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. 😉

 

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. 🙂

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