Running is always such a metaphor for life. Some good days runs, some bad…

After my awesome evening run on Wednesday night I ran again the Thursday during my lunch break. It was such a great 5 miles. I felt like I had bounce in my step—finally! I felt zippy! And I realized that V-neck shirts are awesome because I can clip my iPod Shuffle on my shirt.

sub 11 minutes these days feels zippy.

sub 11 minutes these days feels zippy. How did I ever run a half marathon at a 9:30 pace? It seems so unattainable these days…

Later on in the day I went for my second shoulder PT appointment. He worked on some knots in the muscles surrounding the rotator cuff which was painful but enjoyable all together. Then I did some range of motion and strength exercises that made me realize how weak my arm really got.

Friday I went into the city to see Dr. Williams for my knee and he declared we’re done with treatment. So that’s it! I’m going to miss all the bruises and pain in some twisted way. I will keep foam rolling and stretching like a champ though. He said to come back in if I need a tune-up after the race. I left his office and took a stroll through Central Park to relish in the completion of “kneehab”.

a view thru the railing

a “LOVEly” view thru my favorite railing in Central Park

I have always been fond of this ornate railing

I heart this railing

Yesterday I needed to get my last long run in, but I also needed to be out of the house by 12:30 in the afternoon so I set out for my run about 9:30am figuring 2 hours was more than enough time. I figured this was my last practice run before the marathon and I wanted to focus on a few things, specifically mental games and staying in the mile I’m running. All was going fine until about mile 3 or 4. I don’t know what it was but I was STRUGGLING to run. I could barely breathe and my legs felt like lead. The trees and flowers were in full bloom everywhere which might have spurred on some allergy stuff. I don’t usually feel like I can’t catch my breath when running. Also, we had an unbelievably warm day so that might have contributed to it. Well, whatever the reason my run plain sucked. On the bright side it forced me to work on my mental games. I kept giving myself milestones to reach for. “Just make it to the firehouse and then you can walk. Just walk until the downhill and then get your sh-t together Sally”. I walked a lot of the last 5 miles and only kept going because I had to be on the road to visit my friend Sue by 12:30. The exciting thing to note here is that I was able to start and stop with absolutely no knee pain! Even 2 weeks ago I still felt some discomfort when I would stop running and walk and then try and start running again. What a huge happiness!

I even prepared for the warm weather and swapped out my hat for a visor and filled a water bottle with some diluted Gatorade just in case.

I even prepared for the warm weather run and swapped out my hat for a visor and filled a water bottle with some diluted Gatorade just in case. I ended up drinking the entire bottle plus i filled it up at a water fountain too.


I’m calling this the run I needed. I needed to struggle. It’s always good to know I can get through the struggle.

Today marks 16 years since this guy passed away from Melanoma.

He's finally resting peacefully =)

He’s finally resting peacefully now that I’ve found love again.  =)

Each year on the anniversary of his passing I take a minute to look back and see how much progress I’ve made living (not just existing but really living!) without him. And with the anniversary being so close to the NJ Marathon, It makes the perfect opportunity for me to see how strong I am both physically and mentally. If I could not only navigate through the hard work of caregiving and the sadness and grief of watching my husband die miserably from cancer and then navigate through those early years where I felt so lost I can totally navigate through a tough 26.2 miles undertrained come next Sunday. Maybe it’ll take me 5 hours and 38 minutes rather than 4 hours and 38 minutes but it doesn’t mean I’m any less determined to reach the finish line and honestly it might just feel that much more wonderful to get there this year. And here I go again with the running metaphor of life. Whatever your life goals are, just work at reaching the finish line….get there….don’t worry about the time or the hard work it’ll take to get there…..just focus on getting there.

This week I plan on finalizing all the race week essentials.

1. Get pumped! Well with the Boston Marathon tomorrow I’m sure that will spark all the excitement and inspiration I need.

2. Finalize running playlist: I just found a new song I’m going to add. It’s called Geronimo by a band named Sheppard. And Uptown Funk will be on the list for sure.

3. Make some goals: My A goal is to finish in one piece. My B goal is to finish in one piece and my C goal Yep….to finish in one piece!

4. Hydrate and foam roll: Yeah, this is pretty self explanatory.

5. Get plenty of sleep: Yeah, this is pretty self explanatory too.

So who’s running Boston tomorrow?

Who’s going to watch it on TV?

Who’s going to wear Blue and Yellow?

Who’s got a running/life metaphor to share?

Oh, and here are 2 more pictures Mr. SOTTS took of me when we were in DC last weekend.

How funny is that tree-hugger girl in the white dress. She's working' it for the camera.

How funny is that tree-hugger girl in the white dress. She’s working’ it for the camera.

I never saw what I looked like taking photos before.

I never saw what I looked like taking photos before.

Hi there.

I’m currently foam rolling and figured I’d entertain Duncan at the same time.

foam roller

it’s a foam roller….it’s a tree trunk.

But it seems he’d rather just lounge…

you do you...I'll do me.

you do you…I’ll do me.

Maybe that’s because I took him out to the park super early this morning before work and tired him out. I woke up before the alarm and while I thought about running, I decided to spend a little extra time with him. I’m totally wrapped around his paw.





early morning sun is so pleasing

early morning sun is so pleasing

But I promised myself I’d get in a run after work. The sun doesn’t set until 7:30ish these days and the weather today was perfection—68 degrees and sunny. And boy did I need this run! I had a tense day at the office. Oh, I wish I took pictures but my hands were full so you’ll just have to picture the scenario. On my lunch break, I walked downtown (about 15 city blocks) to the craft store to buy some supplies for a decoupage craft project i’m planning to do with Mr. SOTSS’ daughters this weekend. I bought a few pads of scrapbook paper in pretty patterns and colors, a huge jar of decoupage glue, paint brushes and shoe boxes to decorate. The cashier put everything in one big plastic bag but apparently with the whole world going “green” this was pretty inadequate plastic. Not 2 blocks away and the bag ripped and there were paint brushes falling out the bottom and pads of paper falling out the sides. Mind you that my shoulder is still quite compromised. I made it a few more blocks carrying the bag from the bottom and finally went into a drug store to ask for a shopping bag. I arrived back to the office sweating like mad and my shoulder was screaming! Luckily getting the supplies home went much more smoothly. Now to brush up on my decoupage skills. No wrinkles! No air bubbles! No Whammies!

I got home at 6:15 tonight—took the doodle out quick and by 6:45 I was on my way—first short sleeve run of the year AND first evening run of the year for the WIN!

Look I'm back just before dark!

Look I’m back just before dark!

Look! Short sleeves!

Look! Short sleeves!

watch-dusk-runTonight reminded me how much I love a good evening run. I’m going to try and make it a point to do at least one evening run a week through the spring and summer.

Tomorrow I’ve got my second PT appointment for my shoulder and Friday I’m going to Dr. W. for my knee and then this weekend I’m going to shoot for an 8-10 miler to close out my “training” for the NJ Marathon. I can’t believe it’s only 11 days away. #freakingout

Do you have a preference for time of day to exercise? What time does it get dark where you live?


I’m back from my amazingly lovely weekend getaway with Mr. SOTSS. It started with a drive down to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. We checked into our hotel which was situated literally across the street from the harbor, and since it was sort of drizzly we decided to hit up the National Aquarium for some indoor fun.



fish are cute! There, I said it!

national aquarium

The cuteness continues…this is a cowfish.


National Aquarium

Dolphins are cute too!

National Aquarium

And so are jellyfish when they aren’t in the ocean touching my leg. Isn’t this cool? Like electrically charged sand dollars.


why yes, I think this little yellow frog is cute too!

I can’t remember the last time I got to experience an afternoon at the aquarium. It’s really fascinating to me to see all the amazing colors and patterns on the fish. There was a cool shark exhibit too and of course we watched the Dolphins as they learned and shared their latest tricks.

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Almost 9 weeks after I fell off a snowmobile I FINALLY went for my first rotator cuff PT appointment.

Reporting to PT

Reporting to PT

I’m embarrassed to say that the knee rehab took precedence because I need my knee to run and I need to run to stay sane right?! The therapist said I don’t have frozen shoulder so that’s good. He said that the pain is lingering mainly because my surrounding muscles are picking up the slack a whole lot. They are fatigued to the max! He did a full evaluation of my current range of motion and made me fill out this silly questionnaire to determine how my daily life has been limited. The scale was from 1-6…1 for no difficulty and 6 for severe difficulty.questionairre

I got a chuckle over some of the questions. #17! Card playing and knitting! LOL! And #21!!! OMG embarrasing.

He had me do some stretches and exercises for a bit and that was it for my first appointment. I’ll be going back next Thursday but in the meantime I’m going to do the stretches and exercises at home. I need to find a pulley I can hang from a door. I’m looking at a long road ahead of me for this rotator cuff rehab.

In other news I love when they plant all the pretty spring flowers in the big flower pots around Herald Square by my office.


I also got a run in today.

pseudo long run

pseudo long run

40 degrees and dreary. Come on Spring! Where are you?

40 degrees and dreary. Come on Spring! Where are you?

It was rough to find the time because I had so many deadlines for work so I had to compromise with 8.25 miles even though I wanted to hit 10ish as my long run for the week (I’m going on a little vacation this weekend and didn’t want to do a long run while I’m away). Next weekend is my last long run before the marathon!

Well, I better go pack for my trip. I’m off to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC.

What are your weekend plans?
What’s your favorite flower?