After the NYC Marathon 3 weeks ago I tossed my iPod and earbuds (with the missing ear piece) and Garmin into a drawer. Luckily for me there was enough battery power left in both because yesterday I WENT FOR A RUN! No set pace or distance to follow. Only requirements were to enjoy my tunes and feel the sunshine and brisk air on my face.

garmin-3miles

dorky pose to start the run

dorky running pose

When I came back I stretched my back and hamstrings which have been very tight lately.

Always keeping me company

Always keeping me company

There’s this song I’ve been obsessed with lately. Heard it on yesterday’s run. It’s called Catch and Release by Matt Simons. The lyrics sort of remind me of my connection to running. My special place to “release what builds up throughout the day”. Ironically trying to draft this post has created so much stress thanks to some weird “http error” stuff when trying to upload images I’m headed back out shortly for another run and hoping that I get to hear the song again. =) #prayingtotheshufflegods

 

Oh, and remember i mentioned that my Keurig died? Well I have a new one thanks to my awesome sister.

2.0!

2.0!

And remember my struggle with those Brooks Ghosts that I sadly had to return? Well last night Mr. SOTSS and I went outlet mall shopping and there was an Asics outlet and they had the Asics Cumulus 16’s…..in my size!!!!! I literally couldn’t even find them online anymore (well I had ordered one pair in a different color scheme but they were too small even though they said there were size 8 so I had to return them). I’m so stoked. This will give me a good 6 months before I’ll need to find a new model to work with my particular and wonky feet.

newkicks

Best feeling in the world to be reunited with my favorite kicks

old next to the new! I can thank the Beat the Blerch trail half marathon for the old ones looking so ratty

old next to the new! I can thank the Beat the Blerch trail half marathon for the old ones looking so ratty

I felt like Cinderella trying on her glass slipper. Fit like a glove. The night got even better when we came home to watch a movie and indulge in some decadence via ice cream, cookies and vino.

Best ice cream flavor I've tried in a while. And I went with Sterling merlot. I went to their vineyard in Napa a few years back and was feeling nostalgic =)

Best ice cream flavor I’ve tried in a while. And I went with Sterling merlot. I went to their vineyard in Napa a few years back and was feeling nostalgic =)

OK, well I’m off now to go for another run with no requirements. YIPPEEE! LOVE THE OFF SEASON!!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. And big shout out to Mr. SOTSS’ two daughters who are minutes away from starting their Girls on the Run 5k. Good luck girls! Have a great run!!!!

I was off from work today and still in recovery mode so I did not run although I admit I wanted to =) Instead I got up super early and walked the dog. It was pouring rain last night so he didn’t get a chance to do all his business if you know what i mean =), which meant he was more than happy to get out and about at 6am! Then we had breakfast and chilled on the couch…

good morning

Thursdays are the best day ever.

I got some paperwork done and ran a few errands and then we went for another walk since the weather was so nice. cherryblossoms

cherrysky

The sky is so blue you’d never know it poured buckets yesterday.

labradoodle

hey ma! I love when you’re recovering from a marathon. Do you realize we went for 3 walks already today? SCORE!

Then I I finally put my Runner Girl replacement magnet on the car. (The first one was a casualty at the car wash and then my friend Valerie sent me a replacement for a birthday gift back in October but I’ve been waiting for the winter to end.) I even put my Center of the Nation Series sticker on too! (Sheesh! That was last September!).

runner car magnets

i like people to know i run =)

For lunch my friend Mike and I went to our favorite Tex-Mex joint for some early Cinco de Mayo celebrating…

Jose Tejas

Frozen Margarita and fresh, warm tortilla chips and salsa while waiting on my fajitas to arrive.

Then we hit up the mall so I could get my niece’s birthday gift and card. I knew this was the card when I started tearing up while reading it.

niececardAnd since Dicks Sporting Goods is in the mall, I decided to buy the same running shirt I just got a few weeks ago in a different color because it’s SOOOO comfy that I have been wearing the pink one when not running (like today!) Plus, it was on sale for $29!

nikeshirt

 

I’m currently doing laundry (for real) and planks and burpees (in my mind).

Question: What are YOU doing this weekend? 

I celebrated the final training run with some shopping yesterday. I hardly ever buy anything other than running gear lately but yesterday I picked up a couple of pretty tops and a pair of cropped jeans at Macy’s.

I got this very summery Free People top:

Free People shirt

Free People shirt beautiful model not included (photo from Macy’s website)

But I bought a purple cami to wear underneath instead of the one in the pic above. It’s a great style for my shape (apple!) No bargain here though :(

I also got this sheer, floral, long sleeve Lucky top.

Lucky floral shirt

Lucky floral shirt…god i love her hair! (photo from Macy’s website

Again, no bargain…but I LOVED how it tied in the front. Sometimes tunic style tops overwhelm my short 5′ 3″ body and I don’t like dressy button down tops that have to be tucked in because they get wrinkly and fussy. So this will be great. I’m going to wear this today so I’ll post a photo to my instagram later.

And to round out the bottom, I got these Tommy Hilfiger cropped jeans:

tommy capris

tommy capris- (photo from Macy’s website)

Then I went to the grocery store to get my pre-race fuel stash:

Super Pretzels

Super Pretzels and some fresh flowers just for kicks

I picked up these pretty carnations too. Don’t they look so pretty on my table?

carnations

fuscia and celery green carnations.

Then I got suckered into the half price Easter candy at the register.

half price easter candy

half price Easter candy balanced out with organic spinach!

But I evened out the sugar with my “family size” container of organic spinach!

Tonight when I get home from work I’m taking this boy for a little shopping spree too!

Duncan and Sally

Curl overload!

Well we’re just going to the pet store for poop bags and dog food but I’m sure he’ll score a treat at the register.

Hope everyone made it throught the week ok.

Question: What are you doing this weekend? Anyone have a race?
Last chance to suggest inspiring songs or quotes/mantras to me….