Hey ho!

Yesterday was my 3 year Blogaversary!

3 years of running and sweating out all of my anxiety

3 years of running and sweating out all most of my anxiety

I’m still enjoying the process as much as I did while writing my very first post. Here’s what I said when Sweat Out The Small Stuff turned 1 and when it turned 2.

I was so tired yesterday. I think the busy weekend took it’s toll on me. After my long run Friday night, I continued to have a busy weekend. My niece turned 16 last month and we had a day in the city planned to celebrate on Saturday. Her request was taking a walk on the High Line. I hadn’t ever been so I was super excited about the suggestion.

We entered on 20th street which was sort of in the middle but eventually made our way along the entire stretch

We entered on 20th street which was sort of in the middle but eventually made our way along the entire stretch

A little history about the High Line :)

A little history about the High Line :)

My gorgeous niece in a dress that I kinda wanna borrow.

My gorgeous niece in a dress that I kinda wanna borrow.

Our obligatory selfie. Curl power AND flower power :)

Our obligatory selfie. Curl power AND flower power :)

The best part of the day was just getting that one-on-one time to chat. I love that I can talk to her about things in my life that I might have considered too adult for her just a few years ago. And I can really appreciate listening to her talk about the trials and tribulations of high school. I remember those days. Plus wwe got some sweet snacks too.

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I got the "classic". Chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream

I got the “classic”. Chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla ice cream

I love the contrast of this shot

I love the contrast of this shot

The train tracks are still there!

The train tracks are still there!

Sunday is mostly pictureless but it started with taking Duncan to the park.

He always wins

He always wins

I wanted to run a few miles but he gave me the guilt face and I only had time for one of the two activities because I had brunch plans with my friend Sue and her cousin and then had to hightail it out to New Jersey to see Mr. SOTSS’ daughter’s dance recital (which was adorable!)

Last night after work I ran 4 miles. IMG_3695The weather was perfection….70 degrees and breezy. But I had the worst side stitch ever for the first 3 miles. Probably because my dinner hadn’t really been digested yet.

And then Duncan entertained me with his paper towel shredding.

Naughty doodle

Naughty doodle

And then he passed out…

IMG_3702Well, I’m off to work.

Have a great day!

Do you like Ice cream sandwiches?

Do you like running in the evenings? (Have I asked this one already?)

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As a runner, I find very few truly enjoyable ways to cross-train. Sometimes it’s the elliptical but mostly I just walk when I’m not running. I hate the gym, I’m not a bike person, don’t like to swim or do yoga. But yesterday, I found the best cross training workout..APPLE PICKING!!!

full body workout: apple picking

full body workout: apple picking

My niece and I spent about an hour and a half from beginning to end. We started with the walk from the parking lot all the way to the orchards. I’m guessing it was a good 1/2 mile warmup. We got our buckets and headed through the orchards to find the Granny Smith trees. Probably another 1/2 mile.

Then came the fun part. We climbed up and down through a dozen or so trees. I felt my core engage as I lifted myself up onto the branches and my arms were working hard to keep me steady.

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We made a quick pit stop to the pumpkin patch for a few pumpkins and after settling our bill we walked back to the car with a combined total of almost 35 pounds of apples and pumpkins!!!! I carried both buckets for some of the time and then my niece and I split the task for the remaining time.

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I suppose I’m on to something. A new cross-fit trend? There was a bonus WOD (workout of the day) too…

We went to Six Flags Great Adventure to ride some roller coasters AND get spooked during Fright Fest. Walking the length of the park, screaming and laughing….OH YEA! Another great workout indeed!

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Next to the runner’s high, I have to say, riding roller coasters are the next best high to have. It was a great day! And I got us season passes for 2014. I’m ditching my gym membership!

And now it’s Monday and nothing seems to be working, not my brain, not my computer, not my phone….

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Question: Do you enjoy rollercoasters? What’s your favorite? I really loved El Toro