Month: March 2014

Random Ramblings

Just to give everyone a little insight into this INSANE week of mine, I’d like to share that so far (Monday-Wednesday) I’ve already worked 39 hours. THIRTY NINE HOURS. Crazy crazy Ashley.

I truly feel that I’m a thrive-under-pressure kind of girl. For some reason, the busier I am the more motivated I am to squeeze in even MORE. It all seems a bit backwards to me, really. But this week I just feel very Go! Go! Go! and at the same time quite put together. For the most part I’ve been able to get myself up @ 530a, get to the gym, home, shower, prepared breakfast, lunch + giant snack, get to job #1, straight to job #2, home, quick dinner/late night snack, sleep, repeat! It’s felt easy. Until this morning. For the first time in maybe my entire life I slept right through my alarm. Not like I woke up, turned it off and reset it for later (a semi-regular occurrence) but I woke up a solid 1.5 hours later and realized that my alarm had been going off for that entire time! Apparently I needed a little extra sleep this morning. Luckily today is my easy day so I’ll be able to squeeze in some quality time with my good friend Jillian after work! We haven’t hung out in awhile so I’m not sure how enjoyable it will be but I know I need it. Last week I ordered a new DVD, 6 Weeks to 6 Pack, through a Groupon deal (shot out to my sister for telling me about it!) but unfortunately it hasn’t even shipped yet, boo 😦

Smoothie experimentation has been going extremely well! In the blender this morning: frozen banana, frozen blueberries, fresh spinach, vanilla almond milk + plain greek yogurt. YUM.

And, for those of you who are wondering, in my mug : Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant (it’s delicious).

This morning the weather man basically promised us that this should be the end of the cold weather and I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want that to be the truth! I NEED sunlight and 60+ degree temperatures (fine, I’ll even settle for 55+). I need to run outside, I need to pack up my winter clothes and put them in the basement because I’m sick of sweaters, I need to take the plastic off my windows and be able to OPEN them! Come on Mother Nature, we’ve put up with enough of your crap! I plan on starting spring cleaning this weekend so maybe that will motivate spring to actually come.

Tell me something random about your day!

Working out the kinks

Hello and welcome to my new home! I still have (more than) a few kinks to work out, but the only way to learn to swim is to dive in head first, right? No, that doesn’t sound right. Eh, oh well.

Training Lately:
Has been going well(ish)! I’ve been great with consistency, just not-so-great with distance. The combination of my crazy work schedule and this completely unpredictable and insane weather has made fitting in LONG runs essentially impossible for me. I’m hoping that this is my weekend for a 14-miler but we’ll see what mother nature (and my work schedule) has to say about that.

New Addition:
I wish I could say a kitten (soon!) but for now the most exciting new addition to my life has been a blender. In my adult life I have never owned one! It’s never been too huge a problem (because I like my margaritas on the rocks) but with how rushed I’ve felt recently I thought that having a grab and go breakfast option would be great. I’m loving my smoothie breakfasts but could definitely use some more “recipes”, suggestions??


Going cold turkey:
I just want to share with the world that I haven’t had coffee in FIVE days. That is definitely a record for me. In an attempt to really nail down a strict schedule (the only way to survive a 75 hour work week) I realize that I need to be sleeping better. I have been allowing myself one cup of tea (green, mostly. But chai today and it was delicious). The switch to tea has significantly cut down my caffeine intake, not only because tea is less caffeinated but because I could never drink just ONE cup of coffee, and I feel like it’s making a big difference in my sleep quality. Tea drinkers of the internet, share your favorites with me!

I plan on resuming a regular blogging schedule next week. As I said, I still have quite a bit of exploring to do and I am open to any feedback, constructive criticism, tips & tricks, etc. so please share that with me!

Advice please!

I have fallen into a deep dark pit of research. As I mentioned months and months ago, I have big dreams for this little (recently neglected…) blog of mine and I’d love to make them realities! So, for all of you who have bigger and better blogs, what are you using? Where should I start? How do I make this happen?

Please help a cardio kitty out!

New shoes and 60 degree weather changes…

I finally set the time aside to visit my local running store and was extremely pleased to learn that they were having a big sale- $15 off all new shoes and a free t-shirt. I love me some free t-shirts so I was ready to shop!

I’ve been down this road before so I knew that the process of finding me a shoe would not be an easy one. I was assigned a shoe-fitter who I hadn’t worked with yet (shocking, as I’ve spent much time in this store) but was very pleased to learn that he was the owner of the store. I had no doubt that I’d be receiving great treatment. We went over all the basics- he had me stand up to check out my arches/sizing, walk around, run on the treadmill a bit, talked about what I was training for, what I currently (and have previously) ran in, etc. and then got down to business. I went through no less than 7 pairs of shoes: the new Wave Inspires (DO NOT LIKE), some New Balances, Nikes, Asics, etc. Nothing was fitting right. He brought over a second pair of eyes and they had me run on the treadmill for a bit longer (a solid 5 minutes) to really analyze my running style. They agreed that my foot strike is “unique” (another word for bad) and that although my foot shapes predicts a stability shoe with a 60% gradient my stride is already overcorrecting any overpronation and I’d probably be better suited with a 30% gradient. This all sounded kind of foreign to me, haha, but at least I remembered it!

After again reminding me that both my feet and my running style are “unique” (I get it guys!) I was handed another round of shoes to try on. I felt a lot like Goldilocks at this point- searching for my “just right”. When I put on the Saucony Guide 7s I felt like I had found it. Right off the bat the shoe felt comfortable and my foot didn’t feel like it was being forced into doing anything. 

So, there you have it! A new shoe to try. This little guy got his first pounding of pavement yesterday on a beautiful 67 degree day. We only ran a 5K so I can’t be certain if this is really the shoe for me, but we did all right. 

Unfortunately it looks like it’ll be awhile before we are out on the open road again thanks to this:

A low of 9 and 100% chance of snow. Winter, I am so over you.