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February 26th, 2018

It was another beautiful day here in Colorado!!

My dad and brother both had to work today, so I mostly hung out with my mom. But of course I had to run first. πŸ˜‰


Breakfast, because I was too lazy to make Manything. πŸ˜‰

So McIntosh Lake is basically across the street from my parents’ apartment and it’s got a gravel trail that goes all the way around it, so that’s where I ran today. Well, it was more of a run/walk/slipping/sliding kinda thing. It was around 42 degrees and all of the snow was melting, pretty packed down and icy. So that made things a little bit difficult. Plus the elevation is killer! Haha remember I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life. πŸ˜‰ I was pretty wiped out after the 3 miles I did, but the views of Longs Peak definitely made it worth it!

After that fun adventure I showered, made some grits (oh man it’s been a while since I’ve eaten grits haha), napped for a little bit (haha the elevation seriously wears me out!), and then took the dogs out for a little bit.

Later in the afternoon my dad and brother got home so we hung out for a little bit and then my mom and I went to Walmart. Fun times haha.

But yeah, that’s pretty much all we did today.

Happy Monday from Longmont Colorado!




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.


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.


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…


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!!


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!


  • 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™‚



  • 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˜‰



  • 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™‚



  • 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™‚


  • 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™‚



  • 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.



  • 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.


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˜‰


Weekly Recap: January 22nd-28th, 2018

It would appear that at some point last week, my best guess would be Monday or Wednesday when I decide it would be fun to run on ice/snow, I managed to hurt my foot. Luckily it doesn’t seem too bad. I can still walk on it just fine. But I don’t want it to turn into anything detrimental, so I took last Saturday, last Sunday, and this Monday off from running I’m hopes that it would help. It seemed to, which is great! But this little incident reminded me just how injury prone I am, and that I really need to work on things to supplement my running in order to stay healthy and finally get to work on my goals for this year, because thus far I’ve accomplished very little in the ways of getting those started…


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



  • Rest Day

So, in this post I said I was going to spend some time on the stationary bike or something on Tuesday. I also talked about how tired I’ve been. So obviously we know which one won haha. But I did make another batch of Superhero muffins from Run Fast Eat Slow. Not gonna lie, I’m surprised at how much I love these things, considering the fact that they’ve got a pretty decent amount of vegetables in them. But they are super tasty!! πŸ™‚



  • 2 miles

Ugh, you know it’s a rough week when you’re first run is on Wednesday and it’s super short…But on the bright side, my intention was to just do an easy run, but this one kinda turned into a tempo run. It definitely felt like I was running at a “comfortably hard” pace and I caught myself pushing a little bit up a few hills anyway, so I’m gonna call it a tempo run haha. Plus I had on my super sweet Honey Stinger socks, and running is awesome socks makes it at least 10 times more fun. πŸ˜‰



  • 40 minutes of yoga/foam rolling

Jeez louise, I’ve just felt like a lazy, tired, unmotivated, pile of mush this week. I mean, at least as far as running goes. On Thursday I didn’t feel like running, stationary biking, or doing any kind of productive strength training. Plus I was a little worried about my foot after Wednesday’s run ended up being a little bit harder than it probably should have. It felt fine, but I still want to be careful with it. So I ended up walking all 3 dogs instead, and then spent a decent amount of time on my yoga mat. So at the very least that’s good. πŸ™‚



  • 5 miles

My foot was still feeling 100% fine, so that’s good. I was still feeling super crazy tired even though I got really good sleep the night before, so that kinda sucked. And here in Kansas we were under a wind advisory all day and were experiencing gusts of wind that were up to 45 MPH. Ugh. I will gladly run in the rain, snow, ice, freezing cold, it doesn’t matter. But the one weather condition I hate even more than heat is strong gusts of wind. They suck… But surprisingly even with all of that, this run ended up being a lot of fun! I swear, the best runs happen when you least expect them. Also spent a lot of time playing a fun little game called “dodge the trash can!”, as everyone’s trash cans, recycle bins, and the trash that was once in them were all blowing all over the place because of the wind.



  • Rest Day

Stayed up late on Friday. Woke up late on Saturday. I think I’ve officially messed up my regular sleep schedule at this point. The problem with winter running is that I can get s run done at pretty much any time of day. I don’t have to worry about the sun being up and it being crazy hot out. That’s nice and all, but I tend to use it as an excuse to fall out of a normal sleeping pattern and that’s not a good choice. Especially since when I wake up at 9 am I tend to feel like doing nothing all day. Like I did on Saturday…

Bubbles didn’t mind me not doing anything though. πŸ˜‚


  • 2.38 miles

Another day of staying up late and then sleeping in. Oops. I think I’m gonna have to work on that this week, otherwise I’m gonna be in for a rude awakening when it starts getting warm out and I need to get out before it gets too hot…But anyway, usually I take a rest day on Sunday, but since I did that yesterday I decided to do a quick loop around my neighborhood, so at the very least I’d have a couple more miles in my already super low running mileage bank haha.


All in all, I felt like my week was super unproductive and that I didn’t exactly accomplish much. Util I saw that my Garmin said my training status was “productive” again. I’m not entirely sure just how accurate any of that stuff is, but it’s been a while since it’s said I was being productive, so hey, I’ll take it!! And I think next week is going to end up being a lot better anyway. πŸ™‚


Happy happy Sunday, everyone!!


Thursday Things

Hello, people of earth and any potential space aliens reading this! Haha hey, you never know! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰


First and foremost, can we talk about how freaking true the above photo is? Especially when you decide to chug two Not Your Father’s Root Beer Beer’s on a Wednesday night. I know that’s not a lot, but I don’t exactly drink often and chugging them in a short amount of time may or may not have gotten me a little bit tipsy and I woke up a little more tired than I probably should have and very thirsty. Oh well, that was an easy enough fix. πŸ™‚

Anyways, yesterday was Dean’s birthday!!!!!! My favorite running buddy turned 3 years old yesterday! We didn’t make him a cake like we did for Finn, but he did get a pretty good amount of raw, ground beef all to himself. So I think that more than makes up for it.


I say he’s my favorite running buddy, but I actually haven’t run with him for a while haha. I need to though. He really enjoys running with me. I’ll have to do that after all of the salt washes off of the roads. I don’t like walking my dogs on all of that stuff. It’s got chemicals in it that I don’t want them getting on their feet.

And speaking of running (my segues on these “Thursday Things” posts are so freakin good, I know. πŸ˜‰ ), I didn’t do any one Tuesday or yesterday haha. After running on snow and ice on MondayΒ my legs were completely trashed and my left knee was a little bit sore. I suppose that’s not too surprising though. Running on snow is hard! So I took a rest day on Tuesday and spent a little bit of time on my stationary bike on Wednesday. Haha and actually, part of the reason why I didn’t run yesterday was because it felt like -12 degrees outside and I didn’t feel like dealing with that kind of cold. It just didn’t sound like fun.

It’s looking like we’re not gonna have to worry about the crazy cold for much longer though! I mean, look at Sunday. That’s basically shorts weather at this point!!


It was still pretty chilly this morning though. It felt like 7Β  degrees when I woke up, which not gonna lie, felt a little bit toasty after -12 the day before hahaha. But since it was a tad bit warmer out and my legs felt a lot better, I figured I’d better do some running today. So I went out and did 20 easy minutes. I still had a bit of a niggle going on in my knee, so I figured short and sweet was a good idea for today. Plus there were still some icy patches on the road and that’s what more likely than not made my knee sore in the first place haha.


So, Death Of A Bachelor kept me entertained during my warm up and run this morning, but I need some new albums to listen to while I run. Suggestions?? Please! I’m getting really bored with most of my music lately haha. I need some new tunes!


Alrighty then! This is kinda super random, but aren’t all of my “Thursday Things” posts? Anyway, so a couple of months ago I saw an ad for this app called Achievement on Facebook. The ad basically claimed that you could earn a little bit of extra cash by being active. Of course I initially thought it was bullshit, but I did a little bit of research, downloaded the app, and discovered that it’s actually legit! Or at least it seems that way so far. So basically, you earn points by syncing apps like myfitnesspal, Strava, Garmin Connect, the FitBit app, Apple health and other apps like that, and basically just using them haha. It seems like you earn the most points by just logging steps but you still get a few by logging your meals, activities and what not. Then once you earn 10,000 they supposedly send you $10, either through PayPal or direct depostit. I haven’t gotten that far yet (I’m getting close though!) but I’ll let you know if I actually get $10!


So obviously it’s not a lot of money, but hey, it’s something! And basically all you have to do is use health/fitness apps that you already use! And I’m not getting any kind of compensation or rewards, or anything like that for talking about this app. I just thought it was pretty spiffy and wanted to share it with you guys! πŸ™‚ If you’re at all interested, here’s Achievement’s website!

Anyway, I believe that’s all I’ve got to talk about for today! Haha now that the holiday’s are over it feels like I’ve just got nothing going on and very little to talk about at the moment. Especially since I’m just slowly working back into running and whatnot, so nothing very exciting is really happening right now. But I do have one race on the schedule in May and a few others that I want to do this year, along with all of my other running goals/plans. So hopefully before too long things will start picking up again! Haha but I just feel like I’m being kinda boring at the moment. Oh well, can’t do much about that except keeping up with what I’m doing. Which like I said, isn’t much, especially running-wise, but I do feel like I’m making some progress on that front. Slow progress. But progress nonetheless!

Happy Friday eve everyone! I hope everyone’s had a great week so far!!



Oh yeah, and I’m bringing back the blonde hair streak thingy!! I don’t remember if I mentioned that on here yet haha. I’m kinda over the whole black hair thing, so I’m just letting that fade and working on bringing the blonde thing back. Right now it’s kinda orange, but hopefully it’ll only take one more round of bleaching to turn all the way blonde again. Like everything I’ve got going on right now, it’s a slow process.

Ok, now I’m done. πŸ˜‰

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…


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!



January 12th, 2018

This morning I woke up tired, sore, and unmotivated to do pretty much anything. Initially I was super frustrated with myself. I mean, it wasn’t all that long ago when I could do an easy 4 miler like I did yesterday, and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day and tackle another run. But I took a minute to take a step back and really look at what’s going on. I did kind of do a lot yesterday! I braved the elements and did an almost 4 mile run (it was 3.89, but that’s freaking close enough hahaha) with ice under my feet and pretty harsh wind gusts which where sometimes at my back and sometimes at my face. It was slow going (it was more slipping, sliding, walking over really bad patches of ice, and stopping for cars), hard work, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

And then later in the day I did a 30 minute yoga sequence and spend 30 minutes on my stationary bike (and it wasn’t 30 minutes of me just fucking around on the bike like I sometimes do, I was actually putting in some work hahaha! πŸ˜‰ ). And that was all on top of me being sick last week, and being crazy busy with Christmas stuff the week before that, so no freaking wonder I don’t feel like doing anything today!

Sure maybe at one point I could have done a hard workout after everything I did yesterday. And yes, compared to what some people can do/are currently doing, I did hardly anything yesterday. But comparing myself to other people or to what I could do at another point and time is literally going to get me nowhere. It doesn’t getΒ anyoneΒ anywhere.

So, this is where I’m at right now and that’s ok. I’ve got some really big goals I want to accomplish and I’m going to have to work really hard to make them happen. But right now I need to focus on even getting to the point of being able to work towards them. I can’t just jump right back into what I was doing several months ago and think that will work. It won’t. More likely than not I’ll just end up burnt out or hurt, and I’m already super injury prone haha. I need to work back up to where I was and then build from there. And if that means having to skip out on a run here or there to rest, then so be it. For me today, not running is a win. πŸ™‚

I know this post is kinda just one big “note to self” thing. But if you take anything away from it, let it be the fact that it’s ok to be where you’re at right now and to work with that instead of comparing yourself to someone else or to your past self (something that I’m super guilty of), and then trying to do too much, or getting frustrated and giving up on whatever your goal happens to be. You’ve got this. I believe in you. Which is also a good “note to self”. πŸ™‚

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!!

~ Ashley