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Weekly Recap: February 4th-10th

Not gonna lie, this week was kind of exhausting! But like, exhausting in the best possible way!!! I’m finally feeling like I’m making some progress and getting more fit!! I’d totally be lying if I said I’ve been being patient about the whole process and I may or may not have spent some time staring at my training log wanting to cry out of frustration, but I’ve kept grinding on and putting in the work. Even when it was hard, I felt ridiculously slow, or like I was getting absolutely nowhere.

But I’m super duper excited to report that all of that work is paying of and I definitely felt it this week! And maybe I ended up going a little too hard two days in a row which lead me to skip the big strength workout I’ve been doing on Thursday’s. πŸ˜‚ That’s ok though. I’m still super happy with what I’ve accomplished this week and I’m so stoked about how strong I’ve felt!! πŸ’ͺ🏻That strength is definitely going to come in handy for the trail 10k my dad and I are doing in Colorado in April!

Monday:

  • 2 miles

I kinda really didn’t want to run on Monday. I just wasn’t feeling it…But I went out and did a couple of miles anyway! Hahaha they actually ended up being kinda speedy too, because I really just wanted to get this run over with. πŸ˜‚

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles, hill repeats
  • 25 minutes of yoga

Hit the treadmill for this one! There are a few hills nearby that I can do a pretty decent hill workout on, but honestly it’s just a lot easier to get one done on the treadmill. This ended up being a FANTASTIC workout!! It was hard, but I felt strong! πŸ’ͺ🏻 I’m definitely seeing some improvements in my running already and I’m pretty freaking stoked! 😊

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Hahahaha ok, so I actually started out this run outside! But it had been kinda rainy, icy, and misty since Tuesday and the roads were SUPER slick. Even after being salted. I made it a whopping .3 miles before I had to turn around and try to walk home without dying. πŸ˜‚

After my failed attempt at running outside I changed and then hopped on the treadmill for 4 more miles. 4 pretty solid possibly a little too fast miles? I mean, I felt really good doing them, it’s just that I probably shouldn’t have gone so hard at it the day after that hill workout. Oops.

Anyway, technically I guess I really ran 4.3 miles on Wednesday, if you count the slipping/sliding I did outside as actual running. Yeah, I’m gonna count it. πŸ˜‰

It doesn’t look too icy in this photo, but I could barely find any solid footing!!

Thursday:

  • 25 minutes of yoga

Yeah, I definitely went too hard on Wednesday. I woke up feeling exhausted on Thursday and I just knew I needed to take it easy. Luckily at this point Thursday is not a running day for me so I didn’t miss out on any miles, but I didn’t end up doing the strength workout that I’ve been doing. Kinda bummed that I missed out on that since I know that’s been a big part of the improvement that I’m feeling this week, but I also knew that I really just needed a day off from really hard stuff. I stuck to some mostly easy yoga, but there was a little bit of ab work and a few other strengthening poses thrown in there. 😊

Friday:

  • 3 treadmill miles

So Thursday night well into Thursday morning we had a crazy ice storm! Like, there was rain, sleet, a little bit of snow, and lots of thunder and lightning! It was nuts! So obviously the roads were pretty shitty on Friday. So I had to do my run on the treadmill. Not a fan, but at least I got it done!

Also, can we just talk about how crazy the weather has been this winter?!?

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

Cold and still kinda icy out on Saturday, but I still got my long run done! It was a slow one. I had to pick my way around ice and get hope out of the way of cars also trying to navigate the ice. I even had to stop a couple of times for cars. But I made it through without any incidents or close calls, so I’ll take it! πŸ˜„

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Oh man I’ve been looking forward to this rest day!! I’ve had a fantastic week and I’m feeling like I’ve made some good progress with my running, but oh boy I needed a day off. πŸ˜‚

I spent most of my day glued to my couch, binge watching Law and Order: SVU. Hahaha is forgotten how good the older episodes were and got sucked in pretty quickly. That and a couple of fetch breaks. It was a good day. 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 20.33

I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished this week! Not only did I hit my mileage goal for the week, but I got in some pretty fantastic workouts! It was a good week and I’m hoping next week will go just as well!

I’m about 2 months I’ll be traveling to Colorado to do a trail 10k with my dad. The elevation change from going from Kansas to near the mountains in Colorado gets me every time. This 10k is going to be hard, but I also think I’m gonna be ready for it!! Then in May my dad is coming here to run a 5k with me! We’re gonna have a couple of fun times together. 😁

Anyway, that was my week! Check back in tomorrow! I’ve got some exciting stuff to announce!!

Until then,

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: January 28th – February 3rd, 2019

Soooooo this was a really weird week. One day it was super duper cold and the next it was in the mid 50’s. The high for today (Sunday) is 61 degrees, and then on Monday it’s supposed to drop back down into the 30’s and with a chance of snow. Yeah, the entire Midwest is just experiencing some crazy weather right now.

Punxsutawney Phil says we’re going to have an early spring and he’s kinda right. We’ve had spring and winter all within the span of one week! Weird stuff, man. πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3 treadmill miles

Last Sunday I though that I might be getting sick, but after a good night’s sleep I woke up with a runny nose but that was it. Other than that I felt fine! So yet again I’ve avoided being taken down by the cold and flu season! πŸ˜‚

Anyway, on Monday we were experiencing wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Wind is probably my least favorite weather condition to contend with and I didn’t feel like putting up with it on Monday, so I took my interval workout to the treadmill instead.

Tuesday:

  • 4 miles

Tuesday was a gorgeous and cold day out! So obviously I couldn’t miss out on running outside! It was still a little bit windy but definitely not as bad as Monday. Legs felt a little tired, but other than that this run was great! 😊

Wednesday:

  • 45 minutes of strength training

More below 0 temps on Wednesday. So I decided to switch around a running day with my strength focused day in hopes to avoid another run on the treadmill. That didn’t end up happening, but anyway, this was a really good workout. 😁

Thursday:

  • 3 treadmill miles
  • 35 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

It was a little bit warmer on Thursday. It felt like -1 when I wanted to go out and run. πŸ˜‚ But the night before I washed all of my cold weather running gear without really thinking about it so it was still wet on Thursday morning (I don’t run my running gear through the dryer. It lasts longer that way). So that meant another treadmill run for me. It wasn’t a bad run or anything. I would have just rather been outside. πŸ˜‰

I definitely rocked out to the PokΓ©mon theme song during this run. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Luke and I were super duper busy on Friday! We had to go grocery shopping, run errands, pick up birthday gifts for our niece and nephew (their birthdays are like a week a part), we went to the mall to get treats for ourselves, and Lily had yo go to the vet. We were gone from about 8:30 am until around 4 pm with only a quick stop at home to drop off and put away our groceries.

I still managed to squeeze in a quick little 2 mile run. It was too nice outside not too!! 😁

I don’t have a photo from this run, so here’s a photo of the belly button ring I got at Hot Topic on Friday instead. 😁

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

Another relatively nice day out! It was foggy and a little bit drizzly out which of course I love!

But this run was one long mental battle from the very start. My head just wasn’t in the game on Saturday. I had to mentally break this run up into little chunks just to get through it all. But mission accomplished! I had set out to do 8 miles and that’s exactly what I did! 😁

Sunday

  • rest day

Ah, a very well deserved rest day!! 😊 Spent most of my day just hanging out at home and reading.

This evening Luke and I are going to my Brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s apartment to watch the Super Bowl and to celebrate her kid’s birthdays. So it should be an interesting night.

Total Weekly Mileage: 20

Now that’s more like it!! I finally hit a weekly mileage that I’m super happy with! Now the plan is to stick around 20 miles for the next several weeks and then build up a little bit more, rinse, and repeat!

Oh man, I sure think this is gonna be a really good year of running for me! Well, I sure hope so anyway! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Wishing you a very happy Sunday! Stay safe out there tonight!

~Ashley

January Miles and Goal Check In

It’s the last day of January! Finally!! Does anyone else feel like January was at least 25586337 days this year?? Like, New Year’s Eve was so long ago! Christmas? Ha! I can’t remember that far back!

I don’t know man, it just feels like October, November, and December just FLEW by so January had to make up for all of that. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, this super slow month brought with it a crazy snow storm, Finn and Dean’s birthday’s, a few home improvement projects, a super exciting thing that I can’t tell you about yet (soon though!), rain and ice, and now this whole polar vortex thing. Some of that definitely slowed down getting in my step goal some days (you just can’t be outside for extended periods of time when it’s below 0 out and that makes getting in steps harder), but I sure didn’t let that stop me from getting some decent running mileage in!! Heck, I ran 4 miles in the middle of the crazy snow storm earlier this month, and braved a lot of the ice, and cold, and other “bad” weather we’ve had. Hahaha that’s not really asking much of me though, I kinda love it. β„οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ There we’re some days where I just had to hit the treadmill though. Not ideal in my winter loving world, but at least I got shit done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

I ended my month with a 3 miler this morning and that brings me to a total of 69.89 miles for the month of January! I’m not quite on track to hit 1,000 miles in 2019 at this point, but I’m not too worried about that right now. I’m slowly building up and I’m pretty confident that I can hit that goal this year. 😊

As for my other goals, I’ve definitely been heading in the right direction! I’ve got done time goals that I’d like to accomplish this year so I’ve been focusing on getting stronger, more resilient, and more well rounded as an athlete. I’ve been doing some speed work yes, but right now I’m really focusing on getting stronger! And that means hill workouts and actually doing some real strength training session. So far so good!!

Kind of going along with strength, I’ve decided to work on headstands again, just for fun! I used to be really good at them but I just kinda stopped working on them for a while. Probably because I stopped seeing yoga as a way to get stronger and instead was only really focusing on the stretching aspect of it. But anyway, I’ve been practicing headstands again and I’m remembering how much of a arm/shoulder/ab workout they can be. πŸ˜‚ It’s been fun though! I’m pretty stoked to see that I haven’t completely lost my headstand skills. 😊

Like I mentioned before, some of the weather has kind of impeded on me hitting my step goal as often as I would like, but still not doing terrible at it! Hahaha honestly the dogs are the ones suffering the most in this aspect! Usually I hit my step goal pretty easily because I run and then will walk a couple of dogs. But on some of these super cold or icy days I just haven’t been able to take them out. Still though, I didn’t do too bad at this one. 😊

I use the app β€œHabitBull” to track the days o hit my step goal. 😊

Let’s see, I also wanted to focus a little more on 1 percent-ers this year. Yoga, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, things of that nature. I’d say so far I’m doing pretty well with all of that. But really I also need to focus on warming up before I run. πŸ˜‚ Baby steps though. I’ve just gotten back into regularly foam rolling this month. So one little thing at a time. πŸ˜‰ Another thing I wanted to do was focus on nutrition. I’ve definitely managed to clean up my diet a lot this month. Now I really need to focus on getting enough protein in my diet. I’m kinda terrible at that. πŸ˜‚

And last but not least, I want to successfully keep a training log this year! I kind of did off and on last year, but I definitely wasn’t consistent enough with it for it to really be of any use to me. But for my birthday in November my husband got me a Believe Training Journal and I’ve been filling that out since December! Honestly it’s a super easy training journal to keep up with! It’s super pretty and full of little extra writing prompts and whatnot. I love it! 😊

Alrighty! I believe that covers just about everything!

Wishing you a very happy February!

~Ashley πŸ’œπŸ–€

Weekly Recap: January 21st-27th, 2019

I’ve felt kinda tired and off this week. By Sunday I was definitely feeling run down and like I was right about to come down with a cold or something. Damn. Like and I had been doing incredibly well at not getting sick this cold a flu season. But I guess it was inevitable that I’d end up getting sick eventually. My immune system isn’t the greatest…

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Monday was a cold one!! Felt like 8 degrees out and was cloudy and windy. I felt kinda like Randy from A Christmas Story in all of my various layers, but at least I was relatively comfortable during my run. πŸ˜‚

I talk all about how I gear up for super cold winter runs here, if you’re interested! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

I was feeling very, very meh on Tuesday. I didn’t exactly want to run but I felt pretty decent once I got out there.

Anyway, it was drizzly and cold. Warmer than the day before though. Hahaha we’ve still got some big piles of snow, slush, ice, and mud everywhere. So it’s been an interesting couple of days. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Woke up to an inch or so of new snow!! I was super duper excited about getting another snowy run in, but my husband texted me and told me the roads were super slippery. And they were…it had rained before it snowed so there was just a nice little layer of ice underneath it all. So I took to the treadmill for 4 miles on Wednesday.

It was no fun… every once in a in a while I can get a decent treadmill run in, but most of the time treadmill running just saps all of the life out of me. But about an hour after I had finished and was laying around feeling sorry for myself and just messing around on my phone I got some really exciting news!!! I can’t tell you what yet, but I am so freaking stoked!!!!! It made my day so much better after that sad treadmill run. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„

Thursday:

  • 45 minutes strength training
  • 25 minutes yoga

Woop woop! Got a decent strength workout done on Thursday!! Then a nice yoga practice done in the afternoon, including a few headstands. I used to practice my headstands a lot and at one point I was really good at them! But I kinda fell off for a while. But I was super stoked to find out that I’m still capable of holding one for a while! I’m currently using the wall as a safety net because I do kinda fall backwards sometimes, but still, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be! 😁

Also, my watch says my strength session was 55 minutes long because that’s including the warm up and cool down. I just can’t be bothered to keep track of that and sets and whatnot. πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike

I was pretty sore on Friday! Tired too. Decided to spend some time on my stationary bike to help loosen up my legs a little bit. Mission accomplished! πŸ˜„

Saturday:

  • 7 miles

It was another cold day on Saturday! Not as cold as Monday was, but still pretty chilly! I got 7 miles in for my “long run” this week. Hahaha for me personally, that’s not really a long run. Especially since I’ve been doing “medium long” runs at 5 miles. So really I should probably be doing at least 10 for my actual long run. But oh well, still happy with my 7. πŸ˜‰

I felt pretty good for the most part! All in all it was pretty decent run.

Sunday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

I actually woke up feeling ok today, but as the day went on I started feeling a little worse. I’m tired, a little bit achy (but not from my run yesterday), and my throat has been a bit scratchy. I’ve been hoping that I’d make it through cold and flu season unscathed, but it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen.

I spent my day resting, drinking tea, and I did a little bit of restorative yoga with a couple of headstands thrown in just for fun! πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒ I’m hoping a little bit of rest will help keep this from turning into a full blown thing, but we shall see.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.10

I’m moving that weekly mileage up at a snail’s pace. But hey, a snail’s pace sure beats not moving forward at all! Or even worse, going backwards! So I’ll gladly take it!!

Slightly unrelated, but does anyone else feel like the month of January is going by at a snail’s pace as well? Like, I swear it’s been at least 3 months since Christmas, but nope, it’s been about 1. What the heck is up with that?!?

Anyway, wishing everyone a happy Sunday!

~Ashley

How I Dress For Cold, Dry Winter Runs

How do you dress for cold runs? Well, I’m not sure. But I can tell you how I do it. πŸ˜‰

Honestly I think that gearing up for any kind of weather condition is a very personal thing. Everyone runs at different temperatures and everyone experiences the elements in different ways. So while one runner might be wearing shorts and a t-shirt when it’s 40 degrees outside another might be wearing tights and a light jacket. Neither runner is wrong. If you feel comfortable then you are dressed properly!

That being said, dressing for the cold and I mean the real cold, I’m talking single digit temps here (or even real feel temperatures in the single digits) can be kinda tricky. But before we get started on how I gear up for the bitter cold I just wanted to note a couple of different things;

First and foremost the importance of moisture wicking material! It is absolutely CRUCIAL to wear materials that are going to move moister away from your skin in the winter. Being wet and cold is a dangerous state to be in. You can develop hypothermia rather quickly in very cold conditions so you’re going to want to stay as dry as possible. Moisture wicking material will help. Especially the layers closest to your skin. I try to wear only moisture wicking material, but when it’s super cold and windy out I’ll usually throw a cotton pullover hoodie on over the rest of my moisture wicking gear.

Secondly, I’ve specified dry conditions for a reason. Running when it’s cold and wet (snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, etc.) is a whole different animal. We’ve already talked about how important it is to stay dry when it’s cold out, but that’s not to say you can’t run when it’s cold and wet out. That just takes a little bit more prep, slightly different gear, and the ability and willingness to exercise caution (especially in icy conditions) and modifying or cutting your run short as need be.

Okey Dokey! Now that that’s out of the way, here is how I dress for cold, dry winter runs!!

So yesterday was a pretty cold day here in Kansas. Cold enough that even I wasn’t super stoked about running outside. πŸ˜‚ It was 22 degrees with a real feel temperature of 8, cloudy, and with winds coming in from the south east at about 16 mph. Honestly it’s the wind that always gets me. I HATE it.

But, I would most definitely rather run in the cold wind than run on a treadmill (which I am lucky enough to have as an option. I’m well aware of that fact. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜) so I decided to gear up and do my run outside! One of the most important aspects of gearing up for the cold is layers! Layers that you can take off or adjust as need be are also very helpful. But layering your clothing probably will make a huge difference in how you feel in the cold.

(Sorry in advance for the not-so-great photos. I’m working with the bad lighting in my house and an iPhone camera here. πŸ˜‰)

My layers laid out on my bed.

Alrighty, let’s start from the bottom and work our way up! I like to go with one pair of socks. Crew cut to help keep my ankles warm. I’m kinda tall so my pants sometimes don’t cover them. πŸ˜‰ In life in general my feet are always freezing, but when I run they are always hot and sweaty, so one pair of thin socks is all I need when it’s dry out.

I always go commando while running. I’m just more comfortable that way. So when the winter winds start to blow I double up on pants. At least when the temperatures are super low. That wind can really cut through a single layer and that can make your crotch really cold and nobody wants a cold crotch. πŸ˜‰ So I like to wear a pair of fleece lined leggings with with either a pair of windbreakers or nice thick sweatpants overtop.

For the top I wear a sports bra of course, followed by a thin shirt. I’m rather fond of quarter length sleeves, but a long sleeved shirt is also a good option. Followed by a running jacket. I LOVE my Nike one. It’s got thumb holes which are always fantastic. Vents in the armpits and a little bit thinner fabric on the back and under arms where most people tend to get hot and sweaty. Plus it’s a quarter zip which can really come in handy if you start feeling a little too warm. You’d be surprised how big of a difference that can make!

Anyway, like I mentioned before, on particularly windy days I’ll wear a pullover hoodie on top of all of that. It really helps keep me from feeling that cold wind. A nice windbreaker jacket would also probably help but I do not have one of those. πŸ˜‚

Then come the hat, gloves, and a bandanna that I borrowed from my dog. πŸ˜‚ So the hat and gloves are pretty obvious. Gotta keep those ears and fingers warm! I just wear cheap little cotton gloves. Nothing fancy, but they work for me. And I’m sure they’re are better beanies for winter running, but my Carhartt has never done me wrong! I know some people prefer to run with just earmuffs or whatever because a whole hat on your head does get pretty warm. I’m not a fan of just having my ears covered though so I like a full on hat. If I start feeling too hot I just take it off for a few minutes.

Now, on to the bandana! Honestly I really need a good buff or something, but I do t have one and this is what I’ve got to work with. A buff or a bandanna or a balaclava will give you some extra face and neck coverage, which can be necessary when it gets crazy cold out. You can also pull them up over your nose and mouth to give your lungs a little break from the cold air. I know some people like to run with their nose and mouth covered the whole time and I’m sure that’s pretty practical in places where it gets even colder, but I prefer to just wear the bandanna and pull it over my mouth and nose as I need it.

And last but not least sunglasses!! I actually wear my sunglasses during a good majority of my runs for several reasons. First off, my eyes are pretty sensitive to bright lights. So even if it’s cloudy out I still like to wear them. Especially if there is snow on the ground. They also offer a little more protection from the cold. Sure it’s not a lot, but it is something! Especially on those really windy days or when it’s so cold it feels like your eyes are gonna freeze.

And that’s it! Once all of my layers are on, I lace up my shoes and head out into the world ready to face the elements! Sure I feel a little bit like Randy from A Christmas Story, but hey, at least I feel relatively comfortable whenever it’s extremely cold out! πŸ˜‰

So this is what works for me on dry, windy days, when temperatures get into the single digits. As you can see, while I do have a few really nice pieces of winter running gear, I don’t have too many crazy fancy things for when the weather get crazy cold, but I am able to make it work! I do have the option of running on the treadmill but I like to avoid that whenever possible. πŸ˜‚ But obviously that’s not an option for everyone, so I just wanted to say that it is possible to get out there and be relatively comfortable even in low temperatures!

Alrighty! I think that about covers it for today! Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 14th-20th, 2019

Monday:

  • 2 easy miles
  • 30 minutes stretching/foam rolling

I’m used to going into Monday’s feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to go! That wasn’t the case this week though! After shoveling a bunch of snow and cleaning up huge tree limbs on Sunday I was feeling sore and tired! 😴 Still got out and did a couple of easy miles though. Stretching and foam rolling sure felt nice after all of that work I did on Sunday!

Oh and after my run I built a short little snowman, because why not?!? β›„οΈβ„οΈπŸ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes of Pilates
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

HILLS!!!!!! Oh man, I haven’t done a good hill workout in a while and I sure didn’t make this one easy on myself. It was hard. I felt like I was dying. My elbows were dripping sweat by the time I was done. πŸ˜‚ I got through it though! And it sure made running on the treadmill a bit more interesting.

Later in the afternoon I got a quick Pilates session on and then that night I spent some time on the stationary bike. Good times! 😁

Wednesday:

  • 5 miles

Nothing really eventful about this run. It was just 5 nice and easy miles on a cold day. 😊

Thursday:

  • 30 minutes strength workout

I said I’m trying to dedicate myself more to strength training and I’m sticking with that! Pilates is good, but this strength training session was better! Haha I’m currently using a Jillian Michaels at home workout DVD for my big strength training session of the week. Her workouts are no joke! I’m hoping that sticking with a good stench routine will not only make me a better runner, but help me survive the trail 10k in Colorado that I’m doing with my dad in April. πŸ˜‚

Unrelated but I didn’t have any other photo to share from Thursday except for this one! My husband is the best! He bought me this shirt and it makes me so ridiculously happy! Raise your hand if you get it! πŸ€šπŸ»πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Holy cow Friday was busy!! Luke and I went grocery shopping (which involves multiple stores for us), went to Home Depot, and then spend a good majority of the rest of our afternoon installing a new faucet for our kitchen sink and replacing our old garbage disposal. It was broken so nasty water kept backing up into the sink… We’ve tried fixing it before but we had finally decided that we just needed a new one. πŸ˜‚ After that fun adventure a technician came to our house to fix our WiFi. This was around 5:30 pm or so. Our internet would just randomly go out for no reason. It turns out that some squirrels had chewed some wire up on the pole. So he fixed that and replaced some wires or something in the house as well just to be on the safe side. But problem solved!

Anyway, while he was here I went out and got a quick little 2 mile run in. I wasn’t exactly planning on this, but it kinda turned into almost a tempo run. Hahaha I felt really good! I wish I wold have had time to stay out and do a little more, but I did not. Oh well, at least it was fun! 😁

Saturday:

  • 5 miles

I didn’t have time to run more the day before because rain, ice, and snow was on the way. And it did indeed come. Not much though, but enough to make the roads slick. I didn’t feel like dealing with that so I took to the treadmill on Saturday. It wasn’t fun, but I got it done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Letting all of my training this week seep in!! Spent most of my day hanging out on the couch! Resting, relaxing, and gearing up for next week!

It can be hard to take days completely off. There were a few times today where I thought to myself that I should do something. But the reality is that I DID do something. I gave my body a chance to rest and repair itself. Which is a crucial and critical part of training! Obviously you shouldn’t be a couch potato all of the time, but every once in a while it’s the best possible thing you can do for yourself! Take a day complete off every once in a while, my friends. Your body will thank you!

Total Weekly Mileage: 17.02

Not where I want to be, but I did put in some hard work this week. I got back into my regular routine, did a hard hill workout, what was basically a tempo run, toughed it out on the treadmill twice this week, and took a whole day off of everything. Also stuck with my strength training plan! I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m working towards it! 😊

I hope you’ve had a great week!

~Ashley

January 12th, 2019

Holy cow! We have had one hell of a snow storm here in Kansas! β„οΈπŸŒ¨β˜ƒοΈ

It rained pretty much all morning and most of the afternoon on Friday, but at around 2:45 pm the rain turned into snow which basically didn’t stop until after 2 pm today!

So we woke up to a bunch of snow on the ground (I’m still not sure of the exact amounts) and we just got more piled on us as the day went on! I love winter and the cold and the snow, but even I’ve got to admit that this is pretty crazy!! Hahaha the dogs are loving it though! They went absolutely nuts when I let them outside this morning!

After we had played around in it for a little bit and I had checked on and cared for the chickens, I went back inside and started getting ready to go for a run. Because you know me! I can’t resist a good ‘ol snowy run!! I have a treadmill so I could totally avoid hazardous weather like this, but where’s the fun in that?!?

Hahaha yeah, that didn’t happen. πŸ˜‚

It was CRAZY out there you guys! A snow plow had obviously came through at some point, but since it was still snowing the roads were still pretty much completely covered. The only time I acually saw asphalt was when I was running in tire tracks and even then it was still mostly snow. Luckily it wasn’t too icy out though. I was kinda worried about that since it rained a lot yesterday. I did find a few slippery spots, but for the most part it wasn’t slick at all! Although it was still snowing while I was out there, so the snow just continued to pile up. Running in the snow is fun but oh man is it hard! And it just got harder and the snow got deeper.

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But aside from vehicles, the most dangerous part of being out in this storm were the trees. All of that snow just sitting on the tree limbs is heavy. So I kept hearing a bunch of loud cracks from tree branches finally breaking and falling because of all of that weight. That actually started happening more and more as my run went on and just kept getting worse throughout the day. Seriously, it’s just been absolutely crazy out there!

Anyway, despite the obvious dangers of running in a winter storm, I had an absolute blast!! While I was out there I would stop and hop into the big snow drifts whenever vehicles needed to pass me. I figured this was already stressful enough so I didn’t want to freak anyone out anymore by just being on the road haha. One guy in a truck rolled down his window and yelled “now that’s dedication right there!” That literally made my day! πŸ™‚ Another guy standing on his porch told me it was a gorgeous day for a run. Haha I laughed and said you know it! Oh man, snowy runs are my favorite! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The original plan for today was 6 mile, but that had officially become negotiable once all of this crazy snow happened! I ended up doing 4. I felt like I probably could have managed the 6 I wanted to do, but during the last two miles of this run I saw too many tree limbs fall down for me to want to keep going. That and my feet were starting to get cold and wet because I don’t have proper footwear for running in the snow. πŸ˜‚

After I finished up my 4 mile, very snowy run, I changed out of my wet running gear and warmed up with a cup of tea and a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich (made with one of my chicken’s eggs, of course! πŸ™‚ ). Once I was warm again I took the dogs outside again and let them run around for a while. I wanted to get some of the snow off the top of the chicken coop just to be on the safe side, so I shoveled most of it off. Yesterday Luke and I took the tarp off of the dog kennel (which is what we call the outer part of the chicken coop) so that all of this snow wouldn’t pile onto it and rip it. That was definitely a good choice! I don’t think the chickens are too happy about being confined to their inner coop though. I also tried to knock some of the snow off of the tree limb that’s right above the coop because I really don’t like the way it’s looking. That didn’t work very well though, so I had to just leave it and hopefully it wont fall.

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A huge branch from the tree in the middle of our yard did fall while me and all 4 dogs were outside though. That was really scary but luckily it missed all of us! After that I decided that we should all just go in and hang out inside for a while. We all love the snow, but with all of the tree limbs coming down it’s just too risky…

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This is our peach tree. You can see how much snow is piled on it and how much it’s making all of the branches sag. 

After a while of hanging out inside I got bored. πŸ˜‚ So I decided to take Lily for a walk and see what’s going on. We didn’t stay out long though we saw/heard enough tree limbs falling, and a couple of downed power lines and plenty of power lines that were sagging from the weight of all of the snow. So while we would have liked to stay out longer, I decided that wasn’t a great idea. A couple of minutes after we got back inside another big branch broke off the tree in our front yard. That pretty much confirmed to me that we should not be outside anymore. πŸ˜‚

But we also saw plenty of people out plowing snow, clearing out driveways, pulling tree limbs out of the road, and cleaning up everything in general. It was also getting a bit windy so I’m hoping that will blow some of the snow off of the trees and power lines and that we’ll be able to spend some more time outside tomorrow! But we’ll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, I just wanted to share some of my fun, snow day adventures! Even though most of my day was spent inside wishing I was out playing in the snow. πŸ˜‚

Happy Saturday, everyone! Be careful out there if you’ve been hit with this snow storm!

~Ashley