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May 9th, 2017

Never in my life has a cold fucked me up the way this one has. It’s seriously beenΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ˜‰

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Wishing you a terrific Tuesday!!!

~Ashley

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My Name Is Ashley And I’m Addicted To Caffeine

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No seriously, it’s bad…

Back in high school I used to have a hardcore soda problem. During my freshman and sophomore years, on normal day, I’d drink one to two, or sometimes 3 bottles of soda a day. Wild cherry Pepsi was my drink of choice. Ugh just thinking about that shit now kinda makes me want to puke haha, but I guess we all make bad decisions sometimes. Especially as teenagers/young adults, because it only got worse from their.

Around my junior and senior year of high school energy drinks started getting really popular. Before school my friends and I would stop at quick trip to get 32 ounce cups full of “Rooster Booster”, it wasn’t unusual to see someone with a can Red Bull or Full Throttle (my personal favorite) at lunch, and of course all of these energy drinks would get mixed with alcohol over the weekends (dangerous and stupid, but like I said, we all make bad decisions).Β And so the addiction to caffeine began.

Obviously I didn’t really care too much about my health back then, and it’s no wonder I ended up almost hitting 180 pounds after high school. But after I graduated and started working at a Walgreen’s I started becoming a little more health conscious. At one point we had a mini weight watchers challenge that we could buy into, and whoever lost the biggest percentage of weight got the pot. I guess my participation in that is actually what got me started on my whole “weight loss journey” which eventually got me into running, but that’s a story for another day. Because I was participating in that weight loss challenge I looked for any places I could cut out extra calories and soda was the first thing to go. I couldn’t give up the energy drinks though, I’m was very much addicted to caffiene at this point, so I switched to those huge cans of Monster that we’re low carb and would drink 2 of them a day.

Eventually I ended up getting married and moving to an apartment Kansas and that’s when IΒ reallyΒ started to look at what I was putting into my body. I knew those energy drinks we’re pretty bad for me, even if they were low in calories. I wasn’t a fan of coffee back then though, so I decided to kick caffeine for good. After being kinda tired and grumpy for a few days, and along with drinking a lot of low caffeine/caffeine free tea, I officially kicked my caffeine habit.

And then I started getting really serious about running. Serious enough that I quite using the treadmill at the apartment complexes fitness center and started running on the trail that literally went right behind the apartments. And then serious enough that I started getting up at 5 in the morning during the summer so that I could run before it got to hot. So I started drinking coffee on days that I got up super early, but back then I only ran 3-4 times a week so it wasn’t really a big deal.

Almost 2 years ago now, we moved into our house and I started running more. That meant more early mornings and more coffee. Eventually that slowly lead to me drinking coffee every morning and now here we are.

Honestly I don’t even think it’s that big of a deal. I mean, I only drink 1 cup of (strong) coffee every morning. And occasionally after a long run on a cold day I’ll have another cup. So it’s not like I’m drinking obscene amounts of caffeine or anything, but on Monday I decided to cut back on my coffee intake a little bit, and that’s pretty much when I realized that I’m addicted to caffeine again haha. Actually, on Monday I just skipped my morning coffee all together and I kinda felt like shit all day but I didn’t really think much of it. On Tuesday I forgot my resolve to cut back on the coffee and had a cup in the morning and I felt perfectly fine that day. Then today I remembered, didn’t have any, and have been ridiculously tired and grouchy all day and I couldn’t figure out why.

Until it clicked that the two days I skipped out on my morning coffee are the day’s I’ve felt like crap and that there is a very good chance that I was having caffeine withdraws. So at like 2:30 pm I made a cup of coffee and I’ve felt perfectly fine ever since. So yeah, I’m definitely addicted to caffeine again.

I’m not that worried about it though. I mean, there are a lot worse things out there that a person can be addicted to, I don’t drink soda or energy drinks anymore, and I it’s not like I consume so much coffee that it’s going to have adverse effects to my heath. I guess it’s just a little bit inconvenient haha. But I’ve decided I’m not quite ready to give up on the caffeine yet. Especially with summer and 5 am wake up calls right around the corner. But maybe I’ll start cutting back just a little bit. I’m definitely not going to try to go cold turkey with it, because that was just awful!

Anyway, that was really random. I hope your Wednesday has been better than mine! Haha I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a lot better though, because I’m definitely not skipping out on my coffee!

~Ashley

Happy Monday!

Good morning! Or afternoon, or evening, or whenever you’re reading this. πŸ˜‰

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I’ve just got a few little things I want to mention today, so this post is probably going to be short, sweet, and to the point, and I’ll probably go into a little more detail about some of this stuff tomorrow!

So, on Saturday we bought tickets to go see Monday Night Raw, since it’s in Kansas city today. I’m not huge into wrestling or anything, but Luke and his brother are, so obviously they’re super excited. And I kinda am too. It’s something new and different to do, plus going to it will definitely beat sitting and home and watching it on TV!

Since we’re going to that tonight and will probably end up going to bed super late, I had considered running today instead of taking a rest day (which Monday’s typically are for me), so that I wouldn’t have to try to do it tomorrow on limited sleep. But I woke up still feeling a little bit beat up, so I guess I’m not going to be running today after all. Oh well, I got all the dogs walked and therefore got in 8,500 steps by 9:30 this morning, so it’s not like I’m being super lazy or anything. πŸ˜‰

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It’s about 10:15 am now as I type this, and Luke is going to be home from work at around 3:30 pm so we can get ready and then drive to Kansas City, so I’ve still got some time to do some yoga, pick up the house a little bit, eat lunch, and make snacks for the drive to Kansas City and back, so I guess I’m off to go do that! As always, if you’re at all interested in keeping up with my everyday adventures, I’ll be posting a bunch to my Instagram story. 

Happy Monday everyone!

~Ashley

 

March 5th, 2017

So far this weekend has been kinda uneventful, and it’s been great! πŸ™‚

On Friday Luke and I did some grocery shopping. We spent a ridiculous amount of money, but we’re all stocked up on stuff that we’ve really needed but have been putting off for too long. Like a new toilet brush, rubber gloves for cleaning, and a new febreez oil diffuser thing, because with all of these animals, two boys, and a runner, things can get pretty smelly around here haha. Our fridge, fruit basket, and cabinets have been refilled, which is always a nice feeling, and we also walked away with a few things that aren’t exactly necessary, but are pretty neat. Like this big ass thing of coconut oil!

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Definitely not a necessary purchase, but I’m super excited about it! SinceΒ my mom gave me a little bit of coconut oil while I was in Colorado I’ve been looking into the benefits of it and all the different ways to use it. According to the internet, it’s basically a miracle substance and cures/helps pretty much everything. πŸ˜‰ Obviously that’s a little bit of an over exaggeration, but it really is supposed to be good for you in a bunch of different ways, so I’ve been experimenting with a few of them. First and foremost, I’ve been putting a table-spoon of it in my coffee every morning. It’s absolutely delicious and supposedly good for digestion, weight loss, an energy boost, and a multitude of other things. I’m not going to list them all here. I’ve also been oil pulling with it every morning before I brush my teeth. I talked a little bit about that here. And yesterday I made a face scrub type of thing with it. I mixed together about a table-spoon of coconut oil and about a teaspoon of baking soda then rubbed it on my face for a few minutes. It’s supposed to help with blackheads and clean your pores. I’m not sure it any of that actually happened, but my face is much softer and less oily, which I definitely wasn’t expecting, considering I literally rubbed oil onto my face.

Along with stocking up on house hold items and groceries, Luke and I had planned on starting our garden on Friday. So when we got home from the store we turned our compost, which is something we should have done a long time ago. Then we pulled out some trees and weeds that were growing through and around our fence. After that was done we decided not to start tilling that day, even though that was what we had planned on doing. It’s still getting kinda cold at night and we’ve been getting frost in the mornings, so we decided to put that off for just a little bit longer. We’ll probably get started on that next week.

Yesterday we took the dogs to the park but that was pretty much it. The rest of the day was spent playing DS and I read for a little bit, and that’s probably all we’re going to do today as well haha.

I haven’t run at all this weekend and it’s actually been really nice! I guess I really did just need a little break. This morning I woke up feeling refreshed and actually wanting to run. but I decided to give it one more day, just to play it safe. I didn’t really notice how tired I actually was until I woke up feeling energized today. I really need to work on doing my easy runs really easy, and focusing on recovery. I’ve never really been good at those two things and those are kind of important things to do…

Anyway, I need to do some laundry and vacuuming, and then some dog walking.

Have a great Sunday!

~Ashley

 

Baby Pictures

Yesterday my mom was looking through some of her old photo albums, and she sent me a bunch of my baby pictures. Since I didn’t really have anything else to talk about today, I thought I might as well share them with you guys. πŸ˜‰

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Me at 8 weeks, in the womb.

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My dad and I.

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Me and my Nanny (which is what I call my grandma) in 1992.

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Me and my first dog, Brandy. She was part beagle, part dachshund, and lived until we were both 14 years old.

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Brandy and I when we were both a little bit older.

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My Grandpa and I. Funny story, so I got that stuffed mouse for Christmas, but one of my sisters ended up with it and it became one of her favorite stuffed animals.

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Me, my dad, and my mom, petting a tiger at a fair. Note the Simba shirt. The Lion King was my absolute favorite movie as a small child, so even though I don’t look it, I’m sure I was super excited to be petting an animal that was somewhat similar to Simba.

I know some people find old photos to be kind of boring, but I love looking at old pictures. Even if I’m not in them or they aren’t my family’s. That was actually one of my favorite parts of working in a Walgreen’s photo lab. I got to look at pictures almost all day! Haha that’s right, the people who develop your photos definitely end up see some of them. So maybe some people might want to think before they get certain photos printed. I’ve seen some really interesting/weird/gross photos while I worked there.

Operation Florida Is Offically A-Go

Luke’s mom has officially rented a 1.2 million dollar house for our trip to Florida in July. Yeah let me repeat that, Luke’s mom rented a 1.2 MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE for our vacation this summer. It’s got like 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms (I don’t remember exactly, but it’s close to that), a 40 foot pool in a screened in patio, and all sorts of other neat stuff. How freaking crazy is that?!?Β Oh and the rent is like, $350 a night and there are all sorts of weird rules and a crazy home owner’s association, because along with other rentals, people actually live in the subdivision (ew I hate subdivisions) that this house is in. Since these are million dollar homes and some of them are lake front property, I can only assume that most of the people who live there are doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, and a bunch of them are probably older. That would definitely explain all the crazy rules and home owners association.

I feel like all the of the doctors, lawyers, and CEO people aren’t going to like us very much haha. We’re going to be one big ass group of people, all originally from the Midwest, all from working class families, with a little bit of ghetto and a little bit of redneck/hick-ness all mixed. Yeah they are definitely going to hate us and it’s going to be so much fun!

And I suppose it’s a good thing we are going to be in a subdivision surrounded by other vacationers and rich people. I looked up this house on google maps and it looks like I’ll be able to run around the area without any problems, so that’s one thing I wont have to worry about. There’s also a lake within walking distance, and where there are lakes there are usually walking paths. Not sure how willing I am to run super close to a lake that’s probably filled with alligators though haha.

So, if anything this whole Florida trip has given me motivation to start eating better. I still haven’t managed to reign that in ever since I stopped counting calories. I’m not exactly saying that I want to lose some weight (even though I really do), but what I really want is to be able to feel confident enough to wear a swimming suit while we’re in Florida. I actually really love swimming, but last year I only went once because I felt like I looked fat and gross in a swimming suit. Whether that was actually true or not isn’t exactly the point though. I just want to be able to hang out in the pool or go to the beach this summer and not be constantly worrying about how I look or comparing myself to all of the other girls there. Yeah, chaining that mindset isn’t going to be hard at all…But I feel like it’s all going to start with what I’m eating, so that’s what I spent a lot of time focusing on today.

I’m actually kind of glad that I had something to really start working on today, as it was a rest day and those can get kinda boring. Plus it’s a lot easier to start eating a little better when you can’t justify eating 6 oreos because you ran 6 miles that day (because obviously it only makes sense to eat one oreo per mile you ran. Duh!). That’s another thing, Luke and I didn’t even buy those oreos that I totally ate more than 6 of yesterday! My brother in law did. It seems like every few days he brings home some kind of junk food specifically for me. One day it was a bag of mini twix bars, then a package of oreos, then yesterday it was a little bag of brownie brittle. I’m not entirely sure what his angle is, but I really wish he’d stop because I have no self control. I even told him that I did’t want to eat junk food anymore, but when he brought me the brownie brittle he said “I know you don’t want any more junk food, but I know you like brownie brittle so I got you some”. Whatever though, if he keeps doing this I’m just going to start throwing it all away. I mean, I already told him I don’t want it, and he wont eat anything he specifically bought for someone else, so that seems like the best course of action to me. Don’t get me wrong, I really hate the idea of wasting food like that, but when you really think about it, oreos barely count as food anyway.

I didn’t eat super clean today or anything, but I did make a point to include more plants into my meals. I had a humus sandwich for breakfast (I can’t be the only person who loves nothing but humus on whole wheat toast!) and a cup of coffee with soy milk and sugar (I’m out of honey sad face). Lunch was a sweet potato, sliced and roasted with some olive oil along with some ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning. Later in the afternoon I had a snack of whole wheat crackers and a glass of orange juice with some chia seeds mixed in. For dinner I made pasta, it had a little bit of pasta sauce and a decent amount of sauteed zucchini, cauliflower,and onions in it. Yum!! It wasn’t exactly the best day of eating, but I adding more plants into my usual diet is definitely a good place to start!

As for what I did today well, I rested and re hydrated. I definitely didn’t drink enough water yesterday and I was totally feeling it today. Actually, I don’t think I’ve been drinking enough water in general as of late. I guess that’s just one more thing I need to work on. Anyway, I finished the book Shoe Dog, worked on a few blog posts, and other than taking the dogs for a quick walk I hardly left the couch at all today. I think that was a little bit warranted though. Every once in a while everyone needs a day spent sitting around doing nothing. At least I think so. Plus at the very least I feel like I at least did something productive by doing a bit of writing.

Oh and I finally got around to updating my Goals and PR’s page! I’m only about a month late with coming up with goals for the year, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ I don’t have any time goals for this year anyway. Obviously I won’t mind if I can run certain distances a little faster, but my main goal is to hardcore up my mileage and run 1,000 miles this year! That’s a pretty big jump considering I only ranΒ 567.03 miles last year, but I think as long as I really make a point to hit my weekly and monthly mileage goals I can at the very least get close to 1,000 miles. I’m definitely aiming to hit 1,000 miles right on the head though, so we’re just going to have to wait and see how that goes! So far I’m falling just a little bit behind, but as long as I get back on track and make up those 11 miles that I didn’t do last month I should be good!

On a super duper unrelated note (but lets be real here, when have I ever been able to keep a blog post on a single subject? That’s just not my jam), my sister just started her own website! How super neat-o is that? You should totally go check it out! She doesn’t have a lot going on there yet, but I’m sure she’ll be posting about all sorts of fun adventures that she has with our other sister. Plus all the links to her social media sites are on there and if you’re into adorable animals you’ll want to check those out! You may even see a few guest appearances of some of my critters. πŸ˜‰

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Sorry Jessica, I kinda stole your photo. But I figured you wouldn’t mind. πŸ˜‰ https://www.jessicamartwin.com/

Jeez I’ve just been in a super ramble-y mood lately. I’m sorry if I’m being super boring with these long posts about life, upcoming events, and whatnot. That’s just all I’ve got to talk about at the moment. At the very least I’m not currently in super crazy Green Day fangirl mode. But be warned, it’s coming. The closer we get to August the more I’m going to start freaking out about seeing them in concert again. Remember that post that started off with me “Jumping up and down wildly while screamingΒ incoherently”? That for real happened. I, a 25 year old “adult” momentarily reverted back to being a 15 year old girl again after purchasing Green Day tickets. Probably not one of my finer moments, but hey, it happens. πŸ˜‰

Ok, I’m going to shut up now before I start rambling again.

~Ashley

 

 

 

January 24th, 2017

Ugh, I’m getting really tired of the crazy fog that we’ve been having every morning. It’s making everything crazy muddy, so my floors are crazy muddy because my dogs have hairy feet and track in a lot of mud… It’s obnoxious. Plus the fog makes running/walking/being on the road in general makes things about 8 million times more dangerous. Especially since a lot people around here don’t seem to realize that when it’s foggy out (or rainy, or actually dark out) you need to turn on their headlights. Seriously guys, it’s not that difficult! And in the fog it makes you a lot easier to see, which is a just a little bit more safe. You’d think growing up near St. Louis I’d be used to really shitty drivers, but I swear people here in Kansas are worse…

Along with making road conditions unsafe, the fog makes breathing while running super uncomfortable. You’re seriously just breathing in a bunch of water and it’s absolutely no fun…

Ok, I’m done complaining now. I think. Haha I guess we’ll see by the time I finally get done rambling.

So have you ever had one of those moments when you’re just tired of what you currently look like and what to do something majorly different? Because I totally had that happen yesterday. At first I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do. I don’t have any money for a new tattoo, so that was out. I thought about another DIY piercing, but I have sensitive ears and didn’t feel like going through the healing process for that. I considered (and am still considering actually) dying my hair, but meh, I don’t know what I’d want to do…So I ended up cutting off a bunch of my hair.

Mostly because I really miss my short hair. It was so much easier to take care of, plus it didn’t end up being a hot, gross, sweaty mess in the summer. The only problem is, I really like the way I look with long hair. Plus aside from the one time I seriously had all of my hair chopped off in 2011 (at one point it was even shorter than in the photo below), it’s always been super long.

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My hair in 2012 and my hair in 2015.

But like I said, I wanted a change, so I cut a bunch of it off yesterday. And when I say cut it off, I mean I actually cut it off. I’ve been cutting my hair myself for 2 years now and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to a hairdresser. It’s just so much cheaper to do it myself, and it’s not like I do anything with my hair anyway. I straighten it every once in a while, and other than that it’s usually down or in a braid or ponytail. And I’ve been dyeing it myself since I was like 17, but that’s a whole other story. Plus if I hate how it turns out, I have no one to blame but myself. But i’m quite happy with how it turned out this time around! It’s not as short as it was back in 2012 but its at a nice medium length now. πŸ™‚

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Look at that pile of hair! My head feels a lot lighter now. πŸ˜‰

Ah, my shorter hair made running a much more pleasant experience! When my hair is long, I have one hell of a time deciding what to do with it during workouts. In the winter I can usually just leave it down, but I always end up with some really nasty knots. In the summer I tend to opt for braids. I don’t particularly like ponytails, since my hair was so long I had to do them really high and tight and that gave me headaches. Plus my hair was still long enough to bounce off of my nexk and ears and that was super annoying. So braids worked alright but the still could be annoying…

Today I just left my hair down and since it’s a lot shorter there were no knots! Yay!! And on a completely unrelated note, there are two things in life that I don’t have time for; matching my socks and matching my gloves. I just can’t be bothered to do it. Seriously, why take the extra few seconds/minutes to find a glove or socks partner? I don’t care if they match or not. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, my run was short, sweet, and fantastic! Only two easy miles, but it felt sooo good!! Haha well, the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but I felt too good to not pick up the pace a bit. Especially on the section of road that was going down hill. When I’m feeling good I like to run hard on the uphills and then run the down hill with reckless abandon, which is exaclty what I did today. And that’s why the second mile wasn’t exactly easy, but boy was it lots of fun! Anyways,  finished in 24:17. Still slow, but it’s faster than I’ve been doing, so I’m happy with it. Plus the weather was awesome this morning. I waited for the fog to clear up, so the sun was out, it was nice and cold, and there was not much wind (which doesn’t exactly happen often here in the Sunflower State) . It was great. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒ€πŸ˜

The only thing that would have made this run better is if I could have been able to run part of it without shoes. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go barefoot since the end of December. Anyone remember back in September when I had a toe incident that was suprisinly not running related? Well that toe has been kinda bugging me lately. It’s been red and swollen since it got hurt but it’s been a little worse lately. Luckily as long as I run or walk in shoes it’s not a problem, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚ I just want to be able to run barefoot again. That’s a lot of fun.

A good run after a week of not so good runs really has a way of lifting my spirits and reminds me why I even bother with this crazy sport. Those bad times can really make a person question why they even bother. At least I do sometimes, but I guess bad days, weeks, and months are all part of the adventure. 

Wishing you lots of happy miles! 

~Ashley