Hey yo,

So it’s Easter Sunday and while I’m not Catholic (or religious at all) I did pull out my token bunny ears for the Instagram op.  Duncan indulged me and let me put the bunny ears and a bunny tail on him too though he was none too pleased.

Who wore it better?

Who wore it better?

Not funny!

Not funny!

Both Mr. SOTSS and I ran 8 milers today and afterward while walking in the park with the dogs he said “we both went to church today….running is our church.” Yep, he pegged it! Running is my religion, it is where I go to sweat out the anxiety and crapola that builds up throughout the day. It’s where I clear my head, meditate, and feel fulfilled (even the crappy runs). It was a really great long run too.


8 miles

8 miles

Negative Splits

Negative Splits

I didn’t slog through this one which felt good after a couple of really difficult long runs.

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you how stubborn I can be. I hate to make multiple trips so I tried to carry all of my grocery bags out of the car and into the house in one shot. Well, I dropped a bag and lucky me….it had the eggs! There were some casualties but I saved 7 of the dozen.

Unfortunately there were 5 egg casualties. Lost a few berries too

Unfortunately there were 5 egg casualties. Lost a few berries too

Tomorrow I’m headed back to the city for the last 3 days of this latest freelance gig. The office is in the Time Life building which is right across the street from Radio City Music Hall. Being on the 31st floor sure does make those yellow taxi cabs looks like Matchbox cars.

among all the concrete and skyscrapers there are always sprinkles color. Sometimes tulips, sometimes just a pretty yellow taxi cab. Sometimes both!

among all the concrete and skyscrapers there are always sprinkles color. Sometimes pretty pink tulips, sometimes just a pretty yellow taxi cab. Sometimes both!

Just one or two more short runs and then I’m headed down to DC next weekend for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler. So excited! The only part that stinks is that Mr. SOTSS is going on a family vacation tomorrow and when he gets back I’ll be in DC so we won’t get to see each other for at least a week! He’s cool with it….I’m a mess. LOL. Guys are just so darn practical.

Well, I’d better tuck myself in. Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Are you stubborn too? 
How do you handle when you and your significant other are separated for a week or more? Do you make them check-in or just wait it out?

I’ve been searching for easy to understand and simple, but effective strength training workouts specifically for runners. Here are 3 that seem interesting. I haven’t implemented any of these yet but when I do I’ll report back!

Strength Training Workouts for Runners

10 Minute Strength Training for Runners

10 Essential Strength Moves for Runners

Also, Dr. Williams told me to look up “the Glute Guy”. He wants me to do the 30-day glute challenge but modified so I don’t have to squat as deep. He said strong glutes are critical for injury prevention.

Speaking of Dr. W, we’ve graduated to only 1 session a week instead of 2. And hopefully I’ll be wrapping up my “knee-habbing” very soon. Of course now that I have decided to continue with my plan to run the NJ Marathon in 3 weeks I secretly want to remain under his care until after the race. =)

I ran yesterday for the first time since the Philly Love Run and it went fairly well.

5ish at a "make-a-wish" pace

5ish at a “make-a-wish” pace

And in the evening I took Duncan to the park just before sunset. It was like the game Clue: He committed his crime on the soccer field with the stick. Crime? Just being too stinkin’ cute!


Today, I was working from home and since the weather was perfect (64 degrees!) I took an easy 3 mile run at lunchtime,


I had a conference call after my run so I foam rolled and stretched while taking the call. I love multi-tasking.


And now I’ll take it easy until Sunday where I am aiming to complete 16-17 miles. And of course I’ll be wearing my bunny ears! It’s tradition…

Last year I ran around my neighborhood solo with ears and tail!


And 2 years ago I went running with my running peeps in Brooklyn


So what are your plans this weekend? Easter celebrating? Passover celebrating? Running?   

Do you have any good strength training for runners workouts to share with the class?

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and if you celebrated Easter that you aren’t in a sugar coma.

Yesterday, Duncan tested out my running gear bunny ears before me. And then I turned into the Bunny Runner and set out for an easy 5K around the neighborhood.

bunny runner

hippity hop

bunny 5k

bunny runner 5k

Duncan and I headed upstate to visit with my friend Sue and her family. Duncan’s partner in crime Lucy (a Jack Russell) was so excited to see him. They collaborated mischievously to devise a plan on how to score some of the pork tenderloin that was cooking. But next thing you know someone opened the screen door and said “squirrel” and they went out to the yard to investigate.

duncan and lucy

we want to come back in where that pork tenderloin is

They were so embarrassed that they fell for that old trick. But eventually, when we were cleaning up our plates we gave them a few pieces =) It was a really nice day.

This morning I put on a blue shirt and pinned my handmade Boston Strong ribbon to it and headed to work.

boston strong

Boston Strong

I worked while simultaneously watching the live stream of the Boston Marathon.

live streaming

This is awesome!

Shalane Flanagan sure set pace for the elite women to blaze a trail. The course record was broken by Rita Jeptoo who crossed in 2:18:54. While Shalane actually placed 7th, she had a 3 minute PR finishing in 2:22:02 and really ran an amazing race. While I’ll never come close to that type of running I can’t help but be incredibly inspired. So inspired that I’ve decided my goal for next weekend is to take twice as long as she did. LOL! Yup, I’m shooting for 4:44:04!!!

And MEB!!!! What an amazing finish. He became not only the first American to win Boston in 31 years but he is also the only person in history, man or woman, to win Boston, New York City (2009) and an Olympic marathon medal (2004)!

I also want to congratulate 2 of my dear running peeps.


Back in 2008 Roger weighed quite a bit more than he does now. He was determined to run the Boston Marathon as his dad did years before. This video shows how he made that happen. And Carey is an avid supporter for Every Mother Counts. She’s always strong and steady with every finish. Last year she was just a mile away when the bombs exploded and she was pulled off the course unable to finish. So this year she got to finish what she started! She’s now run a marathon in 24 states! And a big shout out to camera shy Jorge too! I’ll see him next weekend in NJ so I’ll make sure he lets me take his pic. =)

My Monday was moving along quite nicely and while I was waiting to hear back from a few people at work I took the opportunity to sneak away to the NY Auto Show on my lunch break. I’m quite partial to Jeep if you haven’t figured that out by now….I even took a ride in one at their Camp Jeep Outdoor Off Roading Ride Along.


secretly more stoked about the FREE reusable tote-bag they gave!!! But it was fun to go up and then down the big hill =)

photo 1

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a view of the stability part of the ride along from outside the vehicle and inside the vehicle

photo 5

what goes up…

photo 3

pretty color options

photo 2

my requirement for a vehicle is spare tire on the back. So by process of elimination it looks like I’ll be getting a Wrangler in the future.

And now I’m downloading some new tunes to put on my playlist for Sunday and reading the handy dandy NJ Marathon handbook and reviewing course elevations etc. I’m so excited! Never really did get the marathon taper crazies. But I also still don’t feel those fresh legs yet. (FREAKING OUT!)…

What was your favorite thing today?