ASHLING9's SparkPeople Blog ASHLING9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I finally broke my all time 5k PR...and yet I was still disappointed! So this past saturday was the Hot Lips Hustle 5k. It was an odd day as it was absolutely freezing. It had been cool some mornings the past week, but not freezing! Initially I was very happy about this until the race got started. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep my breathing controlled. The cold air just wasn't something my lungs were use to yet. <BR> <BR> That being said, I just wasn't very comfortable this race. I had warmed up pretty well, but the race started 5 minutes later t... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:37 EST Speed workout comparisons August 6th 8x400m with recovery being however long it took you to do the 400m in. My splits: 2:05, 2:05, 1:58, 1:56, 1:55, 1:53, 1:50, 1:46 <BR> <BR> August 13 8x400m with recovery being half the time it took you to do the 400m in. My splits: 2:01, 1:57, 1:55, 1:52, 1:51, 1:53, 1:50, 1:41 <BR> <BR> Sept 11 (today) 8x400m with 3 min recovery. <BR> My splits: 1:47, 1:45, 1:42, 1:42, 1:41, 1:38, 1:38, 1:37 <BR> <BR> Granted the recovery times were different with each workout, I honestly don'... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:02:59 EST A serious of unfortunate events part II and race report So a quick update of my continued random bad luck. In a month period I've had food poisoning, shingles and a stomach bug at the same time, and now a horse fly bite that has left me with an allergic reaction and a welt the size of softball! <BR> <BR> That being said, I had a 5k race this past weekend. The night before was the first night where I felt good from my shingles/stomach bug mess. I made a night of decision to race. Of course I woke up at 4am and I think my body wanted to get rid of ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:09:14 EST Race recap and more Over the weekend I ran the DI Dash 5k benefiting Children's Healthcare of America. Despite the very challenging hilly course, I was very excited because I hadn't raced in 3 weeks and I was able to train relatively healthy! <BR> <BR> I do say relatively due to the fact that the whole week leading up to the race, I felt like I was slowly catching a cold. My runs were good, but I didn't feel 100%. The night before my race I ended up going to bed at 8:30 because I was so dizzy and light headed. ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:33:47 EST Yay for more group runs So yesterday evening I got to run with the BPRC Marietta group. I've only ran with them on the morning track workout, but you're not really running together during that workout. I ran with the BPRC Kennesaw group last Tuesday so I thought I'd change it up a bit and see my options. Better yet, last evening was a poker run. You get cards at certain check points and whoever has the best poker hand wins. (My poker hand got me 5th place and a $20 gift card to the running store. SCORE!!) <BR> <BR>... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:59:41 EST "You know, you're better than the average runner" A very happy TGIF to all! <BR> <BR> I was feeling a little pooped yesterday. My sleeping has been sub par. I get sleep at night, but then I wake up in the very early morning anxiously and violently tossing and turning. On top of that, the days just seemed to be getting away from me. The week had gone by so quick and I hadn't seen my boyfriend all week and WE LIVE TOGETHER!! He has been working odd hours and then went to a baseball game with his friends on Wednesday. I was a little pouty abou... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:23:35 EST Back to back group runs? I don't think I've ever been so excited about running before. It's always been a form of cross training, but the more consistent I get and the more progress I make, the more I crave it! <BR> <BR> In Georgia, we have a chain of running stores called Big Peach Running Co. I believe there are 4 locations and they all have group runs during the week. I am very fortunate to work in the middle of TWO of the locations!! <BR> <BR> I went to a group run at both locations this week. Yesterday there w... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:40:34 EST Restless mornings and group runs Just a random blog to sort out my thoughts! <BR> <BR> So since saturday I have been super restless in the mornings. I toss and turn all morning long. Like early morning before 4:00am and all the way till I wake up. The bf has noticed it too. I've never been one to toss and turn and I almost think I'm having small night terrors with how crazy I've been tossing. I know I'm not completely awake when I do it, but awake enough to know it's going on. I'm hoping this stops soon cause my work motiva... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:27:00 EST Healthy running a week and a battle of nutrition Happy Monday everyone! Last week was a really good week for me as far as running goes. I had no injuries or illness to battle with! <BR> <BR> One thing I struggle with is running had a higher pace by myself. I do most of my training by myself and for whatever reason, I always feel like I am really pushing it, but only averaging 9:30min a mile pace on short runs! My 5k races are at a 7:45min a mile pace, I should be able to train better than that!! I have added one group run to my training an... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:23:16 EST My priorities are changing... First off, I would just like to say I had an amazing few hours with my best friend yesterday evening. We hadn't hung out since the beginning of May and we really need to put a stop to the seeing eachother only once ever 3-6 month bit. <BR> <BR> On another note, I've realized that my priorities and passions have changed a bit. With starting running again, racing local races, and training for a marathon, I've realized that running has taken priority over skating. <BR> <BR> I never thought thi... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:46:03 EST Wounded Warrior 5k Race recap & Cramping problem solving Happy Monday - it's already going by very fast! <BR> <BR> This past Saturday I participated in the Wounded Warrior 5k. I got 3rd in my age group which helped make up for the fact that it was one of my worse times of the year (but still only 6 seconds slower than my time on the same course a month ago). There is just something about that course that just does not produce good times for me and I run it 3 more times this year!!! <BR> <BR> Mile 1: Felt pretty good, but of course it's because i... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 14:14:41 EST The final verdict from my doctor.... Food poisoning! Which is originally what I had thought. I was glad it was something that wasn't contagious. Also since it was the 6th day I had it, I knew it would be gone soon enough (The doctor was surprised it had stuck around for so long). The one thing I had issue with was that the doctor didn't recommend anything for me to do other than wait it out. <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropractor immediately after and she recommended that I triple my probiotic which made perfect sense. You got to... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:25:22 EST Got my test results back... and nothing. For all intent and purposes, I am completely healthy and fine. But that being the case, why do I feel so terrible? This dizziness, nausea, and lack of appetite is not normal. <BR> <BR> I very well may never go to the doctor again. It's just so frustrating. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:05:18 EST The worst feeling is not knowing what is wrong. I'd like to start off by saying I hate going to the doctor. I feel like every time I go to the doctor I leave with no more information as to what is wrong. If the answer isn't black or white, doctors just tend to send you on your way. I haven't been to the doctor for a very long time because of this. <BR> <BR> Well yesterday I decided to go. I've been feeling very dizzy and heavy headed and even feverish at times. The one thing that threw me into alert was the lack of appetite. I had absolut... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:33:39 EST Back to back race and the stomach flu? So last time I posted, I mentioned doing back to back running races on Saturday. Starting with a 10k and ending with a 5k. On Friday I started feeling ill and had some stomach issues. By Friday evening I felt better and didn't even think about feeling ill the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning comes a long and more stomach issues. Apart from those issues, I felt okay and didn't think running my races was going to be much of an issue. <BR> <BR> I wanted to start the 10k off slow and... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:16:48 EST Group Runs So this year to celebrate running again, I've been entering several races and even started training for a marathon a couple of weeks ago. With training for a marathon, I was afraid that my 5k race times might slow down a bit since most of my training was going to be at marathon pace. So I decided I needed one day of training per week that focuses on speed work. <BR> <BR> The only issue with this is that I'm not very good at speed workouts. My specialty is endurance and not speed! And sometim... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:50:19 EST Real compliments vs. Back handed compliments For the last 2 months, I've finally maintained my goal/ performance weight. The weight at which I feel the best and compete the best at. (That being said, I'd still like a 6 pack <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Despite this, I still feel a lot of negativity. I get the "you're so skinny" "you're like a size zero" "I'm sure you've been naturally skinny all your life" "have you ever weighed over 90 pounds?" And it's the tone that spits negativity. <BR> <BR> For one, I wear a size 7. My ass and leg... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:27:40 EST Race Recap and The Official Start of Marathon Training Yesterday I ran the Summer Steamer 5k and finished at 24:28. I won my age group, was the 7th overall female finisher, and finished 38th out of both guys and gals. <BR> <BR> I was very nervous about the race because I only got one run in all week on a tuesday. After falling on my knee twice and having a really hard run that tuesday, my knee started killing me. I could not get the swelling to go down and I was really concerned I did something to it. I wasn't going to race except for that I ha... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:53:37 EST Beasted my run yesterday... So as anyone who follows my blog knows, I've been having a rough week or two with injuries, illness, and work. Yesterday I did not wake-up for my morning run and circuit training because I felt awful and drained. I felt awful for most of the day until I medicated my headache with an ice pack and felt ten times better. I decided to go to a group strength class after work which is always a good class. I almost stayed for zumba too, but then it dawned on me...if I feel like I am up for doing zum... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:34:40 EST My body is not liking me very much... So on Sunday I had another skate fall and it was another situation of someone not paying attention and knocking me over. I landed on my same knee I fell on before and landed on my ankle. Nothing too serious, but my body is certainly feeling it. After the fall, I just felt terrible the rest of practice. It does not help that my allergies have been crazy. I took 2 allergy pills on friday and passed out for 11.5 hours. My body obviously needed the rest and I felt better for about a day before st... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:30:03 EST A serious of unfortunate events this week This has been quite the week..let me tell ya! <BR> <BR> First off as far as work goes, this is the closest I've been to just wanting to walk out. We had 3 files closing this week which normally I'd be grateful for, but it was with our worst, slowest, and incompetent client we have. I was ready to go nuclear on anybody that made eye contact with me! In addition to work... <BR> <BR> Tuesday - I busted my knee at skate practice. (Fortunately, despite its ugly appearance, it is already starting... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:58:29 EST Skating accident I think I jinxed myself. Things were just going too good...something bad just needed to happen. Yesterday night I took a tumble over a fellow skater and landed all my weight on my knee. I don't know how bad it is. I keep going back and forth between "this doesn't feel that bad anymore" to "My knee is really bugging me". I think it's somewhere in the middle, but I get that feeling in my gut that there's going to be a small amount of pain/annoyance for a little while. The last time I fell like ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:59:14 EST July is a big month! That is right, July marks a very big and exciting month for me. <BR> <BR> July 14th I have a 5k running race. I've had a few weeks off from racing and I am itching to get another in! <BR> <BR> July 15th is the very exciting date that marks the first day of marathon training!! I am so pumped and ready to accomplish this goal of mine! <BR> <BR> July 27th marks my first 10k race since running again. I've actually only raced two other 10ks before so this will mark my third ever! <BR> <BR> Ove... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:57:30 EST Life Update So my attempts at being non-compulsive and only blogging every now and then, has led me to never blogging. I figured it was time for an update! <BR> <BR> I got a lot of new going on in my life! I have officially started running again. I have ran three 5k and have placed in my age group all three races and even place in the top 3 overall females in one of the races. I am less than a minute away from my college 5k PR. I've been going to the chiropractor weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) to keep adj... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:07:17 EST 10 Things that make me feel good Stealing this idea from my fellow bloggers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381307 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380439#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> 1) My new strength training routine has me working out less and yet I'm getting better results <BR> <BR> 2) Strength training has made me feel strong and now I strive to look toned and strong instead of rail thin <BR... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:28:26 EST Since when is a size 7 considered big?? So I was shopping yesterday and I overheard a guy getting help from a female employee. He was trying to figure out what size sweatshirt to get his wife and he was trying to compare his wife's size to this employee. Though kind of creepy, I felt bad for the employee because she was all of 4'8'' and his wife was nearly a foot taller. Seeing that I was listening, they both looked at me and I caved and helped the guy out. <BR> <BR> They both said that I probably resembled the wife more and compa... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:55:36 EST "Babe, you look toned...and not in a beastly kind of way" This is what I was told yesterday and I was quite pleased. I do not work as hard as I do and train like I do for satisfaction from others, but it is nice when my efforts and success are noticed by other. I know I've been feeling good with the work out plan I've been doing and it's good to know that I'm looking good too! <BR> <BR> This morning was the first morning I didn't wake up early to do my workout. I've been battling food poisoning since saturday night and the food poison won this morn... Wed, 8 May 2013 12:15:00 EST Living in a non-compulsive world... So the last time I posted a couple of weeks ago, I talked about breaking away from some of my compulsive tendencies. This included counting calories both in and out, blogging, and daily challenges. <BR> <BR> Overall, I feel quite successful so far. I still workout every morning religiously, but I don't count calories. Some of the workouts I do may not burn a lot of calories, but by not keeping track, I don't stress myself out to make an afternoon workout. If I get one in, great..if not, wel... Mon, 6 May 2013 14:27:53 EST It's okay not to be perfect So being in the real estate law business, this last week of the month is a really busy one for me so I havent been on here much. Not to mention, I am trying to break some of my obsessive compulsive tendencies which includes feeling like I need to blog every day (and calorie count like I had blogged about before). <BR> <BR> It's just so much my personality to obsess on things. It's the perfectionist in me that just needs everything perfect. Yesterday I was going to blog about my skate race th... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:48:07 EST I don't want to count calories anymore I want out! I simply can not do it any longer. I am compulsive by nature and this counting of calories is starting to become compulsive in a way that is making me anxious! I have gotten in the rhythm of knowing my body these last few weeks. I know when it needs food and I know the healthy options I can give it. Any binge type behavior has stemmed from not replenishing my body when it needed it. I started getting compulsive over my daily exercise challenge of jump rope, squats, and planks. I g... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:23:18 EST Happy Monday Morning! Oh does the weekend just go so fast!! All in all I had a pretty good weekend. On friday I went to a mew group fitness studio to take a zumba class with one of my favorite instructors. She's gotten even better since the last time I took her at a different studio. Not to mention I just fell in love with the atmosphere of the studio. The people were all really nice! Plus it would be great to make 5:30 classes and still get home at an early hour! After I got home from zumba, we went out to eat at... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:50:55 EST Another fast work week... Geez, it's Friday already! The work week goes fast when you're always super busy! <BR> <BR> I realized something yesterday. I'm losing my sweet tooth! I decided to go to Cold Stone yesterday because I haven't gotten real ice cream in YEARS. I got the medium sized bowl even though the small would have been fine (it just looked so small!) I finished it and wasn't out of this world amazing. Usually eating quality ice cream would send me on a binge, but it just didn't do it for me. And then late... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:52:05 EST Something's Missing! So in the attempt to let my blister heal, I decided to do insanity yesterday evening instead of skating outside. It was a pretty good workout, but I could tell my legs were tired from previous workouts. No big deal. My issue though, is that the last few weeks, whenever I do an intense workout like insanity or long distance outdoor skating, I feel miserable as soon as I stop. I feel fine during and I am in very good shape so it's not that. I feel like I am going to faint and puke. I've even be... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:15:14 EST Happy Hump Day Can you believe it's Wednesday already???! I cannot! But no complaints here :). Yesterday was a pretty busy day. I worked overtime yesterday and only had a little time to relax until having to pick up my boyfriend's brothers for skate practice. Skate practice was pretty good. I feel really strong lately! I am having some equipment issues and that dread infected blister from October is making an appearance again! Nutritionally was a pretty good day for me. I found myself hungry a lot which mak... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:52:03 EST No binge here! So I got to do another quick blog post as today's work day is very busy, but I am focused and ready to take it on! <BR> <BR> So yesterday got a little frustrating at work. There's still a level of organization the office needs to reach and I got to remember that there are new changes in the office and sometimes that creates a little unorganization at first, but it will get better. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I played with the puppies for a min and then went for a 45-50 min skate. I felt real... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:16:17 EST Very nice weekend I was very excited for Friday as it was the first full week of me being the only paralegal in the office and it was very busy. I did celebrate a little bit that night at Chilis. I was good nutritionally all day until this dinner, but I am not dwelling on it because I'm starting to really see improvements. My weekend as a whole was much better nutritionally than it's been in a while! <BR> <BR> Saturday I had a two hour skate practice on the new floor and new wheels and it was awesome!! I felt... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:04:52 EST Quick quick Entry and a little TGIF So today's entry is very quick because I have a ton to do at work and who really wants to work overtime on a friday!? Well not this girl! <BR> <BR> So yesterday was an okay day. I finally caved and went on a candy binge last night. I think part of this is because I've been exercising every day, but stay on the low range of my calories per day. I think my body was just hungry and I took it out on the candy. I'm okay though. This binge was different. I didn't really enjoy it and even though th... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:47:20 EST Morning Workout Streak So far I have worked out every morning this week and it feels great! I've been doing the Beach Body Brazilian Butt Lift workout (and no I'm not trying to spot reduce, I just like the workouts). I don't think it is a major calorie burner, but I think it's a good 'I haven't woken up yet' type workout for the mornings. And I still get my sweat on to so it's not a bad workout! <BR> <BR> I also got in the Pure Cardio Conditioning Insanity video yesterday afternoon. It kicked my butt! It's the mon... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:21:06 EST My own room! So I moved in with my boyfriend and his dad quite awhile back and even though I moved in, I never called it my house. I always still called my parent's house, my house. I always kind of felt like I had to tippy toe around and I never felt comfortable exercising in the house. I just find it weird exercising by myself in someone else's house. <BR> <BR> However, last month, when me and my boyfriend decided not to move yet, we worked out an agreement with his father to split the housing costs t... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:09:30 EST Some amazing things are happening! Things are clicking and all at the same time for once! So after a long weekend of binging on candy and still having a ton of candy leftover, I decided I would limit myself to one serving of candy a day. It's the perfect amount because if I limit myself too much, I'll just binge on it. With one serving, I can have 5 mini reese cups. I can feast out and have them all at once or I can spread it out throughout the day. So far I've had them all at once almost like a mini-binge. And you know what..... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:54:00 EST No case of the Mondays here! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and for those who don't celebrate, a wonderful weekend! I'm actually have a pretty good day. Not because I was good this HOliday weekend because I was NOT! I grazed on candy ALL weekend. But I am in the a good mood because I feel like I am going to get a hold of it and also because my exercise routine is becoming more consistent. I've gotten rid of the excuses, I've gotten rid of the anxiety of someone seeing or knowing I'm exercising, and I've gotten over... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:53:37 EST TGIF! So today was suppose to be my last day of work, but as I mentioned yesterday, I have been rehired and big changes are supposively occurring starting next week. I'll believe it when I see it, but it's worth riding it out a little bit as I have no fallback job at this point. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Zumba and it started off pretty good, but then I started feeling a strong sense of fatigue and ended up getting sick afterwards. Not sure what is going on, but if I am getting sick, I just ne... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:58:39 EST Blog Hiatus I miss one day of blogging during the week and I feel like I am on a blog hiatus! That being said, I just had a really busy stressful work day. I ate all day, but mainly healthy stuff and still did okay nutrition wise. <BR> <BR> Me and the boyfriend started insanity yesterday and it was great! I've done insanity twice through and have done many videos of it here and there just for fun. My boyfriend has never done it before and I was very excited to see how he was going to react. It def kick... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:27:19 EST A so so kind of day... It's just one of them "meh" kind of days. I think it has something to do with this being the third night in a row the puppies and chihuahuas have kept us up all night. They have never been this bad before. I had to sleep on the couch yesterday just to get away from it...and the couch is not comfy! <BR> <BR> I believe the dehydration from Saturday kicked in yesterday as I felt very ill for a good portion of the day. Luckily, I am starting to feel much better! I've taken it pretty easy since ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:48:57 EST 72 miles skate for freedom Typically on Mondays I will update everyone about my weekend and what I ate and just the typical kind of things. Today I JUST want to talk about the event I participated in called the 72 Miles for Freedom. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was a little nervous all week to skate in this event because the forecast called for heavy rain all weekend. I should mention that it is very difficult and very slick to skate in the rain. Saturday morning came along and it was... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:34:23 EST Busy busy day! So the day has gotten away from me at work and now I do not remember what I was all going to blog about! Hate when that happens! <BR> <BR> None the less, I had a pretty good day yesterday. I went over my calorie range yesterday after eating a banana. I can't really beat myself up over that, I could have had the peanut butter crackers I wanted instead! I also did an insanity video called max interval circuit. It was 60 min long and I felt really good doing it. I know some people are not big i... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:33:42 EST Good things to come? So yesterday was a pretty busy day for me. It was going pretty well for me and I was on schedule to leave work early at 4:30 and make it to the zumba class I wanted to go to. That was until my co-worker left work early (after coming in late) and one of us has to be there till 5. I was very angry and took my rage out on 420 calories worth of swiss cheese. I did regain my composure and went home at 5. My alternative workout was to go skate. But I wasn't really feeling it. I had a tough indoor s... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:31:39 EST An odd sigh of relief Yeah yesterday for like the 5th day in the row was bad nutritionally. My problem is if I start the morning bad, I set myself up for disaster. Luckily, today I started the morning off great and I'm off to a good start. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty well rested even after a late skate practice. Practice went very well for me. The only problem is the skating socks I orders are way too thick and so now I got to see if they will priority mail me the right size so that I have them for my 72 mile skate o... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:10:34 EST Late start today... My nutritionally disaster of a weekend continued to monday and even a little bit today. I am hoping to stay within the high side of my calorie range today. I had a late start to work today. I woke up for work and just couldn't do it. I went back to sleep for a little bit. I got up and did a 30min Nike Training Club workout called "sweat + shape." It was a really good workout although the shoulder I separated last summer is acting up really badly. This workout was rough on the shoulders so I d... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:37:35 EST Need to get my weekend nutrition together! So from a nutritional stand point, my weekend was a nightmare. I def need to get control of this. It did not help that my boyfriend's dad's girlfriend brought a bunch of leftover cheese burgers from some party. And then my mom knew we were coming on sunday and bought cookies and ice cream. I just really want to get to the point where these temptation don't send me crazy. Where food is a normal thing that I eat when I'm hungry and I don't have to sit there and count calories. I want to get to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:52:12 EST