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It’s Finally Fall!!

Last Wednesday it got up to 85 degrees in the afternoon. So basically the same kinda temperatures we’ve been having for a while here in Kansas. But overnight the temperature dropped like crazy and we woke up to a crisp 52 degrees in the morning!

Haha so one day is was summer and then the next day it was fall. πŸ˜‚ I’m sure not complaining though! Cool weather is my favorite and October-January is pretty much my favorite time of year. 😁

Anyway, the latter half of last week was just a whirlwind of activity! My brother-in-law got married on Saturday so a bunch of our family traveled from out of state to Kansas for that and things were just a little hectic as they sometimes get when you have a bunch of people traveling and visiting for a wedding. All on top of my first “week” of working at the Clorox plant. So needless to say, it was a pretty tiring week!

Thursday night Luke’s dad, step-mom, and his youngest brother stopped by our house to hang out for a little bit and to drop off their dog, Lexi after they drove in from Illinois. They were staying at a hotel and they didn’t want to board her at a kennel so she stayed with us over the weekend.

On Friday morning Luke’s mom, and one of his brothers and sisters got here after a long trip from Minnesota. They actually got here while Luke and his dad were out golfing. πŸ˜‚ So we just hung out at our house for a while until Luke got home. Then we had to head to the rehearsal dinner for the wedding.

After we got through the rehearsal Luke dropped me and his sister off at our house and then him, his two brothers, his dad, and some of their friends took my brother-in-law to Top Golf for his bachelor party. So while they did that Luke’s sister and I painted our nails and introduced each other to the music each of us likes. πŸ˜‚ Around midnight she got tired and went to bed. Not long after that Luke, his brother, and my brother-in-law (I know this gets super confusing with all of his siblings. πŸ˜‚) came to our house to stay the night. My brother-in-law and his fiancΓ©e were doing the thing were you don’t see the bride until the wedding day, so he couldn’t stay at his house. We had a lot of fun though! Quite a bit of alcohol was consumed and we stayed up until almost 4 am. It was like old times waaay back in the day. It was a lot of fun!

Alcohol influenced our music selection. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Saturday morning we all woke up pretty late. Obviously. πŸ˜‚ Not long after we got up Luke’s grandparents dropped by to visit for a little bit. After they left my brother-in-law left to go get ready for his wedding, Luke and I had to drop his brother and sister off at the house where his mom, aunt, and grandma were staying, then we drove back home, got ready, then headed to the wedding venue. Several hours later and long story short, my brother-in-law was married and everyone headed upstairs to the reception.

Honestly it was one of the strangest wedding receptions I’ve been to. They did the usual first dance, parents dances, cutting the cake, and then they did a dollar dance, and that was pretty much the only dancing any adults did. The dance floor was quickly taken over by the shit ton of children who were there and most of the adults in my age range ended up hanging out outside for a while. πŸ˜‚ It was pretty fun though!

My brother-in-law and I during the dollar dance. πŸ˜‚

After the reception Luke and I took his brother and sister back to our house and we stayed up until 1:30 am playing board games. It was a good time. πŸ˜„

Yesterday everyone who drove to Kansas stopped by our house to say goodbye and then they headed back to Illinois and Minnesota. Luke’s dad, step-mom, and youngest brother took “PuppyPuppy” home with them. He’s 8 weeks old now and while I think it’s usually best to keep them until they’re 10 weeks old, this case was a little bit different. So he’s at his home now.

We’re are going to miss him a little bit, but honestly Luke and I are mostly relieved that he’s gone. Puppies are a lot of work and we’re both over being woken up by a puppy that wants to play at 3 am every morning. So he’s their problem now. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

Hahaha alright. That’s a super condensed version of all of this weekend’s shenanigans. But basically the point I wanted to get across was that we had some busy days, late nights, and more alcohol than I usually consume. It was fun though. πŸ˜„

I spent yesterday evening attempting to recover from all of the fun and mentally prepare for the next 3 days of 12 hours a day at the Clorox plant. I like to think I succeeded in that endeavor. I was in bed by 8 pm and waking up at 4 am this morning wasn’t too bad.πŸ˜‰

My workday today was a freaking drag though!!! The plant was having all sorts of issues with a new computer system that they have going on, so our lines went down at 10 am and they never went back up. So from 10 am – 5 pm we had to find other ways to keep ourselves busy. It was horrible. The day felt like it went on FOREVER!

But now I’ve got one down, two more to go! But I have to work Sunday. So that means I’ll be working 4 days in a row. Not looking forward to that…

Not gonna lie, I’ve been applying to some other jobs I’ve seen on job boards. I’ll get paid less at basically any other job, but I just don’t think I’m cut out for factory life. It’s not too terrible now. But once mandatory overtime kicks in and I have to work 5-6 days a week at 12 hours a day. Yeah, I’m not sure my injury prone body can handle that. I’m just now starting to heal up from my first week of working at this plant. But I’m just going to look like this again by the end of the week because I’m sure we’ll actually be working tomorrow and Wednesday.

Battle scars from my first week.

Bleh. I’m already over it…

~Ashley

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Happy first day of October!!!

Fact: October-January is THE BEST time of the year!

Let’s talk about why!!

October:

  • Halloween, duh! πŸŽƒ
  • Fall weather

November:

  • The Longview half is November 9th and the Gobbler Grind half of November 10th! And my dad is doing both of them with me!
  • My birthday is November 15th! Yay!
  • Thanksgiving
  • The Christmas season starts this month! I do t care what anyone says, you can’t stope from being holly jolly in November.
  • Cold, frosty mornings

December:

  • Winter weather! Snow! Cold! Yay!! ⛄️❄️
  • Christmas!
  • New Year’s Eve

January:

  • The winter weather continues!
  • New Year’s Day

I guess made out into a list like that it doesn’t seem like much, but I LOVE all of these things and I think they all basically need whole months to be celebrated! πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a fantastically spooky October!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸŒ™πŸπŸ’€πŸ–€

Pumpkin Picking 2019

Woohoo! The tradition continues!!

Every year since Luke and I moved from Illinois to Kansas we’ve gone pumpkin picking in the fall. Not on any specific date. We just go whenever works best for us. Or at a particular place. We’ve gone to a few different cider mills, orchards, and straight up pumpkin patches. But it’s still a tradition that’s still going strong 7 years as of today!

We took Dean with us today because we’ve always wanted to bring a dog with us but we never bothered looking up whether or not we could until today. πŸ˜‚ But they said dogs were allowed so we brought one!!

Hahaha it’s hard picking when you’ve got 4 to choose from. But we chose Dean because he’s the most laid back and chill. Plus he has very little herding drive so he didn’t really bother the goats and chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo area. Lily, Finn, and Whiskey would have wanted to herd all of the critters. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we went to the Louisburg Cider Mill bright and early this morning! We got there at 8 am, right when they open, so we could beat the heat and the crowds! And we were totally successful!!

First we took Dean through the corn maze. He was very confused about that. He wanted to keep running through the corn. Eventually he figured out that we were staying on the path though and eventually we let him lead the way. He wasn’t very successful about finding his way to the end, but eventually Luke and I figured it out! Hahaha I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve actually entered and exited a corn maze in the correct place. πŸ˜‚

After we finished the corn maze we got down to business picking THE PERFECT pumpkin! I think we succeeded in that endeavor! It’s HUGE, and round, and perfect! Hahaha I’m very excited! πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Surprisingly enough I don’t have any photos of it right now. I’m sure I’ll have a whole bunch throughout the rest of spooky season though! But I do have a few photos of the pumpkin patch and Dean dragging me through it. πŸ˜‚

Whew! That was a lot of fun!! After we picked out our perfect (but super expensive) pumpkin we went to the little country store they have there and got some loose tea (they have THE BEST loose tea) and soup mix. Yum!! πŸ˜‹

Now if only the weather would cooperate and cool off! It was super nice out this morning but it got up to 90 by this afternoon. Boo… It is supposed to cool down but next week though and I sure hope it does! I’m looking forward to some fall weather!

Anyway, after our pumpkin picking adventures Luke and I ran some errands, bough groceries, then went to Walmart for some golf balls because Luke wanted to golf today. So we did get his golf balls. But we also ended up with some mini pumpkins as well. πŸ˜‚

And he did get to get in 18 holes of golf. I didn’t feel like playing though so I played the part of caddy/spectator. πŸ˜‰

So I got to go pumpkin picking which is one of my favorite things and Luke got yo go golfing which is one of his favorite things, so everyone was a winner today! πŸŽƒ 🏌️😊

And now that we’re done with all of that fun we’re going to spend our evening just hanging out at home. And I’m going to at least attempt to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Really all I need to do is make sure I have breakfast ready, set my coffee maker, and lay out my clothes. But I don’t feel like doing That right now. I should also probably drink some water because I basically haven’t all day. Oops.🀣

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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August 27th, 2019

Today was a good day!!!

First and foremost, I started off my day by listening to my Halloween playlist! Well, my Halloween playlist in progress, anyway. After my debacle with iTunes a few months ago all of my old playlists are gone along with a bunch of my music, so I’ve been using Spotify quite a bit. And my Halloween playlist on there isn’t quite as good as my old one on iTunes, but it’s getting there. 😁

Anyway, I don’t care if it’s only August 27th it’s never too early to start getting spooky. πŸŽƒπŸ’€πŸ–€

Then while on my run I found $14 in a ditch! I find paper money when I run every once in a while and I always stop to pick it up, but $14 is the most I’ve found at one time!

Oh and my run did go pretty well today too. So that’s good.

After my run I submitted a resume and a copy of my ID to a job recruiter that my brother-in-law hooked me up with. He’s been helping me to *hopefully* get a job at the Clorox plant that he works with here in town.

But a few days ago I had also applied to a job at Garmin’s world headquarters that I just happened to see on a job board. I honestly didn’t think anything would actually come of it but then as I was submitting my resume to the other guy Garmin’s HR called me! And after answering a few questions I was able to set up an interview for September 3rd!! 😱

Holy cow you guys! I legitimately didn’t think that was going to go anywhere but now I have an interview with them!! I guess that just goes to show that it never hurts to just go for song and see what happens!

And all of that happened before 11 am! πŸ˜‚ After that my day was pretty uneventful, but after the great morning I had I’ll take it!!

I hope everyone else has had a fantastic Tuesday as well!

Until next time,

~Ashley

Stay Spooky

I saw this shirt on Etsy on Friday and I was like, “I absolutely NEED this!!” So of course I bought it. And it’s already here!! It literally shipped a few hours after I ordered it and I couldn’t believe it! That’s the fastest I’ve ever had an online order come. So I’m a super happy camper! 😊

Here’s the link to the Etsy shop I bought it from. I definitely recommend this shop! Obviously because my order got here so quickly but also because the shirt is great quality, super comfy, and bat!!! πŸ¦‡πŸŒ™

This wasn’t sponsored or anything. Just wanted to share a neat find!

Anyway, Today was a rest day! Yay!!

I sure needed it! I’m actually not sore or anything today. I’m just feeling tired, depleted, and a little bit dehydrated. When I woke up this morning I almost felt sick. Once I got some breakfast and water in me I felt a lot better. But still. A day off from running was definitely needed.

So, this morning I drank a bunch of water, watched Kiki’s Delivery Service, and did a DIY face mask. I love DIY beauty stuff. I know exactly what’s going onto sand therefore into my body. Everything is natural without any weird ingredients, chemicals, or preservatives.

This face mask is super simple, is only made up of two ingredients that just might already be in your kitchen (they’re definitely staples in mine!), and leaves my skin feeling super silky and clean! So literally all you do is mix one part raw honey with one part coffee grounds (they can be fresh but I usually use the used grounds from my morning cup of coffee. β˜•οΈπŸ™‚), apply evenly to your face, let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash off. That easy!!

I may or may not have borrowed my husband’s shirt for this. πŸ˜‚

Since raw honey is antibacterial so it’s supposed to be great for acne. It’s also full of antioxidants so it’s supposedly good for anti-aging. Coffee is supposed to be good for circulation and is therefore also good for anti-aging. Plus it’s a natural exfoliant so it helps remove dead skin cells from your face and is also supposed to be good for your complexion.

Now I’m not sure how true all of that stuff is. I just know that it makes my skin feel nice and I like the way it smells. πŸ˜‚

Plus it’s relatively cheap and easy to make if honey and coffee are staples in your kitchen. And I’m all about cheap and easy! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, it was a nice morning.

This afternoon was relaxing and uneventful. Mostly I continued my binge listening of ATWWD while doing some light housework.

This evening Luke and I took Lily to the vet the have the staples from her surgery removed. That was pretty quick and easy! Lily has healed beautifully and is now able to resume her regular activities which is great! Hahaha I was getting tired of yelling at her for jumping up onto the couch or bed because and for running too fast. Things she wasn’t supposed to do because it might rip her staples out. Obviously she was confused about all of that because she’s never been yelled at for doing any of that before. πŸ˜‚ But we’re past all of that now and things can go back to normal in her life.

Anyway, that’s all for today!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a great week!!

Stay spooky, my friends,

~Ashley πŸŒΏπŸ¦‡πŸŒ™

October Miles and Goal Check In

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Is anyone doing anything fun tonight?? Originally Luke and I were going to go trick or treating with my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and her kids. But that kinda fell through, so now we’re just staying home and doing the same old same old. Bummer. But oh well…

Anyway, can you believe it’s the last day of October?!? How the heck are they’re only 2 more months left in 2018?!? I feel like I say this every year, but holy cow this year has flown by! πŸ˜‚ Actually that’s a lie. This summer kinda dragged on a bit, but other than that, the year has really flown by. πŸ˜‰

I’m pretty excited that November is almost here though! November is always a fun and busy month for me, and I have quite a bit to look forward to! For 4 years in a row now I’ve had a half marathon to run in November and obviously this year I have two!! Unfortunately my brother isn’t going to be able to make of for the second one, but my dad still is! Right now he’s planning on coming from Colorado to Kansas on Friday November 9th, so he’ll be able to go with us to my first half of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days and spectate with Luke. Then after that we plan on going to the packet pick up for the half we’re running together the next day. 😊 November is also my birthday month. I’ll be turning 27 on the 15th! Probably not going to do anything fun for it, but it’s always exciting to celebrate another trip around the sun. πŸ˜‰ Then of course Thanksgiving is November 22nd. We’ll be traveling to Colorado for that. Then the Christmas season officially begins and so does all of the fun stuff associated with that. 😁 November is always a fun month.

Anyway, did onto my monthly miles and goal check in!

90.60 miles run in October! Nice!!! πŸπŸ‚πŸ•ΈπŸ¦‡β˜ οΈ

Hahaha I’m too lazy to actually look it up on Garmin Connect, but I’m pretty sure this is the highest mileage month I’ve ever done. Neat!! And I did it all without getting injured! Even more neat!! Haha and pretty dark impressive considering I’m the most injury prone, klutzy person I know. πŸ˜‚ But that alone makes me feel like October was a very successful month and that I’ve accomplished quite a bit. Especially since running more miles was one of my biggest goals for the year. 😁

As for my other goals, well, still not journaling. Oops. I’ve got nothing more to say about that really…

But I did do alright with getting my step goal in! I mean, I kinda got off to a rough start, but eventually got my shit together and started hitting it more often. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Anyway, I guess that just about covers my monthly mileage and goals. So I’ll leave you with a few more fall/Halloween type photos! I’ve kinda taken an excessive amount lately, but this is the first fall in several years that actually FELT like fall starting in October. It’s been wonderful!

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Happy Halloween!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€


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Weekly Recap: October 22nd-28th, 2018

This is it! Peak week is officially done! Bring on the taper!!!

Haha I’ve been really dreading my taper. I think mostly because the past few weeks have been a lot of fun and I don’t want it to end! And I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself after my two half marathons in two days challenge is over. Usually I like to have a plan on what’s coming after a big goal like this (even if it’s just a small plan or goal). I guess I’d better come up with something soon! πŸ˜‚

Anyway, peak week went pretty smoothly! Here’s what went down;

Monday:

    3 easy miles
    10 minutes of yoga

Ok, so for the most part things did go really well this week, but on Monday I wasn’t feeling it. Or much of anything really. πŸ˜‚ I went out and did my planned run though. I should have done some more yoga or at least thrown in some foam rolling, but meh, wasn’t feeling it. Haha at least I did a little something something though. πŸ˜‰

Tuesday:

  • 4 miles, interval work

Holy cow this was a fantastic run! I had so much fun!! Don’t get me wrong, I still put in a lot of work though. But even so, I still managed to take lots of photos of the beautiful fall foliage (although a lot of them turned out slightly blurry πŸ˜‚). All the trees are starting to turn all sorts of pretty colors. It’s great!

Anyway, I had planned on doing some strength work as well, but then I got kinda busy deep cleaning the bathroom, walking dogs, and baby sitting my neighbor’s kid. But my run was fantastic so I’d say my whole day was pretty fantastic! πŸ˜„

Wednesday:

  • 3 miles
  • 15 minutes of Pilates

Yet another gorgeous day on Wednesday! Actually this whole week has just been amazing, in regards to the weather! All week I’ve been watching the subtle changes in all of the fall foliage during my runs. It’s been wonderful! This has definitely been one of the most colorful falls we’ve had in several years, so I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in. I’ve taken about a bazillion photos in the process of soaking it all in haha. πŸπŸ‚πŸ–€

Thursday:

  • rest day

Thursday was supposed to be a cross train day but it ended up as a rest day. I had some kind of rash/allergic reaction to something (I think it might have been something in a bottle of apple cider we had. It only happened after I drank it and never came back since I’ve stopped drinking it). So I was not feeling too great. Plus I was just kinda tired in general haha. But I suppose one should be feeling a little bit tired during their peak week. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, Whiskey got her first ever bath on Thursday. She was not a fan… Haha but luckily she got over it very quickly and still wanted to be my friend afterwards. πŸ˜‰

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Friday:Β 

  • rest day

Another rest day, yay! Hahaha and this one was actually planned! πŸ˜‰

Luke and I spent the morning getting groceries and running some errands. After that we hung out at home for the rest of the day. We played with the dogs in the backyard for a little while and messed with the chickens, and then our 4 year old neighbor came over so we hung out with her for a while and then had a little pizza party because everyone was hungry but Luke and I didn’t feel like cooking. πŸ˜‚ It was a good time. πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

Alrighty! This weekended brought the real fun stuff! The plan was to do a long run on Saturday and then another long-ish run on Sunday and to get to the highest mileage I’ve ever done two days in a row. Fun stuff, man!

I accomplished Saturday’s run with out any issues. I was feeling kinda tired though and I didn’t feel as great as I would have liked to for this run. It was slow slow slow going. But hey, at least I did it! And I didn’t get chased by any obnoxious dogs! That’s always a nice bonus hahahaha. 🀣🀣🀣

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So I’m sure a bunch of people were out doing lots of fun, spooky things on Saturday night, since it’s Halloween weekend. If you did I hope you had lots of fun!! Haha but since Luke had to work in the morning and I had another run to do, we stayed home and carved our pumpkins instead. That was the extent of our spooky activities for the day, but it was a lot of fun.πŸŽƒπŸ–€

Sunday:

  • 7 miles

Getting out of bed this morning was a little bit of a struggle. Then the first 3 ish miles of this run were HARD. But after that things started feeling a lot better! Slow, but still, better. πŸ™‚

Now my legs are very tired. Actually, all of me is very tired haha. But honestly I feel really good! I’ve made it through almost an entire training cycle with out getting injured *knock on wood*. I’ve managed to up my mileage, not a lot or as much as I would have liked, but still, I’m making progress and moving forward and that’s really really cool!

Now it’s time to taper and in two weeks I get to see what I can do and accomplish during my two half marathons! I’m pretty excited!! πŸ™‚

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Total Weekly Mileage:

Now, I can’t say with any certainty that this is the most mileage I’ve ever run in a week (I guess I could go check on Garmin Connect, but I’m too lazy to do that. πŸ˜‰ ), but it’s definitively up there! It’s looking like I’m going to go over 90 miles for the month which is super cool and something I know I’ve never done before! This training cycle has been full of new things and I think that’s just super awesome! At this point in my running life I’m pretty comfortable with the half marathon distance, and while I’m still learning about racing andΒ reallyΒ pushing yourself, I’m still comfortable enough to start trying some new things. I’m not sure how the training I’ve done this time around is going to end up affecting me come race day, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going to be able to finish my back to back half marathons without dying haha.

Anyway, taper time is here and I’m going to do my best to embrace it!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend you enjoyed all of the fall photos that this post is full of! I sure enjoyed taking them! 😊

Until next time,

~Ashley πŸπŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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