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41 Days Until The Autumn Equinox and 49 Days Until The First Day Of October!

Yeah, I have a countdown for both of those things going on my phone. πŸ˜‚

For real though, I’m so over summer!

Not that I was exactly into it to being with. But I’m very ready for it to be over at this point. I’m tired of having to wake up super early to run before the sun comes out at the heat index hits the 100’s. I’m tired of dripping with sweat and being crusted with salt by the time I finish my runs. I’m tired of feeling drained and sapped of every ounce of energy I have on super hot and humid days. And I’m tired of having to resort to running on the treadmill on days where I want to sleep in until 7 am or days when we have heat warnings and I just can’t handle the excessive heat and humidity (I’m for real a huge wimp in the heat and the humidity doesn’t help my asthma…). I am so ridiculously ready for some cool weather and beautiful fall days!

But alas. For now you will find me drowning in my own sweat. πŸ₯΅

Alright. I know that was like, the worlds largest pity party. But I think sometimes it’s best to just get it all out, ya know? πŸ˜‚

Mostly I’m just upset because I ended up sleeping in until 8 am today. Yesterday I was up early, ran 3 “easy” (but they were actually hard AF) miles, and then proceeded to do 2 hours of strenuous yard work. All in the full sun, 80 degrees a rising, 94% humidity weather. With an excessive heat warning on top of it all. The heat index for yesterday got up to 103. Luckily I was done with everything and inside for that part of the day. But my morning in the sun, heat, and humidity really drained me. Hence the sleeping in until 8 today. And since it was already 80 degrees by then I figured the treadmill was my best option. Not my favorite, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

That being said, I might have procrastinated my run today a little bit. I don’t find the treadmill to be particularly appealing so it’s can be really hard to take the first steps of actually getting onto the damn thing!

Eventually I did though. While I might not be stoked about the treadmill it’s pretty easy for me to stay motivated to get my runs done when I have a race on the calendar. Or in this case two. In two days. πŸ˜‰

So around 10:40 this morning I hopped onto my treadmill and got today’s workout done! It definitely helped that my training plan called for my favorite kind of interval workout today, but oh man it was still super hard! I got through it though! Plus for most of my workout there were these little birds hanging out in the bush right outside my window and that was cool! Hahaha they were pretty entertaining and definitely helped take my mind off of the fact that I was putting in some hard work on the treadmill.

Seriously though! I’m so glad that one is over! It was super tough and now I’ve been super tired all day. Like I said, I’m very ready for fall to get here so running isn’t so darn draining all of the time.

Anyway, thanks for hanging around and reading my pity party for today!

I’m all for positive thinking but I also think it’s helpful to say how you feel out loud or write it all down. Bottling things up all of the time just doesn’t work. At least it sure doesn’t for me! I already feel better now that I’ve complained!

So yeah. That’s all for today!

How are you feeling? Are you a summer lover or are you ready for fall? πŸπŸ‚

You’re very sweaty, sport drink reliant friend,

~Ashley

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Home Sweet Home, Hello August, and Half Marathon Training

Yesterday afternoon Luke and I loaded up all 4 dogs into the truck and then made our way back to Kansas! Yay!! Is there anything better than sleeping in your own bed at night after being away?? 😴😊

Hahaha but before we actually got to sleep in our bed when we got home (at like, 7 pm yesterdayπŸ˜‰) we had some stuff to take care of. Mostly in the garden. After not being tended to for 4 days it was a little bit dry. It didn’t rain at all while we were gone either. But it’s not too bad. We still had to pick a ridiculous amount of tomatoes and even a few cucumbers last night.

So. Many. Tomatoes!!

It did actually rain that night though! We had a nice little thunderstorm roll in which was very much needed! My garden wasn’t the only think looking a little bit dry yesterday, so everything got watered and that’s good. It was a nice way to end July. Really the weather this summer has been pretty mild for the most part here in Kansas, but a little bit of rain was definitely necessary!β›ˆπŸ˜Š

It was still thundering when I woke up this morning, but no more rain. It just missed us. But things were sufficiently wet here, so that wasn’t a big deal.

Anyway, it’s the first day of August!!

That means it’s time to tally up my monthly mileage!

July was a bit of a hectic month. Luke and I hosted two teenagers and kept them entertained. We experienced a heat wave followed by a weird but very welcome cold snap. I twisted my ankle. And Obviously we had our trip to Illinois. So life and my usual clumsy nature definitely happened and were in full effect this month and my mileage clearly reflects that.

That being said, I still pushed through some stuff, squeezed in runs when we were busy, even if that meant losing some sleep. I cut some runs short when I was short on time, but I still did something and that sure beats nothing! And when I got hurt, instead of being stupid and trying to run on my swollen and sore ankle, I gave it the rest it obviously needed. So all in all I’m calling this month a win!

But now that things are finally going to be settling down around here I’m ready to really start putting in some work! Especially since I’m technically 2 weeks into half marathon training. Although I haven’t really gotten much done in that regard since I twisted my ankle last Wednesday. But that ankle is starting to feel much better now!!

I didn’t run today though, but I really needed to rest and recuperate and that’s also a part of training! Honestly I’m just exhausted from all of the running around we did while we were in Illinois. Today it was nice to just sit at home and do nothing. Well, for the most part at least. πŸ˜‰ I still have animals that needed tended to, tomatoes that needed washed, and other chores around the house that needed done. Oh and laundry. I had to do so much laundry. πŸ˜†

But anyway. We’re home! I’m ready to get going at half marathon training! And we are now that much closer to fall!! 53 more days until the Autumn Equinox and 61 more days until the first day of October!! πŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ

Happy first day of August!

~Ashley

Half Marathon Training Officially Begins Today!

Yay!!

But also not-so-yay. The last past couple of months haven’t been great for me running-wise. Between having my brother in staying with us since the end of May, then my sister in law also staying here for a week, traveling, the heat wave, and all of my other responsibilities, we’ve just been super busy and I haven’t been very motivated. Obviously I enjoy having my family stay with me, but oh boy does it throw me off! I’m a very routine oriented person and when my routine gets thrown off my whole being feels kinda thrown off. πŸ˜‚ I have GAD, so routines and having well laid out plans is something that I find very comforting. πŸ˜‚

But, I really need to get my ass into gear because come the second weekend of November, I’m tackling two half marathons in two days!!

Anyway, things around here are starting to slow down and go back to normal again. One of my sister in laws came and picked up my brother in law and is taking him back home to Minnesota until next summer, probably. It kinda sucks that our fun has come to an end, but not gonna lie, I am a little bit excited about being able to not have to tip toe around in the mornings, and actually do my running warm ups. I haven’t really been doing that because he’s been sleeping on our couch and I didn’t want to wake him up with all of my shenanigans. Especially not on the days where I had to wake up at 5 am. πŸ˜‚

Now all we’ve got left for the summer is a trip to Illinois this weekend and then things will be back to normal! Almost just in time for half marathon training. πŸ˜‰ Since we are going to be traveling this weekend I’m going to have to switch some things around on my training plan, but then after that it should be relatively smooth sailing in the schedule department, at least.

So, Week 1 Day 1 of half marathon training. I kicked things off with an easy 3.5 mile run!

We’ve been experiencing the horrible heat wave that’s been affecting a good portion of the US here in Kansas, but yesterday we got a good amount of rain and that cooled things off quite a bit! When I started my run it was 66 degrees out. It m. Was. Glorious!! The only thing that could have made it better was a little bit of cloud cover, but after the weather we’ve been having, I’ll gladly take the 66 degrees!!

That was a pretty great way to kick off training! Although my quads were still crazy sore from a kettlebell workout I did on Saturday. πŸ˜‚ Hopefully this run helped flush them out a little bit, but really I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how they feel tomorrow.

Anyway, I guess that’s where I am right now. Dreaming of fall. Officially in my next training cycle. And desperately trying to get my shit together. πŸ˜‚ I’ll get there eventually though. πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday and good luck to everyone who are also starting training plans today!

Wishing you many happy miles,

~Ashley

Thursday Things

We are back from Minnesota! Yay!

Actually, we got back Tuesday night and were home all day yesterday, but whatever. πŸ˜‰ With all of the recent shenanigans that have been going on I haven’t been able to do much blogging! I mean, I could, but it’s a lot easier to do all of this on my laptop that it is on my phone and not gonna lie, I’m kinda lazy. πŸ˜‚

So anyway, Minnesota was fun! Between bon fires, parties, one high school graduation, and lots and lots of family time we sure were busy! Don’t worry though, Luke made absolutely certain that we were able to squeeze in several games of golf. His new goal is to golf at least once in every state. So far we’re 2/50. πŸ˜‚

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On the golf course. Making weird faces because that’s what we do. πŸ˜‰

It was fun though! Luke’s brother (the now high school graduate πŸ˜‰ ) went with us every time and he is now a fan of golf. πŸ™‚ We played at two different courses while we were there and they were both very pretty. The three of us all actually did quite well on our third and final golf game of our trip. We even kept score for the very first time and I won!! In all fairness though, Luke had me playing with a few handicaps because I’m not very good at golf and because I’m playing with his men’s clubs which does make it a little harder for me than it does for them. I guess eventually I’m going to need a set of women’s clubs.

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Luckily we did golf and therefore got in some kind of physical activity! Hahaha I’m not exactly one that likes not being on the move. πŸ˜‰ I didn’t getΒ anyΒ running done while we were there, unfortunately. Mostly because we were pretty busy with my brother in law graduating and all of the activities that revolved around that.Then on top of that we were up late every night having us some good ol’ fashioned sibling hang out time, so there was no way I was getting up early after all of that. πŸ˜‰ But mostly there was really no where nearby that I felt safe to run. My mother in law’s house is right off of a buys highway and apparently they see people running on it, but neither her or I think that’s a good idea. I was told of a potential loop I could do, but I was kinda worried about getting lost. Especially since our cell service wasn’t too great there. So, I decided I was just going to enjoy my time there and not worry about it. πŸ™‚

Lily, Dean, and Finn all stayed at a kennel while we were in Minnesota but we brought Whiskey with us. We don’t think she’s old enough to stay in a kennel yet. Especially since she has such a sensitive personality. Plus she was in heat so we didn’t want her anywhere near Finn while that was going on. We definitely don’t want any puppies yet! So, she came with us.

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Luke and I have definitely lucked out with all of our dogs! None of them get car sick at all!! Sure they all get used to riding around in vehicles starting at a very young age, so all 4 of them know how to behave in the truck, but there really isn’t much you can do about a dog that gets car sick. My sister’s German shepherd gets sick and freaks out every single time he rides in her car. So I’m glad we don’t have to deal with any of that. Whiskey sat quietly in the back seat all 12 hours to Minnesota and all 12 hours back to Kansas with no problems. She had a bone to chew on but really she just slept most of the time. We let her out to run around a little bit and go to the bathroom every time we stopped for gas and food, but honestly I think that dog would have held it all 12 hours if we had made her (which we never would!). She is insanely good about things like that. She was the easiest dog I’ve ever potty trained and I could probably count on one hand the amount of times she’s had an accident inside.

Anyway, she did good during our entire trip there actually. She got to hang out with everyone at my mother in laws house whenever Luke and I went anywhere and overnight because the house we were staying at didn’t allow pets. She liked meeting all of the new people, sleeping in my sister in law’s room, and getting to run around in the woods. But even after all of that I’m pretty sure she’s glad to be back home with the other dogs. πŸ˜‰

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We ended up kidnapping my brother in law and bringing him back to Kansas with us. πŸ˜‰ He wanted to be able to hang out with Luke a little bit during his last summer before he goes to college so he’s going to be staying with us until the end of July. Cool Beans! The fun will continue! At least for the 3 of us it will. πŸ˜‰

So like I said, we actually got back home from Minnesota Tuesday night. We left that morning knowing that we were going to end up driving through some thunderstorms in Iowa and it did in fact rain the WHOLE TIME we drove through that state. It was nothing too bad though. Things started getting super iffy around Missouri and Kansas though. We had somehow timed it just right that we wereΒ  super close to getting hit by THE WORST part of this storm cell right around the Missouri/Kansas border. I’m talking hail, flash flood warnings, high winds. It was raining so hard at a certain point that we could barely see out the windshield and there was a tornado warning for the county we were in. We got incredibly lucky and justΒ barelyΒ avoided the worst part of the storm cell, but we sure could see it! This storm did end up producing a tornado that was about a mile long and that was so covered in rain that there were times that you could barely see it. We just missed it, but we were pretty darn close to where it touched down. Scary stuff, but obviously we ended up making it home safely. πŸ™‚

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The storm from just outside of Kansas City.

So yeah, we are home sweet home now. πŸ™‚ As of today I’ve gotten a couple of runs done and I’m finally back to eating like a normal person. Hahaha I swear, I gained like, 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. But fast food while on the road, party food, and alcohol will do that to a person. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad to be back to regular scheduled programming as far as all of that stuff goes! πŸ™‚

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Drinking coffee in my own kitchen was a super nice change yesterday morning. πŸ™‚

Okey dokey, just one more little thing before I go! Remember earlier this year how I had promised ROAD iD giveaways? Well one is currently live on my Instagram feed!!! I’m giving away a $35 ROAD iD gift card to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random! So if you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a ROAD iD or if your current one needs updating this could be an excellent opportunity to do so! Or if you don’t want to wait to potentially win a giveaway you can always follow my ambassador link to save 20% on ROAD iD’s website. πŸ™‚

Alrighty! That is all for now!

Wishing you a very happy Thursday!

~Ashley

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March 13th, 2019

Well today was an eventful day!!

It would appear that spring has finally arrived here in Kansas and its brought it’s usual crazy winds with it.

I’d say it also brought the usual wet weather as well, but we actually had a super wet winter so really that’s nothing new at this point. πŸ˜‚ Although we’ve gotten our first couple of spring thunderstorms already. That usually doesn’t happen in the winter. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, kicked off my day in my usual way with a run. I got poured on during the first half which was a lot of fun! I do love me a nice rainy run!! Hahaha at one point though an older gentleman drove up to me in his car, rolled his window down and asked me if I wanted to get out of the rain, and said that he’d be willing to take me anywhere I needed to go. I told him I was fine and politely declined. I’m sure this guy had no ill intentions, but still, I’d never risk getting into a car with a stranger like that. It’s just too risky…

Anyway, rain let up a little bit during the second half of my run and the wind started to really pick up. We got gusts around 50-60 mph today and oh boy were those tough to run in!! I wanted to go 6 miles today but I was just absolutely done with the wind and cut it a little short. I ended up getting in 5.43 miles. Close enough. πŸ˜‰

Wind is not the only bane of my existence this time of year. Oh no! Spring brings wind and dog hair. Lots and lots of dog hair…. Shedding season is in full force. I feel like a good chunk of my time is spent vacuuming up dog hair. Sweeping up dog hair. Picking up dog hair. And brushing dog hair. Fun times. πŸ˜‚

So in the photo below you can see a nice pile of dog hair. That’s all from a 35 pound dog who had a bath yesterday and who had been brushed once before today. So. Much. Dog hair!

Honestly though the dog hair situation isn’t too terrible. It could be a lot worse, especially considering that we have 4 dogs! πŸ˜‰

The wind situation today did, however, end up becoming a huge problem today. Even more so that me just having to run in it!

We had this tree in our backyard, right? And it was pretty much completely dead. We knew we needed to cut it down, but tree removal is expensive and we’ve never really had the tools or manpower to do it ourselves. But on the bright side, the wind took care of that for us today! On the not-so-bright side, the tree landed on the power line that runs to our house as well as an old cable line that it kinda knocked down. That wasn’t a problem though. That one wasn’t doing anything anymore. But it was also on our neighbor’s internet line. Luckily it wasn’t touching his power line too.

Luckily our neighbors are all really awesome, and my brother-in-Law decided to randomly drop by our house. So the brother-in-law of the neighbor who’s kid I babysit works for an electrical company and happened to have a pole saw. Luke just wanted to ask him a few questions, but he offered to help. And then of course the neighbor who’s yard the tree was hanging into helped as well.

Luckily we got it down without any issues! No one got electrocuted and the tree didn’t fall onto the new fence which is great! Now we have a huge tree trunk in our yard that we need to clean up, but at least it’s off the power line and didn’t do any real damage!

Yeah, it’s been a weird day. πŸ˜‚ But at least that’s all taken care of now! Hopefully this wind dies down soon and nothing else ends up happening!

Alrighty, that’s all for now though!

Happy hump day! 🐫

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: February 18th-24th, 2019

Well this week sure was interesting!!

Luke and I kicked it off by his office building having an electrical fire and me getting a root canal. Fun times, man. Fun times. 🀣 Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, and the engineering firm Luke works for got their shit together very quickly and everyone was back to work in just a few days. And my root canal went well. It’s healing and that’s just one more of my shitty teeth that’s getting taken care of. πŸ™‚

So yeah, it wasn’t a bad week. Just an interesting one!

Monday:

  • Rest day

Monday was the day the root canal and office fire went down. You can read all about that here, if it suits your fancy. 😊

So since I got my mouth drilled on and was told to take it easy for the rest of the day I did not run. Or do much of anything else when we got home from the dentist’s/a little bit of shopping. πŸ˜‚ It was nice though because Luke was home so we got to hang out and be couch potato’s together.

Tuesday:

  • 2 miles

On Tuesday Luke went to his work to pick up his laptop, just incase they ended up being out of work for a while. While he was gone I ran two easy-ish miles. They felt pretty good and I might have pushed up a small hill a little too hard. Hence me not really wanting to call this an easy run even though that’s what it was supposed to be. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 5 mile fartlek

Holy cow my legs were sore!!! And I’m not sure why? Running on slippery snow last Saturday? That doesn’t seem to likely… Sitting in a dentists chair for like 40 minutes? Maybe? Charging up a small hill the day before? I seriously doubt it. I can’t emphasis enough how small of a hill it was… Haha oh well. It is what it is.

Despite my sore legs this run ended up being AMAZING! There was snow. There was ice. And there was lots and lots of slush! What’s not to love?!? Hahaha this ended up turning into a 5 mile fartlek and I had a ridiculous amount of fun doing it! I’d have to slow down on the slush and snow, walk over ice every once in a while, but once my feet found solid ground I would take off and run as fast as I wanted to until I hit another patch of snow. It was great. Sometimes the weather conditions create the perfect workout for you. 😊

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • 30 minutes of Pilates

Luke went back to work on Thursday. Honestly it’s really good that the company is up and running again after the fire, but I was hoping he’d get a couple of more days off because I was enjoying spending so much extra time with him. πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I woke up stiff, sore, and tired Thursday morning. Doing speed…I was gonna say work but really it didn’t feel like work. I guess I’ll go with play since that’s basically what “fartlek” means anyway. πŸ˜‰ So speed play on snow, ice, and slush will do that to a person. No regrets though! It was just too much fun.

So Thursday was spent doing 3 easy miles. Hahaha I kinda overdressed for this run though. There was snow on the ground but that was super deceiving. It was actually kinda warm out. πŸ˜‚

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Nothing too exciting or fancy on Friday. Just two easy miles to get the legs moving. They needed it after Thursday! The Pilates workout I did was no joke! πŸ™‚

Saturday:

  • 8 miles

It was cold, windy, and rainy Saturday morning! I often get asked what I do when it rains, in regards to running. My answer; I get wet. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, my 8 miler went alright. My legs were still feeling a little bit tired and batting the wind wasn’t exactly fun, but other than that I can’t complain. It wasn’t the best long run, but it certainly wasn’t the worst! πŸ˜„

Sunday:

  • Rest day

Yay! Another well earned day off!! 😊

Spent my Sunday bleaching/dyeing my hair. Typical Sunday for me. πŸ˜‰ Hair stuff and more Law and Order: SVU. It was nice.

Total Weekly Mileage: 20

I’ve been really consistent with hitting 20 miles every week for about a month now. I believe it’s time to start upping my mileage again! Feeling good and ready to take on my upcoming 10k in April! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Happy Sunday!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: January 21st-27th, 2019

I’ve felt kinda tired and off this week. By Sunday I was definitely feeling run down and like I was right about to come down with a cold or something. Damn. Like and I had been doing incredibly well at not getting sick this cold a flu season. But I guess it was inevitable that I’d end up getting sick eventually. My immune system isn’t the greatest…

Monday:

  • 4 miles

Monday was a cold one!! Felt like 8 degrees out and was cloudy and windy. I felt kinda like Randy from A Christmas Story in all of my various layers, but at least I was relatively comfortable during my run. πŸ˜‚

I talk all about how I gear up for super cold winter runs here, if you’re interested! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Tuesday:

  • 3 miles

I was feeling very, very meh on Tuesday. I didn’t exactly want to run but I felt pretty decent once I got out there.

Anyway, it was drizzly and cold. Warmer than the day before though. Hahaha we’ve still got some big piles of snow, slush, ice, and mud everywhere. So it’s been an interesting couple of days. πŸ˜‚

Wednesday:

  • 4 treadmill miles

Woke up to an inch or so of new snow!! I was super duper excited about getting another snowy run in, but my husband texted me and told me the roads were super slippery. And they were…it had rained before it snowed so there was just a nice little layer of ice underneath it all. So I took to the treadmill for 4 miles on Wednesday.

It was no fun… every once in a in a while I can get a decent treadmill run in, but most of the time treadmill running just saps all of the life out of me. But about an hour after I had finished and was laying around feeling sorry for myself and just messing around on my phone I got some really exciting news!!! I can’t tell you what yet, but I am so freaking stoked!!!!! It made my day so much better after that sad treadmill run. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„

Thursday:

  • 45 minutes strength training
  • 25 minutes yoga

Woop woop! Got a decent strength workout done on Thursday!! Then a nice yoga practice done in the afternoon, including a few headstands. I used to practice my headstands a lot and at one point I was really good at them! But I kinda fell off for a while. But I was super stoked to find out that I’m still capable of holding one for a while! I’m currently using the wall as a safety net because I do kinda fall backwards sometimes, but still, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be! 😁

Also, my watch says my strength session was 55 minutes long because that’s including the warm up and cool down. I just can’t be bothered to keep track of that and sets and whatnot. πŸ˜‰

Friday:

  • 35 minutes on the stationary bike

I was pretty sore on Friday! Tired too. Decided to spend some time on my stationary bike to help loosen up my legs a little bit. Mission accomplished! πŸ˜„

Saturday:

  • 7 miles

It was another cold day on Saturday! Not as cold as Monday was, but still pretty chilly! I got 7 miles in for my “long run” this week. Hahaha for me personally, that’s not really a long run. Especially since I’ve been doing “medium long” runs at 5 miles. So really I should probably be doing at least 10 for my actual long run. But oh well, still happy with my 7. πŸ˜‰

I felt pretty good for the most part! All in all it was pretty decent run.

Sunday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

I actually woke up feeling ok today, but as the day went on I started feeling a little worse. I’m tired, a little bit achy (but not from my run yesterday), and my throat has been a bit scratchy. I’ve been hoping that I’d make it through cold and flu season unscathed, but it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen.

I spent my day resting, drinking tea, and I did a little bit of restorative yoga with a couple of headstands thrown in just for fun! πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒ I’m hoping a little bit of rest will help keep this from turning into a full blown thing, but we shall see.

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.10

I’m moving that weekly mileage up at a snail’s pace. But hey, a snail’s pace sure beats not moving forward at all! Or even worse, going backwards! So I’ll gladly take it!!

Slightly unrelated, but does anyone else feel like the month of January is going by at a snail’s pace as well? Like, I swear it’s been at least 3 months since Christmas, but nope, it’s been about 1. What the heck is up with that?!?

Anyway, wishing everyone a happy Sunday!

~Ashley