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Hello Friends!

Sorry I’ve been kinda absent this last week. The death of a really good friend from back in high school caught everyone off guard on Monday, and if people’s Facebook statuses/messages/phone calls have been any indication, it would appear that our whole little private school/Lutheran church community from back then is taking it pretty hard. But how could you not? I mean, it hurts me to know that he was hurting enough to take is own life, so I can’t imagine how his family and friends he was still really close with feel. And obviously it’s always hard when you lose a friend or a loved one, no matter what the cause, but it seems like suicide leaves a whole hell of a lot of “what if” questions just hanging out there. At this point dwelling on those “what if’s” doesn’t do anyone any good, but it’s kind of hard not to. I’ve been thinking a lot about them, his ex girl friend from back in high school (whom I’m still friends with) has been really thinking about them as well. We talked for a while on Tuesday about it and both of us were basically at a loss as to what to say. But I’m sure his family is probably thinking even more about the “what if’s”

Oh man, it’s just rough. I mean, life in general kinda is but it’s always worse when you lose someone you care about.

So I guess I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that depression and mental health in general is something that definitely needs to be talked about more so that maybe one day we’ll be able to get rid of some of the stigma around it. In our culture and society it can be really hard to talk about this kind of stuff and reach out to other people when you need help, especially for men I think. So lets get a conversation started about this! Talk to the people you love and care about. Tell them how awesome they are and how much they mean to you. Let them know that you’re always there for them. And I’m sure that wont helpΒ every singleΒ situation. But who knows, you might just help someone who needed it the most and you would have never known about it otherwise.

And on that note, please please please never hesitate to reach out to someone. I don’t suffer from depression but I still know and understand how hard it can be to ask for help. If I’ve learned anything from my friend’s death it’s that people care. The outpouring of condolences, love, support, and acts kindness I witnessed his family receive is just incredible. Hell, I even received some of that love and support because people knew we had been close back in the day. People really do care. So if you ever need help or just need to talk, reach out to your family, friends, coworkers, running buddy, teacher, priest/pastor/rabbi, your “internet friends”,Β  or even just the s prevention hotline, whoever. People care. You are not alone.

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Oh man, that’s some heavy stuff. Lets take a second to look at some cute puppy pictures for a second. Cute puppy pictures always make me feel a little better. πŸ˜‰

You know what, lets do some other cute animal pictures too. Why not? πŸ™‚

Hopefully that brought everyone back up a little bit. At the very least I managed to cheer myself up a bit, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚

I suppose that’s all I really wanted to say for today. That and that I’ll be back to my usual blogging shenanigans; talking about my life, pets, running, just how badly I”m freaking out about my 3rd half marathon next month, how I feel about missing what should have been my first “official” 10k that took place yesterday, and all sorts of other randomness that hopefully you’ve all come to know and love. πŸ˜‰ I also desperately need to get caught up with all of the blogs and people I follow! I’ve been pretty terrible about that lately…

But anyways, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, are enjoying racing season and whatever training/racing that’s in your immediate future. πŸ™‚

Remember that people care. I care. You are not alone.

~Ashley

 

 

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Half Marathon Training Day 16, Green Day Is This Week, Dog Sitting, and Other Randomness

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Yes, yes it is! And it totally should be!! This week is more likely than not going to be fucking fantastic for me!! Judging from the title of this post it should be kinda obvious as to why, but before we get to that, lets talk running!

At some point last week I had mentioned that my hamstrings were super tight. That’s kinda weird for me. Usually it’s my quads that end up tight and that ends up causing issues. Luckily though my after a bunch if stretching and foam rolling my hamstrings loosened up and haven’t been a problem since! πŸ™‚ And my quads feel pretty good too!

So since my legs were feeling really good today they were ready to go! Unfortunately my lungs were not…let me tell you, asthma and humidity do not mix well. At least for me they don’t. I managed to make it 2 miles this morning, but it wasn’t exactly fun haha. Luckily today was supposed to be an easy day anyway and I definitely accomplished that! I’m hoping my lungs decide to cooperate a little bit more tomorrow. I’m thinking I want to do my long run tomorrow just so I can get it out of the way and won’t have to worry about it this weekend, but I guess we shall see how that goes.

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I think I also mentioned last week that I’m baby sitting my sister’s dog, Ace. He’s a very good boy and is getting along with my dogs very well, but it’s pretty funny having him around. My sister used to run with him (she hasn’t lately though as she’s just now getting back into running after having surgery on her hip last year. So both him and Dean get super excited whenever the see me putting on my running gear. Haha I feel bad for them because I’m probably not going to be running with Ace at all. I’m just not sure if we’ll be able to run well together and he’s getting a little older and hasn’t been running for a while so I’m not sure how far he’d be able to go or how well he’d do. And I haven’t been running with Dean lately because I don’t do well in the heat/humidity (and today is just further proof of that haha) and I have a bad habit of running a little bit too hard when I run with Dean. πŸ˜‰

It’s also pretty amusing having Ace around because he is just soooo confused as to why we keep animals that he’d usually be able to kill in a cage, and doesn’t understand why I yell at him whenever he tries to nip at them through the cage. Finn is confused as to why Ace wants to kill his rabbits. They are his livestock and he’s taken it upon himself to protect them and try to herd them haha. Luckily that means I don’t really have to keep an eye on them while they’re all outside, because Finn isn’t going to let anything happen to them. Plus my rabbits are used to being around dogs and being barked at so they don’t care. Haha they pretty much just ignore the dogs. And Ace knows better than to break into their cage. Especially after being told “no”. He still doesn’t get it though haha.

 

 

 

I’m not entirely sure how long Ace is going to be staying with. I’ve heard that my sister’s boyfriend my pick him up on his was to Colorado and bring him home. I’ve also heard that my brother may take him home, since he’ll be here on Thursday or Friday. Haha I don’t mind though. I enjoy having him here. πŸ™‚

And I guess that brings us to why this week is going to be amazing!! I mean, aside from the fact that I’m dog sitting a very good boy, have a long run and a few other fun workouts that I’m looking forward to, and that I get to see my brother later later this week.

THE GREEN DAY CONCERT IS ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am So. Fucking. Stoked!!!! Especially for my brother! This is going to be his first concert and it should be amazing for him! Green Day puts on a fantastic show. Haha obviously I’m a bit biased, but it is really true! People “in the industry” have been saying it for quite a while now, and usually the worst thing that critics and whatnot can say is that they pull too many people up on stage (which I think is dumb. You can’t involve your fansΒ tooΒ much, but whatever). But anyway, we have kinda shitty seats, but it’s still gonna be a blast! I’d rather have shitty seats that not be able to go anyway. πŸ˜‰

So since Green Day is happening this week I’m obviously going to have to wear a different Green Day shirt every day and you’re gonna hear about it. πŸ˜‰ Actually, you’re probably going to be hearing all sorts of Green Day related stuff from me this week (and probably next week haha), so just warning you now. Full on fan-girl mode has officially commenced!!!!!

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One of my new t-shirts and now my favorite Green Day shirt. πŸ™‚

I guess this may be a bit of a reach, but is there anyone out there reading this from the Kansas City area who’ll be at the Sprint Center on Friday as well?? Well I guess you don’t have to be from the area, but you know what I mean. If you are and if you see me, come say hi!!! I’d love to talk to you!! I’ve got a weird blond streak in my dark brown hair, a nose ring, a border collie tattoo on my arm and a Green Day tattoo on my shoulder, and I’ll probably be wearing a bunch of eyeliner. Haha I feel like I’ll be pretty recognizable, but maybe not. πŸ˜‰ But seriously if you do see/recognize me but are afride to just walk up and say hi (I mean, I will be with two relatively threatening looking guys ((that’s a joke, they aren’t actually threatening))), feel free to just scream “Hey, Ashley!” or “THE RUNNING REBEL” really loud in my general direction and I’ll introduce you to my awkward self.

Anyways, I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to get done today, but my lungs are still kinda unhappy with me so I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to do. Thanks asthma…Fall can’t get here fast enough, I’m so very done with the heat/humidity. Oh well, hopefully the cold weather will be here before I know it.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley

 

 

Photos From This Week

So, I got a little bit lazy this week and didn’t write down all of my workouts for my usual weekly recap and I don’t really feel like trying to remember everything from the week. Oops haha. Oh well, it happens to the best of us I suppose. So instead here are some photos from this week instead. I hope you enjoy!!

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:Β 

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Thursday:Β 

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Friday:

 

 

Saturday:

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Sunday:

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Another Unexpected Rest Day

My mom and brother ended up staying a little later than expected. We all ended up sleeping in late so we got a late start to the day. That wasn’t too big of a deal, we kinda missed trash and recycle pick up but that wasn’t that big of a deal. We never really have much trash anyway. Our recycle bins are pretty full, but we’re just going to have to deal with that until next Friday.

Anyway, my mom and brother ended up leaving Ace here to stay for a little bit. My mom was worried about having 3 dogs (him, Niko, and my uncle’s dog Luther) all at my grandma’s house (which is where my mom and bother are staying while they’re in Illinois) so we offered to watch him. He’s a very good boy. πŸ™‚ He and Lily kinda grew up on the farm together, Dean’s met him several times and they like playing together, Finn had never met him before yesterday, but they seem to get along, so watching him will be easy enough. πŸ™‚ There was no way Niko was staying here though. He’s never aloud to stay at my house for more than a day or two (and even then only if my mom or dad is here with him) ever again. The first and last time he stayed here he attacked Lily over a treat and left a really deep tooth mark in her leg. And that was back when he was younger. Now he’s fully grown and weighs 125 pounds….But anyway, it’ll probably be fun to have Ace here for a little bit.

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Anyways, since we got up late Luke and I got a late start to our day. That wasn’t too big of a deal, we still got everything we wanted to do done, it just sucks because we needed to go grocery shopping but didn’t get that accomplished and I didn’t get a run in today. Hahaha it’s all good though, we’ll probably get groceries on Sunday and according to my fancy new Garmin Fenix 5 I could use another day of rest anyway, so I guess that worked out alright. πŸ™‚

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So the first thing we had to do was go to Luke’s work building to get some stuff taken care of at the bank (haha it’s an employee owned credit union, so it’s in his building and only open when Luke’s work is opened). Then we had to drive to another bank to cash a check he got. Since the other bank is so small and whatnot they don’t keep much cash on hand. Once we got all the boring adult stuff done we went to the mall to so some shopping and then went out for lunch.

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My face when I have to adult.

At the mall we went to Hot Topic (for the second time this week) because more band t’s we’re necessary. Haha in my world there’s no such thing as too many band t’s. Especially if they’re Green Day t shirts. πŸ˜‰ Luke also got this super sweet limited edition Supernatural Funko Pop. It’s Dean inside of Baby and it’s really fucking awesome. It was also really fucking expensive, but we both thought it was totally worth it haha. After Hot Topic we went to Pink because I was in desperate need of some new pants, but I won’t actually wear anything that’s not yoga pants/running leggings haha. While we were in there Luke and I both decided that I don’t look like I belong in that store, but dammit I like they’re yoga pants!!! And I got a very pretty pair while we were there. πŸ™‚

So yeah, after being adults we reverted into teenagers, went to the mall, and bought Green Day merch and collectible nerd stuff. It was great!

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After our nerdy needs were satisfied we decided to go eat at Bo Lings, because we absolutely neededΒ Chinese food. If you’ve never been to a Bo Lings you totally need to go! They have some super awesome Asian Cuisine for a pretty decent price. My huge plate of noodles and bowl of egg drop soup was only $12 and Luke’s sweet and sour chicken and soup was $13. Anyway, funnily enough, I was the one who wanted Chinese food but I actually ended up getting Singapore rice noodles. Not gonna lie thought, I was super proud of myself for trying something new. I don’t usually do that haha. Plus it ended up being super yummy and I have all sorts of left overs, because look at all that food!!

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After we stuffed our faces full of delicious Asian cuisine we took our dogs to the dog park because we felt really bad that they had to be locked up when Niko was here. Haha we probably would have taken them to the park anyway though. We’re always at the dog park, but when you have 3 border collies it’s basically necessary.

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This photo is actually from Wednesday, but like I said, we’re always there and I liked this photo.Β 

After the dog park we chilled at home for a little bit. Niko kept barking/howling last night so he woke us up quite a few times last night. That coupled with all the running around we did, we were both exhausted and ended up napping. It was really nice though. πŸ™‚ And then at 5 pm Luke had to go to his weekend job and now Β here I am at 6:14 pm. I’m currently washing our couch cushion covers because Niko got them all dirty. I also desperately need to vacuum and mop because Niko got wet and muddy and then came into my kitchen and shook mud everywhere…So I guess I’m going to go deal with that right now.

I hope you had a great Friday! I know I sure did!!

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Sometimes I actually wear makeup.Β 

~Ashley

 

Thursday Things

Oh man, things definitively took an interesting turn Tuesday/yesterday!

So Tuesday night, Luke subbed on his boss’s softball team. Something he was very happy to do, as he isn’t on his own softball team this year. But in the second inning of the first game (it was a double header) he was trying to slide home but he ended up falling and hitting his head off the ground pretty hard. He said right afterwards he had tunnel vision for a few minutes and was a little bit disoriented. So he told his boss that there was a good chance that he was either going to be late to work on Wednesday or just may not come in at all. And since his boss saw him fall and heard the sound his head made when it hit the ground, he said that was absolutely fine.

So yesterday Luke slept until about 8 am (about 2 hours later than he usually gets up), but when he woke up he was a little bit dizzy. So after a little bit of debate with me (he for real got dressed and ready to go into work) I convinced him to stay home, because I really thought he needed a little bit of rest. But of course Luke is stubborn and couldn’t actually sit at home and rest. We ended up taking Finn to one dog park by himself, then we ran home, grabbed Lily and Dean, and then took all three of them to a different dog park haha. Luckily after walking around a little bit, Luke said he felt a lot better so maybe a little bit of moving around was good for him. πŸ˜‰

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Finn, Dean, and Lily. My babies are so pretty. πŸ™‚

After our second dog park adventure, we stopped at a Sprout’s, which is about 5 minutes from the dog park (and this dog park is about 30 minutes from our house). Originally just to get lunch, but we also ended up getting walnuts (we haven’t been to a Sprout’s for a while and forgot how great buying stuff in bulk can be hahaha), and water and disposable cups so we could give the dogs water, who we had left in the car. Yes, we did indeed leave the dogs in the car on a hot summer day, but we were also parked in the shade, and left the car running with the air conditioner on full blast. We also didn’t have our spare key, so we had to leave the doors unlocked, but our dogs are all super protective/territorial so we really weren’t worried about it. They were cool, comfortable, would keep the car from being stolen, and we were only in the store for a few minutes anyway.

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Side note; I tried kombucha for the first time yesterday. Not bad!!

Well whenever we were walking back out to the car, some lady was looking into our car windows, looking all worried, so Luke told me to go run out there before she decided to break a window or call the police. Now, I totally understand why someone would be worried about dogs locked in a car on a hot day if the car wasn’t running. Hell, I’d probably be one of the first people to go help the dogs. But again, OUR CAR WAS RUNNING AND THE AC WAS ON!! Trust me, they were absolutely fine!! And I know for a fact Lily was growling at her from the driver’s seat, and I have a feeling Dean and Finn have been growling at her from the back seat. So I ran up to the car, opened the door and told them they were all being good puppies. The lady didn’t look too happy, but she walked back to her car. Good riddance to her. People are too nosy sometimes, and if she would have tried anything I feel like one of the dogs would have nipped at/bitten her. Oh well, it all ended well, so that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚

Anyway, after all of that we went home, made some pickles, and then spent the rest of the day playing Story Of Seasons on our Nintendo 3DS’s. Good times! Plus I’m very glad that Luke spent several hours sitting and relaxing. πŸ™‚

 

So that was all yesterday. Today kinda ended up being pretty boring though. πŸ˜‰

I had intended to get up early and do a 5 mile run, but oh man I just couldn’t. I woke up at 5 and I was just so fucking tired (and after looking at my sleep chart thingy I can see why…). So I tried to go back to sleep (but I feel like I kept waking up a little bit), and eventually go up at 7:30. So there’s that, but I’m also crazy sore. Probably because of all of the work in the garden earlier this week. DOMS definitely caught up with me today haha. So today ended up being an impromptu rest day, but there was absolutely no way I running would have went well or have even been a good idea, so I’m not too worried about it. πŸ™‚

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So I haven’t exactly done much today, but it was nice to take a little break. πŸ™‚ And hopefully I’ll be able to run and have fun while doing it tomorrow morning. Anyway, today I cleaned up the house a little bit, did a some yoga, played some more Story Of Seasons, and that was pretty much it haha.

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Anyways that’s all I’ve got for today, I suppose. Happy Thursday!

~Ashley 

The Story Of How I Ended Up With Lily

Today on Vidme I told the story of how I ended up with Lily. It’s an interesting story! You should go check it out!! πŸ˜‰

Here’s the link (I really wish the video would just show up in the post like it does when you add a YouTube link, but whatever.):

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And here’s a little video montage of some of my favorite photos of Lily. πŸ™‚

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Finn’s Pedigree

Finn’s ABCA certificate of registration came in the mail yesterday! I am so absolutely beyond excited about that!! He’s the first dog that’s belonged to me that’s been registered to a breed registry and therefore the first dog that I can look back at his family history and actuallyΒ see what the dogs look like, know how good they were at herding/working, and maybe even find out about any medical issues his relatives have had. That’s some pretty exciting and super useful stuff if you ask me!!

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On his certificate the ABCA includes 5 generations (including Finn) of dogs, their registry numbers, and their owners and breeders, and where they are from. That’s cool and all, but that’s not exactly much information. I mean, I want to know as much about these dogs as I can! So I’ve taken it upon myself to find out what I can about Finn’s lineage. And I’ve already found some pretty interesting stuff already and I wanted to share it here with you guys, even though this is more of a running blog haha. I just think this kinda stuff is so super neat!

I’ve met his parent’s in person (Shome and Ria Show Me Mo. Both of their names kinda reference the show me state, which is Missouri’s unofficial nickname and that’s where their owner is from. I think that’s pretty neat. πŸ™‚ ), and can ask their owner anything I want to know about them. Apparently he likes to stay in contact with the people who buys his puppies so I’m not to worried about them as I’m sure Luke and I will spend plenty of time talking to him as Finn gets older.

But anyway, so far I’ve been able to find some information about two of his great great grandfathers and it’s some really impressive stuff!

First I found out a little bit about Dog ABCΒ 293065. Haha after a bit of digging around in the interwebs, I actually found his current owner’s Facebook page! According to him, Dog is a fantastic working cattle dog and has had a long career as an outstanding stud dog. Plus I mean, look at him! He’s a super handsome boy. πŸ™‚ Oh and it looks like he’s still alive! His owner’s Facebook page has a few photos of him from last year so that’s pretty neat.

I also found Rocking G’s Spurs ABC 35996! He’s actually the dog Finn’s breeder told Luke and I about! He has an absolutely amazing career as a cattle dog which included many many different trial wins;

  • Gulf Coast Cowdog Association Open Dog of the year 1996, 1997,Β 2000, 2001
  • Gulf CoastΒ Cowdog Association Reserve Champion Dog of the year 1998, 1999
  • Winner of the 2000Β World Champion Cowdog Challenge in Reno, Nevada against 60 dogs

And there is a some more information about him and the other dogs from Rocking G Kennels on their website. They’ve got some pretty impressive border collies.

So far those two are the only dogs I’ve really been able to find much information about, but I’m sure if I keep digging I’ll be able to find a few more. And plus I know where to find Spurs’ pedigree, so if I really want to, I can look up the dogs on that and probably find out more about Finn’s great great great, great great great great, and great great great great great grandparents if I really wanted to go that far back haha. But for now I’m probably going to stick to the dogs on Finn’s certificate. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, seeing that Finn comes from a long line of several different amazing cattle dogs, explains why his herding instincts are so good! Hopefully once he’s around a year old Luke and I are going to take him to someone who trains border collies (so far we’ve only been able to find people in Texas, Oklahoma, Southern Missouri, and Illinois, so we’re going to have to drive pretty far to do it) and we’re going to see if we can’t teach him how to herd some cows! And maybe he’s inherited some of his great great grandparents’ talents. That would be pretty sweet!

But yeah, I’m doing talking about dogs (for now).

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From left to right: Lily, Finn, and Dean.

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley