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Race Recaps Coming Soon!!

Holy cow you guys! Race weekend has officially come and gone!

My dad and brother drove in from Colorado so my dad and I could tackle two half marathons in two days this weekend. It was an all around blast but it also went by super duper fast!! So I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that went down. πŸ˜‚

Oh and you know, attempting to recover from both races. My legs are DEAD. There’s just only so much an ice bath and foam rolling can do for very beat up legs. πŸ˜‚

But anyway, I’m am slowly starting to unpack everything that happened this weekend and I hope to have full race recaps up later in the week!! But for now, I’m just gonna sit around and zone out for a little bit. Right now even leaving my couch seems like a lot of work. πŸ˜‚

So for now, happy Sunday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

~Ashley 😴

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How To Make An Ice Bath Suck Less

Ah ice baths. They can be an absolutely miserable experience, especially as you take the first steps to immerse yourself into a bathtub full of literally ice cold water. πŸ₯Ά

I’m a big believer in ice baths though, no matter how terrible they might sound or even feel in the moment. As far as I’m concerned they’re one of the best ways to sooth sore muscles and aid in recovery.

I’m not going to get into the science of the ice bath today. Every recovery method has plenty of research that suggests reasons why it may or may not work. I think all of that really comes down to the person and their personal preferences and experiences and in my experience ice baths are always a good idea. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be the first to tell you that ice baths can absolutely suck though. Especially first getting into one. That is always an awful experience. πŸ˜‚ But today I’m going to share some tips with you that can help make your next ice bath suck a little less.

Have Someone Else Add The Ice After You Get Into The Bath

The thought of stepping into a bath tube full of cold water and ice cubes sounds pretty awful, right? I sure think so!

One way to kind of work around that though is to have someone else dump the ice in after you. If you’re lucky enough to have someone who is willing to do that for you it can make the first step of the ice bath, actually getting in, a lot easier.

Actually executing this is super simple. First full up your bathtub to maybe 1/3 of the way full of cold water and then sit down in it. Then have your volunteer pour in the ice after you get situated. Easy peasy!

This is definitely my preferred way of getting into an ice bath! Trying to sit down into a tube full of ice water is not a great experience. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Winchester is very confused as to why I subject myself to this.πŸ˜‚

Wear A Warm Hoodie And Hat

Just because you’re icing your legs doesn’t mean the rest of you has to be cold! I find ice baths to be much more tolerable when I’m wearing something that keeps my ears and torso warm.

Be warned though that more likely than not your hoodie will get sopping wet. Along with whatever else you end up wearing in the bath. So plan accordingly. Usually I just strip out of my wet gear and throw it all into a towel and then clean up whatever water ends up on the floor. Because water always ends up on the floor. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Bring A Warm Beverage (Or Meal, I Don’t Judge) With You

Do not underestimate how comforting drinking (or eating) something warm can be while you’re sitting in a bathtub full of ice. I often bring coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or occasionally mac and cheese with me. The mac and cheese was a fantastic idea and I will be doing it again. πŸ˜‚

Have Something With You To Pass The Time

Trust me, just sitting there waiting for your timer to go off is going to make your ice bath feel like it’s dragging on forever. Been there, done that. πŸ™ƒ

I’ve brought books into the tub with me before, but lately I’m all about true crime podcasts, so I’ve been listening to those while I take my ice baths. It really does help to have something to pass the time!!

And that’s pretty much it! Easy enough, right? πŸ˜‰

Lately my recovery game hasn’t been great even though I needed it now more than ever. Between my very physically demanding job and attempting to keep running after my long ass shifts I’m just not recovering well. Honestly I’m still just trying to figure out how to balance all of this stuff into my life and it’s definitely still a learning process for me.

Running hasn’t been going well. Not going to lie. I’m just too beat down and worn out from work. So I’m trying to up my recovery game again! For the last week or so I’ve been focusing on adding more protein into my diet and yesterday I took an ice bath and spent a decent amount of time with my legs propped up hole wearing compression socks. Yay for baby steps!!

Alrighty, that’s all for today!

Happy Monday/Halloween Week!

~AshleyπŸ–€πŸŽƒ

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Happy first day of October!!!

Fact: October-January is THE BEST time of the year!

Let’s talk about why!!

October:

  • Halloween, duh! πŸŽƒ
  • Fall weather

November:

  • The Longview half is November 9th and the Gobbler Grind half of November 10th! And my dad is doing both of them with me!
  • My birthday is November 15th! Yay!
  • Thanksgiving
  • The Christmas season starts this month! I do t care what anyone says, you can’t stope from being holly jolly in November.
  • Cold, frosty mornings

December:

  • Winter weather! Snow! Cold! Yay!! ⛄️❄️
  • Christmas!
  • New Year’s Eve

January:

  • The winter weather continues!
  • New Year’s Day

I guess made out into a list like that it doesn’t seem like much, but I LOVE all of these things and I think they all basically need whole months to be celebrated! πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a fantastically spooky October!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸŒ™πŸπŸ’€πŸ–€

Weekly Recap: September 16th-22nd, 2019

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles

Found a turtle friend (who was promptly moved off of the street), got chased by a big, mean, yellow lab that was running loose (it was a short chase, he got distracted by a car and started chasing that), and then talked to a guy who was looking for his dog who took off after the yellow lab. It was a very eventful 3 miles. πŸ˜‚

But I was glad to get it in! Last week I was sick and ran a grand total of 2 miles. Not good…and honestly I feel like this whole training cycle has been absolute shit and I’m kinda freaking out because I’m not sure I’m going to get two half marathons done in two days this November. I feel like I just keep getting slower. I haven’t had a good long run in forever and most of my long runs haven’t even been long lately. Oh man I just feel like I’m so fucked right now.

Tuesday:

  • 1.5 miles on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes of hip/glute work

This didn’t help with my confidence. Which is a bummer because it’s already crazy low. The plan for Tuesday was a long interval workout. I made it through the warm up and one out of 3 intervals. Gross.

Honestly I’m not sure if this was a mental thing or a physical thing. Probably a little bit of both. Either way, I just didn’t have it in me that day.

My little strength session turned out to be really good though, so at least that’s something! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Wednesday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 20 minutes of arm/shoulder work

I wanted to do 5 but I only made it through 3…If you couldn’t tell, I’m just having a really rough go at things right now. Hopefully they’ll get better soon, but not gonna lie, I’m not all that optimistic about it right now.

Thursday:

  • Rest day

Was supposed to cross train, but I wasn’t feeling it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Friday:

  • Rest day

Now this was an actual scheduled rest day! πŸ˜‚

I started making some bone broth on Thursday and finished it on Friday (it’s got to cook for 24 hours for maximum nutrient absorption). Honestly I’d rather make bone broth myself versus buying it from a store. It’s so much more rich and flavorful when you make it yourself. I also made a piss ton of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve been on a bit of a baking spree lately and I’m my opinion, nothing is better than made from scratch chocolate chip cookies!

All of this baking hasn’t been good for my nutrition game though. Especially since o could really stand to lose some weight. But baked goods are yummy. πŸ˜‹πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

I redeemed myself this week with this run! At least that’s what it felt like. In all honesty it’s been a while since I’ve done a double digit run (yikes!) but this one went surprisingly well. Especially considering it was about 73 degrees and 97% humidity when I started this run. I got through it though! So obviously the lesson here is fuel your long runs with a ridiculous amount of cookies. πŸͺπŸ˜‰

Also, it’s starting to look like fall in Kansas, but it sure doesn’t feel like fall…

Sunday:

  • 3 easy miles

It was POURING down rain when I started out today! So I got soaking wet. That didn’t last very long though. The rain stopped and the wind picked up a little bit so I got a little blow dried. That was a lot less fun that the rainy part. πŸ˜‚ All in all it was a pretty good run though! My legs felt surprisingly good especially considering that I did my first double digit run in FOREVER yesterday. So I’ll take it!

Total Weekly Mileage: 20.51

This isn’t were I wanted to be at this point of half marathon training. I wanted to be getting closer to 30 miles by now. I’m 7 weeks out from race week so I still have some time left to put in some actual work though. Definitely not as much as I’d have liked, but here we are. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’ve had quite a lot going on lately. Being sick, looking for a job (which is hopefully about to happen. Just not at a particularly desirable place.), and honestly just not being into running for the past couple of months if I’m being honest. I spent a lot of time not wanting to do it, hating the process, hating that I always seem so ridiculously slow no matter what I do, and just not wanting to do it anymore. I’ve finally worked my way out of that headspace though and I’m ready to go, get shit done, and be in love with the process again.

I’ve got 7 weeks until I run two half marathons in two days with my dad. And I’m ready to work! Although at this point I’m coming to terms with the fact that they are both going to be incredibly slow half marathons. My dad has a lot of stuff going on in his world so he hasn’t been training at all. I’m about to start working at a plant that produces cat litter and I’m going to be on my feet for 12 hours a day 3, sometimes 4 days a week. That’s definitely going to affect my running. At least at first. That’s ok though. I’m ready to start embracing some chance and working my running around it. Because I’ve fallen back in love with running again. And I’m going to make training happen however I can. Because while my next two races will be slow ones, there are always other races in the horizon! (I don’t even want to think about how things are going to go when I inevitably have to work overnights. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, I suppose).

Happy last day of summer! Fall is almost here!! Now if only the weather would get with the picture! πŸ‚πŸ

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: September 2nd-8th, 2019

Have you ever felt like a week just kinda…slipped through your fingers? That’s how I feel about this week.

Like, one second it was Monday and then all of a sudden it was Friday and I had no idea where all of that time had gone. πŸ˜‚ Of course I DO know where that time went! It just all felt like a blur!!

I guess that probably had something to do with the long weekend. Tuesday felt like Monday and everything just got thrown off from there. So yeah, this week wasn’t a really good one. Things just kinda got away from me. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Monday:

  • 9 holes of golf
  • 20 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 7 minutes of core work

Happy Labor Day!!!

How did you celebrate?? (I’m not even going to get into the irony that is Labor Day. We’re supposed to be celebrating laborers and yet they’re the one’s who usually have to work and office workers are the one’s who get the day off? πŸ€”)

Anyway, Luke and I celebrated by hitting the golf course and playing 9 holes. I’m still really bad at pretty much everything aside from putting. I am really really good at putting. So I guess maybe I should stick to mini golf. πŸ˜‚

  • Tuesday:
    • Tempo run on the treadmill, 3 miles
      5 minutes of arm work

    Ok, so this was actually something I did get right this week!

    Tempo runs are probably my least favorite workout to do. Like ever. But I think this one went really well!! I wouldn’t say I crushed it, but it was a decently solid workout.

    Followed that with a tiny bit of arm work. Hahaha something is better than nothing, right?! πŸ˜‰

    Wednesday:

    • Rest day

    Now here’s where things really start to get wonky. The plan was to switch Thursday’s cross training with Wednesday’s run. Obviously that didn’t happen.

    But I did take Dean for a nice walk Wednesday evening. I actually took a dog for a walk every evening this week (this photo is actually from Tuesday nights walk, but whatevs. πŸ˜‚). That’s been really nice. Dusk is probably my favorite time of day, and while it’s still pretty warm here I’ve really been enjoying my evening walks.πŸŒ™

    Thursday:

    • 15 minutes stationary bike
    • 10 minutes Pilates

    My job interview with Garmin was Thursday morning!! How weird do I look without my nose ring in???πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    I think I look weird, anyway. It’s been pierced since I was 19 (so 8 years) and I rarely ever take it out. But I wanted to make a good first impression for this interview so it had to go. Along with my purple hair. I’m not sure if I’ve actually mentioned that here, but I dyed my hair black last weekend with this interview in mind. I wanted to look a little less like a rebellious teenager. I’m not sure if I managed that, but I tried!

    Anyway, I think the interview went well! I should hear back from Garmin at some point next week so fingers crossed that they decide to move forward in their interview process with me! 🀞🏻

    Now my interview was at 8:30 in the morning. Which is usually when I do my running. But one thing just kinda happened after another on Thursday and by the time I realized that I never ran it was like 8:30 pm and I didn’t feel like doing it. So I didn’t… I did hit up the stationary bike and do a little bit of Pilates though, so again, something is better than nothing!

    But this is why I prefer to run in the mornings. Then it’s out of the way and I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. πŸ˜‚

    But if I do get this job with Garmin I’m either going to have to wake up at like 4:30 am to get my runs done, run on my lunch break (which apparently a lot of people do. No surprise there. This is Garmin we’re talking about. πŸ˜‰), or run in the evening. But I guess I’ll figure that out as needed!

    Friday:

    • 3 miles

    This run was kinda meh. My legs have just been tired and heavy. Which is weird considering how little running I’ve done this week. I was hoping that a nice and easy 3 miles would help, but it didn’t end up helping at all. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Oh well. I was still glad to get this run done. πŸ˜„

    Saturday:

    • 4.47 miles
    • 30 minutes of yoga and foam rolling

    Ew yeah no, this did not go well. My quads were REALLY hurting on Saturday. Gross.

    My husband got sick with a bad cold and I’m really hoping I don’t end up catching it too, but I’m also kinda wondering if that’s why I felt so tired and sore on Saturday. Gross.

    Sunday:

    • rest day

    Well so far I’m not feeling terrible, but I’m still not feeling great either. Hopefully after a rest day I’ll be fine but my throat is starting to feel a little scratchy so I don’t know. Usually if my husband gets sick I end up catching it not long after… I’m really hoping I don’t end up with this bug though. I’ve already missed out on enough running, I don’t need to miss anymore.

    But yeah. This week, it just got away from me. It happens though. Hopefully next week will be better!

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is Officially A-go!!

    Woohoo!! As of Saturday I am officially registered for the Gobbler Grind half marathon! That means Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially a-go!! 😱

    Apparently hanging up my fliers at the Indian Creek Trail and at the office where Luke works really worked! So far I’ve had 8 people sign up for the Gobbler Grind using my ambassador discount code which means I got to register for free (I only needed 5 for that. πŸ˜‰). Sweet!!!

    Some ambassador programs are definitely better than others! 😁 Some just give you a discount, but others (usually ones that you have to work a little bit harder for) have better benefits like this! And I’m not trying to brag or anything like that! Just keeping it real and everything in full disclosure! I am an ambassador for this race (and several brands) so I do get some perks from all of that. But I do strive to keep everything I post in here 100% real. I would never promote or become involved with a brand or race that I didn’t believe in or love.

    Hahaha and I know I always say something like that whenever I talk about any of that ambassador programs I’m in, but like I said, just trying to keep it real on my little corner of the interwebs! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    So anyway, Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially official! Yay!!

    And right before I “officially” kick off my half marathon training cycle too!! Hahaha I say “officially” because my training plan actually starts next week, but I’ve been training with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two in mind since the beginning of this year, really.

    I would be a lot more stoked about the start of my half marathon training plan if the last week of June and first week of July didn’t have so little running in them… Those weeks I only totaled 11 mile and the 7 miles respectively. Oops. But I mean, it’s been a busy summer and life just kinda happened. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Really though I was doing pretty well, at least mileage wise, up until that point though and I really got my shit together last week and got in 18 miles. Not what I’ve been aiming for, but not terrible. And I’m really focusing on making this week even better, so I should be ok in that department. I won’t be going into this training cycle ridiculously out of shape at least! πŸ˜‚

    The real issue here is that I haven’t really done any speed work since this spring. Yikes. Since I’m tackling two half’s in two days I don’t really have a time goal for either. Especially since I’m running both races with my dad. But really, I should still be doing some speedier things…

    Oh man the first few speed sessions of half marathon training are really going to hurt. 🀣

    But all in all I am pretty excited to “officially” start training for this thing next week! Hopefully it’ll all go smoothly! Or as smoothly as summer running can ever go for me. Hahaha I am not a fan. πŸ₯΅ But summer miles bring fall smiles! So I’m going to do my best to stick with it!

    And doing my best apparently means waking up at 5 am so I can get out the door before the sun comes up and slogging through 3 very slow, slightly painful miles. At least, that was my “best” this morning. Really I wanted to get in 5 miles today, but my legs are shot from walking around the zoo in Doc Martens all day on Saturday. My sparkle boots (Doc Martens 1460 Pascal Glitter πŸ˜‰) are very pretty and SUPER comfortable! But they are a lot heavier than the shoes that I have been wearing lately.

    I actually experienced this every fall when I got from wearing mostly tennis shoes and flip flops to wearing heavier boots. My legs always feel a little heavy when I start my footwear transition. πŸ˜‚

    Worth it! I got several compliments on my boots that day. 😊

    So, 3 miles today! I think my slow slogging (in my super light Nike Free’s! πŸ˜‰) helped shake out my legs a little bit though. So hopefully tomorrow’s run will go a little bit better! Either way, still got in 3 miles before the sun had a chance to rise and really heat up the road, so I’ll take that as a win!!

    After I finished my slow slog run I spent about an hour and a half tending to my chickens and my garden. I had quite a bit of weeding to do. πŸ˜‚ But my tomato plants are finally starting to go off!! They’ve had a bunch of green tomatoes on them for a while now but they’re starting to get ripe! Plus I’ve got these HUGE green tomatoes out there and I absolutely cannot wait for them to to finally turn red!!

    Our garden is much smaller than it’s been in previous years. This year we’ve only got tomato plants, pepper plants (which I’ve already gotten one huge, green pepper from, cantaloupe plants, and cucumber plants (which are just now starting to grow little tiny cucumbers!!!). But it’s doing MUCH better than last year. Last summer was absolutely BRUTAL. It was crazy hot and sunny pretty much every day and I’m not even exaggerating when I say we went two whole months without a drop of rain. It was crazy! But this year has been sooo much better and we’re definitely going to get a much better produce yield, which means we’ll actually have some stuff to can! Yay!!

    Anyways, that’s all for today!!

    Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

    Until next time,

    ~Ashley

    New PR, Baby!!

    I ran 8 freaking miles on the treadmill today! That’s the farthest I’ve ever gone on a treadmill!!! Hahaha that totally counts as a PR, right?? πŸ˜‰

    Honestly though I didn’t actually plan on running 8 miles on the treadmill today, although I did plan to do my run inside. It’s heating up here in Kansas! It was hot and sunny today and I didn’t want to deal with that! Especially since I stayed up late last night, so I really didn’t want to have to wake up super early. And that, my friends, is why having a treadmill is nice! I was able to sleep in and run farther that I would have if I would have run outside. Probably.

    Anyway, like I said, this wasn’t planned at all! Originally I was aiming for 4-5 miles for today. Being on the treadmill for extended periods of time is kind of a mind fuck for me. After about 3 miles I have to start playing some weird mind games with myself. Especially since for whatever reason, I can’t run as fast as I normally would be able to on the treadmill. It completely messes with my form and I basically slow down to a crawl, and I’m already a slow runner to begin with! So. Weird mental games have to happen. But I mean, whatever works, right? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

    Luckily for me though I only had to do that a little bit near the end. Broadway Idiot was able to hold my attention and keep my mind from melting from boredom for the most part.

    After I had hit about 5 miles I decided why not aim for 6? Then not even half way into my 6th mile I thought to myself “why not aim for 8? That’s only 2 more miles. And I’ve definitely got two more miles in me.” Hahaha yeah, that’s a nice little mind trick. πŸ˜‰ But it worked so I’ll take it!!

    Also, having a very cute spectator definitely helped. Lily hung out with me while I got this one done. πŸΆπŸ’œ

    So, 8 miles done and dusted! Which means my long run for the week is actually done, because 8 was the plan for this weeks long run. Not gonna lie, that’s kind of a nice feeling.

    I feel like everything actually ended up working out so well because I ate pizza for dinner last night and for breakfast this morning, and I swear every time I do a run fueled on pizza it ends up being a really good one! Or ya know, at least decent. I wouldn’t call running on the treadmill “really good” because I always feel like I’m going to die if boredom, but at least my body felt good. πŸ˜‚ Hahaha anyway, apparently pizza is the perfect ratio of carbs and fat for me. It’s never not worked. So basically what I’m saying is I should eat more pizza. πŸ•πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰

    After this run I was exhausted! I think know it was more mental than physical. Don’t get me wrong, I still felt like I ran 8 miles (because I did πŸ˜‰) but man, being on the treadmill always feels harder that actually running outside. Which is kinda funny, because running on the treadmill is supposed to be easier than running outside. But again, I think it’s just a mental thing.

    Anyway, the rest of my day was kinda chill. I spent a good portion of my afternoon reading, actually. I’ve been re-reading Stephen Kong’s Dark Tower series for like, the 5th or 6th time, and I always forget how much I get pulled into these books! I mean, Stephen Kong’s work always really draws me in. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a lowly 7th grader in desperate need of something more challenging that what we were reading in school. Hahaha Stephen Kings The Stand was obviously the right choice for a 13 year old. πŸ˜‰

    But ever since then I’ve absolutely devoured his books, particularly the Dark Tower series. It’s just So. Good! I can’t recommend it’s enough!! it’s definitely my favorite book series ever!

    After spending several hours with Roland and his Ka-tet I finally got my butt in gear and got a bunch of stuff done around the house. Nothing as exciting as running 8 miles on the treadmill though and I feel like that’s kinda saying something. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

    Anyway, I just wanted to share my little achievement with you today! I don’t like running on the treadmill so I’m kinda weirdly proud of myself right now.

    But that’s all for now!

    Until next time,

    ~Ashley πŸ‘½