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Weekly Recap: May 22nd-28th, 2017

As you may know, last weekend I went to Illinois to help my mom and dad start cleaning out their house so that they can sell it. I ended up staying longer than I had planned, so this week ended up being all over the place, but we got a lot done and I definitely got some great cross training in in the form of hard, manual labor. And honestly, I think that’s the most fun kind of “cross training” there is! πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3.05 miles

This run happened kind of spontaneously in the middle of the afternoon. My dad was napping while my brother went to pick up a part they had order for the truck they were working on. I didn’t really have anything to do at that point, so I figured hey, why not go for a run! Yeah, trying to run during the hottest part of the day, with basically no shade was not one of my better ideas. My mom had to bring me a Gatorade about half way through, but I actually ended up going farther than I thought I did. That was a nice surprise!

Also did a little bit of work around the house/yard on Monday. I mostly just picked up and burned a bunch of trash.

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Tuesday:Β 

Did a lot more work around my mom and dad’s house. Yet again I mostly just burned trash, but a lot of the stuff on Tuesday was heavy and I also did a lot of running up and down stairs so I totally got a workout it haha! In the evening my mom and dad went to dinner with my dads boss, so instead of working I ended up taking a long walk down the back country roads. Once I got bored with that I did a little bit of trespassing on what was my grandma’s farm. Obviously I shouldn’t have been doing that, but it was soooo weird to be right there and see the land, but to not be able to go on it. I just couldn’t help myself haha.



Wednesday:Β 

More work around the house. I pulled/lifted/carried A LOT of heavy stuff while working. Wednesday was also the day I finally went back home. My brother and I helped my dad with cleaning out a trailer that they were going to haul to Colorado, and then my brother drove me home.

Thursday:

  • 2 miles

Just got out there for an easy 2 miles on Thursday. I was super sore, tired, and slightly dehydrated from working all day outside in the sun and heat and probably not drinking enough while at my parents house. Still felt pretty good, all things considered though. πŸ™‚

Also made it home just in time for all of my lilies to be in bloom! Unfortunately they don’t really last long, so I’m glad I was able to enjoy them.

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Friday:

  • Rest Day

My mom, dad, and brother all stopped at my house on they’re way to Colorado on Friday. Since they had their dog with them I had to put all of mine in a separate room (they don’t get along). While doing that I ran into a framed poster that was hanging in our hallway and it fell on my foot. It bruised/swelled almost immediately, so I wasn’t able to run on Friday or do much of anything after that…Being a klutz really sucks.

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Saturday:

  • Rest Day

Spent most of Saturday sitting and icing my foot. Luckily it was starting to feel better, but walking on it too much was still making it hurt a little bit. So I kept that to a minimum and binge watched Avatar The Last Air Bender all day haha.

Sunday:

  • Rest Day

My foot is still about the same as it was yesterday, so I’m still resting it. Haha I’m just glad it got hurt now and not in the middle of half marathon training, like it did last year. But anyway, I’m thinking in the next few days it will probably be ok to do a short, easy run on. πŸ™‚

 

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Weekly Recap: May 15th-21st, 2017

Monday: 

  • Active Rest

I was still kinda getting over my cold on Monday, so I was still taking it a little bit easy. I did, however, start a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters, our dad, and my sisters boyfriend, so that kept me motivated to stay moving. At the very least I hit my step goal and that’s something I don’t typically do on my rest days. πŸ™‚ Oh and I also spent some time weeding in my garden. That totally counts for something!

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Tuesday:

  • 2 miles

Everything about Tuesday’s run felt hard. But the first few “getting back into it” runs always are, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I was just glad that I finally felt well enough to get a decent run in and not feel like absolute death while I did it. Then after my run I spent an hour weeding in the garden. I have a feeling that most of my summer is going to be consumed by weeding haha.

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Wednesday: 

  • 5 miles

On Wednesday I battled heat, humidity, and a wind advisory that turned into a tornado watch, but I got a solid 5 miler in! Well, it was a bit slower than most of my runs have been in the previous few weeks, but considering I was just sick and I was fighting against the elements, it felt like a solid workout. Haha I actually went out without a plan, so I kinda surprised myself by covering 5 miles. I also did a bunch of walking and more weeding on Wednesday and I pulled ahead of everyone else in our step challenge. Go me!

Also this is super unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they’re super pretty. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 45 minutes of yoga

I ended up feeling really sore and tight after my huge leap back into running and walking and working in the garden earlier this week. So Thursday ended up being an impromptu rest day that involved a nice little nap followed by 45 minutes of yoga in the afternoon. Ah that was nice and very much needed.

Friday: 

  • 3 miles

Oh man, thanks to the thunderstorms that rolled in the night before, the humidity was at 95% when I ran on Friday. That made this easy run feel a lot harder than it normally would. Especially for me; the asthmatic runner. I got through it though! I like to think it was because of my tasty pre-run snack. I mean, how can I be in a bad mood after having my favorite flavor of Honey Stinger waffle? πŸ™‚

Speaking of Honey Stinger; the 10 Reasons Why I Love Honey Stinger post has been crazy popular (in terms of views, that is) ever since I wrote it. So that’s been pretty neat. πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • Rest Day

I shoulda run on Saturday. I totally had time…haha oh well. 

My mom and dad showed up at my house around 7 am, then they both slept until 1:30 pm. Then we hit the road and my dad drove  the 5 hours to Illinois. So in those hours they were asleep I coulda run, but oh well. 


Sunday: 

So yeah, I didn’t run today, but I sure got my calorie burn on! I spent the day helping my mom, dad, and brother clean out the house so that they can sell it. I was in charge of burning things, and burn things I did! As you can see, I’m ready for a shower! And dinner and bedtime wouldn’t be so bad either. πŸ˜‰



 

Step Challenge, 5 Mile Run, Awesome T-shirts, and Toenail Trouble

Hello everybody!! I feel like I’ve been really bad at keeping in touch with all of the other bloggers that I follow here on WordPress. Sometimes I just get into really weird moods where getting onto any kind of social media and trying to interact with people just seems super exhausting. I swear I’m going to catch up with all of you guys at some point though!

Anyways, on Monday I started a step challenge on Garmin Connect with my sisters Sarah and Jessica, our dad, and Jessica’s boyfriend, and things got kinda heated! Haha I swear these step challenges make people super duper competitive! So as I type this at 11:45 am I’m in the lead with 38,132 steps. But by the time I post this (which should be around 5 pm, but who knows haha) that may change. Hopefully that change will involve me still being in the lead, but who knows. Sarah and Jessica have been doing lots of hiking in Colorado and I don’t know if that’s something they plan on doing today. My dad will probably regain his lead tonight though. I swear he beats me at these damn step challenges every single time!

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So that kinda brings me to my 5 mile run that I did this morning. I actually was planning to do a little cross training instead of running, but knowing that I was in 4th place in the step challenge made me want to go get some steps in, and obviously the best way to accomplish that is by running!

I didn’t really plan on going for 5 miles though, but I was actually feeling pretty good which was surprising since I hadn’t done much running while I was sick and I kinda thought it was going to take me a while to get back into it. Luckily for me that doesn’t seem to be the case, so I figured why not go for 5 miles today! I ended up battling through some heat, humidity, and a heat advisory, but I got it done! And I hit my step goal of 10,000 steps and took the lead of the step challenge by the time I was done. So I felt very much accomplished. πŸ™‚

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Totally unrelated, but my lilies are starting to bloom and they are super pretty!

By the time I got back home from my run, the mail had come and it included a package from an old grade school friend of mine! We still talk on Facebook every once in a while, and at one point I mentioned that I was running low on t-shirts. So he sent me bunch of his that he doesn’t wear anymore. They’re all going to be kinda big on me, I mean, I wear a women’s small and these are men’s larges, but I plan on getting crafty with them and doing some neat t-shirt cutting things. So that’s pretty exciting! I didn’t take pictures of all of them because there are nine and that would have taken forever, but this one is definitely my favorite! πŸ™‚

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On a slightly unrelated note, does anyone remember last September when I had a toe incidentΒ which resulted in my big toenail falling off? Well it healed, my toenail grew back and every things been fine. Well, the toenail looked a little weird, but other than that it wasn’t giving me any trouble or anything. But while I was clipping my toenails this afternoon, I noticed that the nail really hasn’t grown at all since it first grew back. Like, it covered the nail bed, but then it just stopped growing. It’s also looking a little purple again and it feels a little loose. I think I’m going to lose it again. Sad face…I was so excited when it grew back.

I asked my sister who is officially a nurse now, and she said as long as it doesn’t hurt and isn’t infected it’s probably fine, but that it is probably going to come off again. She was actually surprised that it even grew back in the first place. Apparently it’s pretty common for toenails to just not grow back after they’ve been through some serious trauma like mine was in September. Luckily it doesn’t hurt or anything, so it’s not interfering with running, but I guess it’s something I’m going to have to keep an eye on it again. And I thought I had finally put the toe indecent behind me haha. Oh well.

That’s all I’ve got for today, but I’ll definitely keep you up to date on my step challenge and toe!

Happy Hump Day!

~Ashley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s looking pretty good out there! 

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

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


I hope you’ve had a super Saturday!

~Ashley 

May 9th, 2017

Never in my life has a cold fucked me up the way this one has. It’s seriously beenΒ terrible. My voice is still really hoarse (I’ll add the link to my vlog from today below, if you want to hear how bad it is), my chest is still really congested, I’m coughing and hacking, my nose is still stuffy, and I still don’t feel all that great…

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On the bright side, I do feel quite a lot better today! Much better than I felt over the weekend! I’m still doing my best to rest, eat lots off fruits and veggies, and hydrate. Which is actually going a lot better than it was over the weekend, because now I actually want to eat and drink. πŸ™‚

I also got in another short, slow “run” (there was quite a bit of walking done, for only doing a mile) this morning. These short easy runs have really helped clear out my nose and chest, but I’m still not up for doing much more than a mile yet and the warm weather sure isn’t helping. It was a little over 70 degrees when I finally hit the pavement today. I do need to start waking up before the sun gets up. That will make running feel a little better, but right now I’m just focusing on getting enough rest so that I can get over this damn cold. Then I’ll start worrying about waking up at 5 am, and getting back to a more normal running scheduled.

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Anyway now that I’ve run and showered I guess I’m going to continue resting. All this sitting around is kinda driving me stir crazy, but I know it’s what my body needs right now, so I’m going to do it. I’ve started re-reading The Stand for the 8 billionth time, so that should help keep me busy. Yesterday I spent some time outside on my back porch reading, trying to get rid of my terrible running shoe tan lines, and soaking up some vitamin D. So I think I’m off to do do that again. I feel like helped a bit. And the ridiculous amount of blueberries that I ate yesterday probably helped a little bit too haha. Yay vitamin C and antioxidants!! πŸ˜‰

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Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!!!

~Ashley

Sidelined By An Illness

It’s not often that I get taken out of the game by a cold. Usually I’m able to run through the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. Hell, sometimes a few easy miles even helps clear out my sinuses and makes me feel a little bit better! Not this time around though. I’m pretty sure this has been the worst cold that I’ve ever had in my entire life! It’s seriously been really awful!

I guess this whole ordeal started last Thursday, although at that point I didn’t realize that I was getting sick. I was feeling pretty tired and rundown but I didn’t really think much of it, especially since I got a pretty solid workout in that day. Honestly I just thought PMS had just come a few days early, which isn’t really unheard of, so I wasn’t worried about it. The next day I realized that whatever cold that Luke had gotten a few days before, and that’s been making it’s round all over this part of Kansas, had finally caught up with me. At that point I didn’t feel too terrible, but my throat was really dry and hurt really bad. I was actually kind of worried that I was coming down with strep because I has some weird yellowish bumps in the back of my throat, but I never got a fever and after a pint of chocolate Halo Top ice cream it started to feel much better. By then I was hoping that maybe I was in the clear and that this cold wasn’t going to be too bad. Oh how wrong I was…

So that was on Friday. I didn’t run that day because I thought that maybe rest and ice cream was going to be all I needed to start feeling better, but like I said, that was not the case. I woke up feeling like death on Saturday. This wasn’t just the normal stuffy nose, clogged sinuses, sneezing, feeling under the weather cold. This was a cold from hell.

I spend all of Saturday laying on the couch, reading, and not wanting to eat or drink anything. I had to though. My body was producing so much snot that I felt like I was constantly swallowing it and that was making me feel sick to my stomach. Eating helped little bit thought, even though at that point I felt like food was the most unappealing thing ever. And obviously you want to stay hydrated while you’re sick, and honestly I wasn’t doing that great of a job, but I tried. When I went to bed that night I was praying that I would feel a little bit better when I woke up because I was absolutely miserable, but that did not happen.

Yesterday was by far the worst day yet. I had a terrible sinus headache, my nose was leaking non stop (I went through more than half of a double roll of toilet paper), my chest was congested so I couldn’t stop coughing, my throat was raw and sore since I couldn’t stop coughing, my whole body ached, and I kept cycling between being really hot and really cold (even though I still didn’t have a fever). There was absolutely no way I was going to be able to run yesterday, even if I wanted to. Even sitting up for prolonged periods of time wore me out, and walking around or doing anything was pretty much out of the question. Seriously, this had been the worst cold I’ve ever had. And to top it all off, I ended up losing my voice last night and I could still barely talk this morning.

But it would appear that I’m finally on the upswing!!! I woke up feeling a little bit better today. My chest is still really congested though, so I’m still doing a lot of coughing, but I was able to run an easy mile! And it wasn’t even as slow as I thought it was going to be haha. I did have to walk up a hill because all of this gunk in my chest/nose made it a little bit difficult to breathe, but it was still a total win! Plus it helped clear out my nose and chest a little so I’m very happy about that! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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So I’m very happy that I’m feeling a little bit better and was able to run today. I’m still planning on doing a lot of resting today and am probably going to try to nap after I make lunch, but I think I can manage a little bit of light housework after that. Whenever I’m out of commission things get really dirty around here hahaha.

Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend, mine kinda sucked but I’m just glad that I’m finally getting over the cold from hell.

Happy Monday!

~Ashley

 

Weekly Recap: May 1st-7th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 3.5 miles
  • 25 minutes of blogilates

It was a cold and chilly day! Yay!! I kinda wanted to go for 4 miles on Monday, but I was feeling tired and was back at my house at 3.5 so I called it good. But I mean, close enough, right? πŸ˜‰

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Tuesday: 

  • 10 minutes of blogilates

Tuesday was a cross train day! Haha I just barely did enough to qualify as a cross train day though. 10 short minutes of blogilates. But in all fairness, on her May workout calendar she had 2 lower body days in a row and that just wasn’t working for me haha. I probably should have spend some time on my stationary bike, but whatever.

Wednesday: 

  • Rest Day

So, on Wednesday I decided that I was going to give up caffeine so I skipped my morning cup of coffee. Bad idea. I ended up feeling exhausted and shitty all day…

Thursday: 

  • 3 mile run
  • 15 minutes of blogilates
  • 25 minutes on the stationary bike

I was feeling a little bit tired on Thursday, but I still got in a pretty solid workout! Now I’m realizing that I was probably starting to get sick that day, but oh well. I don’t think skipping my workout yesterday would have stopped that from happening. Luke’s sick, a bunch of people at his work are sick, it was only a matter of time before I ended up sick as well.

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Friday: 

  • Rest Day

Yeah whatever illness that’s been going around finally caught up with me. I woke up with a sore throat and just feeling kinda bleh in general. I thought about running, but eventually decided that resting was probably a better idea. I ended up feeling kinda achy and started getting the chills later in the day, so taking a breaks was probably the right decision.

Saturday:

  • Rest Day 

Very glad I didn’t run on Friday. I woke up feeling absolutely horrible on Saturday. So I just continued to rest on Saturday. I tried to stay hydrated and watched Nike’s breaking 2 on YouTube, because I missed the live stream from the night before. That was some incredible stuff! If I didn’t feel so gross I would have been super inspired to run Haha. 

Sunday: 

Oh man you guys, I don’t think I could have run today even if I wanted to. This cold is absolutely kicking my ass. I’ve been trying to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to do because I really don’t feel like drinking anything. That’s not helping the chest congestion I woke up with this morning. Ugh, it’s quite terrible and makes breathing harder. I can’t wait to get over this.