Hi there,

Happy October—my favorite month of the year! My birthday is in 3 weeks and I spent my first day home from vacation yesterday with Mr. Sweat Out the Small Stuff and his girls apple picking…..can’t get any more October than that!img_6457 img_6551

Today I got in an 8 miler as my last long run before the Staten Island Half Marathon next weekend. Another reason I love October. And Mr. SOTSS will be running too. #winwin

after running and showering i put on my new souvenir shirt :)

after running and showering i put on my new souvenir shirt :)

I’m happy to say after 8 days of togetherness, we’re still a thing. LOL. It was easy for the most part although there were a few moments that we had to work a little harder than others and of course nothing was my fault because this is my blog right? :) Since we started dating almost 2 and a half years ago, the most consecutive days we’d spent together was around 5 or 6 so this was a big deal.

We visited Seattle, Vancouver and Jasper and Banff National Parks in the Canadian Rockies all in a week. We packed in so much that we literally were on the go the entire trip.

Here’s  PART 1 of my recap!

Day 1-Travel Day: Started off with Duncan banging his leg and limping a few hours before we were headed to the airport so I bailed on my long run and quickly took him to the vet. oneXrays revealed just a soft tissue injury and no broken bones thank god! And so my sister-in-law got Duncan along with his pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds. She ended up being sick all week so they both rested together. We discovered our flight was delayed a few hours meaning we’d miss our connection in Minneapolis but we were able to re-book to a direct flight that would get us to Seattle only an hour after we would have arrived. This was so awesome because I was able to squeeze in a run. It wasn’t the 10 miler I had originally planned. It was a 2.5 miler on my sister-in-law’s treadmill.

Borrowed my niece's workout gear, and already had the compression sleeves for the plane

Borrowed my niece’s workout gear, and already had the compression sleeves for the plane

threeBut it made me feel better and Duncan was able to lay on the couch beside me. And since Mr. SOTSS ran 12 miles that morning he was tired so he sat on the couch and watched some college football for the 30 minutes I ran.

fourThe flight was long and I tried my best to amuse myself since Mr. SOTSS was either watching a movie or napping.

yeah, see you in 5 hours pal.

yeah, see you in 5 hours pal.

Loved that Ashely Graham's cover shot showed her cellulite/stretchmarks on her thighs. YAY for real women! And YAY for Starbucks in-flight

Loved that Ashely Graham’s cover shot showed her cellulite/stretchmarks on her thighs. YAY for real women! And YAY for Starbucks in-flight

I’m not a good traveler. I get antsy and uncomfortable within the first hour. We arrived in Seattle about 8pm and took the Light Link Rail to our hotel and just crashed.

Day 2-Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Bainbridge Island and the Washington State Fair: We started with a walk down to get breakfast at this cool joint called Biscuit Bitch. So delicious and I highly recommend if you ever visit Seattle. Just go early because it gets crowded. nine tenThen we strolled around the waterfront and Pike Place Market before hopping on a ferry to Bainbridge Island in the afternoon.

Seattle Wheel

Seattle Wheel

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Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

This gum wall was both disgusting and beautiful

This gum wall was both disgusting and beautiful

Seattle has some beautiful graffiti and "grunge". Makes me feel right at home.

Seattle has some beautiful graffiti and “grunge”. Makes me feel right at home.

Then it was time to rent our car and drive about 40 minutes south of Seattle to Puyallup Washington for the Washington State Fair.

on the drive to the fair we spotted Mt. Ranier

on the drive to the fair we spotted Mt. Ranier

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The reason for this is because the band Train was playing and Mr. SOTSS bought tickets for me as an early birthday present. The fair was fun. We ate fair food and played fair games. He even won me this cute pig.eighteen He won this little turtle too. I named him Sheldon. sixteenaBut within a few minutes of taking the pic Sheldon fell out of his back pocket and we’re hoping a kid found him and gave him a good home. The Train concert was AWESOME!

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Day 3-Space Needle and EMP Museum: We actually popped back over to Pike Place to try and actually enter the original Starbucks but it was just as crowded as it was the day before so we took a picture of the outside and walked over to the Space Needle and the EMP Museum which are right next to each other.

The original

The original

I was getting cranky about something or another and saw a 7-Eleven and insisted we stop because I knew a slurpee would snap me out of my crank.

Slurpee and Space Needle

Slurpee and Space Needle

Wouldn’t ya know the flavor I wanted shot out all watery?! It was sort of funny actually.

Mr. SOTSS looking up

Mr. SOTSS looking up

I really enjoyed the design of the exhibit that you walk through before entering the elevator to take you to the top of the Space Needle. It was beautifully designed and interesting to learn about how the structure was built.twenty-two

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view from the top of the needle

view from the top of the needle

And the EMP Museum also had some beautifully designed exhibits. I’m a graphic designer and get really giddy over design treatments and typography…especially the exhibit about horror movies.

The EMP Museum

The EMP Museum

Mr. SOTSS and I as monsters

Mr. SOTSS and I as monsters

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so true!

twenty-six We made our way to the train station and hopped on the Amtrak to Vancouver. After breezing through customs we hopped in a cab for a 10 minute ride to our hotel.

You can go here for Part 2 of my recap.

Have you ever been to Seattle?
Do you like museums?
Are you a good traveler?
Do you like horror movies?

I’m so sorry y’all!

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m on vacation but I literally haven’t had a minute to post on the blog.

14469604_10210584607833098_6249269647564307281_nI had a wild morning last Saturday just a few hours before heading to the airport. Duncan and I were playing around and he banged his leg and started limping. $200 and an x-ray later I had the peace of mind it was just a soft tissue injury and he’d be fine in a day or two. My sister-in-law is used to watching Duncan when he’s got a boo-boo. Back when I ran the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC he had his cone of shame still on from the surgery on his cheek. (P.S. she said he stopped limping after 1 day on the doggie anti-inflammatory meds!).

It’s just been non-stop since then (even the flight lol!).

Alaska Airlines for the win

Alaska Airlines for the win

I’m having a wonderful time with Mr. Sweat Out The Small Stuff.

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Stole his hat while we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island

We started in Seattle. then headed to Vancouver (BC) and now we’re off to drive through the Canadian Rockies stopping in Kamloops, Blue River, Jasper and ultimately Banff National Parks.

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge

I’ll fill you in on everything when I’m home. Have a great rest of the week!

Anyone from or visited British Columbia or Washington State?