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Weekly Recap: June 10th-16th, 2019

Well I’ve sure had an interesting week when it comes to running! Some good, some well, not so good but funny now to look back on. πŸ˜‚ Although I am still feeling one of my running incidents from this week. But we’ll get there in a minute. πŸ˜‰

It was an interesting week and an all around good week as far as training goes! I got in all of the mileage that I wanted to get done, I’ve been (mostly) sticking with the Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge, and I even got a few speedier workouts done! 😁

So, let’s get this weird week recapped!

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

So we somehow got INCREDIBLY lucky when it comes to weather! At least I sure think so! πŸ˜‰ On Monday morning it was a glorious 53 degrees when I started my run! It was FANTASTIC!

It was still a little humid, but honestly I can’t really complain about that. Last June it was already crazy hot so 53 degrees this time of year almost felt unheard of. It was great and I enjoyed every second of it. 😊

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

I’m not entirely sure what to call Tuesday’s run. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ It wasn’t really a specific workout but it was definitely a harder effort. And that harder effort felt pretty darn great because we had another cooler morning. πŸ˜‰

Followed my run with the Blogilates Summer Sculpt challenge, of course! As you can see, Bubbles has been joining me for these Pilates sessions. I have a sneaking suspicion that she’s not working as hard as I am though. 😹

Wednesday:

  • 5 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

Wednesday was when things really started getting interesting!

So if you’ve been following along with me for a while then you probably know that I like to run through my town’s cemetery. It’s just so calm and peaceful there. But one downside is that I live in a super small town so the cemetery is also super small. I think the road that goes through it is close to a quarter of a mile all the way around? Something like that. But on the bright side, there is RARELY anyone else there. That’s one of the reasons I love run to through there.

But on Wednesday I accidentally stumbled upon a funeral. Oops!! I had to nope the fuck out of there real quick! Luckily they were just setting stuff up at that point, so I don’t think I actually ended up bothering anyone. Except for the dump truck driver who was coming in as I was going out. He had PLENTY of room on that road but he wouldn’t budge out of the middle of the road and therefore forced me onto the grass and over someone’s grave. Running over someone’s grave feels a little bit wrong, but it was that or need a grave of my own so πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t disturb any mourners. I feel like running through a funeral would be super rude. Hence why I got out of there ASAP. Hahaha the rest of my run was a lot less eventful and honestly that was for the best! πŸ˜‚ 5 more miles in the bank!!

Thursday:

  • Rest day

Thursday was supposed to be a cross training day but whatever. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ I ended up doing some serious Pokemon Go-ing instead (by walking my dogs around the neighborhood πŸ˜‰). Then I hung out with all of my puppies in the backyard for a while.

That afternoon Luke and his brothers went golfing so I had to babysit my brother-in-laws kids. It’s not that I don’t like his kids or anything, but I would have rather gone golfing. πŸ˜‚ But they wanted to do a brother thing or whatever, so it’s all good. Haha I got to golf on Friday anyway.

Friday:

  • 6 miles
  • 17 holes of golf

On Friday I fell.

About .2 miles into my run. 🀣

Honestly, the fact that I fell isn’t super surprising. I am a HUGE klutz. I’ve injured myself in a lot weirder ways than tripping over a pothole while on the run.

What’s really surprising is that it took me this long to do it! I’ve never actually fallen while on a run before! The roads in my town are pretty shitty, but I’m usually really good at navigating my way around them. Not today though. I caught my foot in a particularly bad pothole while making sure I wasn’t going to get hit by a car coming from the cross street and then I went down! Lol not too bad though. All I did was scrape my knees. And luckily the endorphins from running finally kicked in at around 3 miles so they only really hurt for half of the run.

And this, my friends, is why my husband won’t let me use ladders. Or mow the lawn. And has seriously questioned whether or not I should have access to sharp objects. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Honestly though it could have been a lot worse so obviously I’m glad it wasn’t!

After I finished my run I ate a snack, took a shower, tended to my wounds, and then Luke called to tell me that he had an interesting day at work, that he left early, and that we were going golfing. So we did. πŸ˜‚

But only after we went to the sprint store. He wanted to get his brother a phone since he is starting college after this summer and Sprint had a bit one get one free iPhone deal going on. So my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to a Xr and my brother-in-law got iOS first real phone! Fun stuff! πŸ˜„

Hahaha Friday was definitely an eventful day!

Saturday:

  • 6 miles
  • Blogilates Summer Sculpt

On Saturday I found a turtle friend!! 🐒

But turtle friend was in the middle of the road, so it got moved to the grass so that it wouldn’t get run over by a car. Some people will go out of the way to run over turtles/snakes/frogs and that just makes me so mad. Like, what’s the point?!?😑

But anyway, I hope this one made it to wherever it was going. It was gone by the time I started my second lap of the neighborhood, so I like to think that it did. 😊

So yeah. 6 more miles in the leg bank and the official end to me very interesting week of running. πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • rest day

A well earned rest day at that! I KILLED it this week! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

Hit my mileage goal, mostly stuck to the Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge (but obviously shit happens and running is more important, so some days things get switched around or just not done at all. But I’m still doing it and that’s all that matters .πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ), had a few very interesting runs; I almost crashed a funereal and I took a tumble. But all in all, it was a great week!

So, today was super chill! I dyed my hair, did a bunch of reading, and I plan on doing some nice stretching this evening!

Total Weekly Mileage: 22

I hope you had a great week!

~Ashley

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Running is for EVERYONE

I just wanted to take a second to talk about the Nike mannequin that the internet is currently freaking out over.

This photo isn’t mine, obviously. I got it from a quick google search.

I kinda don’t get why people are freaking out. I read a piece of an article earlier today that said this theoretical person could never run, and is more likely to need a hip replacement and is probably on their way to having diabetes. WTF?!?

I’ve seen every shape, size, and body type lined up at pretty much every race I’ve done and I think that’s just fantastic!! And to me that solidifies the fact that EVERYONE can run.

And the fact that ANYONE is running is usually admired and encouraged in the running community. Sure Nike is a controversial brand (but I still buy their gear and run in their shoes πŸ˜‰) but this is something they’ve definitely done right! Running and being active should be accessible to everyone! And that means the clothes and gear should come in varying sizes. Fitness and running isn’t just for thin people. It’s for EVERYONE. And anyone who thinks differently can kindly fuck off.

If anything I can only see this encouraging more people to start running, going to the gym, or embarking on their own healthy lifestyle. I can imagine it could be pretty intimidating to walk into an athletic wear store, being surrounded by fit looking people, fit looking mannequins, and maybe not even being able to find the proper gear in your size. Putting myself in that situation I’d be completely demoralized and might even decide to give up on my fitnesses journey right then and there.

But on the flip side, I walk into an athletic wear store and see ALL types of bodies being represented. In that case I’d feel accepted and like I actually belonged there. I’d feel even more encouraged to kick start my fitness/running journey.

Obviously these are just made up scenarios in my head. I’ve never experienced going to an athletic wear store and not been able to find my size (although I do have issues finding sports bras and tights that I like, are comfortable, and functional. but that’s a completely different issue.πŸ˜‰). But I HAVE felt like an imposter when it comes to being a runner sometimes. I’m not super thin or super fit looking. I definitely don’t have the type of body that screams “runner” to the average person.

Just ignore my dirty mirror. πŸ˜‰

But you know what? That doesn’t make me any less of a runner! I run half marathons for goodness sake!! And that goes for any person of any shape, size, body type, or distance you can run. I don’t care if you weigh 90 pounds or 300. I don’t care if you run ultra marathons or can only run around your block. You are a REAL runner and I am proud of you! You belong here in this community, at any running expo, fitness event, or at the starting line of a race. Running is for EVERYONE!!

If this is the hill I have to die on then fine. I’ll gladly do it. I am NEVER going to discourage anyone from running or from starting a healthier lifestyle. The people who are angry about a freaking mannequin need a reality check. These are the same people who say that bigger people just need to go to the gym and workout to lose weight, but then they are really going to criticize Nike for having a mannequin to display the gear they have for bigger people?? The same people they’re saying need to go workout? It’s so hypocritical I can barely even wrap my mind around it!!

Running is for EVERYONE!!

I’ve said it many times in this post and I’m going to continue to advocate that point. And finally, I’m going to leave you with one of my all time favorite quotes:

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Weekly Recap: June 3rd-9th, 2019

So I’ve been following Blogilates for quite some time now. She was actually one of the first fitness YouTube channels I started watching and following along with back in 2012 when I stared losing weight and getting fit. I never participated in any of the challenges that she has done though. I just kinda used her videos and did my own thing with them.

But I’ve kinda fallen off from doing them, or any kind of strength training really. Which definitely isn’t good! It’s just that running is so much fun and I don’t want to do anything else! πŸ˜‚ But this June she’s putting on a 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge and I’ve decided to actually follow along with it! I’m hoping that it will kick my butt into gear and keep me motivated to get some strength work done! We’ll see how that goes. But as of right now, I’m pretty motivated to get it done! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 1 of Blogilates 28 Day Summer Sculpt Challenge

3 more miles added to the ol’ leg bank! Nothing fancy. Nothing fun. Just went out there and got it done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Followed that with day of of the Summer Sculpt Challenge. This one was a full body workout and it was tough! It was really good though! 😊

Also, more of my lilies are blooming and I love it!!

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles on the treadmill
  • Day 2 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Holy moly I woke up sore on Tuesday! Especially in my triceps. That was definitely a testament to how little strength work I’ve done lately. πŸ˜‚ It was nothing a few easy miles on the treadmill couldn’t work out though, so that was good!

Tuesday are dedicated to legs and butt for this challenge and the video was HARD. But it was also a ton of fun! I really enjoyed this one! πŸ˜„

2 days down, 26 more to go! πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • Day 3 of Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

Was up bright and early on Wednesday morning! I like to get out the door before the sun is up and has heated up the asphalt adding just another layer of misery to to activity that is summer running. πŸ₯΅πŸ€£

Anyway, after my run I finished day 3 of the Summer Sculpt Challenge and then did a bunch of work in my garden. It was a productive day! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„

  • Thursday:
    • 9 holes of golf

    Hahaha so I actually intended for Thursday to be a rest day. I was sore AF and just felt like I wasn’t recovering at all from the Summer Sculpt Challenge. There in lies the problem with working out every single day, I suppose.

    But when my husband got home from work and he wanted to play a quick 9 holes of golf. I was feeling better by that afternoon, so I figured why not! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Plus after moving around a little bit on the golf course I started to feel a little bit better. πŸ˜„

    Friday:

    • 17 holes of golf

    On Friday Luke got me my own set of golf clubs! Yay!!

    Hahaha before I was just using his and they were not working for me. Men’s clubs are a little bit longer and heavier than women’s clubs so I wasn’t able to actually swing properly with his. Hence why he got me my own! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    So obviously we had to go golfing on Friday. πŸ˜‚ This time we had a group of 4 that included me, Luke, his brother from Minnesota who is currently staying with us, and his other brother who lives here in Kansas. So having 4 people slowed us down considerably! We were out on the course for what felt like FOREVER! It was fun at first, but it was hot, humid, and exhausting. Which is why we ended up skipping that last hole. 🀣🀣

    I did play a lot better with my new clubs though, so there’s that! Honestly though all this golfing is probably going to have to slow down for me soon though! Training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two starts soon and I want to actually be able to do that. Golfing in the heat just took waaaay too much out of me.

    Lol yeah, I sure look like I should be lined up at the starting line of a half marathon, not on a golf course. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

    Saturday:

    • 3.5 miles
    • Blogilates Summer Sculpt Challenge

    A failed attempt at a long run… Obviously I wasn’t happy about that. But for real, I was crazy tired and drained from being out in the heat and humidity for so long the day before. It wasn’t good….

    So after my run I made sure I spent the day rehydrating, and apparently my body really needed refueled because I was STARVING all day. So I just kinda rolled with it and tried to give my body what it needed. Luckily the Summer Sculpt Challenge video was just stretching on Saturday. I sure needed that too. But apparently mostly I just needed to sleep!

    Sunday:

    • Rest day

    After my failed long run yesterday I seriously considered trying to get some more miles in today. I had my gear all laid out and an alarm set, but when it came time to actually wake up I turned off my alarm and went right back to sleep. I ended up sleeping for about 9 and 1/2 hours and honestly it was great! I felt sooo much better after that!

    I actually kinda wanted to run this afternoon, but I figured if I wanted to run today but didn’t, I’d probably feel even better and want to run even more tomorrow. Hahaha but I guess we’ll have to wait and see about that though. I did spend a good amount of time walking dogs today though. πŸ˜„

    Total Weekly Mileage: 11.51

    Yeah, obviously this week didn’t go as planned. πŸ˜‚ But it wasn’t bad either! Honestly if I would have gotten my long run in I’d be a lot happier, but I am working on becoming a stronger athlete and learning a new sport, so I’ll take it!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Happy Sunday!

    ~Ashley

    Happy Global Running Day!

    So this is actually just a short little thing I shared on Instagram for Global Running Day, but I wanted to share it here too. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

    I don’t have the most exciting or inspiring running story. I started late in 2013 mostly as a way to continue losing weight and it just kinda stuck.

    I’m certainly not a great runner. Most of my runs are done at a turtle’s pace with some walking thrown in. Sometimes a lot of walking.πŸ’πŸ˜‚

    Running usually doesn’t take me to interesting places with incredible views (this photo from my very first trail race in Colorado is one of the few exceptionsπŸ˜‰). Most of my running happens right out my front door, around my small town.

    To me, none of that is really important though. Sure, I’d love to be able to run faster, experience more exciting places, and who doesn’t want to be a more inspiring person? But what really matters is the act of running itself. It helps keep me relatively healthy and fit, sure. But it’s so much more than that.

    It’s waking up early and watching the sun rise. It’s trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue without falling flat on your face. It’s trying to outrun a summer thunderstorm. Watching the leaves change in the fall. Knowing where all of the neighborhood dogs and cats live. It’s knowing most of the people within a 3 mile radius of your house by sight if not by name, and knowing the general ongoings in your neighborhood.

    It’s the feeling of camaraderie when you see another runner on your usual route. It’s the feeling of crossing a finish line that you worked so hard to get to. It’s early mornings and oatmeal, blisters and black toenails, sweat and determination, and having absolutely no fear of port-o-potties. πŸ˜‰

    So yeah, I’m not the best, fastest, or most inspiring runner. But running has changed who I am in a fundamental way and I couldn’t be any happier about that. I’ll take my mediocre running self over my non-running self any day!

    And a big thank you to everyone who follows along and supports me on my crazy running journey! You guys are the best! πŸ’œ

    Happy Global Running Day! πŸŒŽπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    ~Ashley

    Weekly Recap: May 26th – June 2nd, 2019

    Wow with all of the shenanigans going on over the past few months I’ve kinda fallen off of the blogging bandwagon. I’m back on it though (I think πŸ˜‰) and hopefully it’ll stay that way!

    So, this week was a weird one as far as training goes. Luke and I went to Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend for one of his brother’s high school graduation and between lots and lots of family time and not having anywhere safe to run, well, I didn’t. πŸ˜† So getting back into the swing of things, especially in the middle of the week, was super hard. But, I like to think I made it work. πŸ˜‰

    Monday:

    • 18 holes of golf
    • Badminton and volleyball with Luke and his siblings

    While I may not have run while we were in Minnesota that doesn’t mean I was sitting around idle! On Monday Luke, his brother, and I played our final game of golf in Minnesota. And this time we actually kept score! I won!!! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ But only because Luke was giving me a few handicaps. πŸ˜‚ I’m not very good at golf. Plus I was playing with Luke’s men’s clubs (because that’s all we have) and that makes things a little more difficult.

    After our golf game we headed back to Luke’s mom’s house for a little Memorial Day party. We ended up playing a terrible game of badminton (mostly because me and one of Luke’s sisters were terrible at it πŸ˜‚) and then a game of volley ball where I was probably the best player! Go me! πŸ’ͺ🏻 Hahahaha and at one point Luke’s oldest sister decided that if anyone hit the ball out of bounds that they had to do a burpee. So everyone ended up having to do a few of those. It was terrible and fun all at the same time! 😁

    Tuesday:

    • Rest day

    On Tuesday we left Minnesota and spent 12 hours in the truck during our drive back to Kansas. We had an extra passenger with us because we ended up bringing Luke’s brother back to Kansas! He’s gonna hang out here until the middle of July because this is his last summer vacation before college. πŸ˜„

    Anyway, the ride was long. We drove through some crazy thunderstorms, but we made it home alright.

    Wednesday:

    • 2 miles
    • 9 holes of golf

    Wednesday Luke decided that he needed to go golfing again. πŸ˜‰ Really he just wanted to take his brother to one of the golf courses here. So I ran 2 easy miles and then went with them and played 9 holes of golf.

    I wasn’t doing so hot that day though. Mostly because I was pretty tired, I think. So I stopped at 9. Luke and his brother payed for another 9 but they only ended up playing 4 holes because the members of this particular golf course showed up and were doing something. They didn’t feel like playing through all of that so we left.

    Thursday:

    • 3 miles
    • Yard work
    • 30 minutes of Yoga

    Busy busy day!

    Luke went back to work on Thursday and I had A BUNCH of stuff I needed to get done in the yard/garden since we were gone for 5 days. But of course I ran first. πŸ˜‰ I did 3 easy miles. Nothing fancy. Just working on getting back into the swing of things after not running for 5 days.

    After that I spent several hours weed whacking, cleaning the chicken coop, and the doing a little bit of weeding in our landscaping and garden. Hahaha it doesn’t sound like much when you write it down, but it was a pretty tiresome day!

    That evening I did done much need yoga and foam rolling. After two 12 hour car rides and all the work I did on Thursday I really needed that!

    Ps, my lilies are starting to bloom. 😊

    Friday:

    • 2 miles

    Note to self; don’t listen to a pump up playlist on a recovery day. πŸ˜‚

    Somehow I was still able to keep it easy though. I know this because I was like, hardcore rocking out. Then some dude sitting in his truck on the side of the road saw me and was laughing. He gave me thumbs up though, so it’s all good. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚

    Saturday:

    • 9 miles
    • 25 minutes of Pilates
    • 2 speedy miles on the treadmill
    • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

    My new motto is “keep the hard days HARD”. So that’s what I did on Saturday! πŸ‘πŸ»β˜ οΈπŸ€˜πŸ»

    I started my day with a nice 9 miler. It was hot, humid, and hazy out, so it was pretty slow going. Still pretty hard though. Running in 88% humidity is no joke!

    That afternoon I tackled a nice 25 minutes of full body Pilates. Then that night I was bored and decided that a nice little speed session sounded like a lot of fun, so I hopped on my treadmill for 2 speedy miles. Then I followed that with some time on the stationary bike. Mostly to loosen up the ol legs.

    Keep the hard days hard. Mission accomplished. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

    Sunday:

    • rest day

    Well, kinda. In the morning I had to do some work in the garden, but after that the rest of my day was easy peasy. Thank goodness for that! Hahaha I was TIRED after all of my shenanigans yesterday. And probably from traveling an whatnot earlier in the week. I definitely needed a day off from everything! 😴

    Total Weekly Mileage: 18.13

    I will gladly take it! Especially after several weeks of hardly logging any real mileage and after not even being in the same state earlier this week! Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I still got some real work in and I’m quite happy about that. πŸ˜„

    Now, all of the crazy traveling shenanigans are over for a while, so the plan is to buckle down in June and put in some real work! I’m doing Blogilates’ 28 day Summer Sculpt challenge this month (it starts on Monday!) because I’m basically shit at getting any kind of strength work in, so I figured this would be a good/fun way to do it! June is going to be hard, but I know it’ll be with it this fall! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Alrighty! That just about covers it!

    Happy Sunday!!

    ~Ashley

    May Miles and Goal Check In

    🎢Spring is almost over and the summer’s come and the days are gettin’ long🎢

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, anyone? 🎣

    The days are certainly gettin’ long here in Kansas! The sun sets around 8:30 pm this time of year, but full dark doesn’t really happen until around 9. Summer is definitely almost here! Yuck. Summer running is my least favorite. πŸ₯΅ But on the bright side, at least I have a treadmill for days when doing hard workouts outside would be unbearable! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜†

    Anyway, May was an interesting month. I got sick, had a 5k race, picked up a new sport, and traveled to Minnesota. Plus all of our usual daily/summer activities like caring for chickens and all of the other animals. Planting and now tending the garden. And yard work of course. It’s a lot to jam into 4 weeks. πŸ˜‚

    So needless to say my running mileage has suffered a little bit since April (44.32 miles. Another weird month) and A LOT since March (87.92 miles. A very good month! πŸ™‚). This month’s grand total comes to 39.78 miles.

    Hahaha yeah, I’m not too happy about that. But life happened as it sometimes does. There was really nothing I could do about that terrible cold I got. It took me FOREVER to get over that. And I picked family time over running time while we were in Minnesota. A very good choice that I was willing to make. Sometimes you need to make sacrifices in life for running. Other times you need to make sacrifices in running for life. πŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

    The rest of my goals were kind of all over the place as well.

    Honestly I’ve been eating like shit pretty much all month. I’ve been journaling off and on, and this definitely wasn’t the best month as far as my step goal goes.

    But now for the most part all of the craziness that has been the last few months should be calming down. Now it’s time to buckle down and GET SHIT DONE! I’m ready to spend the next month or so building my mileage back up and then start training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two later in July! Bring. It. On!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€˜πŸ»

    Wishing you a very happy June!

    ~Ashley

    Thursday Things

    We are back from Minnesota! Yay!

    Actually, we got back Tuesday night and were home all day yesterday, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ With all of the recent shenanigans that have been going on I haven’t been able to do much blogging! I mean, I could, but it’s a lot easier to do all of this on my laptop that it is on my phone and not gonna lie, I’m kinda lazy. πŸ˜‚

    So anyway, Minnesota was fun! Between bon fires, parties, one high school graduation, and lots and lots of family time we sure were busy! Don’t worry though, Luke made absolutely certain that we were able to squeeze in several games of golf. His new goal is to golf at least once in every state. So far we’re 2/50. πŸ˜‚

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    On the golf course. Making weird faces because that’s what we do. πŸ˜‰

    It was fun though! Luke’s brother (the now high school graduate πŸ˜‰ ) went with us every time and he is now a fan of golf. πŸ™‚ We played at two different courses while we were there and they were both very pretty. The three of us all actually did quite well on our third and final golf game of our trip. We even kept score for the very first time and I won!! In all fairness though, Luke had me playing with a few handicaps because I’m not very good at golf and because I’m playing with his men’s clubs which does make it a little harder for me than it does for them. I guess eventually I’m going to need a set of women’s clubs.

    Processed with Rookie Cam

    Luckily we did golf and therefore got in some kind of physical activity! Hahaha I’m not exactly one that likes not being on the move. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t getΒ anyΒ running done while we were there, unfortunately. Mostly because we were pretty busy with my brother in law graduating and all of the activities that revolved around that.Then on top of that we were up late every night having us some good ol’ fashioned sibling hang out time, so there was no way I was getting up early after all of that. πŸ˜‰ But mostly there was really no where nearby that I felt safe to run. My mother in law’s house is right off of a buys highway and apparently they see people running on it, but neither her or I think that’s a good idea. I was told of a potential loop I could do, but I was kinda worried about getting lost. Especially since our cell service wasn’t too great there. So, I decided I was just going to enjoy my time there and not worry about it. πŸ™‚

    Lily, Dean, and Finn all stayed at a kennel while we were in Minnesota but we brought Whiskey with us. We don’t think she’s old enough to stay in a kennel yet. Especially since she has such a sensitive personality. Plus she was in heat so we didn’t want her anywhere near Finn while that was going on. We definitely don’t want any puppies yet! So, she came with us.

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    Luke and I have definitely lucked out with all of our dogs! None of them get car sick at all!! Sure they all get used to riding around in vehicles starting at a very young age, so all 4 of them know how to behave in the truck, but there really isn’t much you can do about a dog that gets car sick. My sister’s German shepherd gets sick and freaks out every single time he rides in her car. So I’m glad we don’t have to deal with any of that. Whiskey sat quietly in the back seat all 12 hours to Minnesota and all 12 hours back to Kansas with no problems. She had a bone to chew on but really she just slept most of the time. We let her out to run around a little bit and go to the bathroom every time we stopped for gas and food, but honestly I think that dog would have held it all 12 hours if we had made her (which we never would!). She is insanely good about things like that. She was the easiest dog I’ve ever potty trained and I could probably count on one hand the amount of times she’s had an accident inside.

    Anyway, she did good during our entire trip there actually. She got to hang out with everyone at my mother in laws house whenever Luke and I went anywhere and overnight because the house we were staying at didn’t allow pets. She liked meeting all of the new people, sleeping in my sister in law’s room, and getting to run around in the woods. But even after all of that I’m pretty sure she’s glad to be back home with the other dogs. πŸ˜‰

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    We ended up kidnapping my brother in law and bringing him back to Kansas with us. πŸ˜‰ He wanted to be able to hang out with Luke a little bit during his last summer before he goes to college so he’s going to be staying with us until the end of July. Cool Beans! The fun will continue! At least for the 3 of us it will. πŸ˜‰

    So like I said, we actually got back home from Minnesota Tuesday night. We left that morning knowing that we were going to end up driving through some thunderstorms in Iowa and it did in fact rain the WHOLE TIME we drove through that state. It was nothing too bad though. Things started getting super iffy around Missouri and Kansas though. We had somehow timed it just right that we wereΒ  super close to getting hit by THE WORST part of this storm cell right around the Missouri/Kansas border. I’m talking hail, flash flood warnings, high winds. It was raining so hard at a certain point that we could barely see out the windshield and there was a tornado warning for the county we were in. We got incredibly lucky and justΒ barelyΒ avoided the worst part of the storm cell, but we sure could see it! This storm did end up producing a tornado that was about a mile long and that was so covered in rain that there were times that you could barely see it. We just missed it, but we were pretty darn close to where it touched down. Scary stuff, but obviously we ended up making it home safely. πŸ™‚

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    The storm from just outside of Kansas City.

    So yeah, we are home sweet home now. πŸ™‚ As of today I’ve gotten a couple of runs done and I’m finally back to eating like a normal person. Hahaha I swear, I gained like, 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. But fast food while on the road, party food, and alcohol will do that to a person. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to be back to regular scheduled programming as far as all of that stuff goes! πŸ™‚

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    Drinking coffee in my own kitchen was a super nice change yesterday morning. πŸ™‚

    Okey dokey, just one more little thing before I go! Remember earlier this year how I had promised ROAD iD giveaways? Well one is currently live on my Instagram feed!!! I’m giving away a $35 ROAD iD gift card to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random! So if you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a ROAD iD or if your current one needs updating this could be an excellent opportunity to do so! Or if you don’t want to wait to potentially win a giveaway you can always follow my ambassador link to save 20% on ROAD iD’s website. πŸ™‚

    Alrighty! That is all for now!

    Wishing you a very happy Thursday!

    ~Ashley

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