It seems I’ve turned into a once-a-week blogger and I hope you’re ok with that. I just can’t seem to find the time (to check in more frequently). I’ve also become a once-a-weeker in running and hiking too. I’m trying to fix my hamstring (and now hip!) issues by easing up on anything too strenuous more than once or twice a week and adding in 2 scheduled rehab days of lots of hip and glute strengthening exercise and foam rolling until my fascia is happy. I’m currently trying to rehab on my own but I might be making an appointment to see a sports injury doc soon if I can’t make progress.
A much less strenous activity last week was taking the Staten Island Ferry into the city last Tuesday to meet some former coworkers for some much needed cocktails and conversation. The view of the NYC skyline really never gets old….especially in the early evening when the sun has just set.
It was FREEZING on the outer deck but I couldn’t take the picture through a dirty window now could I? :)
So these night hikes have led to meeting some new people who like running on the trails as well as hiking. Yesterday morning I met up with a couple of them for 4.25 miles. And, my next run will be next Saturday so that works out!
I love trails that are just named by colors. Easy to remember
when you discover a random chimney ruin in the woods you take a picture in front of it
Mr. SOTSS and I had some fun with his girls this weekend doing some “candy chemistry”. We watched what happened when you drop Mentos candy into a bottle of diet cola.
A video posted by Sally Stilwell (@sweatoutthesmallstuff) on
Oh and I signed up for another race…. I’ll be running the Spring Lake 5 miler Memorial Day weekend. After spectating in 2014 and 2015, I ran it last year. It was hot! Anyway, I’m excited to run again and have some yummy brunch after with friends.
Duncan and I did plenty of exploring in the woods last week too.
So you hike these trails in the dark ma? How can you see any squirrels?
And I got a bee in my bonnet to do my hair straight this weekend. But only for a day.
And just a couple of cute dog pics to share before I sign off:
cute dog on couch #1
cute dog on couch #2
Tell me what’s new in your life. Any good news to share?
Happy New Year! Are you ready to attack 2017? It’s going to be full of change for me but more on that in another post.
I finished out 2016 with a couple of fun activities.
Night Hike: Last Wednesday I decided to join a local group for a night hike. We hiked over 6 miles and it was really fun. I thought I’d be scared of tripping and falling but our headlamps gave plenty of light and the trails are really well maintained. They meet every week and they also have a group of trail runners out there too. Maybe I’ll get the courage to try the running at some point this year.
Headlamps and smiles
Holiday City Run: Saturday morning (New Year’s Eve morning) I went into the city to meet some running friends—Lisa, Gary and Mike—for our holiday windows run.
We started here
We didn’t run past as many department store windows as usual but still stopped to see the tree at Rockafeller Center, Bryant Park and we discovered another really beautiful tree at a random hotel on Madison Ave.
Saks 5th Ave
Another shot from Bryant Park
Rockafeller tree and the gang
I take this exact shot every year.
We made a quick stop into St. Patrick’s Cathedral to say a prayer/light a candle
These oversized ornaments are a classic over the years
We also ran into Times Square as they were preparing for the big New Year’s Eve ball drop shenannigans. There were already people who had gone through security and were “in position” at 9am! This is crazy to me. They basically were going to be spending 15 more hours just standing there until midnight. And no opportunity to exit. No bathrooms. It was really cold. I just think that’s nuts. They did however have bags with snacks. #priorities
All ready for the insanity
Roads closed. You NEVER see Times Square without cars.
New Year’s Eve: I had a quiet evening at Mr. SOTSS’s on New Year’s eve with Duncan, Casey (it was my last night of dog-sitting her) and Chester. I almost didn’t make it until midnight.
Mr. SOTSS, Casey, me, Duncan and Chester….
Not at all interested in staying up until the ball drops
I leaned over the couch to reach for something on the sofa table and Duncan jumped up to get comfy. He’s a riot and a half
New Year’s Day: After dropping Casey off, we took Duncan and Chester to our favorite park so they could get some exercise.
Duncan decided to roll around in some sort of animal poo and I had to give him a bath when we got home. I really don’t understand why dogs like to roll in stinky things.
Hey ma! I’m having a blast and I even rolled in something really stinky!
Hoping 2017 is filled with lots of this
We also painted Mr. SOTSS’ bathroom. He started remodeling his bathroom 2 years ago. It’s been a slow process because he hardly gets free time but the tiling is all done and now it’s painted.
I volunteered to do all the edging
Classic subway tile and “country house” blue
It’s been really rainy here the last two days. I got some work done while Duncan kept me company. Not much different from 2016 I finally went to the mall to power-walk just to get my 10,000 steps.
I’m always optimistic at the beginning of a new year. So far I’m on day 2 of trying to drink more water and track my food. I’m not ready to say I’m on a diet but I just want to start being aware of what I’m eating each day.
Are you a resolutions person?
Have you ever hiked at night? I had run at night during my Ragnar Relay events but never hiking on trails before.
Have you ever wanted to or been to Times Square on New Year’s Eve?
Lately my life has felt a bit routine and I think it’s time to edit my “template”. While I was running the other day this sentence popped into my head: “Life is a template and YOU just need to customize it.” I love when I have these profound moments. It dawned on me that I don’t want to make a drastic change to my routine…I actually like a lot of my routine. I like the structure. I like where my text boxes and picture boxes are anchored. I just need to add a few unique colors or shapes. (Yep, I’m a graphic designer so these metaphors are working for me.
I thought about the new things I tried in 2016: I added some new media “customization” in 2016 when I listened to my first audiobook and my first podcast and they immediately worked their way into my routine. If you’re looking for a good podcast to listen to while running (or walking) I recommend DizRuns.
Just lots of runner-to-runner kinda conversation. His first question to all his guests is “What is your favorite distance to run and why?” I love hearing the answers. On a recent episode an ultra runner’s response was “the 50 miler because I can sleep in my own bed”. That’s crazy! He even interviewed me on episode 248 earlier this year. I spent lots of summer nights walking for hours around my neighborhood just to finish up listening to the episodes in my cue. I want to do more of that in 2017.
I want to try some new workouts in 2017, cook some new recipes and maybe go as crazy as getting a new shade of tinted lip balm! Any suggestions?
Yesterday was Duncan’s 8th birthday. I can’t believe it.
I force him to wear his party hat for 30 seconds every year
I remember picking him up when he was 11 weeks old on March 23, 2009. A 10-hour round-trip road trip just to bring home this bundle of curls.
He stared at me for a good hour of the drive before he finally curled up on my lap.
I’ve been dog sitting for Duncan’s cousin Casey. It’s been fun to see double doodles every minute of the day.
content to co-exist
I got a lot of eyes watching my every move
i guess i’ll sit in the middle
Mr. SOTSS came to visit me the other night and brought me some roses. I love flowers on non-occasions. So special. Duncan was happy to snuggle between us. I had back-2-back crappy runs yesterday and the day before. 3 SLOW miles with my annoying hamstring tightness.
I did get to listen to an hour of a podcast between the 2 runs but that’s the only thing that was good.
I started to realize this hamstring tightness began right around the time of my birthday at the end of October. It basically feels likes there are resistance bands connected from the backs of my knees up through my glutes. I can’t seem to propel forward much which leaves me slogging through every run, especially hilly ones. Today I finally decided i’m taking a break. I’ll start with taking a week off and I’ll see how that goes. Maybe this will be the perfect time to customize that template with a new form of exercise 😉
Hope you all have a lovely fun-filled weekend, happy holiday and merry everything! Here’s my final holiday card that I promised I’d share.
and the back
P.S. Thank you so much for reading my blog. I don’t make a penny on this blog. It’s purely because I love to talk about my life and running.
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