Hi and welcome to Sweat Out the Small Stuff (SOTSS). I’m Sally. I’m a runner and lover of food (especially dessert). I’ve completed 7 full marathons and more than 35 half marathons since I started running back in 2006. I’m a slower runner but love long distances. Don’t ask me to sprint up the block to catch the bus though. =) I live and work in Staten Island, New York. I’m a freelance graphic designer. You’ll probably see too many pictures of Duncan, my 8 year old labradoodle and hear me talk about my boyfriend of 2 and a half years (who I refer to as “Mr. Sweat Out the Small Stuff (or Mr. SOTSS for short)” on this blog.
I started running a few years after losing my husband to cancer.
He was 29 years old, I was 25 and we had only been together in total 3 years and married just 5 months. I was trying to find a place to fit in after his passing and really struggled. My peers were getting married, having children, buying their first homes and doing all the firsts that I should have been doing. I felt that my close family and friends were walking on egg shells around me afraid to stir up my grief. I met Lisa, a coworker in 2006 and was inspired by her commitment to running. She encouraged me to start running and join her and her friends for their weekly training runs in Central Park and the rest is history! You can view this lovely video to see just how much it impacted my life. I truly credit Lisa with the gift of support and helping me to find who I was again. (Note: The video was filmed back in 2013 and I’d only completed 2 marathons at that point). Let me warn you it’s a tear jerker. Lisa is still my friend and inspiration today.
Running basically is my therapy. It keeps me from letting my anxiety get the best of me.
I hope to share words of wisdom relating to both running and stress reduction.
Hope you’ll visit here often.