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Good Bye Cold From Hell, Friday’s Gardening Adventures, And Other Saturday Stuff

As of today I think I can say I am finally over the cold from hell! Yay!!! Not gonna lie, I still have a little bit of a cough, but other than that I feel sooo much better! πŸ™‚

So Luke and I have been incredibly productive this weekend. This week was a short week for him (he gets every other Friday off), so we hardcore took advantage of that.

First thing Friday morning we took the dogs to the park to let them burn off some energy. While we were there we learned just how possessive Finn has become of us. He didn’t want any other dog (besides Lily and Dean of course) to get near us. At one point Luke was petting some dog we didn’t know, so Finn kinda knocked him off of Luke and then sat between his feet and growled anytime the other dog got too close. Haha I do like that he is being super protective of us, but at the same time that’s not exactly something he should be doing at the dog park. I think as he gets older he’ll mellow out a little bit and realize that the other dogs at the park aren’t going to hurt us.

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Once we got back from the dog park our gardening adventures began. I started weeding one of the little plots that we already have lettuce and broccoli in, while Luke attempted to start our garden tiller. After about half an hour of trying to start it and lots of cursing and searching on the internet, he declared that the tiller had shot shit and we needed to go rent one. So after a little more internet searching, he found a rental place that had a really good one that we could rent for 3 hours for $40. Not bad. So I had to abandon my weeding so that we could go pick it up.

Luckily the renal place was only 15 minutes from the house so we didn’t end up wasting too much of our time driving home and then back to the rental place with it. It actually only ended up taking Luke a little over an hour to get everything he wanted to till taken care of. That tiller was pretty freaking awesome and I have a feeling we’re going to be renting it again next year.

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After dropping the tiller back off at the rental place we had some supplies we needed to go buy. First we stopped at Walmart to get some house stuff that we needed. None if it was necessary for our gardening plans, but it was along the way and it made no sense not to stop there first haha. After Walmart we drove almost 40 minutes into Missouri to Johnson Farms, which is where we like to buy our plants. They’re pretty cheap as far as started plants go, non GMO, and locally grown, which is all super awesome! πŸ™‚ They also host the KC pumpkin run which I really really want to do this year! But that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that we did on Friday, so moving on. πŸ˜‰

We ended up getting yellow pear tomato plants, sweet yellow tomato plants, and “the best” tomato plants (the’re just your standard red tomatoes, but that’s what they were called and I thought it was neat), banana pepper plants, watermelon plants, zucchini plants, cucumber plants, mint, and a blueberry bush. The very nice cashier gave us a slight discount on the watermelon plants because they were a little sad looking, so that was nice, and all in all it only cost us about $32. So yeah, that’s why we really like Johnson farm. And Luke told me I should do the KC pumpkin run there this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to! πŸ˜‰

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So once we had the plants loaded into the car we started making our way to Tractor Supply for fence building materials. On our way there we ended up driving on the running with the cows half marathon course. I did the 5k last year and had a bunch of fun doing it, so when I saw the signs I got super excited haha. Luke asked me why I didn’t do it this year (the race was today, actually) and I’m not sure why I didn’t. I probably should have. Oh well, maybe next year.

Anyway, once we got to Tractor Supply, Luke didn’t like the T-posts that they had there and he wanted to see if we couldn’t get rabbit fence or chicken wire cheaper at Home Depot, so that was our next stop. Turns out that rabbit fence and chicken wire were both cheaper at Tractor Supply, so we didn’t get it at Home Depot. We did, however, get some landscape timbers to use for our fence post. So then we went back to Tractor Supply, decided that rabbit fence would work better for what we wanted to do, bought that, and then finally, 3 hours after we had left, we headed back home and got back to work.

Luke dug the post holes and stuck our “fence posts” in them while I planted everything. After I had gotten all of the plants in the ground I helped hold the rabbit fence in place while he secured it to the fence posts. Luckily that didn’t take too long, and once that was taken care of our garden was pretty much complete!

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This is why we had to build a temporary fence. The dogs just will not stay out of the garden. Apparently Lily just likes to hang out amount the tomato and pepper plants haha.

So even thought our project is done, there’s still plenty of work that we need to do. That’s the problem with gardening, the work is literally never done. πŸ˜‰ But once the fence was built it was about 8 pm, so we decided to call it a day.

So when I got up this morning, it was very reluctantly because I knew I had a lot to do today and I was sore from all the hard work Luke and I did yesterday. Plus I needed to run. Since I had been sick I hadn’t been able to do much running, so now I need to start slowly getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately running didn’t exactly sound all that appealing this morning, so I made a little deal with myself. I’d run a mile, finish weeding the garden plot that I had started weeding yesterday, then call it good as far as outdoor activities go for today. So that’s what I did.

Running actually did feel kinda good and it helped work some of the soreness out of my muscles, but I still didn’t feel like going for more than a mile. Still better than nothing though. πŸ™‚

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Once that was out of the way I got my weeding done, showered, got a little bit of housework done, then took a nap. Oh man, yesterday really wore me out! 

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It’s looking pretty good out there! 

Later in the afternoon Luke and I went grocery shopping. We got in and out of Aldi with all of our usual supplies in 18 minutes. We basically ran through the store grabbing what we needed. It was great haha! 

Now we’re hanging out in the back porch, drinking beer, and enjoying the nice weather. 


I hope you’ve had a super Saturday!

~Ashley 

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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? 

What I Ate Wednesday: 4/12/15

Fucking Finn decided to wake up at 4:30 in the morning…and then proceed to whine and cry until 6. He didn’t want to eat or drink or go outside. He just wanted to get up and for everyone else to be up with him. Around 6:30 I finally got him to quit being needy and go outside and play with Dean while I made and ate breakfast, and then around 8 am he came back inside and all he wanted to do was cuddle and sleep. Little bastard.

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On top of Finn waking everyone up super early, I spent most of the night tossing and turning so that really sucks. I tend to over eat and eat a bunch of junk the day after a not so great night’s sleep. And unfortunately that tends to happen to me a lot. For the most part, if I can fall asleep I’m usually good (although that’s not always true), but falling asleep tends to be really hard for me. Both of my sisters have the same problem and I think my mom does too, so maybe its a genetic thing. Does anyone have any tips on how to make falling asleep easier that doesn’t involve medication? I’ve tried melatonin supplements before but they didn’t really do much for me. Chamomile tea definitely helps me relax, but it’s never really helped me sleep. Same with pretty much every “bed time yoga” video there is on YouTube. It just really sucks that something so necessary and important is so hard to accomplish.

Anyways, I figured a “what I ate Wednesday” post would be a good idea. At the very least it helped me stay accountable and not go completely off the wall with my eating just because I’m tired.

Breakfast:

  • french toast (2 slices of whole wheat bread, 1 egg, 1/4 cup soy milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and some cinnamon, fried in 1 tbs coconut oil)
  • black coffee

I figured a little treat was in order for this morning, so I made myself some french toast. All things considered though, french toast really isn’t all that bad. I mean, obviously mine had a good amount of sugar in it, but it had a little bit of protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, so all in all, not a bad way to start the day!

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Lunch:

  • tri colored rotini with tomato/basil/garlic pasta sauce

I probably should have added some veggies to that, but I didn’t so whatever.

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After lunch I walked all 3 dogs then spent 25 minutes on my stationary bike. According to my training scheduled, I was supposed to cross train for an hour but I got super bored around 23 minutes so I quit at 25 haha. Oh well, at least I crossed trained for a little bit. πŸ™‚

Snack:

  • fresh pineapple
  • A nature valley oats and honey bar

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  • protein shake (1 frozen banana, scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup vanilla soy milk)

I kinda forgot how good a nice cold protein shake could be on a warm day. Honestly a smoothie would have been better, but aside from frozen bananas I don’t have any smoothie fixing. So I guess that’s just going to have to wait for my next grocery trip. 

I am literally the world’s worst selfier. πŸ˜‚

I suppose all in all that’s not too bad for a day of eating! As usual eating enough vegetables is my biggest downfall. But veggies are just no fun! I’d rather eat fruit or French toast haha. Oh well, at least I didn’t eat a bunch of junk or anything. πŸ˜ƒ
 

 

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

April 5th, 2017

Yesterday I got to hang out with one of my oldest and best friends! We’ve known each other since kindergarten and had gone to school together all through grade school and high school. Ah the joys of going to small private schools. Anyway, we never get to see each other anymore. I live in Kansas and she lives in Missouri around the STL area where we both grew up, we’re both married, she has a baby now, life happens, ya know?

Well she just so happened to be in the KC area yesterday. She had some training and classes she needed to do for work at the Garmin world headquarters, which is 15 minutes away from my house. So she messaged me and told me what was going on, so I told her to come over the second she got the chance, and she did. πŸ™‚ Once she finished with her thing at Garmin she came to my house and we hung out and talked for a while. She was supposed to go out to dinner with some people from her classes and then go sleep at a hotel, but once Luke got home from work (they were friends in grade school as well) we all got to talking and catching up and she just couldn’t bring herself to leave. So she ended up eating dinner with us, and then Luke and I convinced her to stay the night at our house instead of all alone at a hotel.

So once my brother in law got home from work we all decided to go to a bar to play pool and darts. That was a lot of fun! We were there for about an hour and a half. We got in a few games of pool and darts, but by the end the boys ended up watching a baseball game on TV while my friend and I did more chatting. It was a great time. πŸ™‚ We made it home around 10:40 pm, fed all the animals, Luke showered and then we all went to bed.

Well, at least we tried to go to bed. Finn was totally thrown off of his scheduled and was confused and upset, so he didn’t want to sleep. Eventually we let him out of the crate and in bed with us (I wasn’t a fan of that, but I was willing to try anything at that point). That didn’t work though. He spent several hours chewing on me, rolling around on the bed, and just bothering me in general. Around 2 am he started biting my face at that was the last straw, so I threw his ass back in the crate, where he cried for a while but then eventually fell asleep. Once he was asleep, Lily started whining. She probably had to pee, but it was raining and every once in a while there would be a little clap of thunder and she absolutely will not go outside if there’s any thunder, so she just whined and cried the rest of the night. Fun times…

And then to top it all off, Finn decided to wake up at 6 am. That kinda sucked, but it was probably a good thing. My friend was up by then and Luke had already left for work, so I would have felt bad just leaving her alone in the living room. So we ate a little snack, played with the dogs, and talked until about 7:20 am, when she had to head back over to Garmin and finish her classes, and then she’s driving 4 and 1/2 hours back home. I’m super glad we got to catch up and hang out and she said she’s going to try to come out here with her husband and baby sometime soon, and I sure hope she does! And of course after she left all Finn wanted to do was sleep…

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Oh but he couldn’t sleep on his own, he had to be on my lap. I swear sometimes he’s just as needy as a human child haha. So I let him sleep for a while and then around 9:30 am I made him get up and go outside to play with Dean while I put in 30 minutes on the stationary bike. I actually had an interval workout on the schedule for today and my cross training workout wasn’t supposed to happen until tomorrow, but since I got hardly any sleep last night I decided to switch the days around. I didn’t think I would have been able to go at the intervals hard enough with my lack of sleep, plus running didn’t exactly sound like fun anyway. Well neither did the stationary bike, but whatever.

After that I showered, had lunch, took a very necessary nap, cleaned, walked the dogs, worked on a few dogs posts, yada yada yada, all that good/slightly boring everyday stuff. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like routine and being on a consistent scheduled makes me a super happy camper. πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve had a wonderful day!

~Ashley

 

 

Weekly Recap: March 2oth-26th, 2017

This week has been a little bit hectic! With a new puppy in the house we’re all trying to learn and adjust to everyone’s schedules, so my workouts have been kinda all over the place. Luckily this was more of a rest week so I’ve had a few rest days and shorter runs to work with. πŸ™‚

Monday:

  • Rest Day

And thank goodness for that! Mr. Finn has been waking up anywhere around 5-6 in the morning, so I’ve been having to adjust to that. Haha that’s probably good for me though, I really do need to start getting up earlier anyway.

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Tuesday:

  • 1.5 miles

Had intervals scheduled for Tuesday, but my asthma was acting up so I had to take it easy and then eventually call it quits. Oh well, it happens.

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Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

Was supposed to be a cross training day, but that didn’t happen. That’s all right though running around with a 12 week old puppy is basically cross training anyway.

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Thursday:

  • Intervals
  • 20 minutes of yoga

The whole asthma situation  was a lot better on Thursday! Got my interval work done and it went pretty well. It was really really tough, but I’m glad I got it done. πŸ™‚

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Friday:

  • Rest Day

Yesterday I considered doing an easy mile or two on Friday morning, but I didn’t sleep well the night before and yet again Finn woke me up at 5 am. After I took him outside we went back inside and I went back to sleep for another hour then abandoned any thoughts of running. But like I said earlier in this post, this is kind of a rest week and a rest day was what was on the scheduled for Friday anyway, so that’s what I decided to do. πŸ™‚

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Saturday: 

  • 3.5 miles 
  • 15 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Whew, this run was a lot of fun! Started out with a 30 minute fartleck workout and enddd with about 14 minutes of easy running. πŸ™‚


 

Sunday:

  • 5 miles
  • 10 minutes of yoga

I wanted to go a little bit longer today but I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. So I went for 5 miles and called it good. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„ Also, how pretty is my peach tree?! I’m very much looking forward to fresh peaches this summer! 


 

This little guy has made this week a lot of fun!


Happy Second Day Of Spring!Β 

Oh man, yesterday was super eventful! It was 80 degrees for a good majority of the day, so we were outside pretty much all day. Finn woke me up at 6 am, so I took all of the border collies outside and we played in the backyard until Luke woke up. Once he got up we took all of the dogs to the dog park. It was Finn’s very first dog park adventure and he did very well. πŸ™‚ When we got done there, we finally got the garden started. We tilled and prepared three plots, and planted lettuce seeds, broccoli seeds, brussle sprout seeds, carrot seeds, and onion seeds. That was a very messy and long adventure, but we got it done! I can’t wait until everything starts growing!! After we finished the first part of our little backyard farm, we took Finn to PetsMart. Mostly to get him exposed to all sorts of new things that seem scary to a puppy (like cars, and a lady in a wheelchair. Haha he eventually made friends with her though. πŸ™‚ , but he also needed an ID tag, and some fun toys, so we got those as well.

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While I was planting things in the middle of the day, Luke spent a lot of time working with Finn. Teaching him to come when called and reaffirming the sit command. Then later that night I started working on the down command with him. So far I’d say he’s coming along really well! For two nights in a row now he’s been able to hold his pee and then wake us up when he needs to go outside, which is awesome! And he’s only had a few accidents in the house.

Unfortunately today’s got off to a rough start. Finn woke me up at 5 am, which wasn’t a big deal, I’d rather him wake me up than pee in the crate. After we went outside and he went potty he decided he was going to be a little brat. He wouldn’t stop jumping on me and kept biting at my face and hair. Then he chased Bubble around the house. Obviously she didn’t like that so she smacked him on the nose, which really upset him, so he sat at my feet and pouted for a while. At that point I really needed to go out and run, so I put him in his crate. He wasn’t happy about that and threw a huge fit. He was still barking and crying when I walked out the door.

So my run definitely did not go as planned. I had an interval workout on the scheduled today. But my asthma is kind of acting up today so my lungs aren’t happy, which means the rest of me isn’t happy…I made it a mile and a half before I had to call it quits. That was kinda frustrating, but it happens I suppose. At least a mile and a half is better than nothing.

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Anyway, after my run I took a quick shower and then me and all the dogs went back outside for a little bit. Then I went inside to make lunch and made Finn stay in the yard with Dean (who is currently not a fan of the puppy and is kind of mad at me) while I ate lunch. I would have made Lily stay outside with them, but she has horrible separation anxiety and had to come inside with me. That’s exactly what I’m trying to prevent from happening to Finn, so that’s why he stayed outside while I ate. He did alright, although he did eventually start crying at the door. He wasn’t out there for long thought. After I ate I let him back inside and then him, Lily, and I napped on the couch for about an hour. That was really nice, especially after being waken up at 5 this morning haha.

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After our nap he stopped being a brat, so I tried taking him out for a walk. We made it all the way across the street, when I big scary truck drove by so we had to go back home. I put him in the crate and swapped him for Dean. Poor Dean is currently suffering from middle child syndrome and is very upset with me. These last two days he’s hardly looked at me, wont come when I call him, wouldn’t let me pet him, and wouldn’t even take treats from me. Luckily he’s gotten a little bit better today though, so I’m trying to spend more time alone with him than I usually do. I think eventually though he’ll get over himself and warm up to the puppy.

Anyway, Luke’s home now so we’re probably going to spend our evening playing in the back yard. 

Happy second day of spring!

~Ashley