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Fun Mail Day, The Streak Continues, and Other Thursday Things

Alrighty! I’ve got a bunch of randomness to talk about today, so just bear with me for a little bit. 😉

Christmas time is here!!! That means decorating, baking, gift wrapping, Christmas music, lots of packages in the mail, family time, and all sorts of other fun and craziness. Oh man, I love it though. Even though it can become a little bit stressful. 😉 So far I’ve got the inside of the house decorated and it looks great!! I still want to hang up the outside lights, but Luke wont let me get on the roof. Something about me being clumsy and not wanting a hospital bill…So I guess he’s gonna have to do it at some point. 😉

All of the animals are ok with Christmas, except for Finn. Christmas confuses and upsets him and he’s been spending most of his time hiding outside or in the bedroom. Haha but this is his first Christmas so this is all new to him.

We’ve also officially got a good start on Christmas gifts! We’ve got his mom and his brother and sister on that side of the family taken care of. All that’s left to do is wrap them and ship them off to Minnesota. We also know what we’re getting his dad, one of his brothers on that side of the family, and we bought his other brother on that side of the family his gift. We’ve got one of my sisters taken care of, we know what we’re getting my brother and dad, we’ve just got to figure out my other sister and mom. And we’ve got gifts to each other all figured out. There’s still one thing I want to pick up for him, but I’m gonna take care of that this weekend. 🙂

And I guess that brings me to the fun mail day stuff!! Well, today was supposed to be a fun mail day. A bunch of stuff that Luke and I had ordered over the last week or so was all supposed to come today. But a gift I’d gotten him and my Honey Stinger stuff got delayed. That’s not surprising, shipping stuff gets all kinds of crazy this time of year and I’m not worried about it. I am pretty super excited about my Honey Stinger stuff though. They had a crazy awesome cyber Monday sale. Literally everything was 50% off, so I stocked up on waffles and also bought a pair of socks, because I can always use more running socks haha. That’s all supposedly going to make it here tomorrow. Hopefully it does because I’m pretty stoked about all the waffles I bought haha.

Anyways, the stuff he got me for Christmas arrived and I have been told multiple times to stay out of it. Haha that’s pretty hypocritical from someone who told me if he finds where I’ve hidden his Christmas gifts he was going to open it and ruin Christmas (his words, not mine). But whatever. 😉 Also my amazing holiday socks from Zensah also came today! I’m so stoked about these socks!! I actually purchased them on the way home from Colorado last Friday because I wanted to make sure I was able to snag a pair and I was afraid they’d sell out pretty quickly. But anyway, I’m so excited that they’re here and they are probably the only pair of socks that I’m going to be wearing all season. 🙂

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Also, speaking of Honey Stinger (I’m so good at segues 😉 ), I’m super duper excited to announce that I’ve officially been accepted back into the hive for 2018!! Yay! Honey Stinger for real fuels 90% of my running, dog walking, road trips, hiking, and other random adventures. Seriously, I’m not kidding when I say Honey Stinger is my favorite fuel. 🙂

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And I guess while we’re on the subject of brands I’m an ambassador for, lets talk about StrideBox for the holidays for a second!! First off, I absolutely love StrideBox! It’s basically like getting a Christmas gift in the mail once a month. 🙂 Second off, if you’re looking for a great gift for one of your runner friends, a gift subscription to StrideBox just might be the way to go!! And now until December 24th, you can use the code RunningRebel10 to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription to StrideBox.

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Okey Dokey, now that that’s out of the way, lets talk about this run streak for a second!

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As of today I’m 8 days in and feeling pretty good! I’m actually really glad to have a goal to keep me going haha. If I didn’t I don’t think I’d have done very much running this week. Not like I’ve actually done a lot of running or anything, but it would have been a lot less if I didn’t have a goal to get out there and do at least a mile every day. 🙂 So for today I did the bare minimum of a mile, and I legit waited until the mail got here so that I could wear my super spiffy socks. They made me feel better about the fact that it’s been kinda warm and sunny out lately.

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Keeping up with the running thing is going well but I’m not doing so well with the stretching/strength training/cross training thing. Well, at least I haven’t been this week. Last week I actually did kinda well with all of that, but I’ve been slacking off for a couple of days now. I definitely need to get back on track with all of that. Especially recovery stuff. I think that just might be important when it comes to the run streak thing. 😉 So I spent some time getting reacquainted with my foam roller and yoga mat this afternoon. Yeah, that sucked pretty bad but it was totally worth it! Well, probably haha. Also spent a little bit of time on the stationary bike, just to get my legs moving in a way that’s not running or walking. I figured that would probably be a good idea. 🙂

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Torturer tools. 

Alrighty then! That was basically just a bunch of super duper randomness, but my “Thursday things” posts tend to be just that! But that is all for today I suppose. So Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂

~Ashley

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Friday Fives: Things I’m Thankful For

I hope  everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I sure did! Luke and I drove to Colorado to hang out with my parents and brother (unfortunately my sisters couldn’t be there…). My dad and I did a 5k around the lake near his apartment, we all hung out, played with the dogs, cooked, and ate a bunch of yummy food. 🙂 It was great. I hope you all had lots of fun as well and didn’t have any issues traveling anywhere. Traffic is always insane this time of year and I’m sure the airports are pretty crazy as well. Anyways, lets talk about some stuff I’m thankful for!

1. My Family

My family is pretty awesome. My dad is the coolest, smartest, most hard working person I know. I’m so lucky and so eternally grateful that we have very similar personalities and that we get along so well. My mom is kind, sweet, and very fun. She did her best to take care of me and my two sisters back when we were all really little and my dad was a long haul truck driver. My sisters (who are twins!) are so smart, adventurous, and always up to try new things. We got into a lot of trouble together while we were growing up, by doing things like dragging each other around off of the back of the four wheeler, or jumping off of the roof onto the trampoline. Good times!! And we still always have fun together. My brother is the baby of the family and 7 years younger than me, but we still get along really well. He’s basically an expert in all things guns and knifes which is pretty cool (his shirt in this photo says “Got Ammo?”). 😉 We listen to a lot of the same music which I think is pretty cool considering our age difference. He’s also a freaking animal whisperer and I’ve literally never seen an animal who doesn’t like him! Even my cat bubbles does and she hates everyone. 

So yeah, my family is awesome. 🙂 It sucks that we all live so far apart now though so we don’t get to see each other as often anymore. I think this photo was taken the last time we were all together, which was for my dad’s 50th birthday in 2016.

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2. Luke

Luke is my favorite (which is what I tell him all the time). 😉 We met each other in 8th grade and have pretty much been partner’s in crime ever since. He works very hard to take care of me, his siblings, his friends, and all of our critters. He’s also super supportive of all of my crazy running ventures and will wake up super early to go stand in the cold just to watch me cross a start/finish line.

We’ve been on lots of crazy adventures in the 10 years we’ve been together and I’m sure we’ve got plenty more to come! So yeah, he’s pretty cool. 🙂

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3. My Border Collies

I can’t imagine my life without these furry monsters. They’re just so much fun and definitely make life interesting! Plus nothing compares to the unconditional love that dogs give. Dogs are great and people don’t deserve them, but oh man am I glad that we have them.

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4. Running

Life would be really boring without running. I mean, without running I wouldn’t have a reason to wake up at 5 am in the summer and watch the sun rise. Or be the only person out and about while it’s snowing. I get to connect a little bit more with nature which is something that’s really important to me. I wouldn’t get to test my physical and mental limits in the way that running has tested me. I’ve met and had some great conversations with some really amazing people and have experienced and kind of comradery with complete strangers that I’ve never felt before. Running has given me a chance to learn, explore, and endure in ways that I never have before. Honestly I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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5. This Blog, My Instagram Account, All Of My Awesome Internet Friends, and the Online Running Community In General. 

Thanks to this blog and Instagram, I’ve found a crazy awesome community of amazing people. Every day I get to share my story, be inspired by other people’s stories, talk to people, and share ups, downs, horror stories, PR’s, family stories, tips, tricks, and everything in between. I’m so incredibly thankful that the online running community and runners in general tend to be super inclusive and supportive and all around awesome. Very rarely do I see a runner putting a fellow runner down. For the most part we all celebrate each other’s successes, lift each other up when things don’t go the way we had liked, and support each other in any kind of crazy endeavor we set out on.

I’m not sure if that’s entirely unique in the crazy online world. But I do think it’s special and I’m so glad that I’ve found it. 🙂

 

Friday Fives: Current Favorite Running Songs

It’s been a while since I’ve talked music, which is kinda crazy because it’s one of my all time favorite things to talk about haha. Anyways, I do most of my running with music because I think it makes running more enjoyable. I know there’s like, a whole debate about whether or not you should run with music and that some people take a really hard stance on one side or the other, but obviously I’m not one of those people. 😉 Can I run without music? Absolutely! I even opt to do it sometimes!! But I do most of my running with music because I think it’s more fun. So here are 5 of my current favorite songs to run to!

1. If There Was Ever A Time – Armstrongs 

Ok but for real, if Tim Armstrong (from Rancid) and Billie Joe Armstrong (from Green Day) could just do a whole album together, that’d be great! That’s probably not going to happen though. Sad face…haha but at least we have this song. I love it. And I think anything by Rancid or Green Day is great to run to, and this song is no exception. 🙂

2. The Sky Is A Neighborhood – Foo Fighters 

Holy cow! This song! This song is AMAZING!!!

Not gonna lie, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Foo Fighters. I mean, I’ve never disliked them or anything, but I’ve always just kinda been “meh” about them. I think this song has kinda changed my mind though. Every time I listen to it I tell myself I need to listen to the whole album all the way through and maybe one day I actually will! Anyway, I really like the place this song takes me whenever I run. It’s like a dreamy rhythm zone thing and it’s great!

3. Fabuless – Stone Sour

I’ve been listening to this song a lot ever since Luke and I saw Stone Sour in September. Actually, I’ve been listening to several Stone Sour songs since Luke and I saw them. But I think this one is my favorite! I especially like it for running because it’s nice and angry  haha. Angry songs are pretty fun to run to, in my opinion. Especially for intervals or hill work.

4. Police On My Back – The Clash

This is one of my all time favorite running songs!! I think the rhythm is perfect for running and it’s a lot of fun to sing along to. Plus I mean, it’s The Clash! What’s not to like?!?!

5. Somewhere Now – Green Day 

This song instantly became one of my favorites the first time I listened to it last October. And holy cow can we just talk about how crazy it is that Revolution Radio came out a year ago?! Anyway, I listen to this whole album a whole lot during the time I spend running and I tend to repeat Somewhere now once or twice because I just love it so much haha.

So there you have it! 5 of my current favorite running songs! What are some of you’re favorite songs to run to? I’m always looking for new to me music, so I’d absolutely love to hear what you like to listen to!!!

Anyways, that’s all for this Friday Fives. I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

~Ashley

Halloween Playlist 2017

It’s that time of year again!!! Time to break out my Halloween playlist!

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know I take my running playlists very seriously. 😉 But to be honest with you, I haven’t really been making very many playlists for running lately. I’ve been in a very “I have to listen to the WHOLE album” kinda mood for a while now. And if I don’t feel like doing that, I just find a playlist on the RockMyRun app that seems intriguing and listen to that. But there are two times during the year that I absolutely have to make my own playlists; the beginning of spring and Halloween season! Haha and in my opinion, the Halloween season starts in September and I may or may not have been listening to this playlist since then. 😉 But hey, if the Christmas season can basically start in November I feel like Halloween can have two whole months too!

So my Halloween playlist is pretty much the same thing every year, I just keep adding new songs to it. But that totally works for me! I mean, I only listen to this playlist for a two-ish months every year so I don’t exactly get bored with it and I like super long playlists so I can just shuffle it and it will end up being different every time.

So yeah, here’s my Halloween playlist for 2017! 🙂

Cherry Bombs, Steel Panther, And Stone Sour Live at the Midland in Kansas City, 9/26/2017

Oh man, this show! This show was….something. And I mean that in a really really good way!

So last week I got an email from the app I used to by Green Day tickets on earlier this year, about bands that were going to be playing in the area. I saw that Stone Sour was going to be playing at The Midland in Kansas City, so I mentioned it to Luke, since Stone Sour is his favorite band and because it’s been a while since they’ve been here, and the last time they were we had a chance to go, but Luke passed up on it! But after I told him he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go, because live shows just don’t seem all that exciting to him.

I guess he got curious about it though, because the next day he looked up ticket prices, saw that Steel Panther (a band that we’ve both been very into lately) was opening for them, and that sold him on going. Well, that and the fact that he figured out that he could get pretty sweet seats for pretty cheap! 😉 So long story short, that’s how we ended up going to this show. 🙂

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So yesterday was the day of the show! Yay! The nice thing about finding out about this show a week beforehand was that we didn’t have to wait very long for it haha.

After Luke got off of work yesterday he drove home, changed and got me, we stopped at Sonic for dinner, and then drove 40 minutes to Kansas City. And I just need to say, the roads in KC are super weird and don’t make a lot of sense. Luke and I also think downtown Saint Louis is much more exciting than downtown KC, but I think we might be a little bit biased, considering we’re originally from the STL area 😉

Anyway, so we got into KC and had to drive around for a little bit to find a parking garage. Funnily enough, we accidentally ended up in the same garage that we parked in for the Green Day concert. It was a little bit farther away from the venue we were going to that night than a few other garages, but it was also less crowded. So we parked, walked two blocks to The Midland, and got in line at around 5:50 pm which was 10 minutes before the doors were supposed to open, and then we waited. 6:00 pm rolled around, the line was getting pretty long, and the doors sill weren’t open. 5 minutes went by and still nothing. And then 10. By then people were getting a little bit antsy. But finally they opened the doors 15 minutes late and everyone started filing in.

Luke and I had seat tickets in the balcony, so we didn’t have to rush in to get a good spot in the pit which was nice. Haha we’re not exactly pit people. It can get a little bit rowdy in there and by the end of the night we were really glad that we weren’t involved with all of that. Anyway, we went up to the balcony, bought some drinks, found our seats, and settled in to wait for the show to start.

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The Cherry Bombs were the first act of the show and neither Luke or I had ever heard of them before. We both just kind of assumed that they were just some new band or something. But since we had some time to kill I looked them up and we were very wrong. Turns out they’re a group of professional dancers, aerialists, fire artists, hoopers, pole dancers, and singers. And boy were they awesome! Haha that was definitely an interesting was to start off a show! I didn’t get any photos of them, unfortunately.

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After Cherry Bombs performance Steel Panther came on stage to a crowed who was very ready to rock! If you don’t know who Steel Panther is, they’re a comedic band that basically makes fun of everything 80’s glam rock, metal, and pretty much anyone who takes themselves too seriously. Oh and they’re actually really fucking good. Like, aside from being hilarious, they can actually sing and play their instruments and its great! Luke and I were super stoked to see them play live, because we’ve been watching them a lot on YouTube lately, so it was pretty awesome to actually experience them for ourselves!

So for the most part it seems like opening bands only get to play a half an hour-ish set before the main act comes out, but they got to play for an hour and it was sooo much fun! Haha so it turns out Cory Taylor (the lead singer of Stone Sour) is a huge Steel Panther fan and has been supporting them since their first album. So that’s probably why they got a little more time, but everyone there was very into it. 🙂 And I mean, how could you not be? They have some very lewd/sexual/drug filled lyrics, they told some really funny stories, and pulled a bunch of girls up on stage and several of them flashed the crowd. Like I said, it was a lot of fun. 🙂

Luke and I decided that the place really filled during and right after Steel Panther’s set. I’ve never really understood why so many people don’t show up for the opening band, but the people who did last night missed out on a great time! But anyway, by the time Stone Sour came out the pit was packed and the balcony where we were sitting was pretty full as well. Honestly I was surprised that the show didn’t sell out, this was a pretty small venue, and small shows usually sell out really fast, but apparently Stone Sour isn’t as big of a band as I thought they were. Apparently Slipknot (Cory Taylor’s other band) is much more well known than Stone Sour is and I was just unaware of that until Luke told me last night. Haha but in my defense, this isn’t exactly the type of music I’m really into or follow, so I really don’t know much about it. 😉

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Anyway, once most of the band made their way out onto stage the crowed went wild, Corey Taylor ran out last, but once he did, everyone lost their damn minds haha. But I mean, he is a very impressive singer, song writer, and front man, so I guess it was no surprise that people were excited to see him!

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So like I said, this isn’t the type of music or a band that I really pay a lot of attention to, so I’m not gonna go into a detailed song-by-song thing like I did for Green Day. Mostly because I didn’t know all of the songs hahaha. And there were a few songs that I knew, but didn’t know the names of. 😉 It’s all good though. It was still a great time! Stone Sour is great live! They were energetic, had a good stage presence, and looked like they were having a great time too! Corey Taylor shot a confetti canon several times, threw lots of water bottles into the crowd, almost got into the pit at one point (his security guard didn’t look too happy about that), and encouraged people to sing along, not take themselves too seriously, and kinda egged the pit on when it started getting really rowdy.

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And oh boy did the pit get rowdy! It took them a little bit to get warmed up, but eventually they were all getting very much into it. It was very interesting to actually see people pushing and shoving each other (and I’m pretty sure they’re were some punches thrown to), but then pick each other up when they fell down. Haha and I mean, I have been in a semi rowdy pit before, but I’ve never got to witness it from above.

Anyway, they played a few older songs, and some songs that Cory Taylor said they hadn’t played in a long time. But like I said, I wouldn’t really know haha. But Luke seemed pretty impressed with their set list and was surprised about a few of the songs they played. 🙂 So they ended up playing for a little over 2 hours I think? So this was a super long show! But we still managed to get out of the venue, to the parking garage, in the car, and all the way home in a pretty decent amount of time. It was about 11:45 pm by the time we got home. Not bad! On the way home Luke said that he was physically and emotionally exhausted, and went on about how awesome it was that he got to see Corey Taylor in person, be in the same room as his favorite band, and how close we actually were to them. So yeah, now he understands how I felt about seeing Green Day. 😉

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Haha so we came home to some pretty pissed off dogs and cats. They get fed at 8 pm on the dot every night, but every once in a while whenever we do things like this, we just wait to do that until we get home and they hate it. Oh well, they got over it. 😉 And yeah, that was our night last night. It was great!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

And that’s all I’ve got for today, so happy hump day everyone!

~Ashley

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Weekly Recap: September 18th-24th, 2017

Monday:

  • Rest day

I was feeling kinda off on Monday. It was kinda weird, I was just feeling super tired and run down. Haha weird because I haven’t been doing much running, but whatever. My body was telling my to rest, so rest I did. 🙂 Also, my Zensah gear got here on Monday! Yay!! I’ve only worn the compression sleeves a few times but I already love them! And the bra is pretty comfortable too. 🙂

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Tuesday:

  • 40 minutes on the stationary bike

Ugh I probably should have tried another short run on Tuesday, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Haha I wasn’t really feeling that either but I needed to do something and the bike just seemed more convenient. Plus I could watch Green Day stuff on YouTube while biking so ya know, that basically helped me make my decision. 😉

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: 

  • 1 mile run
  • 10 minute strength routine

Yay! I ran!! Granted it wasn’t a very long run haha. It was 80 degrees out and since I’m the worlds biggest wimp when it comes to the heat I just kinda quit. It’s all good though, because 1 mile is better than no miles. 😉 Followed my short run with some strength stuff that also had a tiny bit of stretching in it. It was nice.

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Thursday: 

  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

Nothing too exciting on Thursday. Spent a short amount of time on my bike then cleaned the house. Fun fun fun. 😉

Friday: 

  • Rest day

Yet another boring day. 😉 Just needed another day off.

Saturday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Yeah, I probably should have run on Saturday. But I had stayed up pretty late the night before, woke up late, and by then it was super hot/humid and the sun was all the way up, and you know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to the heat haha. Oh well, at least I did something involving cardiovascular fitness. 🙂

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Sunday:

  • 40 minutes of yoga

Oh man this yoga practice was exactly what I needed today! I feel so so so great now! 😁

Anyways, my knee is feeling a lot better and I’m feeling good in general, so I plan on dedicating next week to getting back into running!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Yay! Exciting Things!!!

Little girl ferret still has no name (check out this post if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about 😉 ), but I’ve loved all of the suggestions so far! Keep them coming guys!! At some point Luke and I are gonna make a list and narrow it down from there.

Anyways, on Tuesday I found out that Stone Sour, which just so happens to be Luke’s favorite band, will be in Kansas City on the 26th. So obviously I told him about it. But he wasn’t sure about going because it’s on a Tuesday night and he has to be up pretty early the next day for work. But then on Thursday while he was at work he texted me, saying he had something important to talk about and that he’d been thinking about it for a while. Haha because you know, he has to be super dramatic about it instead of just coming right out and saying what he has to say. 😉 So I asked him what and he sent me a picture of he’s online receipt thingy for the tickets he bought.

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So that’s super duper exciting!! I mean, I like Stone Sour and all but they’re definitely not my favorite (we all know who my favorite is and we just saw them in August. You can read about that here and here. 🙂 🙂 🙂 ). I just love going to concerts! Plus I’m so freaking stoked for Luke! This will be the first time that he’s seen his favorite band live and I’m ridiculously happy for him!! Plus it looks like Steel Panther will be opening for them! If you don’t know who Steel Panther is, go look them up right now! They are fucking amazing!!! So yeah, it should be a pretty awesome show! Not as good as Green Day’s concert obviously, but I’m sure Luke will disagree with me. 😉

Yeah, I’m literally never going to get over how awesome my second experience of seeing Green Day live, in concert was, so here are some photos! For like, the 8th billion time! I CAN’T HELP IT THEY”RE MY FAVORITE!!! 😉

 

 

Anyways, I know a decent amount of Stone Sour songs, but I figured I should probably listen to their new album all the way through, since we are seeing them live and all. 😉 So, I did that yesterday morning and then again today while I picked up around the house and then while I used my stationary bike. 🙂

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Anyway, I probably definitely should have run this morning but I was up until around 1 am last night, ended up waking up late, and by then the sun was up and it was pretty hot/humid. Any you know me, I’m the biggest wimp in the world when it comes it the heat. 😉 Oh well, at least I biked for a little bit. And next week I’m going to make a point to work on getting back into my running routine and hopefully start working on building back up enough fitness to be able to run the Longview half marathon in November! Well, that’s assuming that my knee is even healed enough for that, but it’s been feeling pretty great so I think it just may be. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Happy second day of fall! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

~Ashley