Hi and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!

Hope you had a good week. After Monday night’s run I took off 3 days from running although I did walk plenty. I even took a few walks without Duncan including one after work at that park by my office.

Changed in the car. This is now becoming my new life.

Changed in the car. This is now becoming my new life.

While I love running, there’s something so effortless about walking. Not to mention I can multi-task while walking. I replied to some emails, scrolled through Instagram, made a shopping list and talked on the phone.

Tonight however I was ready for a run and in keeping my streak going I ran along the tow path for the 4th time.

First skirt appearance this year.

First skirt appearance this year.

Each time is as awesome as the previous (although the honeysuckles are not really in full bloom anymore so the glorious aroma has faded—leSigh!) Oh and today I saw this little snake.

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The tow path is mostly crushed red clay gravel/dirt and I took a lot of it home with me on my sneakers and my ankles…

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I tried to take a real action running shot but it was too blurry

I tried to take a real action running shot but it was too blurry

I ended up getting 6 miles in before heading home to silly puppy head doodle bug shmoopsie poo

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Nothing better than coming home to this boy

Nothing better than coming home to this boy

I’m trying to make a conscious decision each day to not waste the day worrying about the future. It’s so natural for me to worry about things that might happen years from now and it’s wasting my energy that could be spent right this minute. Today was a great day….I’m off to a great start!

Random: I’ve been driving so many highway miles lately that my Subaru is now getting a Marathon (+.2) Per Gallon. And you thought MPG stood for Miles Per Gallon. HA!

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I made it through the week without any cookies, cake, pastries, ice cream or chocolate. But I did allow myself some lemon flavored sucking candies each day as my “dessert” and tonight after my run I got an iced caramel latte.

So what does your weekend look like? Busy? Chill? Whatcha doin?

Hi there.

I can’t believe it’s Monday already. I had a super fun weekend which I’ll tell you about and then I’ll tell you about a few decisions I made.

Friday night after work I went to my new favorite tow path by the office for a run. I was feeling really sluggish and sore (have I mentioned that my SI joints have been stiff the last few runs?) and took it super slow.

I actually did get a focused selfie but this one just captured the moment better

I actually did get a focused selfie but this one just captured the moment better

I even walked a lot during the last couple of miles. It was the first time I listened to a podcast while running instead of tunes. I started listening to podcasts in the car when I’m commuting and figured I’d try it out while running. It was kinda cool so I will definitely do that again.

6 miles...done and done

6 miles…done and done

Couldn't imagine running to either of these destinations but it's cool to think you could theoretically :)

Couldn’t imagine running to either of these destinations but it’s cool to think you could theoretically :)

Saturday, I did my usual stuff: took Duncan to the park early, did some house cleaning, shopping and then I drove to meet up with Mr. SOTSS and his girls. We saw Finding Dory which was adorable.

Good morning!

Good morning!

There was popcorn and candy but i didn't snap a picture. Half of my Reese's Pieces fell on the floor which I'm still grieving over...

There was popcorn and candy but i didn’t snap a picture. Half of my Reese’s Pieces fell on the floor which I’m still grieving over…

Sunday morning, we all ran the Girls on the Run 5k.

corral sneaker selfie

corral sneaker selfie

IMG_3805I love, love love spending time with Mr. SOTSS’ and his girls but when the fun is a 5k it makes things even better! It was super hot so we took it easy. I enjoyed the one-on-one time I had with J, Mr. SOTSS’ newly crowned teenager.

She ran through every sprinkler! It was HOT out.

She ran through every sprinkler! It was HOT out.

I have only known her for a little over a year and a half but it’s amazing how much she’s grown in that short time (in height and in maturity). I enjoyed listening to her 7th grade life stories as we ran the miles. We finished in about 41 minutes and then met up with the other half. Mr. SOTSS and his other daughter K finished in about 35 or 36 minutes I think.

IMG_3818Then it was home to shower quick and head over to my brother’s house for a Father’s day BBQ/birthday celebration for my newphew who turned 18!

Duncan loves him.

Duncan loves him.

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With no races until October, I’ve made a few decisions for the summer. I’ve gained a few pounds in the last few months and I’m feeling physically and emotionally weighed down by it lately. So I’m going to try super hard to clean up my eating habits and try and lose 7-10 pounds by Labor Day and I’m also going to scale back a bit on my running and try and do more non running things. My body needs a change for a bit. I’m hoping that I’ll do some more biking and walking. And I’m going to try and find some way to stick with a strength workout each week too. Yesterday I did a baseline on planks and pushups. Well I could only do 1 pushup and hold a plank for 30 seconds. Hard to remember the days when I could hold a plank for 2 minutes or bust out 10 pushups. So now that I’ve put this out there I’m hoping it’ll help me stick to it. I’ll report back maybe at the halfway point or maybe just at the beginning of September.

Well, my lunch hour is almost up so I’ve gotta wrap this up.

Hope you all had a great weekend and that your week is off to a good start!

Do you like to tell the world when you make plans to try and change a bad habit or lose weight or shoot for a PR or do you like to keep it to yourself?

Hey ho!

Yesterday was my 3 year Blogaversary!

3 years of running and sweating out all of my anxiety

3 years of running and sweating out all most of my anxiety

I’m still enjoying the process as much as I did while writing my very first post. Here’s what I said when Sweat Out The Small Stuff turned 1 and when it turned 2.

I was so tired yesterday. I think the busy weekend took it’s toll on me. After my long run Friday night, I continued to have a busy weekend. My niece turned 16 last month and we had a day in the city planned to celebrate on Saturday. Her request was taking a walk on the High Line. I hadn’t ever been so I was super excited about the suggestion.

We entered on 20th street which was sort of in the middle but eventually made our way along the entire stretch

We entered on 20th street which was sort of in the middle but eventually made our way along the entire stretch

A little history about the High Line :)

A little history about the High Line :)

My gorgeous niece in a dress that I kinda wanna borrow.

My gorgeous niece in a dress that I kinda wanna borrow.

Our obligatory selfie. Curl power AND flower power :)

Our obligatory selfie. Curl power AND flower power :)

The best part of the day was just getting that one-on-one time to chat. I love that I can talk to her about things in my life that I might have considered too adult for her just a few years ago. And I can really appreciate listening to her talk about the trials and tribulations of high school. I remember those days. Plus wwe got some sweet snacks too.

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I got the "classic". Chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream

I got the “classic”. Chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream

I love the contrast of this shot

I love the contrast of this shot

The train tracks are still there!

The train tracks are still there!

Sunday is mostly pictureless but it started with taking Duncan to the park.

He always wins

He always wins

I wanted to run a few miles but he gave me the guilt face and I only had time for one of the two activities because I had brunch plans with my friend Sue and her cousin and then had to hightail it out to New Jersey to see Mr. SOTSS’ daughter’s dance recital (which was adorable!)

Last night after work I ran 4 miles. IMG_3695The weather was perfection….70 degrees and breezy. But I had the worst side stitch ever for the first 3 miles. Probably because my dinner hadn’t really been digested yet.

And then Duncan entertained me with his paper towel shredding.

Naughty doodle

Naughty doodle

And then he passed out…

IMG_3702Well, I’m off to work.

Have a great day!

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Last Friday, I closed out the work week with an awesome 6 mile run along a tow path near my office. I enjoyed it so much I decided to do it again last night. 7 miles of the most beautiful and fragrant scenery…

you know me and my honeysuckles....

you know me and my honeysuckles….

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My favorite view of the eve

My favorite view of the eve

I stopped a ton to take pics and kept it fairly slow and easy. As usual, it really boosted my mood.IMG_3573

The ivy and "fuzzy" looking stuff on this tree made me feel like I was in a fairy tale jungle

The ivy and “fuzzy” looking stuff on this tree made me feel like I was in a fairy tale jungle

cutest little cottage near the rose garden

cutest little cottage near the rose garden

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Ironically I stopped at these flowers that are called “carefree spirit” :)

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I almost don’t want to ever run on the streets of my neighborhood anymore because it just doesn’t compare.

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tried to get a running shadow.

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seriously…the reflection of the trees in the water….so beautiful.

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That’s me….always a little off-centered

Boom, long run done and stress sweated out.

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I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a refreshing iced coffee to re-hydrate and then I relaxed the rest of the night with my boy staring at me. IMG_3624

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You were gone so long i’m just gonna stare at you so you won’t have the heart to leave me again

This morning I took the doodle to the vet for some regularly shots and checkup and he got a clean bill of health. Now he’s “reclining”.

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Have a great day!