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One Week To Go!!!!

One more week and Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days will officially be happening!!!!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜Š

Don’t let my string of different emojis fool you, that’s how I should feel, but I’m still kind of experiencing the ignorant bliss that I have been throughout this whole training cycle. I guess it still hasn’t really hit me that I’m actually doing this thing. πŸ˜‚

That might be a good thing. Or it might not. I guess we shall see. But I have a feeling that around Monday or Tuesday of next week the fact that, yes I am in fact going to do this and it’s probably going to be really hard, will finally smack me in the face and wake up my long dormant nervous excitement.

I am pretty excited about the thought of getting up toe another two more starting lines. πŸ˜‰ I don’t get to race very often, so it’s always a really fun experience when I do and I always try to savor it! I’m not sure how my dad is feeling about doing his first official half. He hasn’t really said. Haha I’ve been trying to give him some pointers and advice leading up to it. He didn’t get to do much training because of his work schedule though, so it’s going to be a very interesting and potentially painful experience for both of us. πŸ˜‚

Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make it. He was going to run the Gobbler Grind Half with my dad and I, but oh well. Maybe next time, right. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ve been kinda starting to plan for and visualize both race days. I’ve been doing a really good job of visualizing how the start/finish of both races! Hahaha this will be my 4th time in a row running the Longview Half, so I have a pretty good idea of the starting/finishing situation there. What I haven’t really been doing good at is visualizing the middle/end parts of the race when things start to get difficult. I really need to work on that though. πŸ˜‚

That being said, they changed Longview’s course this year and I haven’t even bothered to look that all up. All I know is that there are supposed to be more views of Longview Lake and that they got rid of the giant hill at mile 2. Not gonna lie, I’m slightly disappointed about that! That hill was hard as hell, especially coming so early in the race, but it was also kinda fun.

Here’s the elevation map of the original Longview course. That hill is no joke!

Now as for the Gobbler Grind, I’m not too worried about visualization the harder parts of this race and figuring out how to work through them. I’m gonna have someone there to help me through the hard times and I’ll be there to help them too! So I feel like that’s really going to help be get through my second half in two days. I’m also really familiar with a lot of this course, including the start/finish line because it’s on the trail I used to run and walk on almost every day when Luke and I lived in an apartment in Overland Park. So thinking about getting there, hanging out, warming up, and lining up at that start has been easy and stress free! For both races really. I’m pretty stoked about that. It’s always nice knowing that you have a plan and don’t need to stress over little things on race day. 😊

This is really close to where the start of the Gobbler Grind is. I’m very familiar with the area. 😁

So yeah, that’s just what I’ve been thinking about and how I’ve been feeling these last couple of days.

Anyway, I did my last long run today! Yay! The plan was to do 8 miles, but not gonna lie, I’m kinda feeling like I might be getting sick (yikes! 😱) and have been really tired, so I compromised with myself and did 7 because that seemed a lot more doable for some reason. πŸ˜‚

The first like 3 ish miles of this run we’re kinda rough. But after I had done some coughing, hacking, and sneezing my lungs felt a little more cooperative and I felt a little better in general, so the rest of the run went relatively smoothly. 😁

When I got home my super spiffy new compression socks were waiting for me in my mailbox! So after second breakfast and a shower I put them on and wore them while I napped, because recovery. 😁 Haha I really like them though! They’re really comfortable, providing compression without feeling too tight, and they look pretty badass if you ask me!! I won’t be wearing them on a run until after my half marathons though. I don’t think they’d give me blisters or cause me any sort of discomfort, but I don’t want to risk it this close to my big days!

Anyway, that’s it! The hard work is done!! Now it’s time to rest, recover, and then do two half marathons in two days! 😁😁😁

So I believe I’ll be going to packet pick up for the Longview Half on Friday. I’ll also probably pick up a couple of throw away jackets that day, because it’s supposed to be really cold both mornings! Yay! By now you probably know that I love the cold!! So both Saturday and Sunday are looking good for me.

Now that’s just the weather for where I live though. I don’t live far from either race, but it’s far enough that it could be little bit different, as it gets closer to race days I’ll be checking the weather for those city’s. πŸ˜‰ I also imagine it’ll feel colder by the lake for my first half. It usually does.

Anyway, as of right now my dad is planning on driving here from Colorado Friday and will probably be here Friday night. Which is pretty awesome! That means he’ll be able to spectate at my first race with Luke Saturday morning. πŸ˜ƒ After my first half I’d like to head home so I can shower and nap, and then go pick up our packets for the second half (well, my dad’s first haha, but you know what I mean πŸ˜‰). Packet pick up is from 1-5 pm on Saturday, so I should have time to get all of that done and still be able to drive 30 minutes and into Missouri to get to the running store where packet pick up is being held. Then I guess the plan is to do a bunch of recover stuff and hang out with my dad for the rest of the day. Probably psyching each other up for what’s to come on a Sunday. 😁

So yeah. That’s just kinda the plan so far. I’m sure some things will change by next weekend and I’m good with that. I like to have a general plan, but I also like to be super open and flexible with it because shit happens. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ll talk a little bit more about potentially getting sick and how I’m feeling and what not tomorrow in my weekly recap, so that’s all for today!

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

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Back Home!!

Haha alright, that title is slightly misleading. We’ve been back since Sunday night, but I haven’t had a chance to write a blog post because on Sunday we were EXHAUSTED and very happy to be back home, then yesterday I was busy catching up on chores and absolutely enjoying the wonderful weather we’ve been having. πŸ˜„

On our drive back home to Kansas from Illinois the temperature started hardcore dropping. In Illinois we were somewhere in the low 50’s, about half way through Missouri it got down to the low 40’s and started raining pretty bad, and then of course it kept raining all through the rest of Missouri and into Kansas. By the time we got home it was in the high 30’s and still drizzling. Not gonna lie, I loved it! Haha although we really do need things to dry off here. We’ve gotten waaay yo much rain lately.

So yesterday was chilly, sunny, and absolutely gorgeous!!! It felt like 26 degrees when I went out for my run, so I was actually able to break out my winter running gear! Haha I was a little bit too stoked about that. πŸ˜‚ Yesterday’s Run was supposed to be an easy one, since I am still getting over a cold, but my legs felt speedy and I just kinda went with it. Oh man, it was probably one of the most fun runs I’ve done in a long while. If this is the kind of weather I get for my half marathons (although a little cloud cover would be nice for those) I’ll be the worlds happiest camper!!

It was actually colder this morning than it was yesterday! Woke up to the high 20’s and there was frost on the ground! I honestly cannot tell you the last time we got frost in October! The last several years have brought some really warm falls, so I’m crazy excited that so far this one has been pretty chilly!

While it was colder this morning it did warm up a little bit faster than yesterday and I got out for my run a little bit later. That’s not a big deal though and one of the reasons I love this weather! I can run comfortably at any time of day and not feel like I’m having a heat stroke. πŸ˜‚ Seriously, summer running is crazy hard for me and something I really struggle with. I’m so glad that it’s over! 😊😊😊

Anyway, today’s run wasn’t as glorious as yesterday’s. I was feeling a little bit sluggish and had to take a snack break about halfway through. πŸ˜‚ The weather was still really nice though!

So yeah, I’m currently a very happy camper! It’s looking like the weather is going to stay this way for a while which is great! I’ve got another big long run on Saturday and the nice weather will make it just a little bit more enjoyable. πŸ˜‚

Anyways, that’s all for now! Luke and I are about to go get us some groceries!

Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

Happy Thursday everyone, and welcome to another edition of me rambling on about things that are going on in my life! πŸ˜‰

Okey dokey, this Thursday has been quite eventful! So let’s just start with the very first thing that I experienced today and the one thing that is a slight bummer; my big, Brahma chicken Jethro is definitely a male. I’ve been kinda suspicious about it for a while, but he started crowing today and that pretty much confirms what I basically already knew… And the reason that’s a bummer is that he wasn’t supposed to be male. The hatchery we got them from sexes them, but obviously accidents happen and we just got unlucky. So unfortunately Jethro might have to die. We just can’t have a rooster. Roosters tend to be kind of loud. Plus we don’t want any fertilized eggs. Obviously we’d gather them everyday, so the likely hood of ending up with chicks would be super small.Β  But still…So yeah, bummer.

Haha but go figure the most friendly and social chicken is a male. Usually roosters are giant assholes. They can get crazy aggressive and will attack people. A lot of my dad’s roosters did. Have you ever been stabbed by the little spur things some breeds of roosters get on the back of their legs? Because I have and it’s not pleasant. πŸ˜‚ But Jethro is a different breed than those chickens were, so that might be why he’s not so aggressive. Plus he’s still pretty young so that could be it too.

So all morning I’ve been texting my dad and husband about what the best course of action would be. Luke seems to be a bit on the fence about it, but my dad and I think butchering him and having him for dinner is the best course of action. Especially since he is still young, so his meat will be nice and tender. The only problem is that can get really messy and we have neighborhood children to consider. Back when we lived on a farm we would just chop their heads off. I suppose that’s a bit graphic, but it’s effective. So I’ve looked into ways that involve less mess and I’ve found one that I like. But for now, Jethro’s fate is still undecided.

Since I was dealing with that this morning I ended up getting out a little later for my run. Not a big deal though, because the weather has been crazy nice! We literally just switched from summer to fall over the course of a few days and it’s been fantastic!!! The last couple of years we’ve had super warm falls and the weather would kind of switch back and forth from being cold to warm, but always staying more to the warmer side, but so far that hasn’t happened yet! I’m really hoping for a cold fall and winter! It feels like FOREVER since we’ve had them or a decent amount of snow.

Anyway, I’ve definitely been enjoying the nice weather! The only problem is that I get a little bit too excited and then end up going to hard. And that’s what I did today. πŸ˜‚ The plan was to do 3 easy miles to loosen up my sore legs, but that didn’t happen! I mean, the 3 miles did, but not the easy part. It was fun though. 😊

Once I got back from my run I had a huge ass box waiting for me on my front porch! Earlier this week my mother-in-law was going through all of her Halloween stuff because she’s trying to down size, so she sent me a bunch of it! She sent me some super cool stuff and I’m very stoked, so of course I had to start decorating today. πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸπŸ–€

I started inside the house. This is actually the first year we’ve had indoor Halloween decor so that pretty freaking sweet!

Once Luke got home we moved onto the front yard. He set up a little cemetery with skeleton flamingos and I hung up all of the fake spiders/spider webs. We haven’t hung up the ghosts, bats, or lights yet though. Luke wants to pick up a few more things and then we’re gonna finish decorating the yard tomorrow. I’m pretty excited with how everything is looking and I’m definitely looking forward to getting a few new spooky things!!

Luke’s mom also sent him a super spiffy Michael Myers mask. How sweet is that?! We want to build a scarecrow, get a mannequin head thing, put the mask on it and then use it for the head. How cool would that be?!

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While we were out decorating we had Lily and Dean hanging out in the front yard with us. Finn is still too young and excitable to have that privilege, but he’ll get there before too long. πŸ™‚ I very much enjoy the fact that we’ve taken the time to train them and can now trust them to hang out in the front yard like this. A lot of people around here don’t and just let their dogs run around in the street or chase people and it’s super annoying. I get chased by dogs while I’m running all of the time and it’s no fun. But this is an example of a proper way to do it. My dogs are trained to stay in the yard. They don’t chase after people, cars, or other dogs. They can sit, stay, down, and come immediately. And the one who could potentially be a problem is kept inside or in the fenced in backyard. It’s not that difficult and I can’t even begin to fathom why the loose dog problem in my neighborhood is so freaking bad…but oh well. It’s not my dogs that are an issue.

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Alrighty, I guess that’s all for today! Tomorrow is a rest day for me, which is good because we’ve got errands to run and then more decorating to do! And then on Saturday I’ve got a 13 mile long run on the scheduled. That should be fun!

But for now, happy Friday eve!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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August 27th, 2018

Around this time of year the sun shines through the trees right into our backyard in the morning and I think it’s super pretty. πŸ™‚ I’m gonna have to start eating breakfast outside, just for the views.

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Honestly I’d be much more inclined to eat outside in the morning if it wasn’t so freaking out out. At 7:00 this morning it was 80 degrees out and by 3 pm it was 92 but it felt like 100. Yuck. So yeah, I probably should have gotten up earlier to run this morning. I woke up at 7, but I probably should have been up at 5. That would have at least made my run for today a little bit more enjoyable.

The plan for today was 4 easy miles. Mission accomplished!! But since it was so hot out I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish anything other than an easy run today. I know I complain a lot about the heat, but it’s mostly because it’s just so damn frustrating! It slows me down hardcore, and that’s saying something because I’m already a super slow runner. It makes running much more difficult and I usually end up feeling drained, tired, and exhausted for the rest of the day after a run. Summer is just not for me, my friends. My body does not react well to hot weather.

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That being said, today’s 4 miler wasn’t really too terribly bad. It was hot and humid and slow, but it wasn’t too miserable, all things considered. For going on 3 weeks now Rancid’s album Indestructible has been the soundtrack to like 90% of my running haha. But since I’m currently very much into that album right now it definitely made my run a little bit better this morning. πŸ™‚ But it’s supposed to be even hotter tomorrow morning and no amount of good music is going to make that better, so I might just end up doing my interval workout on the treadmill. That thing has come in very handy this summer and I am eternally grateful to my sister for giving it to me!

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Anyway, lucky for me I still have half of a watermelon in my fridge and literally nothing is better than cold watermelon after a super hot run! So refreshing! So tasty! Watermelons are probably my favorite thing about summer! Haha I don’t even bother slicing them or cutting them up or anything. I just scoop the flesh right out of the rind. My preffered method of doing that is with an ice cream scoop (because bigger bites, duh πŸ˜‰ ) but a normal spoon works just as well. πŸ™‚

 

After my run I did a little bit of strength work as well. I wanted to do at least 30 minutes but I made it through 15 haha. I was completely dead after running in the heat this morning. Who’s bright idea was it to only ever run fall half marathons? Because a good majority of training for them happens in the summer. Maybe I should aim for a spring one next year. The only problem with that is that I’m terrified race day will end up being warm and I’m obviously not a fan of that. Oh man, honestly it’s probably a good thing that I always aim for fall races. That pretty much forces me to run in the summer and I need all the motivation I can get to run when it’s hot out.

Anyway, I’ve spent a good majority of my day searching for one of my favorite t-shirts. Have you ever had one that was just super comfy and fit you super well and that you absolutely love? Yeah, that’s how I feel about this one, but dammit if I can’t find it anywhere! And I’ve looked in some weird places. Sure I started out with the obvious ones, my closet, drawer, and the laundry room. But eventually I resorted to under my bed (and we don’t have a bed frame so I literally had to lift up the mattress and box spring), behind the dresser and my nightstand, under/between the washing machine and dryer, and under the couch. But nope. Nothing… It’s very sad really and I have no clue where I could have left it. I just noticed it was missing because I almost exclusively wear tank tops in the summer, so who knows when I actually lost it. Sad face. Haha but on the bright side, I cleaned pretty much everywhere I looked! You would not believe the amount of dog hair and dirt that accumulates under my couch in just a few months. I should probably clean under there more often. πŸ˜‚

I also had some more chicken drama today. It can get pretty windy here in Kansas. Especially in the spring and fall, and the wind has definitely been picking up lately. This afternoon it was particularly bad. So bad that it literally moved the dog kennel around the chicken coop back a couple of feet, and somehow while that happened two of the chickens got out. Luckily they’re pretty easy to catch and they never go far, so I was able to get them back to where they belong pretty easily. But since the wind was still blowing the dog kennel around, I put them all into the actual coop so that couldn’t happen again. Luckily that is too heavy for the wind to blow around, so it wasn’t going anywhere.

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You can see the line in the grass where the kennel used to be and obviously the pool used to be inside of it. The wind moved it pretty far!

So when Luke got home from work we set to work, anchoring the dog kennel to the ground, so this whole situation wouldn’t happen again. We had some little anchors that Luke hammered through the very bottom of the chain link into the ground, but we didn’t think that would be enough, so he also put in a post to help keep it in place. Then we made a few adjustments to the tarp situation, and now we thing it should hold up better in the wind. πŸ™‚

The tiny raptors were very happy to be let back out. There isn’t a lot of room in the inner part of the coop for all 8 of them. That’s part of the reason we built the whole dog kennel set up thing. Plus as long as it’s not being blown around by the wind, it gives them a little bit more protection at night or if we’re not home to keep an eye on them.

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But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today!

Your hot and sweaty friend,

~Ashley

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Long Run and a Hill Workout

Well, we’re back to this again…

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I got really spoiled by the really nice weather we had last weekend and earlier this week. But all good things must come to an end and the cooler, rainy weather did yesterday. Bummer. But we’re getting really close to the end of August and the first day of fall is about a month away, so hopefully the summer weather wont be around for much longer!!

Anyway, now that it’s all hot and gross out again, I really regret not running on Thursday haha. I took a rest day because I was tired, but oh man I should have just sucked it up and gone for a run anyway. It rained almost all day and it wasn’t crazy hot out. I did take a nice long walk with Dean though. That was nice. We like the rain. πŸ™‚

 

So since we are getting closer and closer to fall, I’ve been keeping and eye on the weather like a crazy person, just hoping and praying that we’ll start getting little hints of fall soon and that summer doesn’t hang around for too long haha. Since I’ve been doing that I knew that this weekend was supposed to be really hot and humid again. So on Thursday night I made kind of a last minute decision to do my long run on Friday, instead of on Saturday like I usually do. So at like, 9:45 that night (which is only 15 minutes before we go to bed haha) I started rushing around and getting stuff ready to go for the next morning. I like to have my coffee maker prepped, have an idea what I’m going to eat for breakfast, and my gear all in one place, the night before my long runs. Any other run I don’t make this much of an effort to prep for, but I like to be ready for when I run long haha.

The plan for this week’s long run was 10 miles but that didn’t happen. I got pretty close though. While the weather on Friday was still better than it was today, it was crazy humid, hazy, and hot out. And I made the really bad mistake of not drinking enough water before or during my long run, I didn’t fuel during my run, and I had no form of electrolyte replacement. Those are all things I need to function during summer long runs, so by mile 6 I felt like I was dying.

Luckily mile 6 happened when I was about a mile away from home, so I got to close to 7 by the time I made it back and once I did I grabbed some cash and ran to Casey’s (it’s less than a block away from my house), bought a couple of Body Armor’s (it’s my new favorite sports drink! So much tastier than Gatorade), ran back home, and proceeded to chug one whole bottle of my sports drink. Oh man, looking back now, it’s a really good thing I went back home when I did. I don’t think it would have ended up well for me if I didn’t. Anyway, I really didn’t want to go back outside after that, so I hopped on my treadmill and did a little over a mile. Just enough to hit 8 miles for the day, and then I called it quits. There’s not doubt in my mind that I would have been able to finish out 10 miles if I would have hydrated and fueled better, but hey, we all make mistakes. And 8 miles in the heat and humidity almost counts for 10 anyway. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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You can literally see how hazy it was in this photo. It’s not edited or filtered or anything. Gross…

While I didn’t quite accomplish my goal yesterday, I’m still glad I decided to switch my long run and hill workout. It was even hotter out today, without a single cloud in the sky, and of course we had another heat advisory. But earlier this week I had already decided that I was going to do this week’s hill workout on my treadmill. It’s actually super convenient because I don’t have any hills nearby that take me 6 or 8 or however many minutes my training plan calls for me to run up, so the treadmill kinda solves that problem! The only downside to doing a hill workout on the treadmill is that there is no downhill haha. I like the reward of being able to coast downhill after a hard climb up, but on a treadmill the most you get is totally flat. Which still isn’t bad, I just think running downhill is fun.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I killed this workout or if this workout killed me. Every inch of my body was dripping with sweat by the time I was done. It was pretty darn hard, especially after my run yesterday, but I still feel like I crushed it!

 

Afterwards while I was laying on the floor with my legs up on the wall my doorbell rang and I answered looking like this…

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Sweaty, smelly, and wearing clothes that did not match at all because I threw on the nearest shirt I could find before I opened the door. Haha it ended up being one of the election candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives. I guess she was going door to door to talk to people today and while she gave me her whole spiel she kept looking at me like I was a crazy person. It was pretty freaking hilarious. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Honestly when I went to answer the door I figured it might be one of my neighbors. One of them currently has his truck parked in our driveway because he’s re-doing his, so I thought he might want to ask if his cousin who’s there helping if he could park his truck in our driveway too, or something like that. He know’s I’m a runner and is very used to seeing me run around the neighborhood and being a sweaty mess so I didn’t really thing anything of it but nope, it was someone out campaigning. Haha I thought it was really funny though. I don’t think she expected someone that gross to open the door.

Oh man, sometimes it’s just little things like that that make life great. πŸ™‚

Anyway, earlier this week the wonderful people at Rollga sent me one of their Rollga foam rollers and their Activator thing, and those got here on Thursday. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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You can check out Rollga’s website here!Β 

I did a little bit of rolling with them that day, but I’m thinking I’m going to get super duper acquainted with them tonight! I could really use it!! Plus not gonna lie, even though I’ve only used it once at this point, I think this might be the best foam roller I’ve ever used! I really like the way the groves in in kinda cradle your muscles. It’s fantastic. I haven’t exactly figured out the Activator yet, but I’m gonna work on it!! It looks like it might end up being pretty darn useful.

(Friendly reminder that I’m not trying to brag or anything, but I did get these recovery tools for free. I’m not getting paid or anything and wasn’t obligated in anyway to talk about or promote them though, so I really do mean what I say. Just trying to be 100% transparent and real here. πŸ™‚ )

Anyways, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Until next time,

~Ashley

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Rain, Running, and Steaks.

It’s been raining on and off for almost two days now and it’s been fantastic!! And when it hasn’t been raining it’s been cloudy, which has been nice. It’s been a crazy dry, sunny, and hot summer here in Kansas and we’ve needed a break from it!

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The only problem with the rain and cloud cover we’ve been having is that it is super humid and sticky out. Still a huge improvement from the weather we’ve been having though. Plus it’s cooled off quite a bit. The highs have been in the mid to high 80’s and that’s supposed to go down even more next week. Yay!!

Haha and the only reason I’m bringing all of this up is because it makes running so much more enjoyable!! On Monday I did my run when it was sunny and probably around 74 degrees out and it felt terrible haha. But yesterday it was cloudy and drizzling when I ran and that made it sooo much better and totally killed my interval workout! Now that I’ve gotten a few of those under my belt they are starting to get more fun. Still hard though, but honestly that’s what makes interval workouts fun. They can be really hard if you want them to be. And yesterday I did. My goal during yesterday’s interval workout was to hurt. Mission accomplished. Haha oh man, I feel like all runners have a little bit of a sadistic streak in them. πŸ˜‰

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4 miles. Interval work. Drizzly weather. Sweaty bangs. Tuesday was a good running day. πŸ™‚

Yeah, wanting to hurt and successfully hurting was all fun and games yesterday, but today, well, not so much. Today my legs were sore, tired, and running was not so fun. But I mean, I’d rather have my speed workouts feel good and be fun and then have my easy days feel harder. It’s a lot easier to actually do an easy run when your legs are tired haha! At least I think so. πŸ˜‰ And I did do an easy run today. Although it felt more like a 3 mile slog through cold molasses, while breathing in air that felt like it was more water than oxygen. But it’s done now and my legs will probably feel better tomorrow because of it. πŸ™‚

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At least I hope they feel better tomorrow. I’ve got another 5 miles to do and then I get a cross-train day on Friday, so at least I’ll get a day off from running before my long run on Saturday. πŸ™‚ But aside from my legs feeling tired from my interval session yesterday (which I mean, they should. πŸ˜‰ ), I’m feeling pretty good! Tired. But good. So far half marathon training feels like it’s flying by. Sure, I’m only into week 4, but it still feels like it’s going fast. That being said though, I think I’m going to dial things back just a little bit next week. I’m not feeling terrible or anything, but since I keep describing myself as “tired” I feel like my body probably needs a little bit of a chance to adjust to my training and the increase in mileage I’ve been doing. Hopefully that’s all I need and I’ll be able to ramp things back up the week after that. But like I said, I’m still feeling pretty good! No illnesses or injury, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent. Or at least minimize. More likely than not I’ll end up with a cold at some point during cold and flue season, but that’s nothing I wont be able to handle.

But anyway, all of this training has had me craving red meat. That’s a pretty unusual development for me. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan or anything, but I’m really not a big meat eater either. That’s why I’m not a huge fan of grilling season. Everyone is always grilling up a bunch of meat and I get really tired of it really fast. But oh man, yesterday I just needed some kind of meat. Preferably from a cow. So for dinner I cooked up some steaks we had in our freezer, that we got from a local butcher shop like, a month ago.

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Yeah, this was exactly what I needed! I actually ate a whole on for dinner last night (again, pretty crazy for me) and then half of one for lunch today and I’m probably gonna eat the other half for dinner. πŸ™‚ I’ve yet to perfect the art of cooking steak, but these did turn out very well! I let them cook on a skillet for about 4 minutes, flipped them for a second, and then finished them in the oven for about 7 minutes. They were seared really well, but still nice and juicy and a little bit pink in the middle. I think I left them in the oven for a minute or two longer than I should have. I would have preferred a little more pink, but still, they were delicious!

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We’re gonna have to go back to that butcher shop soon. They are a little more expensive that just getting meat at a grocery store, but it’s worth it! Their meat is so much better. Plus the people who work there are pretty awesome. They have big bulk deals every month but they’ve let us sub out certain cuts of meat for others a few times now and I thought that was pretty cool. In my experience, small, local places are usually better than big, chain stores. Plus I just like the way a good butcher shop smells. Haha it reminds me of deer season and loading up my dad’s cows into his trailer and fresh venison and beef. Those were some good times. πŸ™‚

Anyway, is anyone else super stoked that August is about half way over and fall will be here soon (there are 38 days until the autumn equinox, but who’s counting? πŸ˜‰ )?!? I’m so ready for fall to get here! Hahaha I’ve pretty much been over summer since it started, but at least the weather has been improving a little bit.

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Anyway, that’s all for now!

Your hot and sweaty runner friend, who is dreaming of chilly, rainy, fall runs,

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: July 9th-15th, 2018

Woohoo!! I was back at it this week! πŸ™‚

Well, kinda haha. I didn’t get as much done as I probably should have, but I still ran, and did a little bit of strength training, and stretching, and that’s much better than nothing!

And Good thing too! Because this week was the last week before our little family trip to Branson, Mo. I’m not sure how much running I’m going to be able to get done while we’re there. Luckily we won’t be gone for long. We’re leaving tomorrow morning and will be driving back home by Friday, so it’s nothing too crazy.

Monday:

  • 4 treadmill miles
  • 13 minutes of yoga

Kicked off the week with 4 miles on the treadmill! We had anther air quality alert from Sunday-Monday evening, so I figured it was best to do my run indoors. Had a little fun with this run and did kind of a ladder workout. Increased my pace incrementallyΒ  going up and then back down. It was actually a lot of fun!

Is it just me, or has this summer been particularly brutal?!? We’ve been getting heat and air quality warning like crazy here in Kansas. Hopefully the next 3 months wont end up as more of the same…

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Tuesday:

  • 3 more treadmill miles
  • 15 minutes of strength work

Tuesday brought another heat and air quality advisory with it. So another treadmill run was had. Haha Luckily Luke and I have been going for short little walks in the evening. Obviously that’s not gonna be the same as the pounding I’d do while running on the asphalt, but at least I’m still spending a little bit of time out on the roads. Photo is from the night before on one of our walks, because running on the treadmill doesn’t exactly come with very exciting views. πŸ˜‰

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 15 minutes of pilates
  • 10 minutes of stretching

The heat warning continues!! I didn’t think it was safe for me to run outside and IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to get on the treadmill again, so no run for me on Wednesday. Did a few other things in place of running though, so there’s that!

Haha so, since it’s been so hot out I’ve been having to keep ice in the chicken coop to keep them cool! They do not like being so hot, so it’s been kinda hard on them. But they’re doing ok. Every couple of hours I have to run out there, change their water, and give them more ice.

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Thursday:Β 

  • 3.33 treadmill miles

More time on the treadmill. Fun! πŸ˜‰ I just kinda hopped on with the intent to see just how long I could stay on. Apparently the answer was 3.33 miles. About then I was absolutely dying of boredom. Haha but at least it was something! Thursday night Luke and I went on yet anther little walk around the neighborhood. It was hot, humid, and gross, but still kinda nice. At least the sunset was pretty. πŸ™‚

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Friday:

  • Did lots of work in the garden

So, yet another day without a run, but I was still pretty busy!! I spent quite a bit of time weed eating in and around the garden, pulling weeds, watering the plants, pruning back my tomatoes a little bit, and then picking and washing tomatoes and a few zucchini. Oh and did I mention it was another crazy hot day? Haha because of course it was! We are in desperate need of some rain and a break from all of this heat…

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Saturday:

  • 3 miles

Oh hey! I ran outside on Saturday!! It was the first day in like, 3 weeks I think, that we haven’t had a air or heat warning and the first day in forever where the high was only 85. Crazy stuff, man! So obviously I had to get out while the weather was a little more decent! Unfortunately it was still pretty humid and I only ended up making it 3 miles before I felt like death and had to quit. Haha the humidity and heat just saps everything out of me…But I ran outside and I was still very happy about that! Even if it wasn’t a good run.

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And then FINALLY, Saturday afternoon we had a little thunderstorm roll through! It rained for a little over an hour and then stayed cloudy for pretty much the rest of the day which was great! WeΒ reallyΒ needed the rain and a little break from the sun. It was fantastic!! But unfortunately it’s not looking like we’ve got much of a chance of that happening again anytime soon. There’s supposedly a few chances for more rain next week, but they’re really low; 30 and 40%. But hopefully that will change and we’ll get more rain. It’s been terribly dry and hot here and we need as much rain as we can get! Even if it does make the air more humid. πŸ˜‰

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Sunday:

  • 2 miles

On Sunday my mother-in-law, her two kids (haha obviously Luke is her kid, and so is my brother-in-law. And obviously they are my brother and sister in law as well, but really I just consider them to be more of my brother and sister. Haha it’s just that our family, especially Luke’s side, is really big and gets kinda confusing and I don’t want to have to go over all of that on here. That is a lot of long stories that are not mine to tell. So, for all intents and purposes, this is what I’m going with hahaha), and her boyfriend stopped here on their way from Minnesota, which is where they live now, to Branson, MO. They didn’t stay long, they just wanted to take a little pit stop on their way there, and we’re gonna be there on Monday anyway, so it’s not like we’re not going to see each other again for a while. So they just kinda hung out for an hour or so and then hit the road again.

And once they left I did too! But on foot. πŸ˜‰ It was yet another super hot, super humid day, but I wanted to run outside again, so I did 2 easy miles. Well, they were slow anyway. Haha they sure didn’t feel easy! But I know it was good for me. Doing tough summer runs like that is only going to make fall running (and hopefully training for and then doing those two half marathons is two days) that much more enjoyable!

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Total weekly mileage: 15.36Β 

Meh, that’s not that great. But honestly it’s a lot better than I thought I was gonna do, so I’ll take it!

Anyway, I spent a lot of time yesterday packing for our family trip and today I’ve finished that up, gotten all of the animals situated, and took care of everything in the garden that I had wanted to do before we leave. So we should be good to go! Tomorrow morning we’re going to drop the dogs off at the kennel, which is going to be terrible and heart-wrenching and I’m not looking forward to it. Every other time we’ve ever gone anywhere we’ve either been able to bring the dogs with us (can’t do that this time. The owners of the cabins we’re staying in don’t allow pets), they’ve stayed with my mom and dad or Luke’s dad, or someone has been able to stay at home with them. But this time we couldn’t do any of that. So a kennel it is! And my family owned a kennel, I grew up working in it, so I know they’re gonna be fine. It’s just that they’re gonna be so sad and confused because they’ve never been to one before and they’ve never been left alone with people they don’t know (except for Dean who got neutered and had to stay at the vet over night, but that was the only time). They’re probably going to whine, cry, be pitiful, and not eat the whole time they’re there and like, think we’ve abandoned them or something. And that just makes me sad haha.

Obviously it works for some dogs. Sure, they miss their owners, but they’re friendly, like other dogs and people, and think they’re just on some fun adventure. Like I said, I worked in a kennel, I’ve known many, many,Β many,Β dogs like that. I’ve also known dogs like mine who don’t particularly like other dogs or people (it’s just a border collie thing. They have their family and they don’t care about anything else) and don’t understand why they’d ever get left behind. Dogs like that tend to be a pain in the ass at a kennel and don’t eat. I hope they don’t cause too much trouble. My dogs don’t listen to people the don’t know/like, so that could be a problem…but I just kinda foresee them being sad and pathetic the whole time they’re there and that just kinda makes me sad haha.

Like with our Florida trip last year, I’ll probably be posting our adventures here everyday. Not sure how that’s all gonna go down since Luke and I are really tight on cash right now and after gas to get there and back we’ll only have about $200 while we’re there.Β  So we probably won’t be doing much…

Anyway, I hope you had a fantastic week and are staying cool! Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

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