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Home, Sweet Home!

I’ve actually been home for a few days now haha! On Wednesday my brother drove me home to Kansas, then back to Illinois. And then yesterday my mom, dad, and brother stopped here on their way to Colorado.

Basically what I’m saying is I’ve been kinda busy!

Between helping my dad get things cleaned up at the house in Illinois, traveling back to Kansas and getting the house back in order and taking care of all my responsibilities that had kinda put on the back burner while I was gone, then entertaining my family while they were here at my house, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog or keep up with my other social media accounts. It’s all good though, I think a little break from social media can be a good thing every once in a while. πŸ˜‰

So anyway, I didn’t get a lot of running done this week. Like I said, I’ve been kinda busy. Plus on Thursday I think I might have been suffering from heat exhaustion. I ran 2 miles in the morning, then spent 2 hours in bed because standing up made me dizzy. I guess all that hard work in the sun really did me in. And then running kinda hard definitely didn’t help. So ever since then I’ve been trying to stay cool and hydrated. And I actually feel a lot better today!

But then yesterday I had another unfortunate foot incident. Remember last September when my toe got really fucked up after some drunken shenanigans? And now it looks like I’m going to lose the toenail on that toe again? Yeah well yesterday while trying to put Dean up because my dogs don’t get along with my parents’ dog, I ran into a framed poster we have hanging in the hallway and it ended up falling on my foot. The same foot that’s having toe issues. Fun times. It bruised and swelled up almost immediately, but after icing it off and on for a few hours yesterday it actually doesn’t hurt too much today. I’m still going to rest it though. More foot issues are the absolute last thing I need right now…

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My new bruise and you can kinda see how weird my toenail is right now. It’s kinda separating from the nail bed, so I think its coming off again.

On the bright side of things, Luke and I kinda went on a little shopping spree yesterday before my parents and brother got here, and we both ended up getting some neat things. πŸ™‚ First we went to Dick’s, where I got two new Nike sports bras that I definitely needed! They say that your bras shouldn’t celebrate a birthday (meaning that you’re supposed to replace them every year), but I’ve been wearing my favorite sports bra for at least 3 years now. Oops. And they were on sale which was a huge bonus!! I also got a tube of Nuun so that I don’t end up feeling like crap after being in the heat again (at least hopefully) and another tank top, because one cannot have too many tank tops. πŸ˜‰

Then we went to Hottopic because we’re both apparently still 17 haha. Actually, Luke just wanted a new earring and I wanted some more Green Day t-shirts because I’m running dangerously low (and by that I mean I only had 3 before our Hottopic trip πŸ˜‰ ). Unfortunate for me, they had ONE freaking Green Day shirt in my size, so of course I got it. Luke got the earring he wanted and since body jewelry was buy one get one for $5 I got a new set of nose rings. I’ve been wearing the same nose ring for 7 years now, so I suppose it was time for a change haha. Plus one of them in the pack I got was purple, and I thought that was super spiffy!! πŸ™‚

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Not the best photo ever, but yay purple nose ring! πŸ™‚

And to finish off my little shopping spree, I ordered a little over $50 worth of Honey Stinger stuff last night! In all fairness, I wanted to get free shipping!! Plus with half marathon training coming up, I figured three boxes of waffles (along with a few other things) was a good idea. I got a box each of two of my favorite flavors; ginger snap and chocolate. Along with a box of the new gluten free mint chocolate waffles. I’m not gluten intolerant or anything, I just really wanted to try that flavor! Eventually I’m going to try the vanilla chocolate as well! πŸ™‚

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Also, if you fuel with Honey StingerΒ like I do, you might want to take advantage of their Memorial Day sale! Everything on their site is 25% off when you use the code FREEDOM at checkout. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„

 

So yeah, I’ve definitely been a busy bee but aside from a few little incidents, I’d say life is pretty great right now! I guess now that it’s almost June, I need to start getting prepared for our trip to Florida with Luke’s family. That’s the first week of July so it’s coming up pretty quickly! But I guess I’ll talk more about that later. I’m done droning on about random things for now.

 

I hope you have a great Saturday!

~Ashley

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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

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

May 9th, 2017

Never in my life has a cold fucked me up the way this one has. It’s seriously beenΒ terrible. My voice is still really hoarse (I’ll add the link to my vlog from today below, if you want to hear how bad it is), my chest is still really congested, I’m coughing and hacking, my nose is still stuffy, and I still don’t feel all that great…

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On the bright side, I do feel quite a lot better today! Much better than I felt over the weekend! I’m still doing my best to rest, eat lots off fruits and veggies, and hydrate. Which is actually going a lot better than it was over the weekend, because now I actually want to eat and drink. πŸ™‚

I also got in another short, slow “run” (there was quite a bit of walking done, for only doing a mile) this morning. These short easy runs have really helped clear out my nose and chest, but I’m still not up for doing much more than a mile yet and the warm weather sure isn’t helping. It was a little over 70 degrees when I finally hit the pavement today. I do need to start waking up before the sun gets up. That will make running feel a little better, but right now I’m just focusing on getting enough rest so that I can get over this damn cold. Then I’ll start worrying about waking up at 5 am, and getting back to a more normal running scheduled.

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Anyway now that I’ve run and showered I guess I’m going to continue resting. All this sitting around is kinda driving me stir crazy, but I know it’s what my body needs right now, so I’m going to do it. I’ve started re-reading The Stand for the 8 billionth time, so that should help keep me busy. Yesterday I spent some time outside on my back porch reading, trying to get rid of my terrible running shoe tan lines, and soaking up some vitamin D. So I think I’m off to do do that again. I feel like helped a bit. And the ridiculous amount of blueberries that I ate yesterday probably helped a little bit too haha. Yay vitamin C and antioxidants!! πŸ˜‰

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Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!!!

~Ashley

Sidelined By An Illness

It’s not often that I get taken out of the game by a cold. Usually I’m able to run through the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. Hell, sometimes a few easy miles even helps clear out my sinuses and makes me feel a little bit better! Not this time around though. I’m pretty sure this has been the worst cold that I’ve ever had in my entire life! It’s seriously been really awful!

I guess this whole ordeal started last Thursday, although at that point I didn’t realize that I was getting sick. I was feeling pretty tired and rundown but I didn’t really think much of it, especially since I got a pretty solid workout in that day. Honestly I just thought PMS had just come a few days early, which isn’t really unheard of, so I wasn’t worried about it. The next day I realized that whatever cold that Luke had gotten a few days before, and that’s been making it’s round all over this part of Kansas, had finally caught up with me. At that point I didn’t feel too terrible, but my throat was really dry and hurt really bad. I was actually kind of worried that I was coming down with strep because I has some weird yellowish bumps in the back of my throat, but I never got a fever and after a pint of chocolate Halo Top ice cream it started to feel much better. By then I was hoping that maybe I was in the clear and that this cold wasn’t going to be too bad. Oh how wrong I was…

So that was on Friday. I didn’t run that day because I thought that maybe rest and ice cream was going to be all I needed to start feeling better, but like I said, that was not the case. I woke up feeling like death on Saturday. This wasn’t just the normal stuffy nose, clogged sinuses, sneezing, feeling under the weather cold. This was a cold from hell.

I spend all of Saturday laying on the couch, reading, and not wanting to eat or drink anything. I had to though. My body was producing so much snot that I felt like I was constantly swallowing it and that was making me feel sick to my stomach. Eating helped little bit thought, even though at that point I felt like food was the most unappealing thing ever. And obviously you want to stay hydrated while you’re sick, and honestly I wasn’t doing that great of a job, but I tried. When I went to bed that night I was praying that I would feel a little bit better when I woke up because I was absolutely miserable, but that did not happen.

Yesterday was by far the worst day yet. I had a terrible sinus headache, my nose was leaking non stop (I went through more than half of a double roll of toilet paper), my chest was congested so I couldn’t stop coughing, my throat was raw and sore since I couldn’t stop coughing, my whole body ached, and I kept cycling between being really hot and really cold (even though I still didn’t have a fever). There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to run yesterday, even if I wanted to. Even sitting up for prolonged periods of time wore me out, and walking around or doing anything was pretty much out of the question. Seriously, this had been the worst cold I’ve ever had. And to top it all off, I ended up losing my voice last night and I could still barely talk this morning.

But it would appear that I’m finally on the upswing!!! I woke up feeling a little bit better today. My chest is still really congested though, so I’m still doing a lot of coughing, but I was able to run an easy mile! And it wasn’t even as slow as I thought it was going to be haha. I did have to walk up a hill because all of this gunk in my chest/nose made it a little bit difficult to breathe, but it was still a total win! Plus it helped clear out my nose and chest a little so I’m very happy about that! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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So I’m very happy that I’m feeling a little bit better and was able to run today. I’m still planning on doing a lot of resting today and am probably going to try to nap after I make lunch, but I think I can manage a little bit of light housework after that. Whenever I’m out of commission things get really dirty around here hahaha.

Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend, mine kinda sucked but I’m just glad that I’m finally getting over the cold from hell.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley