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Weekly Recap: February 19th-25th, 2018

No weekly recap from last week because last week was pretty boring haha. Spent a lot of time resting and icing my toe, hoping that it would heal quickly. Luckily all of that resting seemed to pay off! My toe has been feeling a lot better and I’ve been able to walk on it a lot better. It seems to get a little bit better everyday. πŸ™‚

Monday:Β 

  • 25 minutes of strength training
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

Was finally able to take Lily for a walk on Monday! πŸ™‚ Haha poor Lily, it’s been almost 2 weeks since she’s been on a walk. Dean and Finn don’t mind, they like to spend most of their time in the backyard running around, chasing each other, and barking at squirrels. But Lily has separation anxiety and wont do that. So she’s been quite worked up since she’s been just as stuck inside as I have. But we fixed that on Monday. πŸ™‚ Followed up our walk with some strength work and time on my stationary bike.

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Tuesday:Β 

  • Rest Day

Monday started out at around 67 degrees with thunderstorms in the forecast. But all the the temperature dropped and by Tuesday the thunderstorms had turned into ice and snow. That was kind of interesting! I’ve seen a thunder snow before (which is just a snow storm with thunder and lighting), but Tuesday was the first time I’d ever seen an ice storm with thunder and lighting. That’s the Midwest for you, I suppose haha.

So thanks to all of the ice and the little bit of snow on the ground, Luke couldn’t make it to work. He tried, but the roads were terrible and our car doesn’t have heat so the ice that was still coming down was freezing to his windshield, so he could hardly see. He didn’t make it very far before he had to turn around and come home. So we used that as an opportunity to hang out all day, cuddled up on the couch with all three dogs and both cats, and playing video games, and watching YouTube videos and finishing an anime series that we’d started at some point a week or so ago. It was nice! πŸ™‚

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My sweet boys Dean and Finn are best friends. ❀

Wednesday:Β 

  • 30 minutes of strength work
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 20 minutes of yoga

By Wednesday my toe was feeling good enough for me to want to experiment with running on it! But the roads were still pretty icy from the ice storm on Tuesday and I definitely didn’t want to aggravate the injury by running on ice. So I decided to work on my biggest weakness instead; my upper body. Mainly my arms. They’re kind of pathetically weak haha. So I did about 30 minutes of body weight exercises with them and with a little bit of ab work thrown in just for fun. πŸ˜‰ Followed that up with some time on my stationary bike and then did a little bit of yoga in the afternoon.

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Thursday:Β 

  • 2.5 miles
  • 20 minutes of stretching/foam rolling

Hi my name is Ashley and I’m really good at making really bad decisions. Like attempting to run 2.5 miles on a probably broken toe on roads that were covered in black ice. Like I said, my toe is feeling a lot better, but running on ice still seems like a bad idea. But they had salted the roads at least twice by Thursday morning so how bad could they really be, right? Crazy icy. Super slippery. That’s the answer to that question haha. Lots of slipping, sliding, and walking happened. Oh and lots of laughing too, because the whole situation was just hilarious and I thought it was great. πŸ™‚

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Friday:Β 

  • 45 minutes on the stationary bike

Yesterday Luke’s sister and her oldest son came to Kansas from Oklahoma to see a concert in Kansas City. So before they went to their show we all went out to dinner along with Luke’ brother, his brother’s girlfriend and her kids (who we just met for the very first time last night). We all ended up having a lot of fun! We don’t really get to see Luke’s sister or her kids (she also has 2 younger kids she didn’t have with her). The last time we got to hang out was during our family trip last summer, so it was nice to see them and hang out for a little bit! And meeting my brother-in-laws girlfriend and her kids was nice as well. Her kids are very sweet and she seems really nice. Haha But anyway, long periods of social interaction with big groups of people wear me out! I’m kind of an introvert by nature so that’s pretty typical. So on Friday I kind of needed to rest and recharge. Plus I’m still not so sure about my whole toe situation, so I kinda figured running two days in a row probably wasn’t a great idea, so I stuck with my stationary bike instead. 😊

Saturday:

  • travel day

On Saturday I ended up going to Colorado with my dad! We had an eventful day and did some pretty fun stuff. You can read about all of that here. πŸ™‚

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Sunday:

  • sight seeing day

My mom, dad, and I spend most of today out sight seeing and doing a bunch of other fun stuff. It’s a lot to post about here, but I’ll talk all about that in another post soon. πŸ˜‰

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I hope everyone has had a good week!

Greetings from Colorado!

~Ashley

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Another Long Drive To Colorado

(I wrote this whole post on my phone, so the photos are probably going to end up being stacked and weird, instead of in nice little collages. Sorry about that.)

Alrighty! Like I said this morning, I ended up going to Colorado with my dad! He was in Illinois taking care of some stuff and stopped by my house last night on his way back home. He asked me if I was going with him, and obviously I did! 😊

So we left my house this morning a little before 10 am, after making sure all of the stuff on his trailer was secure. Haha and of course I’m repping all of my Honey Stinger gear. πŸ˜‰ I’ve also got some waffles packed for any running/hiking/adventuring that we end up doing.

So he drove for a while, stopped to get gas, saw a herd of zebras at one point (I’m not even kidding! It was crazy seeing a bunch of zebras in the middle of nowhere Kansas is) and we decided we were going to stop at Toto’s Tacos and a Wizard of Oz museum that we had tried to go to last time we went to Colorado together, but both were closed. It took us about an hour to get there, but we finally got our Toto’s Tacos and got to wander around the museum for a while.

^^ That is a guaco taco. It had so much guacamole on it. It was amazing!

After we had our full of the Wizard of Oz museum, we went to the historic Beecher Bible and Rifle Church. Haha we actually went there the last time we made this trip together, but it’s a cool church so we went back again. πŸ˜„

After that we did more driving. Well, my dad did all of the driving. I’m just along for the ride haha, but in all fairness, he’s driving a company truck so I can’t drive it. We spent a few hours looking at the rural scenery and pointing out neat stuff to each other. But around 4 ish we had to stop at a gas station so my dad could nap for a bit. We were both pretty tired at that point (although I didn’t nap haha). Me because riding in a car makes me super tired, and him because he did a lot of work in Illinois. But we were back on the road around 5 pm.

Around 6:40 we stopped in Wakeeney (I probably spelled that wrong) Kansas to get gas, snacks, and to go to a park with an old plane in it. Haha last time my dad and I made this trip together he made me get in it, so obviously I had to do it again. πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I definitely wasn’t supposed to be climbing in it haha.

After that little adventure we decided we were going to take the scenic route to my dad’s apartment. It added about an extra hour to the trip, and it was already pretty dark, but neither of us were in a hurry to get anywhere. πŸ˜„

After we stopped there we only stopped one more time for gas. Other than that we just continued onto Longmont Colorado. We finally got there at about 11:40 pm (12:40 pm in central time, which is the time zone we started the day in haha), ate a little bit, talked to my mom and brother,and now we’re getting ready for bed! I’m very ready for bed haha.

Your travel worn friend,

~Ashley

February 17th, 2018

Hello friends! I hope everyone has had a super Saturday! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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This photo is kind of irrelevant haha. I’ve just been wearing these socks all day and they make me super happy. πŸ˜‰

I’m not sure if I can describe my Saturday as “super”, but I did have a pretty good day. πŸ™‚ I’m still not running thanks to my toe, but it is starting to look and feel a lot better! And the tooth that had the root canal seems to be healing nicely as well! It’s still a little sore, especially where I had the Novocaine shots, but other than that it’s doing great! Now I just need to get a crown on it and it should be good to go! I’m still feeling a little bit itchy from the antibiotics I had though (I had an allergic reaction to them). I only took two doses of it so I was hoping the rash wouldn’t last for very long, and for the most part it’s gone, I’ve just got a few itchy spots left and it’s kind of obnoxious haha. But all in all, my ailments are healing and I’m very happy about that! I was in kind of miserable shape there for a little bit, so it feels great to finally be on the mend!

Just for comparison, the photos below show my toe on February 7th, and 16th. So it’s definitely healing! I’m still kinda limping around on it, but it definitely feels better than it did on the 7th when I hurt it!

 

It’s kind of annoying that I’m always doing this kind of stuff my myself though. I swear almost every time I get hurt and am unable to run, it happens because I did something stupid or klutzy (like slipping, falling, and hitting my toe on the edge of my couch). Most of my injuries don’t come from running, although I have had my fair share of those as well. I’m just super injury prone, I guess.

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This is my husband’s assessment of my life. It’s also the reason he won’t let me get on the roof to take down our Christmas lights EVEN THOUGH IT”S THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY!!!Β 

Anyway, 4 years ago today to my parents’ extreme disappointment, I got my second tattoo!

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Haha I guess they weren’t too fond of their eldest daughter getting a relatively large, black skull permanently put onto her body. πŸ˜‰ I, on the other hand, think it’s fucking fantastic! A lot of people don’t seem to agree with me on that one though, but that just makes me like it even more haha. The artist who did it was pretty awesome! She did a tattoo on Luke a few days before she did mine and they both turned out really great! I bled a lot during this one (it took a lot of ink haha), but even so there is very little visible scaring and 4 years later it still looks really good!

And funnily enough, February 17th also just so happens to be Billie Joe Armstrong’s birthday! That didn’t happen on purpose, it was just a really weird coincidence. Still kinda neat though. πŸ™‚ So yeah, wishing the happiest of birthdays to my favorite front-man!

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I wish I knew who to properly credit this photo for! All I know is that I found it on pinterest.Β 

Speaking of tattoos, I want another one (or two, or ten. πŸ˜‰ ). So does Luke. And it would appear that we will be going on another family vacation this summer (this year we’re going to Branson, MO), and I’m thinking we might end up coming home from that trip with a little more ink. πŸ˜‰ We’ll have to wait and see, but we both have several ideas of things we want done, and I’m pretty sure we’re just going to start making it a tradition to get tattooed while we’re on vacation, because why not?! Haha I mean, we both got tattooed while we were in Florida and that was a lot of fun! πŸ™‚ I also kinda want another ear piercing, but I absolutely hate healing piercings. It usually takes my body a while to finally get used to them. So maybe that wont happen. Or maybe it will. I can’t make up my mind haha.

But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Haha I don’t have a lot going on right now, especially since I’m not currently running, so I feel like I don’t have a lot to talk about. Oh well. Hopefully it wont be too much longer until I can run again!

Until next time,

~Ashley

First Root Canal Is Done!

Good new! Yesterday the specialist that I was referred to had a cancellation yesterday, and was able to get one of the root canals I needed done! Whew, I’m glad that’s taken care of. But it literally took ALL of the available money we had through our dental insurance, so I’ve just gotta hope the other tooth that needs one holds up for another year without any issues. Because there is no way I’ll be able to get it done without the insurance money. But oh well. At least one is done. And in a week or two I’ll have to get a crown on it and it should hopefully be good to go for a while!

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to get a medical procedure done haha.Β 

Anyway, the whole process was super easy. The only thing I felt were the Novocaine shots, and even those weren’t bad. We waited a few minutes for those to kick in, and then the dentist was in and out in about an hour. Not bad!! So, I told him about the allergic reaction I was having to the clindamycin the other dentist gave me for the infection I had because of the tooth. He was kinda surprised about that, apparently not many people are allergic to that particular antibiotic. But he said since the root canal removed all of the infected tissue I should be fine not taking any more antibiotics. So that’s good! Now I don’t have to experiment anymore with antibiotics. Haha apparently my body just doesn’t like them.

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Can you tell that the right side of my face was super numb in this photo?Β 

Also, can we talk about how dentists just hand out hydrocodone like it’s candy? The first dentist I saw gave me a script for 20, to hold me over until I could see the specialist because no one was really sure when that was going to happen. I had that one filled and took one because I had been having trouble eating, but that was it. Then after the root canal the specialist gave me another script for 16 more, even though I had filled out on one of their forms that I already had some. Like, there is no way in hell that I need that many pain pills! So I’m not having the other script filled, but jeez, no wonder there’s an opioid crisis in this country. They’re just being handed out like its no big deal. I just thought that was crazy…

But anyway, happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

~Ashley

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Apparently Running This Morning Was A Bad Idea…

Hi, my name is Ashley and my husband wont let me get on the roof to take down the Christmas lights that are still up, and today I just solidified his reasoning behind that.

I am a klutz. A huge klutz as a matter of fact, and I’m really good at accidentally hurting myself. I do a lot of weird things like twisting my ankle because I stepped off of a sidewalk weird, or being covered in scrapes and bruises because I’m really good at tripping over absolutely nothing. Honestly the fact that I’ve managed to complete 3 half marathons unscathed is pretty impressive!! But today my klutzy, injury prone fate caught up with me once again.

So here’s what happened…

This morning I tripped, fell, and stubbed my toe on the edge of our couch. That’s a pretty typical occurrence in my life, actually haha. So I checked my toe and it wasn’t red or bruised or anything. It kinda hurt, but I could move it just fine, so I figured it wouldn’t be a problem, so I went out and ran 4 miles. But as it turns out, that ended up being a bad idea.

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This is probably the most instagram-y, instagramable, instagram post about winter running ever. πŸ˜‰

My toe kinda hurt for the first mile-ish, but after that it stopped so I figured it was fine and kinda forgot about it. After I finished my 4 miles I took a super instagram-y photo, ate some super yummy chili that I had made last night, and then jumped into the shower. That’s when I noticed that my toe was very purple and kinda swollen. So yeah, I guess running n it really was a bad idea.

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In all fairness, how the heck was I supposed to know it wasn’t a good idea?!?! My toe didn’t look like that when I put on my running socks/shoes, and really didn’t hurt that bad, so I didn’t think I had any reason not to run haha. So first I texted my sister who is a nurse and an absolute saint for putting up with me when I ask her about things like this. And obviously I’m asking her for medical advise a lot because I hurt myself a lot haha. She told me that it’ll probably fine if I just RICE it and tape it to the toe next to it, and as long as I can still move it I probably don’t need to see a doctor. They wouldn’t really be able to do much for me anyway unless it was badly broken, and I feel like it can’t be that bad if I was able to run on it.

After getting medical advise from my sister, I texted Luke and told him what happened. He was not amused…

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Told you I’m always getting hurt hahaha.Β 

So yeah, I guess I’m going to spend the rest of my day icing my toe, elevating it, and staying off of it. And I guess I probably won’t be running for a few days, so that really sucks…Ah the joys of being a klutz.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a good day!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 29th – February 4th, 2018

So I may or may not have gotten a little bit distraced last night and didn’t get around to posting my weekly recap. Oops.

But in all fairness, I think most American’s were a little bit distracted last night by the big football thing. Haha not gonna lie, I’m not at all interested. I just watch for the commercials. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, lets get on with it then!

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Kinda really didn’t want to do this run on Monday. It was another windy day and it wasn’t as fun as last Friday’s super windy run. I got it done though!! πŸ™‚

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Tuesday:Β 

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of strength work

Bleh. Spending time on the stationary bike is definitely not my idea of fun. But it’s probably good that I do. And obviously strenght training is always a good idea! Haha I definitely need to spend more time doing it, but a little something is better than nothing! πŸ˜‰

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Wednesday:Β 

  • 2 miles

My legs and abs were feeling kinda sore on Wednesday. So obviously that means my tiny bit of strength work did something on Tuesday! πŸ˜‰ Haha sore muscles sure didn’t stop me from turning what was supposed to be an easy run into something that might have been just a little too hard. For the most part I kept the first mile pretty easy, but then my music app crashed, I turned on American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia came on, and I ran harder for most of the second mile, and ended up negative splitting for the first time in a while (at least I think it’s been a while. Honestly I really haven’t been paying attention to that haha. Oh man, this turned out to be a really fun run. πŸ™‚

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Thursday:

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Hahah was not feeling it on Thursday. I mostly just couldn’t focus on one tasks for any amount of time. Meh, whatever. I still got a little bit done. πŸ™‚

Friday:

  • Grocery day
  • Took the dogs to the park

I couldn’t in my right mind call Friday a rest day haha. Not with all of the running around and shopping that Luke and I did. Not gonna lie though, grocery shopping day is my favorite day haha. Who doesn’t like obtaining food?!? After that adventure was done and over with we took the dogs to the off leash dog park and let them run around for a while. They definitely enjoyed that. Anyway, Friday was more like a day off running than an actual rest day. It was fun though. πŸ™‚

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Saturday:

  • 7 miles

I think this run just might have been the longest I’ve done since I ran my last half marathon back in November. Oops… Surprisingly enough though, it actually went pretty well!! I was initially having fun, fueled by Honey Stinger, compressed by Zensah, of course. πŸ˜‰ But then it started getting really windy, and I’m not a fan of the wind haha. Especially the really strong gusts that can make breathing difficult. So I ended up with 7 miles instead of the 8 I had originally planned on doing, but I’m not to worried about that. It was still a pretty good run.

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Sunday:

  • Rest Day

I was feeling kinda bleh on Sunday. That had me a little bit worried for a little bit, because I’ve heard about some kind of awful stomach bug that’s going around and I DO NOT WANT IT!!!! Apparently it involves lots of fluids coming out of both ends. Obviously neither of those things would be fun, but I hate vomiting more than pretty much anything I can think of. It’s the absolute worst in my opinion and I will make myself even more miserable by fighting it for as long as I can. Yeah, that usually doesn’t go well for me, but I hate puking… Luckily neither Luke or myself have gotten that bug though, so hopefully we’ll remain healthy until that thing blows over.

Anyway, Sunday was also the “big game” day football thing. Not gonna lie. I hate football. I don’t understand football. I think football is boring. Haha this tweet sums up my night quite nicely though. And Michelob Ultra replied which was kinda neat haha.

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Also, probably an unpopular opinion, but I thought the Justin Timberlake halftime show was terrible… Like, what the hell happened to music?!? Why does it have to be some big, grand, crazy performance instead of a musician just preforming their songs… I don’t know man, I don’t get it. And what was with the Prince thing?!? I mean, didn’t at one point Prince say that was exactly the kind of thing he’d never want to happen?? So I feel like that was kinda disrespectful. Whatever…

Plus I don’t think Justin Timberlake that great. Good grief I feel like I must be getting old, complaining about the popular music that kids these days are listening to. But in all fairness, he’s like 10 years older than me, and I very clearly remember theΒ NSYNC/Back Street Boy rivalry thing. I was always more of a Backstreet Boys girl. Haha that’s a lie, I was more of a just getting into rock music, but mostly into Disney movie sound tracks and lots of country music type of girl. But when asked to pick a side, it was always the Backstreet Boys. πŸ˜‰ But anyway, I’m getting waaaaay off topic here. I’ve got nothing else relevant to say about my week. So I’ll end there. With my rant about music haha.

Happy Monday!! I hope you’re not too hungover/stuffed full of chips and dip/disappointed with the outcome of the game this morning! πŸ˜‰

~Ashley

Thursday Things

Ok, first and foremost, I am so super duper stoked about Honey Stinger’s new snack bars!!!!

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I’m totally on board with anything to do with nut butter, chocolate, or honey. Put all three of them together and I’m one happy camper! Seriously though, I can’t wait for these to come out! They look soooo good! But the don’t become available until April, so I guess I’ve got a little bit to wait hahaha. But you can check out Honey Stinger’s blog for the rest of the details, if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about new, healthier snack before. Becoming a runner changes people in weird, awesome ways like that haha.

Anyway, enough about snacks for now. Lets talk about dogs!!

Today is Lily’s birthday! Yay! Our baby turned 8 years old today! πŸ™‚

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The birthday girl, this morning! Haha I don’t know if it’s sad or impressive that I’ve made her sit and stay on the porch for photos so often, that at this point she know’s exactly what I want.

Lily is one of the most awesome and special dogs ever! I might be a little bit biased though. πŸ˜‰ But she was my first border collie. The first dog Luke and I ever owned together. Farm bred and raised, she is 35 pounds of pure bad ass. She’s not afraid to stand nose to nose with a 1,000 pound steer. Hell, she actually enjoys it! She’s the only dog I own that has any kind of herding skills/experience. She’s lived on a farm, in what I can only describe as “the hood”, in an apartment, and now in a house in a small town, and has taken it all in stride. She’s also pretty well traveled for a dog! She’s lived in Illinois and Kansas, and has traveled with Luke and I to Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, and all of the states in between. She’s helped load cattle onto trailers, has climbed a (small) mountain, can track/hunt, has helped raise two puppies, can be trusted around small children (even when they’re taking her bone that she was chewing on away from her), trekked through countless amounts of woods, is a fantastic guard dog, incredibly loyal, and was even the ring bearer in our wedding. Lily is one awesome bitch.

If I could breed her to Finn I totally would. They’d make fantastic puppies. But she’s getting older, Finn’s still too young, and when she was 6 months old she got hit by a car and had her hip broken, and her vet at the time didn’t think she’d be able to give birth without complications. So that kinda sucks. I think a Lily/Finn cross would result in some really great dogs. They both have great instincts, working drive, temperaments, and are both pretty healthy (although if and when the breeding of two dogs happens under my watch I’d make sure to get their hips and eyes checked first. bad hips and eyes are two things that tend to be cause for concern in border collies that you don’t want to be passed on, but that’s a whole thing that I don’t need to worry about right now). But oh well. Lily’s good genetics are just gonna have to end with her. Finn might end up be a different story though. πŸ˜‰

Oh man, my dogs are my pride and joy, and I could talk about them for days on end hahaha. But I’ll stop for now. πŸ™‚

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Yup. I’m that crazy dog lady who gets weird looks, because I insist on taking photos like this. BUT LOOK AT HOW CUTE AND SMART AND WELL BEHAVED MY PUPPIES ARE!!!! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, tomorrow is grocery day, and oh boy can I tell! Haha we are kinda running low on pretty much everything as we usually are the day before we go on our shopping adventures. So that means I have to get creative with my meals. So today for lunch I threw together some canned goods (corn, stewed tomatoes, and black beans), fried up a couple eggs, put that all on some brown rice and topped it with some guacamole. Kinda random, but it actually ended up being one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had in a while! Just proves that it definitely pays off to get creative sometimes! πŸ™‚

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There’s always at least one border collie under my feet…Today there were two.

Breakfast and dinner definitely weren’t that exciting though! All I had for breakfast was coffee (which I add soy milk, honey, and coconut oil to) and a Honey Stinger waffle. Breakfast of champions right there haha. And dinner is going to be a bowl of boring oatmeal. Not exciting, but hey, I made it work. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty excited about grocery day though. I LOVE grocery shopping haha.

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My not-so-exciting breakfast. Bubbles was unimpressed.Β 

Haha like 90% of this post has just been me going on about food. But I mean, who doesn’t like food talking about food?!? I know I sure do. Food, dogs, and running. I think that sums up my life quite nicely. πŸ˜‰

Although I didn’t do any running today. My legs are kinda sore and tired from a workout I did on Tuesday. So I gave them a little break and spent some time on my stationary bike instead. Boring. But it got the job done. Followed that up with some stretching and foam rolling and my legs were much happier after that.

Anyways, I suppose that’s all I’ve got for today. I know I don’t really have anything all that exciting going on right now haha. But I’ve got a few things I’m gonna start working towards very soon. I’ve got a 5k coming up in May and I’m actually going to train for it! The only two other 5k’s I’ve ever done I didn’t train for at all. I knew that I could cover the distance and that’s all I cared about. But now I have a time goal in mind and I’m going to need to train specifically to get there! But I’ll talk more about that later. πŸ™‚

For now,

Happy Friday eve!

~Ashley