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March 13th, 2019

Well today was an eventful day!!

It would appear that spring has finally arrived here in Kansas and its brought it’s usual crazy winds with it.

I’d say it also brought the usual wet weather as well, but we actually had a super wet winter so really that’s nothing new at this point. πŸ˜‚ Although we’ve gotten our first couple of spring thunderstorms already. That usually doesn’t happen in the winter. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, kicked off my day in my usual way with a run. I got poured on during the first half which was a lot of fun! I do love me a nice rainy run!! Hahaha at one point though an older gentleman drove up to me in his car, rolled his window down and asked me if I wanted to get out of the rain, and said that he’d be willing to take me anywhere I needed to go. I told him I was fine and politely declined. I’m sure this guy had no ill intentions, but still, I’d never risk getting into a car with a stranger like that. It’s just too risky…

Anyway, rain let up a little bit during the second half of my run and the wind started to really pick up. We got gusts around 50-60 mph today and oh boy were those tough to run in!! I wanted to go 6 miles today but I was just absolutely done with the wind and cut it a little short. I ended up getting in 5.43 miles. Close enough. πŸ˜‰

Wind is not the only bane of my existence this time of year. Oh no! Spring brings wind and dog hair. Lots and lots of dog hair…. Shedding season is in full force. I feel like a good chunk of my time is spent vacuuming up dog hair. Sweeping up dog hair. Picking up dog hair. And brushing dog hair. Fun times. πŸ˜‚

So in the photo below you can see a nice pile of dog hair. That’s all from a 35 pound dog who had a bath yesterday and who had been brushed once before today. So. Much. Dog hair!

Honestly though the dog hair situation isn’t too terrible. It could be a lot worse, especially considering that we have 4 dogs! πŸ˜‰

The wind situation today did, however, end up becoming a huge problem today. Even more so that me just having to run in it!

We had this tree in our backyard, right? And it was pretty much completely dead. We knew we needed to cut it down, but tree removal is expensive and we’ve never really had the tools or manpower to do it ourselves. But on the bright side, the wind took care of that for us today! On the not-so-bright side, the tree landed on the power line that runs to our house as well as an old cable line that it kinda knocked down. That wasn’t a problem though. That one wasn’t doing anything anymore. But it was also on our neighbor’s internet line. Luckily it wasn’t touching his power line too.

Luckily our neighbors are all really awesome, and my brother-in-Law decided to randomly drop by our house. So the brother-in-law of the neighbor who’s kid I babysit works for an electrical company and happened to have a pole saw. Luke just wanted to ask him a few questions, but he offered to help. And then of course the neighbor who’s yard the tree was hanging into helped as well.

Luckily we got it down without any issues! No one got electrocuted and the tree didn’t fall onto the new fence which is great! Now we have a huge tree trunk in our yard that we need to clean up, but at least it’s off the power line and didn’t do any real damage!

Yeah, it’s been a weird day. πŸ˜‚ But at least that’s all taken care of now! Hopefully this wind dies down soon and nothing else ends up happening!

Alrighty, that’s all for now though!

Happy hump day! 🐫

~Ashley

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Thursday Things

Hello friends!!

I’ve been kinda slacking on the whole blogging thing, I know. Honestly I’ve been super focused on growing my Instagram account lately. Instagram sure isn’t making that easy thanks to it’s weird algorithms. But I have been making some progress on that front! 😁

Instagram is lots of fun. And if you do it right it can also become a community of some really awesome and supportive people! I love the community I’ve become apart of on Instagram! But story telling, sharing thoughts, ideas, even just random ramblings is a lot easier to do on a blog! I mean, people come to blogs expecting to read! That’s not exactly the case on Instagram. A lot of people are there just to look at pretty pictures. Which is totally fine! It can just be a little bit limiting sometimes.

So I definitely want to get more back into blogging!! I know I’m not the best writer out there or anything, but lately I’ve been writing down these little…well I’m bot sure what to call them exactly. Poems? I don’t think that’s right… Anyway, I’ve shared a few of them on Instagram and I’ve gotten some very positive feedback from them and that’s just made me want to start writing and sharing more again on my blog! 😊

So I figured I’d start easy and go for a “Thursday Things” post. I like to ramble and my “Thursday Things” posts are usually a pretty good place for me to do that! 😊

So let’s get right into it!

Team ROAD iD!

Obviously I’ve already talked about being an ambassador for ROAD iD his year (which you can read about here. πŸ˜‰). I’m super duper excited to be working with a brand that I love and believe in the way I do ROAD iD. I’ve been wearing mine since 2015 and at this point I rarely ever take it off.

Last weekend I received my welcome package for team ROAD iD. They sent all of their Team ROAD iD members a bunch of fun goodies! And check this out! How awesome is the box it all came in! πŸ˜„

I was very excited about that hahaha. I’m also very excited about the neat-o things said box contained; more bands for my ROAD iD and a new badge for it, a t-shirt, stickers, a super sweet Thule backpack (I’ve needed a new backpack for a while now!), and a bunch of gift cards! I used one of the gift cards to get my dad a new faceplate fit his ROAD iD since the info on his wasn’t up to date, but the rest of then will be used in giveaways!! Probably on Instagram, but I might do one on here as well. I’m still trying to figure out how I wanna do all of that. But it’s coming soon so be on the lookout for that!

I’m very excited about the prospects of hosting a giveaway! I’ve never done one before but I’ve always wanted to, and now I’ve got the perfect opportunity to host one! 😊 Like I said though, I’m still working out the details, but I expect to be doing one next month!

But for now, if you need a ROAD iD now and don’t want to wait and attempt to win a giveaway, remember that you can save 20% on ROAD iD’s website by following my handy dandy link;

road.id/ashley

Okey dokey, enough about that! Let’s talk about running!

Last week I had an AMAZING week of running! It was soooo good! Like, most of my runs felt great and I had so much fun! It’s been a while since I’ve had a whole week like that. where most of it just felt fun and carefree even though I was putting in some hard work.

Unfortunately all of that fun came to an end this week…

I almost did it. I almost made it through cold and flu season without getting sick. Almost. On Monday I felt a little bit tired and my body was kinda heavy feeling, but I thought that maybe I was just tired from the work I’d put in last week. I did a super slow 3 mile slog on the treadmill (because it felt like -15 and I didn’t feel like dealing with that. πŸ˜‚), in hopes that I would feel better afterwards, but nope.

I woke up on Tuesday and my whole body felt sore. At that point I was at a loss as to why. So I skipped my run and spent an hour on my stationary bike instead and then followed that up with about 30 minutes of yoga. I was hoping that would help with the soreness, but honestly I felt worse afterwards than I did before, which I thought was weird.

But then I woke up actually feeling sick yesterday and it all kinda made sense after that. πŸ˜‚ So yeah, that sucks, but at least I know why I’ve felt off all week. I took a rest day yesterday and woke up feeling a little bit better today, but not 100%, so I took today off as well. I was doing so well and being super consistent with my running since the beginning of this year, so it’s kind of a bummer to have to stop that for now, but I also know that it’s definitely for the best and the thing I need most right now is rest.

But if I was gonna get sick now wasn’t the worst time to do it. πŸ˜‚ My first race of the year, a trail 10k in Colorado, is next month and I obviously want to be healthy for that!!

I’m doing that one with my dad who hasn’t really been able to train due to work, and since it’s in Colorado near the mountains the elevation change is gonna kick my ass. It always does. So it’s going to be a tough day for us and we aren’t exactly going to be “racing”. Especially since I’ve done exactly 0 trail runs in preparation for this.πŸ˜‚ Honestly I’m hoping to rely on the skills I’ve built in the first 20 years of my life tracking around the woods and family farm. So at the very least I’m not a complete stranger to a little bit of off road terrain! Hahaha but we’ll see how that actually goes!

Honestly while it’s probably going to be slow and painful, it should still be a lot of fun! My dad and I have had lots of fun during the two other races we’ve done together so far, so I don’t think this one will be any different. 😊

My dad and I am mile 13 of the Gobbler Grind Half marathon. Friendly reminder that you can use the code GG19AD to get $20 off of your entry fee for this race!! I hope to see you there this November! http://gobblergrindmarathon.com

Then in May my dad is coming to Kansas to do Running With The Cows 5k (one of my all time favorite races!) with me, and he’ll be doing the Gobbler Grind Half with me again in November! 😊 So far that’s all of the racing I’ll be doing this year. Although I would like to register for another 5k or two later this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make that happen yet. Mostly I want to because I’ve got done time goals I’m aiming for and I won’t be able to go after then running with my dad. Which is totally fine! I’d much rather get to spend more time with him that hit a PR. But I’d still like to end up with a shiny new PR this year. πŸ˜‚

Honestly I can do a fast 5k anytime I want on my usual running routes. That should be easy enough and I’m not the kind of person who only counts PR’s if they happen within a race. But the half marathon time I’m shooting for might be a little more difficult. Depending on how things go during the Gobbler Grind this fall, that might have to wait until next spring. Assuming I can get in another half then that is. We shall see.

But to back track a little bit, I’m currently nursing a cold and haven’t run in 3 days. πŸ˜‚ But really 3 days off isn’t too bad. I’ll be able to jump back into the swing of things pretty easily if that’s all I end up missing. Which I’m thinking it will be. I’m gonna test out my legs and lungs tomorrow with 2 or 3 easy miles just to see how I feel and then go from there!

But I think that’s enough for today!

Happy Friday Eve!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: February 18th-24th, 2019

Well this week sure was interesting!!

Luke and I kicked it off by his office building having an electrical fire and me getting a root canal. Fun times, man. Fun times. 🀣 Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, and the engineering firm Luke works for got their shit together very quickly and everyone was back to work in just a few days. And my root canal went well. It’s healing and that’s just one more of my shitty teeth that’s getting taken care of. πŸ™‚

So yeah, it wasn’t a bad week. Just an interesting one!

Monday:

  • Rest day

Monday was the day the root canal and office fire went down. You can read all about that here, if it suits your fancy. 😊

So since I got my mouth drilled on and was told to take it easy for the rest of the day I did not run. Or do much of anything else when we got home from the dentist’s/a little bit of shopping. πŸ˜‚ It was nice though because Luke was home so we got to hang out and be couch potato’s together.

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles

On Tuesday Luke went to his work to pick up his laptop, just incase they ended up being out of work for a while. While he was gone I ran two easy-ish miles. They felt pretty good and I might have pushed up a small hill a little too hard. Hence me not really wanting to call this an easy run even though that’s what it was supposed to be. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 5 mile fartlek

Holy cow my legs were sore!!! And I’m not sure why? Running on slippery snow last Saturday? That doesn’t seem to likely… Sitting in a dentists chair for like 40 minutes? Maybe? Charging up a small hill the day before? I seriously doubt it. I can’t emphasis enough how small of a hill it was… Haha oh well. It is what it is.

Despite my sore legs this run ended up being AMAZING! There was snow. There was ice. And there was lots and lots of slush! What’s not to love?!? Hahaha this ended up turning into a 5 mile fartlek and I had a ridiculous amount of fun doing it! I’d have to slow down on the slush and snow, walk over ice every once in a while, but once my feet found solid ground I would take off and run as fast as I wanted to until I hit another patch of snow. It was great. Sometimes the weather conditions create the perfect workout for you. 😊

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • 30 minutes of Pilates

Luke went back to work on Thursday. Honestly it’s really good that the company is up and running again after the fire, but I was hoping he’d get a couple of more days off because I was enjoying spending so much extra time with him. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I woke up stiff, sore, and tired Thursday morning. Doing speed…I was gonna say work but really it didn’t feel like work. I guess I’ll go with play since that’s basically what “fartlek” means anyway. πŸ˜‰ So speed play on snow, ice, and slush will do that to a person. No regrets though! It was just too much fun.

So Thursday was spent doing 3 easy miles. Hahaha I kinda overdressed for this run though. There was snow on the ground but that was super deceiving. It was actually kinda warm out. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Nothing too exciting or fancy on Friday. Just two easy miles to get the legs moving. They needed it after Thursday! The Pilates workout I did was no joke! πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

It was cold, windy, and rainy Saturday morning! I often get asked what I do when it rains, in regards to running. My answer; I get wet. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, my 8 miler went alright. My legs were still feeling a little bit tired and batting the wind wasn’t exactly fun, but other than that I can’t complain. It wasn’t the best long run, but it certainly wasn’t the worst! πŸ˜„

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Yay! Another well earned day off!! 😊

Spent my Sunday bleaching/dyeing my hair. Typical Sunday for me. πŸ˜‰ Hair stuff and more Law and Order: SVU. It was nice.

Total Weekly Mileage: 20

I’ve been really consistent with hitting 20 miles every week for about a month now. I believe it’s time to start upping my mileage again! Feeling good and ready to take on my upcoming 10k in April! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

February 18th, 2019

Wow today ended up being a really weird day!

My dentist appointment for my root canal was today. Luke took the day off from work to take me because he’s awesome like that. 😊 Originally he was planning on using sick time. He has something like 130 hours of it that he rarely ever uses.

Anyway, while we we’re on our way to the dentist’s office one of our friends (who works in the San building as Luke but on a different floor) called Luke and asked him where he was. He told Luke that there was a small electrical fire and that they were evacuating the building and telling people to go home. Obviously Luke told him he wasn’t there and that he was taking me to the dentist, and figured that was basically the end of that. He was mostly just excited that he wasn’t going to have to use his sick time anymore. πŸ™„

So we get to the dentist and he does his thing to one of my particularly bad teeth. You might remember last years whole tooth saga of me finally having to go to the dentist and have other teeth taken care of. I have some pretty messed up teeth because…well I’m not sure actually? Genetics? I actually take pretty good care of my teeth. I was just unable to see a dentist for a very long time because I couldn’t afford it. Anyway, my new dentist is a super cool dude and has a whole treatment plan written out. It’s going to take a while to actually get everything done (like, years) because insurance only goes so far and dental work is incredibly expensive…

But luckily today’s root canal went very well! The whole process went smoothly and I’m on my way to having one more tooth taken care of. Next week I go back for a temporary crown and then about two weeks after that I go again for the permanent crown. And then after that I have to wait because that used up most of our insurance for the year along with $500 out of pocket. Luckily Luke had $600 is his HSA account so we didn’t have t scramble to come up with that.

Once the dentist was done and with my face still incredibly numb, Luke and I went to a near by Vintage Stock. Mostly just to kill time, but also to see if the had anything cool. We didn’t find anything particularly interesting, so we left and went to Walmart to get some Halo Top for me since eating after a root canal is hard. πŸ˜‚ Then after that we went back home.

Awkward mirror selfie in Vintage Stock’s bathroom. I couldn’t feel half of my face. πŸ˜‚

When we got home we just kinda hung out for a while. I’m still binge watching Law and Order: SVU so that’s what I spent the afternoon doing. I was told to take it easy for the rest of the day so I didn’t run. I figured that was fair considering I did have drilling done on my mouth. πŸ˜‚That and I was just tired. But I also think that was root canal related. They really aren’t too bad, but it’s still kinda stressful on the body! Also, eating when your mouth is still kinda numb is hard. πŸ˜‚ That didn’t stop me from eating my Halo Top though. πŸ˜‰

Around 4 pm Luke got an email from his work. They currently can’t have people in the building because of the fire this morning so the whole building and several other offices here in Kansas who run on the same network are just off of work until further notice. They have to repair the damages, clear out the ventilation system, find what started the fire, and whatnot, so the building has to be closed.

Luckily no one got hurt in the fire and everyone is still getting paid, thank goodness!! They’re all kinda just on unplanned vacations (without having to use vacation time πŸ˜‰) until further notice. Sure that’s probably going to cut into the company’s profits, but this is a multi billion dollar company, so they really aren’t going to be hurting too badly. Plus none of that really affects Luke and all, so he’s just kinda stoked that he’s getting a little vacation!

So yeah. That was our day! πŸ˜‚ It was definitely an interesting one!

Happy Monday everyone! I sure hope you didn’t have to get a root canal or have your office building catch on fire today! πŸ˜‰

~Ashley

Gobbler Grind 2019 Ambassador

Yay!! I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been accepted as a Gobbler Grind race ambassador!!!

This is the half marathon that my dad and I did last November and had an absolute blast doing!!

This was seriously one of the most fun races I’ve ever done! I still can’t get over how freaking awesome all of the aid station volunteers were! They were legit the best out of any other race I’ve done! The course was also relatively pretty! 😊

If you’re looking for an awesome half marathon to do in the Kansas City area this November I would definitely recommend this one!! Plus if you use my ambassador discount code, GG19AD, you can get $20 off of your entry fee! Right now that’s just about 33% off before the price increases, but once it does my discount will stay the same. So to save yourself a little extra money you should sign up ASAP!!

http://gobblergrindmarathon.com

Hahaha I’m already trying to convince my dad and one of my sisters to do it with me this year! πŸ˜‚ So will I be seeing any of you there?!? Again, you can use the code GG19AD to get $20 off your entry fee, here!!

Anyways, I’ve got some more exciting news to share with you guys but I can’t say anything until Monday, so be on the lookout for that!!

Ok, that’s all for now though!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!

~Ashley

January Miles and Goal Check In

It’s the last day of January! Finally!! Does anyone else feel like January was at least 25586337 days this year?? Like, New Year’s Eve was so long ago! Christmas? Ha! I can’t remember that far back!

I don’t know man, it just feels like October, November, and December just FLEW by so January had to make up for all of that. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, this super slow month brought with it a crazy snow storm, Finn and Dean’s birthday’s, a few home improvement projects, a super exciting thing that I can’t tell you about yet (soon though!), rain and ice, and now this whole polar vortex thing. Some of that definitely slowed down getting in my step goal some days (you just can’t be outside for extended periods of time when it’s below 0 out and that makes getting in steps harder), but I sure didn’t let that stop me from getting some decent running mileage in!! Heck, I ran 4 miles in the middle of the crazy snow storm earlier this month, and braved a lot of the ice, and cold, and other “bad” weather we’ve had. Hahaha that’s not really asking much of me though, I kinda love it. β„οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ There we’re some days where I just had to hit the treadmill though. Not ideal in my winter loving world, but at least I got shit done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

I ended my month with a 3 miler this morning and that brings me to a total of 69.89 miles for the month of January! I’m not quite on track to hit 1,000 miles in 2019 at this point, but I’m not too worried about that right now. I’m slowly building up and I’m pretty confident that I can hit that goal this year. 😊

As for my other goals, I’ve definitely been heading in the right direction! I’ve got done time goals that I’d like to accomplish this year so I’ve been focusing on getting stronger, more resilient, and more well rounded as an athlete. I’ve been doing some speed work yes, but right now I’m really focusing on getting stronger! And that means hill workouts and actually doing some real strength training session. So far so good!!

Kind of going along with strength, I’ve decided to work on headstands again, just for fun! I used to be really good at them but I just kinda stopped working on them for a while. Probably because I stopped seeing yoga as a way to get stronger and instead was only really focusing on the stretching aspect of it. But anyway, I’ve been practicing headstands again and I’m remembering how much of a arm/shoulder/ab workout they can be. πŸ˜‚ It’s been fun though! I’m pretty stoked to see that I haven’t completely lost my headstand skills. 😊

Like I mentioned before, some of the weather has kind of impeded on me hitting my step goal as often as I would like, but still not doing terrible at it! Hahaha honestly the dogs are the ones suffering the most in this aspect! Usually I hit my step goal pretty easily because I run and then will walk a couple of dogs. But on some of these super cold or icy days I just haven’t been able to take them out. Still though, I didn’t do too bad at this one. 😊

I use the app β€œHabitBull” to track the days o hit my step goal. 😊

Let’s see, I also wanted to focus a little more on 1 percent-ers this year. Yoga, foam rolling, getting enough sleep, things of that nature. I’d say so far I’m doing pretty well with all of that. But really I also need to focus on warming up before I run. πŸ˜‚ Baby steps though. I’ve just gotten back into regularly foam rolling this month. So one little thing at a time. πŸ˜‰ Another thing I wanted to do was focus on nutrition. I’ve definitely managed to clean up my diet a lot this month. Now I really need to focus on getting enough protein in my diet. I’m kinda terrible at that. πŸ˜‚

And last but not least, I want to successfully keep a training log this year! I kind of did off and on last year, but I definitely wasn’t consistent enough with it for it to really be of any use to me. But for my birthday in November my husband got me a Believe Training Journal and I’ve been filling that out since December! Honestly it’s a super easy training journal to keep up with! It’s super pretty and full of little extra writing prompts and whatnot. I love it! 😊

Alrighty! I believe that covers just about everything!

Wishing you a very happy February!

~Ashley πŸ’œπŸ–€

2018 Highlights Of The Year

Holy cow it’s the last day of the year!! 😱

Congrats on yet another collective trip around the sun! The ride might feel long, it might also seem like it’s flying by at times, but at least we get to share the experience with some awesome (and maybe some not so awesome) people. At the very least it’s an interesting ride!

Seriously though, does anyone else feel like this year gone by really fast while simultaneously dragging on an on and on?!? Hahaha I don’t know, I guess it’s just been a weird year. Weird, but also good. 😁

So I just wanted to look back month-by-month at all (or at least most πŸ˜‰) of my personal highlights from 2018. Last year I actual broke this idea up into two different posts, one for running and one for life in general. But for this year I’m just gonna stick with one post. I did have a lot of fun running-wise in 2018, but at the same time nothing really spectacular happened for me. I only accomplished one PR and that was for the longest run I’ve ever done. No shiny new time PR’s for me… So that’s kind of a bummer, but hey, now I’ve got a whole new year ahead of me to start working towards some other shiny new PR’s!!

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here are my month-by-month, personal highlights from 2018! πŸ₯³

January

Alrighty! 2018 kicked off with me putting one of my Christmas gifts from 2017 to good use!! My sisters bought me Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. What an amazing gift and an awesome cookbook! I must admit, while I do believe in eating clean, whole, nutritious foods, I can find some of it a little boring… But cooking with this cookbook taught me that healthy, nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring.

Around the end of December or early January, Kay Von D and Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated on a new eyeliner. Not gonna lie, I know nothing about makeup and have been doing my eyeliner in basically the same way since I was 16. But when an amazing artist and the guy who pretty much made guyliner (who also happens to be one of your own personal heroes) makes an eyeliner you buy it! And buy it I did! Hahaha and I’ve still got quite a bit of it left since I don’t often wear makeup.

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I think this photo came from Kat Von D’s instagram? Honestly I don’t remember, it’s been saved on my phone for a while haha.

Oh and I started dyeing my blonde streak purple in January. I’m not sure why I had never done that before, but I had always wanted to. So that was pretty cool.

PS, guess what eyeliner I’m wearing in this photo. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

February

I’m not sure if this really counts as a highlight, but looking back on it it makes me laugh really hard (I also kinda forgot that this happened this year πŸ˜‚). But I’m February I slipped in my living room (on nothing I might add), fell, and slammed my toe into the leg of our couch. I never did get it looked at by a doctor but I’m pretty sure I broke it. It’s fully healed now though, so that’s good.

In a weird twist of fate, my toe breaking escapade happened right before I got two root canals done. So I had some pretty sweet pain meds for both of those situations. πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, my teeth are REALLY bad and I began my journey to a healthier mouth in February. But I also ran out of insurance money, so it began and ended with those two root canals. But now that the new year is upon us I have insurance money again and can FINALLY get some more much needed work done on my teeth.

And last but certainly not least for February, I ended up going to Colorado with my dad and spending about a week there with him and my brother. I’m not gonna get into all of the details of our adventures while I was there, because I already have. πŸ˜‰ But we had a lot of fun together. Hahaha even on the 16 hour drive from Kansas to Colorado! Hahaha that drive is only supposed to take 11 hours, but my dad and I like to stop and do stuff!! Oh and I think my brother and I accidentally ended up in Nebraska in our way to Kansas. Oh man, those were some good times. πŸ˜‚

March

While I was in Colorado at the end of February Luke ended up buying a chicken coop and when I got back home we bought our first set of chicks of the year! Oh man I forgot how cute they were!! Unfortunately this was the set of chickens that my neighbor’s dog ended up killing because he kept getting into our yard. Luckily that finally got resolved, but I still wasn’t happy about losing all of our chickens…

Another adventure that was planned while I was in Colorado was running the Martin City Whiskey 5k with my dad! This was the first race we did together and it was so much fun!! Hahaha even though my dad ended up getting a little hurt at the end. But he eventually healed and I remember mentioning to him that now he needs to do a half marathon! I’m not sure how serious either of us were at that point though. But I was pretty stoked about my shot of Whiskey and super awesome post race breakfast and that was making me really look forward to some half marathoning!

April

Easter fell on April fools day this year, so on the first day of April Luke and were in Illinois celebrating Easter with our families. My grandma made a whole big lunch and lots of homemade desserts which is always fantastic! While we were there Luke, my brother who was also in Illinois for Easter, and I did some target shooting at our old house. We had to trespass a little bit on what used to be my grandma’s farm, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ I though I might be a little bit rusty because I don’t really get to shoot anymore, but I did alright. πŸ™‚ While we were there we ended up taking my brother and two of Luke’s brothers to the Saint Louis City Museum. We all had lots of fun there!

Later in the month Luke traded in our old Chevy Equinox and got a 2016 Dodge Ram. I feel like that was probably one of the best decisions that was made all year! Hahaha we’ve sure put the truck to good use since we’ve had it!!

May

On the second Saturday of May I did the Running With The Cows 5k for the second time! Eventually I need to do the half at this event, but I’m so glad I didn’t this year! It was super hot and muggy that day. Still a lot of fun though! I got to pet a baby cow, run a very pretty 5k on a super rural road that runs through a bunch of cow pastures, and then pick out food at the HUGE buffet they have for all of the runners. Seriously, they have some pretty awesome stuff there! I’ve been very happy both times I’ve left this race. If you’re ever looking to do a half or 5k in early May and happen to be in Kansas I definitely recommend checking this one out!

May was when we got our garden planted, built the chickens a bigger run, and just did a bunch of work outdoors. It’s not exactly glamours, but I sure do enjoy it. 😁

For Memorial Day Luke and I threw a bit of a party for some family and neighbors. The guys had a bit of a rib cook off, and I baked a couple of pies and made a bunch of sides. The neighbor kid that I babysit came over to play with my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids, and we had 5 dogs running around because my brother-in-law brought his with him. Oh and us and the neighbors were just constantly climbing over the fence into each other’s yards for various reasons. Haha it was a little bit chaotic, but lots of fun!

June

On June first we got our second batch of chicks. Not exactly a highlight because we only had to get them because our neighbor’s dog killed the first set. But still kind of a highlight because LOOK HOW CUTE!!!!

Later in June we ended up in Illinois again. We did a bit more target practice at my parents old house while we were there, but the real high point of this particular trip was taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy Park and playing on the playground and PokΓ©mon Go-ing. Oh and we also picked up my sister’s old treadmill from her boyfriend’s mom’s house that night. Hahaha she literally gave me her treadmill because we have a truck and could actually haul it back home. Told you we’ve been putting that thing to good use!

Ok, just a little side note. Through  the spring I’d been talking to my dad about doing a half marathon with me. I had been looking into the Gobbler Grind and told my dad that I was only going to do it if he’d do it with me because this race was the day after the Longview half which I was already registered for. So at some point he signed us both up and thus Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days was born!

July

July is Luke’s birthday month! Yay!! So on his birthday his brother, his girlfriend, her kids, and our next door neighbor kid all came over for Luke’s birthday and we threw him a little party. There was a cake and confetti and glow sticks and lots of dogs! What more do you need for a birthday party?!? πŸ˜‚

For the past several years Luke’s mom has planned/organized a big family vacation for a bunch of people on that whole side of the family. This year that included 25 people!! Hahaha it was easy for so many people to come this year because we went to Branson. MO and since most of us live in the Midwest that’s not too crazy out of the way. I think EVERYONE drove there. πŸ™‚ Anyway, we stayed in these cabins right next to a river so we spent a lot of our time there having a little too much fun out in the water. We did a lot of fishing, swimming, and those of us who were of age did a little a lot of drinking haha. πŸ˜‰ It was an absolute blast though. I think hanging out on the river was the most fun part, but we did do a few other things. We went to a slightly depressing animal “safari” thing. We also had a big birthday party for several people at the equivalent of a Chucky Cheese, and we went to the outlet stores several times.

On one of the days we were there (I think it was the second to last) we had a big cookout thing. Everyone cooked a bunch of food, but in the middle of it all a HUGE thunderstorm rolled in. So everyone rushed around to get their food done and into the different cabins, get all of the small children inside, and everything picked up and what not. Then, like the good Midwesterners that we are, we sat out on the cabin porches and watched it come! At one point somebody dared someone to stand out in the rain for the entire storm and eventually all of the “kids” (Me, Luke, his brother’s and sister. His step sisters, our nephew, and a couple of their friends) ended up standing in the pouring rain. It was hilarious! Although the next day we found out that was when the Ride The Duck thing got caught in the storm and a bunch of people die. It wasn’t so funny after we found that out.

Aaaaaaaand training for Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days started near the end of July! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you probably know that I do not do well in the heat and that I’m not a fan of summer running. But starting a new training plan for a big goal is always exciting!

August

This sunrise on August 4th reminded me that even though summer running is rough and that I absolutely hate waking up at 5 am, views like this make it totally worth it.

I guess August was a relatively uneventful month, as I have very few photos from then. πŸ˜‚ But we did go to a casino for like the second time. Not exactly my thing, but it was still a good time.

September

So, every year since we’ve been married, Luke takes me to a pumpkin farm to pick pumpkins, apples, and to get other fun fall things. We ended up going super early this year (on September 14th to be exact πŸ˜‰) because this summer was hot, dry, and brutal and I was very much over it. So the day the pumpkin farm opened its pumpkin patch we went and started all of our fun fall festivities early! πŸŽƒπŸ˜Š

Later into September Luke’s mom added to my fall fun by sending me a big care package full of sweet Halloween stuff! She’s very much into Halloween as well, so she gets it. πŸ˜‰ I started putting some of it up that day! Luke wouldn’t let me start decorating outside until October though. πŸ˜‚

October

Yay October!! The brutal summer finally ended and it actually cooled down this year! It’s been FOREVER since we’ve actually had a chilly fall. That made me super duper happy!! So did all of the amazing fall foliage we had in the area this year! It’s been a long while since the trees have looked this pretty!

On October 5th we added a new member to our family!! On his way home from work that day Luke told me to be ready to leave when he got home because we were going on an adventure! That adventure turned out to be picking out a new puppy to be Finn’s future girlfriend! I made the right choice picking her out of the litter. Finn immediately fell in love with her.

The very next day I PR’d my longest distance run by doing a 14 mile long run! Haha I had to stop at home several times so I could let the new puppy out of her crate to pee and that did get a little bit annoying. But all in all this was a great run! I watched my watch while I hit and then went over the half marathon mark, because that was the first time I’ve ever done that in training and it was just so super cool!

On October 11th we went to Illinois yet again. This time for my mom’s birthday, one of Luke’s brother’s birthday, and his grandma’s and great aunt’s birthdays (they’re twins!!). Hahaha so we were kinda busy that time around! We only brought Whiskey with us for this trip just so she could get used to riding in the car, being by herself, and whatnot. But we ended up taking Luke’s youngest brother to Troy park again, this time with Whiskey, and apparently we went on the perfect day because there was some kinda of pet event going on! So there were all sorts of venders, rescues, and just people out there with a bunch of dogs! So Whiskey (and Luke’s brother, actually πŸ˜‚) got lots of positive socialization. We even met another red border collie while we were there! That was so cool!! Hahaha the other girl and I saw each others dogs, make eye contact and then booked it to each other so we could talked. πŸ˜‚ Oh man that was a great day!!

Oh and watching my grandma meet Whiskey for the first time was really cute too!! She used to breed German Shepherds, ran a dog boarding kennel, and was always super involved in the dog works (that’s where I get it all from!) so she LOVES meeting puppies. But I mean, who doesn’t?!

November

November got off to a really great start, with Whiskey and I watching the NYC marathon! Haha Luke signed up for another free trial of Hulu TV just so I could watch it (he did that for me in April so I could watch Boston as well ;). If you watched you know how amazing it was! If you didn’t, well, you really missed out!

November also brought the conclusion of Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days, and oh boy it didn’t end in any kind of way that I thought it would. I DNF’d the first half! ☹️ So that was really more of a low point of 2018. But the very next day I ran the Gobbler Grid half with my dad! It was the slowest half I’ve ever done, but it was also the most fun! Hahaha I’m so glad we ran that 5k together in the spring! If we hadn’t then this half might not have happened! Honestly I think this half marathon and the couple of days that I got to spend with my dad because of it was my favorite thing to happen this year.

The November fun didn’t end with that half marathon though! I ended up running a 5k on Thanksgiving morning! That was technically my first ever turkey trot and it was a blast!!! Plus they handed out pumpkin pies to all of the finishers instead of medals. That was awesome!! πŸ¦ƒπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯§

And even after that there was still some more November running fun to be had! Haha we had a legit blizzard on November and guess who decided to run in it? That’s right, this girl!! Oh my gosh that was so ridiculous dangerous because we were experiencing high winds and white out conditions, but it was oh so much fun!!

December

Oh boy! November sure was busy, but believe it or not, December was even more hectic! We did lots and lots of fun Christmas stuff though!

On the 15th Luke took me (and Dean πŸ˜‰) to two different Christmas light displays! First we went to one that was more of a light show that synced up to music. Those are always cool.

We didn’t stay there long though. Our next destination was a park that covers almost every tree around this lake in lights! It’s so beautiful! So we walked around there for a while and took a bunch of pictures! Haha Luke’s not big on the cold, Christmas, or picture taking, so I really appriciated doing all of that all at once. That being said, we had a really good night. πŸ™‚

The next day Luke and I ended up exchanging Christmas gifts because we’re both terrible at waiting to give gifts. πŸ˜‚ Apparently we both had similar ideas this year, because he got me a “fuck” coffee mug and I got him a monogrammed glass for adult beverages. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha we know each other well.

On the 22nd we got our first eggs!!!!! You guys have no idea how excited I was! I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Ever since then we’ve been getting at least 2, sometimes 3 eggs a day from our hens. By this spring/summer we should be getting around 5-7 eggs a day! How freaking sweet is that?!?

We spent pretty much the rest of our December running around and getting stuff ready for Christmas. At 3 am on Christmas Eve we left Kansas and drove to Illinois so we could spend Christmas with some family. On Christmas Eve we started out at Luke’s dad’s, then we went to his grandma’s for a little bit. Then my grandma had a little party at her house of Christmas Eve, so we hung out there with her, my mom, and my uncle for a while.

Christmas Day was just as busy! Luke and I stayed at his dad’s house Christmas Eve night so we could open presents from them and Santa. After we did that Luke’s dad made us a late breakfast and we hung out there until noon when we went to Luke’s other grandma’s Christmas party. That’s always a big even! That side of the family takes Christmas VERY seriously and this year was no different. We had lots of food, presents, and fun. πŸ™‚ That night me, Luke, and one of his brother’s stayed up playing this game on the Playstation. It got out of hand very quickly but it was a lot of fun haha.

It was a busy Christmas, but a good one.

At some point during our stay in Illinois Luke’s dad convinced him to come back for New Year’s Eve, because he was actually going to be off from work for that. So we drove back to Illinois last night at we’re at Luke’s dad’s right now. So we’ll be ringing in the New Year with Luke’s dad, step mom, and 2 of his brothers!

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Oh man this post ended up being really long! Maybe I should have broken it up into two different posts. πŸ˜‰ Oh well.

Thanks to everyone who hung in there with me and actually read everything hahaha. Honestly though I think I want to start writing a recap like this at the end of every year! Looking back at all of the adventures I’ve had this year was fun and it reminded me that I have done a lot of cool stuff in my life. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that on days that feel never ending or mind numbingly boring. But life is full of ups and downs and the not-so-great times make the good times that much better! I hope you’ve had a wonderful year full of fun, laughter, adventures, and many happy, healthy miles!

Wishing you a wonderful New Years Eve and a very happy New Year! Stay safe and have fun out there! Here’s to making 2019 a FANTASTIC year!

Your happy, nostalgic, slightly sappy, blogger friend,

~Ashley