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Streaking

As of today I am 20 days into my streak!

Not THAT kind of streak! I’m not sure my neighbors would appreciate that. Or maybe some of them would? Either way I’d rather not find out. πŸ˜‚

No, I’m talking about a running streak! Running at least 1 mile every day. That’s pretty much the only rule to a running streak. Other than that it really doesn’t matter how long you continue your streak, if you run on the trails, treadmill, roads, or track, what time of day you run, or whatever. As long as you’re getting in a mile everyday, your streak lives on! Sure, you can make up any kind of rules for yourself that you want. Maybe you want to run at least a 5k or for 30 minutes every day instead of just 1 mile. Maybe you want your streak to last for a certain number of days or through out a certain season. I think that’s one of the fun things about a running streak! You can make it totally your own!

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For my streak I have a specific time period in mind. I started mine with a turkey trot 5k on Thanksgiving and plan on going through New Years Day. That’s pretty much the extent of my streak. I don’t plan on trying to keep it going any longer than that and my minimum for each run is just a mile. So, nothing too crazy, but still it poses a bit of a challenge! Especially when trying to fit a run in on the days that are crazy busy with holiday fun! So far my most favorite runs have actually been the quick one milers I’ve gotten out and done on Black Friday and last weekend when I was super busy with Christmas shopping, running around several stores, decorating, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. It felt sooooo good to take a quick break from all of that chaos and have a moment to myself. Even if that moment was just me running 1/2 a mile down the street and 1/2 a mile back.

I also thing streaking is a great way to stay motivated! Especially throughout any period that feels a little bit overwhelming and running is just one more thing on your extraordinarily long to-do list. But if you’re anything like me, the thought of skipping out on a challenge like this can really be the kick in the pants you need to get out the door or onto the treadmill, or to the gym, or whatever, and go run! Even if you only have time for a mile, well, 1 mile is better than no miles! Plus your streak will live on! πŸ˜‰

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Haha I know I keep “even if it’s just a mile” but honestly streaking has really made me appreciate short, speedy runs that only last for a mile or two. After a summer and fall of half marathon training and upping my running mileage I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel just a tad bit burnt out on longer runs. Streaking has kind of given me the excuse to go short and sweet and I’ve kind of been loving it! Sure, I plan on getting back to more running volume soon, but lately I’ve found the speed I felt like I lost while upping my mileage and it feels GREAT to be using it! Plus since my runs have been shorter it’s all fun and very little pain! Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kinda miss the discomfort of trying to get in that last interval of a really hard workout.But I don’t think I’m ready to get back to doing stuff like that just yet. With all of the hustle and bustle and stress of the holiday season I’m very much happy with these fun runs I’ve been having.

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Now, I know it can feel a little bit difficult to go out and run when you’re with family. Especially if they had to travel to you or you had to travel to them. It’s easy to feel guilty for wanting a little bit of time for yourself to be away from everyone and just run. Especially if they don’t get the whole running thing. But that’s why I live to get them all involved with it! I’ll tell my grandma, my uncle, my brother, my in-laws, and pretty much anyone I’m spending the holidays with that I’m doing a little running challenge and that I need to run at least a mile every day. And I don’t think they all get why I want to do it, but when they know it’s something that I want to do they’re all usually pretty supportive of it! Plus it’s super hard to skip out on a run when your grandma starts asking if you’ve done your mile for the day. πŸ˜‚ So I’d definitely recommend getting your family involved! And hey, maybe they’ll see you having fun while running and want to pick it up too! Who knows, maybe a turkey trot or a Santa shuffle could end up being a new family tradition!! Hahaha that’s kinda how I got my dad running! We went out for our own little “turkey trot” for Thanksgiving in 2017 and now he’s done a 5k and a half marathon with me! πŸ™‚

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At this point I kinda feel like I’m trying to sell people on doing their own streaks, and part of me kind of is hahaha mostly just because I’m having so much fun 20 days into mine! But I also just kinda wanted to share my thoughts and a tip or two on streaking thus far.

But streaking is not without its own perils. Especially if you are an injury prone runner like someone I know. Who’s that again?? Oh yeah, that would be me! πŸ˜‰ The person who’s literally gotten hurt at some point and time in almost every half marathon training cycle she’s ever done! This year was actually the exception to that! Which is why I think I’ll actually be able to finish my streak this year! Yes, I’ve attempted this holiday streak several times now, but I’ve never actually finished it due to injuries that I acquired during my half marathon training. But this year I’m happy, healthy, and feeling great! So I think I’m finally going to get this streak done this year!

Anyway, if you tend to be injury prone like me just keep a tab on things. Aches are pretty typical when you start something new in your fitness regime, but if something doesn’t seem right I wouldn’t (and haven’t) risked it. Streaking is fun but getting a serious injury because you kept pushing through when things didn’t feel right just isn’t worth it.

Finishing a streak or having to quite due to illness, injury, or other reasons can also be a little bit disappointing and leave you feeling a little bit empty. Kinda like after finishing a big race! So it can be kind of a bummer once it’s over, but it helps to remember that running is a lifetime sport and there is always a new challenge out there when you’re ready for it! πŸ˜„

So, after I finish this streak I’m thinking a beer mile might be in order! I think at this point my husband is accustom enough to me doing weird things that he’d be willing to help me make that happen. Hahaha and who knows, maybe I can get my dad on board with that as well! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, there are my thoughts on streaking so far! 20 days down 21 more to go! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€˜πŸ»

Happy Tuesday!

Your streaking but not that kind of streaking runner friend,

~Ashley

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Wishing everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings!!!

I did my very first turkey trot this morning and I had so much fun! Hahaha check out that amazing turkey hat. πŸ¦ƒπŸ˜‚

I’ll have a full race recap up, probably tomorrow. But for now I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and congrats to everyone one who went turkey trotting today!! πŸ¦ƒπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I hope everyone has a fantastic day and enjoys your feast, family, and friends. Enjoy it!! πŸ¦ƒπŸ₯§πŸ πŸžπŸ—πŸŒ½πŸͺβ˜•οΈ

~Ashley

Easter Weekend

Happy Saturday, friends!!

(Just warning you that there is a picture of a bloody dog paw in this post. If you don’t want to see that don’t scroll down)

Yesterday Luke and I were quite busy, running around all over the place and trying to get some stuff done. Luke had to work today but was off yesterday and is off on Easter Sunday so we decided that today after he got off of work that we were going to drive to Illinois so we could hang out with some of our family over the holiday.

So, like I said, we spent a lot of time trying to do stuff yesterday. He cleaned out his car, I cleaned the chicken brooder and rabbit cages, then we went to several stores to get stuff we needed, and just did a bunch of boring adult stuff haha. Once we got all of that taken care of we were going to bring the dogs to the dog park so they could run around and burn off some energy since the car ride to Illinois is about 5 hours long. So we packed up the dogs, drove 40 minutes to the bigger park that we go to, started unloading them from the car, and noticed that the backseat was covered in blood… Somehow in the 40 minutes it took us to get to the park, Lily had ripped out one of her dew claws. We seriously have no idea how the heck she managed to do that! Her dew claws aren’t even that big. But I suppose that’s just proof that it’s not a bad idea to have them removed when they’re puppies. Finn’s breeder had his removed, and before I didn’t really think much of it but after yesterday’s indecent I’m very glad we wont have to worry about anything like that happening to him. But obviously Lily still has most of hers, and so does Dean.

Anyway, so we couldn’t go to the park with Lily hurt and bleeding all over the place so we had to drive to a nearby Walgreen’s instead and did some first aid in the parking lot. Luckily I’m pretty well versed in first aid. I’m a hug klutz and am constantly having to fix myself. Plus it doesn’t really seem to be bothering Lily. She still wanted to go to the park and once we finally got home we put the chickens outside in their coop and she spent a lot of time running around the yard and keeping an eye on them. So at least she’s not too hurt. But Lily is a tough farm dog. A little foot injury like that isn’t going to slow her down!

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So today was also just a lot of me getting things ready for us to be gone for a few days as well. I made sure the cats, rabbits, ferrets, and chickens had enough food and water. Since we’re only going to be gone for like, 2 ish days we really don’t need anyone to check on them. I did some cleaning around the house. It was basically a disaster though and there was no way I was going to have time to clean it very well before we left, which sucks. It’s always nice coming back to a clean house… But I did do a piss ton of laundry. A lot of that actually consisted of stuff I needed to pack, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ And cleaned all of our dirty dishes, so at the very least we’ll have clean clothes/dishes to come home to. I did try to minimize the disaster area though and picked up, wiped down counters and tables, and did little stuff like that.

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They like to perch on the sides of the brooder. Luckily they haven’t taken to escaping and wandering around the room they’re in. Yet…

I also had to bathe Dean and Finn. They were both terrible messes since it’s been really wet and muddy here in Kansas. Luckily they don’t put up much of a fight when it comes to getting bathed, but they definitely don’t like it and they don’t exactly make it easy. I got it done though and they’re both pretty darn clean! For now.

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The two troublemakers; Finn and Dean.Β 

Anyway, so by the time Luke got home from work, around 6:30 pm I had everything ready to go! He had picked up dinner on his way home from work, so we ate, packed up the car, made the dogs go pee, loaded them into the car, and then hit the road! Which is where we’ve been for about an hour now. Fun times! πŸ˜‰ But the drive to Illinois is a lot more more pleasant than the drive to Colorado where my parent’s and siblings live. That takes about 11 hours and is sooooo boring. At least driving to Illinois only takes about 5 hours. So we should be getting there around 1 am. That’s not too bad.

Happy Easter! I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

~Ashley

Christmas Was A Success!!

A crazy, hectic, busy, couple of days, but a definite success!!

Luke, the dogs, and I were only in Illinois for about 3 and 1/2 days, but we still managed to go everywhere we needed to go, saw everyone we needed to see, went to most of the Christmas parties we’d been invited too, gave and received gifts, ate lots of yummy food, drank a little too much ;), stayed up waaaay too late, and had lots and lots of fun. πŸ™‚Β Honestly, I couldn’t actually re-cap everything that went down in Illinois in the correct order because it’s all kind of a blur haha, but I suppose I’m gonna try!

I got to see my sister and her husband a little bit which was nice. I haven’t seen them in a while!! And I got to hang out with my brother for a little bit too! All three of them left to go home to Colorado the day before Luke and I did. My mom bought a puppy from someone in Illinois, so they brought her back to my mom. She’s a cute little thing, a tea cup Yorkie, but I honestly would never recommend buying a tea cup dog (they tend to have health issues. Intentionally breeding dogs to be super duper small isn’t exactly a good thing). But anyway, my sister has an Alaskan husky (which is a Siberian husky mixed with a grey hound) and a huge German Shepard, so I’m not sure how that 11 hour drive went for them with such a tiny dog in the car, but they somehow made it. πŸ™‚

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My mom’s new puppy. I may not agree with the whole tea cup dog thing, but I definitely wasn’t going to say no to cuddling with a puppy!

On Christmas day Luke and I spent the day driving around everywhere. We Opened presents from Santa in the morning (apparently Santa knows I like Nike running gear and needed a new pair of fleece leggings πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ). Then we went to Luke’s grandma Becky’s party. All of Luke’s uncles, aunts and cousins always spend the afternoon there and that’s always fun. Since there are only 2 really little kids on this side of the family a lot of suggestive joking was done this year. We also got a little talk about the bird and the bees. That was a blast and Luke’s grandma thought it was hilarious. And every year, after we eat lunch Santa shows up to hand out more gifts! Luke’s grandpa never seems to be around when Santa shows up though. I guess our big Christmas lunch makes him tired. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

That night Finn and I stayed at my grandma’s house and Luke, Lily, and Dean stayed at his dad’s. So I spent the night hanging out with my grandma and attempting to make Finn get along with my uncle’s dog, Luther. At first Finn was afraid of him, but once he realized he could bully him he stopped freaking out around him. Poor Luther, all he wanted to do was play with Finn. They’re about the same age and Luther was super exited to have a friend. Finn on the other hand, is a border collie, mostly wants to work, and doesn’t know how to play like a normal dog. And I mean, he did kinda play with him, but he spent most of his time bossing him around and stealing his toys. Ah, the joy’s of border collie ownership. πŸ˜‰

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Luther is a good boy.

The day after Christmas Luke picked me and Finn up from my grandma’s, then we went back to his dads, packed up the car, and had every intention of heading back home. But it was snowing, the roads were gross, and our car’s heater doesn’t work, so we decided to spend another day in Illinois. Not gonna lie, it was kind of a boring day. Since it was so cold out (it was in the single digits for most of the day) everyone just wanted to stay inside and play video games. Now, I enjoy playing video games, but I can’t stare at a screen ALL DAY. Plus I like the cold and the snow, so I wouldn’t have minded playing outside haha, but oh well.

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That evening/night/early morning (because we ended up staying up until 3 am haha) was fun though! We all went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant that was really good! They had really good margaritas haha. Then Luke, one of his brothers, and I went to Target, bought Cards Against Humanity, and ended up playing that for a while. And of course more alcohol was involved with that. Eventually Luke’s dad joined us and really got into the game. We ended up playing through all of the black question cards twice, and that’s how we ended up staying up until 3 am haha.

And then the next day (yesterday) the roads were clear, but it was still super cold (-2 in the morning…), so we bundled up and spent 5 hours in the car to drive home. That was slightly miserable since our car has no heat. But we had a mini heater thing, so we took turns holding that under our blankets to warm up. And we finally made it home alive, but very cold, around 3 pm yesterday.

Whew! I think that just about covers it! I didn’t bring any running gear/shoes with me because I didn’t think I’d have time to run. And I really didn’t until Wednesday I really didn’t! I did get some new running tights and a pull over jacket for Christmas, it wasn’t really enough for braving the super cold temps that day, but don’t think I didn’t consider just braving the cold in what I had and running in only socks (something that I’ve done before) because I was soooo bored with all of the video game playing haha. But I decided that I probably shouldn’t have braved the -2 degree temperatures in nothing but one pair of fleece leggings and a jacket. πŸ˜‰

But anyways, it’s still super cold out today! But since I’m home and have access to all of my running gear I’m gonna go get in a few miles!

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve/Day/year in general!! πŸ™‚

~Ashley

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