Hi there and Happy Saturday!

I worked from home all last week and will be doing so for the next 3 weeks which is great because not only am I more in control of scheduling stuff like haircuts, workouts, dental appointments etc. but I’ve had some extra time to get some cleaning projects done as well. And Duncan has had tons of time to look cute for pictures because obviously I wasn’t taking enough already.

Cute pose 1,974,301

Cute pose 1,974,301

On Wednesday I was done with my work by 3pm so I decided to clean out my overstuffed running gear drawer. I painstakingly said goodbye to some race shirts but not the memories.

Bye bye sweet race shirts :(

Bye bye sweet race shirts 🙁

I tossed 2 Ragnar Relay shirts, 2 Rock n Roll Brooklyn shirts, 1 Rock n Roll New Orleans shirt, 1 Rock n Roll Phoenix shirt, 1 Wisconsin Half shirt, 2 Queens 10k shirts, 2 Staten Island Half shirts, 1 NYC Marathon shirt (the marathon that never took place because of Sandy), 1 Philly Love Run Half shirt and a few other NYRR shirts.

I even cooked for myself this week which hardly ever happens.

Pepper Steak!

Pepper Steak!

And yesterday after seeing my friend’s post about how much she enjoyed her rebounding (trampoline) class, I dusted off mine and was excited to see that my Garmin tracks steps while I’m bouncing. I hadn’t used it in quite some time. I bought it for myself for Christmas a few years back but eventually it got dis-assembled and stored upstairs out of sight and out of mind.



My living room is now my home office and my home gym!

All the necessities for a home gym/office....laptop, dog, couch, trampoline, medicine ball, kettle bell, foam roller....

All the necessities for a home gym/office….laptop, coffee, dog, couch, trampoline, medicine ball, kettle bell, foam roller, (not in the pic are also free weights, resistance bands and a jump rope)

Part of my plan while working from home all these consecutive weeks is to get a routine in place for all things healthy including strength and cross-training. Voila! I’m literally staring at the equipment now so hopefully it’ll force me to want to use it.


This morning I wanted to get in a longish run of 7 miles. I have been running solo a whole lot so I decided to join the New York Road Runner’s Open Run that they hold every Saturday at 9 a.m.

nyrr-openrunIt’s a 3 mile run that is mostly on trails. I knew it would be a great catalyst to get me going and then I could cover another 4 miles on my own.

Trails....just what I needed!

Trails….just what I needed!

I averaged 10:10 for the first 3 miles and 10:54 for the entire 7….I slowed down a lot around mile 5. Since I have no time goals for my Spring races it really doesn’t matter but it did feel good to see so may miles in the 10s.

And today on my run, I saw another heart like the pothole heart I saw last Monday.



Happy post run smile

Happy post run smile and crow’s feet and laugh lines too…=)

7 miles done

7 miles done

And now it’s time for some stretching and chores. Then I’m off to Mr. SOTSS’ house for the remainder of the weekend. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be unseasonably warm and I’m sure we’ll be taking the dogs somewhere fun.

Have a great weekend!
Do you prefer solo running or running with groups? Or both?

Do you like to cook?

Do you have a hard time letting go of things like race shirts?


  1. I like a nice mix of group running and solo running – they each have their plusses and minuses. Most of my running is usually on my own since my running friends don’t live nearby.

    I go through cycles with things like race shirts – for a while I will keep ALL of them, and then one day I’m like “why do I have all this stuff?” and get rid of it all 🙂

  2. I usually like solo running for two reasons: 1. I am tortoise slow and 2. it’s kind of like meditation and I like to just let my mind go blank. I went with a running group for a little while when I was living in Queens, but it was only for their fun run and it involved a run to the pub and some beers afterwards!

    • It’s true, when running with friends there’s always the anxiety of keeping the same pace. Solo runs allow for us to go at the pace we’re comfortable with. But the beer/pub (or for me it tends to be brunch) after party is always a highlight of group runs.

  3. I do like a nice mix of running solo and group running as well. I think group running keeps me motivated, sometimes running all of the time by yourself is boring.

    I also enjoy working from home. (I do both) because I feel like I can accomplish house tasks that sit around too.

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