Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It isn't called Super Ice for nothing & Introducing THIS IS MY JAM!!!

So - it can't be so bad if I am training hard enough to need this....

My late night friend tonight

I am certainly someone who delights in a certain amount of pain - knowing that I pushed my body hard enough to hurt a little.  So for my hard work this last week -  I rewarded myself with a SUPER ICE ice bath.  What could be better???  I was sure that it being SUPER ICE - would make it that much more effective!

Quick update on the last week of training:

-   The anti-biotics are certainly helping me reclaim my lungs.  They are certainly not 100%, but getting there.

-  I tackled a 20 mile training run with my angel of a friend Megan!!!  She joined me for 15 miles and there is no way that I would have gotten through it without her.  She took me on a new route through the hills by OHSU - KILLER hill workout.  My lungs didn't love it by mile 10 or so - but I am thinking a good hill workout may pay off in Boston. Have hea d there are a few hills - haha!

I have to say that this run reminded me of what a blessing running buddies are!  At one point on the way back - we conquered a MAJOR hill,  and Megan being the incredible encourager that she is (and having run Boston before) said "That hill is harder than Heartbreak hill and you just did it!"

-  3 mile "loosen my legs" run.

-  Lungs and legs weren't quite ready for my sprint workout today.  Got most of it in - but "almost" is never enough for my head to not spin around the  - "maybe you aren't going to be ready" thoughts.

So - ice bath to take care of the sore muscles and and for the head games.....
Remind myself to focus on the successes of this week and on to the next training run!!

One of the many motivators is music.  There is something about a good song when you need a little extra kick or a song that you have an emotional connection with that pushes through your heart and keeps your legs moving. My husband loves music (and is much more in tune with new music than me)  and often downloads new songs onto my running mix for me.  I thought it would be fun to share one or a few songs each week that are keeping me moving.  I am going to be super cheesy & call it -
THIS IS MY JAM - because this is something that my husband says when there is an awful song on & it always makes me laugh - well, not when we are getting a couples massage and he says "This is my Jam!!" (oh - yes he did that!!). - but otherwise it cracks me up.

So -  for this week:

 My Body by Young by Giant

It is so perfect for running!!  Love the beat & the chorus keeps saying:
"My body tells me NO - but I won't quit - because I want more!!"
 How perfect is that.  Certainly a great song when you are needing to keep pushing.
This is a must have for your running list & it may become your new favorite jam.

Off to get some rest and tackle a few more inspired miles in the morning.......


  1. I *love* this song, Ashley. PERFECT running song, just as you said.

    And I love the image of Andrew breaking the silence of couples massage by saying, "This is my jam." I think it's adorable he puts songs on your running mix. He's a gem!

    Feel better, strong runner. xo

  2. Great post, friend. You are so inspiring that you'd even tackle 20 miles, feeling like you have! Way to go, girl.

    I'll have to download your "jam". Your hubby is hilarious!

  3. What a great running song. I'm going to download it tonight. I need more inspiring music for my Eugene Half playlist.

    Always great to find another Oregon runner.