Happy Monday


How was your weekend?

Mine started off on the right foot literally with my awesome 6 miler along the DnR Canal tow path after I left work on Friday evening.

I spent Saturday being pretty lazy at first. Eventually I started to get my usual chores done. Laundry, vacuum, tidy etc. Then I caught up with a few friends on the phone for some good girl talk before heading over to Mr. SOTSS’ in the early evening. We rode our bikes 10 miles out to the beach and just took a few minutes to enjoy the sights and sounds before stopping for a quick bite and then riding our bikes back home.

Riding out to the beach

Riding out to the beach

Me and my shadow

Me and my shadow

Ah....dusk...i love pleasing light.

Ah….dusk…i love pleasing light.

So long sun. See ya tomorrow

So long sun. See ya tomorrow

The trip back was after the sun had set which was quite interesting. We had to keep our mouths closed so we wouldn’t eat any bugs! A firefly hit me on the forehead and then fell onto my arm. I saw the fluorescent streak flash before my eyes. It was also scary (for me because I’m afraid of the dark and a walking calamity) because I couldn’t see the path and wasn’t sure if there were bumps I needed to avoid. And I freaked out because I thought I saw people walking to the right of us but when I finally could see I realized it was a cemetery…..Um…if there were people walking I’d venture they were zombies then.

By the time we got home I needed some ice cream to collect myself. HA!

Yesterday I went for a run in the morning.

Wearing one of my favorite Brooks shirts and Under Armour bike shorts. I hardly wear shorts but when I do I swear I feel like I run faster. LOL.

Wearing one of my favorite Brooks shirts and Under Armour bike shorts. I hardly wear shorts but when I do I swear I feel like I run faster. LOL.

Always with the sad face when I leave him. Kills me.

Always with the sad face when I leave him. Kills me.

IMG_3472When I came back I was really hungry but knew we were going to a birthday party in the afternoon so I just grabbed some cheese and crackers and had some company patiently waiting for crumbs.


After work today I hit up the grocery store for some ingredients to cook. I made a huge batch of taco meat, sauteed peppers and onions and some greek chicken cutlets in the slow cooker.  I want to control what I eat a bit more carefully and possibly try and lose a few pounds. We’ll see. I’ve said this a gazillion times before.

At 8pm it was still daylight so I figured I’d take Duncan to Petco.


Oh and I discovered these awesome lollipops at CVS. This one’s root beer float flavored! IMG_3506

And in other randomness I saw this lil ladybug the other day while out on a walk with the doodle…IMG_3445

Enjoyed watching my boy sleep soundly after chasing a boatload of squirrels in Mr. SOTSS’ yard…IMG_3503

Noticed these “craberries” at the grocery store…IMG_3507

And now Duncan is chilling out with me while I complete this post and watch Ellen which I’ve been DVR’ing daily.

I’m actually struggling to stay awake. It’s 10:30pm but it feels like midnight. I think I better hit the hay.


Cook any good meals lately? 


H all!

It’s Friday! Can I get a WOOT WOOT??!!! I have all that I need to get this blog post complete: Coffee, my laptop and the doodle resting his little head on me. I love that furry boy.

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I’ll catch you up on my last few days. Wednesday I had to take some more head shots but this time I had to go to a building downtown in the Meatpacking District. The building was super secure and you could only get access to the floor you needed to go to. Except I was having such a hard time getting to my floor that a messenger going to a different floor told me to follow him. Next thing you know I’m in Alexander McQueen space.

Alexander McQueenIf you’ve ever watched the red carpet at the Oscars or the Golden Globes you know Alexander McQueen is a fashion designer. Ooh-la-la! Of course not my thing. I’d rather land at Asics or Brooks. LOL! Eventually I got to where I had to go. I was on my lunch break so I needed to hop on the subway to get back to work fast. I noticed this cool public artwork set of sculptures by a sculptor named Tom Otterness.

Tom Otterness

2 of many bronze sculptures in the subway at 14th street (The C train)

14th street C

Down Under

How cool? How did I not see this ever before? This is why I love living in New York City. There’s always cool creativity, art, fashion, music, food….you name it!

Yesterday I did some freelance work and then I went for a run.

winter running

First run with the Garmin 10

I wore my new Garmin Forerunner 10. I like it. I really like that the main screen only shows distance and elapsed time. I never toggled to the secondary screen to see my pace and I think for the bulk of my training I’m going to do the same.

So the knee seems to have made some minor progress. I wanted to share what I’ve been doing because I think it’s helping. (I’m not a doctor folks!)

  1. I’ve been foam rolling both legs in all areas focusing on rolling the quads, hamstrings and calves and making sure to get the outside of those areas like the IT band and peroneal tendon. I’m doing this daily and try to roll a little before my run as well as after.
  2. I’ve been taking Ibuprofen for the last 2 days in the morning and evening hoping to help reduce some inflammation.
  3. I’ve been doing lots of strengthening and balancing exercises for my hips, quads, glutes and core. Step ups, bridges, planks, front leg raises, clam shells, side stepping with resistance band etc.
  4. I’ve slowed my pace, shortened my stride and i’m keeping my knees bent a little more than usual while running, especially on the downhills.

I made it through all 5 miles yesterday without the knee ever “slipping”. It felt a little tentative but didn’t cause any acute pain or discomfort. And by the time I got home, showered and stretched I didn’t even feel any discomfort around the knee area. And this morning I feel great! Apparently, so does Duncan…


Feelin’ good!

I’m going to just keep doing what I’m doing. Let’s see how the next few weeks go. I’m going to shoot for 8 miles on Sunday.

Tonight I’m meeting my grade school friend Tara. We try and catch up over dinner once a year. We met in the 3rd grade! Crazy.

Have a great weekend!

What’s your favorite part of where you live? Do you love where you live? What’s your least favorite part?

I hate traffic/commuting.