Simple Things A to Z

As I’ve been blog surfing recently in my time off from work, I stumbled upon several of my favorite blogs, including Tina’s, Janetha’s, and Paige’s, that we’re doing a “Simple Things” survey. It’s always good to stop and appreciate the smaller things, so I thought this would be a good weekend post for the sister and I.

A Appreciation
The smallest expression of appreciation from another person can mean so much, right? Feeling appreciated can make a bad day good again.

B Baby giggles
I have been babysitting one of my best friends’ son once a week this summer. He is just a little too adorable.
(Ashley) A baby giggle is why I am in love with having a profession in Early Childhood Education.

C Coffee
I am typing this before going to the store on a morning that I am out of coffee…so I REALLY appreciate it today! Haha
(Ashley) I don’t like Coffee very much so my “C” will be carefree because sometimes you just have to be!

D Dog noses
Wet, yes, but adorable.
(Ashley) Makes me think of my “niece dog”-Libby

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E Eating
We all have to do it… does any one get paranoid about it like I do and not eat past 7pm?

F Friday evenings
There is nothing quite like having two days off freedom ahead of you!

G Grilled cheese
…but only if it’s made correctly. 🙂

H Happiness
What we feel when we run and after a good run.

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I Iced coffee
Can you tell I’m really missing it this morning?

J Jimmy Johns
I don’t know why, but a beach club on whole wheat bread makes me a little more happy than it should.

K Karate
(Ashley) I have a very weird ambition to try to learn karate.

L Listening
Sometimes listening is all you really can do in a situation when you don’t know what else to do.

M MapmyRUN
(Ashley) This is a feature I add to my runs that I almost cannot live without.

N Not having to set an alarm
No explanation needed here.

O One
(Ashley) Today is my godsons 1st birthday.

P Photography
(Ashley) I’ve been getting back into my love for it lately.

Q “Quiet” running
Some people refuse to run without music…I find it kind of awesome.

R Running
This is a given word for us at the moment.

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S St. Jude
Amy is running in a huge St. Jude Children’s Hospital event next week. I don’t feel confident enough in my running yet, but I’ll still tag along beside her as a volunteer!

T Text messages
I don’t know about you, but when I’m at work and check my phone to see a text waiting for me, I get excited. 🙂

U Update
I really hope you are all liking this update!

V Variation
Who wants to get bored with the same old thing?

W Water
I pretty much love sitting outside by the water on a nice summer night.

X – HELP??

Y Yes!
(Ashley) Totally the word that was running through my head over and over today when I realized I had run for the longest I have ever run at 1 time. It was Fantastic!

Z PiZza
Yeah…I cheated. But is there anything better than a good pizza?

Pick a letter…what simple thing comes to mind?

Ashley’s Running Story

If you have come over from Sisters, Spaces and Stuff you may already know some of this information but if you’re new then the information will be new too!  So here is the story about how I chose to start running. 

June 2012 –  A Saturday morning, Amy mentioned to me that she and a friend of ours were going to go for a run down a trail in our area.  I asked if I could come too and go for a walk while they ran- of course!  So Amy and I got there a little early and did a mile at a quick walking pace, then her and our friend set off running.  Their plan was 20 minutes out-20 minutes back… so I made my plan to walk about 15 then turn around and walk 15 back since I knew they would be running much faster than I could walk, I also didn’t want to lose sight of them…about half way down the trail my legs started to seem as if they weren’t going as fast as my mind and body wanted them to, so I revisited a Couch to 5k app from Rundouble that I had downloaded weeks prior and never got into.  I set a destination for myself and started the app…the friendly little voice said “start walking now” to begin my 5 minute warm up walk and let me tell you those 5 minutes took FOREVER!  I just wanted to run… when said friendly voice said “start running now” I was off and that minute felt great.  Next interval was approaching and so was a dreaded hill but when I heard the magic words I took the hill with stride (haha!) and made it to the top…I ended up back at the “meeting place” before Amy and I literally could not wait to tell her I did it!

The next day:   Amy and I had been doing “sister walks” on Sundays at the park by our houses and the day after I knew I wanted to keep running so I asked Amy if she would be willing to let me slow her down a bit and go for a run with her, she was totally for it and off we went.  Matt (my hubby) was with us on this day too and said the first time he saw us take off on a run he smiled he was now part of both mine AND Amy’s cheering squad. 

No longer just the audience, now I want to be part!

They now have 26 miles of running goodness on them!

 Fast-forward…… I decided my old tennis shoes were not doing the trick, they felt very heavy on my feet the days/runs following my starting days.  By the way, the first few weeks after I began running I would be so excited ALL day long to be able to run that night…the excitement has worn of a little bit at this point but I still do really enjoy going out for a run.So… I made these newbies part of my running wardrobe 

Today- I am still running 3 times a week usually every other day but sometimes I go every day.  If the weather is supposed to be really hot to the point of danger i’ll skip a run but those days I always feel like something is missing.  I have good days and bad as all of us do but I enjoy my runs and that’s what matters most!  I have a little glimmer of hope to run my first 5k at the end of August with a bunch of friends. 

I can’t wait to cross my first finish line!