Totally Rad Wednesday

Is anyone else a little bit obsessed with all of the gifs for the stories on Instagram? Because I kinda am. πŸ˜‚

 

 

It has in fact, been a totally rad day though! I got so much done!! Haha I still have a piss ton of other stuff I need to do though. My brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and her kids are coming over at some point this weekend (and fingers crossed my brother-in-law will finally take all of the shit that he left in our spare bedroom when he moved out 9 months ago. Oh did I mention he never told us he was moving out? He didn’t even pack up his shit or anything. Just left a huge mess for Luke and I to clean up. Which we did. We even boxed up his stuff for him.), and my house is kinda of a disaster haha. I’ve got a pretty decent start on things though! But before I got to any of that, of course I had to get my run in. πŸ˜‰

Spring has finally made it’s way back to Kansas, so oh boy is it windy! That made running a little more difficult than it normally would have been, but holy cow did I have fun! I basically did a quality workout with a couple of strides thrown in at the end and it was a lot of fun! It was pretty hard too, but in a good way and not in the I’m still sick and feel like I’m dying way, which was nice. And I am still kinda sick, but today has been a vast improvement and I could definitely tell during my run. πŸ™‚

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My peach tree is blooming and looks super pretty right now, so obviously I had to take my very Instagram-y post-run Garmin photo with it in the back ground. πŸ˜‰

It was a really good run! Afterwards I was full of energy and ready to tackle my big project of the day; cleaning out the spare bedroom. That’s where the rabbits, ferrets (although they had to be temporarily moved) live, and where we had been keeping the chickens in their brood box. The thing is, they had not been staying in the brood box. They’ve basically had full run of that room for about two weeks now. Luke and I wanted to move them out of the house and into their coop when that started happening but it was still really cold out and they were still to young to be out in the cold like that without a heat lamp or something, but if we had done that they wouldn’t of had much room in their nesting area and it probably would have ended up getting too hot for them anyway. But anyway, it’s finally starting to warm up again but more importantly they have all of their feathers now, so last night the chickens graduated to their coop.

 

 

At night they have to be locked in the nesting area (so they’ll be quite and for their own safety), so that’s where they spent the night and then this morning when we woke up Luke opened the door to the outside portion of their coop but they didn’t make their way down there until a little after 2 pm haha. But once they got down there they pecked and scratched and the dirt to their little chicken heart’s content, and once they got tired of that (and probably a little bit cold in the wind) they made their way back into the nesting area. So this transition has gone just about as well as it could have and they seem pretty happy to be outside! But that still left the spare bedroom to be cleaned…

Oh man, was is a mess in there! There was wood shavings, chicken feed, feathers, and poop everywhere. And I’m pretty sure the poor rabbits were getting annoyed with the chickens just roaming around that room. The last couple of days they had taken to roosting on top of poor Runes cage. I’m sure she wasn’t a fan of that.

Anyway, I swept, mopped, scrubbed, vacuumed, and mopped the floor again in there. I also cleaned both rabbit cages while I was at it, because why not. Haha plus Rune likes to chase the broom while I’m sweeping and weirdly enough likes the vacuum. Daisy is not a fan of either of those things though, so she stayed safely in her cage while Rune got to run around and help me clean for 2 hours hahaha.

 

Yeah, that first photo isn’t even a “before” photo. It was a “I’m almost done” photo. It was bad… Rune was having fun though haha. There is still some chicken poop stuck to the floor. Kinda gross, I know, but I’m gonna need a putty knife or something to scrape it off with, so Luke’s gonna get me one on his way home from work. Still though, its a vast improvement! πŸ™‚ I’m very glad that the chickens are finally outside in their coop. Won’t have to worry about having a huge mess like that anymore. Also, just ignore those blinds. My brother-in-law’s dog tore them up, along with the screen in the other window, because my brother-in-law just left him behind and didn’t even come get him until 4 months after he’d moved out and Luke told him he had to take him. Apparently after he abandoned his dog a bunch of people were telling him that was a shitty thing to do, but it still took him 4 freaking months to come get him…I’m just he’s finally gone. My dogs did not like my brother-in-law’s dog at all.

And just for the record, I don’t just leave the rabbits in dog crates without any sort of bedding. I keep several old sheets in their cages and the both like to dig and tunnel in them. They were just in the washer when I took this photo haha.

Another project Luke and I want to start is fixing up our rabbit hutch (it’s in bad shape so I can’t use it) and maybe even building another one. Our rabbits don’t get along so they can’t be housed together… I like being able to leave them outside in the hutch when the weather is nice, but can’t really do that at the moment. So for now the rabbits are stuck inside. Hahaha luckily they aren’t as messy as the chickens though!

Whew! After doing all of that I was pretty beat! Cleaning up the chicken mess was a lot of work and I had done a relatively hard workout before hand! So once I was done cleaning I showered, ate lunch, and took and hour long nap. That was nice. πŸ™‚

After that I worked on a few blog posts, did a little bit of yoga, and then got some more cleaning done. Not a lot, but hey, it was something. πŸ˜‰

I’m just feeling pretty great all-in-all. We’re (hopefully) finally getting my brother-in-law’s shit out of our house and finally moving on from the whole all around terrible experience of him living with us for 2 years, I got a lot done today, my peach tree is blooming,Β  I’m finally starting to get over this cold/upper respiratory thing both Luke and I have had for a week now, he says he’s starting to feel better too πŸ™‚ , and I had a great run.

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See? It’s been a totally rad Wednesday. πŸ˜‰ And I hope your’s has been too!

~Ashley

P.S.

New favorite band! πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

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Happy Marathon Monday!!

Wow! Just wow! Congratulations toΒ Desiree Linden for being the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years!! And in pretty intense weather too! Absolutely incredible!! Her win today just proves that YEARS of showing up and doing the work pays off! I’m seriously so happy for her and have all of the feels right now. πŸ™‚

 

I’ve been keeping up with Boston Marathon stuff all day, and all of the incredible athletes who ran today in that crazy weather definitely inspired me during my run today! The weather conditions here in Kansas haven’t been too bad today. Pretty cold for mid-April, but sunny and not too bad. I’m still sick though. I’m pretty sure I’m on the upswing of this illness but I’m still feeling kinda miserable. I didn’t run very much last week because of this darn illness, but now I’m feeling just well enough to know that some easy running would probably do me good.

So with all of the Marathon Monday feels fresh in my mind, I set out to do an easy 3 miles at around 12:30 this afternoon. It was not a fun run. I spent a lot of time stopping so I could couch up phlegm and blow my nose. Exciting, right? πŸ˜‰ But I set out to do 3 miles and I accomplished that goal! I was hoping I’d feel better after running, but I pretty much feel the same. Ugh. I’m so tired of being sick. But at the very least I’m not so sick that I can’t run, so there’s that.

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Another good thing to note; even though we’ve been having some weirdly cold weather in Kansas my peach tree (in the photo above) doesn’t seem like it’s doing too bad. I’m really hoping to get some peaches off of it this year! Every year it grow tiny peaches but then it drops them and starts growing more… Honestly this winter what we need to do is prune it so it stops doing that. But for now I’m just hoping it’ll actually produce some fruit!

Anyway, I suppose that’s all for today. I just wanted to share how incredible I though Des Linden was this morning and complain a little bit more about being sick. πŸ˜‰

I hope you have a great week!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: April 9th-15th, 2018

Oh man, this week started out really well! But on Wednesday I came down with a bad cold and that kinda derailed the rest of my week so that was super duper annoying… Ugh seriously though, whatever this illness was has sucked and went through really weird stages. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too bad when Luke and I originally got it, but nope. It knocked us both on our asses for several days.

Monday:Β 

  • 3 easy miles

Started off my week with a little bit of 5k action! Nothing too exciting, but it was still a nice run. πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:

  • 2 miles
  • 35 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Tuesday’s run was a little more exciting than Monday’s! Warmed up with a slow mile, did 10 reps of the cadence drill from Jeff Galloway’s “The Run Walk Run Method”, and then cooled down with a few more minutes of easy running. Eventually I’m probably going to stop doing this on its on, reduce the amount of reps I do, and use this as a warm up for speed work. But for now I’m having fun doing it on its own. πŸ™‚

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Wednesday:

  • rest day

I had started feeling kinda sick on Tuesday night, but I really got hit with it on Wednesday. Had a sore throat and just felt tired and crappy in general. So I spend the day resting and getting lots of kitty cuddles.

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Thursday:Β 

  • rest day

Still wasn’t feeling too great on Thursday. I think I was a little bit better, but not much. It was sunny and warm out so I took Lily for a short walk. Mostly because it sucks being stuck inside on really nice days, but also because I was hoping a dose a vitamin D would help my body to fight off this illness. Being sick is no fun. Anyway, I didn’t do that great of a job hydrating on Wednesday so I made a point to drink more water on Thursday. But of course I had to start my day off with some coffee, because caffeine. πŸ˜‰

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Friday:Β 

  • rest day

I had a glimmer of hope on Thursday that I was gonna start getting better, but nope. On Friday I actually felt a little bit worse. Still had a sore throat, was tired, my ears felt kinda weird, and I got kinda dizzy a few times. Still no running, but Luke, who was also sick, and I did manage to run a few errands on Friday, including taking Finn to the vet to get his vaccines up to date. Haha at least someone around here has a clean bill of health.

Oh and the Oiselle leggins that I had to order twice because the UPS lost them the first time. Literally took a month, but I’ve finally got them and I absolutely love them! They’re super comfy, fit perfectly, and have SO MANY POCKETS!!!

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Saturday:

I have no idea what kind of virus (because I’m assuming it’s viral) illness my 4 year old neighbor infected Luke and I with, but it’s been absolutely insane! For both Luke and I it started out feeling almost like an ear infection, then we were worried it might be strep because our throats hurt, our lymph nodes have been swollen, and Luke even had a fever at one point. Luckily that didn’t last longer than a few hours for him. And Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I hadn’t experienced any kind of runny nose, congestion, or really much coughing or sneezing. But on Saturday I woke up with some insane chest congestion and a bit of a runny nose. I’ve officially banned all sick children from my house. I hate this so much. And it all would have been prevented if my neighbor would have just kept her sick kid at home.

Anyway, I’ve slept terribly the last couple of nights, and I didn’t even get out of bed until 9 am on Saturday. That’s pretty absurd for me, but I’m just so tired from being sick and not sleeping well. It’s pretty terrible. But when I woke up with chest congestion I knew I needed to get a few easy miles in to help clear me out a bit. Running usually does. So I did two slow, miserable miles on Saturday. They were not fun haha but I think they helped.

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Sunday:

  • rest day

Ugh ugh ugh ugh ugh. This illness came, knocked both me and Luke on our asses and has pretty much kept me (not so much him though) there pretty much all week. It’s super fucking frustrating, especially since it all could have been avoided if someone would have kept a very sick and very contagious child at home. Really I’m just pissed that my week started out so freaking well and was going in a great direction and then that all came to a screeching halt when I got sick and could barely stand up for an extended period of time, let alone run.

Luckily I did wake up this morning feeling better. I think I might be on the upswing of this thing. I’m coughing/hacking/sneezing out all sorts of nastiness so that’s probably a good thing. All that coughing isn’t good for getting a restful night of sleep though, so that’s not helping my absolutely wonderful mood. But anyway, rest day today because Sunday is always a rest day for me anyway, and I figured another day of rest would do me some good. Spent the day feeling sorry for myself, getting involved with all of the hype surrounding the Boston Marathon (hey, it is our Super Bowl, right πŸ˜‰ ), eating nutritious food, doing some light house work, and dying part of my hair purple again. I’m hoping I wake up feeling a lot better tomorrow, but I guess we shall see.

Total Weekly Mileage: 7.11Β 

Oh man, that number makes me very sad…But there are some illnesses that you can run through and some you cannot, and unfortunately for me this one has been the latter. I’m obviously not happy about it, but I can’t do anything about it but continue on with training once I’m finally well again.

I hope you’re week has been great and that you’ve been healthy and happy!

Good Luck and have fun to everyone running Boston tomorrow! You’re all rock stars and we’re all rooting for you! πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ¦„

~Ashley

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Thursday Things

My dad signed us up Tuesday, so there’s no turning back now! This November he’ll be running his first half marathon and I’ll be running two half marathons in two days! That should be an interesting experience!

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I think I’m up for the challenge though! Plus its pretty darn exciting that my dad and I are doing another race together and the fact that this will be the first of hopefully many half marathons that he will run! πŸ˜‰ It’s also pretty exciting that I have someone who actually wants to do these things with me! Not gonna lie, for the most part I do prefer to run alone, but I’m always open to run with other people anyway! Especially my family!

So like I mentioned on Monday, he’s been gearing up in preparation for half marathon training! On Sunday he got himself a legit pair of running shoes, an r8 roller, a bunch of Honey Stinger waffles, and a pair of compression socks, and on Tuesday, along with registering ups both for the Gobbler Grind, he got himself a Road ID (which I think is one of the most important pieces of gear you can own. I’ve got a whole post about what they are and why I think they’re important that you can read here πŸ™‚ ) and a bunch of badges for it.

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So he should be pretty much set! Plus he has the added benefit of being able to talk to someone who’s done the whole half marathon thing, has been running for almost 5 years, and who is always reading, listening to podcasts, and talking to more experienced runners about the subject. Lucky him haha! Aside from all of the various resources I’ve mentioned I’ve been pretty much on my own with the whole running and half marathon-ing thing. Maybe one day I’ll hire a coach. At least that would take a lot of the guess work out of it. But I do kinda like flying solo. πŸ˜‰

As for me, well, I’m not too worried. At least not yet haha. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be able to pull off this stunt and when I do I’m pretty sure that’s just gonna be even more justification to myself that I absolutely need to run a full marathon, probably next year. πŸ˜‰ But we’ve still got a ways to go before we get anywhere near that territory.

Anyway, I’m a little bit annoyed right now. Earlier this week my neighbor let her daughter come over while she was really sick. Literally the first thing that kid said when she walked through my door was “I have a really bad cold.” Yup, after she said that I knew I’d be getting sick…and now, of course I am. It was really bad yesterday, but I seem to be improving a little bit today. My throat is pretty sore though and that’s super annoying. Plus I’ve been super crazy tired, so I didn’t run yesterday or today. I figured it was probably best to let my body rest.

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I’m annoyed though because now Luke has also come down with it and had to come home early from work today. All of this could have been prevented if my neighbor would have just kept her kid at home. Or at least would have told me that the kid was sick when she asked if she could come over, because then I would have said no. Don’t get me wrong, I like my neighbors and I really don’t mind that her kid comes over all the time. She likes to hang out with me and play with all of our animals. But I don’t exactly think it’s cool to be sending your sick kid to someone else house so that she can infect everyone else. Like I said, now both Luke and I have it and it fucking sucks..

Especially since it’s really nice outside right now and there is a bunch of stuff we need to get done for the garden, the rabbits, the chickens, and whatnot and this evening would have been a good time to get a start on some of that because Luke doesn’t work tomorrow, but now we aren’t going to get a chance to take advantage of that or the nice weather (it’s supposed to rain on tomorrow, and then get kinda cold again on Saturday and Sunday) which sucks. I don’t know man, obviously I don’t have kids, but if I did I don’t think I’d be sending their sick asses around to infect the neighbors.

So yeah, did a whole lot of nothing yesterday. This morning I walked Lily since it was crazy nice out and I figured getting a little bit of vitamin D might help my situation a little bit. I’ve also been trying to drink more water today because I didn’t drink much yesterday. It’s super hard to motivate yourself to drink water when your throat hurts. Which is weird because right now cold stuff seems to be making my throat feel a little better, but I still don’t feel like drinking water. Haha bodies are weird. I’ve also been making a point to eat super well today. Trying to get lots of nutrients in to help my body fight off this thing as quickly as possible. I’m already tired of all of this “resting” nonsense, but I know I’ll probably get well faster if I do it. I just don’t really do the whole sitting around doing nothing thing well. Especially on really pretty days like today when I’d rather be outside.

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Oh well. I can’t do much about it now, aside from what I’m already doing. Hopefully this illness wont stick around for too long because both Luke and I are already very tired of it haha.

Oh, but possible on the bright side, my Oiselle pocket jogger capris should hopefully be getting here tomorrow! There was a whole freaking debacle about that haha. I had originally ordered a pair on March 16th, but long story short, the UPS lost them and it took them 3 weeks to figure that out. Yeah, that was super annoying. But Oiselle’s customer service is pretty great and they refunded the order right away after the UPS officially declared them lost or whatever. So I re-ordered them last Friday and hopefully they’ll actually get here this time. If not I’m gonna have to make a point to not order anything online that ships via the UPS. This isn’t the first time I’ve had issues with the UPS but it’s been the worst by far. I really really want to try out Oiselle’s leggings though and this particular pair has ALL OF THE POCKETS! So fingers crossed that the UPS doesn’t fuck up a second time. I mean, what are the odds, right?

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Alrighty then, that’s all for today! I’m gonna go back to wallowing in my own misery now. πŸ˜‰

~Ashley

I’ve Potentially Made A Bad Decision?

Or maybe a really good one? I’m not entirely sure yet. Something good has already come of it so far so that’s good, at least. But we’ll get to all of that in a second! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, kicked off my week with a little bit of 5k action! It wasn’t a particularly exciting run, but it was a good one. Plus my April StrideBox was waiting for me in my mailbox by the time I was done! Yay!! Always love getting my box full of exciting running goodies. So yeah, my week is off to a pretty great start so far. πŸ™‚

 

 

My hand is feeling a lot better today too! It’s still a little sore and awkward but I can actually use it mostly normally now. My little puncture wound is healing really well too. It’s not quite closed up yet, but it’s definitely getting there. Haha I do not recommend getting bit by a dog. It’s no fun and just might put your hand out of commission for several days. But luckily it hasn’t actually been too big of an issue.

Ok, so onto my potentially bad decision then I guess. So the other day I texted my dad and asked him if he’d want to do another running thing with me. A half marathon as a matter of fact! The Gobbler Grind half marathon that is held here in Kansas. November! My dad does a lot of hiking and has been doing some running ever since we did the Whiskey run 5k together in March. So I think he’ll be able to do it, no problem. Plus the cut off time for this particular half is 4 hours. That’s about a 14 minuter per mile pace. I think that’s totally doable for him. The real question is, will it be doable for me?

 

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gobblergrindmarathon.com

You see, the problem is the Gobbler Grind marathon/half marathon/5k (but obviously we want to do the half haha) is held the second Sunday of November every year. And the Longview half marathon is held the second Saturday of November every year. And obviously I want to to the Longview half every year! I’ve talked about all of those reasons on here before, but I also really want to do the Gobbler Grind half marathon. That’s actually why I’ve recruited my dad to do the Gobbler Grind with me! I figure I’ll be more likely to make it through another half marathon after doing one the day before if I have someone there with me! Specifically, someone who has no time goal and who just wants to make it through there first. So it’ll be beneficial for both of us. πŸ™‚

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I’m already registered for the Longview Half and there’s no way I’m skipping out on my newly established November tradition!

Now the Gobbler Grind isn’t a for sure thing yet. My dad works for a trucking company and they’re always crazy busy in November because of everyone shipping Christmas stuff, and at this point my dad is pretty much running two different trucking terminals and he and his boss are working on opening a third. Plus my dad lives in Colorado so it’s an 11 hour drive just for him to get her. But he seems like he really wants to do it and he said he’s gonna try to make it happen. Last night he went to a local specialty running store and had someone help him try on a bunch of shoes, and he finally decided on a pair of Hoka’s. He also got himself one of those fancy r8 rollers, some Honey Stinger waffles (he really likes the lemon flavored ones πŸ˜‰ ), and a pair of compression socks. So he’s getting all of the tools he needs and plans on doing a beginner’s half marathon training plan!

 

Not gonna lie, I’m pretty freaking excited that I’ve managed to convert my dad into a runner! I think that’s so awesome! Plus now I’ve finally got someone who actually wants to do races with me!! That’s pretty sweet!

Now I’ve just got to play a fun little guessing game called “can Ashley run two half marathons in two days?” Obviously I’ve never done anything like that before but I think it’s doable. Especially since the Gobbler Grind course looks a little bit easier than Longview’s. I haven’t run it before, but part of it is on a paved trail that I used to run on back when I lived in an apartment in Overland Park, KS. I know the second of trail that the course follows like the back of my hand and I also know that it’s relatively flat. Especially compared to all of Longview’s rolling hills. So that’s something! Plus the cutoff time for the Gobbler Grind is an hour more than Longview’s so that should help too haha.

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Here’s Longview’s elevation map according to my Garmin. As you can see, its a slightly up hill course, with plenty of hills, and one big ass hill that is the entirety of mile two. I am pretty sure there is not one flat stretch of road on this whole course haha. Fun fun fun!!

It’s a really good thing I plan on really working on upping my mileage this spring/summer! I’m gonna need it! I’m also probably going to have to really up my recovery game too, especially after I finish the Longview half for the 4th time in a row! Haha I am pretty stoked about that! My November tradition is going strong! πŸ™‚

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Mile 11 of the Longview half; 2015, 2016, and 2017. My goal for this year is to not look like I did last year at mile 11 hahaha.

Whew, the thought of running two half running two half marathons in two days is absolutely terrifying! But all the more reason to do it, right? I mean, I didn’t become a runner not to do hard things! But like I said, it’s still not a for sure thing yet. Just a crazy plan that both my dad and I want to make happen and are both going to be working toward.

Alrighty then! Today I’ll leave you with the new single from my new favorite band. πŸ˜‰ I hope everyone has a great week!

Your friend who is really good and making (potentially) really bad decisions,

~Ashley

 

Weekly Recap: April 2nd-8th, 2018

I managed to impress myself this week! I did pretty good running-wise, considering we weren’t home for most of Monday and had a hand injury that kinda slowed me down earlier in the week, but I still got a decent amount of running done! πŸ™‚ Thanks to that hand injury I didn’t really get any strength work or stretching done. I just haven’t been able to use it very much and that makes doing most things more difficult. Still though, I’m happy with how this week went.

Monday:

Monday was an interesting day! It was our last day in Illinois so we squeezed in quite a few things before we had to go home! Luke, two of his brother’s, me, and my brother spent a lot of time doing all sorts of fun things together, before we had to start heading back home. I talk about all of that stuff here, if you’re interested.

 

 

Tuesday:

  • Rest Day

After all of the excitement on Monday I needed a rest day! So I took one. πŸ˜‰ I spent most of Tuesday drinking water because I was feeling dehydrate, resting, and tending to my hand. Haha on Monday I got bit by a dog. It wasn’t that big of a deal, but my hand was sore, swollen, and I pretty much couldn’t do anything with it.

Wednesday:Β 

  • 2.5 miles easy miles

Yay! I finally got to wear my super spiffy new Zensah compression socks!! Haha they were actually delivered on Monday, but obviously I didn’t do any running until Wednesday. πŸ˜‰ It’s not really feeling much like spring anymore, here in Kansas. It was pretty cold on Wednesday. But I’m already looking forward to all of the watermelon that will be devoured this summer! So obviously I needed socks to represent that haha.

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Thursday:

  • 3 miles

Thursday ended up being the one warm day this week. In the afternoon it ended up being in the 60’s! It was kinda nice running in the warm sunny weather, but I still prefer the cold. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I’m hoping my peach tree hold up during this wacky weather! It’s getting ready to bloom and I really want to get some peaches this year!!

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Friday:

  • 2.27 miles

Another chilly day on Friday. I wasn’t complaining though. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ve been reading Jeff Galloway’s book β€œThe Run Walk Run Method”, so on Friday I decided to try out the cadence drill in that’s in this book, because oh man, my cadence could use all the help it can get! I did modify it a little bit though, since I was doing it on its own instead of as a warm up for a speed workout (as the book suggests you can do this drill for). So I warmed up with a mile of easy running instead of 10 minutes (I’m slow. It’s a fact.) and did 10 reps instead of the recommended 3-7 lol. And then did another 1/2 a mile of easy running for a cool down. But like I said, I’m slow and I wanted to hit at least 2 miles today, so mission accomplished on that front! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„ It was a fun little drill sequence though! And I’ll probably end up using the actual recommendations as a warm up for a speed session every once in a while. πŸ˜„πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Also, this was my lunch, and it was delicious as always. 🍞πŸ₯‘πŸ…πŸ³πŸ˜‹

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Saturday:

  • 8 miles

You know how not all runs are rainbows and sunshine? Well actually, for me most of theΒ  running I do is super hard. Sometimes it’s fun and I usually like the way I feel when the run is done, but those rainbows and sunshine runs are very few and far in between. Saturday’s 8 miler though was the rare exception! Nothing but rainbows, sunshine, happy thoughts and feelings, even though it was a cold, cloudy, and windy day. It was fucking great!

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Yay! Yesterday’s run was fun, but boy am I tired today! Totally worth it though. πŸ˜‰ Spent the morning throwing together some crock pot chili, did a little bit of cleaning in the afternoon, and spent the rest of the afternoon reading Alex Hutchinson’s new book Endure. My hand was feeling almost back to normal today and I probably should have done some stretching, but meh, I was tired and didn’t feel like doing it haha. That’s not a good excuse, but oh well. Today was still a good day. πŸ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage: 15.78

Not bad all things considered! Need to keep that number moving up though! My main running goal for the year is to build up to 40-50 miles per week. Obviously I’ve still got a way to go and I’m a little farther behind than I would like to be thanks to some setbacks earlier this year, but this week was definitely a step in the right direction! πŸ™‚

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

 

 

Easter Weekend Shenanigans

Woohoo! I’m finally able to really use my right hand again!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

I got bit by a dog on Monday while Luke, the dogs, and I were in Illinois visiting our families. Yeah, it was totally my fault and I have hard feelings towards the dog. I shouldn’t have grabbed her when she bolted out the door…

But I’ll get to that story eventually! First let’s talk about all of the fun Luke and I managed to squeeze into our small amount of time in Illinois! πŸ˜‰

So, early last week Luke found out he got Easter Sunday off of work, so on a whim he kinda decided to take a vacation day for the following Monday so we could go visit our families. He had to work on Saturday though, so we’re only going up have a very small amount of time there, but we sure managed to use that time well!

On Saturday I spent the day doing laundry, dishes, bathing the dogs, packing for our trip, and just getting everything ready in general for us to be gone for a few days. I’m pretty sure I went over all of that in this post. πŸ˜‰Β Anyway, Saturday evening when Luke got home from work I was ready to go! He quickly changed, we packed the car, loaded up the dogs and started making our way to Illinois. It takes about 5 hours to get from our house to Luke’s dad’s in Illinois. It’s a boring drive, but it’s a lot better than the 11 hours that it takes to get to my mom and dad’s in Longmont Colorado! πŸ˜‰ Finn sure got comfy on our way there haha.

 

We got to Luke’s dad’s house around 11:30 Saturday night and as per our new tradition that we started on Christmas, Luke, his dad, oldest brother, and myself stayed up until 2:30 am playing Cards Against Humanity haha. Luke’s dad bought an expansion pack so we had all sorts of new cards to play with. It was a lot of fun. What wasn’t fun was sleeping on their pullout couch. It doesn’t feel very sturdy, sinks in, and there’s not a lot of room. Luke and I fit on it fine, but when you have 3 dogs trying to also sleep on it, well, things get kinda crowded. I think I ended up getting like 2 hours of sleep that night. Fun! πŸ˜‰

 

The next morning Luke’s youngest brother woke us up by coming into the living room where we were sleeping, and slowly getting closer and closer the the pullout couch. He’d take a step, stop, look at us for a little bit, then take another step, stop, you get the picture. That freaked Finn out. He forced his way in between Luke and I and was growling at Luke’s brother. After a few minutes of that we had to get up and let all of the dogs outside. Not long after that Luke’s dad and step mom came downstairs and started making breakfast. It seems like they like to do biscuits and gravy for holiday breakfasts but they know I’m not a fan, so they made me a nice sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich instead. πŸ™‚ So we ate, talked, Luke took a shower, his youngest brother explained pokemon to me while Luke’s dad and I were trying to talk about other stuff (haha sorry dude, but I could absolutely school you on pokemon! Next time we go there I’ll have to bring my DS and battle him. πŸ˜‰ ). And all the while Finn stood on a wood pile, looking longingly inside at us hahaha.

 

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This is the correct way to bathroom selfie, right? Haha just messing around after our 5 hour car ride.

The next morning Luke’s youngest brother woke us up by coming into the living room where we were sleeping, and slowly getting closer and closer the the pullout couch. He’d take a step, stop, look at us for a little bit, then take another step, stop, you get the picture. That freaked Finn out. He forced his way in between Luke and I and was growling at Luke’s brother. After a few minutes of that we had to get up and let all of the dogs outside. Not long after that Luke’s dad and step mom came downstairs and started making breakfast. It seems like they like to do biscuits and gravy for holiday breakfasts but they know I’m not a fan, so they made me a nice sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich instead. πŸ™‚ So we ate, talked, Luke took a shower, his youngest brother explained pokemon to me while Luke’s dad and I were trying to talk about other stuff (haha sorry dude, but I could absolutely school you on pokemon! Next time we go there I’ll have to bring my DS and battle him. πŸ˜‰ ). And all the while Finn stood on a wood pile, looking longingly inside at us hahaha.

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After Luke had showered and ate we drove to my old house so we could do some target practice. My mom and dad haven’t sold it yet so we’re still able to go there, although I don’t like going. The farm is sold so all of the land belongs to someone else now. And they’ve changed a lot of things and it just makes me sad. Haha the whole time we were there Luke kept telling me one day we’ll have our own land to do what we want with.

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My hand prints and my brother’s footprints (that you can barely see) in our old driveway. Crazy to think it was 18 years ago when we did that…

Anyway, Luke and I set up our target, technically on the people who bought the farm’s property, but they weren’t there so no big deal haha. πŸ˜‰ And did a little bit of shooting. It was cold and windy so we didn’t stay long, but it’s been a looooong time since I’ve shot a gun. Glad to see I can still hit a target! πŸ™‚

 

After we had our fun we drove to my grandma’s new house. She had a little Easter party so my great Aunt and Uncle (my Auntie and Uncle Pa. πŸ™‚ ), my mom, brother, and Uncle Ken (my mom’s brother) were all there. Luke said hi to everyone but had to leave because he had to go to his Grandma Becky’s Easter lunch. I was right about my grandma and Uncle Ken cooking though! They made an amazing ham, German green beans, cauliflower, potato salad, and my grandma made the BEST desserts; peach cobbler and a cheesecake. It was a fantastic lunch! After we’d all eaten my Aunt Lori showed up (she’s my Auntie and Uncle Pa’s daughter). So we all got to visit for a while. It started sleeting though, so my Auntie, Uncle Pa, and Aunt Lori had to leave before the weather got too bad. After they had gone my Grandma, Uncle, and I watched the Jesus Christ Super Star thing that was on TV. I’ve never actually seen Jesus Christ Super Star before, but I really enjoyed it! And Alice Cooper being in it was pretty spiffy too! And after that we were all pretty tired so we all went to bed.

So I spent my Easter shooting, eating, and hanging out with family. It was nice. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Monday morning Luke was up bright and early! Half an hour earlier than me, which doesn’t often happen haha. But we had things we wanted to do and we had to leave later that day, so getting up early made sense. πŸ™‚

First Luke and his brother came and picked up me and my brother and we drove back to the old house so our brothers could do a little bit of shooting. Again we didn’t spend a lot of time there. It was even colder and now it was wet and icy from the sleet the night before. We all had fun though. Luke’s brother doesn’t exactly get to shoot a lot so he was happy to get to, even though I kept having to remind him of gun safety. πŸ˜‰ And my brother got to show off a little bit and I never had to yell at him haha. But remember that both of us have been shooting basically since we could walk. πŸ˜‰

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This photo is actually from Sunday, but whatever. πŸ˜‰

After our second round of target practice, we drove back to Luke’s dad’s, picked up his youngest brother and went to the St. Louis City Museum. I haven’t been there since Iw as in like, second grade, and everyone else had never been, so we figured it would be fun to do something different. If you’ve never been to the City Museum, it’s basically a art exhibit/giant playground. With just a tiny bit of actual museum stuff thrown into the mix. The outdoor stuff was still all closed because it’s still too cold out, but there was still plenty to do inside! We played on skate ramps, climbed a crazy amount of stairs, went down a 10 story slide, climbed on stuff, explored an indoor cave, and ate overpriced pizza. It was a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

 

After the City museum we dropped my brother off at my grandma’s, dropped Luke’s younger brother off at his house, then Luke, his other brother, and I went to Barns and Noble, and then to Luke’s Grandma Wilma’s house. That’s when I got bit by the dog. When we got there her dogs bolted out the door, she said they’d run away, so I grabbed one of them, and she got scared, and bit my right hand a couple of times. Totally my fault. I shouldn’t of grabbed her like that. But she left one pretty decent puncture in my wrist, a few scratches, and my whole hand was swollen. Luke’s grandma cleaned up the wound, and put some antibacterial stuff on it along with a band aid. It hurt like hell but we figured it didn’t require a hospital visit. But anyway, we hung out with her for a while, but it was getting to be around 3:30 pm and Luke and I still needed to drive home. So we left her house, went to Luke’s dad’s said goodbye to everyone there, got Lily and Luke’s stuff. Drove to my Grandma’s, got Finn and Dean, and my stuff, said by to everyone there, got into the car, and began our journey home.

The drive home was slightly more miserable than the drive there. Our car doesn’t have any heat and it was cold and rainy out, so we got to spend 5 hours shivering. It definitely wasn’t as bad as our drive to Colorado over Thanksgiving though! The temperatures were in the negatives for a lot of that drive! This time it was above freezing at least. And we made it home around 9:15 pm without any real issues, so that was good. πŸ™‚

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Haha so yeah, like I said, we squeezed in quite a lot in the short amount of time we had there! Of course I ended up getting hurt, but at least it was during our last few hours there haha. And my hand is healing up quite nicely at this point! It’s still kinda sore and a little bit swollen, but I can actually use it again which is nice! Although after typing all of this it’s kinda hurting again. πŸ˜‰ And I’ve been able to keep the wound clean and it seems to be healing very well, so I’ll gladly take it! Cat bites tend to get infected more than dogs bites do, but still, you can never be too careful about that kind of thing. And I only missed out on a few days of running, and that was mostly just because we were traveling. But I’ll talk about that in my weekly recap on Sunday.

Whew! Alrighty then! I didn’t think this post was going to be so long haha. But I guess I should have seen that coming. We did do a lot of stuff. But, that is all for now!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday!!

You’re very injury prone friend,

~Ashley

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