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Weekly Recap: February 11th-17th, 2019

Monday:

  • 4 miles
  • 10 minutes strength

Kicked off my week with 4 easy miles! It was cold, rainy, and a little bit icy! I was worried the rain might turn into ice or make the roads super slick, but that never happened. Thank goodness!! I REALLY don’t want to spend as much time on the treadmill this week as I had to last week.

Anyway, Monday evening my husband and I did a quick little arm routine together in our living room with some dumbbells. It might have been quick, but it was pretty hard! Luke wants to get a gym membership next month and hopefully in the evenings we’ll end up going! Hahaha he wants to strength train and so do I, but depending on how I feel I might also use it as an excuse to get in a couple more miles every day! πŸ˜‚ But we shall see.

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga
  • 10 minutes of strength training

It was absolutely beautiful outside on Tuesday! Cold, sunny, and the ice on the roads was mostly gone! I loved it! 😊

After my run I put in some time on my yoga mat and then that evening Luke and I did our little arm routine again. It was even harder on Tuesday than it was on Monday. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 2 miles

I wasn’t feeling it on Tuesday. Physically or mentally. I had a sneaking suspicion that was gonna happen though. The night before my throat was feeling just a little bit scratchy and I’ve come to learn that means that my body is feeling stressed and I need to back off a little bit. So I decided to just go out and see what I could do. After about 1 very slow mile I was like β€œlol nope!”. So I turned around and slogged another mile home. Today was still definitely a success though! I ran and I did what I needed to do. πŸ™‚

Listening to your body is key!! Sure your training plan might say you need to do a 5 miler with strides today. But if your body is telling you that it needs a little break then give it one. That, my friends, is how you stay healthy and injury free. It’s also a lesson that I really took to heart last year and I ended up completing a whole half marathon training cycle without getting sick or injured. That’s something that I had honestly never done before! But it’s definitely something that I’d like to keep doing. πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

Thursday:

  • 8 miles

It was sunny and in the 50’s on Thursday morning. We we’re also under a winter weather advisory, which was kinda weird. πŸ˜‚

So I ended up being super happy that I backed off and took it easy the day before. Listening to your body is important and I ended up feeling really good on Thursday. So good in fact that about 2.5 miles into what was originally going to be a 3-4 mile run I decided I was going to do my long run. I figured I might as well get it out of the way while I felt good and the weather was nice!! We had more ice and snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday and I really didn’t want to end up doing my long run on the treadmill.

So I didn’t. I got it in on the road and felt fantastic doing it!! Honestly this was the best long run I’ve done in a long time! It was pretty awesome! Hahaha and fueled by Honey Stinger and Body Armor because I wasn’t exactly prepared going into it. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • Rest day

Kinda hahaha. Luke and I were very busy on Friday! We had to grocery shop, run errands, get chicken feed and straw, all in the middle of a snow storm. Thank goodness for 4 wheel drive. πŸ˜‚

We also ended up taking the dogs to the dog park. Since it was crazy cold and snowing no one was there. It was fantastic! The dogs got to run around and play in the snow to their heart’s content. This was actually the first time Whiskey had been the the dog park. She did really well!! 😊

Saturday:

  • 3 snowy, slushy miles

Yeah, I’m super glad that I did my long run on Thursday! It was kind sunny out on Saturday but the roads were still covered in snow and slush. Grant it I do love running in that kinda stuff, but it super hard! So I think it’s better suited for shorter runs! πŸ˜‚

Sunday:

  • Rest day
  • 45 minutes of restorative yoga

A real rest day this time!! Spent my day on the couch relaxing and resting. 😊 It was nice. Although if my legs weren’t so tired from running on snow yesterday I probably would have put in a few more easy miles. I’m getting a root canal done tomorrow so I definitely won’t be doing any running after that. I don’t know if any of you remember the whole tooth saga from last year, but my teeth are pretty shitty and my dentist has a while treatment plan written out. But it’s gonna take several years to get everything taken care of because dental work is expensive and we only have so much insurance. But oh well. At least I’m getting another one taken care of tomorrow! 😊

Total Weekly Mileage: 20.16

Woohoo! Another pretty good week of running for me! I felt AMAZING on my long run, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign for things to come for my upcoming races. I’ve got a 10k in Colorado in April and a 5k here in Kansas in May! I’m pretty stoked!!

Anyways, I hope everyone has had a great week! Happy Sunday!!

~Ashley

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Team ROAD iD

You guys!!!!! I’m super duper excited to finally be able to announce that I get to be apart of ROAD iD’s ambassador program this year!!!!!!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

If you’ve been following me for a while then you might already know how much I love my ROAD iD. I wear it all of the time! When I’m running, walking my dogs, or doing anything or going anywhere, really.!I seriously consider it to be one of my most important pieces of running gear. I even wrote a blog post about what ROAD iD is and why I wear it a few years ago. So I’ve been pretty loyal to this brand ever since I just kind of stumbled upon it back in 2015.

Lol as I was looking for photos for this post I realized that my teal ROAD iD band had seen 3 different Garmins before I finally broke it. πŸ˜‚

I had honestly never heard about ROAD iD until the day before my very first race/half marathon ever back in 2015. I went to packet pick up the day before my first half feeling super excited and very nervous since I literally had no idea what to expect, about the race and whether or not I could actually cover 13.1 miles on foot sure, but also because I had never done anything like this before and had no clue what to expect throughout the whole process. So when I revived my packet I didn’t even make it to the car before I had torn into the envelope containing my first ever race bib (it’s still displayed on my bedroom wall along with all of my medals and other race bibs 😊). Number 136. I admired it for a while, just kinda soaking it all in. But of course I was curious as to what else was in that envelope. I found advertisements for other local races, a coupon for the KC Running Company Stores, and a coupon for $5 (at least I think it was $5. Hahaha it might have been more. Cut me some slack guys, it’s been a while! πŸ˜‰) off of a ROAD iD order.

At that moment I didn’t think much of it. I was too busy freaking out about my first half/race ever. But a few weeks after I finished my first race (which you can read about here, if you’d like 😁) I decided to visit this ROAD iD’s website. I did have a coupon after all. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha I hate to sound super dramatic, but my life kinda changed at that point!

I immediately fell in love with the idea; a customizable, wearable ID tag. A place where you can put super important info that you never really want to need, but would definitely be happy to have on your person just in case anything were to happen. Better than having to carry your ID with you for sure! Especially since your ID doesn’t usually include your emergency contact’s info. So I ordered one that day, along with a super spiffy 13.1 badge, since I was a new half marathoner and all. πŸ˜‰ And now about 4 years later I still have my original face-plate and that 13.1 badge. They have certainly stood the test of time! They haven’t worn down at all and they barely have a scratch on them! 😊 I did eventually manage to snap very pretty teal stretch band by taking it off and putting it back on thought. But it took me almost 4 years to do that! So I’d definitely say they are durable!!

I wear mine EVERYWHERE! At this point I rarely even take it off! In the summer I end up with some really funky tan lines because I also wear my Garmin pretty much all the time. So my left wrist always ends up with two weird pale spots on it.πŸ˜‚

For real though I think everyone should have one! At this point I’ve got my mom and dad wearing them and i’m currently working on my two sisters and my brother. πŸ˜‰

My mom has a seizure disorder which is included on her ROAD iD, along with a medical alert badge. She wears hers all of the time and it make her feel like she can actually go out in public and live a normal life despite her medical issues.

My mom is rocking some super sweet badges on her pretty pink ROAD iD.

My dad does all sorts of crazy things!! He hikes, runs, and climbs mountains, when he’s not busy driving semi trucks, training drivers, or basically running a trucking company, often accompanied by his Russian Bear dog, Niko or the “All American girl”, Barbie. So it was a pretty obvious choice for him to wear a ROAD iD during his many adventures.

My dad also rocks a pretty pink ROAD iD. If anyone needs a male model for anything you should probably hit him up on Instagram @martiniiijames.

I think it’s such an important piece of gear for anyone who has medical issues, does any kind of adventuring, traveling, or just enjoys walking their dog around the block. It’s certainly one of those things that’s better to have and not need it than to need it and not have it. Mine has definitely given me and my family a little more peace of mind while I’m out running. I literally will not run without it.

I think at this point I’ve gone on enough about how much I love my ROAD iD. Hahaha I’m just so super stoked to be able to represent a brand that I love and believe in this much! And to make things even more exciting I have a special link you can follow to get 20% off of your next ROAD iD order!!

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Seriously my friends, if you don’t have a ROAD iD yet, if yours needs updating, or if you know a friend or family member who could use one, follow the above link, save yourself some money, and get yourself a little extra piece of mind!

Stay safe out there my friends! Wishing you all many happy healthy miles and lots of amazing adventures!

-Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 21st-27th, 2019

I’ve felt kinda tired and off this week. By Sunday I was definitely feeling run down and like I was right about to come down with a cold or something. Damn. Like and I had been doing incredibly well at not getting sick this cold a flu season. But I guess it was inevitable that I’d end up getting sick eventually. My immune system isn’t the greatest…

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Monday was a cold one!! Felt like 8 degrees out and was cloudy and windy. I felt kinda like Randy from A Christmas Story in all of my various layers, but at least I was relatively comfortable during my run. πŸ˜‚

I talk all about how I gear up for super cold winter runs here, if you’re interested! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

I was feeling very, very meh on Tuesday. I didn’t exactly want to run but I felt pretty decent once I got out there.

Anyway, it was drizzly and cold. Warmer than the day before though. Hahaha we’ve still got some big piles of snow, slush, ice, and mud everywhere. So it’s been an interesting couple of days. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Woke up to an inch or so of new snow!! I was super duper excited about getting another snowy run in, but my husband texted me and told me the roads were super slippery. And they were…it had rained before it snowed so there was just a nice little layer of ice underneath it all. So I took to the treadmill for 4 miles on Wednesday.

It was no fun… every once in a in a while I can get a decent treadmill run in, but most of the time treadmill running just saps all of the life out of me. But about an hour after I had finished and was laying around feeling sorry for myself and just messing around on my phone I got some really exciting news!!! I can’t tell you what yet, but I am so freaking stoked!!!!! It made my day so much better after that sad treadmill run. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„

Thursday:

  • 45 minutes strength training
  • 25 minutes yoga

Woop woop! Got a decent strength workout done on Thursday!! Then a nice yoga practice done in the afternoon, including a few headstands. I used to practice my headstands a lot and at one point I was really good at them! But I kinda fell off for a while. But I was super stoked to find out that I’m still capable of holding one for a while! I’m currently using the wall as a safety net because I do kinda fall backwards sometimes, but still, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be! 😁

Also, my watch says my strength session was 55 minutes long because that’s including the warm up and cool down. I just can’t be bothered to keep track of that and sets and whatnot. πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike

I was pretty sore on Friday! Tired too. Decided to spend some time on my stationary bike to help loosen up my legs a little bit. Mission accomplished! πŸ˜„

Saturday:

  • 7 miles

It was another cold day on Saturday! Not as cold as Monday was, but still pretty chilly! I got 7 miles in for my “long run” this week. Hahaha for me personally, that’s not really a long run. Especially since I’ve been doing “medium long” runs at 5 miles. So really I should probably be doing at least 10 for my actual long run. But oh well, still happy with my 7. πŸ˜‰

I felt pretty good for the most part! All in all it was pretty decent run.

Sunday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

I actually woke up feeling ok today, but as the day went on I started feeling a little worse. I’m tired, a little bit achy (but not from my run yesterday), and my throat has been a bit scratchy. I’ve been hoping that I’d make it through cold and flu season unscathed, but it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen.

I spent my day resting, drinking tea, and I did a little bit of restorative yoga with a couple of headstands thrown in just for fun! πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒ I’m hoping a little bit of rest will help keep this from turning into a full blown thing, but we shall see.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.10

I’m moving that weekly mileage up at a snail’s pace. But hey, a snail’s pace sure beats not moving forward at all! Or even worse, going backwards! So I’ll gladly take it!!

Slightly unrelated, but does anyone else feel like the month of January is going by at a snail’s pace as well? Like, I swear it’s been at least 3 months since Christmas, but nope, it’s been about 1. What the heck is up with that?!?

Anyway, wishing everyone a happy Sunday!

~Ashley

Goals for 2019

Happy 2019!!!! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season and a safe and happy New Year’s celebration! πŸΎπŸŽ‰

Now that we’re 4 days into 2019 I thought I’d share my goals for the new year. Honestly I’ve actually had most of them planned out since November. πŸ˜‚ Mostly because that’s when I got my Believe Training Journal. It’s got a section in it about goal planning and that’s the first thing I filled out in it.

After that I spent some time really thinking about and refining what I came up with. Setting goals can require a little bit of soul searching. You’ve really got to admit to yourself where you’re at, the work you’re willing to/able to put in, and whether or not the goals you’re setting are actually realistic. I definitely believe in setting big, scary goals, but I also think if you’re going to set big goals you should set smaller, much more obtainable goals. Goals that can be used as stepping stones to set you up for success and get you that much closer to the bigger, scarier goals.

So, here are my big, scary goals for 2019!!

  • Run a 35 minute 5k
  • Run a 2:45:00 half marathon
  • Run 1000 miles this year

Yeah, considering my current PR times these are some really big goals! But I know I can run faster. I’m what I affectionately refer to as a slow runner, and I’m perfectly ok with that. But I still want to push myself and see what I’m capable of and I’m pretty sure that if I put in the work, I’ll be able to crush my goals. Or at the very least get close!

As for the 1000 miles on 2019, well, that’s mostly just a way to keep myself consistent. I ran 692.25 in 2018. That’s 118.9 miles more than I ran in 2017 which is pretty cool, but I know I have more in me. Hahaha if anything I think 2018 has built up my confidence and has really made me want to put in some hard work and get shit done in 2019!!

Now, as I’ve said, big scary goals are important. But you need smaller goals that are a bit more obtainable to use as stepping stones to get to those bigger goals. So I’ve got some of those as well!! 😊

  • Hit 12,000 steps almost every day (similar to the 10,000 steps that I did almost every day in 2018)
  • Run a 10 minute mile
  • Run a 1:25:00 10k (I’ve actually done this before, but it’s been a while. I’d also really like to PR my 10k time, but for now this is my goal)
  • Get my nutrition in line (I’d also be happy to lose some weight, but I’m more concerned about nutrition and how it affects my performance)
  • Focus on the 1 precent-ers (yoga, strength work, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, things of that nature)
  • Keep writing Monthly Goal Check In post
  • Keep up with my training journal

Well, that about covers it! Those are my goals and now they’re out there for all the world to see! Not gonna lie, that’s kinda scary having it all out there because obviously there’s always the chance that I won’t hit my goals. But that’s exactly what happened with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two days. I had a big goal, something outside of my control prevented me from accomplishing it, I had to work through all of those feelings and what not but I lived hahaha. So even if I don’t hit my goals I know I’ll be able to get over it and move on. Honestly that’s I think that’s the hardest thing about setting goals. The possibility of failure holds you back, but once you experience it and make it through a failure in one piece it sure makes setting big, scary goals a little bit easier! πŸ˜‚

Okey dokey, that’s all for now!

Happy 2019!!

~Ashley

2018 Highlights Of The Year

Holy cow it’s the last day of the year!! 😱

Congrats on yet another collective trip around the sun! The ride might feel long, it might also seem like it’s flying by at times, but at least we get to share the experience with some awesome (and maybe some not so awesome) people. At the very least it’s an interesting ride!

Seriously though, does anyone else feel like this year gone by really fast while simultaneously dragging on an on and on?!? Hahaha I don’t know, I guess it’s just been a weird year. Weird, but also good. 😁

So I just wanted to look back month-by-month at all (or at least most πŸ˜‰) of my personal highlights from 2018. Last year I actual broke this idea up into two different posts, one for running and one for life in general. But for this year I’m just gonna stick with one post. I did have a lot of fun running-wise in 2018, but at the same time nothing really spectacular happened for me. I only accomplished one PR and that was for the longest run I’ve ever done. No shiny new time PR’s for me… So that’s kind of a bummer, but hey, now I’ve got a whole new year ahead of me to start working towards some other shiny new PR’s!!

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here are my month-by-month, personal highlights from 2018! πŸ₯³

January

Alrighty! 2018 kicked off with me putting one of my Christmas gifts from 2017 to good use!! My sisters bought me Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. What an amazing gift and an awesome cookbook! I must admit, while I do believe in eating clean, whole, nutritious foods, I can find some of it a little boring… But cooking with this cookbook taught me that healthy, nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring.

Around the end of December or early January, Kay Von D and Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on a new eyeliner. Not gonna lie, I know nothing about makeup and have been doing my eyeliner in basically the same way since I was 16. But when an amazing artist and the guy who pretty much made guyliner (who also happens to be one of your own personal heroes) makes an eyeliner you buy it! And buy it I did! Hahaha and I’ve still got quite a bit of it left since I don’t often wear makeup.

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I think this photo came from Kat Von D’s instagram? Honestly I don’t remember, it’s been saved on my phone for a while haha.

Oh and I started dyeing my blonde streak purple in January. I’m not sure why I had never done that before, but I had always wanted to. So that was pretty cool.

PS, guess what eyeliner I’m wearing in this photo. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

February

I’m not sure if this really counts as a highlight, but looking back on it it makes me laugh really hard (I also kinda forgot that this happened this year πŸ˜‚). But I’m February I slipped in my living room (on nothing I might add), fell, and slammed my toe into the leg of our couch. I never did get it looked at by a doctor but I’m pretty sure I broke it. It’s fully healed now though, so that’s good.

In a weird twist of fate, my toe breaking escapade happened right before I got two root canals done. So I had some pretty sweet pain meds for both of those situations. πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, my teeth are REALLY bad and I began my journey to a healthier mouth in February. But I also ran out of insurance money, so it began and ended with those two root canals. But now that the new year is upon us I have insurance money again and can FINALLY get some more much needed work done on my teeth.

And last but certainly not least for February, I ended up going to Colorado with my dad and spending about a week there with him and my brother. I’m not gonna get into all of the details of our adventures while I was there, because I already have. πŸ˜‰ But we had a lot of fun together. Hahaha even on the 16 hour drive from Kansas to Colorado! Hahaha that drive is only supposed to take 11 hours, but my dad and I like to stop and do stuff!! Oh and I think my brother and I accidentally ended up in Nebraska in our way to Kansas. Oh man, those were some good times. πŸ˜‚

March

While I was in Colorado at the end of February Luke ended up buying a chicken coop and when I got back home we bought our first set of chicks of the year! Oh man I forgot how cute they were!! Unfortunately this was the set of chickens that my neighbor’s dog ended up killing because he kept getting into our yard. Luckily that finally got resolved, but I still wasn’t happy about losing all of our chickens…

Another adventure that was planned while I was in Colorado was running the Martin City Whiskey 5k with my dad! This was the first race we did together and it was so much fun!! Hahaha even though my dad ended up getting a little hurt at the end. But he eventually healed and I remember mentioning to him that now he needs to do a half marathon! I’m not sure how serious either of us were at that point though. But I was pretty stoked about my shot of Whiskey and super awesome post race breakfast and that was making me really look forward to some half marathoning!

April

Easter fell on April fools day this year, so on the first day of April Luke and were in Illinois celebrating Easter with our families. My grandma made a whole big lunch and lots of homemade desserts which is always fantastic! While we were there Luke, my brother who was also in Illinois for Easter, and I did some target shooting at our old house. We had to trespass a little bit on what used to be my grandma’s farm, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ I though I might be a little bit rusty because I don’t really get to shoot anymore, but I did alright. πŸ™‚ While we were there we ended up taking my brother and two of Luke’s brothers to the Saint Louis City Museum. We all had lots of fun there!

Later in the month Luke traded in our old Chevy Equinox and got a 2016 Dodge Ram. I feel like that was probably one of the best decisions that was made all year! Hahaha we’ve sure put the truck to good use since we’ve had it!!

May

On the second Saturday of May I did the Running With The Cows 5k for the second time! Eventually I need to do the half at this event, but I’m so glad I didn’t this year! It was super hot and muggy that day. Still a lot of fun though! I got to pet a baby cow, run a very pretty 5k on a super rural road that runs through a bunch of cow pastures, and then pick out food at the HUGE buffet they have for all of the runners. Seriously, they have some pretty awesome stuff there! I’ve been very happy both times I’ve left this race. If you’re ever looking to do a half or 5k in early May and happen to be in Kansas I definitely recommend checking this one out!

May was when we got our garden planted, built the chickens a bigger run, and just did a bunch of work outdoors. It’s not exactly glamours, but I sure do enjoy it. 😁

For Memorial Day Luke and I threw a bit of a party for some family and neighbors. The guys had a bit of a rib cook off, and I baked a couple of pies and made a bunch of sides. The neighbor kid that I babysit came over to play with my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids, and we had 5 dogs running around because my brother-in-law brought his with him. Oh and us and the neighbors were just constantly climbing over the fence into each other’s yards for various reasons. Haha it was a little bit chaotic, but lots of fun!

June

On June first we got our second batch of chicks. Not exactly a highlight because we only had to get them because our neighbor’s dog killed the first set. But still kind of a highlight because LOOK HOW CUTE!!!!

Later in June we ended up in Illinois again. We did a bit more target practice at my parents old house while we were there, but the real high point of this particular trip was taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy Park and playing on the playground and PokΓ©mon Go-ing. Oh and we also picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house that night. Hahaha she literally gave me her treadmill because we have a truck and could actually haul it back home. Told you we’ve been putting that thing to good use!

Ok, just a little side note. Through  the spring I’d been talking to my dad about doing a half marathon with me. I had been looking into the Gobbler Grind and told my dad that I was only going to do it if he’d do it with me because this race was the day after the Longview half which I was already registered for. So at some point he signed us both up and thus Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days was born!

July

July is Luke’s birthday month! Yay!! So on his birthday his brother, his girlfriend, her kids, and our next door neighbor kid all came over for Luke’s birthday and we threw him a little party. There was a cake and confetti and glow sticks and lots of dogs! What more do you need for a birthday party?!? πŸ˜‚

For the past several years Luke’s mom has planned/organized a big family vacation for a bunch of people on that whole side of the family. This year that included 25 people!! Hahaha it was easy for so many people to come this year because we went to Branson. MO and since most of us live in the Midwest that’s not too crazy out of the way. I think EVERYONE drove there. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we stayed in these cabins right next to a river so we spent a lot of our time there having a little too much fun out in the water. We did a lot of fishing, swimming, and those of us who were of age did a little a lot of drinking haha. πŸ˜‰ It was an absolute blast though. I think hanging out on the river was the most fun part, but we did do a few other things. We went to a slightly depressing animal “safari” thing. We also had a big birthday party for several people at the equivalent of a Chucky Cheese, and we went to the outlet stores several times.

On one of the days we were there (I think it was the second to last) we had a big cookout thing. Everyone cooked a bunch of food, but in the middle of it all a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in. So everyone rushed around to get their food done and into the different cabins, get all of the small children inside, and everything picked up and what not. Then, like the good Midwesterners that we are, we sat out on the cabin porches and watched it come! At one point somebody dared someone to stand out in the rain for the entire storm and eventually all of the “kids” (Me, Luke, his brother’s and sister. His step sisters, our nephew, and a couple of their friends) ended up standing in the pouring rain. It was hilarious! Although the next day we found out that was when the Ride The Duck thing got caught in the storm and a bunch of people die. It wasn’t so funny after we found that out.

Aaaaaaaand training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days started near the end of July! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you probably know that I do not do well in the heat and that I’m not a fan of summer running. But starting a new training plan for a big goal is always exciting!

August

This sunrise on August 4th reminded me that even though summer running is rough and that I absolutely hate waking up at 5 am, views like this make it totally worth it.

I guess August was a relatively uneventful month, as I have very few photos from then. πŸ˜‚ But we did go to a casino for like the second time. Not exactly my thing, but it was still a good time.

September

So, every year since we’ve been married, Luke takes me to a pumpkin farm to pick pumpkins, apples, and to get other fun fall things. We ended up going super early this year (on September 14th to be exact πŸ˜‰) because this summer was hot, dry, and brutal and I was very much over it. So the day the pumpkin farm opened its pumpkin patch we went and started all of our fun fall festivities early! πŸŽƒπŸ˜Š

Later into September Luke’s mom added to my fall fun by sending me a big care package full of sweet Halloween stuff! She’s very much into Halloween as well, so she gets it. πŸ˜‰ I started putting some of it up that day! Luke wouldn’t let me start decorating outside until October though. πŸ˜‚

October

Yay October!! The brutal summer finally ended and it actually cooled down this year! It’s been FOREVER since we’ve actually had a chilly fall. That made me super duper happy!! So did all of the amazing fall foliage we had in the area this year! It’s been a long while since the trees have looked this pretty!

On October 5th we added a new member to our family!! On his way home from work that day Luke told me to be ready to leave when he got home because we were going on an adventure! That adventure turned out to be picking out a new puppy to be Finn’s future girlfriend! I made the right choice picking her out of the litter. Finn immediately fell in love with her.

The very next day I PR’d my longest distance run by doing a 14 mile long run! Haha I had to stop at home several times so I could let the new puppy out of her crate to pee and that did get a little bit annoying. But all in all this was a great run! I watched my watch while I hit and then went over the half marathon mark, because that was the first time I’ve ever done that in training and it was just so super cool!

On October 11th we went to Illinois yet again. This time for my mom’s birthday, one of Luke’s brother’s birthday, and his grandma’s and great aunt’s birthdays (they’re twins!!). Hahaha so we were kinda busy that time around! We only brought Whiskey with us for this trip just so she could get used to riding in the car, being by herself, and whatnot. But we ended up taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy park again, this time with Whiskey, and apparently we went on the perfect day because there was some kinda of pet event going on! So there were all sorts of venders, rescues, and just people out there with a bunch of dogs! So Whiskey (and Luke’s brother, actually πŸ˜‚) got lots of positive socialization. We even met another red border collie while we were there! That was so cool!! Hahaha the other girl and I saw each others dogs, make eye contact and then booked it to each other so we could talked. πŸ˜‚ Oh man that was a great day!!

Oh and watching my grandma meet Whiskey for the first time was really cute too!! She used to breed German Shepherds, ran a dog boarding kennel, and was always super involved in the dog works (that’s where I get it all from!) so she LOVES meeting puppies. But I mean, who doesn’t?!

November

November got off to a really great start, with Whiskey and I watching the NYC marathon! Haha Luke signed up for another free trial of Hulu TV just so I could watch it (he did that for me in April so I could watch Boston as well ;). If you watched you know how amazing it was! If you didn’t, well, you really missed out!

November also brought the conclusion of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, and oh boy it didn’t end in any kind of way that I thought it would. I DNF’d the first half! ☹️ So that was really more of a low point of 2018. But the very next day I ran the Gobbler Grid half with my dad! It was the slowest half I’ve ever done, but it was also the most fun! Hahaha I’m so glad we ran that 5k together in the spring! If we hadn’t then this half might not have happened! Honestly I think this half marathon and the couple of days that I got to spend with my dad because of it was my favorite thing to happen this year.

The November fun didn’t end with that half marathon though! I ended up running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning! That was technically my first ever turkey trot and it was a blast!!! Plus they handed out pumpkin pies to all of the finishers instead of medals. That was awesome!! πŸ¦ƒπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯§

And even after that there was still some more November running fun to be had! Haha we had a legit blizzard on November and guess who decided to run in it? That’s right, this girl!! Oh my gosh that was so ridiculous dangerous because we were experiencing high winds and white out conditions, but it was oh so much fun!!

December

Oh boy! November sure was busy, but believe it or not, December was even more hectic! We did lots and lots of fun Christmas stuff though!

On the 15th Luke took me (and Dean πŸ˜‰) to two different Christmas light displays! First we went to one that was more of a light show that synced up to music. Those are always cool.

We didn’t stay there long though. Our next destination was a park that covers almost every tree around this lake in lights! It’s so beautiful! So we walked around there for a while and took a bunch of pictures! Haha Luke’s not big on the cold, Christmas, or picture taking, so I really appriciated doing all of that all at once. That being said, we had a really good night. πŸ™‚

The next day Luke and I ended up exchanging Christmas gifts because we’re both terrible at waiting to give gifts. πŸ˜‚ Apparently we both had similar ideas this year, because he got me a “fuck” coffee mug and I got him a monogrammed glass for adult beverages. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha we know each other well.

On the 22nd we got our first eggs!!!!! You guys have no idea how excited I was! I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Ever since then we’ve been getting at least 2, sometimes 3 eggs a day from our hens. By this spring/summer we should be getting around 5-7 eggs a day! How freaking sweet is that?!?

We spent pretty much the rest of our December running around and getting stuff ready for Christmas. At 3 am on Christmas Eve we left Kansas and drove to Illinois so we could spend Christmas with some family. On Christmas Eve we started out at Luke’s dad’s, then we went to his grandma’s for a little bit. Then my grandma had a little party at her house of Christmas Eve, so we hung out there with her, my mom, and my uncle for a while.

Christmas Day was just as busy! Luke and I stayed at his dad’s house Christmas Eve night so we could open presents from them and Santa. After we did that Luke’s dad made us a late breakfast and we hung out there until noon when we went to Luke’s other grandma’s Christmas party. That’s always a big even! That side of the family takes Christmas VERY seriously and this year was no different. We had lots of food, presents, and fun. πŸ™‚ That night me, Luke, and one of his brother’s stayed up playing this game on the Playstation. It got out of hand very quickly but it was a lot of fun haha.

It was a busy Christmas, but a good one.

At some point during our stay in Illinois Luke’s dad convinced him to come back for New Year’s Eve, because he was actually going to be off from work for that. So we drove back to Illinois last night at we’re at Luke’s dad’s right now. So we’ll be ringing in the New Year with Luke’s dad, step mom, and 2 of his brothers!

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Oh man this post ended up being really long! Maybe I should have broken it up into two different posts. πŸ˜‰ Oh well.

Thanks to everyone who hung in there with me and actually read everything hahaha. Honestly though I think I want to start writing a recap like this at the end of every year! Looking back at all of the adventures I’ve had this year was fun and it reminded me that I have done a lot of cool stuff in my life. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that on days that feel never ending or mind numbingly boring. But life is full of ups and downs and the not-so-great times make the good times that much better! I hope you’ve had a wonderful year full of fun, laughter, adventures, and many happy, healthy miles!

Wishing you a wonderful New Years Eve and a very happy New Year! Stay safe and have fun out there! Here’s to making 2019 a FANTASTIC year!

Your happy, nostalgic, slightly sappy, blogger friend,

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: December 17th-23rd, 2018

Whew! Busy busy week!! But I’m sure a lot of people are crazy busy the week before Christmas! Luke and I have been running around and getting a bunch of last minute stuff done and we’re going to be leaving Kansas super early on Monday morning to drive to Illinois to be with some family in Christmas. This time of year tends to be pretty hectic, but it’s also a lot of fun!! 😊

Monday:

  • 1 mile

Another busy day, another miles squeezed in for the streak!!

I’ve still been doing and enjoying short, speedy (for me πŸ˜‰) runs! It’s been hard, but fun. I’m not sure if streaking is making me a better runner or not, but I sure like to think it is! 😊

Tuesday:

    3 miles
    20 minutes of yoga

My legs were feeling kinda tired on Tuesday. So I took some time to really focus on recovery. Did a little bit of yoga with some foam rolling thrown in. Then that evening I wore my compression socks, kept my feet elevated, and just really relaxed. 😌

A ginger snap Honey Stinger waffle felt kinda festive as a post run snack πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

    2 miles
    Mini strength routine

Made some money on my run on Wednesday!! 12.5 cents per mile! Sweet! This running thing is obviously starting to pay off! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ Anyway, after my paid run I did a teeny tiny little strength routine. It consisted of some plank work, donkey kicks, clam shells, a wall sit, and 5 whole push ups. Nothing too crazy or fancy, but some strength work definitely beats no strength work! 😁

Thursday:

    rest day

My streak officially ended on Thursday. I was CRAZY tired and just not feeling it. So I knew it was time. I made it 28 days. Streaking is fun, but a long streak is just not for me hahaha.

Friday:

  • rest day

I was pretty busy on Friday! Luke and I are going to be driving to Illinois super early on Monday morning, so we’ve been getting ready for that and all of the Christmas festivities. One thing on the agenda was taking Dean to the vet to get his shots. Haha poor Dean. He hates the vet. He did very well though. 😊

Saturday:

  • rest day

Yup! Yet another day of no running! Honestly though it’s felt really good not to be running after 28 straight days of it. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, Saturday was a super exciting day! Two of my hens laid an egg for the very first time!!! How freakin awesome is that?!?! Oh man, I’m so stoked! Luke and I had bacon and egg sandwiches for dinner that night. πŸ“πŸ₯šπŸ˜‹

Sunday:

I probably could have squeezed in a run this morning if I’d have woken up earlier. But I drank a little too much wine last night to really want to do that. πŸ˜‚ I spent the day doing last minute prep work on everything before we leave for Illinois. Got all of the small animals settled in and ready for us to be gone for two days, wrapped some presents, packed our bags, and got the house into order, among other things.

Oh and I got another egg this morning!!!

Anyway, at this point I think we’re pretty much ready to go!! The plan is to be up at 2 am, pack the truck, and be on the road as quickly as possible. Luke’s dad is currently working Midnights, so we want to get to his house around 7-8 am so Luke can see him for a little bit after he gets off of work and before he goes to bed. Haha that should be a fun adventure. Getting up at 2 am is always my favorite! πŸ™„πŸ˜‰

But alrighty! That’s all for now!

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas Adam (or Christmas Eve Eve if that’s your thing. I prefer Christmas Adam though πŸ˜‰).

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: December 10th-16th, 2018

Holy cow I’ve been tired this week! If anything streaking has definitely taught me how important rest days are! Haha I mean, I already new, but now I REALLY KNOW, ya know? πŸ˜‰ Normally I’d take a day or completely off from running in a week (since I’m not one of those super bad ass people who can run 7 days a week with a couple of easy runs that count as recovery to them) and I’d be running more and feeling a lot better than this. I mean, my body is actually holding up really well! I don’t feel particularly tight or sore or have any niggles of anything going on. I’ve just felt really really tired haha. So I’ve kinda just done the absolute bare minimum this week.

That being said, I’ve been grinding away at this streak! My runs have been short but they’ve also been speedy (for me) and that’s actually been a lot of fun! I’ve really been enjoying it!! πŸ™‚ So I’m gonna keep trucking along and see if I can’t make a PR happen by then end of the year. At this rate I think I might be able to at least go for a pretty speedy mile or 5k time!

Monday:

  • 2 miles

So far my streak has kind of given me an excuse to keep my runs short and sweet. It’s actually been really nice haha!! I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. 😁

Tuesday:

  • 2.76 miles
  • 20 minutes of yoga

So, I guess I didn’t wait long enough for my Garmin to get a GPS signal, because I swear the route I did on Tuesday is actually 3 miles long. Hahaha oh well, close enough. πŸ˜‰ I think I’m going to start doing some of my running after the sun goes down so I can actually see all of the Christmas lights in all of their glory! πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

Wednesday:

  • 1 mile on the tread
  • 15 minutes strength work

Just a mile to keep the streak going, followed by a little bit of strength work. Nothing fancy, but still good stuff. πŸ˜„

Thursday:

  • 2 miles

I was pretty busy on Thursday. I had Christmas presents to wrap on top of my usual chores. And then I ended up babysitting my neighbor for a while. Her 5th birthday was on Wednesday so I had a gift wrapped for her as well. 😊 But anyway, she was over for a while so I didn’t get any yoga done like I would have liked to . Oh well. The streak is still going strong!

Friday:

    2 miles

Waited until it was relatively dark out to run in Friday so that I could look at Christmas lights! It was also fun because I usually don’t run this late in the day and switching things up like that just make running a little bit more interesting. 😁

Saturday:

  • 1 mile

Just a quick evening mile to keep the steak going! Like I said, I’ve been super tired this week so I didn’t feel like doing much else on Saturday. I got to see some more Christmas lights though. πŸŽ„πŸ˜Š

And after my run I got to see EVEN MORE Christmas lights because Luke took me to two different light displays. That was a lot of fun. 😊

Sunday:

    2.5 miles

I feel like I have a fast 5k in me. I decided to try for it today but I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s gonna happen at some point though!! Haha I’m kinda aiming for a shiny new PR. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring me one for Christmas! πŸ˜‰

So I actually woke up feeling a lot better on Sunday. Apparently I just had a little hump I needed to break through! I think next week is going to go a lot more smoothly than this week did. Not that this week has been bad or anything. I’ve just been tired. But I’ve made it this far so I’m going to keep at it! I’m still aiming to keep my streak going through New Years Day! We’ll see how that goes!

Alrighy! That’s all for now!

Happy Sunday!!

~Ashley