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Half Marathon Training Day 17 and A Garden Update

So you know how right before a big event you have planned how you just don’t feel like doing anything? That’s definitely what I’ve had going on today. It was also one of those days where you realize it’s already 2:00 pm and you really haven’t done anything all day…

Well, I suppose that’s actually kind of a lie though. I did run this morning (although I did a lot of procrastinating before hand) and I also did a pretty decent amount of work in the garden after my run, so I suppose I did doΒ something.Β Haha I guess it just doesn’t feel like a lot after sitting around for most of the afternoon. I don’t know, I’m just in a weird mood at this exact moment I guess.

But anyways, my run did actually go pretty well! Especially considering that I didn’t get it done until after 9 am and it was getting pretty hot out haha. So the game plan for today’s workout was to warm up for a mile and then do 5 minutes of hard running, 1:30 minutes of rest, repeat 3 more times, then cool down with another mile. And I mostly accomplished that haha. I mean, I did everything but the last mile to cool down. At that point it was super hot, I tired, drained, and felt like it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip that last mile. Especially since I did all of the hard stuff, anyway. πŸ˜‰

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Nimrod is a great album to run to! Especially if you’re a pissed off at someone haha.

So even though I did skip that last mile I’m quite happy with how this workout went! Since the half marathon I’m training for has some pretty killer hills, I decided to push it just a little bit up the hills. I’m going to be ready to tackle those crazy rolling hills come November!! Haha but anyway, I didn’t do anything too crazy or intentionally seek out the bigger hills in my neighborhood, but I did tell myself to “run strong” up the hills I did encounter, instead of slowing down because it was hard and hot and uncomfortable. I’m quite proud of myself for handling the hills the way I did today. πŸ™‚

After inspecting my Fenix 5 and Garmin Connect, it would appear that I’m doing something right at the moment! According to my fancy Fenix (seriously though, all of the feedback you get from this thing is pretty impressive!) my training load is currently optimal! Yay!! And according to Garmin Connect (and my Fenix, I suppose) my run today should improve my anaerobic fitness and my VO2 max! Pretty exciting stuff!!

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Hahaha honestly at this point I’m not sure what I should be doing with all of this information. But I have a feeling that just maybe I can use it to start training more effectively and efficiently. I mean, following training plan is one thing, but knowing if you’re working too much, just enough, or not enough kinda takes things to a whole new level!

So I’m very pleased with how my run went this morning. I’m also very pleased with how my garden is doing!! I’m still a bit upset that my zucchini plants have died and my lettuce went to seed and is now all just weird stalk-y things (but hopefully that means I won’t actually have to plant lettuce next year, it’ll just start growing all by itself), but everything is doing quite well!! Especially my tomatoes. One could possibly argue that they’re doing a little bit too well. The plants got quite big and we didn’t space them out enough, so the bigger, stronger plants are killing a few of the weaker plants… It’s not really that bad though. I mean, I’m still getting a piss ton of tomatoes every day, so I pulled out two of the plants that were dying this morning. So now my bigger stronger plants wont have to fight for water/nutrients anymore, and hopefully that means they’ll produce even more tomatoes! Hahaha not that I need more or anything though.

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This is everything I picked this morning. There are 18 tomatoes there. I definitely don’t have a shortage of those!

The bigger watermelon that I had growing split a little bit before it was ripe because of all the rain we had gotten on Sunday. Sad face…I gave it to the rabbits though and they seemed to enjoy it! They ate the whole thing, rind and all! There’s still a smaller one (although it’s getting a little bit bigger everyday!) out there that’s doing really well, so hopefully that one will be able to grow, ripen, and be able to be picked before we get another day full of rain. And as you can see in the photo above, I’ve also got some good looking cucumbers and a few banana peppers as well! I think We’ve got enough cucumbers to make another jar of pickles! We’re definitely not going to have as many cucumbers/pickles as we did last year. Then we had 3 or 4 cucumber plants, now we only have one. But we’ve already got 5 jars of pickles made and growing season isn’t over yet! So it’s not like we’re suffering there either haha.

I think last year our garden definitely did a little better, but we also didn’t leave it unattended for 10 days last year…Plus everyone has an off year, but all in all I’m still quite happy with what we’ve got going on. I mean, I’ve got over 30 tomatoes sitting on my counter right now haha! Luke definitely need to get to canning them! πŸ˜‰

So yeah, gardening and running. That’s what my day has consisted of. Other than that I can’t really tell you what else I’ve done, because honestly even I’m not entirely sure haha.

This evening Luke and I are going to drive 30 minutes to go grocery shopping when he gets home from work. We had planned on getting that done yesterday and drove to the Aldi that’s 15 minutes from our house, but it turns out that they’ve closed for remodeling. So weΒ triedΒ to shop at Walmart, but that didn’t go well. First off, their produce is super expensive! And second off, we just didn’t know what else to get. Obviously they didn’t have the usually stuff we would get at Aldi and it just seemed like everything else was just boxed/frozen stuff that wasn’t all that great for you. I mean, I’m sure they have better options if you know what you’re looking for, but we did not. Hahaha it’s been quite a while since we’ve grocery shopped at Walmart…

So long story short, we ended up getting cherries, potatoes, bananas, and dinner for last night before we gave up and decided to go to the other Aldi tonight.

Oh, and hey! Look how close we’re getting!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Β I’m soooo freaking stoked for Friday!!!!

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Green Day shirt of the Day! πŸ˜‰ Haha I get a lot of weird looks when I wear this one, because I have one of those skulls tattooed on my shoulder (but in black because white wouldn’t have worked well haha).Β 

So yeah, that’s what’s going on with me. What’s going on with you? πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday!!

~Ashley

 

 

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Actually Back To Scheduled Programming

Welp, it’s my first full week home back from Florida, so now I’m going to be posting the usual weekly recap, what I ate Wednesday, Friday fives, etc. posts, since I didn’t do any of that last week, or the week before. πŸ˜‰ Plus I kinda like to keep things on a scheduled and it’s kinda been driving me crazy that I haven’t been doing that lately.

Anyways, happy Monday! I hope you have a good day and a great new week!! I’m definitely doing to be trying to make this week a good one! Half marathon training round 3 officially starts this Sunday and I’m a little nervous because I currently feel very unprepared but I’m also very excited!

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At this point I haven’t officially registered for what will be my third half marathon, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that very soon. But the goal is to run the Longview Half marathon again! Haha I know at this point in my running career that this is the only half that I’ve done, and eventually I’m going to broaden my horizons and run a different half, but for now I’m sticking with this one. Mostly because so far, I’ve run every Longview Half except for the very first one, and years and years from now I still want to be able to say that. πŸ˜‰ But eventually I’m definitely going to start running more than one half marathon a year, but this is just not that year.

I’m thinking maybe next year I want to do the Running With The Cows half. I did the 5k last year and it was a lot of fun! It was a beautiful course, there were in fact cows, and there was a HUUUGE feast at the end of the race. But since I only did the 5k last year, I only had a bagel, banana, and chocolate milk, because after only 3.1 miles I didn’t feel like it would be right to eat any of the other goodness that they had there. Especially since it was probably around 9 in the morning at that point. Haha but I could totally justify partaking in the post race feast if I Β were to run the half. πŸ˜‰

 

 

But enough about future/past races. Lets talk about some current running stuff!

So, I ran one whole mile today! Yay! Haha but I’m currently doing this thing where I intentionally go out a little later in the day than I normally would, just so it’s a little hotter out and the sun is shining on me. And so far I can only make it a mile without feeling like I’m absolutely going to die under those conditions, but I feel like intentionally getting out in the conditions that are hard for me is going to make me more mentally (and maybe even physically) tough, and I’m hoping it helps me adjust to training in the heat a little better. Haha it still really sucks though. I’m so ready for fall to get here. πŸ˜‰

 

 

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All summer long I’m just a sweaty, gross, unhappy mess.

But I’ve been getting it done! Like I said, whenever I purposely go out later I’ve only been getting a mile of running done (I’ve been making a point to run a mile out and then walk a mile home), so that’s what I did today. I got out the door at 9 am when it was about 82 degrees, 70% humidity, and sunny without a cloud in the sky. So basically my least favorite conditions ever! Haha but at least today the humidity wasn’t all that bad. That was my one happy thought throughout all 12 minutes and 17 seconds of my run. πŸ™‚

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I’m so very excited about how awesome both of my new tattoos look!Β 

So yeah, I guess I’m trying to take my weaknesses and use them to make me better. Haha it’s not fun though…Especially since I’ve pretty much got a routine down where I run, walk the dogs, and then work in the garden, so when I run later in the morning sometimes the dogs don’t get walked (I don’t like walking them on the asphalt if it’s super hot and the suns been out for a while), and that means I have to be in the garden when it’s hotter and sunnier. That’s no fun. But the garden is definitely recovering from the 10 day’s it didn’t get cared for while we were in Florida! I’ve got two new watermelons growing out there, more cucumbers than I know what to do with, and a shit ton of green tomatoes, and a few tomatoes that are just starting to turn red/yellow. I’m very happy about all of that, but I am still mourning the loss of my zucchini plant…

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But anyway, I do feel like I’ve gotten a little bit accomplished this morning so now I need to sit down in the air conditioning, drink something with electrolytes in in (I’m a super salty sweater), and recover from being in the heat. It’s kinda sad, but the heat really does take a lot out of me and it takes me a while to recover haha.

Anyway, I hope you have a great week!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

July 13th, 2017

So last night I totally forgot to set my alarm for 5 am and I accidentally slept until 6. Oops… Haha but other than that I think I’m definitely getting back into my usual summer routine without too many issues. This morning I quickly downed a cup of coffee, ran a mile, and then did some more work in the garden. So pretty typical, I was just up an hour later than I would have liked to be.

Anyway, we got some rain earlier in the morning, so it was hot/humid/muggy/gross outside. And by now you probably know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to hot/humid weather, so it may not surprise you to know that I only had a mile in me this morning. After that there was just no way I was going to go any farther. I was hot, sweaty, tired, and completely drained. Unfortunately hot weather tends to have that effect on me. But I’m really going to have to get over that and really get my ass into gear, because half marathon training starts on the 23rd and I’m feeling very unprepared at the moment. I’m still kinda excited though. I always do better with running when I have a scheduled to stick to.

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But anyway, I’m just glad I got out there and did something today. Even if it was just one measly mile. And it wasn’t even that slow of a mile. Well obviously it was slow, I’m a slow person, but it wasn’t the slowest mile I’ve ever done and all things considered I’m pretty happy with how it went. πŸ™‚ Oh and I’m on Strava now! Probably until I can replace the Garmin I broke, but I may end up continuing to use it even after I have a GPS watch again, so feel free to add me on there!

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After my short little run, I got straight to work on my garden, which is looking sooooo much better today!! All of my plants are less wilted and I’ve taken care of most of the super tall grass that’s in there. Like I said yesterday, the battery on my weed eater isn’t very good so I can go for very long, but I’m definitely making progress! Haha but yeah, pretty much all I did in the garden today was weed eat. Since it rained this morning I didn’t have to water the plants, but I may have to later this afternoon.

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Here’s the difference between the grass I have cut and the grass I haven’t gotten around to cutting yet. Oh and Lily and Finn. πŸ˜‰ It seems like border collies are just always poping up at random places in my garden, but I guess that’ll happen when you have three of them. πŸ˜‰ It’s pretty great. πŸ™‚Β 

In the photo above, Finn is sitting next to my cucumber plant. I had done a bunch of weeding around it (yeah, hard to believe, right πŸ˜‰ ) on Tuesday and then after that it was looking kinda sad, wilted, and I was afraid I might have damaged it so much that it was going to die, but it seems to be doing just fine! I’m just going to have to pace myself when it comes to getting rid of the grass all around it and probably the watermelon too.

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My three helpers. πŸ˜‰ Haha this fence doesn’t do a very good job of keeping them out of the garden. They all hop over it likes it’s nothing. Oh well, they’re actually all pretty good at not trampling my plants and that’s all I care about.Β 

So yeah, that pretty much covers what I did from 6 am-about 9:30 am haha. After that I showered, ate a little snack, and now here we are. πŸ™‚ I’m not entirly sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my day at this point. I guess what I really need to do is mop my floors since the dogs and I got them nice and muddy this morning, but it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow so that almost seems pointless. Ah the joys of having dogs… Seriously though, I wouldn’t trade any one of them for all of the money in the world. They are the best. πŸ™‚

I hope this summer is going good for you, because so far it’s kicking my ass haha! But summer miles bring fall smiles, and I’m just going to keep telling myself that until it gets cold again. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you lots of healthy, happy summer miles.

~Ashley

July 12th, 2017

I’m trying to get back into my usual summer routine, but that’s kinda hard to do after vacation. Especially since I wasn’t exactly into my summer routine before we left haha. Oh  well, It was a little rough getting up at 5 am and then getting stuff done, but I managed. πŸ™‚

So I began my morning with a run, of course! It was a super short, super slow 2 miles, but still better than nothing. πŸ˜‰ I kinda wanted to go farther than that, but we’re still under a heat adviory here in Kansas, so I needed to get all three dogs walked before it started to get too hot outside. But this was the first time I’ve run since July 3rd, so I’m just happy that I did something. Even if it was short and slow.

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After my run I got to work walking the dogs. I would probably save myself a lot of time and effort if I would walk at least 2 of them at the same time (there’s absolute no way I’d be able to walk all 3 at the same time haha), but I prefer to walk them by themselves because it gives me a chance to spend a little one on one time with each of them and that’s definitely good for them. Plus whenever I try walking 2 of them at a time, no matter what combination, they gang up on me and end up dragging me down the street haha. That usually doesn’t happen whenever I take them one at a time. So I walked Lily, then Finn, and last but not least Dean. So they all got out and got a little bit of exercise before it got too hot and I think they’re all happy about that. I don’t think they got walked at all while Luke and I were in Florida and that tends to make them go a little crazy.

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Dean and Finn were very happy to see Lily and I after we got done with our walk (probably because they knew it would be their turn soon).

After the dogs were taken care of I got to work on the garden. I had done some weeding yesterday, but I’ve still got sooo much to do…Luckily I got my weed eater working today so that made my life a little bit easier. πŸ™‚ But first I had to water everything. Luckily my plants are all starting to perk up a little bit after I watered them yesterday and this morning, so I’m thinking the plants that are left are going to be just fine. πŸ™‚ After that I did a bit of hoeing, weed pulling, and then I basically mowed around my tomato plants with the weed eater. I didn’t quite finish weed eating the whole garden plot though. I guess the battery that’s on the weed eater isn’t the best, so it dies pretty quickly. I had time to let it charge a little and then continue on once, but after that it was just starting to get too hot for me to stay outside much longer, so after it died a second time I decided to call it a day. I still feel like I got a pretty decent amount of work done and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to get even more accomplished. πŸ™‚

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My tomato plants (left) are huge and looking good! My banana pepper plants (right) are super small, but they’re growing decent sized peppers so I guess it’s all good. πŸ™‚


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Finn is terrified of the weed eater, but every time I turned it off he had to come make sure I was alright haha. 

So yeah, I got a run done, the dogs walked, and the garden tended to. I’ve showered, cleaned both of my new tattoos (which are itchy, but healing nicely), eaten breakfast twice (before and after my run/gardening adventures πŸ˜‰ ), and wrote this blog post. Now I need to clean the rabbit cage, probably record a vlog since it’s been a while since I’ve done that, and then after that I’m thinking a nap is going to be necessary! But so far I’m having a very productive day and I’m very happy about that!

The itching/peeling phase is seriously the worst part about getting a new tattoo.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley

Back To Scheduled Programming!

Well, sorta.

I really wanted to run this morning, especially considering the fact that I only ran once while I was in Florida, but we are currently under a heat advisory that started at 3:00 this morning and the air quality here in Kansas is in the yellow or moderate zone today. Not a good combination for an asthmatic like myself…Plus I spent the whole Florida trip around 2 very heavy smokers and that always ends up giving me trouble. Especially when I have to be around it for an extended period of time. So I decided that running probably wouldn’t be the best idea for me today. Hopefully by tomorrow the heat advisory will be over and my lungs will feel a little bit better, but I guess we shall see.

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I did still get up relatively early this morning though. My garden is in not so great shape after not being tended to for 10 days. The grass is super high, the weeds are abundant, my zucchini died (sad face), whats left of my lettuce is dying, and everything else just needed watered. Badly. So I did as much weeding as I could (it was starting to get really hot and I was struggling haha, it’s a very good thing I did not run today), watered everything, and tried pulling as much grass as I could. I was going to weed eat it, but my weed eater’s battery was completely dead and it didn’t charge fast enough, so unfortunately I had to leave most of the grass out there super high for today. I should be able to get that all taken care of tomorrow though. And usually I’d have the rabbits out there to help keep the grass mowed down, but I can’t leave them outside when it’s this hot. They would absolutely fry out there. But I did let them eat some grass while I was out there working this morning, I just had to bring them in when I called it a day.

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My first watermelon of the year!

While I was out there I did pick 10 HUUUGE cucumbers (they sat out there for too long, but surprisingly enough they really aren’t that bitter, which is really weird because they usually are if you let them get too big), my first watermelon of the year (and there are a few more growing out there and I’m so super stoked about that!), and 5 banana peppers. And my tomato plants are covered with some very nice looking green tomatoes, so I’ll be having an abundance of tomatoes very shortly! πŸ™‚ But I’m still super upset about losing my zucchini plant…Zucchini is my favorite. 😦

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As you can see, I took this photo before I found the rest of the cucumbers. πŸ˜‰

But anyways, I feel a lot better now that I’ve been able to tend to the garden, even if it was just a little bit, but now I really need to get to work on cleaning up the house. It was an absolute disaster when Luke and I got home yesterday. My brother in law’s dog’s hair was everywhere (I swear his dog sheds more than all 3 of mine combined) and that sure didn’t help my whole asthma issue. There were plates and dishes and silverware everywhere, along with some trash. I don’t thing either of our brothers did the dishes while we were gone (there are so many dishes that need done…) and I’m pretty sure they only got the mail once (but I’ll get to that in a second). My brother had brought his cat with him and he pooped all over the house (I also think he peed in a few places but I haven’t quite figured that out yet). And the floor is just covered in mud. It wasn’t a good situation to come home to.

Luckily I did get a lot of that stuff taken care of yesterday while Luke went out to coffee with one of his friends, so really now all I need to do is vacuum again and mop the whole house, clean off the kitchen counter, and do laundry. We have so much laundry haha. But I’m working on it. πŸ™‚

But anyway, I think our brothers only got the mail once, because Luke’s brother brought in an important piece of mail that he’d been waiting on and that got here while we were gone. And my brother brought in a hoodie that I had ordered from Adeline Records (which is a record company that Billie Joe Armstrong, along with a few other musicians started/own) and literally got to the house an hour after we left the house haha. But other than that, there was quite a bit of mail shoved into our mailbox haha. Oh well, Luke and I are just happy that the stuff we had been waiting on got here and then made it into the house safely. πŸ™‚

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Now I just wish it was actually cold enough to wear my super spiffy new hoodie! But unfortunately it’s going to be a while before that happens.

Anyway, along with the usual bills, news papers, and junk mail, my second ever Stride Box was shoved into our mailbox!

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Yay! I’m so super excited about StrideBox you guys! Not gonna lie, I’ve always been kinda skeptical about the whole subscription box thing, but StrideBox has definitely won me over in just two months! So far it’s come with some pretty awesome stuff! I especially like the fact that it comes with things that I probably wouldn’t actually buy if I just saw them at the store, so its a great way for me to try out new things, and then if I like whatever it is that I’ve tired I’ll know exactly what it is! And for only $15 a month (and that includes shipping!!) I thing it’s totally worth it and I would definitively recommend any runner to at least check them out. πŸ™‚

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Anyway, I guess I need to quit procrastinating and finish cleaning up the house, but first I need to drink my tea out of my fancy, new Florida mug, and maybe read a few articles from this months issue of Runner’s World haha. πŸ˜‰

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I hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

The weather has been…well, I was going to say crazy, but I suppose it’s actually pretty typical for the Midwest haha. All week we’ve been alternating between sunny and storming. Seriously, one minute it will be absolutely beautiful outside but then the next it will be pouring down rain. But like I said, that’s pretty typical around here during this time of year.

What wasn’t exactly typical was the amount of hail that we got on Tuesday. It for realΒ poured down hail for 2-3 minutes. It wasn’t the biggest hail I’ve ever seen, but it was most definitely the largest quantity of hail I’ve ever witnessed falling from the sky.

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This was taken 10 or 15 minutes after the storm had stopped so a lot of it had already melted. But there was still quite a bit of it on the ground.

Luckily after the hail storm on Tuesday we’ve only had a bunch of rain and scattered storms. I don’t know if my garden could recover from another beating from hail like that. A lot of my plant’s have holes in the leaves and are looking a little beat up, but they are recovering which is good. πŸ™‚

After a short run yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time tending to my poor injured plants. I pulled off broken leaves and branches, pulled flowers off of my tomato plants and little tiny cucumbers from my cucumber plants (the plant’s aren’t big enough for me to want them to be producing anything yet). I also did a bit of tilling andΒ a bunchΒ of weeding.

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The joys of gardening. πŸ™‚

Our lawn mower can’t really fit into our garden plot so that means I’m doing a lot of grass pulling in and around my little garden plots, and along the fence that we share with our neighbor as well. Eventually I got tired of grass pulling, so I decided to kill like, three birds with one stone, and move the rabbit hutch into the garden. When Luke and I built the rabbit hutch, we made it without a bottom so that we could move it around the yard and the rabbits could eat as much grass as they wanted. So by moving it into the garden, the rabbits will get to eat as much grass as they want, their poop will fertilize the ground wherever they are (bunny poop makes GREAT fertilizer!), and the grass in the garden will get mowed down. So it’s a win win win situation. πŸ™‚ Well, it would be if I could keep them out there for more than a few hours at a time. All this rain has kinda put a damper on that situation, but eventually it’ll all work out.

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Finn’s not a fan of his rabbits being separated from him by a fence.

After all the work I put into the garden yesterday, I woke up super sore pretty much everywhere this morning. Especially in my upper back and triceps. That’s ok though, I could definitely use some more upper body strength anyway. πŸ˜‰ And even though I haven’t exactly been doing a lot of running lately, Thursday’s are usually my rest days, so that worked out quite nicely. πŸ™‚

So anyway, I spent my rest day dyeing my hair (something I’ve been procrastination for far too long), attempting to get rid of some of the mud that’s taken over my house, playing with the dogs, waiting for my package from Honey Stinger to get here, signed up for a nifty running challenge for the month of June that I saw on Instagram, and thought about my plans for running in general this summer.

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This is a 3+ hour process, so no it’s no wonder than I put it off until IΒ absolutelyΒ have to do it. πŸ˜‰

Whenever I’m in the process of dyeing my hair, it’s kinda hard for me to do any kind of workout because the dye would just get everywhere, so that was pretty much out of the question all afternoon. But I can usually do most of my usual chores without any issues. SoΒ I didn’t exactly get the house completely clean, but I’ve definitely made some progress at ridding the dirt and mud from the floor and that’s a step in the right direction.

I walked Finn this morning because he was being a little spaz but I didn’t get a chance to walk Lily or Finn since who wants to walk around their neighborhood with bleach in their hair? Plus I would imagine that dust, dirt, and other grossness would stick to it, and that would be no bueno. So we played a bunch of fetch instead and then they went absolutely banana’s when the Fedex guy bearing my package from Honey Stinger came by. Haha my dog absolutely hate Fedex, UPS, and our mail lady. I always feel bad because none of those people stop and wait for me to answer the door anymore. They just leave packages on the porch. I don’t blame them though. I mean, my dogs sound vicious when they think their territory or people are under any kind of threat.

Anyway, the Fedex guy got here around 4:45 pm and I was super excited to see him, well you know, briefly because they never hang around long because of the dogs. But anyway, I’ve been super stoked about the stuff I ordered from Honey stinger! πŸ™‚ I finally got my hands on a box of one of the new flavors of waffles and I can’t wait to try it! I love mint chocolate anything, so I’m sure it will be right up my alley. πŸ™‚ I actually thought about trying both new flavors, but I wasn’t feeling that adventurous, so I opted for my two usual favorite Honey Stinger waffle flavors; chocolate and ginger snap. I also got me a thing of honey, because I can always use more honey, and a draw string back pack. Mostly because I needed to go over $50 to get free shipping and I was already super close and it was pretty cheap, but I also figured it would come in handy for the trip to Florida that we are taking with Luke’s family in July (and eventually I’ll write a post talking about our Florida plans, but today is not that day πŸ˜‰ ). So yeah, I’m super duper excited about all of that! Now I’m all stocked up on fuel for the summer and the beginning of half marathon training, which starts later in July! Yay!

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As far as my running goes, well, it hasn’t been all that great. Between being sick, traveling to Illinois, a week long anxiety attack thing (another post for another day), and a lack of motivation now that it’s getting pretty hot and humid out, I only ran a total of 30.59 miles for the month of May. That’s really sad. Especially since I’ve been trying (and miserably failing) to really up my weekly and monthly mileage.

So this morning on Instagram, someone had posted about one of these challengeville challenges. I thought they sounded like a lot of fun, so I looked through them all, decided that the TinMan would be perfect for me! Mostly because I’ve kinda been stuck at running 15-18 miles per week for what feels like forever, and this will obviously bump me up from that. Now I know that sounds like a big leap. Especially since I only covered 30.59 miles in May. But IΒ knowΒ I’m fit enough to do it, I’ve been running pretty consistently for almost 4 years now. I’ve just become complacent and lazy and haven’t actually pushed myself to really preform at my best for a while now. I need some external motivation to actually make me want to put in the effort to get more miles in, and I think this will be the perfect challenge to get me there!

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As for the rest of the summer, I’m hoping I’ll build up enough momentum with the TinMan challenge this month to get me through most of July. The first week July will be a little tricky though. That’s when our trip to Florida is and it sounds like Luke’s mom has a pretty full itinerary for us while we’re there. So I guess I’m just going to try to run as much as I can, whenever I can, and hopefully that will be enough to keep the momentum going until I start my half marathon training plan that starts on July 23rd. I suppose that basically covers my running plans for this summer. Here’s hoping I’ll actually be able to keep up with this challenge and that I’ll start half marathon training feeling fit, happy, and injury free!

So speaking of half marathon training, I still haven’t signed up for the race I want to run this year haha. I’m planning on doing that very soon though. Hopefully I’ll beat the price increase, but at this point I’m not sure exactly when I’ll have the money to register. I’m also still not sure if my sister wants to run it with me or not. I sure hope she decides to. I think we’d both have lots of fun! Although if she does decide to run it with me, I’d like to do a few training runs with her so we can get a feel of what it would be like to run with each other. We’ve seriously never been on a run together! Actually accomplishing that may be a little tricky though, since now she lives 8 hours away from me in Colorado. But I suppose we’ve still got a little bit of time to work all of that out (if she even decides to run the race with me that is), this half marathon isn’t until November after all. πŸ™‚

So I’ve gotta say, I really enjoy writing these “Thursday Things” posts. It gives me a chance to go on and on about pretty much anything and everything that I’ve been up to or that’s on my mind and I think that’s a lot of fun! But that means that sometimes these posts end up being kinda long and I’m not sure how you guys feel about that. I mean, I enjoy reading blog posts that are short, sweet, and to the point, but I think I like longer, more detailed posts even better! I guess I’m just nosy like that. πŸ™‚

But for now that’s really all I’ve got to talk about for today.

Wishing you all the very best for your running goals, everyday adventures, and any of your other goals and challenges in life!

~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™‚

https://vid.me/bHEj

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