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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

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January 16th, 2018

Winter is going above and beyond the typical cold weather here in Kansas. We’ve spent a lot of time dealing with negative temperatures. Now, I’m definitely a fan of cold weather, but things definitely stop being fun once the temperatures start getting into the negatives.

We did get some snow on Sunday/Monday. Now snow makes everything more fun. πŸ˜‰ Hahaha I know a lot of people don’t necessarily agree with me on that one, but I love it!!

Since snow makes everything more fun, obviously I had to go for a run on Monday. As you can see in the photo above, the roads weren’t plowed (and actually for the most part they still aren’t! At least around my town they aren’t.) and it was really pretty outside! It was, however, -9 degrees. That coupled with the wind was not so fun. So I went out with the plan to figure out how far I could go before I wanted to die. Turns out, the answer to that question was 4.35 miles. But with all that snow on the roads it felt a lot farther than that haha. Aaaand of course this run was fueled by Honey Stinger! But let me tell ya, when those waffles get cold, they are incredibly hard to eat! πŸ˜‚

So in summery, Monday’s run included snow, -9 degree temperatures, wind, unplowed roads, Honey Stinger, and was incredibly fun!!! 😁😁😁 But I was pretty much down for the count afterwards. Running in snow is freaking hard!! So I took a super hot shower, attempted to nap (it really just turned into me laying in bed for half an hour), and later in the afternoon my next door neighbor who was apparently off from school yesterday wanted to come over to play with the ferrets, so I downed a second cup of coffee and she came over and hung out for a while. Oh and did I mention that she’s only 4? Haha she’s a lot of fun though. We usually play with the ferrets, watch cartoons, and play with the Barbies she brings over.

And that was pretty much my whole day, yesterday. 😁

Today is going to be nowhere near as exciting though. I’m actually probably going to be stuck inside all day, because it currently feels like -20 outside…

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Yeah, that’s too much even for me haha. Luke had to call off work because we our car’s heat doesn’t work, and he didn’t want to drive half an hour in -20 degrees with no heat. I don’t blame him. That would definitely not be a fun drive.

Apparently the crazy cold won’t be sticking around for much longer though. The high for Friday is 44 degrees, the high for Saturday is 50, and then after that it’s supposed to stay in the mid to high 40’s. For a few more days. Weather is weird here in the Midwest.

But for now it’s looking like Luke, the dogs, and I are going to be holed up inside for at least today.

Happy Tuesday!

~Ashley

 

Sister, Snow, Social Media, and Other Saturday Stuff

I’m just all about “S”‘s today, apparently. 

My sister Sarah (another “s”, go figure πŸ˜‰), her husband, and their two dogs drove from Colorado to Illinois today, and of course they stopped here in Kansas on they way. 

Sarah’s husband is in the army and is going to be deployed soon, so I guess they decided to spent his Christmas leave with his family in Illinois. Not that it’s a big deal or anything, our parents live like an hour and a half away from them in Colorado, so they can basically see each other anytime, and Sarah’s twin, and our brother, and grandma are still in Illinois, so she’ll get to see them while they are there. Actually, depending how long they stay in Illinois, I may get to hang out with all of my siblings at Christmas! Luke and I may be going there for a few days. That’s a big “may” though. He’s still not sure what he wants to do. 

Anyway, my sister was super excited about stopping here, because I finally got to meet her 5 month old German Shepherd puppy, Moose! He is adorable, but kinda awkward. Haha he’s at that stage in life though, he’ll grow out of it eventually (oh man, you’d swear o was talking about a kid!). 

I’m really glad she finally got a German Shepherd puppy. She’s wanted on for as long as I’ve wanted a border collie (so, pretty much her whole life). 

Our grandma actually used to breed German Shepherds, so when we were really little we had a few of them around. I specifically remember the female, Sugar Baby, or Babe for short. She lived outside in a dog house in the corner of their yard because she hated being inside. She was an amazing dog though, my grandma and grandpa used to tell people they could leave us kids alone with her and not have to worry about us. They were probably right! She was super protective of us and wouldn’t let anyone she didn’t know near us, but we could climb all over her, grab her tail, ears, mouth, it didn’t matter, she would let us do whatever we wanted. 

My grandma and “Miracle” a pup she bred, back in 1982.


German Shepherds are amazing dogs; smart, loyal, and protective. If they weren’t so prone to cancer and hip problems, and of it was easier to find one that didn’t have an American Kennel Club bloodline (that’s a whole other thing though, you definitely don’t want to get me started on that), Luke and I would probably end up with one at some point. But they are prone to heath problems, and most pure bred dogs have bloodlines tied to the AKC, so we are just going to stick with border collies (it’s actually still relatively easy to find border collies that aren’t associated with the AKC if you know what you’re looking for). 
I’ve gone way off track here, I could seriously talk about dogs and border collies until my face turns blue, so I’m going to reel it back in before I get too deep into all that stuff. 

Sarah and I have been texting each other all day about the weather. It started snowing in Colorado around midnight last night, so the road were pretty nasty, and their drive was slow going. We were hoping that eventually they’d be able to get in front of all the snow, but that never happened. Here in Kansas it was already kinda icy from the little bit of rain last night, and then we started to get some snow flurries around 10:30 am and by noon it was coming down pretty steadily. 

I’m not complaining though! I love the snow!! It sucks that they had to drive through all of this, but they lived in Alaska for 3 years, so they should be used to it haha.

So I was originally going to wait to run until around 6 pm because that’s when the majority of the snow was supposed to hit, but I started getting super impatient so I went after lunch. 

I had no plan going into this run. I was just gonna see how bad the roads were and go until it stopped being fun haha. The roads actually weren’t too bad, our town salted the roads last night and this morning, so while there were some slick spots it wasn’t too bad. I ended up going 4 miles. I briefly considered going another, but I was starving and a Honey Stinger waffle was calling my name! 

After my run and waffle, I took a nice hot shower and then had a big glass of orange juice. I’m feeling a little sniffly again, so I figure I might as well load up on some vitamin C before and pray that I don’t end up with an actual cold (plus orange juice just sounded good 😬). So far this cold and flue season I’ve gotten a little sniffly but have yet to get a full blow cold, and I’m hoping to keep it that way! 

So at this point in the day, the snow slowed down and then eventually stopped. Luke and I both started obsessively checking the weather, watching to see if the next wave of snow was still going to hit us. For once he actually wants the snow to hit us! But only because he wants the dogs to be able to play in it. I just like snow in general. ❄❄❄

On a slightly unrelated note, lately whenever I go to get our mail, I do it with Bruce in my hoodie. He enjoys going outside for a little bit. Yeah, my neighbors have to think I’m fucking nuts. I run in any and every weather condition, I’ve been running without shoes on, I talk to my dogs like they’re people while we’re out walking, and now I’m carting a ferret around. Yup, I’m definitely the crazy neighbor. πŸ˜‚

Around 5pm I had to take Lily and Dean for quick walks. By then it was snowing again and they love snow, so who am I to deny them time in their favorite weather. I mean it’s not like it was -12 with the windchill or anything (it totally was though πŸ˜‚). They were very short walks, but we had fun and got to see some Christmas lights. 

The Civics Center’s tree is really pretty πŸ˜„


My sister, brother in law, and their two dogs finally made it to our house around 6:30 pm They said that for the most part the highways weren’t too bad until it started snowing again in Kansa. Then they started getting kinda gross. Their drive through Missouri will probably be even worse, unfortunately. The St. Louis area has been getting an icy mix since yesterday and MOdot has said multiple times that people should avoid traveling if possible. As long as they are careful they should be ok though. 

Anyway, their dogs were super excited to get out of the car and run around. They got to play in the snow with Lily and Dean, and then they got to get lots of pets from Luke and I after we all ate dinner. They are very sweet dogs. πŸ˜„

They only stayed for about 1/2 an hour. They want to make it to Illinois before midnight, so the didn’t want to dawdled. It was nice to see them though, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Sarah. 

So yeah, now that those shenanigans are over, I got pretty good run in, and the dogs got to play in the snow a little bit, I’m thinking it’s time for a pot of tea and to continue reading Game of Thrones. 

But first I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’ve been pretty active on social media lately, so if you’re at all interested in the little weird, random things that go on in my life you should check me out here;

And if you follow me there’s a really good chance I’ll follow you! The only thing I won’t do is add you on Facebook. I kinda reserve that for close friends and family. πŸ˜„

Alrighty, I know this post is kinda long and rambly, so thanks for sticking with me for this long! I’m kinda thinking I should be doing some longer, more detailed posts, so I figure this had been good practice, even though I was all over the place. But that’s pretty much all I’ve got for today. 

Happy snow day! ❄⛄️

~Ashley

Hill Repeats, Kitty Friend, Thoughts On Streaking, A Chance For Snow, And Other Monday Things

I slept right through my 6:45 alarm this morning. Oops. I guess I needed a little extra sleep though, because I woke up at 8 feeling pretty great (look at me, rhyming and stuff πŸ˜‰ )! So I ate a little breakfast, drank a little coffee, and did my run a little later than I had planned, but it ended up working out ok.

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I had to modify my workout a bit. I guess I was feeling a bit overambitious, as my original plan was to run up the entirety of the “big hill” in my neighborhood and then jog back down. Something I could do a few months ago during half marathon training, but something that definitely wasn’t about to happen today. During my 1 mile warm up my legs were already feeling like lead and jello all at the same time, so I decided that today I wasn’t going to tackle the whole hill. I ended up running about 1/4 of it 3 times and then walking down to recover. Wasn’t the most fun experience ever. Actually, that part was kinda miserable if I’m being honest, but I’m glad I got it done.

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After I finished my repeats I ran super easy for another 1.2 ish miles, mostly so I would hit 3 miles, but also because I needed to cool down. During my cool down I saw some construction workers out on the street I was planning on turning on to. A couple of them were already watching me, so I decided I wasn’t about to deal with that today, and turned around. That meant I had to run back up another hill, which was what I was trying to avoid by turning onto the other street, but I’m glad I ended up doing it because I met my kitty friend at the top of the hill!

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You may remember me talking about him before, I met him at the park in the summer and now I see him there all the time, so I suppose he must live somewhere nearby. He’s one of the most friendly cats I’ve ever met. The second he saw me he came running and was basically begging to be pet. So I stopped for a few minutes and did just that. He does the same thing to pretty much any other person he sees, I see him getting love from all sorts of people, especially little kids, at the park all the time. He’s got a very busy social life. πŸ™‚

Anyways, that brings me to day 13 of my running streak. I’ve officially past the point where I had to quite last year, and aside from my legs feeling a bit jello-y, I’m feeling alright. I am, however, thinking that this whole streaking thing may not be for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely finishing this one, hell I’ll probably even do it again next year, but I don’t think I’m ever going to be one of those people who streaks for a year or 100 days, or anything like that. I definitely enjoy taking total rest days. Like I said though, I’m seeing this thing to the end!

It’s looking like there may be some snow running in my future! This Wednesday to be exact. At this point it’s only a 50% chance, but hey, that’s better than a 0% chance! Unfortunately it’s looking like we’re going to have another mild winter here in Kansas. Boo. All over Instagram I’m seeing people posting about blizzards, winter wonder lands, and 12 inches of snow. I’m super duper jealous, but I’m just going to have to enjoy whatever snow we get, I guess.

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Anyway, after running and obsessing over the weather, I did a bunch of cleaning, then got my strength training on! I’ve definitely jumped back on to the blogilates bandwagon. For quite a while I’ve been nothing but bored when it comes to strength work, but I’ve been doing her videos a little more consistently and I’m starting to have fun with them again! Today I did 30 minutes of abs and arms. Holy cow are my arms weak! Haha I definitely need to keep up with this strength stuff.

So yet again, my dad has invited me to do a step challenge with him on Garmin Connect. So far he’s won for 3 weeks in a row. I’m not gonna let that happen this week! Unfortunately he has an advantage over me, since I do all of my walking during the day, so he can see that and then walk more than me, since he does most of his moving at night/early in the morning. You’d think a truck driver wouldn’t be able to get 16,000 steps in a night, but somehow he does! He’s totally going down this week though. Every day I’m going to make a point to go over my 10,000 step goal. I didn’t get as many steps in today as I would have liked, but it’s a good start!

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I’ll just have to wait and see how far ahead of me he gets tonight. Jeez these step challenges make me more competitive than I’ve ever been in my entire life!

I think that just about covers my Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! πŸ™‚

~Ashley