Hi and Happy Monday (and Happy Birthday to my friend Stef!)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I told you about my Saturday already. On Sunday, Mr. SOTSS and I met up with our hiking group for a hike with the pups. It was hot but luckily a little bit cooler underneath the shade of the trees and by the water.

Scales big rocks like superdoodle

Scales big rocks like SuperDoodle!

like a painting

like a painting

The very beginning of our 5 mile hike

The very beginning of our 5 mile hike.

that face!

that face!

dogs rule

Hot days mean I get to see his cute pink tongue more =)

me and my loyal companions. (photo: Papillon Photography-cbabin.smugmug.com)

It was a slow 5 miles. Took a couple of hours but we were happy we did it and felt good knowing the dogs got in one last good outing before we leave them for 5 days. On Wednesday we’re headed to another destination wedding! This one is in Jamaica. I’m really excited! I finally get to use my passport that I renewed back in 2009 and then got a puppy instead of traveling. :)

Today, I made my attempt at that 12 miler that I didn’t do on Saturday. I got a late start (it was after 9:30am) and it was HOT! 90 degrees with 75% humidity.

I am the queen of blurry self-time shots.

I am the queen of blurry self-time shots.

I ended up at 10 miles…..my first double digit run since completing the NJ Marathon back on April 27th!

double digits!

double digits!

I’m happy with 10 and not disappointed at all that I didn’t make it to 12. I was feeling the heat a lot and walking more than I was running the last mile so I figured I’d wrap it up before dying. I was on my feet for the same amount of time I would have completed 12 miles if it were cooler and my pace would have been faster so that’s good.

The good news is on the injury front. My knee is feeling so much better thanks to my intensive foam rolling. I’ve been really committed to that and it’s paying off. The hamstring is slowly getting better but wasn’t an issue at all while running. I’m aiming for 12-13 miles next Monday when I’m back from Jamaica. And while I’m away I’m just going to try for a few short runs on the beach.

I’m not going to be able to blog while away so feel free to keep tabs on me via Instagram which I’ll probably manage to post a photo here and there…and I’ll be back to blogging next week!

Have you ever been to Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Destination wedding?

Do you own a maxi dress? I just bought my first one to take with me on my trip

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front (sorry about the weird face—i’m terrible with mirror selfies)

 

TGIF!

Sorry for the crickets over here this past week. I’m alive and well just going through some life stuff. Duncan was attacked by another dog but thankfully he is ok. Miraculously not a bite or scratch on him. It was scary and I had to work hard to get that dog to let go of Duncan and then restrain it until the owners came.

My sweet pup without a single wound. Whew!

My sweet pup without a single wound. Whew!

He's a lover not a fighter

He’s a lover not a fighter

I saw this over at Amanda’s Instagram and it’s absolutely perfect for me right now!

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I love black!

I didn’t run all week until yesterday and by the time I hit the (HOT) pavement in the late afternoon it was over 90 degrees. D to the UMB!

I needed to document mile 2 because I was afraid I wasn't making it any further

I needed to document mile 2 because I was afraid I wasn’t making it any further

I managed to run the first mile fairly comfortably at my normal pace but then I stopped for some water and then I didn’t want to start up again. So I ran and walked in intervals the remaining 4 miles. I have to admit that many times I’ve had the voice in my head that begs me to walk but I always think about my blog post and I don’t want to post a string of posts about how I let the voice win. But yesterday the voice in my head was saying “F the blog—it’s TOO HOT!”  I tried to run every downhill and walk the uphills but truth be told I walked on some downhills too.

I ran the last 1/2 mile on a trail by my house mainly for the shade. Smiling but secretly freaking out that my water bottle is empty.

I ran the last 1/2 mile on a trail by my house mainly for the shade. Smiling but secretly freaking out that my water bottle is empty.

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I ran, I walked but I didn’t quit. And I didn’t need to crawl so that’s a plus!

Yesterday was my last day at my job. I still have my freelance business but I’ll be exploring different full time gigs in the coming weeks. I took the Staten Island Ferry home and enjoy some beautiful postcard worthy views.

Miss Liberty

Miss Liberty

Postcard worthy!

Postcard worthy!

standing on the outside deck.

standing on the outside deck.

I typed up the typical goodbye email and ended it with this sentence:

“Life is a lot like running marathons. It’s not about winning or proving to others that you can run 26.2 miles. Sometimes it’s just about appreciating the journey and proving to yourself that you can go the distance while pushing through challenges along the way.”

I’m hoping to join my running peeps for a few miles tomorrow morning. I miss them! Then I have a photography gig for the afternoon and I’ll be headed to Mr. SOTSS’s for the evening.

Have a great weekend.

What are you up to?

Is it HOT where you live?

Are you good with heat or do you die in it like me?