Pain is temporary!

Current Music: Serena Ryder – What I Wouldn’t Do

I really haven’t been doing much, hence the lack of posting.  As I said last time, when D is gone I don’t do much.  Luckily he is coming home tonight for a few days… before he is gone again.  I did get all caught up with Glee.  Nothing wrong with finishing four years worth of tv in two weeks or so, right?

I went for my (actual) final long run on Satuday before my race this Sunday!  I did just over 10 miles at an 11:19 pace.  I am SO NERVOUS for my race.  Training was going so well until Saturday, and since then I have been having a little pity party for myself.  Why, you may ask?

I have a pain in my leg.  It seems to be more in my hip flexor.. Maybe?  I am new to all of this so it’s only a guess, but I had a slight ache at the end of last week but I didn’t really think much about it.  I have been very cautious with my training when it comes to running.  If I felt like I needed to take a few days off in between runs, I took them.  I didn’t incorporate much strength training in between, however, and I think that is my downfall.  After my long run on Saturday, it was no longer an ache but full out pain.  It didn’t bother me while I was running, but it was once I drove home and I was walking up the stairs of my building that I realized I may have just did something really stupid.  I have been cursing myself ever since.

I streched lots, took a really cold bath after my long run, and I have been continuing with that ever since.  I went to the gym yesterday and used the elliptical for 45 minutes, pain still there.  I decided to try the treadmill this morning to see how it went.  Let’s just say it didn’t go well.  I could barely run a mile and then I stopped and did some light weights to strech it out a little more.  It hurts when I put weight on it.

After my cold bath (I just make the water as cold as it will get and then sit in it, no “ice” bath for this girl) and more ‘As if’s”, I decided to put the negativity away and stop worrying about it.  While that is sometimes easier said then done (especially with the constant reminder every time I step on it), I finally realized that it doesn’t matter.  I am still really hoping to run this half marathon this weekend, but if I end up having to drop out of it, who really cares?  Sure, it’ll be a huge blow to my ego, but really, when I started all this six months ago I could barely run a mile let alone 10.  What an accomplishment to even get that far.  There will be more races to sign up for, the season is only just beginning.  I took a giant leap when I committed to this race.  I spent a good three weeks going back and forth with myself on whether I should even set a goal that was quite possibly so far out of my reach, but I committed.  I could have easily signed up for the 5km or 10km race, but I was determined.

My fingers are still crossed.  My leg is going to heal.  I will ice it and take it easy from this point on and we’ll see how I feel when I wake up on Sunday.  Enough with the negativity, I have amazed myself so much already, so now we just wait and see.

I made these last night to satisfy my (never ending) sweet tooth, only I had to use a mix of dark chocolate and white chocolate chips because I didn’t have enough dark chocolate. This is probably my fourth time making them since they are so easy to make. Cookies typically burn when I bake them, even if I am watching the oven like a hawk, so these no-bake bites are perfect.

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You have to try this & the last LR before my race

Current Music: Glee – Red Solo Cup

Hi there!  

I hope your Sunday has been awesome so far!

Mine has been pretty low key, but I have no complaints there.  D has been away for work the last few days, and he probably won’t be back for another week and a half, so it’s been pretty quiet around these parts.  I stayed home last night and watched Silver Linings Playbook and a couple of episodes of Glee.  I only recently got into Glee when I saw it was on Netflix, but I am addicted now.  Better late than never!  I have gone through the episodes embarrassingly fast, but there’s no shame here.  Also, has anyone tried a Chocolate Peanut Butter Drumstick?  Um.. go out and find one if you haven’t yet, because they are amazing.

Anyways, I only have two weeks to go until my first race/first half marathon, so I decided today was the perfect day to take my final long run.  I like doing my long runs on Saturday’s, but yesterday was a drizzly, windy day outside and so I wimped out of going, so I was mighty thankful that today was the perfect running temperature.  I did just over 8 miles at a 11:42 pace.

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Yea, I’m definitely no speed demon.

I felt pretty good during this run.  I went to my regular trail in the river valley, lots of little hills and a couple BIG hills that just killed me.  I used up so much energy the last mile or so because of this one long, steep (to me) hill, it was such a relief to be done.  I hate hills!!     The trail I run will be part of the half marathon course, so once I started running it and realizing just how hilly it was, I changed my goal from finishing in 2:30 to just plain finishing.    This is my first race, I’m allowed to change my goals halfway through, right?  Like I said before, it was a beautiful day out:

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I fueled my run with citrus and strawberry Clif Shot Blocks.  This is only my second long run that I have fueled with them (I previously used raisins and Swedish Fish, haha), but I do feel like they work.  I think I took three in total, at miles 3, 4.5, and 6 maybe?  I also use this Camelbak on my runs, which I absolutely love.  I used to run holding a water bottle, but I love having my hands free now.  My only complaint is there is no front pockets to store anything, only a small zipped pocket in the back that requires taking the  bag off to grab anything in the pocket.  Not a big problem for me since I take many walking breaks so it doesn’t hold me back much, but if I was on a roll and needed to grab some fuel, it’s pretty inconvenient.

Anyways, it’s time to make something for dinner, and I am missing valuable Glee time, so until next time!  

I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where it starts

Current Music: Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up

A fresh, new blog…My least favourite thing!  I have anxiety over starting a new journal or blog simply because of this first page.  I’m never quite sure how to make it perfect.  Yes, feel free to call me crazy.  

Allow me to introduce myself-my name is Ashley and I am..not sure where to begin (still).  I wrote a short bio in my about me section, so I guess you could get the quick lowdown there… Now, I will give some quick facts about me so you get the gist of who is behind this blog:

  1.  I live with my boyfriend Derek and our cat, Trixie.  D and I have been together for six years now!  I never imagined being in love with someone for so long, but I think I found myself a keeper.   We’ve  survived a cross country move and a lot of time apart due to his job, but we make things work and he puts up with all my crazy (and trust me, there is a lot of it).
  2. All my family is living back in Ontario.  My parents just plain rock and are so supportive.  I talk to my mom nearly every night (unless they are off on some wonderful vacation, as they both just retired less than a year ago..Jealous!!).  They gave me two of my best friends, my older sister and younger brother.
  3. I love music.  I don’t have a favourite genre, I can appreciate it all.  I love music that gets me motivated to get my butt moving though!  With that said, Britney Spears is my girl, but please don’t judge me for that!! 
  4. I have struggled with my weight for years now.  I love my (bad) food, what can I say?  I lost all the weight a few years ago, but since then it has crept up again!  That my folks is what happens when you stop exercising completely and eat everything in sight..
  5. That is why running came back into my life… But I have been training for my half marathon since December and I haven’t really changed my eating patterns all that much, so I haven’t lost much weight.  I just want to finish this half marathon, I’m not really worried about losing the weight.  Food comes first (kidding, sort of)…
  6. Our cat, Trixie, is the first pet I have ever owned, and we got her when her previous owners abandoned her.  We’ve owned her for a little over a year and she is a sassy, independent suck and I can’t imagine life without her now.   She loves being in the car and spending time outdoors.  She hates nearly anyone else that enters our apartment, but has so much love for D and I.  She’s spoiled.
  7. My favourite food is probably pizza.  We order it far too often, and if we aren’t ordering it I am making it homemade.
  8. And ice cream.  If it was socially acceptable to eat ice cream for dinner (and breakfast and lunch and midnight snack) then that is what I would do.
  9. The above two facts most definitely explain my weight issues I spoke of above.  
  10. I was addicted to Diet Coke.  I’ve only had one can in at least two months.  I still don’t drink nearly enough water, but the first step is admitting you have a problem, and then baby steps from there.  Right?
  11. My original goal when I signed up for the marathon in June was to finish it in 2:30, but since I have trained on the course a couple of times and realized how hilly it is going to be, at this point I just want to be able to cross that finish line.
  12. I miss my girlfriends from back home terribly.  I have had the same group of best friends since kindergarten, and I miss them in my life so much.  
  13. I love travelling.  Small trips, big trips, don’t matter, sign me up!!  I get stir crazy if I am at home for too long.  To me, the biggest perk about living in Alberta is being in such close proximity to the Rocky Mountains.  I live in Edmonton right now but I have always said that if I don’t live in the mountains before I move back to Ontario that would be my biggest regret.
  14. My birthday is November 28th.
  15. I love taking pictures, but hate being in them.  Eventually I will get some photos posted to this blog…

Okay, that’s all I’ve got.  That’s as interesting as I can make myself sound.  Fail!

Anyways, that’s it for now.

Big hugs! 

(Yep, I’m suuuper cheesy, clearly).