Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Miles In 30 Days - September

September was a tough but FUN month for me. I looked at my calendar to realize that my first half marathon is coming up in November and it's time to seriously focuse on running! No more skrewing around, it's time to start running daily!!
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-RACE RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-

No races, and I'm ok with it. Since I'm pushing for my half marathon I knew I wouldn't be running as many races this year. But with all these fun fall 5k's popping up it's really tempting to sign up for a few!!


-MILEAGE RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-

Holy moly I hit the jackpot this past month!! I realize that I haven't ran that much this summer with activities and work going on but when I really look at just how much I ran in September I'm totally amazed and proud of myself. I have NEVER ran that many miles. Ever.

Soooo, imagine how delighted I was when I pulled up my daily mile log, entered in my miles and saw that I had run my highest mileage month to date since I started logging all my miles. And not only did I go over and hit my high but I also blew it out of the water. 

From what I can see it looks like 37 miles is the highest I've ever ran in a month, I high 67.1 this past month according to my RunKeeper App! Yes! Party time! I get to indulge and buy new workout gear for myself as a reward!! ;)

But in all seriousness, this was such an inspiring thing to hit. I've been working my butt off trying to throw in higher mileage runs and seeing the numbers crunched got me excited to continue to push myself for higher numbers and bigger goals. I worked hard, I ran almost every day and really focused on my distance skills.

This past month I also really focused on my sprints. I realize my strides suck as a runner and the only way to get better is to practice. So with a little "pep talking" from my running app and following a first marathon outlined workout schedule I'm learning to run a few miles then work on sprints. It's tough but I honestly can feel that I'm doing better about stretching out when I run.

Annnd, I started really working on hills. I've been babying myself and only doing flat ground but something clicked and I realized that not every race will be ideal "Kelsey Perfect" running conditions so I'm trying to get outside of my comfort zone more. Again, work in progress but I'm getting better about it!

My long runs used to consist of 3.5 miles, now they're doubled and I'm seeing number around the 6ish mile mark. Pretty exciting and moving to think my body will allow such a crazy adjustment in a short thirty days already!!


The picture above is from my Daily Mile account, it's showing miles per month breakdown. Pretty crappy looking summer wouldn't you agree?! The month of January it's crazy to think I ran almost as much as the other warmer months... Weirdo!


-INSTAGRAM RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-


1. Heeeelp! What's your favorite pre-workout formula? Mine is #NLAuplift and it's yummy, but i must warn my snapchat friends of the monster that is created once I start chugging... It's just so good! If you want a good laugh add me, @kuwkels on snapchat.

2. Lookie I found a new highway to run on! Clatonia is a totally new territory for me but I'm kinda digging it. The little down time between volleyball games is great to get a quick three miles in. Not gonna lie the hills were rough, but it's back to volleyball games now!

3. Black Friday! So I decided today should be black out day for my run. Sounded like a good idea, mainly because I'm mourning the fact that it was my first day of needing to switch to workout pants instead of the ol summer shorts. Ready or not fall is coming! Life seems so much simpler when I have time to think while our running. :)

4. Yup, pretty much mad and angry all at once! Don't worry, I finished up the run, but was feeling defeated and disappointed as I cursed the last half mile. #suckit

5. Unfortunately, this "run off the pain" dealo didn't work this evening. I guess when my workout schedule calls for a rest day I should listen next time! #wecantstop

6. Don't mind the shameless mirror selfie, but I've been watching a lot of Sex & The City lately and I'm obsessed with Sarah Jessica Parker! Today my hair is just screaming Carrie Bradshaw and I'm not complaining one bit. :) #sex&thecity #obsessed

7. My shirt says, "I don't sweat I sparkle" Well, today I was extra sparkly from my run! But the sunsets always make the runs seem so much easier. Today was also a record breaker for steps power day according to my phone. WooHoo!


-WORKOUT ROUTINE FOR SEPTEMBER-

This isn't the one I follow but it's fun to find some new workout routines and schedules so I decided to start adding something new for you. You know, just in case you're looking for something to try out! ;)
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This month rocked for running and workouts!! I'm really wanting to add a new abs/arms workout to the mix, maybe I'll work on that for this next month. Does anyone have a solid plan they're using and like enough to share? I'd love to see how you're doing!!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello my name is Kelsey and I'm addicted to....

...evidently I'm addicted to skipping out of blogging for the past two months?! #sorrynotsorry

With that being said, I'm BAAACK! Well, for now. Let's not get too far ahead of the game. I'm not making any promises to blog as often as I used to. Quite honestly, I do miss it though! 

So, my excuse for being absent? WORK. Yes, work is getting in my way of blogging and it's just plain unacceptable in my opinion. But, someone's gotta pay off the credit card bills and buy junk food to fill our cabinets. So, that's my job.

I quite my full time job back in November of last year and jumped in face first into the self-employed world. I opened up shop to my photography business Dirt Road Photography and I'm pretty dang proud of myself for making a go at it and becoming successful enough that I'm not needing to get a part time job to supplement my income (yet).

Right now I'm waist deep in editing work that needs to be finished but I'm taking a break and back-tracking to read up on all of my blog friends' posts that I've missed out on. I logged into BlogLovin and saw I had over 1,300 posts to read. Holeeee buckets people! I'm trying to catch up but it's a bit overwhelming at this point.

What else is new in my world? Well, I'm working on some projects that I'll be sharing soon I promise!! But for now, I'm still the same ol me. Focusing on longer distances for running since I've got my half marathon coming up in November. Still shooting pictures of random animals around the farm. And of course I'm fully participating in watching reality junk tv!

Until next time, enjoy my short quick update and know that I'm coming back soon :)



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wheat Harvest

The first harvest of the season is happening! 

With about 20 acres of wheat that Travis farms we made the decision to hire our neighbor to come combine it for us. We recently just purchased a new combine and instead of pulling it out, make all the adju to adjust it all for wheat we decided it was much easier to have our neighbor who also combines several acres of his own wheat to do it. Without getting too into the details our newer combine chops up the straw stubble more which would cause us to not get as good of pieces to bale with later.



As farmer's we're always looking for ways to use every last bit of the crops that we plant and harvest. Part of using everything and not letting anything go to waste is baling up the "trash" or part of the crop that isn't harvested and sold at COOP. We like to bale straw bales to use for cattle bedding and normally a 20 acre field could last us several years worth of small square bales.
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