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Weekly Recap: November 26th – December 2nd, 2018

Finally starting to feel a little more normal this week! After my races and then a whole week off from running I was feeling off and having a bit of trouble getting back into the swing of things. I’m getting there though!! This week certainly looked more like a normal running week for me and for that I am extremely grateful! 😊 I feel like starting another holiday run streak has really helped! It’s definitely given me the motivation to get out the door and run, and the more I run the more normal I feel! 😁

Monday:

  • 2 snowy, icy, slushy miles
  • 25 minutes yoga

So we had a legit blizzard on Sunday. Like for real! It was insane! And guess who ran during it! That’s right, this girl! πŸ˜‚ Oh man, that was probably insanely dangerous as we were experiencing white out conditions, but it was also a lot of fun!!

Anyway, on Monday the sun was shining but there was still quite a lot of snow, ice, and slush on the ground. I know a lot of people hate it when the roads look like this, but I have soooo much fun running in this kinda stuff! Winter running is my favorite. Even if it does involve some slipping and sliding. β„οΈβ›„οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Tuesday:

    3 miles
    20 minutes strength work

Another snowy run! Yay!!

Well, kinda. The roads were mostly clear on Tuesday, but there were still some really icy spots. Most of them were short enough for me to dodge, but some of them were longer and required slow, deliberate tiptoeing over. Hahaha that’s what’s fun about running on ice and snow. It really makes you have to focus and think about where your feet are going. One misstep and you could end up on the ground. Luckily I’ve always been really good at picking out good footing in the ice and snow. At this point I I’ve never lost my footing enough to actually fall, which is pretty impressive considering how big of a klutz I am. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, followed my run with some lower body strength work! I’m definitely getting back into the swing of things and it feels good!!

Wednesday:

    2 miles

I just like winter running. Winter running is my favorite. β„οΈπŸ˜Š

You guys, the snow is still sticking around! It started getting all mushy and melty Wednesday afternoon. Still though, I’ve been enjoying it. 😁

Thursday:

  • 1 mile
  • 20 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 10 minutes ab work

Nice and easy 1 mile just to keep my run streak going. Followed that up with 29 minutes on my stationary bike and then 10 minutes of ab work, just for fun. Also broke out my all time favorite Christmas Zensah compression socks! ‘It’s the season!! πŸ¦Œβ€οΈπŸ’š

Friday:

  • 2.57 miles

Friday’s Run was supposed to be easy but it sure didn’t feel that way. Running is like that sometimes. But I was still smiling because running is a gift. Even on days when it feels hard.

Saturday:

  • 4 miles

4 fantastic miles to kick off the new month!!

Getting back into a more regular running routine has been a bit of a challenge, but Saturday’s run was the best if felt on a run in a LONG time! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ I think I’m finally ready to start doing some real work again now!!

Sunday:

  • 1 mile

Just one easy mile to keep the streak alive! Nothin’ fancy, but it did feel really good!!

Alrighty! I’ve been not-so-patiently been waiting for this week to get over so I can start using my new Believe Training Journal! I mean, I could have started using it the day I got it, but I thought it made more sense to start it on the first Monday of a month! I’m dreaming big for 2019 and I think this journal will be a fantastic tool to help me make shit happen! I. Am. Stoked!!

Happy Sunday! Wishing you a fantastic new month!!

~Ashley ❄️⛄️

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Weekly Recap: December 25th-31st, 2017

Well, this week has been a little bit crazy to say the least!! Between traveling to Illinois, running around everywhere to see family and go to Christmas parties, staying up super late and consuming alcohol, and traveling back to Kansas, I didn’t exactly have a lot of time to get any kind of running or workout done. Which is obviously fine and pretty much to be expected, and although at one point I did wish I had brought running gear to Illinois, for the most part I was too busy and having too much fun to worry about getting any kind of miles done. Which is probably a good thing since attempting that streak seemed to take a lot out of me haha. But anyway, basically what I’m saying is that this weekly recap isn’t going to be very exciting because I haven’t exactly done much hahaha.

Monday (Christmas Day):Β 

On Christmas day Luke and I spent literally the whole day running around everywhere to attempt to see a bunch of our family. We started the day out and his dad’s house to open presents from Santa (apparently Santa know’s about my Nike addiction and brought me a very nice pair of fleece leggings and pull over jacket complete with thumb holes!!) ;). After that we went to my grandma’s house to drop off Finn (she had a crate that we left him in. He was too overwhelmed to run loose with her dog, Luke’s dad dogs, or even our dogs, and we couldn’t take him everywhere with us.) and say hi to her. We also got to see my sister, her husband, and my brother while we were there. After about an hour there we went to Luke’s grandma Becky’s house for their Christmas party, where we ate a big lunch and where Santa always shows up to help hand out presents. And weirdly enough Luke’s grandpa is never around for that hahaha. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ After hanging out there for a while we made our way to Luke’s grandma Wilma’s. She had her Christmas party the night before (but we couldn’t go because we were on our way to Illinois on Christmas eve night). But we still got to hang out with her and talk to her for a while which was really nice. After that we had to go back to Luke’s dad’s for their party with his step mom’s parents and siblings. While we were there we had a huge dinner, hung out, and basically watched her brother’s kids run around like crazy (Luke’s step mom called them walking advertisements for birth control haha. And it’s not like they’re bad kids or anything. They were just excited.). And finally after that Luke took me back to my grandma’s and dropped me off there where Finn and I ended up staying the night and he finally got over himself and decided that my grandma’s and uncle’s dog Luther wasn’t so bad after all.

Haha told you we were super busy!!

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Santa also brought me a bunch of super spiffy, fuzzy socks that all feature a different, cute animal. πŸ˜‰

Tuesday:Β 

The original plan for Tuesday was to make our way home to Kansas. But it ended up snowing in Illinois, Kansas, and pretty much all along I-70. The roads were pretty bad when Luke came to pick me up from my grandma’s house, so we ended up going back to his dad’s and staying another night. So pretty much all of Tuesday they all sat around playing video games. It was 2 degrees outside so nobody really felt like doing anything I guess. The problem is I can’t sit around for that long staring at a screen, so I ended up sitting around and being bored all day. Haha I seriously considered taking my new running gear out for a spin, but eventually decided against it because one layer wasn’t going to be enough for 2 degrees, a negative windchill, and the snow. Plus I didn’t even have running shoes, but it’s not like I haven’t run in nothing but socks before hahah.

Anyway, that evening we ended up going out to eat at a Mexican place for dinner, and after that Luke, one of his brothers, and I went to Target to get Cards Against Humanity and then the three of us and Luke’s dad ended up staying up until 3 am drinking, (well except for his brother who is only 18) and playing that. That was a long night haha, but it was fun! πŸ™‚

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Wednesday:Β 

We FINALLY made it back home around 3 pm on Wednesday! Don”t get me wrong, we had a lot of fun, but it felt soooo great to be home! Haha and all of the dogs were very happy to be back as well. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 3 miles

FINALLY got the chance to hit the road and get in a few miles! Haha let me tell ya, I was definitely feeling all of the big meals, Christmas cookies, and alcohol I’d consumed earlier this week during this run. It still felt really good to get out and get the ol’ legs moving though. πŸ™‚ Plus it was nice and cold, and there was still some snow on the ground, and that always makes things more fun! At least it does for me haha. πŸ˜‰

I also wanted to do some yoga or stretching, but I kinda got distracted by taking down Christmas decorations and then grocery shopping haha. Oh well.

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Friday:

  • 1 hour on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of yoga

On Friday I got a wonderful surprise from my sistersΒ  in the mail!! They got me a running log for 2018 and Run Fast Eat Slow for Christmas. So that was pretty exciting! I was actually thinking about buying myself a running log for 2018 to help me keep track of my goals, but I’m glad I didn’t haha. And I’m super duper exctited to try out the recipes in Run Fast Eat Slow. I’ve heard very good things about them! πŸ™‚

Anyway, I spent the most lazy hour ever on my stationary bike on Friday. Like, I don’t think my HR ever got out of the “warm up zone” haha. Ah well, still better than nothing! After that I did some yoga, walked Lily, and spent pretty much the rest of my day attempting to clean the house but getting too distracted to actually get anything done…

Saturday:Β 

  • Rest Day

I guess all of the travel, late nights, and general Christmas craziness finally caught up with me. I woke up tired, congested, and with a sore throat…I was hoping that all I needed was a little bit of rest so I decided to spend my Saturday curled up on the couch with all of my border collie friends (because it was waaay too cold out to leave Dean and Finn outside all day like they want to), Netflix, and lots and lots of tea. But it’s looking like I’ve done all of the running I’m going to do in 2018 and I’ll probably be ringing in the New Year sick…

Sunday:Β 

  • Rest Day

Still feeling a little too sick to do much. Especially in this cold weather. But I am feeling better than was yesterday! I spent my morning making the Carrot-Ginger soup recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow and Luke and I are going to be spending the night at home. It’ll be nice though. 😁

Christmas Was A Success!!

A crazy, hectic, busy, couple of days, but a definite success!!

Luke, the dogs, and I were only in Illinois for about 3 and 1/2 days, but we still managed to go everywhere we needed to go, saw everyone we needed to see, went to most of the Christmas parties we’d been invited too, gave and received gifts, ate lots of yummy food, drank a little too much ;), stayed up waaaay too late, and had lots and lots of fun. πŸ™‚Β Honestly, I couldn’t actually re-cap everything that went down in Illinois in the correct order because it’s all kind of a blur haha, but I suppose I’m gonna try!

I got to see my sister and her husband a little bit which was nice. I haven’t seen them in a while!! And I got to hang out with my brother for a little bit too! All three of them left to go home to Colorado the day before Luke and I did. My mom bought a puppy from someone in Illinois, so they brought her back to my mom. She’s a cute little thing, a tea cup Yorkie, but I honestly would never recommend buying a tea cup dog (they tend to have health issues. Intentionally breeding dogs to be super duper small isn’t exactly a good thing). But anyway, my sister has an Alaskan husky (which is a Siberian husky mixed with a grey hound) and a huge German Shepard, so I’m not sure how that 11 hour drive went for them with such a tiny dog in the car, but they somehow made it. πŸ™‚

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My mom’s new puppy. I may not agree with the whole tea cup dog thing, but I definitely wasn’t going to say no to cuddling with a puppy!

On Christmas day Luke and I spent the day driving around everywhere. We Opened presents from Santa in the morning (apparently Santa knows I like Nike running gear and needed a new pair of fleece leggings πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ). Then we went to Luke’s grandma Becky’s party. All of Luke’s uncles, aunts and cousins always spend the afternoon there and that’s always fun. Since there are only 2 really little kids on this side of the family a lot of suggestive joking was done this year. We also got a little talk about the bird and the bees. That was a blast and Luke’s grandma thought it was hilarious. And every year, after we eat lunch Santa shows up to hand out more gifts! Luke’s grandpa never seems to be around when Santa shows up though. I guess our big Christmas lunch makes him tired. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

That night Finn and I stayed at my grandma’s house and Luke, Lily, and Dean stayed at his dad’s. So I spent the night hanging out with my grandma and attempting to make Finn get along with my uncle’s dog, Luther. At first Finn was afraid of him, but once he realized he could bully him he stopped freaking out around him. Poor Luther, all he wanted to do was play with Finn. They’re about the same age and Luther was super exited to have a friend. Finn on the other hand, is a border collie, mostly wants to work, and doesn’t know how to play like a normal dog. And I mean, he did kinda play with him, but he spent most of his time bossing him around and stealing his toys. Ah, the joy’s of border collie ownership. πŸ˜‰

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Luther is a good boy.

The day after Christmas Luke picked me and Finn up from my grandma’s, then we went back to his dads, packed up the car, and had every intention of heading back home. But it was snowing, the roads were gross, and our car’s heater doesn’t work, so we decided to spend another day in Illinois. Not gonna lie, it was kind of a boring day. Since it was so cold out (it was in the single digits for most of the day) everyone just wanted to stay inside and play video games. Now, I enjoy playing video games, but I can’t stare at a screen ALL DAY. Plus I like the cold and the snow, so I wouldn’t have minded playing outside haha, but oh well.

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That evening/night/early morning (because we ended up staying up until 3 am haha) was fun though! We all went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant that was really good! They had really good margaritas haha. Then Luke, one of his brothers, and I went to Target, bought Cards Against Humanity, and ended up playing that for a while. And of course more alcohol was involved with that. Eventually Luke’s dad joined us and really got into the game. We ended up playing through all of the black question cards twice, and that’s how we ended up staying up until 3 am haha.

And then the next day (yesterday) the roads were clear, but it was still super cold (-2 in the morning…), so we bundled up and spent 5 hours in the car to drive home. That was slightly miserable since our car has no heat. But we had a mini heater thing, so we took turns holding that under our blankets to warm up. And we finally made it home alive, but very cold, around 3 pm yesterday.

Whew! I think that just about covers it! I didn’t bring any running gear/shoes with me because I didn’t think I’d have time to run. And I really didn’t until Wednesday I really didn’t! I did get some new running tights and a pull over jacket for Christmas, it wasn’t really enough for braving the super cold temps that day, but don’t think I didn’t consider just braving the cold in what I had and running in only socks (something that I’ve done before) because I was soooo bored with all of the video game playing haha. But I decided that I probably shouldn’t have braved the -2 degree temperatures in nothing but one pair of fleece leggings and a jacket. πŸ˜‰

But anyways, it’s still super cold out today! But since I’m home and have access to all of my running gear I’m gonna go get in a few miles!

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve/Day/year in general!! πŸ™‚

~Ashley

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December 22nd, 2017

Holy cow you guys, we’re really getting down to the wire! It’s almost Christmas!!!

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I mean, Santa can definitely bring me six pack abs, right?!? Haha ok, maybe not. But a girl can dream! Maybe one day…. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, any last minute shoppers out there? I wouldn’t say that I am, but there are a few more things that need picked up for a few people. Nothing major though, for the most part Luke and I have all of our Christmas shopping done, the gifts are wrapped, and we are almost ready for go time!! But if you are a last minute shopper, or have a very picky runner friend in your life, a gift subscription to StrideBox might be the perfect last minute gift! You can still use the codeΒ RunningRebel10Β to get 10% off a 3 or 6 month gift subscription, but only until the 24th!

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Anyway, we were pretty darn busy today! Although our major Christmas gifts have been bought we still had quite a bit to do to even get ready for the holiday. Since we saw my mom, dad, and brother, in Colorado for Thanksgiving, we’re going to be driving to Illinois to see Luke’s family and some of mine, and that takes a bit of prep work haha. Luke had to work until about 1:30 pm, but that ended up working out alright because I had to be at home all morning because we had plumbers here working on our gas line. It wasn’t up to code (and we knew that when we moved in actually haha) and the city is replacing gas lines all throughout the city and is also paying to have all of the houses that aren’t up to code fixed, so that it pretty neat. πŸ˜‰

So, they were here from about 8:15 this morning, until around 11:15.Β  So I kinda ended up stuck at the house during that time. It wasn’t that big of a deal though, it gave me time to work on some blog posts and get a little bit of pre Christmas trip cleaning done and organizing done. Luke got home just about the time that the plumbers were leaving and thus began our crazy afternoon of running around and getting stuff done. Haha except it wasn’t really all that crazy. Like I said, we still had a few things to pick up for people and a trip to walmart took care of that. After that we had to got to petco to get rabbit food and a new hammock for the ferrets, since they decided to tear theirs apart…After our shopping adventures were done we grabbed some lunch and headed back home.

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We also got this toy for the dogs, because why not make them look like alcoholics? πŸ˜‰

Once we got back we had to shove one rabbit into a cat carrier (she was not happy about that), wrap the other one up in a towel so she wouldn’t poop everywhere (we only have one cat carrier and the rabbits do not get along), leash up Lily and Dean, load everyone up in the car and head to the vet. Haha so, the vet office is like, for real a two minute walk from our house, so normally we’d just walk, but there was no way we’d be able to accomplish that with two dogs and two rabbits. But anyway, Lily and Dean were do for their shots (luckily we didn’t have to bring Finn too, he finished up his puppy shots earlier this year) and the rabbits needed to be weighed so we could get them topical flea treatments. Lily and Dean did fine, but they usually do. πŸ™‚ The rabbits on the other hand, were not at all thrilled with the whole experience haha.

 

After everyone was declared healthy and got their shots we dropped the rabbits off back home, got Finn, and took all three dogs to the dog park. It was an uneventful trip to the park, but at least they got to run around for a while. πŸ™‚

Finally, we got back home to stay at around 4 pm. We had to call the gas company to come turn our gas back on (which the plumbers had to turn off) because we weren’t here when they came to do it originally. It didn’t take too long for them to get here and turn it back on so that was nice, but our heater (which is the only gas appliance we have) still wouldn’t turn on. So Luke called the plumber, he said they’d be here in an hour to see what was up, but I guess he called the tech that was here today and it turns out he forgot to flip a power switch back on. So the plumber called me back, told me this, and told me he’d be here within the next hour or so to turn it back on. I sure hope he gets here soon. It’s pretty cold outside and it’s getting kinda cold inside now. Makes sense considering the heat hasn’t been on since 11 this morning…

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Whew! So it’s been a pretty busy day and I’m sooo ready to be done haha. Just gotta wait to get the heat situation fixed and I’ll finally be able to sit back and relax….and possibly hope on the stationary bike for a little bit hahaha. πŸ˜‰

I hope you’ve had a great Friday!!

~Ashley

Christmas Time Adventures

Holy moly! Luke and I have squeezed in lots of Christmas time fun into the past day and a half-is. It’s been awesome!!

Our Christmas time adventures started yesterday, after Luke got off of work. Apparently he ha been looking up Christmas light shows and displays all week, so that’s what we went to do last night. First we went to this neat-o light show thing that synced up to music that played on their radio station. That was pretty neat, but we only stayed for 3 or 4 songs because we had other places to be and other things to do. πŸ™‚

The second stop on our magical Christmas adventure last night was a park. By the time we got to said park it was completely dark outside, but we could see it from several block away because almost every single tree was covered in Christmas lights! Oh my gosh it was absolutely beautiful!! The park had a little paved path that went around a little lake so we walked around that and admired the views and the reflections on the lake. And poor Luke completely froze because it was 20 degrees. I however, was very much enjoying the cold. πŸ˜‰ Haha we both enjoyed it though. It was absolutely wonderful and both of our Christmas light viewing adventures were completely free, which is always a plus!

 

After our walk around the amazingly lit up park we stopped at a store to pick up some cookie dough and other snacks because I was in a Christmas-y mood and wanted to bake. Haha I didn’t really have time to do it from scratch like I would have liked, but gingerbread cookies are gingerbread cookies either way, so I was happy.

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While I baked my cookies Luke called his mom and we played a trivia game with her over the phone. Obviously we had to make a few changes to the rules since she wasn’t physically there, but we all ended up having a lot of fun. Then after that I kicked Luke’s butt at the game of life. Haha every time we play that game I end up beating him pretty badly, so that’s exciting. πŸ˜‰

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And after I totally won at the game of life it was off to bed for the two of us, because we had a shit ton of things to get done the next day (today).

So we woke up this morning at 8 am, which was probably a little later than we should have, and I promptly had to jump out of bed, run outside, and brought our trashcan and recycle bins out by the street. Our trash/recycling company is kinda unpredictable about what time they pick up our stuff and I absolutely had to have it out there because it was all pretty much overflowing haha. That doesn’t happen very often, but with all of the Christmas gifts, food, and whatnot, we ended up with a crazy amount of trash this week.

After I’d gotten that taken care of I had to run back inside and get dressed because we had a full day ahead of us. First we cleaned out Luke’s car and took it to walmart to get the oil changed. That took an excessively long amount of time for some reason, but whatever. While we were there we picked up some stuff we needed and contemplated what Christmas gifts we needed to get and for who. Once the car was finally done and our stuff was bought we were off to the mall, where we ended up spending a pretty good amount of the day, running around all sorts of different stores, trying to get everything we needed. Surprisingly enough it wasn’t a huge madhouse today! There were a lot of people there, but not as many as we’d thought there would be and it wasn’t super crazy, so that was nice. πŸ™‚

After the mall we headed to Bass Pro. to get a few more gifts and then to Target to get sharpies (because we desperately needed some, but had forgotten about them up until that point) and some food to hold us over until Monday. The plan was to go grocery shopping today, but the parking lot of the Aldi we shop at was completely packed and we didn’t feel like dealing with all of that haha. We did go to Tractor Supply to get dog food though, so you can see where our priorities lie. πŸ˜‰

Whew! All of that took a lot of time and effort! By the time we got home it was around 1:30 ish. Maybe a little after. Anyways, Luke wrapped all of the presents because he is a million times better at it than I am, while I put everything else we’d gotten away, and attempted to at least keep the house in some kind of decent order. That’s not exactly easy to do when you have gifts, boxes, wrapping paper, trash, and a plethora of other things lying around. All while 3 dogs and 2 cats are running around and getting in the way of everything. Oh, and one of those dogs (Finn), kept getting all up in Luke’s business. This is his first Christmas, so all of the decor and craziness is kind of stressing him out and he needs constant reassurance that it’s all ok. Poor baby haha.

 

It was hectic, but I’m very glad we ended up getting all of that done today. We’ve gotten gifts for almost everyone we need to buy for taken care of and wrapped, so it’s nice to not have to worry about all of that stuff anymore. πŸ™‚

That wasn’t the end of our Christmas adventures though, because once we had the gifts wrapped we had to hang up the Christmas lights! Or some of them at least. You see, I’m a huge klutz and am very prone to hurting myself. Therefore, I am not allowed on the roof haha. So Luke put those lights up while I drank coffee and kinda stretched out the new string of lights that we’d bought this morning. And of course Lily was there to help. πŸ˜‰ And tomorrow I’m probably going to put up some more lights on the house and around the yard. Luke has to work tomorrow, but since the roof lights are all taken care of and nothing else requires a ladder I can do all of that by myself. πŸ˜‰

 

Once our roof lights were put up and all of the mess that was made in doing that was cleaned up it was about 4 pm and we finally got to sit down and relax! At least for a little bit. First we watched the latest episode of Supernatural and after we were done with that I realized I hadn’t gotten the mail today and that I needed to go do that because my December StrideBox was supposed to get here today, which it did! πŸ™‚

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This months box was full of all sorts of yummy goodies! That was a nice surprise!! Usually it only comes with one or two snacks, but this time that was a good majority of what was in the box and I’m 100% ok with that! Haha the snacks are usually my favorite thing in every StrideBox, so I’m pretty excited that I have all sorts of new goodies to try! πŸ™‚

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And friendly reminder that you can still use the codeΒ RunningRebel10Β (good until 12/24/17)Β to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription to StrideBox! If you’re still looking for a gift for the runner in your life, this is a great option! I mean, look at all the goodies that come in it!! πŸ™‚

After admiring all of the neat stuff in my StrideBox it was about 5pm, starting to really get dark, and I realized I still needed to get in a mile for day 16 of #RWRunStreak. Fuck me. After all of the Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and light hanging we did today, running was the absolutely last thing I wanted to do. But I have committed to this streak, so I changed into a pair of running tights and shoes, pulled a hoodie over my sweater (because I was too lazy to bother to actually change into all running gear haha), got out the door, and busted out a mile. Honestly I’m really glad I ended up doing it. 1. I got to see my lights and a bunch of other pretty Christmas lights in my neighborhood. And 2. I ended up feeling a lot better after I did it! Honestly I probably should have done more than a mile because after I had gotten going I felt great! But it was starting to get really dark and all I had was pepper spray on me and being out and about alone after dark makes me kinda nervous. If I would have had one of my dogs or a gun with me I probably would have kept going, but I did not. But anyway, I’m still happy with my mile. πŸ™‚

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Whew! After that I showered, worked on a few blog posts, and now here I am at 7:30 pm, pretty much ready for bed! Hahaha I think that might be a little early though, so I’m gonna relax, watch some Netflix, drink some tea, and then call it a night.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Friday and is getting into the holiday spirit!

Your holly jolly runner friend,

~Ashley

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StrideBox For The Holidays

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How super duper neat-o is that?!?! πŸ™‚

I guess StrideBox has been mailing out these nifty little ornaments along with a very nice Christmas Card, and mine arrived yesterday. Honestly I didn’t know that they were sending these, so it was a very nice little surprise and very much appreciated! I can definitely get behind any brand or company who takes the time to do little things like this and that just makes me even more proud to be able to represent StrideBox as an ambassador.

Haha not gonna lie though, it was packaged in such a pretty gold envelope, so when I first opened my mailbox I thought it was one of the Christmas packages from Luke’s mom. Yesterday she had warned me that she had several coming our way. πŸ˜‰ And while we’re here talking about StrideBox I suppose it’s worth mentioning that you can use the codeΒ RunningRebel10 to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription. I personally think that would make a fantastic holiday gift for the runner in your life. πŸ˜‰ If that’s not your jam (or your runner’s jam) but you’re still looking for a nice stocking stuffer for someone who runs, I have a few more ideas here!

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Alrighty! I just wanted to mention that real quick today. πŸ™‚ Now I’ve gotta go get a mile in for my streak!

I hope you have a very happy holiday season!

~Ashley and Winchester who is very much enjoying our Christmas decorations.

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Fun Mail Day, The Streak Continues, and Other Thursday Things

Alrighty! I’ve got a bunch of randomness to talk about today, so just bear with me for a little bit. πŸ˜‰

Christmas time is here!!! That means decorating, baking, gift wrapping, Christmas music, lots of packages in the mail, family time, and all sorts of other fun and craziness. Oh man, I love it though. Even though it can become a little bit stressful. πŸ˜‰ So far I’ve got the inside of the house decorated and it looks great!! I still want to hang up the outside lights, but Luke wont let me get on the roof. Something about me being clumsy and not wanting a hospital bill…So I guess he’s gonna have to do it at some point. πŸ˜‰

All of the animals are ok with Christmas, except for Finn. Christmas confuses and upsets him and he’s been spending most of his time hiding outside or in the bedroom. Haha but this is his first Christmas so this is all new to him.

We’ve also officially got a good start on Christmas gifts! We’ve got his mom and his brother and sister on that side of the family taken care of. All that’s left to do is wrap them and ship them off to Minnesota. We also know what we’re getting his dad, one of his brothers on that side of the family, and we bought his other brother on that side of the family his gift. We’ve got one of my sisters taken care of, we know what we’re getting my brother and dad, we’ve just got to figure out my other sister and mom. And we’ve got gifts to each other all figured out. There’s still one thing I want to pick up for him, but I’m gonna take care of that this weekend. πŸ™‚

And I guess that brings me to the fun mail day stuff!! Well, today was supposed to be a fun mail day. A bunch of stuff that Luke and I had ordered over the last week or so was all supposed to come today. But a gift I’d gotten him and my Honey Stinger stuff got delayed. That’s not surprising, shipping stuff gets all kinds of crazy this time of year and I’m not worried about it. I am pretty super excited about my Honey Stinger stuff though.Β They had a crazy awesome cyber Monday sale. Literally everything was 50% off, so I stocked up on waffles and also bought a pair of socks, because I can always use more running socks haha. That’s all supposedly going to make it here tomorrow. Hopefully it does because I’m pretty stoked about all the waffles I bought haha.

Anyways, the stuff he got me for Christmas arrived and I have been told multiple times to stay out of it. Haha that’s pretty hypocritical from someone who told me if he finds where I’ve hidden his Christmas gifts he was going to open it and ruin Christmas (his words, not mine). But whatever. πŸ˜‰ Also my amazing holiday socks from Zensah also came today! I’m so stoked about these socks!! I actually purchased them on the way home from Colorado last Friday because I wanted to make sure I was able to snag a pair and I was afraid they’d sell out pretty quickly. But anyway, I’m so excited that they’re here and they are probably the only pair of socks that I’m going to be wearing all season. πŸ™‚

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Also, speaking of Honey Stinger (I’m so good atΒ segues πŸ˜‰ ), I’m super duper excited to announce that I’ve officially been accepted back into the hive for 2018!! Yay! Honey Stinger for real fuels 90% of my running, dog walking, road trips, hiking, and other random adventures. Seriously, I’m not kidding when I say Honey Stinger is my favorite fuel. πŸ™‚

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And I guess while we’re on the subject of brands I’m an ambassador for, lets talk about StrideBox for the holidays for a second!! First off, I absolutely love StrideBox! It’s basically like getting a Christmas gift in the mail once a month. πŸ™‚ Second off, if you’re looking for a great gift for one of your runner friends, a gift subscription to StrideBox just might be the way to go!! And now until December 24th, you can use the codeΒ RunningRebel10Β to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription to StrideBox.

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Okey Dokey, now that that’s out of the way, lets talk about this run streak for a second!

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As of today I’m 8 days in and feeling pretty good! I’m actually really glad to have a goal to keep me going haha. If I didn’t I don’t think I’d have done very much running this week. Not like I’ve actually done a lot of running or anything, but it would have been a lotΒ less if I didn’t have a goal to get out there and do at least a mile every day. πŸ™‚Β So for today I did the bare minimum of a mile, and I legit waited until the mail got here so that I could wear my super spiffy socks. They made me feel better about the fact that it’s been kinda warm and sunny out lately.

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Keeping up with the running thing is going well but I’m not doing so well with the stretching/strength training/cross training thing. Well, at least I haven’t been this week. Last week I actually did kinda well with all of that, but I’ve been slacking off for a couple of days now. I definitely need to get back on track with all of that. Especially recovery stuff. I think that just might be important when it comes to the run streak thing. πŸ˜‰ So I spent some time getting reacquainted with my foam roller and yoga mat this afternoon. Yeah, that sucked pretty bad but it was totally worth it! Well, probably haha. Also spent a little bit of time on the stationary bike, just to get my legs moving in a way that’s not running or walking. I figured that would probably be a good idea. πŸ™‚

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Torturer tools.Β 

Alrighty then! That was basically just a bunch of super duper randomness, but my “Thursday things” posts tend to be just that! But that is all for today I suppose. So Happy Thursday everyone! πŸ™‚

~Ashley