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New PR, Baby!!

I ran 8 freaking miles on the treadmill today! That’s the farthest I’ve ever gone on a treadmill!!! Hahaha that totally counts as a PR, right?? 😉

Honestly though I didn’t actually plan on running 8 miles on the treadmill today, although I did plan to do my run inside. It’s heating up here in Kansas! It was hot and sunny today and I didn’t want to deal with that! Especially since I stayed up late last night, so I really didn’t want to have to wake up super early. And that, my friends, is why having a treadmill is nice! I was able to sleep in and run farther that I would have if I would have run outside. Probably.

Anyway, like I said, this wasn’t planned at all! Originally I was aiming for 4-5 miles for today. Being on the treadmill for extended periods of time is kind of a mind fuck for me. After about 3 miles I have to start playing some weird mind games with myself. Especially since for whatever reason, I can’t run as fast as I normally would be able to on the treadmill. It completely messes with my form and I basically slow down to a crawl, and I’m already a slow runner to begin with! So. Weird mental games have to happen. But I mean, whatever works, right? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

Luckily for me though I only had to do that a little bit near the end. Broadway Idiot was able to hold my attention and keep my mind from melting from boredom for the most part.

After I had hit about 5 miles I decided why not aim for 6? Then not even half way into my 6th mile I thought to myself “why not aim for 8? That’s only 2 more miles. And I’ve definitely got two more miles in me.” Hahaha yeah, that’s a nice little mind trick. 😉 But it worked so I’ll take it!!

Also, having a very cute spectator definitely helped. Lily hung out with me while I got this one done. 🐶💜

So, 8 miles done and dusted! Which means my long run for the week is actually done, because 8 was the plan for this weeks long run. Not gonna lie, that’s kind of a nice feeling.

I feel like everything actually ended up working out so well because I ate pizza for dinner last night and for breakfast this morning, and I swear every time I do a run fueled on pizza it ends up being a really good one! Or ya know, at least decent. I wouldn’t call running on the treadmill “really good” because I always feel like I’m going to die if boredom, but at least my body felt good. 😂 Hahaha anyway, apparently pizza is the perfect ratio of carbs and fat for me. It’s never not worked. So basically what I’m saying is I should eat more pizza. 🍕😋😉

After this run I was exhausted! I think know it was more mental than physical. Don’t get me wrong, I still felt like I ran 8 miles (because I did 😉) but man, being on the treadmill always feels harder that actually running outside. Which is kinda funny, because running on the treadmill is supposed to be easier than running outside. But again, I think it’s just a mental thing.

Anyway, the rest of my day was kinda chill. I spent a good portion of my afternoon reading, actually. I’ve been re-reading Stephen Kong’s Dark Tower series for like, the 5th or 6th time, and I always forget how much I get pulled into these books! I mean, Stephen Kong’s work always really draws me in. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a lowly 7th grader in desperate need of something more challenging that what we were reading in school. Hahaha Stephen Kings The Stand was obviously the right choice for a 13 year old. 😉

But ever since then I’ve absolutely devoured his books, particularly the Dark Tower series. It’s just So. Good! I can’t recommend it’s enough!! it’s definitely my favorite book series ever!

After spending several hours with Roland and his Ka-tet I finally got my butt in gear and got a bunch of stuff done around the house. Nothing as exciting as running 8 miles on the treadmill though and I feel like that’s kinda saying something. 😉😂

Anyway, I just wanted to share my little achievement with you today! I don’t like running on the treadmill so I’m kinda weirdly proud of myself right now.

But that’s all for now!

Until next time,

~Ashley 👽

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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’m always super into Green Day. Hence the tattoo pictured below. 😉 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!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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? 😉 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!! 🙂

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4. The Run, Selfie, Repeat, Podcast 

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. 😉 ).

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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 a 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!!

Friday Fives: Books

Today’s Friday Fives is a bit different. Instead of five of my favorite books, these are the five books I’ve read most recently and my thoughts on them. I guess there may end up being some spoilers in this post, so reader beware! 

1. Wizard And Glass

By now you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King (and you may also recal me mentioning that I’m re-reading the Dark Tower series). I think the Dark Tower series is my favorite works by him. It’s a little bit of horror, a little  bit of si-fi, and a little bit of a fantasy, all mixed with a western. I suppose that’s a bit of a strange combination, but I think that’s why I like it so much.

Wizard And Glass is the 4th book of the series and it’s also my favorite. This book starts off where The Wastelands left off, but eventually turns into Roland, the book’s main character, telling the tale of the very first “mission” he and his first set of  friends went on. It also tells the tale of his first and only love and the tragic loss of said love. It’s actually quite morbid and totally heartbreaking, but what more do you expect from the King of Horror? 😉

After telling his tale, Roland and his new set of friends continue on their quest to find and save the Dark Tower, perfectly sandwiching a completely different and somewhat unrelated story into the main story line. I think the way Stephen Kind accomplished that was brilliant and I absolutely loved it!

2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

I was really disappointed with this book.

I’m not going to lie, going into it, all I knew was that it was a “new Harry Potter book”. I didn’t know it was just a script to a play, but I was willing to give it a chance. I also didn’t know it wasn’t JK Rowling who wrote it. I’m not sure what all she contributed, but it doesn’t seem like much (but again, I haven’t done any research on it.)

The whole Albus and Scorpius friendship seemed super forced and actually, none of the characters seemed very authentic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione didn’t feel like themselves,  which made me super sad. Plus it didn’t even feel like being back at Hogwarts, you know?

I also feel like everything moved to fast. Don’t get me wrong, I get that this is a single book (or play I guess) and not a series of 7 books, but still, I feel like I missed out on a lot of details. Which kinda goes back to the whole not feeling like being back at Hogwarts thing…Honestly the whole thing read like a bad fan fic (which I’ve seen is a pretty common opinion).

I don’t know, I really wanted to like this book and maybe it works better on stage, but man was it a huge let down…

3. Of Mice and Men

S0, I haven’t read this book since I was in like, 6th grade. I totally forgot just how depressing it is. I mean, I knew the ending was super sad, but the whole goddamn book is just full of death and failed dreams. But if I recall correctly, this is a depression ere book, so that makes sense. It’s sill a good read though!



4. The Wind Through The Keyhole 

Another Stephen King book made the list! Yay! 😉

This book is also part of the Dark Tower series, although it was written 8 years (I think) after the very last book in the series was written. So, it doesn’t really have any bearing on the actual story line, but it’s still super interesting!

It gets kinda inception-y though. Basically, It’s Roland telling his friends a story of himself telling a story to a kid who he and one of his old friends was helping. That sounds a lot more confusing than it actually is. Stephen King is really good at writing stories into other stories.

The first time I read this book I hadn’t read anything else from the Dark Tower series, so there were a few things I didn’t quite understand, but I was still able to follow along and enjoy the story. So maybe if you don’t want to fully commit yourself to a relatively long 7 book series (8 if you count this one) until you know what you’re getting into, I’d suggest you start with this book to get a feel for the whole thing.

5. The Little Red Book of Running

This is probably one of my favorite running books, just because it’s so freaking handy! It’s not super detailed about anything but it’s full of helpful little nuggets of information and is a super easy read, which is nice. 🙂