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Weekly Recap: November 20th-26th, 2017

Whew! This week was a crazy one!! Luke, the dogs, and I spent Thanksgiving at my parent’s place in Colorado, so we spent a crazy amount of time driving. On Wednesday our drive took 11 ish hours (although I think the time zone change actually made it more like 12 hours). But we spent a lot of time messing around and having fun (I talk all about that here, if you’re interested! 😉 ). And then the drive home on Friday took closer to 10 hours but it was a lot less fun. It was actually a huge cluster fuck, but at least it’s over and we’re home! 🙂 Along with our crazy holiday week, I also started the RWRunStreak for the 3rd year in a row. I didn’t finish it the past two years, but this is gonna be my year!! Anyways, lets get to my weekly recap!!

Monday: 

  • 1 easy mile
  • 10 minute of strength training

Just an easy mile on Monday, because I wanted to run but I didn’t want to run that much, ya feel me? 😉 Haha I’m very much enjoying my little off season thing right now. Just running for fun and sometimes that means only hitting the road for a single mile. Anyways, I’ve been writing down some of my goals and one of them for this month is to work on strength training. Specifically strength work that caters to runners, so I found this short little 10 minute workout on YouTube that I really like and will be doing for a little bit. 🙂

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Tuesday: 

  • Thanksgiving trip prep day

Haha I couldn’t call Tuesday a rest day even though I didn’t really do any kind of workout, not really. I spent the day cleaning the house, packing, made a pie, walked the dogs, and just got everything ready in general for Thanksgiving and the few days we’d be in Colorado.

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Wednesday: 

  • Drove to Colorado

On Wednesday we woke up at 3 in the morning, packed the car, and drove 30 minutes in the opposite direction from the state of Colorado because Luke forgot to turn in his time sheet at work and he had to do that before we left haha. After that was done we began our crazy 11 ish hour journey. So we didn’t get very far at first because it was 17 degrees outside and the heater in our car doesn’t work. So we had to stop at walmart and get a heated blanket and some of those hand warmer things to stuff in our socks. That was interesting. We also saw some crazy stuff! We saw a semi truck hauling one of those ready made homes, stuck under an overpass, the poop emoji on a billboard, a UPS truck sitting in a ditch, a guy getting out of his truck at a gas station to shoo a crow off of his car, among other things. I talk in more detail about all of that craziness here. 🙂

 

Thursday: Thanksgiving Day 

  • 2 mile hike around Rabbit Mountain with Luke, my brother, and all 3 dogs
  • 4 mile run/walk around a lake with my dad

Whew! Things got crazy on Thanksgiving!! This was the first day Luke actually got to spend in Colorado (the last time he’d been in the state was just to drive through on our way to the Grand Canyon), so he wanted to go hiking somewhere. So we took the dogs and my brother to Rabbit Mountain, which is super pretty, 10 minutes away from my mom and dad’s apartment, and the mountain my dad took me hiking on the last time I was in Colorado. We hiked to the top, did some fun bushwhacking, and back down (which ended up being 2 miles) in a little over an hour. It was a lot of fun and the dogs loved it!! Also, on the way there I found a Honey Stinger waffle in the car and I was super stoked about that because I really needed it by the time we were done haha.

 

After our hike we headed back to the apartment, hung out with my mom and helped her do some cooking while my dad slept (he works nights), once he woke up we ate our Thanksgiving dinner, and then after letting our dinner digest a little bit my dad and I set out to run/walk around the lake next to his apartment complex. It’s a super pretty lake with a nice trail that’s mostly gravel, but also had some concrete, with the mountains off in the distance and an amazing view of Longs peak. It was probably one of the most beautiful runs I’ve ever been on!! So my dad isn’t much of a runner, so I’m super impressed with how well we did! We did run/walk intervals for the first 5k and then ended up walking the last mile we did for a total of 4 miles. It was so much fun and we both had a great time. I love doing stuff with my dad because I always learn stuff when I’m with him. He’s taught me everything I know about gardening, growing stuff, and the great outdoors. 🙂

So this 4 mile adventure kicked off this years winter run streak and it was a great way to start it!! 🙂

 

Friday: 

  • easy 1 mile
  • 30 minutes of yoga

Unfortunately we couldn’t spend more time in Colorado because Luke had to work. So at 2 am on Friday morning we had to head back to Kansas. The ride back was pretty awful. I guess the dogs had eaten something that didn’t agree with them so Finn ended up having diarrhea in the car twice, and Lily did once…We had to stop several times to let them go potty and we threw away some stuffed animals that my mom sent home with us for the dogs, a blanket, hoodie, and backpack because they were covered in dog shit. It was awful. But we finally made it home!

After relaxing for a little bit I went out and got my mile in for the RWRunStreak, did a little bit of much needed yoga, and then did a bunch of cleaning around the house. So yeah, Friday was pretty busy too, but I’m very glad to be back home. 🙂

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Saturday: 

  • RWRunStreak Day 3: 2 miles

Nothing too exciting running wise on Saturday. Just two easy miles. Haha I needed to work on rehydrating after our super lon trip home yesterday. I never drink enough water on long car rides. 😆

Sunday:

  • RWRunStreak day 4: 1 mile
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

Jus a mile to keep the streak alive, 30 minutes of pedaling because I was bored, and 20 minutes of yoga to keep the body happy.😁

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Thanksgiving In Colorado and Another Run Streak

Oh man, the last couple of days have been kind of a whirlwind of craziness between driving to and from Colorado, hanging out with my mom, dad, and brother for Thanksgiving, and the stuff that we did there. Throw three dogs  and starting another run streak into that mix and you’ve got quite the crazy adventure! So lets just get right into it I guess. This is probably going to be a pretty long post, but bare with me because I’ve got a few neat photos! 🙂

So Luke, all three dogs and I woke up at 3 am on Wednesday morning to begin our journey to Colorado. We made sure the rabbits, ferrets, cats, and leopard gecko would be fine on their own for a few days. Packed up the car, loaded up the dogs, and then set off 30 minutes in the opposite direction that we needed to go hahaha. Luke forgot to turn in his time sheet at work, so he had to go there and do that before we left. So he got that done and then around 4:30 am we were finally on our way.

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Last time I went on a long road trip my ankles and feet swelled terribly because I forgot to wear my compression sleeves. I made sure not to make that mistake this time. 🙂

Intitally we didn’t get very far. You see, the heat doesn’t work in our car…So we had bundled up, but it was 17 degrees outside and an extra pair of pants and several shirts and pairs of socks just doesn’t help against that kind of cold. Especially when it’s dark and you’re sitting still. So when we were about an hour into our 11 hour car ride we had to stop at a Walmart to try to find something that would help keep up warm. We ended up getting this heated blanket that plugged into the car. It didn’t exactly get really warm, but it did help! And we also got those hand warmer things to shove into our socks because our feet were numb and in pain. Those made a huge difference! So it was still cold, but as we drove it did get warmer and less miserable. 🙂

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Sunset views from the Walmart parking lot.

Probably an hour and a half to two ish hours later, the sun was all the way up and the dogs had to pee. Of course. So we had to pull over at a rest stop and walk them all around a little bit so that they could all pee and run around a little bit. This is the problem with traveling with border collies, they don’t like sitting still haha. At this point Luke decided that since we didn’t have to be in Colorado at any specific time that we were just gonna take our time, stop several places and maybe have some fun. And we actually did!! Anyway, while we were at this rest stop I had found one of my Honey Stinger waffles in the glove compartment that I left in there after the Longview Half. That was a very pleasant surprise because I was super hungry at that point, and you know I love me some Honey Stinger waffles!!

After that we actually started making some pretty decent time and we saw some very interesting things haha! I’m not sure if I can remember everything that we thought was funny, but some of our favorites included a semi truck hauling a ready made home that had gotten stuck under an over pass. A UPS truck that was just sitting in a ditch. The poop emoji on a billboard. At one point we had to stop to get gas and we saw a guy get out of his truck and shoo away a crow that wouldn’t get off of the truck. Several cute dogs, lots of interesting people, and all sorts of other stuff that you only get to witness on long road trips. We also ended up taking a little tour through the town of Colby Kansas, because we saw a billboard for a dog park there. We never found that dog park, but we did end up eating a super early lunch at their Taco Johns haha.

Colby was about an hour away from the Colorado state line, so once we got there we stopped to take a photo in front of the welcome sign! Well, Luke took a photo of me and the dogs, because he doesn’t like having his picture taken haha. Anyway, the dogs were all very ready to be out of the car at that point, but we still had around 3 hours to go until we got to our destination of Longmont Colorado. Poor puppies.

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The last 3 hours of our drive were pretty uneventful. Well, aside from seeing the mountains that is! They are absolutely beautiful and I don’t think I’d ever get tired of looking at them. 🙂

So we finally got to my mom and dad’s apartment around 3 pm. We let the dogs run around the little fenced in dog area once we got there and they weren’t too thrilled with that haha. Our backyard is bigger than the dog area there and they didn’t know what to do with themselves. They also were not thrilled about having to be on the leash all the time. None of them see the point of being on a leash and honestly they could all probably go the rest of their lives without ever needed one, but leash laws and all of that.

So we hung out for a little bit, watched some movies, ordered Chinese food, opened birthday and Christmas gifts (since they weren’t able to come to Kansas for my birthday and we wont be able to go to Colorado for Christmas) and went to bed at like 8:30 pm. That was aided by a little bit of the green stuff, if you catch my drift. 😉 But hey, it’s legal there!

Since we went to bed so early we woke up pretty early on Thanksgiving morning. Actually all things considered it wasn’t that early. Colorado is an hour behind Kansas, so it was actually 7 am our time haha. Anyway, Luke and I took the dogs out, went to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast (I’ve never had Dunkin Donuts before. Probably because I don’t like donuts haha. But their breakfast sandwiches and coffee are pretty good!) And then we took the dogs to a dog park because we didn’t want them to be noisy and wake up my dad, who had gotten home a little bit before we woke up (he’s a truck driver and works nights). The dog park didn’t got well. It was small, cramped, and full of rowdy dogs. So we didn’t spend much time there. We ended up going back to the apartment, looking for places to hike, and then ended up taking my brother and all three dogs to Rabbit Mountain, which is actually where my dad took me hiking last time I was there. But it’s super pretty and a pretty easy hike all things considered, so that’s where we ended up going. 🙂

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Views on the way to Rabbit Mountain.

I’m really glad my brother went with us. I don’t get to hang out with him very often and he’s a lot of fun! Plus that meant that we had one person per dog and that made life a little bit easier haha.

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The dogs did seem to have a lot of fun while we were there! We started out on the trail, but to get to the top we ended up doing a lot of bushwhacking. That was a lot of fun for me and my brother, but I don’t think Luke was a fan of the bushwhacking thing haha. So we got to the top (although I don’t think we actually made it to the highest point, but it’s not like it’s a big Mountain or anything haha). We continued our bushwhacking on the way back down, which was a lot harder than going up because of the loose rocks. It was pretty fun though! 🙂 By the time we had made it up, over, and back down to the car we had managed to cover two miles in an hour and eight minutes. Haha yeah, we’re definitely not the worlds best hikers, but we all had a lot of fun. Oh and I had found ANOTHER Honey Stinger waffle in the car before our hike. That was pretty sweet!! 🙂 Climbing very small mountains is hard for flatlanders like me, and according to my Garmin I burned 400 calories in the two miles we did. So a few extra calories after breakfast was nice. 🙂

After our hike we headed back to the apartment, hung out with my mom and helped her with some of the Thanksgiving dinner cooking while I waited for my dad to wake up. About a week before our trip to Colorado he had promised me that we were going to do a little bit of running together and I was super stoked about that! I’m doing the RWRunStreak again this year (which is just a run streak that Runner’s World hosts, that starts on Thanksgiving and ends on New Years Day) and I thought that would be a great way to kick off the streak! 🙂 So once he got up we actually ended up eating our Thanksgiving dinner first (which was amazing!) and waiting for our food to digest a little bit before we set out on our run.

It probably would have been a better idea to do our little run/walk adventure before we ate, but we still somehow got it done! We literally started the second we stepped foot out of the door which threw me off a little bit because I thought we were going to walk to the trail and then start doing the run/walk intervals that we had agreed upon, but he wanted to hit 4 miles and to do that we had to start right out the door haha. The trail is about 3.5 miles long and was probably close to 1/4 a mile away from the apartment so by the time we finished we hit 3.9 miles, so basically 4. 😉

We both had a lot of fun and I’m super impressed with how my dad did considering he’s not exactly a runner. Haha and I’m super impressed with how I did because running at a little over 5,0000 feet above sea level is hard considering I live at 1,063 feet above sea level. The trail we ran on goes around a lake and has a really nice view of Longs Peak in distance, so that was really neat! We ended up run/walking the first 5k and then walked the last mile, but I think that still totally counts as day one of the RWRunStreak. 🙂

After our little run/walk adventure me, my mom, dad, and Luke went to the apartment complex’s hot tub and hung out there for a little bit. Oh man, that felt soooo good after the hiking and running I did. After that we went back to my parent’s apartment, ate some pie, watched a bunch of Steel Panther music videos (my dad and brother loved them, but I don’t thing my mom was a fan. 😉 ), and then Luke and I went to bed early again, because we had another early morning and a long day of driving ahead of us.

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My mom gave Finn a new stuffed animal. He was pretty freaking thrilled about that.

So we woke up at 2 am, packed up the car, let the dogs run around the dog area for a little bit, said goodbye to my parents, and started the long drive back home. This drive did not go well. I guess the dogs ate something that didn’t agree with them because they all ended up getting diarrhea. We had to stop several times for them to go potty, but apparently that wasn’t enough, because Finn ended up shitting in the hatchback once, and Lily shit in the back seat once. We ended up throwing away the stuffed animal my mom gave Finn, a blanket, hoodie, and a backpack because they were all covered in dog shit and we didn’t want to spend hours in the car with that. Luckily that was all stuff that we were too upset to lose, but it still sucked…

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The ride home was pretty awful, but at least we got to witness a pretty sunrise.

And of course the ride home always seems to take longer, so riding in the car for another 11 hours was pretty much torture, but we finally made it home around 1:30 pm. That gave us enough time to unpack the car, get the dogs in the back yard, go grocery shopping, and then relax a little bit before poor Luke had to go to work. After driving 11 hours. That was probably pretty terrible.

After Luke went to work I set out to tackle the mountain of laundry we created, cleaned up the house a little bit, took care of the ferrets, cats, rabbits, and gecko. After that was all taken care of I got my mile for the streak in! Not gonna lie, I really didn’t want to do it, but I’m glad I did! Moving around after being in the car for a long time was nice, plus it was dark and a bunch of people in my neighborhood have their Christmas lights up, so it was a very pretty little mile. 🙂 After that I did some much needed yoga and then went to bed and passed out.

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So yeah, I guess that pretty much covers it! I’ve spent today rehydrating and relaxing a little bit, but I still got my run in for the day, so day 3 of the streak was a success! 🙂

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I know I sure did!

Happy Saturday!

~Ashley

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Friday Fives: Things I’m Thankful For

I hope  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. 🙂 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?”). 😉 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 hates everyone. 

So yeah, my family is awesome. 🙂 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). 😉 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. 🙂

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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 Instagram Account, All Of My Awesome Internet Friends, and the Online Running Community In General. 

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. 🙂

 

I’m So Fucking Tired Of People Not Training Their Dogs!!!!

Oh my gosh you guys, I’m absolutely fucking livid right now!!! Because, yet again, some asshole had their dog out running loose and it ended up causing problems for Lily and I.

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(^^ I uploaded a whole rant onto Vidme if you wanna here me curse about 8 billion times 😉 )

But anyway, I was out walking Lily like I do every morning, when some little sheltie decided to come running across the street, teeth bared, hackles raised, and growling/barking. So obviously Lily starts active aggressive, and why wouldn’t she? This dog is coming at us in a very aggressive manner and we’re attached to each other by a leash, so she feels kinda trapped but also wants to protect me and herself. So I had to grab my 35 pound border collie, who was now thrashing and barking and baring her teeth, up by the scruff of her neck and pick her up before she could get her mouth around this other dog, because if she did, she probably would have killed it. All while this dogs owner stood by and did absolutely nothing…..

So yeah, Lily ended up ruining my hoodie and scratching the hell out of me because she was super pissed and didn’t want me picking her up. Which is totally understandable. Like I said, she wanted to protect us both from a dog who was acting aggressive and being a threat.

 

 

 

Ugh, I’m just so fucking tired of always having to be the responsible one in these situations, because it never ends well for me. We had a similar situation happen at the dog park a few weeks ago and I got bit by the dog who was causing problems. Luckily once he realized he had his mouth around me and not one of my dogs he stopped and I didn’t even end up with teeth marks, but still…I’m just so fucking done with people not training their dogs, their dogs causing problems, and then not doing anything about it.

Honestly at this point I really want to stop intervening and just letting my dogs do whatever it is they’re gonna do (which probably means the other dog is gonna end up really hurt or really dead, especially if all three of mine are together). But the only thing that stops me from doing that is worrying that they’ll end up hurt too, or that the asshole who’s dog is the one causing problems will call animal control and have my dogs taken away and euthanized. Which would be the most unfair thing ever, because at the end of the day it’s not my dogs fault. It’s not mine or Luke’s fault. Hell, it’s not even the other dogs fault. The fault lies with the person who failed to properly train their dog.

So here’s a little tip for everyone out there; these are three basic commands I think all dogs should know and be able to do infallibly, especially if you plan on taking them out in public.

1. Your dog should be able to come on command. 

This is honestly the most important command you will ever teach your dog, because you never know. They may slip out of their collar, or some how get out of your house or yard, or whatever. If you can call your dog and they come back right away, it will save you a lot of heartache and get your dog out of potentially dangerous situations. Plus it’s not even that hard of a command to teach. It just requires patients and persistence.

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Luke and I don’t have to worry about how far away they get from us at the off leash dog park, because they come back when they’re called. Always.

2. Sit.

I like to think of sit as the doggy version of “please”. They should have to sit for their leash, their food, for treats, for pets/attention, whatever. Trust me, this is super important because it can help calm your dog down and get it’s attention on you. It also helps prevent your dog from jumping on people they probably shouldn’t jump on. I can have my little 3 year old neighbor running around my back yard with all 3 of my dogs safely, because they know not to jump for attention. Even Finn, who is young and dumb will plop his ass down into a sit right in front of her if he wants her to pet him. SIT IS IMPORTANT!! It’s also one of the easiest commands to teach a dog and is super easy to reinforce and get them to be able to do it perfectly. One of my favorite things to do is take one of my dogs out for a walk and just randomly tell them to sit, because it helps reinforce the command, ensures that they’re always listening and ready to comply with any command you might have for them, and its very amusing to watch the reactions from people when I tell one of them to sit and they automatically plop down.

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This photo was taken during the little game that I mentioned above. Finn was a little bit worried about a dog that was barking at him from someone’s yard. But he still sat there until I gave the release command.

3. Leave it. 

This one is definitely important for your dogs safety. You don’t want them eating or playing with something they just find laying in the street. But I’ve also found that once your dog has this command you can use it for just about anything you want your dog to ignore. You don’t want your dog bothering a cat? Tell them to leave it. Tired of your dog barking at a squirrel? Tell them to leave it. Are trying to walk past another dog and they’re ripping your arm out of socket trying to interact with the other dog? Tell them to leave it. Trust me, once your dog understands the command it really works. Although I’m constantly having to remind my dogs to stop trying to chase squirrels and rabbits while we’re walking, but after a couple of “leave its” they usually listen haha.

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Before this photo was taken, Lily was trying to be sneaky and go after a squirrel that was across the street. But she was told to leave it, so she sat and stared longigly at it instead.

And before I get off my soapbox let me just say that dogs are a lot of work. Training a dog isn’t always easy, but it’s something that absolutely needs to be done, for it’s safety and the safety of other people and animals. Remember that at the end of the day, dogs are predators. They have sharp teeth and claws for a reason and can do some pretty bad damage with them if they want to or feel that they need to. They can really seriously hurt or even kill another dog, or animal, or even a person, and I think a lot of people forget that. Dog ownership is not something that should be taken lightly. Or at least I think so. Train your freaking dogs people!!!

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This photo was accomplished with a “sit” and “stay” command. Just sayin.

Alright. I’m done for now.

~Ashley and her decently mannered (and very weird) dogs

 

 

Hello Friends!

Sorry I’ve been kinda absent this last week. The death of a really good friend from back in high school caught everyone off guard on Monday, and if people’s Facebook statuses/messages/phone calls have been any indication, it would appear that our whole little private school/Lutheran church community from back then is taking it pretty hard. But how could you not? I mean, it hurts me to know that he was hurting enough to take is own life, so I can’t imagine how his family and friends he was still really close with feel. And obviously it’s always hard when you lose a friend or a loved one, no matter what the cause, but it seems like suicide leaves a whole hell of a lot of “what if” questions just hanging out there. At this point dwelling on those “what if’s” doesn’t do anyone any good, but it’s kind of hard not to. I’ve been thinking a lot about them, his ex girl friend from back in high school (whom I’m still friends with) has been really thinking about them as well. We talked for a while on Tuesday about it and both of us were basically at a loss as to what to say. But I’m sure his family is probably thinking even more about the “what if’s”

Oh man, it’s just rough. I mean, life in general kinda is but it’s always worse when you lose someone you care about.

So I guess I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that depression and mental health in general is something that definitely needs to be talked about more so that maybe one day we’ll be able to get rid of some of the stigma around it. In our culture and society it can be really hard to talk about this kind of stuff and reach out to other people when you need help, especially for men I think. So lets get a conversation started about this! Talk to the people you love and care about. Tell them how awesome they are and how much they mean to you. Let them know that you’re always there for them. And I’m sure that wont help every single situation. But who knows, you might just help someone who needed it the most and you would have never known about it otherwise.

And on that note, please please please never hesitate to reach out to someone. I don’t suffer from depression but I still know and understand how hard it can be to ask for help. If I’ve learned anything from my friend’s death it’s that people care. The outpouring of condolences, love, support, and acts kindness I witnessed his family receive is just incredible. Hell, I even received some of that love and support because people knew we had been close back in the day. People really do care. So if you ever need help or just need to talk, reach out to your family, friends, coworkers, running buddy, teacher, priest/pastor/rabbi, your “internet friends”,  or even just the s prevention hotline, whoever. People care. You are not alone.

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Oh man, that’s some heavy stuff. Lets take a second to look at some cute puppy pictures for a second. Cute puppy pictures always make me feel a little better. 😉

You know what, lets do some other cute animal pictures too. Why not? 🙂

Hopefully that brought everyone back up a little bit. At the very least I managed to cheer myself up a bit, so at least there’s that. 🙂

I suppose that’s all I really wanted to say for today. That and that I’ll be back to my usual blogging shenanigans; talking about my life, pets, running, just how badly I”m freaking out about my 3rd half marathon next month, how I feel about missing what should have been my first “official” 10k that took place yesterday, and all sorts of other randomness that hopefully you’ve all come to know and love. 😉 I also desperately need to get caught up with all of the blogs and people I follow! I’ve been pretty terrible about that lately…

But anyways, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, are enjoying racing season and whatever training/racing that’s in your immediate future. 🙂

Remember that people care. I care. You are not alone.

~Ashley

 

 

Weekly Recap: September 11th-17th, 2017

Monday:

  • 2 miles
  • 10 minute kettle bell workout

Hurray! I ran on Monday!! Just two miles, but hey, that’s better than nothing! My knee was aching a bit near the end of the first mile, but I was a mile away from home and I had to get back somehow so I ran that mile back. 😉 And it just felt really good to run again so I didn’t really want to stop, even though I probably should have stopped once my knee started hurting. Oh well.

 

 

Tuesday:

  • Rest day

Trying to take things easy and do the whole run every other day thing, so that I don’t over do it and hopefully give my knee more time to heal. So, took a rest day on Tuesday. 🙂

Wednesday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 10 minutes of stretching

Check out my fancy new compression leggings!! Not sure if they actually helped out during my run, but my leg was feeling a bit better on Wednesday, during my run. 🙂

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Thursday:

  • Rest day

Yeah, I just didn’t feel like doing anything on Thursday, so I didn’t haha. But in all fairness, not doing anything was probably good for my knee situation. 🙂

Friday:

I guess you could call Friday an active rest day? Haha Luke and I went grocery shopping, ran some errands, and then took the dogs to the park and walked them around for a while. We actually managed to wear all three of them out, which is not an easy task to accomplish. 😉

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Saturday:

Another day spend doing nothing haha. Luke and I stayed up pretty late the night before so I didn’t get much sleep and was basically too tired to do anything on Saturday. I feel like I’ve just gotten lazy though. I mean, at the very least I could have stretched or something. Oh well.

Sunday: 

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike 
  • 20 minutes of yoga 

Attempting to ward off the cycle of laziness that I’m currently about to fall into. I’ve caught myself thinking things along the lines of “running is not currently happening, so why do anything?” Yeah that’s like the opposite of what I should be doing. 😂 But I made the time to get active and not sit around and feel sorry for myself today, and that’s totally a win!! 

So tomorrow I’m going to go for another short run and try to assess my current leg situation and then go from there! 

Happy Sunday! 

~Ashley 
 

 

 

Half Marathon Training Day 16, Green Day Is This Week, Dog Sitting, and Other Randomness

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Yes, yes it is! And it totally should be!! This week is more likely than not going to be fucking fantastic for me!! Judging from the title of this post it should be kinda obvious as to why, but before we get to that, lets talk running!

At some point last week I had mentioned that my hamstrings were super tight. That’s kinda weird for me. Usually it’s my quads that end up tight and that ends up causing issues. Luckily though my after a bunch if stretching and foam rolling my hamstrings loosened up and haven’t been a problem since! 🙂 And my quads feel pretty good too!

So since my legs were feeling really good today they were ready to go! Unfortunately my lungs were not…let me tell you, asthma and humidity do not mix well. At least for me they don’t. I managed to make it 2 miles this morning, but it wasn’t exactly fun haha. Luckily today was supposed to be an easy day anyway and I definitely accomplished that! I’m hoping my lungs decide to cooperate a little bit more tomorrow. I’m thinking I want to do my long run tomorrow just so I can get it out of the way and won’t have to worry about it this weekend, but I guess we shall see how that goes.

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I think I also mentioned last week that I’m baby sitting my sister’s dog, Ace. He’s a very good boy and is getting along with my dogs very well, but it’s pretty funny having him around. My sister used to run with him (she hasn’t lately though as she’s just now getting back into running after having surgery on her hip last year. So both him and Dean get super excited whenever the see me putting on my running gear. Haha I feel bad for them because I’m probably not going to be running with Ace at all. I’m just not sure if we’ll be able to run well together and he’s getting a little older and hasn’t been running for a while so I’m not sure how far he’d be able to go or how well he’d do. And I haven’t been running with Dean lately because I don’t do well in the heat/humidity (and today is just further proof of that haha) and I have a bad habit of running a little bit too hard when I run with Dean. 😉

It’s also pretty amusing having Ace around because he is just soooo confused as to why we keep animals that he’d usually be able to kill in a cage, and doesn’t understand why I yell at him whenever he tries to nip at them through the cage. Finn is confused as to why Ace wants to kill his rabbits. They are his livestock and he’s taken it upon himself to protect them and try to herd them haha. Luckily that means I don’t really have to keep an eye on them while they’re all outside, because Finn isn’t going to let anything happen to them. Plus my rabbits are used to being around dogs and being barked at so they don’t care. Haha they pretty much just ignore the dogs. And Ace knows better than to break into their cage. Especially after being told “no”. He still doesn’t get it though haha.

 

 

 

I’m not entirely sure how long Ace is going to be staying with. I’ve heard that my sister’s boyfriend my pick him up on his was to Colorado and bring him home. I’ve also heard that my brother may take him home, since he’ll be here on Thursday or Friday. Haha I don’t mind though. I enjoy having him here. 🙂

And I guess that brings us to why this week is going to be amazing!! I mean, aside from the fact that I’m dog sitting a very good boy, have a long run and a few other fun workouts that I’m looking forward to, and that I get to see my brother later later this week.

THE GREEN DAY CONCERT IS ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I am So. Fucking. Stoked!!!! Especially for my brother! This is going to be his first concert and it should be amazing for him! Green Day puts on a fantastic show. Haha obviously I’m a bit biased, but it is really true! People “in the industry” have been saying it for quite a while now, and usually the worst thing that critics and whatnot can say is that they pull too many people up on stage (which I think is dumb. You can’t involve your fans too much, but whatever). But anyway, we have kinda shitty seats, but it’s still gonna be a blast! I’d rather have shitty seats that not be able to go anyway. 😉

So since Green Day is happening this week I’m obviously going to have to wear a different Green Day shirt every day and you’re gonna hear about it. 😉 Actually, you’re probably going to be hearing all sorts of Green Day related stuff from me this week (and probably next week haha), so just warning you now. Full on fan-girl mode has officially commenced!!!!!

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One of my new t-shirts and now my favorite Green Day shirt. 🙂

I guess this may be a bit of a reach, but is there anyone out there reading this from the Kansas City area who’ll be at the Sprint Center on Friday as well?? Well I guess you don’t have to be from the area, but you know what I mean. If you are and if you see me, come say hi!!! I’d love to talk to you!! I’ve got a weird blond streak in my dark brown hair, a nose ring, a border collie tattoo on my arm and a Green Day tattoo on my shoulder, and I’ll probably be wearing a bunch of eyeliner. Haha I feel like I’ll be pretty recognizable, but maybe not. 😉 But seriously if you do see/recognize me but are afride to just walk up and say hi (I mean, I will be with two relatively threatening looking guys ((that’s a joke, they aren’t actually threatening))), feel free to just scream “Hey, Ashley!” or “THE RUNNING REBEL” really loud in my general direction and I’ll introduce you to my awkward self.

Anyways, I had a bunch of stuff I wanted to get done today, but my lungs are still kinda unhappy with me so I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to do. Thanks asthma…Fall can’t get here fast enough, I’m so very done with the heat/humidity. Oh well, hopefully the cold weather will be here before I know it.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley