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Will (and did) Run For Pizza, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Green Beans, Oh My! And One More Week Until Running With The Cows! ๐Ÿฎ

Ya know, I don’t think that title is long enough. I feel like I could have done a lot better. I mean, why not just write the whole blog post in the title? Problem solved! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Haha obviously coming up with catchy titles is not my strong suit, but whatever, I make it work. I think…

Anyway, Luke and I have officially got our garden started! Last year we had to rent a tiller because ours had broken and neither of us knew how to fix it and we kinda didn’t want to mess with it anyway. But yesterday we bought a new one because it was on sale at Tractor Supply, and because why not? ๐Ÿ˜‰ So once we had that we were pretty much set on everything else, so we went to a local farm to get our plants.

I think the very first year that we lived in this house we started most of our plants from seeds, but that’s a lot of extra work haha! Plus I really like this farm we get ours from. Everything there is organic, non GMO, and the plants always look really good and do well, so that’s where we’ve been getting and will probably continue getting our plants. This year we ended up getting 16 tomato plants (8 “Jet Star” plants and 6 cherry tomato plants), 4 zucchini plants, 4 banana pepper plants, 4 watermelon plants, 2 green bean plants, another strawberry plant, 1 black berry bush, 1 raspberry bush, and a goji berry bush. We also wanted a few cucumber plants but they didn’t have any so we’ll have to get those somewhere else and hopefully really soon!

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So now that we were armed with our new tiller and most of the plants that we wanted, Luke recruited his brother and his whole crew to come “help” us put in the plants. Originally he just wanted him there because Luke wanted to build some structures for all of the vine plants, but we didn’t end up getting to that last night. We did, however, get some tilling done and the tomatoes, peppers, and berry bushes planted! I even had 3 kids (my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids and my next door neighbor) fighting over who got to dig the next hole for me haha. That was pretty funny but it also kinda made the whole process take a little longer. Oh well, at least they had fun and we got some of our plants into the ground.

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During all of those shenanigans Luke had ordered pizza, and while I was eating I realized I was wearing a very fitting shirt haha! And I mean, it is very true, I will definitely run for pizza! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, what I really like to do is have pizza for dinner the night before my long run, because it always seems like when I do my long runs go soo much better haha. Still not sure if that’s just a coincidence or not, buy hey, I’ll gladly say its true if it means I get to eat more pizza. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜‰ And at that point I was thinking that ended up working out really well for me, because I’d planned on doing a long run today.

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That didn’t exactly end up happening though. When I woke up this morning my calves were crazy sore. Not sure how I managed that one, but they were. Plus I was feeling kinda tired. I guess that’s not very surprising considering all of our gardening adventures last night. But I told myself I was gonna try for 8 miles anyway. And foolishly thought to myself that hey, maybe it’ll go really well and I can do 10. I did not do 10…

I felt alright during the first 3 ish miles, but by the time I got to 5 I was just absolutely done. The sun was all the way up at that point and I had started to heat up even more than I already was which sucks. Being hot is like, my least favorite thing ever, and it kinda turns me into a huge baby. But I stuck it out through another mile and a half before I just called it quits. Ooooh man it was really hard. But I’m happy with the 6.5 miles I got done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fueled by Honey Stinger.๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿซ Feet kept happy by Zensah. ๐Ÿงฆ๐Ÿ‰

Honestly I’m thinking it’s not a bad thing that I didn’t run 10 miles today. My next 5k is next Saturday and obviously I want to good and have fresh legs for that! And I mean, I’m pretty freaking stoked for this race! I did it once before in 2016 and it was so much fun! There were goats and a baby cow at the start/finish line, the course was pretty, rural, and full of cows, and there was a HUGE buffet at the end. Seriously, there was SO. MUCH. FOOD. It’s definitely my kind of race! And maybe one day I’ll end up running the half instead of the 5k haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Originally I was doing a 5k specific training plan for this race, but that kinda went to the wayside once I made the potentially bad decision to run two half marathons in two days. Haha I’m running the Longview half on November 10th and on November 11th my dad, brother, and I are going to do the Gobbler Grind half marathon so that should be interesting. But the second my dad signed us up for the Gobbler Grind I pretty much stopped everything I was doing and started focusing on milesย miles miles. I really need to start getting more in now that I’m attempting the crazy stunt, so I’ve been focusing on upping my mileage and have pretty much stopped doing speed work. Although I have thrown in a few short and fast sessions in over the last few weeks, just for fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

But anyway, I haven’t completely given up on the time goal I had for Running With the Cows though. Depending what kind of weather we get on race day (have I mentioned how big of a baby I am when it comes to hot/sunny weather? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and how I’m feeling next Saturday, I think I might actually be able to do pretty well! I mean, my dad and I crushed it at the Whiskey 5k we did together in March and I kinda want to see if I can do this race faster. But I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what race day brings! I’m pretty excited for it! But I’m even more excited about the buffet at the end. I’m definitely gonna go all out on that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okey dokey then! I just kinda wanted to give a little update on what I’ve been up to and to say how stoked I am about Running With The Cows next week! So that is all for today!

Happy Saturday from me and this chubby bunny!

~Ashley

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Good Bye Cold From Hell, Friday’s Gardening Adventures, And Other Saturday Stuff

As of today I think I can say I am finally over the cold from hell! Yay!!! Not gonna lie, I still have a little bit of a cough, but other than that I feel sooo much better! ๐Ÿ™‚

So Luke and I have been incredibly productive this weekend. This week was a short week for him (he gets every other Friday off), so we hardcore took advantage of that.

First thing Friday morning we took the dogs to the park to let them burn off some energy. While we were there we learned just how possessive Finn has become of us. He didn’t want any other dog (besides Lily and Dean of course) to get near us. At one point Luke was petting some dog we didn’t know, so Finn kinda knocked him off of Luke and then sat between his feet and growled anytime the other dog got too close. Haha I do like that he is being super protective of us, but at the same time that’s not exactly something he should be doing at the dog park. I think as he gets older he’ll mellow out a little bit and realize that the other dogs at the park aren’t going to hurt us.

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Once we got back from the dog park our gardening adventures began. I started weeding one of the little plots that we already have lettuce and broccoli in, while Luke attempted to start our garden tiller. After about half an hour of trying to start it and lots of cursing and searching on the internet, he declared that the tiller had shot shit and we needed to go rent one. So after a little more internet searching, he found a rental place that had a really good one that we could rent for 3 hours for $40. Not bad. So I had to abandon my weeding so that we could go pick it up.

Luckily the renal place was only 15 minutes from the house so we didn’t end up wasting too much of our time driving home and then back to the rental place with it. It actually only ended up taking Luke a little over an hour to get everything he wanted to till taken care of. That tiller was pretty freaking awesome and I have a feeling we’re going to be renting it again next year.

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After dropping the tiller back off at the rental place we had some supplies we needed to go buy. First we stopped at Walmart to get some house stuff that we needed. None if it was necessary for our gardening plans, but it was along the way and it made no sense not to stop there first haha. After Walmart we drove almost 40 minutes into Missouri to Johnson Farms, which is where we like to buy our plants. They’re pretty cheap as far as started plants go, non GMO, and locally grown, which is all super awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ They also host the KC pumpkin run which I really really want to do this year! But that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that we did on Friday, so moving on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We ended up getting yellow pear tomato plants, sweet yellow tomato plants, and “the best” tomato plants (the’re just your standard red tomatoes, but that’s what they were called and I thought it was neat), banana pepper plants, watermelon plants, zucchini plants, cucumber plants, mint, and a blueberry bush. The very nice cashier gave us a slight discount on the watermelon plants because they were a little sad looking, so that was nice, and all in all it only cost us about $32. So yeah, that’s why we really like Johnson farm. And Luke told me I should do the KC pumpkin run there this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So once we had the plants loaded into the car we started making our way to Tractor Supply for fence building materials. On our way there we ended up driving on the running with the cows half marathon course. I did the 5k last year and had a bunch of fun doing it, so when I saw the signs I got super excited haha. Luke asked me why I didn’t do it this year (the race was today, actually) and I’m not sure why I didn’t. I probably should have. Oh well, maybe next year.

Anyway, once we got to Tractor Supply, Luke didn’t like the T-posts that they had there and he wanted to see if we couldn’t get rabbit fence or chicken wire cheaper at Home Depot, so that was our next stop. Turns out that rabbit fence and chicken wire were both cheaper at Tractor Supply, so we didn’t get it at Home Depot. We did, however, get some landscape timbers to use for our fence post. So then we went back to Tractor Supply, decided that rabbit fence would work better for what we wanted to do, bought that, and then finally, 3 hours after we had left, we headed back home and got back to work.

Luke dug the post holes and stuck our “fence posts” in them while I planted everything. After I had gotten all of the plants in the ground I helped hold the rabbit fence in place while he secured it to the fence posts. Luckily that didn’t take too long, and once that was taken care of our garden was pretty much complete!

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This is why we had to build a temporary fence. The dogs just will not stay out of the garden. Apparently Lily just likes to hang out amount the tomato and pepper plants haha.

So even thought our project is done, there’s still plenty of work that we need to do. That’s the problem with gardening, the work is literally never done. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But once the fence was built it was about 8 pm, so we decided to call it a day.

So when I got up this morning, it was very reluctantly because I knew I had a lot to do today and I was sore from all the hard work Luke and I did yesterday. Plus I needed to run. Since I had been sick I hadn’t been able to do much running, so now I need to start slowly getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately running didn’t exactly sound all that appealing this morning, so I made a little deal with myself. I’d run a mile, finish weeding the garden plot that I had started weeding yesterday, then call it good as far as outdoor activities go for today. So that’s what I did.

Running actually did feel kinda good and it helped work some of the soreness out of my muscles, but I still didn’t feel like going for more than a mile. Still better than nothing though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once that was out of the way I got my weeding done, showered, got a little bit of housework done, then took a nap. Oh man, yesterday really wore me out! 

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It’s looking pretty good out there! 

Later in the afternoon Luke and I went grocery shopping. We got in and out of Aldi with all of our usual supplies in 18 minutes. We basically ran through the store grabbing what we needed. It was great haha! 

Now we’re hanging out in the back porch, drinking beer, and enjoying the nice weather. 


I hope you’ve had a super Saturday!

~Ashley