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Friday Fives: Things I’m Super Into Right Now

1. Green Day

Maybe it’s not exactly fair to say that I’m super into Green Day right now. I’mย alwaysย super into Green Day. Hence the tattoo pictured below. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I mean, I kinda have to mention them, since Luke and I are seeing them for the second time a week from today! I seriously cannot wait!! Let super duper fan girl mode commence!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

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

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3. My Homegrown Tomatoes

Yeah, I’m into my own thing right now. What of it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, my tomatoes are all starting to get ripe and I’ve been picking at least 5-6 everyday, so obviously I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes. I’m not complaining though, they’re sooooo good!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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4. The Run, Selfie, Repeat, Podcastย 

I guess I’m jumping onto the Kelly Roberts bandwagon a little late, but I have kind of a bad habit of resisting getting into things that are super popular. But I’ve been binge listening (that’s a thing, right? haha) to her podcast and I can see why she’s so popular in the running world. She’s super motivating and real and I can definitely get on board with that! If you’re looking for a new podcast I definitely recommend checking this one out (if you haven’t already, that is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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5. StrideBox

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

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

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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. Theirย 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 Iย reallyย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), 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 ย over the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 aย terribleย klutz.

On an unrelated note (but seriously, when is anything I ever talk about in a “Thursday Things” post related anyway?), you guys, Iย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Friday/St. Patrick’s Day eve, everyone! Stay safe out there and have fun with any festivities that you planned! ๐Ÿ€

~Ashley

The Adventures of Half Marathon Training: Day 5

My hair situation is a whole lot better, in case you were wondering. ๐Ÿ˜„ Took me a little over 3 hours yesterday, but my chunk of hair is as close to bleach blonde as it will ever get and my roots aren’t showing! Even more surprising they aren’t orange, which’ll happen sometimes when I let them get really bad.

But enough about hair, let’s talk about running!! Today was a fartlek fartlek fartlek! Hahaha not only do I love saying it, I usually enjoy doing them as well.

For those of you who may not know, “fartlek” (seriously, who doesn’t smile when they it?!) is the Swedish word for “speed play”. Basically, it’s a super unstructured workout in which you literally play with speed.

For example; after warming up, I could decide to run hard to that mail box, run (or walk) at a recovery pace to the next light pole, run at a moderate pace up this hill, then sprint up the next hill, and then run at an easy pace until the end of this street, and so on and so forth.

So with that in mind, I set out to do a 25 minute fartlek while doing some Pokemon hunting. I figured I need to slow down to catch them, so that should work, right?

It turns out that it worked out really well!! I caught a few Pokemon, hit some Pokestops, hatched an egg, and most important, I finished my workout. Which actually ended up being 25:40 minutes long, but I just had to hit 2 miles. Haha I’m sure all of my fellow runners know the feeling. I mean, it just feels wrong to stop at 1.8 miles. Plus I felt pretty great the whole time, which is always a good thing!

Anyway, I’m trying to get into the habit of weeding the garden for 20-30 minutes after I run (which is exactly what I did today). Things are doing great out there, but it’s kinda becoming overrun with grass.So instead of trying to do it all at once, realizing I wont be able to do that, getting discouraged, and giving up on the whole thing, I’m going to do a little bit at a time and systematically get rid of the grass. At least that way I’ll be getting a little bit done almost everyday. Actually, I got quite a bit done in 20 minutes today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Like I said though, everything is doing really well out there. We’ve gotten a whole bunch of cucumbers which Luke has pickled. I think we’ve had something like 5 jars so far? I don’t remember exactly, but it’s been a lot and they are super good! I’ve also had a few HUGE zucchini! Unfortunately though, the squash bugs have found them and are killing my plants. I’m working on combating them, but last year they killed all of my squash plants. This year they’ve already killed my spaghetti squash…

Our tomatoes are probably our best plants right now! Our pear tomato plants have been kicking off perfectly sweet tomatoes for about a week now. These things are seriously like candy, they are so freaking good! And our beef steak tomatoes are just now starting to ripen! We’ve had 4-5 already (and of course Luke had to jar them ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but i’m thinking in the next week or so we’re going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Little pear tomatoes and one small banana pepper, fresh from the garden.

On a very, very unrelated note, it’s Friday Friday Friday YAY! That means only 2 days until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out and I absolutely cannot wait!!!!!! I’m so so so excited about this book and I really hope it’s as good as the other Harry Potter books. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you looking forward toย Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

What’s your favorite running workout?ย 

Are you currently training for a race?

What color are your socks?ย Mine are black. Kinda boring really…

Hahah these are all very important questions that I would like you to answer. ๐Ÿ˜‰