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Happy (Late) Birthday To Me!!

Well, not that late. Hahaha it was only yesterday. πŸ˜‰ I definitely felt an outpouring of love yesterday from all of my family and friends, both in real life and here on the interwebs. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I had a great day! I started it with a run! Yay! Haha I wasn’t sure if running 4 days after running a half marathon was going to be a good idea for me. After my previous 2 half marathons I took about 2 weeks of running to rest and recover and it was great! But this time around I didn’t feel like waiting that long. So I figured my birthday would be a good day to test out how my legs felt! So I ran for about 30 minutes (which ended up being around 2.2 miles). My legs felt a little stiff, sore, and tired, but it wasn’t too bad. Plus I had a lot of fun and that’s really all that matters. πŸ™‚

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After my run I showered/bathed Finn. That’s always a fun time…He’s 10 months old, so he’s a whole lot of young, dumb, impatient, and whiny, in a full grown dogs body. So what I’m saying is that I had to hold his wiggly ass in between my knees (luckily I’ve got strong, runner’s legs πŸ˜‰ ), while I scrubbed him down and rinsed him off, because he can’t just stand there and take it, he actively tries to escape the shower. I also had to scrub mud off of his penis and testicles because he was just coated in it. Haha I definitely didn’t plan on getting all up in that dogs business that day, but hey, it happens. πŸ˜‰

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He was not happy with me after his bath.

I guess that was a little bit of a side tangent, so lets get back to birthday stuff! Luke’s dad and step-mom sent me the BEST birthday card ever. Seriously, I love it! The cat on it looks just like Bubbles and who doesn’t want a cat with lazer eyes lighting their birthday candles?

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I also got quite a few texts and a call from my grandma, so I actually spent most of the afternoon talking to my family. It was nice. πŸ™‚ One of my sisters is doing very well at her new nursing job and has already been offered a better position along with a raise. My other sister is currently in the process of buying aΒ crazyΒ nice house with her husband, who just recently got back from deployment. If she didn’t live 10 hours away I’d definitely be at that house all the time hahaha. πŸ˜‰ And my dad, who is legit the coolest, most awesome, and funnest dad ever, is gonna run a 5k with me on Thanksgiving!! Originally I asked him if he’d do a mile with me to kick off the Runner’s World Run Streak and he’s the one who suggested we do a 5k instead! My dad’s not really a runner so I was super surprised about that, but obviously I told him that would be even better! We looked online for a turkey trot to sign up for, but every turkey trot that was actually on Thanksgiving day was over an hour away from where they live, so we didn’t want to spend that much time driving on Thanksgiving, so were just gonna run around the lake near his apartment instead. It’s still gonna be lots of fun though and I’m so super excited!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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I like to think that my dad and I are very similar people. πŸ™‚Β 

So while I was talking to my family Luke had asked me where I wanted to go to eat for dinner. Haha he said originally he wanted to surprise me, but he wanted to tell me we were going out so that I didn’t make dinner and because he wanted to make sure I got exactly what I wanted. I appreciated that because I was literally about to start cooking hahah. Anyways, all I wanted was tiramisu (which is a weird thing to want I guess, but I’ve been thinking about tiramisu all week haha), so we ended up going to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner. I got an amazing order of eggplant Parmesan that came with really good herb pasta, and of course I got my tiramisu and it was fantastic! After we ate Luke set me loose in a bookstore. Luckily for him (because that could have takenΒ forever) I already knew exactly what I wanted, and it didn’t take me long to find it. πŸ™‚

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I’m so excited to read this!!!Β 

After our dinner and bookstore adventure, we stopped at the liquor store to get drinks and then we went home and spent the rest of the night sipping our drinks and watching Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Well, Luke sipped his drink, I ended up drinking a whole bottle of wine hahaha. In all fairness though, Luke egged me on! He kept telling me it’s my birthday and I might as well, and asked me a few times if I was gonna finish the damn thing. So I did.

And last but not least, at some point yesterday morning, I learned that Victoria’s Secret’s Pink isΒ finallyΒ selling leggings with pocket!! As a person who never wears “real” pants and for real lives in leggings and yoga pants, this was legit the best discovery ever! So Luke ordered me a pair as a birthday gift, and they’ll be here later this month. I seriously can’t wait! I could absolutely use more pockets in my life!!!

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Oh man, it was such a good day! πŸ™‚ Although I’m definitely paying the price for drinking all of that wine! Woke up with a headache and dry mouth, but it’s all good and was totally worth it. πŸ˜‰

So many exciting things have already happened this month and we’ve still got Thanksgiving too look forward to! This is why I love the month of November, there’s just always a bunch of fun stuff going on.

Anyways, happy Friday eve everyone! I hope you all have a great day!!

~Ashley

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Motivation Monday, Weekend Indulgences, Back To The Grind, And What I Ate In A Day

I guess it’s kinda late in the day to be sharing Motivation Monday stuff, but this is one of my all time favorite quotes and every time I see it I want to share it haha.

Being a very slow runner myself, I’ve often felt like I wasn’t a “real” runner. So I guess it’s just nice to be reminded that us slow runners work just as hard and are just as legit as the faster runners. And the fact that the mayor of running himself said that there are no fake runners means it has to be true! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’ve been enjoying this whole not calorie counting thing! Although I went a little crazy with food over the weekend. That’s not really surprising though, I tend to do that whenever I stop counting. I suppose after restricting what I eat for so long that’s bound to happen. Saturday wasn’t all that bad, but yesterday my brother in law made a bunch of food for the Royal Rumble payperview last night, and I went waaay overboard. Not a big deal though, I figured it was going to happen and I’ve reined it in today.

All of the heavy food I ate made my run this morning a little but uncomfortable. And I guess my huge breakfast didn’t help either haha. But French toast just sounded sooo good. I added some cocoa powder into the egg/milk mixture and topped it with banana slices and some table syrup. Mmmm it was amazing! And of course I needed a big cup of coffee to go with my breakfast. πŸ˜„

Yeah, after all of that I had to wait two hours (instead of my usual one) before I could run, and I still felt a little too full. So my stomach wasn’t exactly happy during my run, but everything else was! After upping my protein intake and taking two rest days in a row my legs felt soooo much better. I only did two easy miles though. But that’s what I had scheduled, and if Ifollow what I have planned for this week I should hit 25 miles. So as of right now I’m back to my usual schedule, but we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes. πŸ™‚

After my run, I did 30 minutes of yoga sculpt. Oh man, I never knew how intense yoga could really be! It was fun though, I really liked the instructor in the video and the music was really nice too. One of these days I’m going to have to go to an actual yoga class, but for now I’m quite happy with how my at home practice is going.

After my workout I took a quick shower and then made THE BEST lunch ever. It was a bowl of rice, some garbanzo beans, mashed avocado, ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, and a little bit of sour cream. So. Freaking. Good. Oh and not pictured; two fun sized twix bars, because chocolate. πŸ™‚

Once I finished my delicious lunch, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to reduce the amount of dog hair in my house. Since the weather’s been pretty warm Lily has already started shedding her winter coat. And my brother in law’s dog sheds two dogs worth of fur every day. It’s super annoying…I also did a bunch of other chores. Super boring stuff.  But the one thing I didn’t do today but totally should have was check the mail. Luke did when he got home though, and it turns out my Green Day tickets got here today!!!πŸ˜±πŸ˜­πŸ˜„

Yeah, I’m just a little bit excited.


I definitely wasn’t expecting that! The website said that tickets usually don’t get printed until 21 days before the show. Not that I’m complaining or anything. πŸ˜‰

I got a little lazy for dinner. I didn’t feel like actually cooking, so I ended up having a peanut butter and banana sandwich, some whole wheat crackers, and a couple more fun sized Twix bars. Haha this is exactly why I don’t usually keep junk food in the house. I literally have no self control. 

Anyway, I guess having a little bit of protein with each meal really helped, because I didn’t feel like doing the constant snacking that I tend to do in the evenings. I’m having a cup of tea right now and I’m totally good! 

So I guess all in all, I kinda ate a lot of bread and sugar today. But I don’t think it’s a bad place to start, especially after all of the over indulging I did over the weekend. 

I hope you have a great Monday and a fantastic rest of the week! 

~Ashley