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Weekly Recap: January 14th-20th, 2019

Monday:

  • 2 easy miles
  • 30 minutes stretching/foam rolling

I’m used to going into Monday’s feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to go! That wasn’t the case this week though! After shoveling a bunch of snow and cleaning up huge tree limbs on Sunday I was feeling sore and tired! ๐Ÿ˜ด Still got out and did a couple of easy miles though. Stretching and foam rolling sure felt nice after all of that work I did on Sunday!

Oh and after my run I built a short little snowman, because why not?!? โ›„๏ธโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes of Pilates
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

HILLS!!!!!! Oh man, I haven’t done a good hill workout in a while and I sure didn’t make this one easy on myself. It was hard. I felt like I was dying. My elbows were dripping sweat by the time I was done. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got through it though! And it sure made running on the treadmill a bit more interesting.

Later in the afternoon I got a quick Pilates session on and then that night I spent some time on the stationary bike. Good times! ๐Ÿ˜

Wednesday:

  • 5 miles

Nothing really eventful about this run. It was just 5 nice and easy miles on a cold day. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday:

  • 30 minutes strength workout

I said I’m trying to dedicate myself more to strength training and I’m sticking with that! Pilates is good, but this strength training session was better! Haha I’m currently using a Jillian Michaels at home workout DVD for my big strength training session of the week. Her workouts are no joke! I’m hoping that sticking with a good stench routine will not only make me a better runner, but help me survive the trail 10k in Colorado that I’m doing with my dad in April. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Unrelated but I didn’t have any other photo to share from Thursday except for this one! My husband is the best! He bought me this shirt and it makes me so ridiculously happy! Raise your hand if you get it! ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Holy cow Friday was busy!! Luke and I went grocery shopping (which involves multiple stores for us), went to Home Depot, and then spend a good majority of the rest of our afternoon installing a new faucet for our kitchen sink and replacing our old garbage disposal. It was broken so nasty water kept backing up into the sink… We’ve tried fixing it before but we had finally decided that we just needed a new one. ๐Ÿ˜‚ After that fun adventure a technician came to our house to fix our WiFi. This was around 5:30 pm or so. Our internet would just randomly go out for no reason. It turns out that some squirrels had chewed some wire up on the pole. So he fixed that and replaced some wires or something in the house as well just to be on the safe side. But problem solved!

Anyway, while he was here I went out and got a quick little 2 mile run in. I wasn’t exactly planning on this, but it kinda turned into almost a tempo run. Hahaha I felt really good! I wish I wold have had time to stay out and do a little more, but I did not. Oh well, at least it was fun! ๐Ÿ˜

Saturday:

  • 5 miles

I didn’t have time to run more the day before because rain, ice, and snow was on the way. And it did indeed come. Not much though, but enough to make the roads slick. I didn’t feel like dealing with that so I took to the treadmill on Saturday. It wasn’t fun, but I got it done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Letting all of my training this week seep in!! Spent most of my day hanging out on the couch! Resting, relaxing, and gearing up for next week!

It can be hard to take days completely off. There were a few times today where I thought to myself that I should do something. But the reality is that I DID do something. I gave my body a chance to rest and repair itself. Which is a crucial and critical part of training! Obviously you shouldn’t be a couch potato all of the time, but every once in a while it’s the best possible thing you can do for yourself! Take a day complete off every once in a while, my friends. Your body will thank you!

Total Weekly Mileage: 17.02

Not where I want to be, but I did put in some hard work this week. I got back into my regular routine, did a hard hill workout, what was basically a tempo run, toughed it out on the treadmill twice this week, and took a whole day off of everything. Also stuck with my strength training plan! I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m working towards it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you’ve had a great week!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: January 7th-13th, 2019

With 2 races on my schedule for this spring it’s time to get to work!! If I’m gonna survive the trail 10k I’m doing with my dad in Colorado this April I figure I need to get stronger. Actually, I really just need to get stronger in general. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So that’s kinda what I want to focus on right now. Although I missed my big strength day this week. Oops. But I wasn’t feeling well on Thursday. Plus earlier in the week I had a little strain or something in my right quad. Luckily after taking it easy for a few days it’s gone away, so hopefully that’s the end of that! But other than that it’s been a pretty good week!!

Monday:

  • 2 miles
  • 30 minutes of yoga

The plan for Monday was a hard, interval workout. Unfortunately that’s not what happened. During my one mile warm up I noticed that my right quad wasn’t feeling right. I was hoping it would work itself out during my warm up but it never did. So I ran another easy mile home and called it a day. That afternoon I spent some time on my yoga mat trying to stretch it out a little bit but it still just wasn’t feeling great.

Tuesday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga
  • 20 minutes of Pilates

My quad still wasn’t feeling great on Tuesday. In fact, it was even more sore! So I decided not to run. I did clean out the chicken coop though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also did some more yoga, done Pilates for strength work, and really got into my quad with my foam roller that night. That REALLY seemed to help!

Wednesday:

  • 4 easy miles

My quad was still a bit sore, but feeling much better by Wednesday! Got in 4 relatively easy miles that morning. The first two miles were nice, slow, and easy. Just to see how my leg felt. It seemed fine so I finished the last two a little bit faster. Nothing too crazy or hard or anything. I felt like I was still going easy, but I also felt like I finished strong. That’s actually been my mantra lately. Whenever I find myself in a tough spot I just repeat the word “strong” to myself. It’s really been resonating with me lately. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday:

  • Rest Day

Thursday was supposed to be my cross training day dedicated to a longer strength work out, but my stomach was not happy and I just wasn’t feeling well. So it kinda turned into a rest day. I’m not really happy about that because I really want to dedicate myself to doing this kinda thing on Thursdays, but shit happens I guess. Obviously taking a rest Day was a good idea because I felt a lot better on Friday. ๐Ÿ˜„

Not really related to anything, but hereโ€™s a picture of Jethro eating a banana. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Friday:

  • 3 miles

Felt really good going into Friday! My quad was feeling much better as was my stomach! Plus it was cold and rainy out! My favorite! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒง The rain was supposed to turn into a big snow storm and while I didn’t deal with anything like that during my run I did get hit with a tiny bit of sleet and saw a few snowflakes. Then much later that afternoon, the rain finally started turning into snow! โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Saturday:

  • 4 miles in a snow storm!

Oh man, Saturday was crazy! We had a snow storm come through that started Friday afternoon and didn’t let up until Saturday afternoon. I talked all about that here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I ran in a blizzard in November so of course I had to run in this snow storm as well!

The original plan for Saturday was 6 miles but that became negotiable once it started snowing on Friday. Running in the snow is fun but it’s also really hard! I like to think these snowy miles were the equivalent of 6 miles on a normal day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday:

    Snow storm clean up

Sundays are usually my rest days but I didn’t really rest at all today. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I spent a good majority of my morning shoveling snow out of the chicken coop and dragging the big ass tree limbs that fell in our backyard to the wood pile. Once it started getting close to lunch time I was hungry and needed a break so I went inside, showered because I was covered in chicken poop, ate lunch, and then did stuff around the house while my hair dried. Then I went back out in the afternoon to take care of the tree branches in the front yard. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to be able up get them all because some of them were really big and heavy! I did it though!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Shoveling snow and moving those tree branches was HARD WORK! But I like to think that made up for the fact that I skipped my strength workout on Thursday. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰

This photo doesnโ€™t even do it justice! There were even more branches than this and the biggest one isnโ€™t even pictured! But theyโ€™re all in our wood pile now. ๐Ÿ˜

Honestly I’m pretty stoked about how this week went! In a perfect world I would have gotten more miles in, but a sore quad (which is feeling 100% better now!) and a snow storm (slowed me down but didn’t stop me!) didn’t exactly help. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Still though, it was a good week! I’m very happy to be back into my normal routine after the holidays. Now that I’m feeling back on track, it’s only up from here! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

Spring 2019 Races

I have officially got two races lined up for this year already! Hahaha that doesn’t exactly happen often. I don’t really race much and I’ve never had two races lined up this early in the year! ๐Ÿ˜Š Well, technically I was registered for both of these races in December before the price increase, but whatever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After Christmas I had several Visa gift cards burning a hole in my pocket and I figured a race would be a good thing to spend one of them on, so I decided to do the Running With The Cows 5k on May 11th. I’ve done this 5k in 2016 and 2018 and absolutely LOVED it, so I figured why not do it again? Plus it’s only 15 minutes away from my house, so super convenient. ๐Ÿ˜

The 5k is really just an add on to the half marathon they have though. One day I’d like to do the Running With The Cows half, but last year it was pretty hot and humid for May and I’m kinda terrified of doing a longer race on a hot day. Like, that’s one of my biggest fears. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Which is kinda dumb, because so far of done all of my half marathon training in the summer because I’ve always done my half marathoning in the fall. But I don’t know man, training in warm weather and actually racing in warm weather just seem like two very different things to me. Eventually though I am gonna suck it up and sign up for this half, but this is not that year. Besides, I just go to this race to pet the cows that they have there.๐Ÿ˜‰

I got to feed this mama cow last year! ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ˜Š

Alrighty, so not a very exciting story about how I ended up registered for Running With The Cows, but how I ended up registered for another spring race is!

So on December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve and two days before all of the price increases for race registrations, my dad and I had been texting back and forth for awhile. He had found these cool “Sloth Running Team” t-shirts and he sent me a picture of them. Well I said that we obviously needed them because they also say “we’ll get there when we get there” on them, which is something we said A LOT during the half marathon we did together in November. After that I got nothing but radio silence for about 5 minutes and then the next text I got from him was a screen shot of the order confirmation for two “Sloth Running Team” t-shirts. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Obviously I was pretty stoked about that. So I asked him what race are we running next? He had found this trail running festival thing in Colorado in April and wanted to do either the half or the 10k there. They also have a full marathon, 50k and a hundred miler (I think?). Luckily he didn’t want to do any of those. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyway, I wasn’t sure about going to that because it’s hard for me to leave my small petting zoo behind. Especially now that the chickens are laying eggs. Luke and I noticed that they don’t seem to like it when I’m gone. While we were in Illinois for Christmas and then New Year’s Eve we only got one egg each time we were gone and that was over a few days. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Poor chickens.

My hens are laying some really good looking eggs though! And theyโ€™re tasty too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

But I told my dad I’d talk to Luke about it and see what he thought. In the meantime, I told him that I was doing the Running With The Cows 5k again, which he and my mom actually spectated at in 2016, so he knows how neat this race is. After that I got more radio silence, and then a screen shot of his registration confirmation for Running With The Cows. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So the Sloth Running Team will be tackling another spring 5k together! Last March we did a Whiskey Run 5k together and I’m pretty sure that’s what go him hooked on the whole racing thing. Hahaha I’m ok with that though! That’s how we ended up doing a half marathon together in November. That was an absolute blast!!

Anyway, I talked to Luke about the trail running thing in Colorado. He said while it’s hard to deal with everything around here on top of him working, he could handle it if I wanted to go do one of these races. So I told my dad that I was going to be able to go and to send me a link to their website so I could register, and asked him exactly which race am he wanted to do because we hadn’t really figured that out. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We eventually decided to do the 10k because that was the shortest race at this festival thing. I live in Kansas at 862 feet above sea level, according to my Garmin. My dad lives at almost 5,000 feet above sea leaving in Longmont, CO and that elevation change is rough. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I found the elevation map for this race which is in Fruita, CO and it is to too terribly crazy, so that’s good. It’s still gonna be hard as hell though.

Anyway, we didn’t end up registering that day though. My dad wanted to talk to my brother and see if he wanted to do it with us. But at that point in our conversation my dad had to go to work, so I didn’t hear anything else from him until the next day.

In the midst of our New Year’s Eve festivities at Luke’s dad’s house I received yet another screenshot from my dad. This one was a registration confirmation for the Desert Rats Trail Festival 10k on Sunday April 14th (which is the day before the Boston Marathon. I’m not sure why that’s relevant, but that was my first thought ๐Ÿ˜‚), for the both of us.

See that fun fact? Yeah, thatโ€™s what my dad came up with for me. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

My brother didn’t want to do it, so it’s just gonna be the two of us again. Oh well, we have lots of fun doing these things together. My brother doesn’t know what he’s missing! ๐Ÿ˜‚

So yeah, that’s what I’ve got lined up for this year so far! I’m probably going to do another fall half marathon and at this point the only thing I’m really not sure about is weather or not I’m going to be doing it alone or if my dad will be with me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

But for now, this road runner who lives in Kansas is gonna have to figure out how the heck she’s gonna cover 6.2 miles on a trail in Colorado. I see lots of hill repeats in my future. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m also going to have to start getting used to running with my hydration pack again. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t actually need to carry any fluid with me on a 6 mile run. But the air is much more dry in Colorado, so I’m thinking it would be better to carry water with me. Especially since the aid stations at this event are pretty far apart.

Anyways, those are my plans for this spring! My year of big goals is already off to a good start and I can’t wait to see how my dad and I do in these two races!

Happy Tuesday!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: December 31st – January 6th, 2018-2019

Hello 2019! I’ve sure got some big goals for you!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

I haven’t really gotten right down to work this week though. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Luke and I went back to Illinois for New Year’s Eve, and then he took the rest of the week off from work. So I was still caught in a bit of that weird holiday limbo this week. Although it has been a lot better than last week and I do feel like I’ve accomplished something. ๐Ÿ˜

Monday:

New Years Eve

On Sunday night Luke and I drove back to Illinois so we could hang out at his dad’s house for New Year’s Eve, and that we did! We spent Sunday night eating too much, staying up too late, and playing board games. Same for New Year’s Eve, except we stayed up even later (we finally went to bed at 3 am ๐Ÿ˜‚), lived solely on several different cheese dips, chips, little smokies, and alcohol. Whew, it was a crazy night, but a good one!

The dogs all passed out around 9:30 pm though. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see anyone on my side of the family but my grandma and Uncle. But my siblings and dad are in Colorado and my mom is still in Illinois, but …well that situation is just really weird right now.

My dad and I are always texting back and forth though. I don’t remember exactly when, but at some point over the weekend he decided to do the Running With The Cows 5k with me this year (I’m not even sure if I mentioned that I’ve signed up for that here or not ๐Ÿ˜‚), so he signed up for that. Then he found some big trail running festival thing in Colorado that he wanted to go to, so he signed us both up for the 10k that’s being held that weekend. That event is in April and is about 5 hours away from where he lives, so we’re gonna drive there and then camp there all weekend. That should be fun!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So I’m pretty stoked that I’ve already got two races lined up for 2019, but now I really need to get my ass in gear and start training for them. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Tuesday:

We hung out at Luke’s dad’s for a while on Tuesday, but that afternoon we went and visited his grandma for a little bit and then drove home that evening. It’s nice to go visit family, but holy cow is it exhausting!! We’re pretty much done with that for a while now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wednesday:

  • 2.5 miles

After our drive back from Illinois Tuesday evening, we spent Wednesday morning recuperating from New Year’s Eve and all of the driving. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was ridiculously nice to sleep in our own bed that night.

In the afternoon I went out and ran a couple of miles. I probably could have and should have done more, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I was still feeling kinda bleh from all of the junk food, alcohol, and lack of sleep. But at least I got out and ran! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyway, I found $5 on my first run in 2019! I feel like that’s a good sign for this year! At least I sure hope so!

Thursday:

  • 4 miles

Was feeling a lot better on Thursday! My legs were kinda dead though. Probably from spending so much time in the truck earlier this week. Still pretty happy with the 4 miles I got done though. Plus it was nice and cold which is nice. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday:

  • Rest Day

Friday was the last day of Luke’s little vacation, so we had ourselves a little party for just the two of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Basically all we did on Friday was farm virtually (Luke playing Stardew Valley on his Switch and me playing Story Of Seasons: Trio Of Towns on my 3DS) while eating a ridiculous amount of snacks. I also baked cookies, so yeah, more snacks. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was a good time though! ๐Ÿ˜

Bubbles snuggled with me throughout most of it, but here she is on our pile of couch blankets. ๐Ÿ˜น

Saturday:

  • 5 miles
  • 30 minutes of Pilates

Whew! Back to reality!

Apparently chips, queso dip, and chocolate chip cookie are fantastic running fuel because this run was pretty great!! Hahaha I thought it was gonna be horrible after all of those snacks on Friday. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My legs were still feeling kinda heavy, but other than that I felt pretty good! Even managed a few speedy intervals in the middle of this run that felt really good. Hahaha but those probably felt good because I also ate some a Honey Stinger chews in the middle of this run. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I felt like I needed it though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, after my run I cleaned out the chicken coop and collected two eggs for the day, cleaned around the house, showered, attempted and failed to nap (although just laying in bed for 30 minutes was nice), finished cleaning the house, did a piss ton of laundry, and then finally did some Pilates. It was a very productive day. ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Yeah, yeah. ANOTHER rest day. But I’m trying to get back into the regular rhythm and flow of a usual week in my life, and Sundays are always my day off, so it made sense.

Anyway, spent my Sunday off dyeing my hair. Because my Sundays tend to be dedicated to hair upkeep nowadays, between dyeing it and using hair masks on it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it’s getting longer and it does require more work when it’s long. Plus this purple I’ve been using fades out super fast and I hate it. I need to get some more Manic Panic. That seems to work a lot better for me. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ

Alrighty! It’s been a crazy week! It was fun, but I’m ready to get back into a regular routine and to start training for some upcoming races this spring (be in the lookout for a post about that later in the week! ๐Ÿ˜‰).

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Now let’s get back at it! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

~Ashley

I’m Officially Registered For My First Race Of The Year!

Yay!!

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So last night KC Running Company posted about this new 5k/10k on their Facebook page, and after reading a little bit about it I decided that I absolutely had to do it!

It’s in Louisburg Kansas (obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), which is where the Louisburg Cider Mill is. That’s where Luke and I go pumpkin picking in the fall! Now this race isn’t actually at the cider mill (that would have been really neat though), but I figure the Louisburg Cider Mill has to be somewhat involved. Like they’re probably providing apple cider or something for the event. So that point alone pretty much sold me on this race, but then I found out that participants that are 21 and over get a souvenir cup of hard cider at the finish! Haha yeah, I literally went and registered for the 10k after I discovered that little fact. Iย love hard cider!

So I’m super duper excited because this will be the first 10k race I’ve done! I’ve been wanting to do one so bad, but it seems like it’s easier to find 5k’s, half marathons, and full marathons. Plus the course is supposed to be really pretty and the race doesn’t start until 5 pm so in October that should be right around dusk, which is seriously my favorite time of day!

So yeah, that’s pretty much all I know about this event haha. I guess this is it’s first year, so they don’t appear to have an actual website yet, but it is a KC Running Company event, so I’m sure it will be a lot of fun! They seem to put on some really good races. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only thing I’m really worried about is that there wont be many other participants and that I’ll end up coming in dead last. But I suppose that’s one of the hazards of being a slow runner. Andย somebodyย has to come in last, I suppose. Either way, I’m still very excited about this race! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now I just need to sign up for the Longview Half again and I’ll be set for the year! I would like to do a few more races, but now I’ve got a fall 10k to look forward to (and fall is my favorite, so that’s exciting) and then hopefully my goal half marathon (which is basically becoming a November tradition for me), and I am very content with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thursday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Happy February!!ย 

I’ve definitely started off the new month on the right foot! Woke up at 5:40 am, made myself some French toast (I don’t know why I’m on such a big French toast kick, but it’s currently working for me.), then read a little bit of Shoe Dog while I had my morning cup of coffee. I honestly can’t think of a better way to start the day/month!

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Except that’s kind of a lie, because I totally can! How about a shiny new 10k PR for the first day of February?! That was most definitely the icing on the cake. February is officially off to the best possible start ever! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

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Not to mention the fact that I did my current favorite workout, which is a 2 mile warm up, 40 minutes of intervals (3 minutes “hard” running, 1 minute walking), followed by a little over a mile to cool down (obviously I had to hit the 10k mark ๐Ÿ˜‰). Oh man, it’s just a lot of fun!

Plus I figured out that the road I found last week goes on a lot further than I had originally though. I’m definitely going to have to investigate this during my long run this weekend.

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Not gonna lie though, after the excitement of PRing wore off I was pretty darn tired, so I didn’t end up doing anything too strenuous for the rest of the day haha. I probably should have done some yoga or something, but meh, I was too tired. At the very least I did the whole legs up on the wall thing, so hopefully I wont end up with too much lactic acid in my legs. I guess I could foam roll at some point tonight, but that doesn’t sound like any fun (*sigh* I’m probably going to do it though).

Anyway, after I had showered and eaten I spent quite a but of time (almost 3 hours, I think?) messing with the theme of my blog. Not sure if I’m even happy with it at this point, but I just got too tired of sitting in front of the computer to care. I hate spending long periods of time staring at a computer screen (and I suppose that sounds kinda weird coming from someone who enjoys blogging). My eyes always start to hurt, sometimes I get headaches, and I always end up feeling super tired. Like 90% of what Luke does at work is stare at a computer and I don’t know how he does it! Seriously, I wanted to die after all of the time I spent in front of the computer today. I was actually excited to take a brake from screens and do my usual chores! I’ve literally never been so excited to unload the dishwasher, take out the trash, and sweep the floor haha.

Unfortunately that didn’t last long. After I was done I found myself right back at the computer, typing up most of this post, and parts of a few others. Good thing my run this morning was pretty hard, and I hit my step goal because of it, or else I’d have to feel kinda bad about all the sitting and doing nothing I’ve done today. Well, if you count blogging as doing nothing I guess haha. Jeez, I never thought keeping up with a blog would be this much work! It is fun though and I do enjoy it, but man, I think I could safely go the rest of this week without so much as a glance at a computer or phone or even a tv. I’m all technology-ed out… It really is hard to escape all of the screen time in this crazy modern world we live in. That’s why I think it’s so super important to spend some time outside in nature and disconnecting from it all. Running definitely provides that for me, and that’s one of the many reasons why I love it so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Walking my dogs and all the gardening I plan on doing this spring also helps provide me with some much needed outdoor time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of gardening (I am the master of segues, I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), I’m thinking it’s almost time to do some tilling! I won’t be able to plant much until around late March or early April, but right now it a pretty good time to start preparing the soil! Since it’s been a relatively mild winter (there were a few super cold days, but for the most part it never really stayed that cold and it only snowed twice. Sad face.) the ground isn’t frozen, so might as well get a head start! What I really need to do is turn my compost pile then add some of that to the garden plots before I start tilling. Perhaps that is something I should do this weekend, along with figuring out what all I want to plant. I definitely plan on doing tomatoes again, those are always a good choice. The bunnies really liked the broccoli I grew, even though we only got a few heads of it haha. Oh well, the leafs are full of some awesome nutrients too, and hey, you can’t argue with free bunny food! My cucumbers, while a little bitter, also did really well last year, so I think I’m going to be growing more of them. I for sure want to do another watermelon vine! Last year I tried my damnedest to keep my watermelon plant happy and I only ended up with one stinking melon (although that is better than nothing I suppose), so I feel like I have some unfinished business with watermelon plants haha. Oh man, just thinking about all the plants I want to grow makes me super excited, even though I’m not at all fond of the warmer months, at least I have something to do during them.

Along with all the garden fun, Luke’s been talking about building a small chicken coup and getting a few chickens! Technically you need a permit from the city to do that, but there are several houses in our neighborhood who keep chickens (one guy even has a goose! And doves, and a few ducks, and a bunch of bunnies, and 3 dogs haha). And if that permit is anything like the stupid licence you’re supposed to get for your dogs, then no one actually has one. Seriously, no one that I’ve talked to actually has their dogs licensed with the city. It just seems like a really useless thing to do and a waste of money. Anyway, I would really love to keep our own chickens! That would be so super neat! I miss having chickens, goats, cows, etc…Although I’m not entirely sure how we’d make the chicken thing work unless we build them a super sturdy and covered enclosure. Otherwise I feel like they’d just end up running around the neighborhood. That would be kinda funny though, just to see some chickens walking down the street haha.

I really wish we could get a goat! Then we would hardly ever have to mow our lawn and goats are just fun in general! Unfortunately, the city specifically sates that you cannot own a goat. Boo. That’s no fun. Maybe one day we’ll finally move out of city limits and onto a little bit of land. That would be nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

I realize now that I’ve just gone on a bit of a tangent, and for that I apologize. I just get super excited about those kinds of things!

Anyway, It’s looking like I’m going to be quite busy this summer! Hopefully that means it’ll go by super fast and I wont be so super miserable about being hot (I am seriously the worlds biggest baby when it comes to hot weather). The whole garden thing is going to take up a whole lot of my time, obviously I’m going to continue running and hopefully start training for my 3rd half marathon! Not gonna lie, I kinda want to run Longview for the 3rd year in a row. Since that particular race is so brand new, at this point I’ve only missed the very first year it’s been held! Since it’s only been going on for 3 years that’s not all that impressive, but if I can keep doing this race, it’ll be super impressive when I can say I’ve been running it basically since it started for like 20 years or something. Hey! A girl can dream.

We’ve also got the Florida trip happening with Luke’s mom in July. At this point it’s sounding like we’re going to be in Florida for two weeks. That should be interesting considering my deep hatred of the summer heat, which is only a lot worse in Florida. At the very least, living in the Midwest my whole life has prepared me to deal with humidity. But It’ll probably end up being a really fun trip though. Luke’s mom and two younger siblings moved to Minnesota a few years ago, so we don’t exactly get to see them very often, and now we have a chance to spend two whole weeks with them! I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to keep up with my running scheduled in Florida, but I guess I’ll find a way.

In August my parents will be coming here from Colorado to see Green Day with me! I am so ridiculously stoked for that! It’s going to be soooo much fun!! And I suppose since they’re coming to see me in Kansas, I’m going to have to go visit them in Colorado at some point. And my sister too! She lives on an army base about an hour south of my parents, so at least I’d probably get to see everyone no matter how much time I actually end up spending there. Plus, her husband was just recently deployed to Poland and he’s going to be there for a while, so I’m sure she’s going to end up being kinda lonely…What I reallyย reallyย want to do is some trail running in Colorado! But since I’m not even sure that I’ll be making my way there (even though I really want to this summer) I’m not making any plans or getting too excited about it.

I think that’s all we’ve got planned so far, and honestly I’m hoping we don’t end up doing much else, that’s quite a bit going on already! Plus we’re going to have to figure out what to do with all the critters while we’re in Florida, and what to do about the garden. Especially if I’m going to be gone more than once. I’m sure we’ll figure it out though. We usually do. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for more current things well, we don’t really have much going on right now. Aside from the plans I’ve basically just made about the garden that is. I’d really love to run some 5k’s and 10k’s this spring, but I don’t think we’ll be able to make that happen because money. Darn races just have to be so expensive…Ah well. I’m pretty much content to continue running around my neighborhood. I’m kind of a loner by nature anyway so I don’t really mind missing out on the social aspect of racing, and I’ve got a whole new road that I need to explore! That’ll add some excitement into my usual routine.

So, I didn’t exactly intend on this post being a “this is what I’ve got coming up on my scheduled” kind of deal, but it just sorta happened. I’ve notice that at the beginning of each new month I like to look ahead at what I’ve got planned in the future, just to make sure everything is going to be able to flow together without any big events overlapping and I guess that’s kinda what happened today! Plus I just like to ramble on and on sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So what about you? Got any exciting plans coming up? Spring races? Summer road trips? Concerts of any kind? I want to hear all about it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley