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Thursday Things

Ok, first and foremost, I am so super duper stoked about Honey Stinger’s new snack bars!!!!

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I’m totally on board with anything to do with nut butter, chocolate, or honey. Put all three of them together and I’m one happy camper! Seriously though, I can’t wait for these to come out! They look soooo good! But the don’t become available until April, so I guess I’ve got a little bit to wait hahaha. But you can check out Honey Stinger’s blog for the rest of the details, if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about new, healthier snack before. Becoming a runner changes people in weird, awesome ways like that haha.

Anyway, enough about snacks for now. Lets talk about dogs!!

Today is Lily’s birthday! Yay! Our baby turned 8 years old today! πŸ™‚

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The birthday girl, this morning! Haha I don’t know if it’s sad or impressive that I’ve made her sit and stay on the porch for photos so often, that at this point she know’s exactly what I want.

Lily is one of the most awesome and special dogs ever! I might be a little bit biased though. πŸ˜‰ But she was my first border collie. The first dog Luke and I ever owned together. Farm bred and raised, she is 35 pounds of pure bad ass. She’s not afraid to stand nose to nose with a 1,000 pound steer. Hell, she actually enjoys it! She’s the only dog I own that has any kind of herding skills/experience. She’s lived on a farm, in what I can only describe as “the hood”, in an apartment, and now in a house in a small town, and has taken it all in stride. She’s also pretty well traveled for a dog! She’s lived in Illinois and Kansas, and has traveled with Luke and I to Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, and all of the states in between. She’s helped load cattle onto trailers, has climbed a (small) mountain, can track/hunt, has helped raise two puppies, can be trusted around small children (even when they’re taking her bone that she was chewing on away from her), trekked through countless amounts of woods, is a fantastic guard dog, incredibly loyal, and was even the ring bearer in our wedding. Lily is one awesome bitch.

If I could breed her to Finn I totally would. They’d make fantastic puppies. But she’s getting older, Finn’s still too young, and when she was 6 months old she got hit by a car and had her hip broken, and her vet at the time didn’t think she’d be able to give birth without complications. So that kinda sucks. I think a Lily/Finn cross would result in some really great dogs. They both have great instincts, working drive, temperaments, and are both pretty healthy (although if and when the breeding of two dogs happens under my watch I’d make sure to get their hips and eyes checked first. bad hips and eyes are two things that tend to be cause for concern in border collies that you don’t want to be passed on, but that’s a whole thing that I don’t need to worry about right now). But oh well. Lily’s good genetics are just gonna have to end with her. Finn might end up be a different story though. πŸ˜‰

Oh man, my dogs are my pride and joy, and I could talk about them for days on end hahaha. But I’ll stop for now. πŸ™‚

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Yup. I’m that crazy dog lady who gets weird looks, because I insist on taking photos like this. BUT LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND SMART AND WELL BEHAVED MY PUPPIES ARE!!!! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, tomorrow is grocery day, and oh boy can I tell! Haha we are kinda running low on pretty much everything as we usually are the day before we go on our shopping adventures. So that means I have to get creative with my meals. So today for lunch I threw together some canned goods (corn, stewed tomatoes, and black beans), fried up a couple eggs, put that all on some brown rice and topped it with some guacamole. Kinda random, but it actually ended up being one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had in a while! Just proves that it definitely pays off to get creative sometimes! πŸ™‚

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There’s always at least one border collie under my feet…Today there were two.

Breakfast and dinner definitely weren’t that exciting though! All I had for breakfast was coffee (which I add soy milk, honey, and coconut oil to) and a Honey Stinger waffle. Breakfast of champions right there haha. And dinner is going to be a bowl of boring oatmeal. Not exciting, but hey, I made it work. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty excited about grocery day though. I LOVE grocery shopping haha.

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My not-so-exciting breakfast. Bubbles was unimpressed.Β 

Haha like 90% of this post has just been me going on about food. But I mean, who doesn’t like food talking about food?!? I know I sure do. Food, dogs, and running. I think that sums up my life quite nicely. πŸ˜‰

Although I didn’t do any running today. My legs are kinda sore and tired from a workout I did on Tuesday. So I gave them a little break and spent some time on my stationary bike instead. Boring. But it got the job done. Followed that up with some stretching and foam rolling and my legs were much happier after that.

Anyways, I suppose that’s all I’ve got for today. I know I don’t really have anything all that exciting going on right now haha. But I’ve got a few things I’m gonna start working towards very soon. I’ve got a 5k coming up in May and I’m actually going to train for it! The only two other 5k’s I’ve ever done I didn’t train for at all. I knew that I could cover the distance and that’s all I cared about. But now I have a time goal in mind and I’m going to need to train specifically to get there! But I’ll talk more about that later. πŸ™‚

For now,

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

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Thursday Things

I feel like there was quite a bit of good feminine vibes and womanly comradery on the post about periods I wrote on Tuesday. It was pretty great! I deffinitely think that’s something that needs to be talked about more! Although one person didn’t seem to like the quote from Billie Joe Armstrong that I included in the post. This one, to be exact!

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I don’t have the exact source for this photo, but I found it on Pintrest. πŸ˜‰

Ah, I love it! It’s one of my favorite quotes. πŸ™‚

Anyway, someone called it “crude” and stated that they don’t think Billie Joe Armstrong will be remembered as a musician. Not gonna lie, I kinda laughed to myself about that. Billie Joe is the singer/song writer/guitarist in Green Day, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, with over 85 million records sold world wide, andΒ  who just so happened to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2015 during their first year of eligibility. So you’re right, Billie Joe Armstrong wont be remembered as a musician. He’ll be remembered as aΒ legendaryΒ musician.

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Haha I’m well aware that making that argument is kinda pointless and that it really doesn’t matter. But I like talking about Green Day and I’m gonna jump at any opportunity I have to do it! They are my favorite.

But anyway, the point I want to make here is that obviously everyone is different. We all have different tastes, opinions, and feelings about certain things. And that’s totally awesome! Yay for being different and unique individuals with our own personal thoughts and feelings! I really don’t care if you don’t like Green Day, punk rock (and I’m warning everyone now, I refuse to get into the argument about what is or isn’t “punk”, so don’t try to start it with me), and the rebellious “fuck ’em all”, “give ’em hell” attitude that comes with things like that. I think it’s fucking great and it feel right and real to me! But that just doesn’t do it for some people and I get that! But I don’t understand the point of making negative comments about the things other people like just because you don’t like it (unless the thing that person likes is causing actual harm to someone, but that’s a whole other issue). Seriously! Why?? I don’t get it. You know what I’m not a fan of? Cheesy romance novels. But I’m not gonna go around telling people who read and enjoy them that they’re terrible books and that it’s a shame that they talk about them.

Whatever. The other point I’m trying to make here is that I’m not going to change what I like, do, or post here onΒ my blog, just because someone doesn’t like it. Not gonna happen. I’m gonna keep doing me, and if you don’t like it, you can kindly fuck off.

I know that came off kind of aggressive, but come on, IΒ hadΒ to do it! πŸ˜‰ Seriously though, if you don’t like what I talk about or post here, then don’t read it. I feel like it should be as simple as that.

Anyways, We’ve been having some kind of weird combination of winter and spring going on here in Kansas. Earlier this week we got a little bit of snow, but today it’s 50 degrees and sunny and I already miss the winter…Although I can’t deny the appeal of a warmer sunny day, at least not all the time. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t end up running today. Mostly because yesterday it was in the 30’s and I was super excited about that, so my run ended up being a little bit harder than it should have been haha. Luckily that didn’t seem to re irritate my sore foot so that’s great! But I also didn’t want to push it haha. So I ended up spending a lot of time walking my dogs instead. Obviously that made them all super happy, so that was a definite win for today!

I also spent a little bit of time on my yoga mat, stretching and rolling out some sore spots. Not my favorite thing in the world to do, but I always feel so much better when I do it. Plus like I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to do all of the little extra things to hopefully prevent me from obtaining any injuries. Because oh man am I good at getting those! πŸ˜‰ I probably should have done a little bit of strength work as well, but eh, I’m gonna stick with one boring thing at a time.

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40 minutes of stretching/foam rolling goodness.

After that was done I spent the rest of my afternoon working on a few other blog posts and attempting to clean my house. Haha if you saw my post about mud a few days ago, well, most of my house still looks like that. Well, kinda. It’s notΒ asΒ bad anymore. But my backyard is currently a huuuge, muddy disaster, and the dogs just bring it all inside. Especially Finn and Dean. They like to spend most of their time outside running around, wrestling and herding each other. So they’re just covered head to tail in mud and dirt…Sometimes I legit just want to build a kennel out there and just have them live out there whenever it gets gross outside. That probably won’t happen though. Doing stuff like that can get expensive. Plus they would probably spend all night barking at the stray cat that likes to wander around in the easement behind our backyard and I don’t think our neighbors would appreciate that haha. So yeah, when it’s muddy outside it gets muddy inside, and I end up spending an absurd amount of time sweeping/vacuuming/mopping up mud.

Along with dealing with all of that, last night Luke and I also started cleaning out my brother-in-law’s room since he doesn’t live here anymore, and boxing up all of the stuff he left behind (and there was a lot of it for some reason). And then we moved the rabbits and ferrets in there, and at some point Luke also wants to move our gecko in there as well. So now we have a whole room dedicated to our petting zoo haha. It’s kinda nice having them all in one place and all of their messes contained into a single room though. πŸ™‚ So I also had to do some hardcore scrubbing of the floors where their cages used to be. Whew! It definitely feels good having all of that taken care of! And now we have more room in our bedroom/kitchen since there aren’t animal cages in there anymore, and that’s pretty sweet!

Alrighty then! I think that’s all I’ve got for today!

Happy Friday eve!!

You’re Green Day obsessed, partially purple haired, totally punk rock (yeah probably not hahaha), blogger friend,

~Ashley

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Mud

This is why I laugh when people tell me to just wipe their feet before they come inside. No amount of foot wiping is going to keep mud out of my house when it’s gross and muddy outside. πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

I just felt the need to share that with everyone. That’s all I’ve got for today.

I hope your having a great Saturday and that your house doesn’t look like mine….

~Ashley

PS,

I gave up on the blonde. πŸ˜‰

Ice Ice Baby

Yesterday the high was 51 degrees and my backyard was a huge, gross, muddy mess. Which means my dogs turned into nasty mud monsters, and were literally covered head to toe in mud. Fun times. πŸ˜‰

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You can’t really tell in the photo, but trust me Finn (pictured here) and Dean are so bad that they’ve been sleeping in the computer room to keep mud out of our bedroom. Lily doesn’t spend as much time outside as them, so she’s not really that bad. πŸ™‚

This morning when I woke up, it was pouring down rain, which gradually turned into snow/ice. Ah the joy’s of living in the Midwest haha. But on the bright side, all of the mud in my backyard is frozen, so at least that’s something.

Now, I know it sounds like I’m complaining but I’m kinda not hahaha. Well, I am complaining about the mud, but that’s beside the point. πŸ˜‰ But if you’ve been following me for a while now you probably know that I’m actually a big fan of winter weather. But the problem is ice tends to be a little more dangerous than snow. So with that in mind I tried to get out and get a run done before the rain really turned into ice and before the roads started to freeze over. I was not successful haha.

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I also realized that most of my winter running gear is super dark. That’s not really a big deal if it’s sunny and clear out, but it was super grey and rainy/icy today. So I had to wear my blaze orange hat over my winter hat. Haha I’m probablyΒ  the coolest runner you”ll see today. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, after I got geared up I spent 10 minutes on my stationary bike just to warm up a little bit, got out the door and immediately slipped on the ice on my front porch. That was when I knew I was in for an interesting run! If you can really call it a run that is! I spent most of my time slipping and sliding all over the place, walking over really icy spots, and stopping for cars. Haha it was kinda fun though, battling the ice and eventually the crazy gusts of wind. AlthoughΒ  thanks to the wind a basketball hoop that’s at the end of a street and therefore right next to the road almost fell right on top of me. That could have been bad. Luckily I got out of the way in time. πŸ™‚ And the whole time I was out there the temperture kept dropping and the road just got worse and worse, so by the time I made it to my driveway I called it good and quit, instead of making a point to hit exactly 4 miles like I usually would. Haha but I mean, that’s close enough. πŸ˜‰

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After my run I warmed up with some coffee, quickly cleaned my bathroom, and then warmed up even more with a nice, hot shower. I swear nothing beats a really hot shower after a cold, wet run. It felt amazing. πŸ™‚ After that I enjoyed a delicious bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, and now here we are! Feeling like a total bad ass for braving the ice, cold, and wind. Super cozy in a pair of fuzzy socks and my Longview Half hoodie. And just feeling all together awesome. Today is a good day. πŸ™‚

If you’re experiencing ice/snow/crazy winter weather, have fun but stay safe out there! Ice is no joke!!

Happy Thursday!

~Ashley

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I may or may not have had a mouthful of delicious sandwich when I took this photo.Β 

Weekly Recap: January 1st-7th, 2018

Welp, the new year has kinda gotten off to a rough start for me. I’ve been sick (again πŸ˜‘) and unable to do much running. Mostly because we’ve been stuck in single/negative temperatures and attempting to run in that with a sore throat is pretty freaking miserable. So I’ve mostly been focusing on rest this week, which is probably exactly what I need after all of the craziness, running around, alcohol, and super late nights that our Christmas adventures brought last week. But resting has been kinda nice. Luke took most of this week off from work, so we’ve been hanging out, playing video games, and cooking a few things from Run Fast Eat Slow. So that’s been fun!

Not gonna lie, watching everyone else getting to work on their goals for the new year has been a little bit torturous. I’ve got big goals that I want to start working on too! πŸ˜‚ But first I gotta get over this illness…

Monday (New Year’s Day):

  • 2 miles

I attempted to get a decent run in on Monday. But like I said, the super cold temps were not mixing well with my sore throat, so I had to call it at 2 miles. Haha I probably shouldn’t have even done that, but oh well. πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday:

  • Β Rest Day

Yeah, I woke up feeling even worse on Tuesday. Basically conferming the fact that I should have not run on Monday. But I mean, I had to start off 2018 with a run! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, Luke and I spent most of Tuesday at home, doing a whole lot of nothing, which is probably what I needed. I also spent a lot of time drinking apple cider vinegar and raw honey in warm water, because it’s good for colds/sore throats.

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Wednesday:Β 

  • Walked around the dog park

Started to feel a little bit better on Wednesday! Plus it was a little bit warmer (and by that I mean it was in the 20’s πŸ˜‰ ), so we took the dogs to the park so they could run around a little bit. And then for dinner we made the herb chicken, and miso soup from Run Fast Eat Slow! Haha I had to make a few changes to the soup; I couldn’t find any red miso at the store so I used white, and I used some nori sheets I had instead of having to buy wakame. It still ended up tasting really good though! I added some soba noodles and it ended up being the perfect dinner on a cold winter’s night. Oh and the chicken turned out really well too!! I just don’t have a photo of it. πŸ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • Rest Day

My throat was still sore on Thursday, but I was starting to feel like I was finally starting to get well again. I wonder if my delicious soup had something to do with that? πŸ˜‰ I didn’t want to push it though, so no running. But I did make some of the superhero muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Those turned out really well!!!

Friday:

  • 3 miles

Was feeling much better by Friday, so I decided to get a nice 3 miler done. It was about 18 degrees out and by the end of it my throat was starting to hurt a little bit again. But when I was about a mile in some guy wearing a veteran hat, while walking a Chihuahua that was wearing a pink sweater called me tough. So I mean, that was great. πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • Easy peasy 20 minute run (1.5 miles)
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Still sniffling and sneezing on Saturday, but as a whole I was feeling a lot better! Haha tired, but better. πŸ™‚ Almost didn’t run though. Like I said, I was tired, and it was still pretty cold out and I was worried about my throat starting to hurt again…But when I checked the weather I saw that we were supposed to get some freezing rain on Sunday, so I decided I needed to get a short run in since I probably wouldn’t be able to the next day. I’m glad I did it. πŸ™‚

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

Basically just trying to get back into my usual scheduled, which means taking Sunday as a rest day. πŸ™‚ The freezing rain actually just turned out to be a really really cold rain, so the roads weren’t at all bad like I was worried they’d end up being. So I ended up taking all of the dogs for walks in the rain. Haha not like they mind! Probably not the best decision for me, since I’m attempting to get over this cold, but I love me some rainy weather!! πŸ™‚

So yeah, it’s definitely been an interesting week haha. Glad I’m finallly feeling better and I’m super excited to really get started on my goals for this month and this year!

I hope everyone had a good week!

~Ashley

2018 Goals, Potential Races, and Finn’s First Birthday!

Happy New Year, everyone!!

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I hope you had a very merry Christmas, a fun (and safe) New Year’s Eve, and a happy holiday season in general. Mine sure was!!

For Thanksgiving Luke and I drove to my parents’ place Colorado and only really got to spend one full day there, but we jam packed that day with all sorts of fun (which you can read all about here πŸ™‚ )!

 

 

For Christmas we drove to Illinois and were able to stay there for a little longer. We spent A LOT of time running around all over the place trying to go everywhere we needed to go, see everyone we needed to see, and attended the usual family Christmas parties. We totally succeeded at all of that and had lots of fun doing it! It hardcore wore us out though and I think all of that contributed in my getting a gross chest cold later in the week haha. You can read about that craziness here, if you’d like. πŸ˜‰

 

And as for New Year’s Eve well, we were going to hang out with some friends, but one of them had just had surgery and since I was sick that didn’t end up happening. So I spent most of the morning making the Carrot-Ginger soup from Run Fast Eat Slow and it turned out great!! Then Luke and I just hung out at home together all night. It sucks that I’m sick but it was still nice. Plus he’s taken a couple of days off of work this week, so we’ll getΒ even more time to spend together which is nice. He works a lot so we don’t get that very often anymore.

But anyway, enough about holiday stuff, lets talk about my goals for the new year!! Honestly I don’t have many that are super thought out or anything. One day a week or two ago I just wrote down a few things I wanted to do and work on and kinda sorta built on those, pretty much as I wrote this blog post hahaha.

Goals For 2018:

  • Be more constant about hitting my step goal. Thanks to the whole fitness tracker crazy, it seems like nowadays a goal that a bunch of people have is to take 10,000 steps everyday, and I am one of those people. 10,000 steps is kind of an arbitrary number, but I think it’s a good goal to have, especially in our modern world in which we do a lot of sitting. It’s definitely a very obtainable goal and I’m usually pretty good about it, but I’ve been slacking a little bit over the past several months. Now I decided to go with being more consistent instead of trying to aim for it every single day because that seems like the better way to go. I mean, every once in a while it’s nice to have a day were you sit around doing nothing, or life happens and you just can’t get it done without going to extremes, or becoming super neurotic about it. And besides, consistency is key. πŸ™‚
  • Build up my weekly running mileage to about 50-60 miles a week. This is something I’ve been wanting/needing to do for a while, but have never really come up with a plan to accomplish. Technically I still don’t have an actualΒ plan,Β but I do have a pretty good idea about how I want to go about doing it, so at least there’s that.
  • Keep a training log. Another thing I’ve been needing to do for a while! Actually, I have kinda sort kept a written log before. I do really well for a while but then kinda taper out. But now I plan on keeping an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it haha! I think a written log is definitely going toe help me find things I can do to help me improve my running, figure out how/when/why I get injured (I’m kinda sort injury prone πŸ˜‰ ), and help me keep up with my goals. I mean, it seems like the most successful runners keep a written training log, so there’s gotta be something to it!
  • Write down one positive thing in said training log every day. I think this will just be a good way to remember that not everyday is good, but there is good in everyday. Even if that good is something super small like met a new dog, ate a yummy cookie, my hair looked nice today, and stuff like that. πŸ™‚

So that pretty much covers my goals for the year. I think they’re all achievable goals. Now I just have to remember to stick with them hahaha. πŸ˜‰

Along with my goals there are also a few races that I want to run this year; the Garmin 10k in April (I thought about doing the half but I’ve yet to do an “official” 10k and that’s something I want to cross of my bucket list. Plus a 10k takes a lot less time to train for haha), the Running with the Cows 5k (which I signed up for before the price increase last night! πŸ˜‰ ) in May, and the Longview half in November (that’ll make it 4 years in a row that I’ve run this race and I want to keep that going!!!

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The Garmin 10k will be a new one for me, if I do it, and that’s pretty exciting!! Plus, it’s held at the Garmin world headquarters which is legit 10 minutes away from my house, so that’s really nice! I did the Running with the cows 5k in 2016 and it was a lot of fun!! There were baby goats and cows at the start line, It’s held on a pretty rural road with all sorts of pretty views of cow fields, and there is a ridiculous amount of food at the end! So what’s not to love?!? Oh and this one is like 15 minutes away from my house which is also super awesome. πŸ™‚ And of course the Longview half. My first and only half marathon experience and my November tradition. Eventually I will run another half that is not this one. Eventually…hahaha.

 

 

Aaaaand last but certainly not least; today is Finn’s first birthday!! Yay!!

Finn started out life as a not so cute puppy (I mean, ALL puppies are cute, but Finn was the least cute puppy I’ve ever seen hahaha. He was mostly just awkward.) with ears that were way too big for his body and couldn’t make up their mind if they wanted to be up or down. He’s always been a little shit disturber and that hasn’t changed, but he’s learning how to act, how to behave, and how to function in scary/different environments. He’s way too smart for his own good, but eager to please (as most border collies are). His ears have finally made up their minds and he has finally grown into them, and he’s grown into a very handsome boy. His herding instincts are amazingly strong, he has a very strong eye, and has an obsessive need to circle things, and likes to cut the head of whatever it is he’s herding (dogs, cats, rabbits) and is definitely a nose biter. I really want to take him somewhere and get him some herding lessons. He’s the perfect age for that, but unfortunately we don’t currently have the time or money to do it. Maybe one day though. And maybe one day after we have some testing done on his eyes and hips, Mr. Finn just might become a proud father. πŸ˜‰

 

Mr. Finn isn’t the only one with a winter birthday though. Dean was born on January 17th and will be 3 this year, and Lily was born in February and will be 8 (haha my friend who’s dad bred her, and her boyfriend at the time who originally ended up with her but ended up giving her to me, couldn’t remember the exact day, but it was definitely February. πŸ˜‰ ). So we might just have to have another puppy party for the three of them. They’re all good dogs and I’m very glad that I was lucky enough to end up with all of them.

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Having 3 border collies and no farm/livestock is hard though, I’m not gonna lie. These dogs do require a lot of work, time, attention, exercise, and mental stimulation. I’m also very lucky to have the time, patience, and knowledge to be able to handle the task of keeping 3 high energy, highly intelligent dogs happy. πŸ™‚

But anyway, that’s everything I’ve got for today! I hope everyone has a fantastic 2018!!

~Ashley

Friday Fives: Things I’m Thankful For

I hopeΒ  everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I sure did! Luke and I drove to Colorado to hang out with my parents and brother (unfortunately my sisters couldn’t be there…). My dad and I did a 5k around the lake near his apartment, we all hung out, played with the dogs, cooked, and ate a bunch of yummy food. πŸ™‚ It was great. I hope you all had lots of fun as well and didn’t have any issues traveling anywhere. Traffic is always insane this time of year and I’m sure the airports are pretty crazy as well. Anyways, lets talk about some stuff I’m thankful for!

1. My Family

My family is pretty awesome. My dad is the coolest, smartest, most hard working person I know. I’m so lucky and so eternally grateful that we have very similar personalities and that we get along so well. My mom is kind, sweet, and very fun. She did her best to take care of me and my two sisters back when we were all really little and my dad was a long haul truck driver. My sisters (who are twins!) are so smart, adventurous, and always up to try new things. We got into a lot of trouble together while we were growing up, by doing things like dragging each other around off of the back of the four wheeler, or jumping off of the roof onto the trampoline. Good times!! And we still always have fun together. My brother is the baby of the family and 7 years younger than me, but we still get along really well. He’s basically an expert in all things guns and knifes which is pretty cool (his shirt in this photo says “Got Ammo?”). πŸ˜‰ We listen to a lot of the same music which I think is pretty cool considering our age difference. He’s also a freaking animal whisperer and I’ve literally never seen an animal who doesn’t like him! Even my cat bubbles does and she hatesΒ everyone.Β 

So yeah, my family is awesome. πŸ™‚ It sucks that we all live so far apart now though so we don’t get to see each other as often anymore. I think this photo was taken the last time we were all together, which was for my dad’s 50th birthday in 2016.

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2. Luke

Luke is my favorite (which is what I tell him all the time). πŸ˜‰ We met each other in 8th grade and have pretty much been partner’s in crime ever since. He works very hard to take care of me, his siblings, his friends, and all of our critters. He’s also super supportive of all of my crazy running ventures and will wake up super early to go stand in the cold just to watch me cross a start/finish line.

We’ve been on lots of crazy adventures in the 10 years we’ve been together and I’m sure we’ve got plenty more to come! So yeah, he’s pretty cool. πŸ™‚

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3. My Border Collies

I can’t imagine my life without these furry monsters. They’re just so much fun and definitely make life interesting! Plus nothing compares to the unconditional love that dogs give. Dogs are great and people don’t deserve them, but oh man am I glad that we have them.

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4. Running

Life would be really boring without running. I mean, without running I wouldn’t have a reason to wake up at 5 am in the summer and watch the sun rise. Or be the only person out and about while it’s snowing. I get to connect a little bit more with nature which is something that’s really important to me. I wouldn’t get to test my physical and mental limits in the way that running has tested me. I’ve met and had some great conversations with some really amazing people and have experienced and kind of comradery with complete strangers that I’ve never felt before. Running has given me a chance to learn, explore, and endure in ways that I never have before. Honestly I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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5. This Blog, My InstagramΒ Account, All Of My Awesome Internet Friends, and the Online Running Community In General.Β 

Thanks to this blog and Instagram, I’ve found a crazy awesome community of amazing people. Every day I get to share my story, be inspired by other people’s stories, talk to people, and share ups, downs, horror stories, PR’s, family stories, tips, tricks, and everything in between. I’m so incredibly thankful that the online running community and runners in general tend to be super inclusive and supportive and all around awesome. Very rarely do I see a runner putting a fellow runner down. For the most part we all celebrate each other’s successes, lift each other up when things don’t go the way we had liked, and support each other in any kind of crazy endeavor we set out on.

I’m not sure if that’s entirely unique in the crazy online world. But I do think it’s special and I’m so glad that I’ve found it. πŸ™‚