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Weekly Recap: June 24th-30th, 2019

Wow very little running happened this week! Honestly I just haven’t been feeling it. But after several pretty darn good weeks in a row I’ll take one down week!

Monday:

  • Rest day
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Holy moly I was TIRED On Monday. Last week was a tough one. I feel like I ran really well and accomplished what I wanted to accomplish as far as running goes, but it was hard. And I literally didn’t want to do anything after I finished every single run last week. But that’s usually how summer running ends up going for me.

But anyway, after two hard week in a row this is more of a down week and I’m hardcore embracing that!! 😊

DIY face mask and hair mask. #restdaybrags

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

Whew I woke up late (7:15) I’m Tuesday. Whoops.

So the sun was up and it was HOT when I got out to run. But on the bright side, I was feeling a lot better after taking Monday off. 😊 3 more miles in the leg bank. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Wednesday:

  • Rest Day

Just not feelin’ it in Wednesday. Plus my hip was feeling a little bit weird. Nothing crazy or anything. I think I just tweaked it at some point. Hahaha but either way, maybe the rest day was a good thing because of that. πŸ˜‰

Thursday:

  • 8 miles in the treadmill
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

My hip was definitely feeling better on Thursday! Hahaha I wasn’t exactly planning on running 8 miles on the treadmill but it just kinda happened. πŸ˜‚

That’s actually the farthest I’ve ever run on the treadmill! I’m not particularly fond of treadmill running (who is, really? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ) so I don’t often spend much time there. But anyway, I talked more about this run here, if you’re interested. πŸ‘πŸ»

Friday:

  • 25 minutes of yoga
  • Several margaritas consumed

Hahaha oh man, it’s been so HOT! We were under a heat advisory from Wednesday to Saturday morning so I just was NOT feeling doing much of anything on Friday. Actually, I feel like the heat had really contributed to my general lethargy this week. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, Friday night Luke grilled some steak and corn (yum!!) and we made strawberry margaritas! πŸ˜‹ We used fresh strawberries and a little bit of ice so they had an almost smoothie like consistency and they were AMAZING! I don’t drink very often, and when I do it’s usually beer or wine, I’m not much into hard liquor. But these were super good. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

This margarita tasted like I wasn’t running the next day. πŸ˜‰

Saturday:

  • Rest Day

Surprisingly I didn’t wake up feeling too terrible after the margaritas Friday night! Apparently the strawberries and ice helped keep me hydrated. πŸ˜‰

Still didn’t feel like running though. Honestly, this has just been an off week for me running wise. It happens and I decided that I was just going to roll with it. Sometimes it’s good to just take a little step back and relax a little and just enjoy myself. Hence the margaritas on Friday followed by Chinese food on Saturday. πŸ˜‰

But burnout is a very real thing, and since I’d like to continue running for as long as physically possible I do my best to keep it fun and just kinda go with the flow when it’s not. Or if I’m feeling tired of just feel like I need a little break.

Look at all of those tongues! The dogs aren’t really fond of this heat either!

Sunday:

Another chill day for the most part. Walked some dogs in the morning, then cleaned the house while enjoying one of the best albums ever recorded. πŸ˜„

This evening we took Whiskey to a trail and then an off leash dog park for a little bit. It was freaking hot!! πŸ₯΅ But I got some of my Gobbler Grind fliers hung up so that’s good. 😊 Hopefully people will see them and use my code!! I guess we’ll see. 😁

So yeah, there ya go! A very non-running filled week. πŸ˜‚ But, I think next week will be better. I’ve had a week of dealing with the REAL hot and humid weather and I think I’ve some what adjusted to it. Or at least adjusted as much as I’m going to. I’m literally already counting down the days until the Fall Equinox. πŸŽƒ πŸ˜‚

Yeah, fall can’t get here soon enough! πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅πŸ₯΅

Anyway, that’s all for now!

Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

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New PR, Baby!!

I ran 8 freaking miles on the treadmill today! That’s the farthest I’ve ever gone on a treadmill!!! Hahaha that totally counts as a PR, right?? πŸ˜‰

Honestly though I didn’t actually plan on running 8 miles on the treadmill today, although I did plan to do my run inside. It’s heating up here in Kansas! It was hot and sunny today and I didn’t want to deal with that! Especially since I stayed up late last night, so I really didn’t want to have to wake up super early. And that, my friends, is why having a treadmill is nice! I was able to sleep in and run farther that I would have if I would have run outside. Probably.

Anyway, like I said, this wasn’t planned at all! Originally I was aiming for 4-5 miles for today. Being on the treadmill for extended periods of time is kind of a mind fuck for me. After about 3 miles I have to start playing some weird mind games with myself. Especially since for whatever reason, I can’t run as fast as I normally would be able to on the treadmill. It completely messes with my form and I basically slow down to a crawl, and I’m already a slow runner to begin with! So. Weird mental games have to happen. But I mean, whatever works, right? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Luckily for me though I only had to do that a little bit near the end. Broadway Idiot was able to hold my attention and keep my mind from melting from boredom for the most part.

After I had hit about 5 miles I decided why not aim for 6? Then not even half way into my 6th mile I thought to myself “why not aim for 8? That’s only 2 more miles. And I’ve definitely got two more miles in me.” Hahaha yeah, that’s a nice little mind trick. πŸ˜‰ But it worked so I’ll take it!!

Also, having a very cute spectator definitely helped. Lily hung out with me while I got this one done. πŸΆπŸ’œ

So, 8 miles done and dusted! Which means my long run for the week is actually done, because 8 was the plan for this weeks long run. Not gonna lie, that’s kind of a nice feeling.

I feel like everything actually ended up working out so well because I ate pizza for dinner last night and for breakfast this morning, and I swear every time I do a run fueled on pizza it ends up being a really good one! Or ya know, at least decent. I wouldn’t call running on the treadmill “really good” because I always feel like I’m going to die if boredom, but at least my body felt good. πŸ˜‚ Hahaha anyway, apparently pizza is the perfect ratio of carbs and fat for me. It’s never not worked. So basically what I’m saying is I should eat more pizza. πŸ•πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰

After this run I was exhausted! I think know it was more mental than physical. Don’t get me wrong, I still felt like I ran 8 miles (because I did πŸ˜‰) but man, being on the treadmill always feels harder that actually running outside. Which is kinda funny, because running on the treadmill is supposed to be easier than running outside. But again, I think it’s just a mental thing.

Anyway, the rest of my day was kinda chill. I spent a good portion of my afternoon reading, actually. I’ve been re-reading Stephen Kong’s Dark Tower series for like, the 5th or 6th time, and I always forget how much I get pulled into these books! I mean, Stephen Kong’s work always really draws me in. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a lowly 7th grader in desperate need of something more challenging that what we were reading in school. Hahaha Stephen Kings The Stand was obviously the right choice for a 13 year old. πŸ˜‰

But ever since then I’ve absolutely devoured his books, particularly the Dark Tower series. It’s just So. Good! I can’t recommend it’s enough!! it’s definitely my favorite book series ever!

After spending several hours with Roland and his Ka-tet I finally got my butt in gear and got a bunch of stuff done around the house. Nothing as exciting as running 8 miles on the treadmill though and I feel like that’s kinda saying something. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I just wanted to share my little achievement with you today! I don’t like running on the treadmill so I’m kinda weirdly proud of myself right now.

But that’s all for now!

Until next time,

~Ashley πŸ‘½

Random Thoughts and A Little Update

I keep telling myself that I want to get back into blogging like I was a year or two ago. I want to talk more about what I’m up to and what not outside of just my weekly recaps and Monthly Miles posts but eh….I don’t know.

I’ve had a couple of false starts when it comes to really blogging again, but this time I swear I’m really going to make an effort to really get back into it! Because honestly I miss how much I used to write on here. I also miss sharing more of who I am outside of my running life.

Because yes, I am a runner and I do love running, but I am so much more than that!!

The same kinda goes for Instagram as well. I’m definitely still very active on there, especially since I’ve really been working towards getting 10,000 followers (I just really want the swipe up feature for my stories, ok!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I’m getting super close but at the same time I’m having kinda the same problem there. It’s all running all of the time. It didn’t used to be. But in attempting to gain followers I’ve quickly learned that selfies that somehow pertain to running get A LOT more engagement than say, photos of my dogs, or garden, or whatever. That’s all fine and good, but focusing on just selfies and only running related stuff has kinda taken some of the fun and creativity that Instagram used to bring me.

So I don’t know. I just kinda want to start sharing more outside of my running again. And actually keeping this blog up to date in general! So, that’s currently my plan! Hahaha but don’t worry though, running is still going to be the main focus of my blogging/Instagram-ing.

So anyway, life goes on and here’s a very general update;

My family dynamics as far as my immediate family (parents and siblings) have changed quite a bit in the past two years or so. I haven’t really talked about all of that much on here to protect the privacy of all of those involved. Plus it’s just been…weird. There have been times where I (and I feel like my siblings as well) have had to chose sides. That wasn’t hard. For me and my brother at least. But it still didn’t feel right. But at the same time a certain party in all of this kinda deserves it. It’s just weird. And I don’t think anyone is really happy about the way things have turned out.

Maybe one day I’ll go into more detail as far as this whole situation goes. But since it’s still kind of unfolding everything is going to be a little vague right now.

Anyway, in more uplifting news, my little backyard farm is doing well! My whole brood of animals are great! My hens are consistently laying around 5-6 eggs a day, Luke and I started our garden earlier this spring, and while it’s smaller that in previous years, it’s still doing well!

One of Luke’s brothers is staying with us for part of the summer before his first year of college. So far that’s been relatively uneventful. But he says he’s having a good time here, so that’s all that matter. πŸ˜‚ And in a couple of weeks his sister will be here as well. Just for a week though. Then a week after she leaves we’re driving back to Minnesota to drop my brother-in-law off at home and then Luke and I plan on going to St. Louis from there to visit with more family. Which means at least two more dogs are getting dropped off at the kennel again. Poor puppies. They do not like staying at the kennel and this will be the second time in 3 ish months that they’re going to have to spend a few days there.

Last time we took Whiskey to Minnesota with us and Lily, Dean, and Finn had to stay at the kennel. This time I think we’re going to bring Lily and Whiskey with us and leave Finn and Dean at the kennel.

Whiskey sure enjoyed her time in Minnesota and I’m sure she’ll be happy to go back! Poor Finn and Dean though. I hate having to leave them at a kennel. But traveling with 4 dogs is hard.

Since Luke’s brother is here he decided to add an extra line to our phone plan and get him a smart phone, since he didn’t have one. So in order to take advantage of the buy one get one deal on iPhone’s that Sprint was having my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to an iPhone XR since I was eligible for an upgrade and apparently that counted towards the sale. Really the only big difference is now I don’t have a home button anymore. It’s taken a while to get used to but I am getting the hang of it. Although I keep taking random screen shots on accident because now that involves holding the lock button and volume up button instead of the home button, so now I just have a bunch of weird screen shots in my camera roll.

At least now Luke’s brother has a smart phone which I’m sure will come in handy for college, so that’s good. But currently neither of us have a case on our new phones because the XR is bigger than the 8. Hahaha that’s been a little unnerving. I’m terrified that I’m finally going to crack my first iPhone screen (I’ve only ever cracked one phone screen and that was my old Galaxy). πŸ˜‚ But hopefully next week we’ll be able to get new cases.

Actually transferring all of my data from my old phone to my new phone took FOREVER though, because the girl working at sprint was constantly on her phone and not paying attention to what was happening as far as the data transfer goes. It literally took her over an hour and a half to do it, and at one point the other person working there had to help me because she just walks off to take a phone call. Not on the store phone. On her phone. πŸ™„ That was super annoying but it did eventually get done and everything transferred just fine.

But by some weird coincidence that same day my iTunes account went all crazy and deleted most of my music?? That was weird and super stressful. I’ve basically had that account since iTunes was even a thing and I had a piss ton of music on it. Luckily I had a lot of my music backed up (it really should have been ALL of it, but some I couldn’t find and some just disappeared from my backed up iTunes files). So that night I spend 3 hours trying to figure that all out. I was not happy… but a lot of it is fixed now. I’m still working on restoring my iTunes account to its former glory. All of my playlists got deleted as well, so I’m currently working on rebuilding all of those.

But for real, what the actual fuck iTunes?!?!? What happened to my music and playlists?!?!?

And speaking of music; I’ve recently discovered a new band that I actually like!! Like, holy cow guys, that NEVER happens. πŸ˜‚ So far I’ve only actually been listening to a few of their songs but I’m totally digging them! Plus I mean, all girl punk/metal/pop/alternative band. What’s not to love?!?

Hahaha ok, I could go on and on trying to play catch up, so we’ll just stop there for now.

But hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on! That’s my goal anyway!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

Minnesota Here We Come!!

One of Luke’s brothers is graduating from high school this weekend, so we’re heading up to Minnesota to celebrate!!

Today Luke and I spent the day preparing everything for us to be gone for about 5 days! Luke mowed and cleaned out the truck this morning, while I got the chickens, rabbits, and ferrets all taken care of. Luckily Luke’s other brother who lives here in Kansas and works in the town we live in will be able to come here and check up on all of them and feed them while we’re gone. I’m not too worried about the cats. We just leave out a bunch of water and food for them and aside from being a little upset about not having their litter box cleaned every day, they’re fine. But still, it’s nice to know that someone is going to be able to check up on them. 😊

The dogs however, are staying in a kennel. Well, Lily, Dean, and Finn anyway. Whiskey is in heat so she’s coming with us. Plus Luke and I both think she’s still too little to be staying in a kennel. She’s 9 months old and still not mature enough to handle that, we think.

Poor puppies. Obviously they’re taken good care of at the kennel, but I hate leaving them there! It’s no fun watching them freak out as we leave.

They thought we were going somewhere fun…

Anyway, in between all of our getting ready for our trip shenanigans I was able to squeeze in a couple of miles of running, and then Luke and I went and played 9 holes of golf because he’s addicted. πŸ˜‰

So while I was running I did the thing where I take my shoes off and then just run in my socks for a little bit. I get a lot of weird looks carrying my shoes like that, but dammit it feels right!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Then we went and got our golf on. Really the only reason we went today is because yesterday we went out to the course, paid, made it through 2 hits each and then it started pouring down rain and hailing. Obviously we couldn’t golf in that, so we called it quits. But the girl working there was giving out coupons to people who couldn’t finish their games, so we didn’t end up actually losing out on any money. We just had to go back today. πŸ˜‚

After our 9 holes of golf we went back home, ate dinner, dropped off Lily, Dean, and Finn at the kennel (poor puppies ☹️), then we loaded up the truck, went through the house one more time to make sure everything was squared away, and now we’re off to bed! We’re waking up at 2 am and then getting on the road as soon as possible!

Minnesota here we come!!

Until next time,

~Ashley

Sick Days

Note to self; stay away from small children. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Seriously though, I’m pretty sure either my niece and nephew or my next door neighbor gave me one hell of a bug when I babysat them all last Friday. It it me hard and I’ve been down and out since late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

It wasn’t one of those colds where like, you’re a little stuffed up and not feeling super great, maybe your a little more tired than usual. No. It was the kind that make you feel absolutely miserable. You’re exhausted all of the time and even getting up to walk to the bathroom sounds like a challenge. You’re not sleeping well, have a headache from being so stopped up, and with chest congestion and a sore throat to boot. Holy moly, most of this week has been pretty awful for me. 🀧

Thankfully I’m finally on the upswing though! I’m still not feeling super great but I’m much improved compared to earlier this week! Luckily I had Luke to take care of me! He kept me stocked up on tea and Halo Top ice cream. Obvious necessities for when you’re sick. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I’m finally starting to feel a little bit better today. Not great, but good enough to go out and run 2 very slow miles. Hey, I’ll take it! It wasn’t a great run or anything but it was good enough to clear out some snot! Gross but necessary. 🀧

I kinda spent the rest of the day resting though. It felt good to get outside and get moving but not gonna lie, I still feel pretty shitty. Definitely not how I want to be feeling just a few days before my next race, but at this point I’m pretty confident that I’m going to make it through the Running With The Cows 5k on Saturday without dying. πŸ˜‚

The plan for now is to keep resting, staying hydrated, and decently fueled in hopes that will help me get to the starting line in a little bit better shape. Hahaha I guess we’ll see though.

So yeah, that’s just a quick little update for today.

Happy Thursday!

~Ashley

β€œLook Ashley, I don’t even have to hold it!”

Those were the words spoke to me as my 4 year old nephew turned from the toilet, and sprayed urine all over my bathroom and right leg. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

I admire his free spirit though! And the fact that he’s comfortable enough to share that information with me. But still not stoked about having my bathroom and person covered in pee. Don’t worry though, he didn’t get any on himself. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Ah, the adventures of babysitting.

Yesterday I somehow ended up in charge of 3 small children. My 8 year old niece, 4 year old nephew, and my 5 year old next door neighbor. The one that I babysit all of the time. Actually, she and I hung out all day on Thursday because her mom had to get carpal tunnel surgery.

Then yesterday my husband and brother-in-law wanted to go golfing, but my brother-in-law had no one to watch the kids and that’s where I came in! Hahaha I’ll never understand why people feel comfortable putting me in charge of young children. Even at 27 years old I don’t feel like an adult-y enough adult, but apparently I’m more responsible than I give myself credit for! πŸ˜‚

So in exchange for my babysitting services yesterday and giving my husband a chance to golf with his brother, I was paid in sparkle boots and Picky Oats. πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Seriously though, I’m absolutely in love with my new Docs!!

Anyway, my brother-in-law and his 2 kids came over around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The grownup boys left and me and the 2 kids did some coloring in their new coloring books (and the box of 120 crayons that Luke bought them on his way home from work) while we waited for our pizza to come! Once it did we gobbled it down and then we walked to the park. Luckily there’s one not even a block from my house so we didn’t have to walk far!

We ended up having a slight incident though. On the way there the 4 year old tripped, fell, and skinned his knee. He was fine. After a few tears and me and his sister brushing dirt off of him he got over it pretty quickly. I have a feeling getting to play at the park helped. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we played a rousing game of “getting chased by a monster”. The monster played by yours truly. πŸ˜‚ After running around for a while we were all thirsty so we walked back to my house for drinks and snacks. On the way there we saw my next door neighbor waking into her house with her mom. She saw us and looked super sad to see me with other kids. My niece and nephew saw her too and asked if she could come play with us. They’ve met her before and they all like each other. So while we collected snacks and drinks to take back to the park I texted my neighbor about her kid coming with us and that’s how I ended up in charge of 3 children. πŸ˜‚

So we all went back to the park and continued on with our games. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Even when my neighbor someone got a little cut on her toe. Hahaha luckily that and a skinned knee were the only injuries of the day. Well, that and I managed to irritate my already hurt knee. But I was already having trouble with it anyway.

At about 7:30 pm we packed up all our stuff and walked back to my house. We ate more pizza, watched some TV, attempted to play the board game “Sorry” which is super hard when only 2 of the people played can read well. I suggested Candy Land but no one was on bored with that. πŸ˜‚ After making it through about 3 or 4 turns each we turned on music (the kids all got to take turns picking songs) and we had us a little dance party. At one point I broke the turn cycle so I could teach them how to do the Cha Cha Slide. That was fun! Then when it was my nephews turn to pick a song he took my phone and turned on Saturday Night by the Misfits. He can’t read so he just kinda found it on my YouTube account and apparently liked the album art from the thumbnail. Hahaha the girls HATED it. My niece kept asking why they looked so weird and my neighbor covered her ears and told me to turn it off. πŸ˜‚ My nephew said he liked it though, so obviously he’s my favorite now. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

At one point everyone was dancing hardcore and my nephew ran up to me with his cheeks puffed up. I asked if he was ok and he shook his head no. I asked if he needed to spit in the sink and he shook his head yes. And that’s how I almost ended up with regurgitated koolaid either on me or the floor. πŸ˜‚ Thank goodness we actually made it to the sink!

A few songs later Luke and my brother-in-Law showed up. At that point it was about 9 pm. My neighbor went home, we picked up everyone’s toys, then I took my nephew to the bathroom one last time and that’s when the pee incident happened. Honestly it wasn’t a super big deal though. I’ve been covered in a lot worse. πŸ˜‚

Whew! Babysitting is hardcore! I went to bed exhausted last night! But according to my niece I’m the best babysitter ever. So totally worth it!

So yeah. I didn’t end up running today because I hurt my knee again. Not super stoked about that. But I’m desperately trying to heal it ASAP because I have another race next weekend! Here’s hoping it feels better by then!

Anyway, I spent my day recouping after 2 days in a row of childcare and I finally got around to dyeing my hair purple again. So there’s a plus! πŸ˜‰

Happy Saturday! I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!!

~Ashley

Hanging Lake, April 13th 2019

Happy Marathon Monday!

Who else spent most of the day keeping up with the Boston Marathon? πŸ€šπŸ»πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I am back home from Colorado! Yesterday my dad and I did our trail race in Fruita, Co (I’ll have a full race recap on that soon!) and then spent 16 or 17 hours on the road, making our way back to Kansas. And then eventually Illinois for my dad. Hahaha I’m very happy to say I get to stay home in Kansas. 😁

So, I’ve been busy, having lots of fun, and out of phone service for a while, so I haven’t really had a chance to write about our adventures in Colorado over the weekend. So I’m going to play a little bit of catch up the next few days.

Friday was actually a pretty chill day. That Thursday was a lot of fun and while we didn’t do anything on Friday I’m actually pretty glad about that now. Saturday and Sunday were fun, busy, painful, and absolutely gorgeous.

So our Saturday began with a 5 am wake up call. Fun! πŸ˜‰ My dad and I packed up his van and started making our way to Fruita from his apartment in Longmont for our trail race the next day. But of course we had to make several stops along the way. πŸ˜‚

First we stopped in Genesee Park to check out a little herd of bison. Well, really we stopped along the side of the highway and walked over to the fence where the were for a few minutes.

I’ve actually seen a bigger herd of bison in the Grand Canyon National Park back in 2014, but it was still fun to go see some more here. There was even a brand new baby which was cool! Only the one though, but we definitely saw some very pregnant bison.

 

 

 

 

We stopped a few other places. Nothing too exciting though. Mostly just gas stations and little viewing areas along the highways. Going through Vail was pretty interesting though. We ended up going through a blizzard. My second blizzard of this trip. In a shitty little van that my dad and brother use mostly for work. πŸ˜‚ We made it through alright though.

At about 1 pm we made it to our main stop for the day; Glenwood Canyon. A few weeks ago my dad hiked up the mile-ish (I think?) trail to Hanging Lake and he said I absolutely had to see it while I was there, so that was the plan for Saturday afternoon.

It was actually snowing a little bit when we got there! And it continued to snow a little bit off and on for most of our hike up and eventually a little bit of the hike back down.

So you start out on a little paved path, maybe about half a mile to the trailhead. At this point I was already feeling the elevation. Oh boy I had no idea what I was actually in for. πŸ˜‚

So like I said, the hike up to Hanging Lake was around a mile, but it was hard, steep, icy and treacherous in places, and oh yeah, it was super hard! πŸ˜‚ It was fun and super pretty though.

 

 

 

The trail started off super rocky, but eventually it turned into more dirt as you started to follow a creek (I’m not sure which creek that would be and I’m too lazy to look it up. πŸ˜‰ ). Then the farther we went up the more ice/snow was on the trail. Luckily my dad has some tracktion that we put on our boots and that helped us out a lot. But we saw a lot of people who weren’t as prepared and they were slipping and sliding all around. On our way down we actually saw a dude who fell on the ice and broke his leg. He was ok, he had several people in his group taking care of him and the rescue team was on his way to get to him.

 

 

 

Anyway, did I mention how freaking hard this climb up was?!? Haha oh man, it seemed to take us FOREVER. But the the trail was super pretty and we had a hydration pack and lots of snacks, so at least there was that. πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

I think it took us close to two hours to hike up the trail to Hanging Lake. It was a tough hike. Especially for someone from Kansas who isn’t used to being at 8,000 feet above sea level, let alone doing hard hiking at that kind of elevation. Once we finally made it to the lake though, man, words can’t even describe how amazing it was! Photos barely even do it justice. But wow. Once I saw that lake, it was totally worth it!

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We hung out there for a while. We ate some snacks and made a few friends. Yeah, I know, I know, you’re not supposed to feed the wildlife. But theses little guys were so unafraid of people, so they obviously get fed all of the time. Hahaha we actually got pretty much everyone who was up there with us feeding the chipmunks. It was so funny. Everyone was sharing snacks, pointing out where our little friends were, taking pictures for each other, and just smiling and laughing with a large group of mostly strangers. So in a weird way, breaking the rules brought a bunch of people together that day!

 

After sharing our snacks with our new friends, we hiked out just a little bit farther to Spouting Rock. That was super duper neat! We took some pictures for this group of women so they took some pictures of us. You guys, if you ever need to be reminded that people are generally good, hike somewhere. Or run a race. But we’ll get to that later. πŸ˜‰

Okey dokey, after seeing Spouting Rock we began our hike back down. Oh boy going down was a lot easier, especially once we got past the slippery ice/snow. We even did a little bit of running! πŸ™‚ Hahaha so we got down A LOT faster than it took us to get up. The downhill was much more enjoyable.

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So we hung out at near the trail head for a little bit. Mostly just looking at wildflowers. But my dad actually found a pair of Lululemon leggings crumpled up in the weeds. Why the heck you’d get rid of a pair of expensive leggings like that I’ll never know, but we took them and I’m pretty sure they’ll fit me. So yeah, hiked up to Hanging Lake and obtained a pair of fancy Lululemon leggings. πŸ˜‚

After we were done I was STARVING! So we went to s little restaurant in Glenwood Springs and got cheeseburgers. Holy cow! That was the best burger and fries I’ve ever had. Probably because I was so hungry. πŸ˜‚

After we ate we drove about another hour to one of my dad’s driver’s houses. He invited us to stay there the night before our race so we didn’t have to stay at a motel. He was really nice as well as his whole family. We went out to ANOTHER restaurant to eat again πŸ˜‚, and then my dad and I showered and went to bed once we got back to their house. We had a another 5 am wake up for Sunday before our race.

I’ll recap the race tomorrow probably. But for now, that’s it! We had lots and lots of fun on Saturday! 😊

I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

~Ashley