May 22nd, 2017

Whew, we got a lot done in my mom and dad’s house yesterday! We got a lot of trash cleaned up and burned so that was good. I was in charge of keeping the fire burning and under control, and I like to think I did s good job! Haha and I ended the day super dirty and tired! 

So yeah, I ended up sleeping super well last night, and woke up feeling pretty good this morning! I had some coffee and toast, then hung out and watched the news with my grandma and uncle (he’s living with my grandma right now). 

Anyway, around 11 am my brother came here in my moms car, so we could run to the bank, get gas, pick up some food, and then head back to my mom and dad’s to get back to work. There wasn’t as much to do today. I burned some more stuff and picked up trash around the yard. 

Around 2 pm, I decided trying to run would be s good idea. I mean, it was almost the hottest part of the day (it was 74 degrees), the sun was out, and there isn’t much shade out on these back country roads. Yeah, great idea…
So, about halfway through I was hot, tired, and crazy thirsty, so I had to text my mom and ask her to bring me Gatorade, which she did. Thank goodness for that! After a few long gupls of that I felt a lot better. I ended up covering 3 miles, which is about half a mile farther than I though I ran, so that was a pleasant surprise. πŸ™‚


After my run, my mom, dad, and I hung out on their front porch for a little bit, then my dad and brother had to get back to working on a truck, but my mom and I didn’t have much else to do so we went back to my grandma’s house for dinner. 

Now I’m full of pot roast and mashed potatoes, and my mom, grandma, and I are probably going to hang out here for the rest of the night. 

Happy Monsay! 

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: May 15th-21st, 2017

Monday: 

  • Active Rest

I was still kinda getting over my cold on Monday, so I was still taking it a little bit easy. I did, however, start a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters, our dad, and my sisters boyfriend, so that kept me motivated to stay moving. At the very least I hit my step goal and that’s something I don’t typically do on my rest days. πŸ™‚ Oh and I also spent some time weeding in my garden. That totally counts for something!

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Tuesday:

  • 2 miles

Everything about Tuesday’s run felt hard. But the first few “getting back into it” runs always are, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I was just glad that I finally felt well enough to get a decent run in and not feel like absolute death while I did it. Then after my run I spent an hour weeding in the garden. I have a feeling that most of my summer is going to be consumed by weeding haha.

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Wednesday: 

  • 5 miles

On Wednesday I battled heat, humidity, and a wind advisory that turned into a tornado watch, but I got a solid 5 miler in! Well, it was a bit slower than most of my runs have been in the previous few weeks, but considering I was just sick and I was fighting against the elements, it felt like a solid workout. Haha I actually went out without a plan, so I kinda surprised myself by covering 5 miles. I also did a bunch of walking and more weeding on Wednesday and I pulled ahead of everyone else in our step challenge. Go me!

Also this is super unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they’re super pretty. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 45 minutes of yoga

I ended up feeling really sore and tight after my huge leap back into running and walking and working in the garden earlier this week. So Thursday ended up being an impromptu rest day that involved a nice little nap followed by 45 minutes of yoga in the afternoon. Ah that was nice and very much needed.

Friday: 

  • 3 miles

Oh man, thanks to the thunderstorms that rolled in the night before, the humidity was at 95% when I ran on Friday. That made this easy run feel a lot harder than it normally would. Especially for me; the asthmatic runner. I got through it though! I like to think it was because of my tasty pre-run snack. I mean, how can I be in a bad mood after having my favorite flavor of Honey Stinger waffle? πŸ™‚

Speaking of Honey Stinger; the 10 Reasons Why I Love Honey Stinger post has been crazy popular (in terms of views, that is) ever since I wrote it. So that’s been pretty neat. πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • Rest Day

I shoulda run on Saturday. I totally had time…haha oh well. 

My mom and dad showed up at my house around 7 am, then they both slept until 1:30 pm. Then we hit the road and my dad drove  the 5 hours to Illinois. So in those hours they were asleep I coulda run, but oh well. 


Sunday: 

So yeah, I didn’t run today, but I sure got my calorie burn on! I spent the day helping my mom, dad, and brother clean out the house so that they can sell it. I was in charge of burning things, and burn things I did! As you can see, I’m ready for a shower! And dinner and bedtime wouldn’t be so bad either. πŸ˜‰



 

I’m Officially Registered For My First Race Of The Year!

Yay!!

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So last night KC Running Company posted about this new 5k/10k on their Facebook page, and after reading a little bit about it I decided that I absolutely had to do it!

It’s in Louisburg Kansas (obviously πŸ˜‰ ), which is where the Louisburg Cider Mill is. That’s where Luke and I go pumpkin picking in the fall! Now this race isn’t actually at the cider mill (that would have been really neat though), but I figure the Louisburg Cider Mill has to be somewhat involved. Like they’re probably providing apple cider or something for the event. So that point alone pretty much sold me on this race, but then I found out that participants that are 21 and over get a souvenir cup of hard cider at the finish! Haha yeah, I literally went and registered for the 10k after I discovered that little fact. IΒ love hard cider!

So I’m super duper excited because this will be the first 10k race I’ve done! I’ve been wanting to do one so bad, but it seems like it’s easier to find 5k’s, half marathons, and full marathons. Plus the course is supposed to be really pretty and the race doesn’t start until 5 pm so in October that should be right around dusk, which is seriously my favorite time of day!

So yeah, that’s pretty much all I know about this event haha. I guess this is it’s first year, so they don’t appear to have an actual website yet, but it is a KC Running Company event, so I’m sure it will be a lot of fun! They seem to put on some really good races. πŸ™‚ The only thing I’m really worried about is that there wont be many other participants and that I’ll end up coming in dead last. But I suppose that’s one of the hazards of being a slow runner. AndΒ somebodyΒ has to come in last, I suppose. Either way, I’m still very excited about this race! πŸ™‚

And now I just need to sign up for the Longview Half again and I’ll be set for the year! I would like to do a few more races, but now I’ve got a fall 10k to look forward to (and fall is my favorite, so that’s exciting) and then hopefully my goal half marathon (which is basically becoming a November tradition for me), and I am very content with that. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Step Challenge, 5 Mile Run, Awesome T-shirts, and Toenail Trouble

Hello everybody!! I feel like I’ve been really bad at keeping in touch with all of the other bloggers that I follow here on WordPress. Sometimes I just get into really weird moods where getting onto any kind of social media and trying to interact with people just seems super exhausting. I swear I’m going to catch up with all of you guys at some point though!

Anyways, on Monday I started a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters Sarah and Jessica, our dad, and Jessica’s boyfriend, and things got kinda heated! Haha I swear these step challenges make people super duper competitive! So as I type this at 11:45 am I’m in the lead with 38,132 steps. But by the time I post this (which should be around 5 pm, but who knows haha) that may change. Hopefully that change will involve me still being in the lead, but who knows. Sarah and Jessica have been doing lots of hiking in Colorado and I don’t know if that’s something they plan on doing today. My dad will probably regain his lead tonight though. I swear he beats me at these damn step challenges every single time!

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So that kinda brings me to my 5 mile run that I did this morning. I actually was planning to do a little cross training instead of running, but knowing that I was in 4th place in the step challenge made me want to go get some steps in, and obviously the best way to accomplish that is by running!

I didn’t really plan on going for 5 miles though, but I was actually feeling pretty good which was surprising since I hadn’t done much running while I was sick and I kinda thought it was going to take me a while to get back into it. Luckily for me that doesn’t seem to be the case, so I figured why not go for 5 miles today! I ended up battling through some heat, humidity, and a heat advisory, but I got it done! And I hit my step goal of 10,000 steps and took the lead of the step challenge by the time I was done. So I felt very much accomplished. πŸ™‚

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Totally unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they are super pretty!

By the time I got back home from my run, the mail had come and it included a package from an old grade school friend of mine! We still talk on Facebook every once in a while, and at one point I mentioned that I was running low on t-shirts. So he sent me bunch of his that he doesn’t wear anymore. They’re all going to be kinda big on me, I mean, I wear a women’s small and these are men’s larges, but I plan on getting crafty with them and doing some neat t-shirt cutting things. So that’s pretty exciting! I didn’t take pictures of all of them because there are nine and that would have taken forever, but this one is definitely my favorite! πŸ™‚

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On a slightly unrelated note, does anyone remember last September when I had a toe incidentΒ which resulted in my big toenail falling off? Well it healed, my toenail grew back and every things been fine. Well, the toenail looked a little weird, but other than that it wasn’t giving me any trouble or anything. But while I was clipping my toenails this afternoon, I noticed that the nail really hasn’t grown at all since it first grew back. Like, it covered the nail bed, but then it just stopped growing. It’s also looking a little purple again and it feels a little loose. I think I’m going to lose it again. Sad face…I was so excited when it grew back.

I asked my sister who is officially a nurse now, and she said as long as it doesn’t hurt and isn’t infected it’s probably fine, but that it is probably going to come off again. She was actually surprised that it even grew back in the first place. Apparently it’s pretty common for toenails to just not grow back after they’ve been through some serious trauma like mine was in September. Luckily it doesn’t hurt or anything, so it’s not interfering with running, but I guess it’s something I’m going to have to keep an eye on it again. And I thought I had finally put the toe indecent behind me haha. Oh well.

That’s all I’ve got for today, but I’ll definitely keep you up to date on my step challenge and toe!

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley

Sunday Stuff

Alrighty guys, I don’t have a weekly recap for you today. Since I was sick pretty much all of this week I didn’t do much running or working out or anything, so it would have just been super boring haha. But I do have a new video up on Vidme today. I showed off my garden a little bit, so if you’re at all interested in that you should go check it out! πŸ™‚

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Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today, so happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. You guys rock!

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My mom’s the coolest. πŸ™‚

~Ashley

Good Bye Cold From Hell, Friday’s Gardening Adventures, And Other Saturday Stuff

As of today I think I can say I am finally over the cold from hell! Yay!!! Not gonna lie, I still have a little bit of a cough, but other than that I feel sooo much better! πŸ™‚

So Luke and I have been incredibly productive this weekend. This week was a short week for him (he gets every other Friday off), so we hardcore took advantage of that.

First thing Friday morning we took the dogs to the park to let them burn off some energy. While we were there we learned just how possessive Finn has become of us. He didn’t want any other dog (besides Lily and Dean of course) to get near us. At one point Luke was petting some dog we didn’t know, so Finn kinda knocked him off of Luke and then sat between his feet and growled anytime the other dog got too close. Haha I do like that he is being super protective of us, but at the same time that’s not exactly something he should be doing at the dog park. I think as he gets older he’ll mellow out a little bit and realize that the other dogs at the park aren’t going to hurt us.

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Once we got back from the dog park our gardening adventures began. I started weeding one of the little plots that we already have lettuce and broccoli in, while Luke attempted to start our garden tiller. After about half an hour of trying to start it and lots of cursing and searching on the internet, he declared that the tiller had shot shit and we needed to go rent one. So after a little more internet searching, he found a rental place that had a really good one that we could rent for 3 hours for $40. Not bad. So I had to abandon my weeding so that we could go pick it up.

Luckily the renal place was only 15 minutes from the house so we didn’t end up wasting too much of our time driving home and then back to the rental place with it. It actually only ended up taking Luke a little over an hour to get everything he wanted to till taken care of. That tiller was pretty freaking awesome and I have a feeling we’re going to be renting it again next year.

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After dropping the tiller back off at the rental place we had some supplies we needed to go buy. First we stopped at Walmart to get some house stuff that we needed. None if it was necessary for our gardening plans, but it was along the way and it made no sense not to stop there first haha. After Walmart we drove almost 40 minutes into Missouri to Johnson Farms, which is where we like to buy our plants. They’re pretty cheap as far as started plants go, non GMO, and locally grown, which is all super awesome! πŸ™‚ They also host the KC pumpkin run which I really really want to do this year! But that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that we did on Friday, so moving on. πŸ˜‰

We ended up getting yellow pear tomato plants, sweet yellow tomato plants, and “the best” tomato plants (the’re just your standard red tomatoes, but that’s what they were called and I thought it was neat), banana pepper plants, watermelon plants, zucchini plants, cucumber plants, mint, and a blueberry bush. The very nice cashier gave us a slight discount on the watermelon plants because they were a little sad looking, so that was nice, and all in all it only cost us about $32. So yeah, that’s why we really like Johnson farm. And Luke told me I should do the KC pumpkin run there this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to! πŸ˜‰

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So once we had the plants loaded into the car we started making our way to Tractor Supply for fence building materials. On our way there we ended up driving on the running with the cows half marathon course. I did the 5k last year and had a bunch of fun doing it, so when I saw the signs I got super excited haha. Luke asked me why I didn’t do it this year (the race was today, actually) and I’m not sure why I didn’t. I probably should have. Oh well, maybe next year.

Anyway, once we got to Tractor Supply, Luke didn’t like the T-posts that they had there and he wanted to see if we couldn’t get rabbit fence or chicken wire cheaper at Home Depot, so that was our next stop. Turns out that rabbit fence and chicken wire were both cheaper at Tractor Supply, so we didn’t get it at Home Depot. We did, however, get some landscape timbers to use for our fence post. So then we went back to Tractor Supply, decided that rabbit fence would work better for what we wanted to do, bought that, and then finally, 3 hours after we had left, we headed back home and got back to work.

Luke dug the post holes and stuck our “fence posts” in them while I planted everything. After I had gotten all of the plants in the ground I helped hold the rabbit fence in place while he secured it to the fence posts. Luckily that didn’t take too long, and once that was taken care of our garden was pretty much complete!

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This is why we had to build a temporary fence. The dogs just will not stay out of the garden. Apparently Lily just likes to hang out amount the tomato and pepper plants haha.

So even thought our project is done, there’s still plenty of work that we need to do. That’s the problem with gardening, the work is literally never done. πŸ˜‰ But once the fence was built it was about 8 pm, so we decided to call it a day.

So when I got up this morning, it was very reluctantly because I knew I had a lot to do today and I was sore from all the hard work Luke and I did yesterday. Plus I needed to run. Since I had been sick I hadn’t been able to do much running, so now I need to start slowly getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately running didn’t exactly sound all that appealing this morning, so I made a little deal with myself. I’d run a mile, finish weeding the garden plot that I had started weeding yesterday, then call it good as far as outdoor activities go for today. So that’s what I did.

Running actually did feel kinda good and it helped work some of the soreness out of my muscles, but I still didn’t feel like going for more than a mile. Still better than nothing though. πŸ™‚

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Once that was out of the way I got my weeding done, showered, got a little bit of housework done, then took a nap. Oh man, yesterday really wore me out! 

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It’s looking pretty good out there! 

Later in the afternoon Luke and I went grocery shopping. We got in and out of Aldi with all of our usual supplies in 18 minutes. We basically ran through the store grabbing what we needed. It was great haha! 

Now we’re hanging out in the back porch, drinking beer, and enjoying the nice weather. 


I hope you’ve had a super Saturday!

~Ashley 

Thursday Things

It’s officially been a week since I got sick. I’m still not back to feeling 100% better yet, but I am getting there. I don’t feel super ill and gross and like I’m dying anymore so that’s great! I feel like I’m finally able to start getting back into my regular routine, which is even better!

So I keep saying it, but I’ve yet to do it because I have been sick and trying to get more rest, but I really need to start getting up earlier so that I can start my runs before it get too hot and humid. I’m thinking that next week I’m going to start getting up at 5:45 am with Luke (that’s when he gets up for work). That should be good for now, since it’s not tooΒ hot out yet, but before too long I’m going to have to get up around 5 in the morning and I’m most definitely not looking forward to that.

Haha anyway I got up at 7:30 this morning. That’s about half an hour later than usual, but like I said, since I’m still kinda sick I’m trying to get a little more rest. Plus I knew it was supposed to be a little cooler out today (the high is 68 degrees and it felt like 62 when I ran) and cloudy so it wasn’t too bad I suppose.

I feel like the fact that I even ran today was impressive though! I’ve been kinda tired and cranky lately, probably because I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to do much running. So when I got up I almost though about not running today. But after a cup of coffee I felt a little bit better and got my ass out on the road and did the 3 miles that I told myself that I was going to do today.

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They were 3 super duper slow miles, and I think the last half mile-ish was mostly walking, but I’m very glad to have gotten them done. Don’t get me wrong, this run was a total suck fest and I wanted to quit the entire time. But once I was done I felt quite a bit better both physically and mentally, and that’s pretty great! πŸ™‚

But anyway, other than the fact that I was actually able to run this morning, today has been otherwise uneventful. Tomorrow should be a lot of fun though! If it doesn’t rain Luke and I are going to do a bunch of tilling and planting and weeding in the garden and that’s always fun! We’ve also got our usual every-other-Friday routine of grocery shopping, errand running, and probably dog park walking today, so tomorrow’s going to be very busy!

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley