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Home, Sweet Home!

I’ve actually been home for a few days now haha! On Wednesday my brother drove me home to Kansas, then back to Illinois. And then yesterday my mom, dad, and brother stopped here on their way to Colorado.

Basically what I’m saying is I’ve been kinda busy!

Between helping my dad get things cleaned up at the house in Illinois, traveling back to Kansas and getting the house back in order and taking care of all my responsibilities that had kinda put on the back burner while I was gone, then entertaining my family while they were here at my house, I haven’t had a lot of time to blog or keep up with my other social media accounts. It’s all good though, I think a little break from social media can be a good thing every once in a while. πŸ˜‰

So anyway, I didn’t get a lot of running done this week. Like I said, I’ve been kinda busy. Plus on Thursday I think I might have been suffering from heat exhaustion. I ran 2 miles in the morning, then spent 2 hours in bed because standing up made me dizzy. I guess all that hard work in the sun really did me in. And then running kinda hard definitely didn’t help. So ever since then I’ve been trying to stay cool and hydrated. And I actually feel a lot better today!

But then yesterday I had another unfortunate foot incident. Remember last September when my toe got really fucked up after some drunken shenanigans? And now it looks like I’m going to lose the toenail on that toe again? Yeah well yesterday while trying to put Dean up because my dogs don’t get along with my parents’ dog, I ran into a framed poster we have hanging in the hallway and it ended up falling on my foot. The same foot that’s having toe issues. Fun times. It bruised and swelled up almost immediately, but after icing it off and on for a few hours yesterday it actually doesn’t hurt too much today. I’m still going to rest it though. More foot issues are the absolute last thing I need right now…

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My new bruise and you can kinda see how weird my toenail is right now. It’s kinda separating from the nail bed, so I think its coming off again.

On the bright side of things, Luke and I kinda went on a little shopping spree yesterday before my parents and brother got here, and we both ended up getting some neat things. πŸ™‚ First we went to Dick’s, where I got two new Nike sports bras that I definitely needed! They say that your bras shouldn’t celebrate a birthday (meaning that you’re supposed to replace them every year), but I’ve been wearing my favorite sports bra for at least 3 years now. Oops. And they were on sale which was a huge bonus!! I also got a tube of Nuun so that I don’t end up feeling like crap after being in the heat again (at least hopefully) and another tank top, because one cannot have too many tank tops. πŸ˜‰

Then we went to Hottopic because we’re both apparently still 17 haha. Actually, Luke just wanted a new earring and I wanted some more Green Day t-shirts because I’m running dangerously low (and by that I mean I only had 3 before our Hottopic trip πŸ˜‰ ). Unfortunate for me, they had ONE freaking Green Day shirt in my size, so of course I got it. Luke got the earring he wanted and since body jewelry was buy one get one for $5 I got a new set of nose rings. I’ve been wearing the same nose ring for 7 years now, so I suppose it was time for a change haha. Plus one of them in the pack I got was purple, and I thought that was super spiffy!! πŸ™‚

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Not the best photo ever, but yay purple nose ring! πŸ™‚

And to finish off my little shopping spree, I ordered a little over $50 worth of Honey Stinger stuff last night! In all fairness, I wanted to get free shipping!! Plus with half marathon training coming up, I figured three boxes of waffles (along with a few other things) was a good idea. I got a box each of two of my favorite flavors; ginger snap and chocolate. Along with a box of the new gluten free mint chocolate waffles. I’m not gluten intolerant or anything, I just really wanted to try that flavor! Eventually I’m going to try the vanilla chocolate as well! πŸ™‚

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Also, if you fuel with Honey StingerΒ like I do, you might want to take advantage of their Memorial Day sale! Everything on their site is 25% off when you use the code FREEDOM at checkout. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜„

 

So yeah, I’ve definitely been a busy bee but aside from a few little incidents, I’d say life is pretty great right now! I guess now that it’s almost June, I need to start getting prepared for our trip to Florida with Luke’s family. That’s the first week of July so it’s coming up pretty quickly! But I guess I’ll talk more about that later. I’m done droning on about random things for now.

 

I hope you have a great Saturday!

~Ashley

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Thursday Things

It’s officially been a week since I got sick. I’m still not back to feeling 100% better yet, but I am getting there. I don’t feel super ill and gross and like I’m dying anymore so that’s great! I feel like I’m finally able to start getting back into my regular routine, which is even better!

So I keep saying it, but I’ve yet to do it because I have been sick and trying to get more rest, but I really need to start getting up earlier so that I can start my runs before it get too hot and humid. I’m thinking that next week I’m going to start getting up at 5:45 am with Luke (that’s when he gets up for work). That should be good for now, since it’s not tooΒ hot out yet, but before too long I’m going to have to get up around 5 in the morning and I’m most definitely not looking forward to that.

Haha anyway I got up at 7:30 this morning. That’s about half an hour later than usual, but like I said, since I’m still kinda sick I’m trying to get a little more rest. Plus I knew it was supposed to be a little cooler out today (the high is 68 degrees and it felt like 62 when I ran) and cloudy so it wasn’t too bad I suppose.

I feel like the fact that I even ran today was impressive though! I’ve been kinda tired and cranky lately, probably because I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to do much running. So when I got up I almost though about not running today. But after a cup of coffee I felt a little bit better and got my ass out on the road and did the 3 miles that I told myself that I was going to do today.

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They were 3 super duper slow miles, and I think the last half mile-ish was mostly walking, but I’m very glad to have gotten them done. Don’t get me wrong, this run was a total suck fest and I wanted to quit the entire time. But once I was done I felt quite a bit better both physically and mentally, and that’s pretty great! πŸ™‚

But anyway, other than the fact that I was actually able to run this morning, today has been otherwise uneventful. Tomorrow should be a lot of fun though! If it doesn’t rain Luke and I are going to do a bunch of tilling and planting and weeding in the garden and that’s always fun! We’ve also got our usual every-other-Friday routine of grocery shopping, errand running, and probably dog park walking today, so tomorrow’s going to be very busy!

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley

Thursday Things

Guys! Have you seen the new Honey Stinger waffle flavors yet?!? I had heard they were coming out with new flavors for this spring, but I hadn’t heard what they were until a few days ago; chocolate mint, and vanilla and chocolate!! I’m for real super duper excited about these things! Chocolate mint is pretty much my favorite flavor of anything ever, and rumor has it that the vanilla and chocolate waffles taste like s’mores. How neat is that?!

I’m not sure when they’ll be available though. TheirΒ blog is a little bit vague about that; stating that they will be available for sale this spring at select stores, and on their website, along with Amazon.com. But whenever they become available to purchase, I’m definitely going to be trying them!

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So, is daylight savings still messing with anyone else? Because I’m still adjusting to springing forward an hour. Ever since we did I’ve had trouble waking up, and this morning I woke up an hour later than I usually would have. Except not really, because technically it was the exact time I would have woken up before the time change. I’m sure I’ll adjust in a few more days, it’s just not a fun process haha.

Since I woke up an hour later than I wanted to, I ran an hour later than I would have liked. It’s not like I had anything to be late for or even really planned for today, but I do like to stay somewhat on a scheduled, and I actually want to start running earlier in an effort to get used to getting out there earlier. Because before I know it I’ll be getting up and out the door before the sun comes up. I’m definitely not looking forward to that, but it’s totally necessary in the summer…Anyway, my run today was just an easy 30 minutes. Initially IΒ reallyΒ didn’t want to do it (probably because of the daylight savings thing), but I ended up feeling really good and had fun, so I’m glad I did. πŸ™‚

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I started out my run with a light jacket on, but near the end I had to take if off and finished the last 10 minutes or so in just a tank top. I guess the few cold days we’ve had and the light snow that happened on Tuesday was just winter’s last little hurrah. Here in Kansas, the highs for the rest of the week are supposed to be in the low to mid 60’s, and the high on Sunday is supposed to be 80 degrees. So I guess that means Luke and I should be good to get our garden started this weekend. I suppose at the very least we can get everything tilled and then I can start planting whenever I see fit. I don’t really need Luke’s help with that, but I when it comes to tilling I sure do! Haha I don’t like using our tiller because it vibrates really bad and that makes my arms go numb, so I just make Luke do it. But in all fairness, I end up doing most of the weeding, watering, pest control, and what not, so it all works out quite nicely. πŸ™‚

Speaking of warmer weather; I saw this little gem on…Facebook? Instagram? I don’t remember exactly (although I did re-post in on Instagram πŸ˜‰ ), but I thought it was something most runners can relate to! I’ve already got pretty awesome sports bra, shoe, and watch tan lines going on, and it’s only the middle of March! They’re going to end up being sooo much worse by the end of the summer! Especially since I’m going to be spending a week or so in Florida in July. Ah the joys of being a runner.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m actually kinda proud of my tan lines. They just prove I’ve put in a lot of work Β over the summer. πŸ™‚

Along with my awesome tan lines, I’m also sporting a super spiffy bruise on my leg. I obtained said bruise by walking into a table at some point over the weekend (I wanna say Sunday morning, but I don’t remember for sure). You read that right. I walked into a table, and bruised my leg. Pretty badly too! It was even swollen for a few days after leg met table. Luckily my klutzy-ness didn’t cause me to miss out on any running, because it totally has before! Once I was doing handstands back when I lived in an apartment, and smacked my foot on the low part of the ceiling that separated the living room from the kitchen. My foot swelled up enough that I couldn’t walk properly for a few days, let alone run. So at least I didn’t have some kind of weird repeat of that.

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Oh! And another time, when I was in second grade, I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and stepped barefoot onto a pitchfork. It went all the way through my toe. ALL THE WAY THROUGH!! Yeah that was the day I learned to always wear shoes in barns and to watch were I step. I still have the scar to prove it too!

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Obviously it’s really old so it’s pretty faded, but you can still kinda see it there next to my thumb. Also, just ignore that cat hair. I am literally always covered in dog/cat hair…

I could name about 8 million other dumb ways that I’ve ended up getting hurt. Honestly it’s pretty impressive that I’ve managed to make it through 25 years of life without dying (although I have had my brushes with death. The first when I was born and the second when my appendix ruptured, but those are really long stories for another day). Haha it’s instances like the ones I’ve just mentioned that are the reason that Luke wouldn’t let me get up on the roof and take down our Christmas lights in January. I probably really would have fallen off or something. I am aΒ terribleΒ klutz.

On an unrelated note (but seriously, when is anything I ever talk about in a “Thursday Things” post related anyway?), you guys, IΒ NEED book recommendations!!! I’m desperately tying to drag myself out of the safe little Stephen King and running related book hole that I currently reside it, but it’s not going well. Last Friday Luke and I went to Barne’s and Noble, spent over an hour there, and I eventually settled on one book which I’m super disappointed with. It sounded really cool, but I’m really having trouble getting into the story. Plus some of the things that are going on just seem super unbelievable to me. And I mean, Stephen King made me feel like a weird clown/alien thing really did reside in the sewers under Derry, Maine. So I kind feel like I’m not the problem here…

Haha Luke told me that my problem is that I got introduced to a really good author at a young age (I started reading Stephen King novels in 7th grade), have been very dedicated to that author, and now nothing else is going to live up to my expectations. I am very determined to prove him wrong though! So seriously, whats your favorite book? Or what are you currently reading? I wanna know!!

Alrighty then! I feel like I’ve rambled on enough for today, so I’m going to stop before I get even more out of control. πŸ˜‰

Happy Friday/St. Patrick’s Day eve, everyone! Stay safe out there and have fun with any festivities that you planned! πŸ€

~Ashley

Friday Fives: Things I Hate

I guess maybe “hate” isn’t exactly the right word. These are really more pet peeves and things I just don’t really like or understand, but that’s just not an exciting title. Any maybe this is just isn’t an exciting topic, but I’ve been thinking about this kinda stuff lately and I’m trying to bring back the “Friday Fives” thing, so it seemed like a good idea to me! πŸ˜‰

1. Stretchy dog leashes.

I’m pretty sure the devil himself invented stretchy dog leashes. You know what I’m talking about, right? Those leashes with the weird handles with a button that releases or locks a thin fabric cable in place? I swear those things can cut a limb off if you end up tangled in one of them, which seems to happen every single time I encounter a person who has their dog hooked to one. Plus it seems to me that they just defeat the whole purpose of having your dog on a leash. You can’t really control your dog from 30 feet away.

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So I guess they’re actually called retractable dog leashes haha. My google search for “stretchy dog leash” didn’t get me the results I wanted but that did. Either way, I loathe these things.

2. When people leave their GU/other fuel wrappers on the trail or stick it in the chain link fence instead of throwing it away.Β 

IF YOU HAD A PLACE TO KEEP IT WHILE IT WAS FULL YOU HAVE A PLACE TO KEEP IT WHILE IT’S EMPTY!!!!! Plus I always find them a few feet away from trash cans. Seriously, just throw them into the trash or stash it back where you had it before you ate it. Littering isn’t cool people.

3. When cyclists hog the trail.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to bail off the trail because some dickhead cyclist is riding side by side with their friend and they don’t want to pause their conversation for two seconds to ride one behind the other while they pass me going the opposite direction. Or when they take a curve too fast and end up too far to their left and therefore in the very small section of the trail that I need to run on. 1. There is a speed limit on this particular trail that I’m talking about for a reason! 2. I’m a fucking pedestrian I’m going a lot slower and taking less space on the trail than you are. That’s why you’re suppose to be watching out for and trying to avoid hitting me, not the other way around. 3. There are huge ass signs with rules basically stating all of this and more posted all over the trail for a reason!

4. People who are rude to cashiers/waiters/any other person working in customer service.

Oh man, I don’t even know where to start with this one. Just, why? What’s even the point? They’re people too, just trying to do their job and you bitching at them doesn’t make it any easier. I worked at a Walgreen’s for two years so I’ve go some experience with this kind of thing. Whenever you’re kind/friendly/understanding to the person trying to help you, you get much better service and the person actually tries to help solve whatever issue you’re having. Whenever you’re rude, 90% of the time that person is doing whatever it takes to get you out of their hair. Dealing with rude customers is no fun and no body wants to do it. Don’t be a rude customer.

5. Pants that don’t have pockets. Or worse, fake pockets!

Seriously!!! Why do a good majority of my pants lack pockets?!? I need a place to store stuff but I don’t want to have to carry a purse with me everywhere I go…At this point I’d almost be happy with those tiny pockets that you can only fit a few dollars and a tube of chap stick in. At least that’s better than nothing.

Maybe it’s just because I don’t wear jeans though, but I’ve yet to fine a pair of jeans that fit properly around my waist/thighs/butt, so jeans aren’t typically an option for me. But that’s a whole other thing that I hate and I’m not about to get into that right now.

 

Just Some Random Thoughts

I am so freaking ready for this half marathon! Training has gone pretty well the past few weeks and I’ve definitely been seeing improvements. I’m injury free (knock on wood), I feel great physically and mentally, and I’m so ready to tackle my second 13.1!! I’m sure this feeling isn’t going to last and I’m going to start getting more nervous as race day approaches, but right now I’m totally enjoying the feeling of being ready to go!

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It’s kinda neat how nonchalant I’ve been feeling about my long runs. Last year I seriously couldn’t sleep well the night before my 10 milers (and I only did 2 of them), but now I can see a 12 miler on my scheduled and think it’s no big deal. I mean, 10+ miles is no joke! But I really have come to enjoy longer runs, and after my half marathon I kinda want to go longer. Not too long ago I was kind of unsure about anything longer than a half, but I don’t know man, maybe this means there is a full marathon in my future. I’d like to be a little more speedy so it doesn’t take me 6+ hours to complete, but I think this is definitely something I want to consider.

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I wanna do a 10k! My very first race was a half marathon, something most people (myself included actually) would not recommend. Then I did two 5k’s. I enjoyed all three of those events, but I feel like a 10k would be a lot of fun, just because it’s not too short, but it’s no too long, ya know? Actually I want to do more races in general, but damn they’re expensive!

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Not gonna lie, I’m getting tired of running the same routes over and over again (another reason why I’m really looking forward to the Longview Half). I kind of want to give trail running a try but most of the unpaved/wooded trails that I’ve been able to find are over an hour away. There is a park with unpaved trails about 40 minutes from where I live (it’s actually the same park that has an off leash dog park that we go to sometimes), but those trails are waaaay to rocky/technical for a very klutzy beginner. Plus 40 minutes is still kinda far to drive for one run. I mean, it’s kinda hard to justify driving very far when I can literally step out my front door and start running. Eh, maybe someday I’ll find somewhere neat to run. At the very least I’m pretty good at entertaining myself while on the run.

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Alrighty then, I’m done rambling for now. πŸ˜‰ 

Anyway, I was supposed to do 4 easy miles this morning but I was still feeling kinda bleh from my long run on Saturday, so I skipped the run and did 30 minutes of yoga instead. Totally worth it!! Now I should be nice and rested and will hopefully feel really good during my interval workout tomorrow. 

I’ll let you know how that goes tomorrow, but for now I’ll leave you with Forever Now, the second to last song on Revolution Radio. I really like how this song kinda ties together the whole album, rehashes some key points, and wraps everything up in a way I very much enjoy. πŸ˜„

Sunday Stuff

It’s officially official! I’m registered for my second half marathon!! I guess I really need to get my ass in gear now, huh? πŸ˜‰


I’m seriously super stoked (holy alliteration Batman!) though. I had a lot of fun at this race last year and I’m sure I will this year as well. I’m just hoping it’s colder this year haha! Last year it was in the 50’s, which wasn’t bad, but I prefer the cold. 😁

Sundays are usually my rest days and today was no different. I ran 4 miles with Dean yesterday though. That was a lot of fun, and it was the farthest I’ve managed to run since my toe got hurt. That was a little swollen afterward, but other than that it felt ok. My shin didn’t cause any issues either which is great! 

Anyway, since I didn’t have to run today, Luke decided he wanted to make a bunch of stuff. We had to go to three different stores and ended up with a bunch of stuff we didn’t actually need, but apple cider, pumpkin spice Cheerios, and cookie flavored coffee creamer are all just too exciting to pass up on. πŸ˜‰

Once we finally got home with the necessary ingredients, we started with making butter because we’ve never done that before and it seemed like fun. It actually ended up being a lot of work and hardcore messy, but we ended up with really tasty butter! 

While the butter was in the blender (yeah you make it in the blender! Neat, right?!) we started on a bunch of jam. Now that’s what took up a majority of our time, but now we have a couple of jars of blueberry jam, and medium sized jars of strawberry and apple jam. It’s all super yummy and is going to go great with toast and oatmeal. Aaaand then we made chocolate chip muffins, because why not? πŸ˜‰


That all took us from about 10 am to almost 5:30 pm, so it’s been a long day of cooking! Now that pretty much everything is put away and the dishes are in the dishwasher we’re going to spend the rest of the day playing DS and watching TV. 

How was your Sunday? πŸ™‚

~ Ashley 

Β Rest Day Ramblings

I had the worst run in the history of running yesterday…Ok, that may be a bit of an over exaggeration, but it was pretty awful. That is the worst part about having to take time off. Once you come back and start running again, it’s super tough!

Yesterday my legs were tired even though I’d only run a mile on Monday and then another mile on Tuesday (what the hell legs?! You’ve been half marathon training and after only a week off you can’t handle two miles on two different days!?!?!?).  So that was kinda frustrating. Plus my toe is still feeling a little weird so my brain kept telling my right foot to heal strike which royally fucked up my form, especially since I was still landing normally on my left foot. Ugh and don’t even get me started on my issues with a little up hill running (apparently I’ve just lost all of my cardio vascular fitness)…I know one bad run doesn’t really mean much and I haven’t lost all of my fitness, but jeez it can sure feel that way sometimes.

After much disappointment yesterday a rest day was very necessary. More so for my mind than anything, I think. I mean, physically I feel pretty good today, my legs even feel better today. But I thought it would be best to take a little breather and let my mind calm down a bit. So today I did a bunch of cleaning, reading, and a bit of gardening and yoga.

I had to pick my watermelon this morning. I was hoping it would be bigger, but it’s just not growing anymore. It is, however, perfectly ripe and super tasty! Plus it’s the first watermelon I’ve successfully grown, so I’ll take that as a win. Also, Lily definitely approves. πŸ˜„

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In the afternoon I did a bit of yoga for my IT bands. All the limping I did last week made my left leg have to compensate while my toe was hurt. So now my left I band is kinda tight. Totally understandable, but since I had issues with this IT band last year I figure I need to make a conscious effort to keep it happy and healthy. What I really need to do is work on keeping my whole body strong and conditioned, but strength training is boring and I hate it. Haha that’s literally the worst excuse ever, but oh well. 😜

The rest of my afternoon was pretty boring, but my evening got much more exciting when I carved a pumpkin! I don’t care if it’s the middle of September and still 80 degrees outside. I’m ready for fall and spooky stuff!!  And pumpkin seeds are delicious and nutritious, so why not kill two birds with one stone and get pumpkin seeds and a jack o lantern? πŸ˜‰

Mmmm pumpkin seeds sooooo good when they’re roasting in the oven. Mine turned out super yummy. Now if only fall would hurry up and get here! Haha but I guess since I’m in this deep I might as well get my fall sented candles out. 


So I guess I’m gonna do just that and help Luke can some more tomatos. Happy Friday eve! 

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸƒπŸŽƒ