Hope everyone is doing ok. I can’t believe how fast the days are flying by. How has it been 10 days since my last post? Let’s see..here’s what I’ve been up to since I ran the Fall Flat 5k:

I had an annual physical. I’m healthy! So all my aches and pains just mean i’m old!

I ran a bunch. All goal-less miles. (More on this later in the post)

a 5k around the neighborhood last Tuesday

a 5k around the neighborhood last Tuesday

Thanksgiving pre-calorie burn.

Thursday’s Thanksgiving pre-calorie burn.

5 miles on Saturday just because I had an hour and  the sun was out.

5 miles on Saturday just because I had an hour and the sun was out.

And.....today's 4.4 miles that made me think about goals for 2017

And…..today’s 4.4 miles that made me think about goals for 2017

I spent Thanksgiving at Mr. SOTSS’ mom’s house. Her and her husband just moved into their home this year and were excited to host a big gathering. I managed to spill an entire glass of white wine on myself but otherwise the evening was fairly typical.

smiling despite the fact that I spilled my drink

smiling despite the fact that I spilled my drink

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I’m thankful for my health but not my clumsiness! Actually I wrote I’m thankful for coffee but didn’t take a picture of that leaf. :)

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Always thankful for the outdoors and my puppy

I completed my annual holiday card design which I’ll reveal later this month but here is a picture of Duncan I took for the idea.img_7651

I went to see the School of Rock on Broadway yesterday with Mr. SOTSS and his fam. It was really cute.img_7732

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So 2017 is just a month away and I’m feeling like I should have a better handle on my goals for the year. Not just in running, but in life too. As I ran today I felt so ambivalent to how many miles I should run. Maybe that’s a good thing? But ambivalent is definitely not a word I want to use for long. And I feel like it’s the way I’m acting toward a lot in my life.

I’m not sure if I’ll be running any full marathons in 2017 but I just took advantage of Cyber Monday deals and registered for the 2017 NJ Half Marathon in April. So that’s good. #patsherselfonthebacknjm-recipt

I wish I felt ready to lay down some big goals for 2017 for but I’m not there yet. I just know I should be focused. Workwise, I know I want to gain some new clients in the first quarter of 2017 which means I need to market myself better. I know I want to work on my flexibility and strength more which means I need to cross train better. And I definitely want to cook more and eat out less. I guess this is a good start.

How do you put your thoughts into action?

Do you like to set “new year’s” goals? I don’t like the whole resolution thing but I always feel a new year is a chance to start fresh.

U.S. peeps: Do you feel that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas flies? 

Hello. Happy (black) Friday! I didn’t go anywhere near a shopping mall today. I’m not a fan of chaos and lines. I took Duncan to the park for some fresh air instead.

best friends

best friends

notice that he's stepping on my toe.

notice that he’s stepping on my toe.

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Let’s backtrack a bit. Last Sunday I went for a run in Mr. SOTSS’ neighborhood while he was at the Girls on the Run 5k with his girls.

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I had a nice change of scenery, AND routine today. The weather forecast called for our first snow of the season so I decided to work from home to avoid dealing with the bus later in the day. Our office was only open until 1pm anyway. But instead of working from MY home I drove to my brother’s house early this morning and spent the day here. It just made sense since they are hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow so I’ll just sleep here.

My view from the "office" today

My view from the “office” today

It was Forest's first snow!

It was Forest’s first snow!

Since it was our first snow of the season I could focus on how beautiful everything looked in a blanket of white. Ask me how I feel about snow at the end of February and I’ll probably tell you I’m sick of it!

The dogs (Duncan and his cousin) loved it too!

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doodle butts!

doodle butts!

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#twinners

I spent a few hours working. And then I took advantage of my brother’s lovely finished basement with an elliptical just waiting for me to hop on!

#crosstraining

#crosstraining

cat dog nap

cat dog nap

I busted out a solid 30 minutes and my trusty sidekick sat on the beanbag chair to my right. Such a loyal doodle.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading out bright and early to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from my office. I have never taken advantage of this perk before but our office is moving in March so this was the last year I’d have the opportunity and I figured I should check it out.

Well Happy Thanksgiving to all you wonderful readers. Have a great day with family, friends and loved ones.

And don’t forget, take the meal like a marathon. Don’t start out too fast! You’ve got to get to dessert before you hit the “wall”! =)

Who’s hosting? Who’s just going to be a guest? Are you cooking at all?

 

This morning I finally tackled the closet and drawer cleaning in my bedroom. I filled an entire garbage bag with old worn out socks, shirts (mostly cotton race t-shirts), and pajamas. I also filled a second bag with clothes to give to Goodwill. Sayonara! See ya! So long! Boy did that feel good!

I treated myself to a celebratory breakfast. Nothing says, celebratory clean closet more than bacon and eggs (i even added some sauteed onions and celery)

doodle + coffee + bacon and eggs = happy girl

doodle + coffee + bacon and eggs = happy girl

Then I took the dog for a 2 mile walk in the woods. We’ve been doing that a lot lately. It’s one of my favorite ways to relax and sweat out the small stuff.

walk and sniff and sniff and walk and CRASH in the car on the ride home.

walk and sniff and sniff and walk…then pass out in the car on the ride home.

I dilly dallied for a bit and then got a phone call from my friend. But as soon as I hung up with her I got ready to go for a run.

my karate kid meets marathon runner look. not one i suggest.

my “karate kid meets marathon runner” look…Sally Miyagi. not a flattering look. (note to self: stick to black buffs or maybe just wear a hat)

It was already 3:30 and the sun sets here now about 4:30. I didn’t have a specific distance I wanted to cover but I did want to get home before it was pitch dark. So I stopped my watch at 5 miles and then walked about 10 minutes longer to cool down.photo 2

Most of my route was on the pavement but I finished the last 1/4 mile on a foot trail right near my house. Saw a few interesting things along the way.

Left to right: 1) Looks like a fellow NYC Marathoner runs the same route as me and they lost a glove. 2) I like the name of the contractor because I think running is cool. 3) Anyone need some honey? Bee's nest free to good home.

Left to right: 1) Looks like a fellow NYC Marathoner runs the same route as me and they lost a glove. Notice the 5 borough fingers? 2) I like the name of the contractor because I think running is cool. 3) Anyone need some honey? Bee’s nest free to good home.

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last 1/4 mile in the woods. I like me some criss crossed branches. I think I scared some wild life with my yellow forehead.

After coming back from my run I’ve basically been snacking and couch surfing. Something about fleece loungewear that just makes you feel all loungy. It’s been nice to have some downtime without having to be anywhere. No time restraints. I feel a little lazy but then I think about all running around I’ve done this year and frankly lazy is just fine this weekend. I’m not ready yet to brave the stores for holiday shopping or to put up my tree and decorate but perhaps next weekend I’ll get the ball rolling.

4 day weekends rock….I’m already breaking a sweat at the thought of returning to work tomorrow.

Question: When do you start decorating for the holidays? Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving?