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Monday Funday!!

No weekly recap from last week. I๏ธ wasn’t really doing anything fun enough to recap haha. It’s been pretty nice just running if/when I๏ธ felt like it, having no set distances or workouts to do and just running for fun. Basically what I’m saying is that I’m very much enjoying not training for anything! I’m not sure how long that feeling’s gonna last though, considering I don’t get to race often, but right now it’s great and I’m enjoying running for fun! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So today’s fun run consisted of a mile haha. I wanted to run, but I didn’t want to runย thatย much, ya feel me? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It made sense to me at least. So like I said, I’m very much enjoying just running for fun. But according to Luke, I apparently need to start running more again. Last night I told him how much of the office I’ve been watching (it’s been and awful lot hahaha). I guess maybe it’s been too much, but damn it it’s my down time!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Alrighy then! I’ve got a busy day, and then week ahead of me so lets just get right into that! Luke, all three dogs, and I are going to be driving to Colorado for Thanksgiving. That’s going to be an interesting trip. Lily and Dean have both been to Minnesota and that’s a much longer trip than this one, so I know they’ll be fine in the car for an extended period of time. But I’m not so sure about Finn. He does pretty well in the car, but he’s never been on a long road trip before and we’re going to have a pie with us, so yeah, things could get a little crazy haha.

We’re planning on leaving either later on Tuesday night or super early on Wednesday morning. So we’re going to be in for a long day of driving! Ugh, it’s a pretty awful drive, but I’m excited because I get to see my parents, this will be the first time the dogs have ever been to Colorado, and this will be the first time that Luke’s been to Colorado, that we’l actually be staying instead of just passing through. So hopefully we’ll be able to do something exciting and Colorado-y after we get there on Wednesday.

Unfortunately my dad only has Thanksgiving day off from work, so he probably wont get to do anything fun with us on Wednesday, but on Thursday he said he’s gonna do a 5k with me in the morning! We couldn’t find an actual turkey trot close enough to do (they were all like an hour away…), so we’re just going to run around the lake near his apartment. I’m so excited for that and we’re gonna have so much fun!! It’s also probably going to be pretty interesting because last I knew, my dad’s not really a runner. Still gonna be lots of fun though!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

So today I’m going to clean up our cooler and pack it with tupperware, because my mom wants us to take some leftovers and I am totally on board with that! I’m also thinking about putting up Christmas decorations, because for the last 4 years I’ve decorated on the 20th of November (thanks for reminding me of that Facebook memories). And tonight Luke and I are going to bake a pumpkin pie to take to our little Thanksgiving shindig. Oh and last night I got THE BEST Christmas sweater ever! So obviously I’m going to wear it to Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s so beautiful!!ย 

Tomorrow we’re probably going to pack up the car once Luke gets home from work, get everything ready to go, sleep for a little bit, and then we’ll be on our way! Fun times!

Okey dokey then! I’ve got stuff to do and I already feel like I’m running out of time to do it haha. I hope everyone has a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

~Ashley

 

 

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Happy (Late) Birthday To Me!!

Well, not that late. Hahaha it was only yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I definitely felt an outpouring of love yesterday from all of my family and friends, both in real life and here on the interwebs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, I had a great day! I started it with a run! Yay! Haha I wasn’t sure if running 4 days after running a half marathon was going to be a good idea for me. After my previous 2 half marathons I took about 2 weeks of running to rest and recover and it was great! But this time around I didn’t feel like waiting that long. So I figured my birthday would be a good day to test out how my legs felt! So I ran for about 30 minutes (which ended up being around 2.2 miles). My legs felt a little stiff, sore, and tired, but it wasn’t too bad. Plus I had a lot of fun and that’s really all that matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After my run I showered/bathed Finn. That’s always a fun time…He’s 10 months old, so he’s a whole lot of young, dumb, impatient, and whiny, in a full grown dogs body. So what I’m saying is that I had to hold his wiggly ass in between my knees (luckily I’ve got strong, runner’s legs ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), while I scrubbed him down and rinsed him off, because he can’t just stand there and take it, he actively tries to escape the shower. I also had to scrub mud off of his penis and testicles because he was just coated in it. Haha I definitely didn’t plan on getting all up in that dogs business that day, but hey, it happens. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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He was not happy with me after his bath.

I guess that was a little bit of a side tangent, so lets get back to birthday stuff! Luke’s dad and step-mom sent me the BEST birthday card ever. Seriously, I love it! The cat on it looks just like Bubbles and who doesn’t want a cat with lazer eyes lighting their birthday candles?

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I also got quite a few texts and a call from my grandma, so I actually spent most of the afternoon talking to my family. It was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my sisters is doing very well at her new nursing job and has already been offered a better position along with a raise. My other sister is currently in the process of buying aย crazyย nice house with her husband, who just recently got back from deployment. If she didn’t live 10 hours away I’d definitely be at that house all the time hahaha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And my dad, who is legit the coolest, most awesome, and funnest dad ever, is gonna run a 5k with me on Thanksgiving!! Originally I asked him if he’d do a mile with me to kick off the Runner’s World Run Streak and he’s the one who suggested we do a 5k instead! My dad’s not really a runner so I was super surprised about that, but obviously I told him that would be even better! We looked online for a turkey trot to sign up for, but every turkey trot that was actually on Thanksgiving day was over an hour away from where they live, so we didn’t want to spend that much time driving on Thanksgiving, so were just gonna run around the lake near his apartment instead. It’s still gonna be lots of fun though and I’m so super excited!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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I like to think that my dad and I are very similar people. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

So while I was talking to my family Luke had asked me where I wanted to go to eat for dinner. Haha he said originally he wanted to surprise me, but he wanted to tell me we were going out so that I didn’t make dinner and because he wanted to make sure I got exactly what I wanted. I appreciated that because I was literally about to start cooking hahah. Anyways, all I wanted was tiramisu (which is a weird thing to want I guess, but I’ve been thinking about tiramisu all week haha), so we ended up going to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner. I got an amazing order of eggplant Parmesan that came with really good herb pasta, and of course I got my tiramisu and it was fantastic! After we ate Luke set me loose in a bookstore. Luckily for him (because that could have takenย forever) I already knew exactly what I wanted, and it didn’t take me long to find it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m so excited to read this!!!ย 

After our dinner and bookstore adventure, we stopped at the liquor store to get drinks and then we went home and spent the rest of the night sipping our drinks and watching Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Well, Luke sipped his drink, I ended up drinking a whole bottle of wine hahaha. In all fairness though, Luke egged me on! He kept telling me it’s my birthday and I might as well, and asked me a few times if I was gonna finish the damn thing. So I did.

And last but not least, at some point yesterday morning, I learned that Victoria’s Secret’s Pink isย finallyย selling leggings with pocket!! As a person who never wears “real” pants and for real lives in leggings and yoga pants, this was legit the best discovery ever! So Luke ordered me a pair as a birthday gift, and they’ll be here later this month. I seriously can’t wait! I could absolutely use more pockets in my life!!!

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Oh man, it was such a good day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’m definitely paying the price for drinking all of that wine! Woke up with a headache and dry mouth, but it’s all good and was totally worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So many exciting things have already happened this month and we’ve still got Thanksgiving too look forward to! This is why I love the month of November, there’s just always a bunch of fun stuff going on.

Anyways, happy Friday eve everyone! I hope you all have a great day!!

~Ashley

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Tuesday Things

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  1. It is beautiful outside today.ย It’s cloudy, drizzly, and the fall foliage is in full effect. ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be nice if it was a little bit colder because now it’s a gross, muddy mess outside, but oh well.
  2. Today is the last day of my 25th year on earth. Which is just an obnoxious way of saying that tomorrow is my birthday haha. I don’t think I’m gonna be doing anything exciting, but it’s all good, the fact that I’ll have officially made it around the sun 26 times is exciting in and of it’s self. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. After taking 3 whole days off after my 3rd half marathon, I’m ready to run again!! My legs feel good and are ready to go! Nothing too serious at this point, but I’m probably going to start running again tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha I did a lot of things wrong before/during/after this half marathon, but apparently recovering wasn’t one of them!
  4. Thanksgiving is next week! That means Luke, the dogs, and I are going to be traveling to Colorado to see my parents and my brother! Yay! I’m a little worried about the car ride though. Lily and Dean have both spent a lot of time driving back and fourth from St. Louis and they’ve both been to Minnesota, so I know they’ll be fine, they always do well on long car rides. It’s Finn who might be an issue. He does fine in the car, but he’s never been on a long road trip, so things might get interesting…Hopefully he’ll just sleep the whole time there and back. I doubt that’ll happen though.
  5. It looks like they got all of the photos from the Longview Half online today! So here are a couple of photos of me at the top of the big hill that is mile two. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Alrighty then! Those were just a few things I wanted to mention today. Happy Tuesday everyone!

~Ashley

Hello November!!!!!

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I know, I know, I’m a day late. But we’ll get to that in a second. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, happy second day of November! November is definitely one of my favorite months out of the year. Actually, I think October-January is usually a lot of fun. I absolutely love all of the fall/winter/holiday festivities. But November is usually especially fun because I tend to have a lot going on during this month and of course this year is no different. So far here’s what I’ve got lined up for the wonderful month of November 2017;

11th – Longview Half Marathon (my 3rd half so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

15th – My 26th Birthday

22nd – Drive to Longmont Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with my parents

23rd – Thanksgiving. Bring on the turkey and pumpkin pie (that Luke and I will be making by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

24th- Drive back to Kansas. So we wont be there long. But sometime is better than no time. ๐Ÿ™‚

25th – Start Decorating for Christmas!

So yeah! That’s all the fun stuff I’ve got going on this month (so far, the list might get added to. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But I’ve also got some not so fun stuff I have to do. Like take down my Halloween decorations (which I’ll probably do tomorrow) and go to the gynecologist on the 13th for my yearly check up (I swear that place is freaking hard to get into! I scheduled this appointment at the beginning of the year and they were already pretty booked up!).

But yeah, the reason I’m a day late with this post and didn’t exactly get to enjoy Halloween, is because I’ve been suffering from the chest cold from hell!! Yeah, remember the reason why Luke had to take a sick day on Monday? Yeah, it got me on Tuesday…I would get sick on one of my favorite holidays. Not like it really matters though. Since Halloween was on a Tuesday we didn’t really do anything fun, and it was pretty darn cold so we for real only got 8 trick or treater’s this year. That was kinda sad. I gave everyone a big handful of candy (big enough for an 11 year old kid dressed as Pennywise to go “woooow!!!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but we still have a shit ton of left over candy…Oh well.

Anyways, I caught the chest cold from hell on Tuesday and spent most of the day lying around feeling sorry for myself. Because I was too tired/weak feeling to do much else. By Wednesday I was in an even worse state. I couldn’t really stand up for too long because it made me dizzy (the joys of combining chest congestion with asthma. Fun fun fun…), I was achy all over and my body basically felt super heavy, so I spent the day watching movies and trying pretty much unsuccessfully to cough up phlegm. Gross but true. But now on Thursday morning I think I’m on the up swing. I’m not so achy today and I keep sneezing, am finally able to hack up the nastiness from my lungs, and my ears are draining. Yet again, gross but true. But now that everything is moving up and out I’m starting to feel a little better. I plan on taking today easy as well, but depending on how I feel tomorrow I might just go for a short run! Because you know, this cold has just caused me to spend even more time not running during this training cycle…

Curse my weak immune system. And I really mean that. My immune system sucks. Partly because I do have asthma, and obviously airborne viruses + no so great lungs = a weaker immune system. But luckily at this point in my life my asthma isn’t too bad. I just kinda wheeze sometimes, and hot/humid weather and cigarette smoke will sometimes knock me on my ass, but other than that it’s not currently bad enough to warrant an inhaler of any kind. But I’ve also just learned that I have another hit against my immune system, and that would be the fact that I lack an appendix. Jeez! This whole not having an appendix thing really causes me some problems. I can’t eat certain things without having absolutelyย terribleย stomach cramps and now my immune system is apparently weaker, because now doctors are pretty sure that the appendix plays a part in our immune systems. Which is why now a-days if you have appendicitis they’ll give you antibiotics first in hopes that will solve the issue and they wont have to take it out. Not that that would have helped me. My appendix ruptured (yeah apparently my abdomen was a huge mess) so it obviously had to come out. And now every doctor I’ve ever seen ever likes to tell me that I had an “old fashioned appendectomy” and then touch my scar. Which I absolutely hate…

Haha well that kinda turned into a rant! I wasn’t exactly planning on that. But dammit the more time that goes on the more medical science seems to learn about the appendix, and the more they learn, the more I wish I still had mine…One day I need to tell the story of how that all went down. It’s an interesting story that involves me almost dying thanks to my high pain tolerance and an incompetently stubborn doctor. Maybe one day I’ll take the time to type that all up. Maybe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But anyway, it would appear that I’m going to spend the rest of the day hacking up phlegm, blowing my nose, chugging water (because I’m super thirsty and haven’t been drinking nearly enough since I’ve gotten sick, and hoping/praying/visualizing my half marathon next Saturday doesn’t completely suck. Because this training cycle sure has…

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Only 8 more days!!!!ย 

Anyways, I hope you’re well, having a great week, and are enjoying your appendix (if you have one that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

~ Ashley

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Rest Day, Pumpkin Bread, And Jack O Lanterns!

Never miss a Monday? Ha! Screw that!

 


My Garmin data is telling me that I need another rest day. But more importantly, my body is telling me that I shouldnโ€™t run today. Iโ€™m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. Iโ€™m hoping another day off and some more rest will make that feeling go away though. The last thing I need right now is a cold. My half marathon is in 19 days so we’re getting really really close and I don’t need any more obstacles to overcome at this point. Even one as small as a cold hahaha.

But anyways, I think the whole “never miss a Monday”, “no off day’s”, and things like that that you see all over the internet on “motivational” photos is a very unhealthy mindset to find yourself in. You be go go go all the time. You just can’t. You need to take days off from running and working out. You’re muscles need to rest, your body needs to recover, and you can’t do that if you’re always running, always going, and never taking the time to allow your body to rest. Rest is essential!! 

And I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better haha. I really truly believe that, and I really truly believe that a lot of people fall into the trap of “no days off” and I don’t think that typically ends well for most people.

So yeah, there’s my little soapbox speech for today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instead of running I did some baking this morning! I somehow made it to the end of October without really making anything pumpkin related. *Gasp* That’s absolutely insane haha. I mean, I’ve made some french toast with some pumpkin, but that hardly counts. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I made some pumpkin bread today. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN BREAD!!! Ugh its sooooo good!! Probably not the best thing in the world for you…I did make a few healthier swaps with this loaf though. Instead of using sugar I used honey, and instead of vegetable or canola oil I used coconut oil, so at least there’s that! There’s still a shit ton of calories in a single slice hahaha. Totally worth it thought! At least I sure thing so.

So my bread ended up being pretty good! Not as good as it could have been though. I think maybe it could have used a bit more spice and a little more honey. Other than that it was still quite yummy! And maybe once I feel Iโ€™ve perfected the recipe Iโ€™ll share it here! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Anyways, after Luke came home we carved three of our pumpkins yay!! Hahaha of course I went with the usual jack o lantern face and I attempted a moon and stars. The moon looks fine but the stars are kinda weird. Oh well, itโ€™s still neat. ๐Ÿ™‚ As I type this Lukeโ€™s still working on his first pumpkin. Heโ€™s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far itโ€™s looking good, but heโ€™s got a loooong way to go. Maybe Iโ€™ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. ๐Ÿ˜


Happy Monday!!
~Ashley

 

 

Yesterday Was A Good Day

And I think today is going to be a good day as well, but first we need to talk about how a easy 2 mile run turned into a “long” run. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So Luke and I have been waking up around the same time for the past couple of days and that’s been really nice. That means he’s been sleeping in a little bit and I’ve been waking up a little bit earlier, but I think it’s been worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, we woke up to a chilly, cloudy, slightly drizzly day yesterday! My favorite!!

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So we got up, Luke got dressed and was off to work, and I let the dogs out, made myself some super yummy oatmeal and coffee, ate, checked the weather (it was 47 yesterday morning and felt like 42 ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and got dressed and ready to run in some of my favorite weather!

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So my original plan was just to do 2 or 3 easy miles, nothing too exciting. But once I stepped outside I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Especially since the temperature dropped a little bit more while I was out and I just couldn’t waste such a nice, chilly day on such a short easy run, so I did 8 instead. Hahaha because that’s the obvious solution. But in all fairness, that means I’ve knocked out my “long” run for the week so now I wont have to worry about that anymore. Plus I had quite a bit of fun! The colder weather tends to do that to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So yeah, I did have fun but I also did a little bit of struggling haha. I suppose that’s to be expected though, this was the first long run I’ve done in 2 ish months so I kinda saw that coming. Actually, the first 2 miles were absolute hell but they got progressively better after that, up until the last mile and a half ish. That was also pretty awful. By then my legs were hurting a little bit and I was super tired, but hey, still made it 8 miles! ๐Ÿ™‚

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After spending that much time out in the cold yesterday morning (which don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed!) I wanted to get myself warmed up again, so I had some hot apple cider, which was absolutely heavenly, and took a long, super hot shower. That was a also really really nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I put on my comfiest sweat pants, warm winter socks, and a flannel shirt over a t-shirt and cuddled on the couch with the dogs while I watched Netflix and did some blogging. So those were pretty much the best post run activities ever. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also tried to nap a little bit, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Does anyone else have this problem? Where you’ll be absolutely exhausted after a run but just can’t fall asleep? Because I seem to have that problem often haha. Oh well, that’s alright though because I ended up sleeping crazy well last night.

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Haha this photo was taken pre-shower. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I ended up doing a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day because I was so freaking tired after not really running longer like that for a while. But I am a little bit more confident about the half marathon in November so that’s good. ๐Ÿ™‚

So like I said, I slept pretty darn well last night, but I’m still kinda tired haha, so I guess today is going to be a rest day. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s looking like it’s going to be another chilly, dreary day though so I’m sure I’m going to spend quite a bit of time walking the dogs out in the nice weather. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley

 

Yay! Exciting Things!!!

Little girl ferret still has no name (check out this post if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I’ve loved all of the suggestions so far! Keep them coming guys!! At some point Luke and I are gonna make a list and narrow it down from there.

Anyways, on Tuesday I found out that Stone Sour, which just so happens to be Luke’s favorite band, will be in Kansas City on the 26th. So obviously I told him about it. But he wasn’t sure about going because it’s on a Tuesday night and he has to be up pretty early the next day for work. But then on Thursday while he was at work he texted me, saying he had something important to talk about and that he’d been thinking about it for a while. Haha because you know, he has to be super dramatic about it instead of just coming right out and saying what he has to say. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I asked him what and he sent me a picture of he’s online receipt thingy for the tickets he bought.

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So that’s super duper exciting!! I mean, I like Stone Sour and all but they’re definitely not my favorite (we all know who my favorite is and we just saw them in August. You can read about that here and here. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I just love going to concerts! Plus I’m so freaking stoked for Luke! This will be the first time that he’s seen his favorite band live and I’m ridiculously happy for him!! Plus it looks like Steel Panther will be opening for them! If you don’t know who Steel Panther is, go look them up right now! They are fucking amazing!!! So yeah, it should be a pretty awesome show! Not as good as Green Day’s concert obviously, but I’m sure Luke will disagree with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yeah, I’m literally never going to get over how awesome my second experience of seeing Green Day live, in concert was, so here are some photos! For like, the 8th billion time! I CAN’T HELP IT THEY”RE MY FAVORITE!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

Anyways, I know a decent amount of Stone Sour songs, but I figured I should probably listen to their new album all the way through, since we are seeing them live and all. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I did that yesterday morning and then again today while I picked up around the house and then while I used my stationary bike. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyway, I probably definitely should have run this morning but I was up until around 1 am last night, ended up waking up late, and by then the sun was up and it was pretty hot/humid. Any you know me, I’m the biggest wimp in the world when it comes it the heat. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh well, at least I biked for a little bit. And next week I’m going to make a point to work on getting back into my running routine and hopefully start working on building back up enough fitness to be able to run the Longview half marathon in November! Well, that’s assuming that my knee is even healed enough for that, but it’s been feeling pretty great so I think it just may be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Happy second day of fall! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

~Ashley