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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˜‰

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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!

~Ashley

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February 25th, 2018

Alrighty! I wanted to have this post up yesterday, but I had my weekly recap and I was pretty tired last night haha. So anyway, here are all of the fun adventures we had yesterday.

Yesterday I was the first person awake. I tend to be up relatively early anyway, but Kansas is also an hour ahead of Colorado, so when I got up at 7:30 in the morning it was really 8:30 in the time zone I live in. Haha so technically I did sleep in. πŸ˜‰ So I just kinda hung out and played with the dogs until around 9:30 when my dad and brother finally got up. I took my dad’s dog Niko outside while he made bacon and eggs for breakfast. πŸ™‚

After we ate my dad and brother had to move some stuff from the trailer to their garage, so while they did that I drank some coffee, took Niko out again, and then got dressed. Once they were finished my mom got up and got dressed and around 11 ish me and my mom and dad set off to go to the Rocky Mountain National Park. My dad wanted me to see theΒ alluvial fan, so that’s where he took us.

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It was super cold, crazy windy, and none of us were properly prepared for that. So my mom waited in the car while my dad and I quickly hiked to theΒ alluvial fan. It was mostly frozen, but we could still see some water moving under the ice which was super neat. Oh, and speaking of ice, my dad slipped on it and fell and literally right after he got up I also slipped and fell on the ice. Haha luckily neither of us got hurt.

We looked around a little bit, he told me about the damn that broke and some of the stuff that happened after that (that’s why I like hanging out with my dad, I always learn new things πŸ™‚ ), and then we quickly made our way back to his truck. After that we drove around the park for a little bit and on our way out we ended up seeing a small herd of elk. This was my first time seeing elk in real life, so I was obviously pretty excited haha! I hoped out of the truck and I was able to get really close to them, because they’re really used to seeing people so that was really neat! I also hung out of the window of the truck and took a few photos too.

By the time we left the park it was a little after 1 pm we were all starving, so went out to eat. I ate a whole french dip sandwich. I was impressed with myself haha. After that we did a little bit of shopping and my dad bought me this super awesome shirt. πŸ™‚

We headed home after our little shopping trip, and got back a little after 3:30 pm. I guess all of that sight seeing, eating, and shopping wore us all out! My dad went to take a nap after we got home and me and my mom kinda just hung out with my brother for a little bit, but eventually we ended up taking Niko for a walk on a trail that goes around a lake that’s near their apartment. My mom and Niko didn’t make it very far haha, they ended up turning around going back home with out me. I walked for about a mile and then turned around and walked the mile back home. It was really pretty out there, with the sun starting to set and all of the snow on the ground. πŸ™‚ It also felt really good to walk around a little bit after being in the truck for so long on Saturday.

Once I got home I showered, ate dinner, and just chilled for the rest of the night. I was pretty worn out after all of the days adventures. And probably after traveling to Colorado in the first place haha.

Whew, but that pretty much covers yesterday’s adventures!

Stay tuned for more Colorado fun! I’m sure there will be more. πŸ™‚

~Ashley

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

Thursday Things

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

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!!

~Ashley

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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…

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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

 

Christmas Was A Success!!

A crazy, hectic, busy, couple of days, but a definite success!!

Luke, the dogs, and I were only in Illinois for about 3 and 1/2 days, but we still managed to go everywhere we needed to go, saw everyone we needed to see, went to most of the Christmas parties we’d been invited too, gave and received gifts, ate lots of yummy food, drank a little too much ;), stayed up waaaay too late, and had lots and lots of fun. πŸ™‚Β Honestly, I couldn’t actually re-cap everything that went down in Illinois in the correct order because it’s all kind of a blur haha, but I suppose I’m gonna try!

I got to see my sister and her husband a little bit which was nice. I haven’t seen them in a while!! And I got to hang out with my brother for a little bit too! All three of them left to go home to Colorado the day before Luke and I did. My mom bought a puppy from someone in Illinois, so they brought her back to my mom. She’s a cute little thing, a tea cup Yorkie, but I honestly would never recommend buying a tea cup dog (they tend to have health issues. Intentionally breeding dogs to be super duper small isn’t exactly a good thing). But anyway, my sister has an Alaskan husky (which is a Siberian husky mixed with a grey hound) and a huge German Shepard, so I’m not sure how that 11 hour drive went for them with such a tiny dog in the car, but they somehow made it. πŸ™‚

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My mom’s new puppy. I may not agree with the whole tea cup dog thing, but I definitely wasn’t going to say no to cuddling with a puppy!

On Christmas day Luke and I spent the day driving around everywhere. We Opened presents from Santa in the morning (apparently Santa knows I like Nike running gear and needed a new pair of fleece leggings πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ). Then we went to Luke’s grandma Becky’s party. All of Luke’s uncles, aunts and cousins always spend the afternoon there and that’s always fun. Since there are only 2 really little kids on this side of the family a lot of suggestive joking was done this year. We also got a little talk about the bird and the bees. That was a blast and Luke’s grandma thought it was hilarious. And every year, after we eat lunch Santa shows up to hand out more gifts! Luke’s grandpa never seems to be around when Santa shows up though. I guess our big Christmas lunch makes him tired. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

That night Finn and I stayed at my grandma’s house and Luke, Lily, and Dean stayed at his dad’s. So I spent the night hanging out with my grandma and attempting to make Finn get along with my uncle’s dog, Luther. At first Finn was afraid of him, but once he realized he could bully him he stopped freaking out around him. Poor Luther, all he wanted to do was play with Finn. They’re about the same age and Luther was super exited to have a friend. Finn on the other hand, is a border collie, mostly wants to work, and doesn’t know how to play like a normal dog. And I mean, he did kinda play with him, but he spent most of his time bossing him around and stealing his toys. Ah, the joy’s of border collie ownership. πŸ˜‰

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Luther is a good boy.

The day after Christmas Luke picked me and Finn up from my grandma’s, then we went back to his dads, packed up the car, and had every intention of heading back home. But it was snowing, the roads were gross, and our car’s heater doesn’t work, so we decided to spend another day in Illinois. Not gonna lie, it was kind of a boring day. Since it was so cold out (it was in the single digits for most of the day) everyone just wanted to stay inside and play video games. Now, I enjoy playing video games, but I can’t stare at a screen ALL DAY. Plus I like the cold and the snow, so I wouldn’t have minded playing outside haha, but oh well.

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That evening/night/early morning (because we ended up staying up until 3 am haha) was fun though! We all went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant that was really good! They had really good margaritas haha. Then Luke, one of his brothers, and I went to Target, bought Cards Against Humanity, and ended up playing that for a while. And of course more alcohol was involved with that. Eventually Luke’s dad joined us and really got into the game. We ended up playing through all of the black question cards twice, and that’s how we ended up staying up until 3 am haha.

And then the next day (yesterday) the roads were clear, but it was still super cold (-2 in the morning…), so we bundled up and spent 5 hours in the car to drive home. That was slightly miserable since our car has no heat. But we had a mini heater thing, so we took turns holding that under our blankets to warm up. And we finally made it home alive, but very cold, around 3 pm yesterday.

Whew! I think that just about covers it! I didn’t bring any running gear/shoes with me because I didn’t think I’d have time to run. And I really didn’t until Wednesday I really didn’t! I did get some new running tights and a pull over jacket for Christmas, it wasn’t really enough for braving the super cold temps that day, but don’t think I didn’t consider just braving the cold in what I had and running in only socks (something that I’ve done before) because I was soooo bored with all of the video game playing haha. But I decided that I probably shouldn’t have braved the -2 degree temperatures in nothing but one pair of fleece leggings and a jacket. πŸ˜‰

But anyways, it’s still super cold out today! But since I’m home and have access to all of my running gear I’m gonna go get in a few miles!

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve/Day/year in general!! πŸ™‚

~Ashley

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StrideBox For The Holidays

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How super duper neat-o is that?!?! πŸ™‚

I guess StrideBox has been mailing out these nifty little ornaments along with a very nice Christmas Card, and mine arrived yesterday. Honestly I didn’t know that they were sending these, so it was a very nice little surprise and very much appreciated! I can definitely get behind any brand or company who takes the time to do little things like this and that just makes me even more proud to be able to represent StrideBox as an ambassador.

Haha not gonna lie though, it was packaged in such a pretty gold envelope, so when I first opened my mailbox I thought it was one of the Christmas packages from Luke’s mom. Yesterday she had warned me that she had several coming our way. πŸ˜‰ And while we’re here talking about StrideBox I suppose it’s worth mentioning that you can use the codeΒ RunningRebel10 to get 10% off of a 3 or 6 month gift subscription. I personally think that would make a fantastic holiday gift for the runner in your life. πŸ˜‰ If that’s not your jam (or your runner’s jam) but you’re still looking for a nice stocking stuffer for someone who runs, I have a few more ideas here!

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Alrighty! I just wanted to mention that real quick today. πŸ™‚ Now I’ve gotta go get a mile in for my streak!

I hope you have a very happy holiday season!

~Ashley and Winchester who is very much enjoying our Christmas decorations.

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