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Work, Running, And A Trip To The Dentist

Not gonna lie. I want to do more complaining. I’m going to try to keep that to a minimum today. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

For real though I’m just feeling so burnt out. Monday-Wednesday for the past two weeks have looked a little something like this for me;

  • Wake up at 4 am.
  • Eat, get dressed, go to work.
  • Do cat litter related stuff for 12 hours.
  • Get home at 5pm.
  • Make dinner and then breakfasts/lunches for my husband and myself for the next day.
  • Shower.
  • Maybe do a few chores around the house.
  • Read.
  • Go to bed at 8pm.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Hahaha this is what my hair looks like after spending over 12 hours in a messy bun. πŸ˜‚

It’s been a hard adjustment so far. And I’m really not looking forward to this Sunday. I’m working that day which means I’ll be working 4 days in a row. Then eventually mandatory overtime is going to kick in.

I already feel like I have no life. At least on the days that I work. And it sure doesn’t help hearing everyone at the plant talking about how they don’t have time to do anything because they’re always working. Like, I’m already having trouble trying to run and keep up with everything else in my life. I’m not sure how I’ll be able to get anything done when I’m having to work more…

That on top of how bruised and beat up my body is. I don’t know man. Maybe the kind of money you make at this plant is worth all of that to some people, but honestly I think I’d rather be able to actually participate in life and have a body that’s not so beat up. But at this point I don’t have many options. I wish I did though.

Whew, anyway. I miss running. I haven’t been able to do much of it lately. I just haven’t been able to squeeze it in between this new job, my brother-in-law’s wedding last weekend and all of the shenanigans that went into that.

But since I didn’t have to work today, which means I didn’t have to worry about getting to bed early so that I could get up early, I was able to swap out my work boots for my running shoes and I got 3 miles in!! πŸ˜„

I think this run might make it onto my top 10 list of greatest runs. Every step hurt because my quads are on fire from the ridiculous amount of squatting down I did at work yesterday (it’s a long story. πŸ˜‰), and I felt like I was going to puke the entire time because I scarfed down a large bowl of spaghetti minutes before I hit the road. But I was running. And really that’s all that matters. I’ll take whatever amount of running I can get at this point though. No matter how short or painful it might be.

Anyway, not having to wake up at 4 am this morning was literally the best feeling ever! I slept in until 8, actually made myself a hog breakfast, and sat around and enjoyed my coffee. It was magical. πŸ˜‰

Later this morning I had to go to the dentist and get some fillings. 6 to be exact. That was less magical. πŸ˜‚

If you’ve been following me for a while then you know getting my shitty teeth fixed has been quite a process for me. I went 10 years without seeing a dentist because I just couldn’t afford it (how fucked is that? The US health care system is absolutely terrible…). Even though I knew my teeth needed work and that waiting meant that they would require even more work. And it’s not like I didn’t take care of them. I actually did and still do! But my mom and dad both have trouble with their teeth and apparently they passed that along to me.

But now, 3 years, 3 root canals, later I’m slowly but surely getting things taken care of! πŸ˜„ I’ve still got more work that needs done on them but after today I don’t have enough insurance to cover any of it. But luckily we’re pretty close to the end of the year so I only have to wait a little bit longer until I can get more of my teeth fixed!! 😁

The healthcare system in this country might be fucked but I do really like my dentist. He’s a very kind and compassionate man and he does seem to understand people having to work around all of our insurance stuff. And he does great work! My front teeth look soooo much better now! And now that they’ve got fillings they’re not going to get worse and need root canals or anything like that later on.

Hahaha my face was still very numb when I got home from the dentist but I was hungry, so I ate some soup. That was hard. πŸ˜‚

Ok then, that’s all for today!

Sorry for doing more complaining. I try to keep it real here and that’s how I currently feel so that’s what you get. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, happy Thursday!

~Ashley

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It’s Finally Fall!!

Last Wednesday it got up to 85 degrees in the afternoon. So basically the same kinda temperatures we’ve been having for a while here in Kansas. But overnight the temperature dropped like crazy and we woke up to a crisp 52 degrees in the morning!

Haha so one day is was summer and then the next day it was fall. πŸ˜‚ I’m sure not complaining though! Cool weather is my favorite and October-January is pretty much my favorite time of year. 😁

Anyway, the latter half of last week was just a whirlwind of activity! My brother-in-law got married on Saturday so a bunch of our family traveled from out of state to Kansas for that and things were just a little hectic as they sometimes get when you have a bunch of people traveling and visiting for a wedding. All on top of my first “week” of working at the Clorox plant. So needless to say, it was a pretty tiring week!

Thursday night Luke’s dad, step-mom, and his youngest brother stopped by our house to hang out for a little bit and to drop off their dog, Lexi after they drove in from Illinois. They were staying at a hotel and they didn’t want to board her at a kennel so she stayed with us over the weekend.

On Friday morning Luke’s mom, and one of his brothers and sisters got here after a long trip from Minnesota. They actually got here while Luke and his dad were out golfing. πŸ˜‚ So we just hung out at our house for a while until Luke got home. Then we had to head to the rehearsal dinner for the wedding.

After we got through the rehearsal Luke dropped me and his sister off at our house and then him, his two brothers, his dad, and some of their friends took my brother-in-law to Top Golf for his bachelor party. So while they did that Luke’s sister and I painted our nails and introduced each other to the music each of us likes. πŸ˜‚ Around midnight she got tired and went to bed. Not long after that Luke, his brother, and my brother-in-law (I know this gets super confusing with all of his siblings. πŸ˜‚) came to our house to stay the night. My brother-in-law and his fiancΓ©e were doing the thing were you don’t see the bride until the wedding day, so he couldn’t stay at his house. We had a lot of fun though! Quite a bit of alcohol was consumed and we stayed up until almost 4 am. It was like old times waaay back in the day. It was a lot of fun!

Alcohol influenced our music selection. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Saturday morning we all woke up pretty late. Obviously. πŸ˜‚ Not long after we got up Luke’s grandparents dropped by to visit for a little bit. After they left my brother-in-law left to go get ready for his wedding, Luke and I had to drop his brother and sister off at the house where his mom, aunt, and grandma were staying, then we drove back home, got ready, then headed to the wedding venue. Several hours later and long story short, my brother-in-law was married and everyone headed upstairs to the reception.

Honestly it was one of the strangest wedding receptions I’ve been to. They did the usual first dance, parents dances, cutting the cake, and then they did a dollar dance, and that was pretty much the only dancing any adults did. The dance floor was quickly taken over by the shit ton of children who were there and most of the adults in my age range ended up hanging out outside for a while. πŸ˜‚ It was pretty fun though!

My brother-in-law and I during the dollar dance. πŸ˜‚

After the reception Luke and I took his brother and sister back to our house and we stayed up until 1:30 am playing board games. It was a good time. πŸ˜„

Yesterday everyone who drove to Kansas stopped by our house to say goodbye and then they headed back to Illinois and Minnesota. Luke’s dad, step-mom, and youngest brother took “PuppyPuppy” home with them. He’s 8 weeks old now and while I think it’s usually best to keep them until they’re 10 weeks old, this case was a little bit different. So he’s at his home now.

We’re are going to miss him a little bit, but honestly Luke and I are mostly relieved that he’s gone. Puppies are a lot of work and we’re both over being woken up by a puppy that wants to play at 3 am every morning. So he’s their problem now. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

Hahaha alright. That’s a super condensed version of all of this weekend’s shenanigans. But basically the point I wanted to get across was that we had some busy days, late nights, and more alcohol than I usually consume. It was fun though. πŸ˜„

I spent yesterday evening attempting to recover from all of the fun and mentally prepare for the next 3 days of 12 hours a day at the Clorox plant. I like to think I succeeded in that endeavor. I was in bed by 8 pm and waking up at 4 am this morning wasn’t too bad.πŸ˜‰

My workday today was a freaking drag though!!! The plant was having all sorts of issues with a new computer system that they have going on, so our lines went down at 10 am and they never went back up. So from 10 am – 5 pm we had to find other ways to keep ourselves busy. It was horrible. The day felt like it went on FOREVER!

But now I’ve got one down, two more to go! But I have to work Sunday. So that means I’ll be working 4 days in a row. Not looking forward to that…

Not gonna lie, I’ve been applying to some other jobs I’ve seen on job boards. I’ll get paid less at basically any other job, but I just don’t think I’m cut out for factory life. It’s not too terrible now. But once mandatory overtime kicks in and I have to work 5-6 days a week at 12 hours a day. Yeah, I’m not sure my injury prone body can handle that. I’m just now starting to heal up from my first week of working at this plant. But I’m just going to look like this again by the end of the week because I’m sure we’ll actually be working tomorrow and Wednesday.

Battle scars from my first week.

Bleh. I’m already over it…

~Ashley

That Factory Work Life

My first “week” (because unless you’re working mandatory over-time you work 3 days a week plus every third Sunday) is done! Thank God!!

I’m not going to sugar coat this, trying to adjust to this job/our new life has been fucking hard. For everyone, I think, but obviously me. Obviously.

But my husband is used to coming home to a house with most of the chores done. Haha I can’t say “clean” because we you have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, a rabbit, and 7 chickens, nothing is truly every spotlessly clean. πŸ˜‚ He’s also used to having his dinner made and breakfast and lunch ready for the next day. And never having to worry if the dishes or laundry is done.

Nope. None of that is happening anymore. At least not when I have to work. I have to be at work before he does and he gets home before I do now.

The poor dogs have to be kept inside for 12 hours on days that I work now. That’s not as big of an issue for Lily as it is for Dean, Finn, and Whiskey. They prefer to spend their days outside. It’s just more exiting out there, running around and burning off energy. But since I’m gone they have to be kept inside. Mostly so they don’t get caught on any bad weather. But also just in case anything else were to ever happen to them.

Daisy (the rabbit) hasn’t been able to be outside in her hutch either for the same reasons. And she hasn’t been able to run freely through the house like she does most days. The chickens have had to be in their inner coop because I can’t keep an eye on them through the day and they haven’t been getting any treats/kitchen scraps. And the cats are being extra needy because they aren’t getting kitty cuddles through the day.

And then there’s me.

I hurt everywhere. My shoulders, arms, abs, and back are all currently throbbing. Mostly because this is a super physical job. My arms and legs are covered with scratches and bruises from loading cat litter boxes into a machine that fills them with litter. My wrists and hands hurt like hell because they’ve always been pathetically weak and delicate. That’s actually been and issues for me in other areas of life that I won’t get into now. I have a bruise on the heal of my hand from I have no fucking clue. My toes are bruised because my steel toed boots are shitty (they were $30 at Walmart. Do big recommend. You get what you pay for. I just didn’t have the money at the time for nicer boots). And since my boots are shitty my feet ache. I’m fucking exhausted and have to be in bed by 8pm on work nights because I have to be up by 4 am and if I go to bed any later than that I’d be even worse off. Since I get off at 5pm that means I have 3 hours off to do anything before I have to go to sleep, wake up, and do it all over again. It’s a fucking grind.

I legit look like I’ve been in a fight.

And sure, it’s only 3 days a week and every third Sunday. Until that mandatory overtime happens. But either way. It’s fucking rough….

I’m not a retail worker anymore (although not gonna lie, I think I’d rather work in retail again, and I don’t drink soda, but I feel this sentiment in my soul right now. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Funnily enough though my legs feel alright! A little tired from standing so much and a bit achy, probably from my shitty boots, but they’ve definitely felt worse! Apparently long runs and speed workouts have prepared them to handle this kind of thing. Haha who would have thought?! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

And speaking of running; I didn’t get to do that for the first half of this week. Mostly because I’ve just been beyond exhausted by the time I get home. Plus running would severely cut into my time to get anything else done in my 3 hour period of not working/sleeping.

So yeah, I fucking hate it. But for $18.50 an hour it’s worth it, right? That what everyone tells me at least. Plus that’s the most I could hope to get paid, having very little experience and no college education. Oh well. I’ve gotta do it. So I guess I’m going to do it.

Anyway, today I did get a little run in though! It was short and slow because I’m tired, but oh man did it feel good to sleep in until 8 am, put on my running gear, lace up my super comfy and not painful at all running shoes, and hit the road! And I gotta say, asphalt feels like a fucking soft plush surface after having to stand on concrete in uncomfortable boots for 12 hours, 3 days in a row. πŸ˜‚

It was a fantastic run! Somehow running made my feet feel sooo much better! Plus it dropped over 25 degrees over night and was 53 degrees when I started my run. So it literally went from summer to fall over night. I can’t say I’m all that upset about that. πŸ˜‰ The cool, cloudy weather made this run even better!

Unfortunately I’m not sure how much more running or even relaxing I’m going to get to do on my 4 days off. Today I had to clean the house as best as possible because my brother-in-law is getting married on Saturday and a bunch of our family is coming for that. Obviously it’s nice to get to spend time with family, but we’re going to be super busy and not gonna lie, I’m not about that right now. I just wanna….do nothing. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I know this has been a whiny post and it’s obviously I have a whole lot to be grateful for, but I think it’s good to just get it all out sometimes. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

But yeah, this is my life now I guess. I’m sure things will get easier after a while. Although I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting beat up by the boxes. I bruise very easily. And I’m kinda just an injury prone person in general. Apparently I’m not as hardcore as I like to think I am. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

This has been an update! I hope you’re doing well.

~Ashley

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Happy first day of October!!!

Fact: October-January is THE BEST time of the year!

Let’s talk about why!!

October:

  • Halloween, duh! πŸŽƒ
  • Fall weather

November:

  • The Longview half is November 9th and the Gobbler Grind half of November 10th! And my dad is doing both of them with me!
  • My birthday is November 15th! Yay!
  • Thanksgiving
  • The Christmas season starts this month! I do t care what anyone says, you can’t stope from being holly jolly in November.
  • Cold, frosty mornings

December:

  • Winter weather! Snow! Cold! Yay!! ⛄️❄️
  • Christmas!
  • New Year’s Eve

January:

  • The winter weather continues!
  • New Year’s Day

I guess made out into a list like that it doesn’t seem like much, but I LOVE all of these things and I think they all basically need whole months to be celebrated! πŸ˜‰

I hope everyone had a fantastically spooky October!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸŽƒπŸ¦‡πŸ•ΈπŸŒ™πŸπŸ’€πŸ–€

Pumpkin Picking 2019

Woohoo! The tradition continues!!

Every year since Luke and I moved from Illinois to Kansas we’ve gone pumpkin picking in the fall. Not on any specific date. We just go whenever works best for us. Or at a particular place. We’ve gone to a few different cider mills, orchards, and straight up pumpkin patches. But it’s still a tradition that’s still going strong 7 years as of today!

We took Dean with us today because we’ve always wanted to bring a dog with us but we never bothered looking up whether or not we could until today. πŸ˜‚ But they said dogs were allowed so we brought one!!

Hahaha it’s hard picking when you’ve got 4 to choose from. But we chose Dean because he’s the most laid back and chill. Plus he has very little herding drive so he didn’t really bother the goats and chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo area. Lily, Finn, and Whiskey would have wanted to herd all of the critters. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, we went to the Louisburg Cider Mill bright and early this morning! We got there at 8 am, right when they open, so we could beat the heat and the crowds! And we were totally successful!!

First we took Dean through the corn maze. He was very confused about that. He wanted to keep running through the corn. Eventually he figured out that we were staying on the path though and eventually we let him lead the way. He wasn’t very successful about finding his way to the end, but eventually Luke and I figured it out! Hahaha I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’ve actually entered and exited a corn maze in the correct place. πŸ˜‚

After we finished the corn maze we got down to business picking THE PERFECT pumpkin! I think we succeeded in that endeavor! It’s HUGE, and round, and perfect! Hahaha I’m very excited! πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Surprisingly enough I don’t have any photos of it right now. I’m sure I’ll have a whole bunch throughout the rest of spooky season though! But I do have a few photos of the pumpkin patch and Dean dragging me through it. πŸ˜‚

Whew! That was a lot of fun!! After we picked out our perfect (but super expensive) pumpkin we went to the little country store they have there and got some loose tea (they have THE BEST loose tea) and soup mix. Yum!! πŸ˜‹

Now if only the weather would cooperate and cool off! It was super nice out this morning but it got up to 90 by this afternoon. Boo… It is supposed to cool down but next week though and I sure hope it does! I’m looking forward to some fall weather!

Anyway, after our pumpkin picking adventures Luke and I ran some errands, bough groceries, then went to Walmart for some golf balls because Luke wanted to golf today. So we did get his golf balls. But we also ended up with some mini pumpkins as well. πŸ˜‚

And he did get to get in 18 holes of golf. I didn’t feel like playing though so I played the part of caddy/spectator. πŸ˜‰

So I got to go pumpkin picking which is one of my favorite things and Luke got yo go golfing which is one of his favorite things, so everyone was a winner today! πŸŽƒ 🏌️😊

And now that we’re done with all of that fun we’re going to spend our evening just hanging out at home. And I’m going to at least attempt to prepare for my long run tomorrow. Really all I need to do is make sure I have breakfast ready, set my coffee maker, and lay out my clothes. But I don’t feel like doing That right now. I should also probably drink some water because I basically haven’t all day. Oops.🀣

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!!

~Ashley πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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Fall, FRΓ‰ Skincare, My New Job, and Other Randomness

First off, happy Fall!!!

I’m a little late I know, but I’ve been pretty busy and kinda stressed out lately. But I am super duper excited that fall is finally here!! Now hopefully the weather will start cooperating soon. It’s still hitting near the 80’s in the afternoons here. But it’s looking like that’s finally going to stop by next week! Yay!!

I’m very much looking forward to cooler temps! Cooler weather makes for better running. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

Anyway, I’m super duper excited to announce that I now how my very first affiliate link! Yay!

Now you probably know that I don’t like to work with or promote brands or companies that I don’t personally use or that I don’t believe in and this is no different.

I’ve been using FRΓ‰’s 123 kit for several weeks now and when they invited me to join their ambassador program I jumped at the chance!!

I never actually had a skin care routine before I got my FRΓ‰ 123 kit. My skin isn’t overly oily or dry and while I do get pimples every once in a while I don’t really suffer from acne. So I never thought that I needed to do anything special for my skin, outside of the random face masks I occasionally do. But oh boy was I wrong!

My skin has never felt so clean and fresh and healthy! I know it’s hard to tell in pictures. Especially since everyone edits them (although I can assure you I only ever do slight adjustments to the lighting, color, and add filters to my photos. πŸ˜‰). But it really has made a huge difference!

So, what I do with the 123 FRΓ‰ set is super simple! I use the “Protect Me” product before I run. It’s basically just a fancy sun screen. But it goes on so light and smooth, unlike most sunscreens, plus it smells great! Then in the shower after I run, I use the bottle of “Purify Me”. This stuff is so nice! It cleans out your pores and exfoliates your skin using Jojoba beads instead of plastic micro beads (which is super important! The less plastic we can use in this world the better!). And last but not least and my personal favorite is “Revive me”, which I apply after I get out of the shower. This stuff is super hydrating and strengthens skin barrier to help prevent dehydration. Plus it feels so light and fresh going onto your skin! I LOVE it!

Pre-run skincare!!

So if you’d like to check out the 123 FRΓ‰ set, or any of FRΓ‰’s skincare products please use my referral link;

https://www.freskincare.com/REBEL25

Plus today and TODAY ONLY you can use my code REBEL25 to buy one get one free on ALL FRΓ‰ products! Including sets like the 123 FRΓ‰ set which I absolutely love! 😊

If you miss out on the BOGO sale my code REBEL25 will always get you 15% off of any order on FRΓ‰ Skincare’s website.

Let me know if you use any FRΓ‰ products! I’d like to hear what you think!! All I can say is they’ve definitely made me a believer in a good skincare routine! Even with all of the stress that’s been currently going on in my life my skin looks and feels amazing!

Seriously though! I’ve been so stressed lately because I’ve been looking for a job/trying to get hired onto the Clorox plant here in my town since August. Yeah. That’s been a long, painful process. I also had an interview with Garmin earlier this month, but they “aren’t able to offer me employment at this time”. Bummer. But ya girl is now a temp at the Clorox plant! And as long as I don’t somehow fuck up my 90 day temp period I’ll be hired on as an actual employee with real benefits!

So I started my training yesterday. Me and another girl came in around noon and had to watch a slideshow presentation thing put on by one of the employees there. Then he walked us through the plant, explained what all of the machines do and basic protocol, assigned us lockers, we took a lunch break, and then he turned us over to people who work at the stations we’ll be working at. That was when my new friend and I parted ways for a little bit as we’ll be at different stations (and shifts). Basically all I did was observe for around 2 hours while the other guy explained what I’d be doing. So yeah. It’s not the best or most exciting job ever, but for $18 an hour (which is the most my uneducated ass could ever hope for) I can’t complain too much.

I go back on Monday to start my actual shifts. For my temp time I’ll be working the D1 shift which is Monday – Wednesday, 4:30 am – 5 pm and every third Sunday (everyone works every third Sunday) which is definitely ideal! I was told there was s good chance I’d end up moving to D2 which is the same hours but Wednesday – Saturday. Much less ideal, but still better than having to work overnights. Which I’m sure I’ll end up having to at some point, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Honesty, at this point I’m a little intimidated. It’s a lot of stuff to learn, but apparently it’s pretty easy once you learn it. So hopefully Monday, my first real day, goes well. I guess we’ll see!

Anyway, ITS SPOOKY SEASON BITCHES!!!

I mean, it’s been spooky season in my world for a while now, but you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

So tomorrow Luke is taking me pumpkin picking! Yay!!!! I’m so freaking stoked!! So stoked in fact, that I went out waaay too fast for my run this morning. That coupled with the fact that I may or may not have CHUGGED three glasses of wine last night made me feel like actually death by about mile 2. πŸ˜‚ So I ended up running home and calling it good. So I made it 2.53 miles which is about 1/2 a mile shorter than I wanted, but I’ll still take it. I might have felt pretty bad, but they were still a fun 2.5 miles! 😁

Okey dokey then! That’s all for today!

Wishing everyone a very happy spooky season!

~Ashley πŸ‚πŸ¦‡πŸŒ™πŸŽƒπŸ•ΈπŸπŸ’€

Weekly Recap: September 16th-22nd, 2019

Monday:

  • 3 easy miles

Found a turtle friend (who was promptly moved off of the street), got chased by a big, mean, yellow lab that was running loose (it was a short chase, he got distracted by a car and started chasing that), and then talked to a guy who was looking for his dog who took off after the yellow lab. It was a very eventful 3 miles. πŸ˜‚

But I was glad to get it in! Last week I was sick and ran a grand total of 2 miles. Not good…and honestly I feel like this whole training cycle has been absolute shit and I’m kinda freaking out because I’m not sure I’m going to get two half marathons done in two days this November. I feel like I just keep getting slower. I haven’t had a good long run in forever and most of my long runs haven’t even been long lately. Oh man I just feel like I’m so fucked right now.

Tuesday:

  • 1.5 miles on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes of hip/glute work

This didn’t help with my confidence. Which is a bummer because it’s already crazy low. The plan for Tuesday was a long interval workout. I made it through the warm up and one out of 3 intervals. Gross.

Honestly I’m not sure if this was a mental thing or a physical thing. Probably a little bit of both. Either way, I just didn’t have it in me that day.

My little strength session turned out to be really good though, so at least that’s something! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Wednesday:

  • 3 easy miles
  • 20 minutes of arm/shoulder work

I wanted to do 5 but I only made it through 3…If you couldn’t tell, I’m just having a really rough go at things right now. Hopefully they’ll get better soon, but not gonna lie, I’m not all that optimistic about it right now.

Thursday:

  • Rest day

Was supposed to cross train, but I wasn’t feeling it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Friday:

  • Rest day

Now this was an actual scheduled rest day! πŸ˜‚

I started making some bone broth on Thursday and finished it on Friday (it’s got to cook for 24 hours for maximum nutrient absorption). Honestly I’d rather make bone broth myself versus buying it from a store. It’s so much more rich and flavorful when you make it yourself. I also made a piss ton of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve been on a bit of a baking spree lately and I’m my opinion, nothing is better than made from scratch chocolate chip cookies!

All of this baking hasn’t been good for my nutrition game though. Especially since o could really stand to lose some weight. But baked goods are yummy. πŸ˜‹πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 10 miles

I redeemed myself this week with this run! At least that’s what it felt like. In all honesty it’s been a while since I’ve done a double digit run (yikes!) but this one went surprisingly well. Especially considering it was about 73 degrees and 97% humidity when I started this run. I got through it though! So obviously the lesson here is fuel your long runs with a ridiculous amount of cookies. πŸͺπŸ˜‰

Also, it’s starting to look like fall in Kansas, but it sure doesn’t feel like fall…

Sunday:

  • 3 easy miles

It was POURING down rain when I started out today! So I got soaking wet. That didn’t last very long though. The rain stopped and the wind picked up a little bit so I got a little blow dried. That was a lot less fun that the rainy part. πŸ˜‚ All in all it was a pretty good run though! My legs felt surprisingly good especially considering that I did my first double digit run in FOREVER yesterday. So I’ll take it!

Total Weekly Mileage: 20.51

This isn’t were I wanted to be at this point of half marathon training. I wanted to be getting closer to 30 miles by now. I’m 7 weeks out from race week so I still have some time left to put in some actual work though. Definitely not as much as I’d have liked, but here we are. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’ve had quite a lot going on lately. Being sick, looking for a job (which is hopefully about to happen. Just not at a particularly desirable place.), and honestly just not being into running for the past couple of months if I’m being honest. I spent a lot of time not wanting to do it, hating the process, hating that I always seem so ridiculously slow no matter what I do, and just not wanting to do it anymore. I’ve finally worked my way out of that headspace though and I’m ready to go, get shit done, and be in love with the process again.

I’ve got 7 weeks until I run two half marathons in two days with my dad. And I’m ready to work! Although at this point I’m coming to terms with the fact that they are both going to be incredibly slow half marathons. My dad has a lot of stuff going on in his world so he hasn’t been training at all. I’m about to start working at a plant that produces cat litter and I’m going to be on my feet for 12 hours a day 3, sometimes 4 days a week. That’s definitely going to affect my running. At least at first. That’s ok though. I’m ready to start embracing some chance and working my running around it. Because I’ve fallen back in love with running again. And I’m going to make training happen however I can. Because while my next two races will be slow ones, there are always other races in the horizon! (I don’t even want to think about how things are going to go when I inevitably have to work overnights. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it, I suppose).

Happy last day of summer! Fall is almost here!! Now if only the weather would get with the picture! πŸ‚πŸ

~Ashley