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Yesterday Was A Good Day

And I think today is going to be a good day as well, but first we need to talk about how a easy 2 mile run turned into a “long” run. πŸ˜‰

So Luke and I have been waking up around the same time for the past couple of days and that’s been really nice. That means he’s been sleeping in a little bit and I’ve been waking up a little bit earlier, but I think it’s been worth it. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we woke up to a chilly, cloudy, slightly drizzly day yesterday! My favorite!!

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So we got up, Luke got dressed and was off to work, and I let the dogs out, made myself some super yummy oatmeal and coffee, ate, checked the weather (it was 47 yesterday morning and felt like 42 πŸ™‚ ), and got dressed and ready to run in some of my favorite weather!

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So my original plan was just to do 2 or 3 easy miles, nothing too exciting. But once I stepped outside I knew that wasn’t gonna happen. Especially since the temperature dropped a little bit more while I was out and I just couldn’t waste such a nice, chilly day on such a short easy run, so I did 8 instead. Hahaha because that’s the obvious solution. But in all fairness, that means I’ve knocked out my “long” run for the week so now I wont have to worry about that anymore. Plus I had quite a bit of fun! The colder weather tends to do that to me. πŸ™‚

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So yeah, I did have fun but I also did a little bit of struggling haha. I suppose that’s to be expected though, this was the first long run I’ve done in 2 ish months so I kinda saw that coming. Actually, the first 2 miles were absolute hell but they got progressively better after that, up until the last mile and a half ish. That was also pretty awful. By then my legs were hurting a little bit and I was super tired, but hey, still made it 8 miles! πŸ™‚

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After spending that much time out in the cold yesterday morning (which don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoyed!) I wanted to get myself warmed up again, so I had some hot apple cider, which was absolutely heavenly, and took a long, super hot shower. That was a also really really nice. πŸ™‚ Then I put on my comfiest sweat pants, warm winter socks, and a flannel shirt over a t-shirt and cuddled on the couch with the dogs while I watched Netflix and did some blogging. So those were pretty much the best post run activities ever. πŸ™‚ I also tried to nap a little bit, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Does anyone else have this problem? Where you’ll be absolutely exhausted after a run but just can’t fall asleep? Because I seem to have that problem often haha. Oh well, that’s alright though because I ended up sleeping crazy well last night.

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Haha this photo was taken pre-shower. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I ended up doing a whole lot of nothing for the rest of the day because I was so freaking tired after not really running longer like that for a while. But I am a little bit more confident about the half marathon in November so that’s good. πŸ™‚

So like I said, I slept pretty darn well last night, but I’m still kinda tired haha, so I guess today is going to be a rest day. πŸ™‚ It’s looking like it’s going to be another chilly, dreary day though so I’m sure I’m going to spend quite a bit of time walking the dogs out in the nice weather. πŸ˜‰

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley

 

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Monday October 9th, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

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I guess I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today and I’m not entirely sure where I want to start or where I want to go with this little update, since I was kinda absent for most of last week. Haha that’s usually not the best way to go into writing a blog post, that’s typically when I ramble on and on and I worry that I’m not making any sense, but hey, I’m just gonna roll with it today. πŸ˜‰

Sooooo I guess we’ll start off with the race that I missed on Saturday. I had signed up for the Louisburg Cider 10k way back in May and I was pretty freaking stoked about it! But as you probably know, I got injured in August and haven’t been doing much running since then and was a little bit nervous about trying to do a 6.2 mile race. By the beginning of last week I had a feeling that I was going to be able to cover the distance, the only question was would I be able to do it without re-aggravating my injury.

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I never got to figure that out though. Last Monday a friend who I was very close to back in high school died. After I found out about that I didn’t think I was going to want to do it. I’m the kind of person who likes to be alone to process things like this and I didn’t exactly feel like being surrounded by a bunch of happy people that weekend. Especially after I found out his funeral was on Saturday, the same day as the race. Unfortunately Luke and I weren’t able to go, it’s kinda hard for us to drop everything and drive 5 hours to Illinois (where he lived, where the funeral was, and where we’re originally from, if you didn’t know), at such short of a notice.

So instead I did the only thing that made sense and went for a run that morning. πŸ˜‰ I’m not exactly one to dedicate miles, races, or runs in general to people. That’s just not my thing. But I did do this run sans music, and spend most of it thinking about my friend and all the growing up, fun times and crazy, “bad kid” stuff him, his girlfriend at the time, me, and Luke did together in high school, and prayed for his family. I was really nice. Sad, but exactly what I needed, I think. I’m actually really glad I ran by myself instead of going to that race on Saturday.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a little disappointed that I missed out on my first “official” 10k, that sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun, on what I’ve heard is a beautiful course, but there’s always next year and there’s always other races. πŸ™‚

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From my easy, beautiful, and peaceful run on Saturday.

Alrighty I guess that’s kinda a nice segue into the topic of the Longview half marathon, which is on November 11th, which I have signed up for, which is suppose to be my 3rd half marathon, and I am absolutely scared shitless about it. I mean I basically missed out of two months of training. I did very little running in August and almost no running in September and I’m just starting to really get back into “training” for it right now. Like right now I am just terribly overwhelmed by the fact that I only have one month to attempt to get into some kind of shape to run this thing. I’m not gonna try for any kind of PR, or time goal or whatever (although I would like to finish before the cut off time, which is 3 hours), but at this point I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do that. The last long run I did was a 9 miler back in the beginning of August and if I’m able to stick with the pace I did during that run I’ll be ok, but like I said, that was back in August and it was only 9 miles. So yeah, I’m hardcore freaking out about this thing now.

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Yesterday I sat down and wrote out a plan for what I’m hoping to accomplish this month. It involves absolutely no speed work, just getting in some miles, and mostly focusing on getting in an 8 mile long run, 10 mile long run, then a 12 mile long run, and then basically “tapering” the week before the race to hopefully let my legs get a chance to rest and be fresh on race day. If I can’t get those miles in, if they don’t go well, or if my knee starts acting up again I think I might email the race director and see if they can’t just bump me down to the 5k. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t. Especially since I’m not looking for any kind of refund or anything. Haha I’m actually not sure how the protocol for all of that goes, but I assume it wouldn’t be a good idea to not ask the race director and then try to do the 5k with a half bib. But anyway, that’s just plan “B” for now. I’m still aiming for that half marathon at this point though.

Anyway, I started very slowly easy back into running last week. Managed to get a whole 11.7 miles done. πŸ˜‰ My goal for this week it to continue easing back into things and doing an 8 mile long run, so I guess we shall see how that goes. Kicked off the week with an easy 3 mile run, followed by a few strides just for fun. It was a beautiful morning and I felt pretty darn good, so hopefully that’s a good sign!

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Ok, I think that pretty much covers running stuff for now. πŸ™‚

So lets talk about our new little girl ferret! She finally has a name!!! Haha like, 2 weeks ago I had been asking pretty muchΒ everyoneΒ for name suggestions because both of us were pretty much drawing blanks. Someone on my Vidme channel suggested Harley Quinn, sticking with our Batman theme since our other ferret’s name is Bruce Wayne. Haha that seems soooo freaking obvious! We’re not sure why we didn’t think of that right away! So yeah, she has a name now. πŸ™‚

As far as her adjusting to life here, she’s doing very well! She and Bruce becameΒ veryΒ fast friends and they’re pretty much inseparable at this point (which is funny, because Bruce has been alone for 3 years). They’re pretty much always cuddling when they sleep, they eat together, drink together, and get into lots of trouble together. πŸ™‚ Haha but they both seem very happy with each other and I’m very glad about that.

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Harley and Bruce.Β 

I suppose that pretty much covers everything I wanted to talk about today and I don’t think I ended up being to ramble-y. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone has a good Monday and a great week!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: September 25th-October 1st, 2017

Monday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes of yoga

I guess Monday was really just a test run to see how my knee felt. Haha it was super humid, hot, and gross out, and I felt pretty awful. That was pretty much to be expected though. The first few runs back always suck…but other than that it went well! My knee felt pretty good and I’m thinking I’ll be able to slowly get back into my running routine and will be good to go for my half marathon in November.

Also, if it could start feeling like fall outside, that’d be great…

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Tuesday:

  • Rest day

Didn’t run on Tuesday, but Luke and I did see Cherry Bombs, Steel Panther, and Stone Sour live, so that was a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

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Wednesday: 

  • 3 miles

So this run went a lot better than I thought it would considering I’m slowly getting back into running, I was up late the night before, and I did some drinking at the Stone Sour concert. πŸ˜‰ But it was about 60 degrees and lightly drizzling, so that made it more fun. πŸ™‚

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Thursday: 

  • Rest day

So that kinda happened by accident. I was planning on doing some kind of cross training, but I ended up in a bit of a cleaning frenzy and ended up doing a bit of deep cleaning around the house instead. So I mean, really I’m just glad I ended up getting so much done haha!

Friday: 

  • Pumpkin picking and errand running (totally counts! πŸ˜‰)

Luke and I were super busy on Friday! First we went to a farm thing  where you can pick apples and pumpkins, and picked up some pretty awesome pumpkins! When we got there we found out that we actually got really lucky and that Friday was the first day that they were opening the pumpkin patch for pumpkin picking. And we got there right after they opened so we we were some of the first people to pick pumpkins! That was sooooo cool, because we got the first pick of the pumpkins (and we found some pretty freaking awesome ones!), the field wasn’t all trampled because hardly anyone had walked in it, so we got to walk around through the vines and I actually ran through them and hurdled them and told Luke about every singe neat pumpkin that I saw. Haha so yeah, basically I’m a toddler. πŸ˜‰

Then after we got our pumpkins we went out for Chinese food (yum!), then went to several different stores to grocery shop and pick up stuff we needed. So basically we were gone most of the day and by the time we got home we were both exhausted and ended up watching Bob’s Burgers for the rest of the night. Hahaha so I didn’t run, but it ended up being a great day. πŸ™‚

Saturday: 

  • Rest Day

That wasn’t exactly the plan, but the day just kinda got away from me haha. 

Sunday: 

  • 2 miles
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike 

This was one of those really tough “just getting back into it” runs. It was short, slow, and sucky, but at least I’m getting out there and doing it. πŸ˜„


 

 

Friday Fives: Reasons Why I’m Super Duper Excited About Fall

All right, all right, I know that most of you guys probably know that I absolute love everything about fall (and winter, but lets focus one one season at a time πŸ˜‰ ). But I can’t help it! I am a cold weather person, I do not do well in the heat/summer time, and lets be honest, October through December is pretty much the most exciting and beautiful time of year!! πŸ™‚

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1.Β Fall RunningΒ 

I guess this may be a bit obvious, but hey, this is a running blog after all! And besides, fall is probably the best season for running! The temperature is usually pretty close to perfect, the scenery is beautiful, there are an abundance of races, you don’t have to wake up super early to hit the road before the sun comes up, getting to see everyone’s Halloween decorations, being able to drink a nice warm drink when you get home, I could probably go on an on and on haha.

Now unfortunately I’m still injured and unable to do much running right now, but I’m still dreaming about long, tough, beautiful autumn runs.

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2. Halloween!!Β 

I mean come on, who doesn’t love Halloween? You get to dress up, watch scary movies, and eat obscene amounts of candy. What’s not to love? πŸ˜‰ Oh and not to mention all of the fun, Halloween themed races that I swear one day I’m going to participate in.

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3. PumpkinΒ Picking Adventures

Luke and I kind of have this tradition of going pumpkin picking. We’ve done it every year since we’ve moved to Kansas. Hahaha I think it’s so much fun and just about the best thing ever to search through a field for the perfect pumpkin, picking it yourself, and then taking it home and carving it. Unfortunately for Luke, he doesn’t find any of that as enthralling as I do, but he puts up with it because he knows it makes me happy.

4. Fall Food

Chili, baked apples, homemade applesauce, soups, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin EVERYTHING! Oh and not to mention every food ever served at Thanksgiving ever (well, exept for things that contain pecans. I hate pecans haha πŸ˜‰ )! I think it’s all great haha! It seems like both Luke and I get into a super duper cooking mood once fall rolls around, so we always end up making lots of super yummy stuff! Fresh squash soups, chili with our home grown tomatoes and peppers, pies, cookies, bread, and anything that involves pumpkin, both Luke and I end up making from scratch, It’s lots of fun!! πŸ™‚

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Last year we went apple picking and ended up with a piss ton of apples, so we made applesauce! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested!

5. Fall FoliageΒ 

I don’t care what anyone says, fall is the prettiest season ever. That is all. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

I Suck At Sleeping, Apparently

Alright, I probably don’tΒ actuallyΒ suck at sleeping, but the past couple of nights I just haven’t slept well and it kinda sucks. I’m thinking maybe I shouldn’t have just jumped right back into my training scheduled after skipping a long run and then taking a week off for an injury (ok, I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I’m stubborn), but what’s done is done and I’m pretty sure my body is pissed at me haha. Meh, I also think I’ll be fine in a few days. Garmin told me that it was going to take me 4 days to recover from my long run last Sunday and I’m beginning to think that wasn’t an over exaggeration.

 

So, I literally did nothing but sit on my couch yesterday. I got a lot of reading done though (I’ve got about 8 thousand books that I need to read but just haven’t gotten around to yet), so go me!! Aaand after waking up tired again this morning and looking at my sleep chart, I’ve decided that another day off from running is probably a good idea. So, after I’m done with this post I’m probably going to go do some yoga and stretching and foam rolling. Thanks to the ice bath I took on Sunday after my 9 miler, my legs actually feel really good! But it’s probably still a good idea to give them some more TLC. πŸ™‚

Also, just a quick shout out to the person on Instagram who commented about how much worse their night of sleep was. Gosh I hate “one uppers”. That is literally one of my biggest pet peeves. Like, just because you had it worse doesn’t mean someone else isn’t entitled to complain about something going on with them. That shit drives me crazy. And so does unsolicited advise, which is also something I got on Instagram today, when someone else told me that my sleep chart actually looks normal. Like, no dude, that’s totally not normal for me and since you don’t know me there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t know that, and therefore you’re “helpful” comment just irritated me. I know I probably shouldn’t get so worked up over stuff like that, but it’s just sooo annoying. I very much believe that unless someone is explicitly asking for your advice, you shouldn’t just go around handing it out, because in most situations there is probably a good chance that you don’t know 100% what’s going on with the other person. And one uppers are just super obnoxious…

(Haha I was so annoyed that I posted a very unsuccessful rant on vidme. Finn makes a guest apperance. It’s great. πŸ˜‰ ).

Oh and I’m pretty sure the meter man opened the gate to my backyard because the dogs were barking at him while he was in the easement. I made them come in once they started doing it, but once he made his way across the street to one of the neighbor’s yards, I let them back out (what can I say, they like being outside). Well seconds later I see Finn, Dean, and Ace running across my front yard, so I called them back inside (luckily they’re all trained well and come the second they’re called). So I checked the gate and it was wide open and pushed inwards. 1. The dogs have never opened that gate before. 2. Even if they did I feel like it should have been pushed outward and probably not opened all the way. And 3. I know for a fact it was shut before hand, because the dogs had been in the yard all morning. So I’m pretty sure he opened it…Jokes on him though, because they went running after him when I let them back out haha. Luckily though I noticed them before anything bad could happen.

Anyways, aside from my not-so-great night of sleep and annoying people, I’m actually in a pretty good mood today! It’s beautiful out, the temperature is starting to go down a little bit, and you can just barely feel little hints of fall in the air. It’s great!! I’ve been telling Luke that I think it’s going to be a short summer and so far it’s definitely looking that way! Later this week the and over the weekend the highs are supposed to go back up into the mid/high 80’s but then after that it drops to the mid/low 70’s. Haha I sure hope that happens, and then that trend continues and that fall gets here fast! I’m so over summer and am very ready for fall running!!

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Plus my knee (the reason I had to take a week off) is feeling much better! I was worried about how it was going to hold up during my long run on Sunday, but it did very well! There was a little bit of pain in the beginning but around mile 4 it started feeling much better and by the time I had finished it actually didn’t hurt at all! Yay! Now hopefully it will just stay fine because I’m not entirely sure what I did to hurt it in the first place haha.

But anyways, that is all I’ve got for today so I’m off to do some yoga! Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley πŸ™‚

 

 

Goodbye, Running Slump!Β 

I’m pretty sure I broke through my running slump today! I PRd my 5K time (again) by 40 seconds, so that’s pretty neat! πŸ˜„

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Now that I think about it; I’ve been PRing a lot during my short interval workouts, which is what I did today, so I suppose all of this interval training is really working! I’m still walking during my recovery intervals, but hey, I’m still seeing some pretty big improvements!

Plus the slightly cooler, misty, overcast weather we had today really helped. I’ve also noticed that I tend to PR these workouts in similar conditions. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this was pretty good timing for the whole slump getting over thing, as the Longview Half is in 9 days!!! Not gonna lie, I was getting a little bit worried about that, but today has brought my confidence back. At this point I’m just super excited to run this race. I’m sure the nerves will kick in hardcore before too long, but right now I feel calm and ready to go!

I’m not too excited about how the weather’s looking though. Like, 80% of the reason why I wanted to do this race last year because it’s on the second Saturday of November so I figured the weather would be at least a little chilly. It ended up being in the high 40’s and low 50’s while I was running. That’s not too bad, but I still prefer colder weather. Anyway, I figured that was just a fluke and that this year would be better. Nope. It’s actually supposed to be about 10 degrees warmer that last year and it’s supposed to be more humid. Fucking awesome. 😦

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I’m really hoping that the whole crazy Midwest weather thing will kick in, and we end up having a drop in temperature, but that’s probably not going to happen. At the rate things have been going, the temperature will probably go up instead. Bleh. Maybe next year, right? πŸ˜‰

Do you have any races coming up?

I’m not the only one who starts obsessing over the weather 10 days before a race, right?Β 

What’s your ideal running temperature?Β 

HMT Day 99, Halloween, Honey Stinger, and October Miles

Alright, I’ve got quite a bit to talk about today so I’m just gonna jump right in.

I suppose technically my taper was really supposed to kick into high gear today, although I unintentionally started that last week by only running a total of 8.58 miles. Oops. That was a huuuge drop from the week before that too, I ran 24.11 miles that week and had a lot of fun doing it. At the very least I’m glad I did get all those miles in and a little (well, a lot really) of extra rest probably wont hurt me at this point.

Anyway, started this week off/ended this month with an “easy” 3 miler. Definitely wasn’t as easy as it should have been though. I’m still feeling kinda “bleh” about the whole running thing, although I think I’m finally coming out the other side of this slump I’ve been in. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, didn’t feel like making breakfast, and definitely didn’t feel like running, but I turned on my Halloween playlist which got me motivated to get my shit together, and then I did feel a lot better once I started running.

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This is my “I’m to lazy to actually make breakfast” breakfast.

I actually felt like finishing my run this morning, which is a huge improvement from last week. I think I cut all of my runs short and I only ran three times, so yeah… The only problem I really had was that my legs wanted to speed up but the rest of me was like “what the heck are you doing?!?” So I ended up going out too fast, and going up a few hills too fast, and then ended up walking up some hills because this was supposed to be an easy run, and for whatever reason I couldn’t seem to go easy up them. I suppose that’s not too bad of a problem to have, but I didn’t want to completely wear myself out. I mean, I have an interval workout tomorrow and I want that to be able to do that without feeling like I’m going to die.

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So with this morning’s run, my total mileage for the month of October comes to a grand total of 82.63. I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage month I’ve ever had, so that’s pretty exciting! I’m thinking that may have something to do with why I felt so shitty last week.

In September I only ran 36.68 miles, but I did have to take a week off, and then kinda ease back into things because of the whole toe indecent, and in August I only made it to 55.15 miles. So I hardcore upped my running game in October, but it wasn’t exactly intentional. I did two 10 milers and one 12 mile long run this month so those definitely added a lot to my total monthly miles. Plus aside from last week, I’ve felt really good this month and I guess this pretty much proves that.

Anyway, I’m very proud of myself for getting so many miles in without hurting myself. That’s super awesome! πŸ™‚

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Go me!!

At this point you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been running through a cemetery. I’ve actually done that a few times now this month, because ’tis the season, right? Haha I’m actually not sure about the protocol to this kinda thing. Like I don’t know if I’m aloud to be there, let alone running through there, but I’m quite and respectful, and it’s not a private cemetery or anything, so I don’t see why it would be an issue.

Since today is Halloween I wanted to run through there one more time, because like I said, ’tis the season! Plus it’s its a really old cemetery so there are graves dating back to the 1800’s, a few unknown soldier, and the town’s sheriffs graves are marked with stars that look like your typical sheriff’s badge, and I think that’s all really neat! I figure I should probably stay away during the holiday season though. I don’t want to bother anyone, and I know a lot of people like to visit their relative’s graves around the holidays.

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a million more times before it’s over, October through January is the best part of the year!

We aren’t really doing anything all that exciting for Halloween though. I didn’t get to do any fun Halloween themed runs this year which is kind of a bummer, but oh well, and Luke and I aren’t exactly the party type, so we didn’t/don’t have any parties to go to. I’m ok with that though. We’ve had a lot of fun decorating the house, carving pumpkins, and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids is actually a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see what fun monsters and characters show up at our door tonight! I’m especially excited to see our little next door neighbor. She’s 3 years old and likes to hang out with us and play with our rabbits and dogs, so I’m sure she’ll be excited to show us her costume. πŸ™‚

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Okey dokey then, I think I’ve finally made it to the last thing I wanted to talk about! I know I usually don’t write posts this long, so if you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me!

I’ve got some super exciting news to share with you! If you keep up with me on Instagram you’ve already seen this, so I apologize for being repetitive, but I didn’t want to include this in any of my pity party posts. Anyway, I’ve been accepted into the 2017 Hive Ambassador Program!!!!!

Honey Stinger waffles have become my go-to fuel for my long runs and hard workouts (and they make a nice little pre-run breakfast when I’m too lazy to cook πŸ˜‰ ), so I’m super excited to be representing a company that makes a product that I love. Seriously, I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Whew! This ended up being a little longer than I had planned, so again, if you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me and putting up with my ramblings.

I hope you had a fantastic October, and wishing you a great November and a very happy Halloween!!

~Ashley πŸ’€πŸŽƒπŸ‘»