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My Morning In Photos

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(I wish Vidme was like YouTube in the way that when you add the link to a video in a post it would automatically embed the video into the post, but oh well)

But it you’re at all interested in my summer morning routine go check out my latest vlog! I shared my morning in photos today. πŸ™‚

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The Tinman Challenge Day 6

This is the first full week of of the challengeville Tinman challenge that I’m participating in this month, and so far, so good I think. πŸ™‚

Yesterday I accidentally slept through my alarm, so I got up and out on the road a little later than I would have liked. It was warming up fast, the sun was out and the pavement was reflecting the light/heat right back at me, and the humidity was at 99%. Talk about a tough run…I got it done though! The daily run plan for the Tinman challenge calls for a 5k on Monday, so that’s exactly what I did even though there were plenty of times that I wanted to call it quits, cut this workout short, and walk home.

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Monday’s run was hot, sticky, slow, and absolutely no fun…but I got it done!

Anyway, this morning and day 6 of the challenge went a little bit better. At the very least I got up with my alarm this morning haha. I kinda spent the night tossing and turning though. My bedroom gets super hot with me, Luke, 3 dogs, and a cat that had to be on my pillow all night, and I don’t really sleep well when I’m hot. I kept waking up all sweaty and gross, trying to find a more comfortable position to fall back asleep in. It was no fun and obviously it really made me dread my 5 am alarm.

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Once that alarm when off though, I was up and moving. πŸ™‚

So, have you ever woken up so hungry that your stomach hurt? And you know that the smoothie that you prepared the night before is just going to make it worse unless you eat something to soothe your stomach first? Because that’s exactly what happened to me this morning. I woke up with my stomach growling and gurgling so much that it was kinda painful, and the smoothie I had made last night had orange juice in it, so I knew that wasn’t going to help unless I ate something else first. Thank goodness for my stash of Honey Stinger waffles! One of those was easy enough to grab and eat quickly enough for me to not really lose any time, but still settle my stomach enough that I could drink my smoothie afterwards. Plus yesterday I realized just how well they pair with coffee (bonus points if you had the coffee maker ready the night before and just needed to press one button to get it going, like I did πŸ˜‰ )! Seriously though, dip your Honey Stinger waffles in coffee. It’s great! πŸ™‚

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Anyway, on the bright side, it was much less humid this morning than it was yesterday and since I got out just as the sun was starting to come up it didn’t feel as hot and gross out. That made this run a lot more pleasant than yesterday’s. Some cloud cover would have made it even better, but beggar’s can’t be choosers, I suppose. I’m just glad I didn’t feel like I was drowning in my own sweat like I did yesterday haha.

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For the most part I got 4.5 miles done without too many issues. I think I may have been a little dehydrated because my throat was super dry and I felt incredibly thirsty for almost the entire workout and near the end my legs were feeling a little heavy, but other than that my legs felt surprisingly fresh (probably because I actually foam rolled last night haha) and I had a decent amount of fun. Well, as much fun as I can have in the summer anyway. I’m already ready for the colder months haha.

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After I got my run done I spent around 40 minutes working in my garden. Mostly just watering my plants, weeding, and hoeing. Fun times. But it would seem all of my hard work is paying off! My plants are getting huge!!

Anyway, I’ve showered, eaten a quick snack, and am currently considering napping. And it’s not quite 9 am yet! Hahah that’s one of the benefits of summer running; I tend to get A LOT done before 9 am.

Now then, about that nap… πŸ˜‰

~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

 

Garden UpdateΒ 

I don’t think I’ve really mentioned much about how my garden has been doing ever since Luke and I started planting stuff back in March. So I thought I might as well post a little update on it today. πŸ™‚

So the thing that’s currently doing the best and what I’m definitely most excited about is the peach tree! It’s absolutelyΒ covered in little green peaches that seem to get a little bit bigger every day!!!

I’m so super excited about it, because last year (at least I think it was last year) when we bought it it was supposed to grow peaches. It did at first but they all ended up falling off and the tree just took off and grew a good 4-5 feet taller. That was a bit disappointing, but apparently it was all for the best, because now we should have a whole bunch of fresh peaches! Β I’m already dreaming of pies and jams and jellies and grilled peaches… It’s going to be great!

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I’m also very excited about the amount of berries that are starting to form on my strawberry plant! Last year I only got 2 or 3 berries from it, but that’s pretty typical, strawberry plants tend to grow more and more berries every year. So pictured below is a little cluster of strawberries that are currently growing. They’re even starting to turn kinda red which is awesome!

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At the moment we really don’t have a lot going on in my big garden plots. Like I said before, Luke and I planted some stuff in March and that’s pretty much been it so far. Mostly because March/April is still a little bit early to plant anything else that we want to grow. We do have some lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and carrots growing though πŸ™‚

Unfortunately now it’s too warm for the broccoli and brussel sprouts to really do anything. I think all of the rain we got a week or two ago kinda stunted their growth and they just never really took off while it was still cool enough for them. So now I don’t think we’re going to get any heads of broccoli unless we can somehow keep the plants alive through the heat of the summer and into the fall. Then we might, but I’m not too sure. That’s ok though, because even if they don’t grow heads they’ll still keep growing and their leaves will get really big, and my rabbits really seem to like broccoli leaves.

I feel like the same think kinda goes fro the brussel sprouts, but I’ve never grown them before, so I’m just going to wait and see how that plays out.

The lettuce in these plots seems to be doing pretty well! I think it also got a little stunted by all of the rain, but once things dried out a bit and it got some sun it’s all started taking off! Pretty soon I should be able to start pulling off some of it and using it for salads and bunny food. πŸ™‚ That’s the great thing about lettuce, you can pull off a good portion of the leaves and it will keep growing back. So basically we’ll have and endless amount of lettuce all summer and that’s pretty sweet!

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Now out by our shed in a little plot we planted some carrot and onion seeds. The only problem is that root vegetables don’t tend to do well in our soil. It’s got too much clay in it. Although last year we just let the carrots grow all summer and into the fall, and we ended up with some decent sized ones, so we’re going to try for that again. As you can see in the photo below, I really need to weed out some of my carrot plants, but so far they seem to be growing just fine! I’ve only seen a few tiny little onion plants though and they’re not looking so good, so I’m thinking we’re going to have another year without onions. Oh well. I’m just happy that the carrots are doing well.

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You might have noticed that there is a lot more than just vegetables growing in my garden…I desperately need to do some weeding. But every time I had planned to it rained, and then I got sick and wasn’t able to. It’s just been a whole thing… Luckily today I felt well enough to do a little bit of weeding though! So I pulled some grass/weeds from just around my vegetable plants and out of my strawberry container. But I didn’t exactly have time to get rid of all of the weeds because I wanted to plant my flower seeds from Cheerios today, and wouldn’t you know it there were thunderstorms in the forecast.

So after riding the intimidate areas around my vegetable plants, I went out front, weeded the landscaping around the tree, put down my seeds, and made it inside right as it started raining. I’m hoping that the rain pushed the seeds far enough into the dirt that they’ll be able to take hold, but not too far down that they won’t be able to grow through the mulch. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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At the very least I feel like I got a little something accomplished today. This weekend we are planning on planting tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, and a few other things. And I plan on actually weeding out all of my garden plots, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us! I’m pretty happy about that though, I enjoy growing things and it’s very rewarding to be able to walk out your back door, grab a tomato (or strawberry, or zucchini, or whatever) off of a plant you grew and cared for, and then eat it.

I also just wanted to mention that the African daisies (at think that’s what they were called) that we planted a few weeks ago are doing very well!! If you look closely in the photo below, you can see that this plant is covered in little buds and already has a bunch of flowers on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Do you have a vegetable or flower garden?

Do you enjoy growing things?

What’s your favorite type of flower? (Mine are lilies and I have a bunch in front of my house that are getting ready to bloom and I cant wait!!!)

 

Will Run For Pizza, Mornings Are Hard, A Garden Update, And Other Saturday Stuff

It seems like my rest days are always jam packed with all sorts of activities and things that need to get done, and this Friday was no different. Luke and I finally got Finn into the vet for his last round of puppy shots and got him started on heart worm and flea/tick prevention. Now we just have to wait a few weeks to get his rabies vaccine and then he’ll be good to go until next year!

Luke and I had made bets about how he was going to handle being at the vet’s office, meeting new people, and then getting his shots. For the most part he acted pretty much how we thought he would. He was super excited to meet everyone, the other dogs in the waiting room made him kinda nervous but he handled it well, and he even enjoyed getting on the scale to be weighed (he’s gained 10 pounds since we got him! He was 11 pounds when we brought him home and yesterday at the vet he weighed in at 21 pounds. He’s growing so fast!!). We were both surprised at how well he handled the shots though. He can be a really big baby at home sometimes. Like when he’s chasing the cat and she scratches him, or getting too rough with Lily so she nips at him. The way he cries you’d swear he was dying… But the shots didn’t phase him at all, which was great! And he left the vet’s with a clean bill of health. πŸ™‚

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After Finn’s appointment Luke and I took all of the dogs to the dog park, dropped them back off and went grocery shopping, went to the DMV which was a whole thing. Luke wanted to renew the tags on his car and his brother’s car first thing in the morning, but his brother was at his girlfriends the night before and didn’t get us his insurance card until 10:30 am. So by then there was a 4 hour wait at the DMV closest to us, so we drove 40 minutes away to the other one that only had a 1 hour 40 minute wait. So while we were waiting for our turn we ate some lunch and then went to Khols because I really really really need some summer clothes. While we we’re there I ment to only get “real” clothes since I have plenty of active wear, but I absolutely needed to get this shirt. I mean, it’s a very accurate statement! And I’m totally going to wear it as a regular shirt anyway. πŸ˜‰

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After our little shopping adventure we got into the DMV just as our number was called, got all of that taken care of and drove back home. Once we got back Luke mowed the backyard while I did a little bit of weeding in the garden and then played with the dogs. After that it was about 3:30 pm and we had every intention of calling it a day and to spend our evening hanging out and playing video games or whatever. Until we realized we had forgotten to pick up a few things. So we piled back into the car, drove to Walmart and got what we needed, along with a huge water bottle/jug thing that holds 2 liters of water. I’m pretty darn excited about that. And then went back home and around 4:40 pm we called it a day. πŸ™‚

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Seriously though, grocery day is my favorite day! Plus look how happy and healthy our cart is. πŸ™‚

It was really pretty outside yesterday. I think the high was around 77 degrees which is a little hot for my tastes, but I can admit that partly cloudy, warm, sunny days are kinda nice. But once it starts getting really warm it starts getting really hard for me to sleep. I get so hot so easily and being hot is super uncomfortable for me and that makes it hard to sleep… Which makes mornings really hard. Especially mornings when I try to wake up earlier, like I did today. I got up at 5 am, let the dogs out, then went right back to bed and didn’t get back up until 6:40. And even then I really didn’t want to get up. But I knew every extra second I spent in bed was just another second that the sun spent getting higher in the sky and the hotter the pavement was getting. Yuck. I hate warm weather running.

Luckily I did do a few things last night that made this morning a tiny bit easier. I prepped my coffee maker and had my coffee mug, honey, and spoon all sitting on the counter and ready to go. So I didn’t have to fumble around for all of that. All I had to do was press a button and get my soy milk out of the fridge, so that was really nice. I also laid out my running gear in one place, so I didn’t have to run around all over the house looking for it. So at least things were a little bit easier. But I still didn’t get out on the road until around 8 am because I procrastinated with breakfast. Oh well, baby steps right? Tomorrow I’m totally getting out on the road earlier for my long run.

I totally wish I would have done that today. My run was hot, slow, and slightly miserable. Getting up and out the door about 2 hours earlier probably would have helped a lot but oh well, I got it done and I’m probably better for it. Sometimes I kinda wish I enjoyed the warm weather a little bit more, but I’m a cold weather person through and through and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

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Also, how pretty is my strawberry plant?! I’ve never seen a strawberry plant with such vibrant pink flowers. From what I’ve seen they’re usually a paler shade of pink. I’m not complaining though, it’s so super pretty. πŸ™‚ It’s got quite a few flowers growing on it (this is the only one pictured because it’s the biggest and prettiest) so I’m hoping I end up with a bunch of berries! Nothing is better than a fresh picked strawberry that’s still warm from the sun!

The rest of my garden is doing pretty well too! My broccoli, brussel sprouts, and lettuce are all coming up and growing! I’ve even been able to weed out some of the weaker plants so I’d say they’re off to a good start! My carrots and onions aren’t doing as well though. Only a few carrot plants have popped up and they haven’t really grown much yet. And I haven’t been able to find any of my onion plants yet. I’m really hoping they’ll catch up eventually, but honestly our soil isn’t really any good for root plants. It’s got too much clay in it. What I really need to do is mix some sand in the plots that I want to grow root plants in, but since I’ve already planted the seeds it’s a little late for that. Maybe next year though.

And oh my gosh you guys! I cannot even begin to describe to you how freaking exited I am about my peach tree!!! It’s covered in all sorts of little, green, baby peaches, and it’s just super green and lush looking in general. It didn’t produce any peaches last year but it did a lot of growing. So I’m hoping this year it stops growing and produces a lot of peaches, and it looks like it just might! But I guess we’ll still have to wait and see what happens with it. πŸ™‚

Tiny little peach!


Haha I guess I got a little bit off track there, but anyways…After my run I enjoyed a nice post run shower Gatorade. Yup. Some people drink shower beer, but I prefer a nice cold Gatorade after a warm weather run. Especially since I tend to get really bad headaches if I don’t drink some kind of electrolyte replacement after warmer run, and the shower just seems like a really good place to do it.

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I’ve been in a very green mood lately, and I think my shampoo/conditioner, Gatorade, and green instagram snapchat caption proves it. πŸ˜‰

After my shower shenanigans, I gathered up my laptop and giant water bottle so I could do some blogging while hanging out with the dogs in the backyard. Aside from the fact that it was really hard to read my laptop screen in the sun, that was really nice! Our backyard is really green (told you, I’m all about the color green right now) and pretty. Especially since Luke mowed it yesterday. And I don’t care what anyone else says, the Midwest is just a super pretty place in general. Sure we don’t have any big mountains, or red dirt, or ocean views, or anything like that. But we do have beautiful trees (at least until you get into western Kansas), plenty of wooded areas (the woods is my favorite), fields full of lush green grass and beautiful wildflowers, pretty rolling hills all through out Missouri and the part of Kansas I live in, and I even think all the corn and bean fields are pretty in their own way. And don’t even get me started on old farm houses and barns. Those are the best. Oh and all the cows are super neat too.

I realize that I just went on a really weird tangent, but I really do love living in the Midwest.

After hanging outside for a bit I made myself a bacon, egg, and guacamole sandwich. Oh man that was the best thing ever! I mean, you already can’t beat a bacon and egg sandwich, and the guacamole just made it that much better! πŸ™‚ Once that was all shoved into my face-hole I got to work on the mounds and mounds of dirty clothes that were all over my bedroom and bathroom. I’m not entirely sure how just Luke and I create so much laundry, but we totally do haha. While I had the washer and dryer running I got to cleaning the rest of the house, since I was kinda in a cleaning mood after that. I wish I had hardcore cleaning moods more often. My house would be much more tidy if that were the case, but alas, cleaning sucks total ass.

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Around 4:30 pm we decided to take the dogs to the dog park. Dean is teaching Finn to chase birds so that’s a lot of fun to watch. They just run around the big open feild flushing birds out of the grass. Poor Finn has little legs and can’t quite keep up with Dean yet, but he sure tries! He’s also learning how to stay in one place until released. Lily and Dean are already really good at that, but Finn was sure happy to sit still after running around with Dean for a while. 


Now we’re home and probably just going to hang out for the rest of the evening. 😊

Do you run for pizza? πŸ˜‰

Do you think grocery shopping is fun? 

How was your Saturday? Do anything exciting? 

Weekly Recap: April 3rd-9th, 2017

Monday:

  • Rest day

I was still feeling a little under the weather on Monday, so having two rest days in a row was nice. I mean, Monday’s have been my rest day’s for a few weeks now, but if I had been feeling better I probably would have run. Not that it matters though, because I wasn’t, so I didn’t. πŸ™‚

Tuesday:

  • 30 easy minutes of running
  • 30 minutes of blogilates

I was feeling much better by Tuesday! I kinda wish I had a harder workout scheduled for Tuesday because I was having a lot of fun on this run. πŸ™‚  Plus it was a beautiful day. 40 degrees, cloudy, it was wonderful. The only sucky part was the humidity. It was at 97% during my run. But living in the Midwest you kinda come to expect crazy amounts of humidity during the warmer months.

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Wednesday: 

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

I had an interval workout schedule for Wednesday but Finn decided to keep Luke and I up all night, so I decided to switch that with my cross training day. That ended up working quite nicely.

Thursday:

  • Intervals
  • 2 miles

I felt pretty darn awesome on Thursday, so I ended up doubling. I really wish every single run felt like these two, but hey, I’ll take good runs whenever they come!

Anyway, my first run of the day was a 5 mile interval workout. It was beautiful outside, I saw some baby cows, it was great. πŸ™‚ Then later in the day it was still gorgeous out, I was feeling really good, and I wanted to be outside (but was bored with just sitting in my backyard), so I decided to head out for an easy 2 miles. Except it didn’t really end up being an “easy” run. I felt too good and was having too much fun not to push things a little bit.

 

Friday:

  • Yard work

So my legs were super tired after my exciting 7 mile day on Thursday. Luckily Friday was supposed to be a rest day. Not so luckily, I decided I needed to do a piss ton of yard work…I spent two hours weeding the front landscaping, picked up trash and sticks from the front yard, chopped down/dug up/pulled out a bunch of tree saplings from around the house and fence, and then planted some flowers and mint in the front landscaping. Whew, it was a lot of work! But oh man the front yard looks so good now! πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • More yard work

Holy cow. When I woke up on Saturday my arms were sore, my back was sore, my legs and butt were sore, pretty much everything was sore and achy. I also woke up with a headache, tired, and dehydrated since my dumb ass did all that work and didn’t drink nearly enough water. I don’t know about you, but whenever I don’t drink enough water I always feel like crap the next day.

Yeah the second I woke up this morning I knew that running wasn’t going to happen. Hell, trying to run probably would have been a horrible idea. So I figured it’d be better to skip today’s “easy” run and then feel better for Sunday’s long run, instead of trying to run both days, but feeling like crap on both runs.

Unfortunately, I still had a bunch of yard work I needed to do. I weeded the landscaping on the side of the house, pruned the bushes, then Luke and I spread mulch in the landscaping. 

Finn supervised the whole thing. πŸ˜‰


Sunday:  

  • Rest Day 

Holy cow. I woke up this morning and could barely walk. I’m sore/stiff every where and jeez am I tired…Luke for real told me to take the day off to relax, so that’s totally what I’m going to do! 

I’m going to spend the day drinking water, watching Netflix, relaxing, and I’ll probably do some stretching at some point. πŸ™‚


I kinda wish I would have done more running this week, but I put in a shit ton of work the last few days and I’ll totally take that! 

I hope you’ve had a great week! 

~Ashley

Yard Work Extravaganza!

Luke and I have been very busy bees the last few days. It rained pretty much all week last week, so the grass was super tall, there are weeds everywhere, the landscaping was a mess, there were little sapling trees growing all around the house and in our fence. Basically our front and backyards were just huge, gross messes and something really needed to be done about it. So yesterday I decided to get a jump on it, since its still early in the season it’s not too hot and there aren’t a crazy amount of bugs out it seemed like the ideal time to start all of this stuff.

So, while Luke was at work I totally weeded out the the front landscaping. That took me about two hours and by the time I was done my poor little hands were sore, red, and scratched up. Totally worth it though! The front of the house looks fantastic now! I also spent some time pulling out/digging up/chopping down a bunch of the little sapling trees that were everywhere. I couldn’t get all of them, but I got the ones that I could. And unfortunate I had to dig out one of our rose bushes. One of those little trees grew right in the middle of it and killed it. Luckily it wasn’t our really big, really pretty rose bush, but it still sucks that it died…

When Luke got home from work I picked up trash and sticks from the front yard and then he mowed it. Haha he’s very very particular about how the grass looks and he won’t let me mow it. And in all fairness, I’ve only ever really mowed a really big yard with a tractor or a zero turn lawn mower, so i’m not exactly good at mowing with a push mower haha. Anyways, once we finished that we took a trip to Home Depot. We desperately needed a hatchet to finish cutting down the tree saplings, and pruning shears to trim down our bushes. Those are getting hardcore out of hand…We also got some flowers for the front landscaping. We got some more lily bulbs to go with the lilies that are already out there, mint seeds (it helps keep pests away so I figured the front landscaping was a good place for it), and some African daisies (at least I think that’s what they are called). They are super duper pretty. πŸ™‚

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Seriously, how pretty are these guys?!

When we got home from the hardware store, Luke cut down the rest of the saplings while I planted and watered the flowers and mint. While we were doing that one of our neighbors came over and started talking to us, so Luke finished with the trees, and then we just kinda hung out on the front porch talking and whatnot (by then it was about 6:30 pm). So we talked for a while, and eventually my brother in law, my neighbors wife and his daughter and nieces ended up joining us. So we all hung out, talked, and had a few beers while the kids ran around the yard. It was a good time. πŸ™‚ Around 10:30 pm the kids needed to go to bed and so did we so we all said goodnight and were off to bed.

So I’m starting to learn that beer before bedtime just doesn’t really work for me. It’s super duper hard for me to fall asleep after drinking, even if it’s just a few beers. So I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night which really sucked and when I finally did I didn’t really sleep well. When I woke up this morning I was sore everywhere. My legs, arms, back, butt. And to top it all off I was super tired and had a splitting headache. Fun times.

Anyway, I was supposed to do an easy run today, but the second I woke up I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Eh running would probably have been a bad idea anyway. I don’t want to feel like total shit for my long run tomorrow, so I figured it was a better idea to take today off and hopefully feel good during tomorrows run. I couldn’t take today completely off from everything though. There was still a bunch of yard work and garden stuff that needed to be done.

So around 10 am I headed outside to start weeding the side of the house since I didn’t get to that yesterday. Took me about 2 and 1/2 hours to finish just one side. Once I got that done I headed inside for a bit to eat lunch and to give my hands a bit of a break. Just a short one though. I still had bushes to prune and the other side of the house to weed. 

So I pruned my bushes and started weeding the other side of the house. While was weeding Luke started trimming some more bushes. These guys were super unruly and I saved them especially for him. πŸ˜‰ Once I was done weeding I started carrying all of the branches he had trimmed to the wood pile. That involved a climb over a fence and a trek across the backyard, but it was kinda fun. 😁

Once we had finished up with all of that, Luke decided that he wanted red mulch in the landscape. So we waited an hour for his brother to get home, went to Menards, and bought 25 bags of red mulch. It took some work to get it all in the back of our SUV, and my poor brother in law was squished in the back with it all, but it all fit! So we went home, spread that all out where we wanted in and now here we are! 

This is just the front, but it looks really good!


Now then, I’m in desperate need of a shower and food, so I’m going to go take care of that! 

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley