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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 πŸ˜‰ ), 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. IΒ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. AndΒ somebodyΒ has to come in last, I suppose. Either way, I’m still very excited about this race! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday everyone!

~Ashley

 

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Happy February!!Β 

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! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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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 πŸ˜‰). 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. πŸ™‚ Walking my dogs and all the gardening I plan on doing this spring also helps provide me with some much needed outdoor time. πŸ™‚

Speaking of gardening (I am the master of segues, I know. πŸ˜‰ ), 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. πŸ™‚

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 reallyΒ reallyΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley