I’m home from the most fabulous weekend and reality has set in…I won’t see Mr. SOTSS for 8 days ūüôĀ We usually try not to let more than 4 days go by without seeing each other¬†but he’s on the second leg of his vacation with his girls and¬†I will gladly accept this¬†challenge =)

Last I left you I was headed to the wedding.

I've been into this pose lately mainly because it makes me look about 10 lbs thinner =)

I’ve been into this pose lately mainly because it makes me look about 10 lbs thinner =)

The views from the ceremony site were amazing.

just breathtaking

just breathtaking

I know this sand thing is popular at weddings but it really worked for this beachy wedding.

I know this sand thing is popular at weddings but it really worked for this beachy wedding.

The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. I got to meet Mr. SOTSS’s sister and her beau who were so sweet, and I took¬†a ton of photos too. You know me‚ÄĒalways behind the lens. I’m actually thinking about doing something a little more substantial with my photography. Not sure yet but it¬†brings me so much joy. It’s like I run marathons to get to the heart of my running passion. So now I need to do something big with the photography. I dunno. Maybe travel the country and document each state. But I digress. Oh, I got to share¬†a lovely slow dance with Mr. SOTSS while the girls were busy¬†playing hide and seek with the other grand kids. It was probably one of my most treasured moments of the weekend.

Flower girl bouquet

Flower girl bouquet

After the wedding we took the kids to the beach and eventually we ended up back on that glorious porch of the Inn and ate pizza and played games.

Yesterday we were on the 10am ferry back to Connecticut. I went to wait for my train back home and Mr. SOTSS and the girls headed north for the second leg of their vacay. I was proud of myself for not crying when I kissed Mr. SOTSS goodbye but within 10 minutes of sitting at the station the waterworks began. What can I say, I’m just a crier. But I had my laptop and plenty of work to catch up on, and these very important snacks cheered me right up:

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Bottle Caps!

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With so much time to kill i decided a little vanilla chip ice cream with Reese’s Pieces would be a perfect lunch.

Trains aren't a bad way to travel except when you have a tight hamstring and a headache. LONGEST TRIP EVER!

Trains aren’t a bad way to travel except when you have a tight hamstring and a headache. LONGEST TRIP EVER!

10 hours later I made it back to my brother’s house where Duncan had been crashing. He was mostly a good boy but my sister-in-law told me he swiped a piece of buttered bread right out of her mom’s hand. Little rascal! It felt good to be reunited with my muppet head.

Muppet head

Muppet head

Today I worked on my freelance work for 6 hours straight not stepping away from the laptop except to walk the dog and eat a little something. But finally about 5 in the evening I reached a stopping point, so I set out for a run. I’m actually lucky I ran later in the day because the humidity seemed to have dissipated and it was a much more comfortable run. So the tweaked hammy from my cartwheel incident the other day seems to be getting better. It doesn’t bother me at all now while running. I’ve got my normal stride back and don’t need to shuffle but afterward it’s super tight and I’m just going to foam roll and stretch like a beast.

4 miles

4 miles

I love when my shirt and shoes match =)

I love when my shirt and shoes match =)

Tomorrow it’s back to work in the city. Back to life….back to reality.

How was your weekend?

Do you like to match your running shoes and outfits?

I’ve had on and off mild nagging hamstring soreness since last November after my PR in the Trenton half marathon just 6 days after finishing the NYC Marathon. It tends to appear after runs longer than 10 miles. And it lasts a few days. Ironically my groin pain never appears at the same time. They graciously alternate flare ups =)

I worked from home today and stayed off my feet as much as possible, iced and elevated the leg and wore compression shorts under my jeans. I’m definitely skipping tomorrow’s run and i’ll see if i’m feeling ok on Thursday.

The NYC Half marathon is in less than 2 weeks, the day before St. Patrick’s day and I’m actually running an extra 5 miles to make it an 18 mile training run so I have to get the O’Hammy healed in time, or else I’ll be crying in my green beer.

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wishing on a pot-o-gold for fast healing!

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no tears in the beer!

Duncan’s excited for green beer biscuits too

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green biscuit please!

OK, now on to some big props to a girl I met last February. Her name is Leah and she’s an amazing marathoner. We both were part of a Dicks Sporting Goods photo shoot for National Runner’s Month.

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I didn’t know much about her when we first met other than she lived in Little Rock and worked at a running store. We got to talking because I was running the Little Rock half marathon a few weeks later and she was telling me all about the marathon/half marathon course and the crazy big medals they give out. A week later I received my handbook in the mail and there on page 4 was a list of previous winners. Ahem, miss Leah held the title of top female for 4 years and I saw she’d be running it again. So after finishing my half I went to the finish line to hopefully catch her finish but as time went on I knew something seemed wrong. Unfortunately she tore a hamstring and had to drop back to the half and not complete the full. She then went on to have surgery to repair the leg. I followed her recovery through Facebook. Always with the most amazing sense of humor and optimism. She posted photos of her tricked out crutches and how she managed to get around in those first few weeks via her “wheels”. Well just yesterday I’m happy to say she came back to claim her title and finished top female at the Little Rock Marathon for the 5th time. It was 30 degrees and freezing rain and she still pulled out a 2:42 (she set a course PR of of 2:37 in 2012). And today she announced she was asked to run with the elite women at the Boston Marathon. I am so grateful to have met her and will always be in awe of her great, fun personality and her amazing athletic talent. Oh, and instead of her name printed on her bib she had them put Frankenbooty (I’m guessing that’s because she’s got scars from her surgery).

Go Leah! (photo: Little Rock Marathon Facebook)

Go Leah! (photo: Little Rock Marathon Facebook)

So now I’m going to watch some mindless T.V. and ice the hamstring a bit.

Happy Monday!

Question: Any plans for St. Patricks Day? Does anyone know where I can get myself a Pot-O-Gold? Any suggestions for healing a hamstring strain?