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Tuesday Things

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  1. It is beautiful outside today. It’s cloudy, drizzly, and the fall foliage is in full effect. 🙂 It would be nice if it was a little bit colder because now it’s a gross, muddy mess outside, but oh well.
  2. Today is the last day of my 25th year on earth. Which is just an obnoxious way of saying that tomorrow is my birthday haha. I don’t think I’m gonna be doing anything exciting, but it’s all good, the fact that I’ll have officially made it around the sun 26 times is exciting in and of it’s self. 🙂 🙂 🙂
  3. After taking 3 whole days off after my 3rd half marathon, I’m ready to run again!! My legs feel good and are ready to go! Nothing too serious at this point, but I’m probably going to start running again tomorrow. 🙂 Haha I did a lot of things wrong before/during/after this half marathon, but apparently recovering wasn’t one of them!
  4. Thanksgiving is next week! That means Luke, the dogs, and I are going to be traveling to Colorado to see my parents and my brother! Yay! I’m a little worried about the car ride though. Lily and Dean have both spent a lot of time driving back and fourth from St. Louis and they’ve both been to Minnesota, so I know they’ll be fine, they always do well on long car rides. It’s Finn who might be an issue. He does fine in the car, but he’s never been on a long road trip, so things might get interesting…Hopefully he’ll just sleep the whole time there and back. I doubt that’ll happen though.
  5. It looks like they got all of the photos from the Longview Half online today! So here are a couple of photos of me at the top of the big hill that is mile two. 🙂

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Alrighty then! Those were just a few things I wanted to mention today. Happy Tuesday everyone!

~Ashley

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Three. More. Days. Until. My. Third. Half. Marathon!!!!!!

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I’m actually not all that nervous about it right now. I have a feeling that’s gonna come the day before though hahaha. So yeah, I’m not nervous, but I am currently just all over the place. I’m pretty sure I’m experiencing the taper crazies, which I think is something you hear more about with marathoners, but I think half marathoners also experience a little bit of taper madness in the week leading up to a race.

So that being said, I’ve been getting back into vlogging again! I’m not a good vlogger by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t script anything, I don’t do any editing, have any fancy equipment, or anything like that, but I have found that there is something a little bit therapeutic about ranting into a camera for 10-20 minutes hahaha. 😉 So if you want to witness my taper crazies first hand I suggest you check out my latest vlogs.

11/4/17: Let’s Talk Running Gear, Fuel, and Race Day Strategy!

11/6/17: Unboxing My November StrideBox

11/8/17: Taper Crazies 

In my StrideBox unboxing video I share a pretty nifty coupon code for the upcoming holiday season! I’ll talk a little bit more about that here eventually, but if you’re at all interested in gifting a StrideBox subscription to a running buddy or even to yourself for the upcoming holiday season, I suggest you go check that one out!! 🙂

But anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today. I hope everyone has a happy happy Wednesday and that you don’t feel as crazy as I do right now haha. 😉

~Ashley

 

 

Rest Day, Pumpkin Bread, And Jack O Lanterns!

Never miss a Monday? Ha! Screw that!

 


My Garmin data is telling me that I need another rest day. But more importantly, my body is telling me that I shouldn’t run today. I’m just really tired and I feel like I might have a cold coming on. I’m hoping another day off and some more rest will make that feeling go away though. The last thing I need right now is a cold. My half marathon is in 19 days so we’re getting really really close and I don’t need any more obstacles to overcome at this point. Even one as small as a cold hahaha.

But anyways, I think the whole “never miss a Monday”, “no off day’s”, and things like that that you see all over the internet on “motivational” photos is a very unhealthy mindset to find yourself in. You be go go go all the time. You just can’t. You need to take days off from running and working out. You’re muscles need to rest, your body needs to recover, and you can’t do that if you’re always running, always going, and never taking the time to allow your body to rest. Rest is essential!! 

And I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better haha. I really truly believe that, and I really truly believe that a lot of people fall into the trap of “no days off” and I don’t think that typically ends well for most people.

So yeah, there’s my little soapbox speech for today. 😉

Instead of running I did some baking this morning! I somehow made it to the end of October without really making anything pumpkin related. *Gasp* That’s absolutely insane haha. I mean, I’ve made some french toast with some pumpkin, but that hardly counts. 😉 So I made some pumpkin bread today. I. LOVE. PUMPKIN BREAD!!! Ugh its sooooo good!! Probably not the best thing in the world for you…I did make a few healthier swaps with this loaf though. Instead of using sugar I used honey, and instead of vegetable or canola oil I used coconut oil, so at least there’s that! There’s still a shit ton of calories in a single slice hahaha. Totally worth it thought! At least I sure thing so.

So my bread ended up being pretty good! Not as good as it could have been though. I think maybe it could have used a bit more spice and a little more honey. Other than that it was still quite yummy! And maybe once I feel I’ve perfected the recipe I’ll share it here! 😋

Anyways, after Luke came home we carved three of our pumpkins yay!! Hahaha of course I went with the usual jack o lantern face and I attempted a moon and stars. The moon looks fine but the stars are kinda weird. Oh well, it’s still neat. 🙂 As I type this Luke’s still working on his first pumpkin. He’s trying to do the anti possession thing from Supernatural and so far it’s looking good, but he’s got a loooong way to go. Maybe I’ll get to post a picture of that one tomorrow but for now I need to clean up pumpkin guts. 😝


Happy Monday!!
~Ashley

 

 

Another Unexpected Rest Day

My mom and brother ended up staying a little later than expected. We all ended up sleeping in late so we got a late start to the day. That wasn’t too big of a deal, we kinda missed trash and recycle pick up but that wasn’t that big of a deal. We never really have much trash anyway. Our recycle bins are pretty full, but we’re just going to have to deal with that until next Friday.

Anyway, my mom and brother ended up leaving Ace here to stay for a little bit. My mom was worried about having 3 dogs (him, Niko, and my uncle’s dog Luther) all at my grandma’s house (which is where my mom and bother are staying while they’re in Illinois) so we offered to watch him. He’s a very good boy. 🙂 He and Lily kinda grew up on the farm together, Dean’s met him several times and they like playing together, Finn had never met him before yesterday, but they seem to get along, so watching him will be easy enough. 🙂 There was no way Niko was staying here though. He’s never aloud to stay at my house for more than a day or two (and even then only if my mom or dad is here with him) ever again. The first and last time he stayed here he attacked Lily over a treat and left a really deep tooth mark in her leg. And that was back when he was younger. Now he’s fully grown and weighs 125 pounds….But anyway, it’ll probably be fun to have Ace here for a little bit.

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Anyways, since we got up late Luke and I got a late start to our day. That wasn’t too big of a deal, we still got everything we wanted to do done, it just sucks because we needed to go grocery shopping but didn’t get that accomplished and I didn’t get a run in today. Hahaha it’s all good though, we’ll probably get groceries on Sunday and according to my fancy new Garmin Fenix 5 I could use another day of rest anyway, so I guess that worked out alright. 🙂

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So the first thing we had to do was go to Luke’s work building to get some stuff taken care of at the bank (haha it’s an employee owned credit union, so it’s in his building and only open when Luke’s work is opened). Then we had to drive to another bank to cash a check he got. Since the other bank is so small and whatnot they don’t keep much cash on hand. Once we got all the boring adult stuff done we went to the mall to so some shopping and then went out for lunch.

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My face when I have to adult.

At the mall we went to Hot Topic (for the second time this week) because more band t’s we’re necessary. Haha in my world there’s no such thing as too many band t’s. Especially if they’re Green Day t shirts. 😉 Luke also got this super sweet limited edition Supernatural Funko Pop. It’s Dean inside of Baby and it’s really fucking awesome. It was also really fucking expensive, but we both thought it was totally worth it haha. After Hot Topic we went to Pink because I was in desperate need of some new pants, but I won’t actually wear anything that’s not yoga pants/running leggings haha. While we were in there Luke and I both decided that I don’t look like I belong in that store, but dammit I like they’re yoga pants!!! And I got a very pretty pair while we were there. 🙂

So yeah, after being adults we reverted into teenagers, went to the mall, and bought Green Day merch and collectible nerd stuff. It was great!

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After our nerdy needs were satisfied we decided to go eat at Bo Lings, because we absolutely needed Chinese food. If you’ve never been to a Bo Lings you totally need to go! They have some super awesome Asian Cuisine for a pretty decent price. My huge plate of noodles and bowl of egg drop soup was only $12 and Luke’s sweet and sour chicken and soup was $13. Anyway, funnily enough, I was the one who wanted Chinese food but I actually ended up getting Singapore rice noodles. Not gonna lie thought, I was super proud of myself for trying something new. I don’t usually do that haha. Plus it ended up being super yummy and I have all sorts of left overs, because look at all that food!!

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After we stuffed our faces full of delicious Asian cuisine we took our dogs to the dog park because we felt really bad that they had to be locked up when Niko was here. Haha we probably would have taken them to the park anyway though. We’re always at the dog park, but when you have 3 border collies it’s basically necessary.

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This photo is actually from Wednesday, but like I said, we’re always there and I liked this photo. 

After the dog park we chilled at home for a little bit. Niko kept barking/howling last night so he woke us up quite a few times last night. That coupled with all the running around we did, we were both exhausted and ended up napping. It was really nice though. 🙂 And then at 5 pm Luke had to go to his weekend job and now  here I am at 6:14 pm. I’m currently washing our couch cushion covers because Niko got them all dirty. I also desperately need to vacuum and mop because Niko got wet and muddy and then came into my kitchen and shook mud everywhere…So I guess I’m going to go deal with that right now.

I hope you had a great Friday! I know I sure did!!

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Sometimes I actually wear makeup. 

~Ashley

 

Friday Fives: Things I’m Super Into Right Now

1. Green Day

Maybe it’s not exactly fair to say that I’m super into Green Day right now. I’m always super into Green Day. Hence the tattoo pictured below. 😉 But I mean, I kinda have to mention them, since Luke and I are seeing them for the second time a week from today! I seriously cannot wait!! Let super duper fan girl mode commence!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Again, I’m not entirely sure this one counts as Stephen King is my favorite author and the Dark Tower Series is my all time favorite book series. But since the Dark Tower movie is coming out well, today actually haha, Mr. King has been tweeting/Facebook-ing quite a bit about it and that made me want to re-re-re-re-re-re read the series haha. And at some point I’d like to go see the movie, but I’ll probably just end up watching it on Netflix/dvd whenever it ends up getting released on one of those.

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3. My Homegrown Tomatoes

Yeah, I’m into my own thing right now. What of it? 😉 Seriously though, my tomatoes are all starting to get ripe and I’ve been picking at least 5-6 everyday, so obviously I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes. I’m not complaining though, they’re sooooo good!! 🙂

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4. The Run, Selfie, Repeat, Podcast 

I guess I’m jumping onto the Kelly Roberts bandwagon a little late, but I have kind of a bad habit of resisting getting into things that are super popular. But I’ve been binge listening (that’s a thing, right? haha) to her podcast and I can see why she’s so popular in the running world. She’s super motivating and real and I can definitely get on board with that! If you’re looking for a new podcast I definitely recommend checking this one out (if you haven’t already, that is. 😉 ).

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5. StrideBox

So at this point I’ve only gotten 2 StrideBoxes at this point (and in the sake of total transparency, StrideBox sent them to me for free), but I absolutely love this subscription box!

So I think I’ve said it here before, but I was always a little unsure about subscription boxes. I mean, I was kinda worried that they wouldn’t live up to all of the hype but StrideBox definitely has! It comes packed with products from well established brands along with products from new or not as well known brands, which I think is fantastic! I’m all for supporting small/new companies so this is a great way to learn about them! It’s also a great way for me to try out new things. I’m kind of a creature of habit and don’t tend to stray from things I know, so that means I don’t often try new things haha. Also, I really like the sticker that comes in every box and the little card that contains a recipe and workout. I think that’s pretty spiffy!!

Thursday Things

The weather has been…well, I was going to say crazy, but I suppose it’s actually pretty typical for the Midwest haha. All week we’ve been alternating between sunny and storming. Seriously, one minute it will be absolutely beautiful outside but then the next it will be pouring down rain. But like I said, that’s pretty typical around here during this time of year.

What wasn’t exactly typical was the amount of hail that we got on Tuesday. It for real poured down hail for 2-3 minutes. It wasn’t the biggest hail I’ve ever seen, but it was most definitely the largest quantity of hail I’ve ever witnessed falling from the sky.

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This was taken 10 or 15 minutes after the storm had stopped so a lot of it had already melted. But there was still quite a bit of it on the ground.

Luckily after the hail storm on Tuesday we’ve only had a bunch of rain and scattered storms. I don’t know if my garden could recover from another beating from hail like that. A lot of my plant’s have holes in the leaves and are looking a little beat up, but they are recovering which is good. 🙂

After a short run yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time tending to my poor injured plants. I pulled off broken leaves and branches, pulled flowers off of my tomato plants and little tiny cucumbers from my cucumber plants (the plant’s aren’t big enough for me to want them to be producing anything yet). I also did a bit of tilling and a bunch of weeding.

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The joys of gardening. 🙂

Our lawn mower can’t really fit into our garden plot so that means I’m doing a lot of grass pulling in and around my little garden plots, and along the fence that we share with our neighbor as well. Eventually I got tired of grass pulling, so I decided to kill like, three birds with one stone, and move the rabbit hutch into the garden. When Luke and I built the rabbit hutch, we made it without a bottom so that we could move it around the yard and the rabbits could eat as much grass as they wanted. So by moving it into the garden, the rabbits will get to eat as much grass as they want, their poop will fertilize the ground wherever they are (bunny poop makes GREAT fertilizer!), and the grass in the garden will get mowed down. So it’s a win win win situation. 🙂 Well, it would be if I could keep them out there for more than a few hours at a time. All this rain has kinda put a damper on that situation, but eventually it’ll all work out.

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Finn’s not a fan of his rabbits being separated from him by a fence.

After all the work I put into the garden yesterday, I woke up super sore pretty much everywhere this morning. Especially in my upper back and triceps. That’s ok though, I could definitely use some more upper body strength anyway. 😉 And even though I haven’t exactly been doing a lot of running lately, Thursday’s are usually my rest days, so that worked out quite nicely. 🙂

So anyway, I spent my rest day dyeing my hair (something I’ve been procrastination for far too long), attempting to get rid of some of the mud that’s taken over my house, playing with the dogs, waiting for my package from Honey Stinger to get here, signed up for a nifty running challenge for the month of June that I saw on Instagram, and thought about my plans for running in general this summer.

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This is a 3+ hour process, so no it’s no wonder than I put it off until I absolutely have to do it. 😉

Whenever I’m in the process of dyeing my hair, it’s kinda hard for me to do any kind of workout because the dye would just get everywhere, so that was pretty much out of the question all afternoon. But I can usually do most of my usual chores without any issues. So I didn’t exactly get the house completely clean, but I’ve definitely made some progress at ridding the dirt and mud from the floor and that’s a step in the right direction.

I walked Finn this morning because he was being a little spaz but I didn’t get a chance to walk Lily or Finn since who wants to walk around their neighborhood with bleach in their hair? Plus I would imagine that dust, dirt, and other grossness would stick to it, and that would be no bueno. So we played a bunch of fetch instead and then they went absolutely banana’s when the Fedex guy bearing my package from Honey Stinger came by. Haha my dog absolutely hate Fedex, UPS, and our mail lady. I always feel bad because none of those people stop and wait for me to answer the door anymore. They just leave packages on the porch. I don’t blame them though. I mean, my dogs sound vicious when they think their territory or people are under any kind of threat.

Anyway, the Fedex guy got here around 4:45 pm and I was super excited to see him, well you know, briefly because they never hang around long because of the dogs. But anyway, I’ve been super stoked about the stuff I ordered from Honey stinger! 🙂 I finally got my hands on a box of one of the new flavors of waffles and I can’t wait to try it! I love mint chocolate anything, so I’m sure it will be right up my alley. 🙂 I actually thought about trying both new flavors, but I wasn’t feeling that adventurous, so I opted for my two usual favorite Honey Stinger waffle flavors; chocolate and ginger snap. I also got me a thing of honey, because I can always use more honey, and a draw string back pack. Mostly because I needed to go over $50 to get free shipping and I was already super close and it was pretty cheap, but I also figured it would come in handy for the trip to Florida that we are taking with Luke’s family in July (and eventually I’ll write a post talking about our Florida plans, but today is not that day 😉 ). So yeah, I’m super duper excited about all of that! Now I’m all stocked up on fuel for the summer and the beginning of half marathon training, which starts later in July! Yay!

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As far as my running goes, well, it hasn’t been all that great. Between being sick, traveling to Illinois, a week long anxiety attack thing (another post for another day), and a lack of motivation now that it’s getting pretty hot and humid out, I only ran a total of 30.59 miles for the month of May. That’s really sad. Especially since I’ve been trying (and miserably failing) to really up my weekly and monthly mileage.

So this morning on Instagram, someone had posted about one of these challengeville challenges. I thought they sounded like a lot of fun, so I looked through them all, decided that the TinMan would be perfect for me! Mostly because I’ve kinda been stuck at running 15-18 miles per week for what feels like forever, and this will obviously bump me up from that. Now I know that sounds like a big leap. Especially since I only covered 30.59 miles in May. But I know I’m fit enough to do it, I’ve been running pretty consistently for almost 4 years now. I’ve just become complacent and lazy and haven’t actually pushed myself to really preform at my best for a while now. I need some external motivation to actually make me want to put in the effort to get more miles in, and I think this will be the perfect challenge to get me there!

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As for the rest of the summer, I’m hoping I’ll build up enough momentum with the TinMan challenge this month to get me through most of July. The first week July will be a little tricky though. That’s when our trip to Florida is and it sounds like Luke’s mom has a pretty full itinerary for us while we’re there. So I guess I’m just going to try to run as much as I can, whenever I can, and hopefully that will be enough to keep the momentum going until I start my half marathon training plan that starts on July 23rd. I suppose that basically covers my running plans for this summer. Here’s hoping I’ll actually be able to keep up with this challenge and that I’ll start half marathon training feeling fit, happy, and injury free!

So speaking of half marathon training, I still haven’t signed up for the race I want to run this year haha. I’m planning on doing that very soon though. Hopefully I’ll beat the price increase, but at this point I’m not sure exactly when I’ll have the money to register. I’m also still not sure if my sister wants to run it with me or not. I sure hope she decides to. I think we’d both have lots of fun! Although if she does decide to run it with me, I’d like to do a few training runs with her so we can get a feel of what it would be like to run with each other. We’ve seriously never been on a run together! Actually accomplishing that may be a little tricky though, since now she lives 8 hours away from me in Colorado. But I suppose we’ve still got a little bit of time to work all of that out (if she even decides to run the race with me that is), this half marathon isn’t until November after all. 🙂

So I’ve gotta say, I really enjoy writing these “Thursday Things” posts. It gives me a chance to go on and on about pretty much anything and everything that I’ve been up to or that’s on my mind and I think that’s a lot of fun! But that means that sometimes these posts end up being kinda long and I’m not sure how you guys feel about that. I mean, I enjoy reading blog posts that are short, sweet, and to the point, but I think I like longer, more detailed posts even better! I guess I’m just nosy like that. 🙂

But for now that’s really all I’ve got to talk about for today.

Wishing you all the very best for your running goals, everyday adventures, and any of your other goals and challenges in life!

~Ashley

 

May 9th, 2017

Never in my life has a cold fucked me up the way this one has. It’s seriously been terrible. My voice is still really hoarse (I’ll add the link to my vlog from today below, if you want to hear how bad it is), my chest is still really congested, I’m coughing and hacking, my nose is still stuffy, and I still don’t feel all that great…

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On the bright side, I do feel quite a lot better today! Much better than I felt over the weekend! I’m still doing my best to rest, eat lots off fruits and veggies, and hydrate. Which is actually going a lot better than it was over the weekend, because now I actually want to eat and drink. 🙂

I also got in another short, slow “run” (there was quite a bit of walking done, for only doing a mile) this morning. These short easy runs have really helped clear out my nose and chest, but I’m still not up for doing much more than a mile yet and the warm weather sure isn’t helping. It was a little over 70 degrees when I finally hit the pavement today. I do need to start waking up before the sun gets up. That will make running feel a little better, but right now I’m just focusing on getting enough rest so that I can get over this damn cold. Then I’ll start worrying about waking up at 5 am, and getting back to a more normal running scheduled.

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Anyway now that I’ve run and showered I guess I’m going to continue resting. All this sitting around is kinda driving me stir crazy, but I know it’s what my body needs right now, so I’m going to do it. I’ve started re-reading The Stand for the 8 billionth time, so that should help keep me busy. Yesterday I spent some time outside on my back porch reading, trying to get rid of my terrible running shoe tan lines, and soaking up some vitamin D. So I think I’m off to do do that again. I feel like helped a bit. And the ridiculous amount of blueberries that I ate yesterday probably helped a little bit too haha. Yay vitamin C and antioxidants!! 😉

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Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!!!

~Ashley