Category Archives: Friday Fives

Friday Fives: Favorite Green Day Songs/Songs I Really Want To See Live Tonight

I’m seeing Green Day today! I’m seeing Green Day today!! I’M SEEING GREEN DAY TODAY!!! Haha I am a little bit excited….Ok, I am a lot excited!!! It’s been 8 freaking years since the last time I saw them so I am so very ready for this (also, check out the end of this post to see an amazing photo of 17 year old Ashley at her first Green Day concert haha)!

Anyway, obviously this Friday Fives post had to be Green Day related. I mean, I don’t think I’m going to be able to talk about anything else for at least the next week. πŸ˜‰ So, here are my current favorite Green Day songs/songs I hope they play tonight. Not gonna lie though, I already have a pretty good idea of what they’re going to play tonight. So I already know I’m probably going to get to experience some of these songs, but that’s not gonna stop me from wishing I’d get to see the others haha.

1. Somewhere Now

Somewhere Now is definitely one of my favorite songs from Revolution Radio and I think it’s becoming one of my all time favorite Green Day songs. Unfortunately for me, Green Day’s been playing Forever Now at their concerts and not Somewhere Now. Oh well, Forever Now is also a good song. πŸ˜‰


2. Brain Stew

Honestly I couldn’t tell you if they’ve been playing Brain Stew lately, but this song is soooo much fun live! Haha they actually played it back in 2009 when I saw them for the first time and I’d love to experience that again.


3. American Idiot 

I got to see American Idiot back in 2009 as well and I know for a fact they’ve been playing it in their encore recently so I’m thinking I’m going to get to see it again!! And it’s going to be extra exciting this time around because they’ve been letting the crowd sing the first few lines and it’s so freaking awesome!


4. Still Breathing 

It took me a while to decide between this song, Bang Bang, or Ordinary World for this list haha. But I mean, they’ve been playing all three of those songs live and more likely than not I’ll get to see them all. πŸ™‚ But I’ve officially decided that I’m the most excited for this song, because it looks like it’s absolutely amazing live!


5. Jesus Of Suburbia 

So this is probably one of the best Green Day songs ever. A few years back a Green Day fan website had a poll about which Green Day song was the best and this one won by a lot hahaha. And I mean, if you watch the video listen to the crowed! They all lost their damn minds haha. It’s great though! And this is one of my all time favorite songs ever, so I’ll probably be losing my mind when I see it too. Because I’m definitely going to see it (at least I really really hope so haha). But this along with American idiot has been there encore throughout this whole tour so I’m like 90% sure it’s gonna happen. πŸ™‚


So obviously all I can do is speculate this morning, but I’m sure at some point tomorrow I’ll be letting you all know what songs they played. πŸ˜‰ And I can’t promise that I’ll have a lot of photos, but there will be some photos haha. Anyway, I gotta go mentally prepare for this. πŸ˜‰

Smile it’s Friday!





Friday Fives: Things I’m Super Into Right Now

1. Green Day

Maybe it’s not exactly fair to say that I’m super into Green Day right now. I’mΒ alwaysΒ super into Green Day. Hence the tattoo pictured below. πŸ˜‰ But I mean, I kinda have to mention them, since Luke and I are seeing them for the second time a week from today! I seriously cannot wait!! Let super duper fan girl mode commence!!! πŸ™‚






2. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Again, I’m not entirely sure this one counts as Stephen King is my favorite author and the Dark Tower Series is my all time favorite book series. But since the Dark Tower movie is coming out well, today actually haha, Mr. King has been tweeting/Facebook-ing quite a bit about it and that made me want to re-re-re-re-re-re read the series haha. And at some point I’d like to go see the movie, but I’ll probably just end up watching it on Netflix/dvd whenever it ends up getting released on one of those.



3. My Homegrown Tomatoes

Yeah, I’m into my own thing right now. What of it? πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, my tomatoes are all starting to get ripe and I’ve been picking at least 5-6 everyday, so obviously I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes. I’m not complaining though, they’re sooooo good!! πŸ™‚


4. The Run, Selfie, Repeat, PodcastΒ 

I guess I’m jumping onto the Kelly Roberts bandwagon a little late, but I have kind of a bad habit of resisting getting into things that are super popular. But I’ve been binge listening (that’s a thing, right? haha) to her podcast and I can see why she’s so popular in the running world. She’s super motivating and real and I can definitely get on board with that! If you’re looking for a new podcast I definitely recommend checking this one out (if you haven’t already, that is. πŸ˜‰ ).


5. StrideBox

So at this point I’ve only gotten 2 StrideBoxes at this point (and in the sake of total transparency, StrideBox sent them to me for free), but I absolutely love this subscription box!

So I think I’ve said it here before, but I was always a little unsure about subscription boxes. I mean, I was kinda worried that they wouldn’t live up to all of the hype but StrideBox definitely has! It comes packed with products from well established brands along with products from new or not as well known brands, which I think is fantastic! I’m all for supporting small/new companies so this is a great way to learn about them! It’s also a great way for me to try out new things. I’m kind of aΒ creature of habit and don’t tend to stray from things I know, so that means I don’t often try new things haha. Also, I really like the sticker that comes in every box and the little card that contains a recipe and workout. I think that’s pretty spiffy!!

Friday Fives: Motivational Videos

Back when I was training for my first half marathon I struggled quite a bit to find the motivation to do my long runs and harder workouts. Mostly because a lot of that stuff was relatively new to me and my body was still adjusting to the harder work load. So to amp myself up before these harder workouts that were all new and unfamiliar to me, I’d get onto YouTube and search for “running motivation” and watch a few of the videos that came up. That usually got me excited to get out on the road and made the first step of just getting out of the door that much easier.

I actually haven’t done that in a while though, but getting up at 5 am to get a run in before it gets too hot is kinda draining a lot of the fun out of running for me. So early this morning while I was getting ready to do my run, I thought I’d go revisit some of my favorites and then share them with you guys!

1. Best Running Motivation

This one is actually my all time favorite! All of those quotes and the epic music gets me every time! I like it so much that I ripped the audio from the video and uploaded it to my phone so that I can listen to it while I run haha.


2. Running Motivation: Rise and Shine

“Welcome to the grind.”


3. Running Motivation

“Anything is possible as long as you want it, you work for it, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.”


4.Β Best Running Motivational Video – Motivation To Run

“You must now be focused on your why. You must be focused on your dreams. You must be focused on your goals.”


5.Β Motivational Running – Our Deepest Fear

“It aint about how hard your hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”




Friday Fives: Favorite Fitness YouTube Channels

I don’t have a gym membership so when I first started getting into fitness and losing weight back in 2012, I did a lot of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs. I definitely got a lot stronger and fitter doing her workout routines, but I also got really really bored with them (which is actually how I started getting into running, but that’s a whole other story). That’s when YouTube became my saving grace when it comes to cross training. Believe it or not, you can get a really great workout done at home with nothing but a yoga mat and your own body!

You can probably tell that I really favor Pilates and yoga channels/workouts. That’s because they make me feel really good, I’ve yet to get bored with them (which is super important to me), and I can get a really great strength session done with just my body weight or maybe a few dumbbells which is super convenient!

So here are five of my all time favorite fitness YouTube channels!

1. Blogilates

I’ve been following Cassey Ho through her blog and Pop Pilates videos since 2013, which is around the time she started getting really popular, I think. But there is a reason that that she’s so popular around the interwebz and that’s because her workouts are absolutely killer! She can make you hurt and absolutely want to die during a 10 minute workout, all while smiling and acting all peppy and basically cheering you on during the whole thing. It’s actually pretty great!

She’s also got plenty of beginner’s workouts that focus mainly on getting your form correct. Which I think is really awesome, because I think sometimes we all need a refresher on how to preform the moves correctly or if you’re just getting started it teaches you to do the moves in the most effective way and without the risk of getting injured.

She also has a really awesome video series called “Cheap Clean Easts”, so if you thing that eating healthy or clean can be really expensive or hard you might want to check out those videos

If you’re looking for a great way to get stronger and all around healthier at home I highly recommend checking out her YouTube channel. πŸ™‚


2. Yoga With Adriene

I think Adriene is probably my most favorite yoga instructor on YouTube. Most of her videos are great for all levels of people, from very beginners to experienced yogis. I really really really love that she focuses mainly on “finding what feels good” in that moment for your body and mind. I feel like a lot of yoga videos on YouTube getting into the poses as perfectly as possible and Adriene doesn’t do that. She encourages you to get into the poses in a way that feels right for you and gives you plenty of different options to get there. She also talks a lot about all of the mental benefits that yoga can bring. She has videos for anxiety, stress, loneliness, and even broken hearts, along with videos for your abs, or flexibility, or whatever. I just think it’s great that she takes the time to remind you that yoga isn’t all about having rock hard abs, or being super flexible, or being able to get into crazy poses, but that it’s also not a bad thing to want things like that too. πŸ™‚


3. 5 Parks Yoga

I’ve actually just started getting into 5 Parks Yoga, but so far from what I’ve done, I really enjoy this channel. They have some really awesome deep stretch and strength building videos that I really like! I also really like the fact that their videos tend to be longer than the usual 5-15 minute yoga video’s you tend to find on YouTube. 5 Parks Yoga’s tend to be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, which is fantastic because you can get a full workout in without having to start another video. πŸ™‚


4. Livestrong WomenΒ 

Not gonna lie, I actually found the Livestrong Women channel because Cassy Ho did a few videos for them a while ago. Then I found out that Tara Stiles also did a video series for them. πŸ™‚

I really like this channel because it has a really wide variety of videos; There are challenges, Pilates based workouts, HIIT based workouts, recipes, demos on how to properly do exercise, etc. I find it to be very useful when I want to switch things up or try something new. πŸ™‚

5. Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles has basically been my yoga idol ever since I’ve gotten into fitness. She focuses a lot on moving with gentleness, gracefulness, and ease. Three things that I am usually not, but hey, she gives me something to work towards. πŸ™‚

Now, I know I just said I like 5 Parks Yoga because their videos are a little bit longer, but I do appreciate the fact that most of the video’s on Tara Stiles YouTube channel are relatively short. If I’m just not feeling the whole yoga thing, I can do one of her 5 minute videos and that’s still better than nothing! Or if I’m crunched for time the shorter videos are a little easier to squeeze into my scheduled. Plus I like to mix and match her shorter videos. So I could do one of her 5 minute flexibility videos, followed by one for abs, followed by one for headstands, and so on and so forth. Being able to do that usually keeps me from getting bored. Sometimes I find it hard to make it all the way through a 30 minute yoga video, but it I mix and match like that, I can go for an hour and not get bored! πŸ™‚


Do you have any favorite fitness YouTubeΒ channels?Β 

Friday Fives: Running Gear Wishlist

Ah running gear. It’s one of my all time favorite things. From technical materials, GPS watches that can calculate your VO2 max, feather-light shoes, headphones that are absolutely guaranteed not to fall out of your ears, compression garments, and t-shirts with sarcastic sayings; I love it all! Now if only it weren’t all so darn expensive…

Haha I’ll admit it, I can go a little bit overboard when it comes to gear. But come on, I absolutely need 3 more pairs of running shorts. You can never have too many pairs of running shorts! Oh and while we’re at it, I could definitely use 5 more pairs of brightly colored compression socks. I want to be able to mix and match them. Ooooh and look at this tank top! I know I already have 8 million of them shoved into my closet, but this one is purple! And race shirts totally count as gear right? Yeah, so I’m going to need to run ALL of the races in order to obtain ALL of the t-shirts.

All right, all right. That may have been a little bit of an over-exaggeration. But there have been a few times when I went shopping specifically for “real” clothes, and came back with more running gear. πŸ˜‰

That being said, there are a few things out there that super spiffy, I totally want, and a few of them are even functional!!

1. FlipBelt

I seriously need one of these!! Or at least something similar, because I can never find running gear with sufficient pockets!!! Seriously, every pair of running shorts/tights I have has one itsy bitsy pocket that I can barely fit a gel packet in, or they just completely lack pockets, which is no bueno. I want to be able to carry my phone, fuel, house key, chapstick, and other essentials without having to resort to shoving them in interesting place likes my socks. I’ve seriously gotten back from a run with scratches all over my shins because I kept a packet of Honey Stinger chews in my compression sock. It wasn’t pretty…


2. Zensa Compression ankle/calf sleeves

I for real want these so bad!! Ever pair of compression socks I’ve ever worn has made my toes fall asleep or just super uncomfortable. I’ve thought about getting just the calf sleeves, but sometimes me heels get sore and compression socks tend to help, so I’ve resorted to cutting the toes off of my regular compression socks. That way my calves/heels are still getting some compression but my toes aren’t uncomfortable. The only problem with that is that now the parts that I cut bunch up whenever I put shoes on and it’s super annoying. These would totally solve all of my issues.


3. World’s Okayest Runner Tank

I need this because reasons. πŸ˜‰


4. Oiselle Black Widow Sports Bra

I literally only want this bra because I think it looks nifty! And I kinda really need some new sports bras haha. I’ve had one of mine for going on 3 years now and that’s just waaaay too long to have any kind of bra, really.



5. Nike Free Run

Because no one can have too many pairs of running shoes, right? Plus Nike Free’s are my preferred running shoe, and this particular pair is pretty badass! 

Do you have your eye on any awesome running gear? 

Friday Fives: Things I like About Spring Running

We’ve had a few false starts, but it looks like spring is finally sprung here in Kansas! So for today’s “Friday Fives” I thought I’d talk about a few things I actually enjoy about spring running. πŸ™‚

1. It takes a lot less time to get ready

Gearing up for cold weather runs makes me feel like a total badass (I can’t be the only one, right?). But I’ve got to admit, it is nice to be able to throw on a thin pair of tights, sports bra, tank top, shoes and socks, and then be ready to hit the road. You don’t have to worry about being properly layered, whether or not your hat covers your ears, or how many pairs of socks are going to be necessary/if your big, fuzzy, wool socks will even fit into your running shoes… It can take a lot of thought just to get ready to run in the cold. Especially if the cold is accompanied by the wet.

Processed with Rookie Cam

So this photo is totally from the fall of 2015, but whatever, the same point still applies. πŸ˜‰

2. The plants are alive and everything is green again!!

I love the winter months, I really do, but unless it’s snowing winter isn’t exactly the most visually appealing season. At least in the spring the grass is a nice bright green, flowers are blooming, the trees are growing leafs again. It’s great. πŸ™‚


3. The warm weather runners finally come out of hiding

I’m not trying to put you guys down in anyway or anything like that. I’ve honestly missed you! I mean, I really do prefer to run by myself, but winter running can get super duper lonely. Like, no one is out and about. It’s usually just me and one or two other crazy runners out braving the cold/snow/ice. But once the weather starts to get a little nicer more and more people start coming out and I always see more people out running, which is nice! Like I said, I prefer running alone, but I do like to smile and wave at all the other runners (or walkers, or dogs/cats, or kids on bikes, etc.) that I see. πŸ™‚

4. Running in the rain 

Running in the rain is one of my all time favorite things to do, regardless of the temperature, but I think spring showers are the most fun to run. Like I mentioned before, aside for maybe a light jacket, you really don’t have to worry too much about layering for rainy spring time runs. You also don’t have to worry about icy patches (although I swear really slippery mud is just as dangerous!). Plus being wet and warm (or at least wet and slightly chilly) is a lot more fun than being wet and cold. That can get pretty miserable at times, especially if you weren’t mentally prepared for it.


5. Nice weather

All right all right, we all know at this point that Ashley isn’t the worlds biggest fan of warm weather, and that she would definitely take a cold snowy day over a warm sunny one pretty much every single time (yeah, I don’t know why I started talking about myself in the third person either…). But I can’t deny that there is something kinda magical about the first warm, sunny days of the season. Like when it’s in the mid 50’s to low 60’s, the sun is shining through some big puffy clouds, all the fun changes in the plants and what not that I mentioned earlier,, and a slight, pleasant little breeze. Yeah the first few days like that are a lot of fun, I must admit. All of that gets really old, really quick. At least I think it does anyway.

What are some of your favorite things about running in the spring?

Friday Fives: Running “Rules” That I Break

Alright alright, I’ll be the very first to admit that unless you are at a race or other organized event, the activity that is running really doesn’t have any “rules”. That’s actually one of the reasons I really enjoy running. I like being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, without anyone telling me what I can or cannot do, dammit!! πŸ˜‰ I kinda get the feeling that that’s why a lot of people enjoy running, actually. It’s very freeing.

While heading out your front door and setting out to pound pavement doesn’t have any set rules, there are quite a few really strong suggestions from people who really know what they’re talking about, or things that you probably should do to become the best runner that you can be, or things that should be avoided for your own safety, but those just aren’t catchy enough for a title. πŸ˜‰

1. I wear cotton.

That’s right, I commit the cardinal sin of donning cotton while I run!

Now give me a chance to explain! IΒ hate the way moisture wicking material feels. Especially the really cheap, lower quality kind. *shudders* Ewww, that stuff is just awful…Although it’s not so bad whenever I’m sweating. Then I’m not as bothered by it, so in the summer I never wear cotton. Then it’s just waaay to uncomfortable.

But in the winter, I wear a lot of cotton. I have a purple long sleeved shirt that I usually wear as a base layer for my colder weather runs. I also wear a cotton hat, gloves, and jackets. Yeah, I don’t even care, I’d much rather be comfortable.

2. I hold my phone in my hand.

I actually thing a lot of people do this. I personally don’t think it’sΒ that big of a deal, but I’ve heard that holding things in your had can mess with your form, and obviously it can be distracting. But I like being able to take pictures and mess with the volume of my music whenever I want.

3. I listen to my music way too loud.

This one is definitely more of a problem. I have a really bad habit of gradually turning my music up as I run, and then I end up listening to it at a volume that’s probably not safe. I’m gonna go ahead and try to justify it by saying that I don’t really run anywhere that’s super busy. Most of the time I’m in my neighborhood. I live in a super small town and I don’t usually venture onto the main road that goes through town, so I tend to feel kinda safe turning my music up.

I’ve never done this in the few times I’ve raced though. Then I had my music turned way down low, or I didn’t have it playing at all.

4. I don’t switch up the surface that I run on.

I’ve read this in pretty much every running book, magazine, and online article; running on different surfaces is good for your legs. I rarely ever run on anything but asphalt though, because I usually only run in my neighborhood or on a paved trail. I always say I’m going to try running on a track or a dirt trail, but running around in circles seems really boring, and starting my workout the second I step out my door is just so darn convenient. But hey, maybe one day I’ll get around to trying something different. πŸ˜‰

5. I’ve never been properly fitted for a pair of shoes.Β 

This is something else that I’ve readΒ everywhere.Β The first thing most people suggest for new runners is to get fitted for the right pair of shoes. I’ve been running for around 4 years now, and I’ve never had my feet/stride assessed. Hell, I’ve only ever stepped into an actual running store twice, and the only reason I did those two times was to pick up race packets. πŸ˜‰

Through a little bit of trial and error, I’ve figured out what kind of shoes work for me and I’m very happy with the shoes I currently wear. πŸ™‚