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Work, Running, And A Trip To The Dentist

Not gonna lie. I want to do more complaining. I’m going to try to keep that to a minimum today. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

For real though I’m just feeling so burnt out. Monday-Wednesday for the past two weeks have looked a little something like this for me;

  • Wake up at 4 am.
  • Eat, get dressed, go to work.
  • Do cat litter related stuff for 12 hours.
  • Get home at 5pm.
  • Make dinner and then breakfasts/lunches for my husband and myself for the next day.
  • Shower.
  • Maybe do a few chores around the house.
  • Read.
  • Go to bed at 8pm.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Hahaha this is what my hair looks like after spending over 12 hours in a messy bun. πŸ˜‚

It’s been a hard adjustment so far. And I’m really not looking forward to this Sunday. I’m working that day which means I’ll be working 4 days in a row. Then eventually mandatory overtime is going to kick in.

I already feel like I have no life. At least on the days that I work. And it sure doesn’t help hearing everyone at the plant talking about how they don’t have time to do anything because they’re always working. Like, I’m already having trouble trying to run and keep up with everything else in my life. I’m not sure how I’ll be able to get anything done when I’m having to work more…

That on top of how bruised and beat up my body is. I don’t know man. Maybe the kind of money you make at this plant is worth all of that to some people, but honestly I think I’d rather be able to actually participate in life and have a body that’s not so beat up. But at this point I don’t have many options. I wish I did though.

Whew, anyway. I miss running. I haven’t been able to do much of it lately. I just haven’t been able to squeeze it in between this new job, my brother-in-law’s wedding last weekend and all of the shenanigans that went into that.

But since I didn’t have to work today, which means I didn’t have to worry about getting to bed early so that I could get up early, I was able to swap out my work boots for my running shoes and I got 3 miles in!! πŸ˜„

I think this run might make it onto my top 10 list of greatest runs. Every step hurt because my quads are on fire from the ridiculous amount of squatting down I did at work yesterday (it’s a long story. πŸ˜‰), and I felt like I was going to puke the entire time because I scarfed down a large bowl of spaghetti minutes before I hit the road. But I was running. And really that’s all that matters. I’ll take whatever amount of running I can get at this point though. No matter how short or painful it might be.

Anyway, not having to wake up at 4 am this morning was literally the best feeling ever! I slept in until 8, actually made myself a hog breakfast, and sat around and enjoyed my coffee. It was magical. πŸ˜‰

Later this morning I had to go to the dentist and get some fillings. 6 to be exact. That was less magical. πŸ˜‚

If you’ve been following me for a while then you know getting my shitty teeth fixed has been quite a process for me. I went 10 years without seeing a dentist because I just couldn’t afford it (how fucked is that? The US health care system is absolutely terrible…). Even though I knew my teeth needed work and that waiting meant that they would require even more work. And it’s not like I didn’t take care of them. I actually did and still do! But my mom and dad both have trouble with their teeth and apparently they passed that along to me.

But now, 3 years, 3 root canals, later I’m slowly but surely getting things taken care of! πŸ˜„ I’ve still got more work that needs done on them but after today I don’t have enough insurance to cover any of it. But luckily we’re pretty close to the end of the year so I only have to wait a little bit longer until I can get more of my teeth fixed!! 😁

The healthcare system in this country might be fucked but I do really like my dentist. He’s a very kind and compassionate man and he does seem to understand people having to work around all of our insurance stuff. And he does great work! My front teeth look soooo much better now! And now that they’ve got fillings they’re not going to get worse and need root canals or anything like that later on.

Hahaha my face was still very numb when I got home from the dentist but I was hungry, so I ate some soup. That was hard. πŸ˜‚

Ok then, that’s all for today!

Sorry for doing more complaining. I try to keep it real here and that’s how I currently feel so that’s what you get. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, happy Thursday!

~Ashley

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It’s Finally Fall!!

Last Wednesday it got up to 85 degrees in the afternoon. So basically the same kinda temperatures we’ve been having for a while here in Kansas. But overnight the temperature dropped like crazy and we woke up to a crisp 52 degrees in the morning!

Haha so one day is was summer and then the next day it was fall. πŸ˜‚ I’m sure not complaining though! Cool weather is my favorite and October-January is pretty much my favorite time of year. 😁

Anyway, the latter half of last week was just a whirlwind of activity! My brother-in-law got married on Saturday so a bunch of our family traveled from out of state to Kansas for that and things were just a little hectic as they sometimes get when you have a bunch of people traveling and visiting for a wedding. All on top of my first “week” of working at the Clorox plant. So needless to say, it was a pretty tiring week!

Thursday night Luke’s dad, step-mom, and his youngest brother stopped by our house to hang out for a little bit and to drop off their dog, Lexi after they drove in from Illinois. They were staying at a hotel and they didn’t want to board her at a kennel so she stayed with us over the weekend.

On Friday morning Luke’s mom, and one of his brothers and sisters got here after a long trip from Minnesota. They actually got here while Luke and his dad were out golfing. πŸ˜‚ So we just hung out at our house for a while until Luke got home. Then we had to head to the rehearsal dinner for the wedding.

After we got through the rehearsal Luke dropped me and his sister off at our house and then him, his two brothers, his dad, and some of their friends took my brother-in-law to Top Golf for his bachelor party. So while they did that Luke’s sister and I painted our nails and introduced each other to the music each of us likes. πŸ˜‚ Around midnight she got tired and went to bed. Not long after that Luke, his brother, and my brother-in-law (I know this gets super confusing with all of his siblings. πŸ˜‚) came to our house to stay the night. My brother-in-law and his fiancΓ©e were doing the thing were you don’t see the bride until the wedding day, so he couldn’t stay at his house. We had a lot of fun though! Quite a bit of alcohol was consumed and we stayed up until almost 4 am. It was like old times waaay back in the day. It was a lot of fun!

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Saturday morning we all woke up pretty late. Obviously. πŸ˜‚ Not long after we got up Luke’s grandparents dropped by to visit for a little bit. After they left my brother-in-law left to go get ready for his wedding, Luke and I had to drop his brother and sister off at the house where his mom, aunt, and grandma were staying, then we drove back home, got ready, then headed to the wedding venue. Several hours later and long story short, my brother-in-law was married and everyone headed upstairs to the reception.

Honestly it was one of the strangest wedding receptions I’ve been to. They did the usual first dance, parents dances, cutting the cake, and then they did a dollar dance, and that was pretty much the only dancing any adults did. The dance floor was quickly taken over by the shit ton of children who were there and most of the adults in my age range ended up hanging out outside for a while. πŸ˜‚ It was pretty fun though!

My brother-in-law and I during the dollar dance. πŸ˜‚

After the reception Luke and I took his brother and sister back to our house and we stayed up until 1:30 am playing board games. It was a good time. πŸ˜„

Yesterday everyone who drove to Kansas stopped by our house to say goodbye and then they headed back to Illinois and Minnesota. Luke’s dad, step-mom, and youngest brother took “PuppyPuppy” home with them. He’s 8 weeks old now and while I think it’s usually best to keep them until they’re 10 weeks old, this case was a little bit different. So he’s at his home now.

We’re are going to miss him a little bit, but honestly Luke and I are mostly relieved that he’s gone. Puppies are a lot of work and we’re both over being woken up by a puppy that wants to play at 3 am every morning. So he’s their problem now. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

Hahaha alright. That’s a super condensed version of all of this weekend’s shenanigans. But basically the point I wanted to get across was that we had some busy days, late nights, and more alcohol than I usually consume. It was fun though. πŸ˜„

I spent yesterday evening attempting to recover from all of the fun and mentally prepare for the next 3 days of 12 hours a day at the Clorox plant. I like to think I succeeded in that endeavor. I was in bed by 8 pm and waking up at 4 am this morning wasn’t too bad.πŸ˜‰

My workday today was a freaking drag though!!! The plant was having all sorts of issues with a new computer system that they have going on, so our lines went down at 10 am and they never went back up. So from 10 am – 5 pm we had to find other ways to keep ourselves busy. It was horrible. The day felt like it went on FOREVER!

But now I’ve got one down, two more to go! But I have to work Sunday. So that means I’ll be working 4 days in a row. Not looking forward to that…

Not gonna lie, I’ve been applying to some other jobs I’ve seen on job boards. I’ll get paid less at basically any other job, but I just don’t think I’m cut out for factory life. It’s not too terrible now. But once mandatory overtime kicks in and I have to work 5-6 days a week at 12 hours a day. Yeah, I’m not sure my injury prone body can handle that. I’m just now starting to heal up from my first week of working at this plant. But I’m just going to look like this again by the end of the week because I’m sure we’ll actually be working tomorrow and Wednesday.

Battle scars from my first week.

Bleh. I’m already over it…

~Ashley

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Happy first day of October!!!

Fact: October-January is THE BEST time of the year!

Let’s talk about why!!

October:

  • Halloween, duh! πŸŽƒ
  • Fall weather

November:

  • The Longview half is November 9th and the Gobbler Grind half of November 10th! And my dad is doing both of them with me!
  • My birthday is November 15th! Yay!
  • Thanksgiving
  • The Christmas season starts this month! I do t care what anyone says, you can’t stope from being holly jolly in November.
  • Cold, frosty mornings

December:

  • Winter weather! Snow! Cold! Yay!! ⛄️❄️
  • Christmas!
  • New Year’s Eve

January:

  • The winter weather continues!
  • New Year’s Day

I guess made out into a list like that it doesn’t seem like much, but I LOVE all of these things and I think they all basically need whole months to be celebrated! πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a fantastically spooky October!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸŒ™πŸπŸ’€πŸ–€

Pumpkin Picking 2019

Woohoo! The tradition continues!!

Every year since Luke and I moved from Illinois to Kansas we’ve gone pumpkin picking in the fall. Not on any specific date. We just go whenever works best for us. Or at a particular place. We’ve gone to a few different cider mills, orchards, and straight up pumpkin patches. But it’s still a tradition that’s still going strong 7 years as of today!

We took Dean with us today because we’ve always wanted to bring a dog with us but we never bothered looking up whether or not we could until today. πŸ˜‚ But they said dogs were allowed so we brought one!!

Hahaha it’s hard picking when you’ve got 4 to choose from. But we chose Dean because he’s the most laid back and chill. Plus he has very little herding drive so he didn’t really bother the goats and chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo area. Lily, Finn, and Whiskey would have wanted to herd all of the critters. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we went to the Louisburg Cider Mill bright and early this morning! We got there at 8 am, right when they open, so we could beat the heat and the crowds! And we were totally successful!!

First we took Dean through the corn maze. He was very confused about that. He wanted to keep running through the corn. Eventually he figured out that we were staying on the path though and eventually we let him lead the way. He wasn’t very successful about finding his way to the end, but eventually Luke and I figured it out! Hahaha I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve actually entered and exited a corn maze in the correct place. πŸ˜‚

After we finished the corn maze we got down to business picking THE PERFECT pumpkin! I think we succeeded in that endeavor! It’s HUGE, and round, and perfect! Hahaha I’m very excited! πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Surprisingly enough I don’t have any photos of it right now. I’m sure I’ll have a whole bunch throughout the rest of spooky season though! But I do have a few photos of the pumpkin patch and Dean dragging me through it. πŸ˜‚

Whew! That was a lot of fun!! After we picked out our perfect (but super expensive) pumpkin we went to the little country store they have there and got some loose tea (they have THE BEST loose tea) and soup mix. Yum!! πŸ˜‹

Now if only the weather would cooperate and cool off! It was super nice out this morning but it got up to 90 by this afternoon. Boo… It is supposed to cool down but next week though and I sure hope it does! I’m looking forward to some fall weather!

Anyway, after our pumpkin picking adventures Luke and I ran some errands, bough groceries, then went to Walmart for some golf balls because Luke wanted to golf today. So we did get his golf balls. But we also ended up with some mini pumpkins as well. πŸ˜‚

And he did get to get in 18 holes of golf. I didn’t feel like playing though so I played the part of caddy/spectator. πŸ˜‰

So I got to go pumpkin picking which is one of my favorite things and Luke got yo go golfing which is one of his favorite things, so everyone was a winner today! πŸŽƒ 🏌️😊

And now that we’re done with all of that fun we’re going to spend our evening just hanging out at home. And I’m going to at least attempt to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Really all I need to do is make sure I have breakfast ready, set my coffee maker, and lay out my clothes. But I don’t feel like doing That right now. I should also probably drink some water because I basically haven’t all day. Oops.🀣

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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Fall, FRΓ‰ Skincare, My New Job, and Other Randomness

First off, happy Fall!!!

I’m a little late I know, but I’ve been pretty busy and kinda stressed out lately. But I am super duper excited that fall is finally here!! Now hopefully the weather will start cooperating soon. It’s still hitting near the 80’s in the afternoons here. But it’s looking like that’s finally going to stop by next week! Yay!!

I’m very much looking forward to cooler temps! Cooler weather makes for better running. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

Anyway, I’m super duper excited to announce that I now how my very first affiliate link! Yay!

Now you probably know that I don’t like to work with or promote brands or companies that I don’t personally use or that I don’t believe in and this is no different.

I’ve been using FRΓ‰’s 123 kit for several weeks now and when they invited me to join their ambassador program I jumped at the chance!!

I never actually had a skin care routine before I got my FRΓ‰ 123 kit. My skin isn’t overly oily or dry and while I do get pimples every once in a while I don’t really suffer from acne. So I never thought that I needed to do anything special for my skin, outside of the random face masks I occasionally do. But oh boy was I wrong!

My skin has never felt so clean and fresh and healthy! I know it’s hard to tell in pictures. Especially since everyone edits them (although I can assure you I only ever do slight adjustments to the lighting, color, and add filters to my photos. πŸ˜‰). But it really has made a huge difference!

So, what I do with the 123 FRΓ‰ set is super simple! I use the “Protect Me” product before I run. It’s basically just a fancy sun screen. But it goes on so light and smooth, unlike most sunscreens, plus it smells great! Then in the shower after I run, I use the bottle of “Purify Me”. This stuff is so nice! It cleans out your pores and exfoliates your skin using Jojoba beads instead of plastic micro beads (which is super important! The less plastic we can use in this world the better!). And last but not least and my personal favorite is “Revive me”, which I apply after I get out of the shower. This stuff is super hydrating and strengthens skin barrier to help prevent dehydration. Plus it feels so light and fresh going onto your skin! I LOVE it!

Pre-run skincare!!

So if you’d like to check out the 123 FRΓ‰ set, or any of FRΓ‰’s skincare products please use my referral link;

https://www.freskincare.com/REBEL25

Plus today and TODAY ONLY you can use my code REBEL25 to buy one get one free on ALL FRΓ‰ products! Including sets like the 123 FRΓ‰ set which I absolutely love! 😊

If you miss out on the BOGO sale my code REBEL25 will always get you 15% off of any order on FRΓ‰ Skincare’s website.

Let me know if you use any FRΓ‰ products! I’d like to hear what you think!! All I can say is they’ve definitely made me a believer in a good skincare routine! Even with all of the stress that’s been currently going on in my life my skin looks and feels amazing!

Seriously though! I’ve been so stressed lately because I’ve been looking for a job/trying to get hired onto the Clorox plant here in my town since August. Yeah. That’s been a long, painful process. I also had an interview with Garmin earlier this month, but they “aren’t able to offer me employment at this time”. Bummer. But ya girl is now a temp at the Clorox plant! And as long as I don’t somehow fuck up my 90 day temp period I’ll be hired on as an actual employee with real benefits!

So I started my training yesterday. Me and another girl came in around noon and had to watch a slideshow presentation thing put on by one of the employees there. Then he walked us through the plant, explained what all of the machines do and basic protocol, assigned us lockers, we took a lunch break, and then he turned us over to people who work at the stations we’ll be working at. That was when my new friend and I parted ways for a little bit as we’ll be at different stations (and shifts). Basically all I did was observe for around 2 hours while the other guy explained what I’d be doing. So yeah. It’s not the best or most exciting job ever, but for $18 an hour (which is the most my uneducated ass could ever hope for) I can’t complain too much.

I go back on Monday to start my actual shifts. For my temp time I’ll be working the D1 shift which is Monday – Wednesday, 4:30 am – 5 pm and every third Sunday (everyone works every third Sunday) which is definitely ideal! I was told there was s good chance I’d end up moving to D2 which is the same hours but Wednesday – Saturday. Much less ideal, but still better than having to work overnights. Which I’m sure I’ll end up having to at some point, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Honesty, at this point I’m a little intimidated. It’s a lot of stuff to learn, but apparently it’s pretty easy once you learn it. So hopefully Monday, my first real day, goes well. I guess we’ll see!

Anyway, ITS SPOOKY SEASON BITCHES!!!

I mean, it’s been spooky season in my world for a while now, but you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

So tomorrow Luke is taking me pumpkin picking! Yay!!!! I’m so freaking stoked!! So stoked in fact, that I went out waaay too fast for my run this morning. That coupled with the fact that I may or may not have CHUGGED three glasses of wine last night made me feel like actually death by about mile 2. πŸ˜‚ So I ended up running home and calling it good. So I made it 2.53 miles which is about 1/2 a mile shorter than I wanted, but I’ll still take it. I might have felt pretty bad, but they were still a fun 2.5 miles! 😁

Okey dokey then! That’s all for today!

Wishing everyone a very happy spooky season!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸ¦‡πŸŒ™πŸŽƒπŸ•ΈπŸπŸ’€

Thursday Things

Buckle in my friends, I have quite a bit of stuff to talk about today! Mostly involving fun fall stuff, but some running stuff too! πŸ˜‰ Including a fantastic #throwbackthursday photo from the start of the Longview Half last year. So, let’s get started!

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I don’t think Luke really understands why I love this season, or really just the last few months of the year, so much. And honestly sometimes I’m not sure either. Well, aside from the fact that the best holidays happen in October, November, and December, my birthday is in November, the weather is fantastic, and everything just feels all warm and cozy and festive. So never mind, I’m totally sure! πŸ˜‰ But he’s a wonderful husband and is always making sure I get to experience all of the fun fall/winter related activities! Even if they seem ridiculously small and almost meaningless. Like baking pre-cut, Halloween sugar cookies (for real though, I think we can all admit that these are some of the best cookies ever!).

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So yeah, I’m not sure that he gets it. But he’ll still randomly show up after he gets home from work with things like this, and it makes me so ridiculously happy. It really is the little things in life you guys. πŸ™‚ Haha he also knows me incredibly well! While I was making them he asked how many raw cookies I ate. πŸ˜‚ The answer was 4. But come on, cookie dough is delicious and has anyone actually ever gotten salmonella from cookie dough anyway. πŸ˜‰

He also lets me decorate ALL OF THE THINGS!! Haha inside and outside! Although this is the first year we’ve actually had inside Halloween decorations. He even helps me pick out new ones and put them up! Haha but I’m not allowed on ladders (worlds biggest klutzs here!), so he kinda has to. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, so far our yard is looking pretty spooky! We’ve got a nice little graveyard set up (pictured below), spooky spider webs all over our trees, and several bats hanging around. We had ghosts hung up too, but the wind blew them down haha. We’re gonna fix that though. And Luke wants to figure out a better way to set up our lights. His mom sent us some really cool ones, but our house has no outdoor outlets, so setting up lights is always a pain in the ass. Good thing Luke’s got a degree in electrical design. πŸ˜‰

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He also tolerates me sending him ALL of the Halloween memes and our neighbor’s Halloween decorations. And by the way, some of my neighbors are totally KILLING it with their decorations! I love it! I also love that I’m not the only one who likes to go all out for Halloween. πŸ™‚ So far these are a few of my favorite houses. Haha actually, I talk to the guy who lives in the red/white house all of the time. He’s a really cool guy! He has two black labs that are always excited to see me and he always goes all out with Halloween and Christmas decorations. Obviously his blowups aren’t currently inflated, but they’re still really neat!

So yeah, I’m currently having ALL of the fall fun and my husband is THE BEST! πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Okey dokey then, lets talk about running stuff!

So, today’s run should have been fantastic! The weather was great, the leaves in my neighborhood are starting to change, everyone is starting to put up their Halloween decorations (haha the two photos above are actually from my run this morning), and I felt pretty great! Well, except for my right shin actually.

I am what most people would refer to as an β€œinjury prone runner”. A lot of that actually has to do with my klutzy-ness, but I also have notoriously weak hips. Which has caused me problems with my IT bands and shins. I’ve also had plantar facial issues, but that was from running in a pair of shoes that were waaay too supportive for my very high arches in my feet. πŸ™ƒ

Anyway, I was just beginning to think I might make it through this training cycle unscathed. I’ve been working on my hips and doing a pretty good job of keeping up with my recovery activities, but this morning my right shin/knee was feeling kind of off this morning… That’s actually super weird because it’s usually my left leg that’s the problem, but whatever. πŸ˜‚ So at first my stubborn ass thought I was just going to run through it and finish my 5 mile run as planned. I have a ridiculously high pain tolerance, so that was something I could have easily done. But the more I thought about it the more I realized I needed to stop. I’m obviously going to be better off taking care of what’s hopefully just a niggle and not a full blown injury before it gets any worse. I’m actually really good at being a lot more hurt than I think I am because of my crazy pain tolerance. So yeah, I made it 2.5 miles before I decided that those last 2.5 miles weren’t going to be worth it. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Honestly though, I think whatever it is that I’ve done to myself happened on the treadmill yesterday. I legit can’t run properly on a treadmill. I thought that maybe I was starting to figure it out, but apparently not. I’m beginning to think treadmill running is actually a hazard to my health.

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So I’ve spent the rest of the day resting my leg. I’m wearing my compression gear and did a bunch of stretching and foam rolling this afternoon. And I plan on taking tomorrow off too. I’m hoping that if I rest it and give it a little extra TLC that it will feel good enough to do my long run on Saturday. Possibly Sunday if it’s still feeling off on Saturday. But anyway, hopefully it’s just a little niggle from running weird on the treadmill.

Moving on, I’m super duper excited to announce that I get to be a part of the Honey Stinger Hive for the 3rd year in a row! πŸπŸ―πŸ’œ

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I’m sure by now a lot of you know that Honey Stinger waffles are my go-to running fuel! They’ve gotten me through 3 half marathons and most of my training! Along with their chews and new cracker and nut butter bars. Those things are amazing!

Of course I love the product, but what I really love is the community that Honey Stinger has created. Some of us are runners, cyclists, swimmers, hikers, surfers, snowboarders, golfers, the list goes on and on and on! But no matter how fast or slow, what sport or activity you participate in, what walk of life you’re in, whether you’re a stay at home mom, 9-5er, or a professional adventurer, you’re a complete beginner or are going pro, everyone is here for each other. Always positive. Always supportive. No one gets left out. And I just think that’s the bee’s knees. (See what I did there. πŸπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚). So I’m very stoked that I have the privilege of representing this brand for another year. πŸ™‚

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Alrighty, as promised, the fantastic #throwbackthursday photo from last year…

Have you ever looked back through old race photos and thought to yourself “wow, I’m super photogenic!” Yeah, me neither. In all fairness though, getting your headphone placement just right is super important. Especially at the start of a race.

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I couldn’t remember if I’ve actually shared this photo on here or not, but I figure it’s too good not to. Haha I find candid race photos to be very amusing. And why not? It’s hard to look good for a camera when you’re focused on the task ahead. It makes for fun photos to look back on. At least I think so. πŸ˜‰

Whew! Alright! I’m pretty sure that covers everything for today!

I hope you have a great Thursday and the MOST fantastic fall!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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Yesterday Was A Good Day

And I think today is going to be a good day as well, but first we need to talk about how a easy 2 mile run turned into a “long” run. πŸ˜‰

So Luke and I have been waking up around the same time for the past couple of days and that’s been really nice. That means he’s been sleeping in a little bit and I’ve been waking up a little bit earlier, but I think it’s been worth it. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we woke up to a chilly, cloudy, slightly drizzly day yesterday! My favorite!!

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So we got up, Luke got dressed and was off to work, and I let the dogs out, made myself some super yummy oatmeal and coffee, ate, checked the weather (it was 47 yesterday morning and felt like 42 πŸ™‚ ), and got dressed and ready to run in some of my favorite weather!

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So my original plan was just to do 2 or 3 easy miles, nothing too exciting. But once I stepped outside I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Especially since the temperature dropped a little bit more while I was out and I just couldn’t waste such a nice, chilly day on such a short easy run, so I did 8 instead. Hahaha because that’s the obvious solution. But in all fairness, that means I’ve knocked out my “long” run for the week so now I wont have to worry about that anymore. Plus I had quite a bit of fun! The colder weather tends to do that to me. πŸ™‚

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So yeah, I did have fun but I also did a little bit of struggling haha. I suppose that’s to be expected though, this was the first long run I’ve done in 2 ish months so I kinda saw that coming. Actually, the first 2 miles were absolute hell but they got progressively better after that, up until the last mile and a half ish. That was also pretty awful. By then my legs were hurting a little bit and I was super tired, but hey, still made it 8 miles! πŸ™‚

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After spending that much time out in the cold yesterday morning (which don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed!) I wanted to get myself warmed up again, so I had some hot apple cider, which was absolutely heavenly, and took a long, super hot shower. That was a also really really nice. πŸ™‚ Then I put on my comfiest sweat pants, warm winter socks, and a flannel shirt over a t-shirt and cuddled on the couch with the dogs while I watched Netflix and did some blogging. So those were pretty much the best post run activities ever. πŸ™‚ I also tried to nap a little bit, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Does anyone else have this problem? Where you’ll be absolutely exhausted after a run but just can’t fall asleep? Because I seem to have that problem often haha. Oh well, that’s alright though because I ended up sleeping crazy well last night.

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Haha this photo was taken pre-shower. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I ended up doing a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day because I was so freaking tired after not really running longer like that for a while. But I am a little bit more confident about the half marathon in November so that’s good. πŸ™‚

So like I said, I slept pretty darn well last night, but I’m still kinda tired haha, so I guess today is going to be a rest day. πŸ™‚ It’s looking like it’s going to be another chilly, dreary day though so I’m sure I’m going to spend quite a bit of time walking the dogs out in the nice weather. πŸ˜‰

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley