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Buddy’s Late-Night Adventures

I first posted this in December 2015 and it remains one of my favorite DebRuns posts. I hope you enjoy!   The basement was quiet without any noise, No banging or clanging of any gym toys. Just a few empty bottles, and a little spilled water, I nervously wondered if we had a free-loading squatter. Forgetting the season, forgetting […]

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Running With Santa Each year =PR= Races’ Run With Santa 5K is more like a party in Reston Town Center that just happens to have a race around its outer perimeter. It’s the perfect start to the holiday season, and many of my friends and I now make this race an annual tradition. This was my […]

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Reining it in Whether I Like it or Not

Time To Rest As I lay down on the table for my dermatologist to remove another basal cell from the back of my left knee, he asked what the chances were that he could convince me to stay inactive for two weeks while it healed. He knows me well… I immediately spouted off what I’d […]

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The Perfect Christmas Tree for a Wide-Eyed Little Girl

As a couple, Bill and I have never gone out and cut down a Christmas tree. For several years, we purchased our Christmas tree from a nursery, but eventually started buying them from our local volunteer fire department. I reasoned that the fire department would surely sell the freshest-cut trees in town. Looking back, I’m […]

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Running With a Limp and Back on the Bike

A Good Week for Blogging I spent quite a bit more time than usual this week working on blog posts. I really wanted to get my shoppers guide out during this busy holiday shopping time and wanted to get my turkey trop recapped before today’s race. Also, my husband and I had some exciting news […]

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Park Benches, Lost Medals, and Gradually Heading Toward the Dark Side

It’s time to sit down once again over a beverage of your choice and chat about things other than just running, riding, and training. I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that Bill and I just donated a park bench to the W&OD Trail. A couple of weeks ago I […]

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2018 Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K Race Recap

About the Race Once again, on Thanksgiving morning my family joined our friends for the 25th annual Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K. It’s a fun tradition that’s become the perfect start to our Thanksgiving. The event is broken up into a 10K, 5K, and 2K so there’s a distance for everyone! Here a little information from the […]

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Stress Free Shopping for Gifts for Your Favorite Runner

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links…   It’s that time of year when trying to figure out what to give your favorite runner or active family member can leave you frazzled. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and in the spirit of the season, I wrote a little song about why it’s easier to shop online… […]

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One of my Lightest Workout Weeks in Ages

Let the Wonderful Crazies Continue I talked last week about how crazy it gets from mid-November until the beginning of the year, and this week was the perfect example. Setting aside shopping for food and preparing the feast, even the fun stuff kept me hopping! While waiting for our friends to arrive for the race […]

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Feeling Grateful On Thanksgiving

As sad as I am that our youngest son Daniel won’t be with us this year for Thanksgiving, his first for not being with us for at least part of the day, I’m happy that he and Jess are having a fun trip to Ireland with Jess’ family. I’m grateful that if we can’t have […]

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Our First Snow of the Season and Birthday Celebrations

This post contains affiliate links… Let The Crazies Begin I feel like every year when my birthday rolls around it’s the signal for the crazies to begin. We jump right from my birthday to Thanksgiving, to decorating for Christmas, to going to my mom’s house to help her decorate for Christmas, to Christmas parties, to […]

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Five years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my age updated in the first paragraph and the addition of this year’s note to myself…    Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the […]

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The Perfect Start To A Saturday:  Running With Friends , Hot Chocolate, And Banana Bread

After an amazingly fun week with Pablo, we took him home to his dad and mom on Sunday afternoon. He was happy to be home and made the cutest happy whining sounds when he realized we’d pulled up in front of his house! We weren’t too sad to return Pablo because he’ll be returning this […]

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Nikki Kimball:  Bringing Attention To Women’s Running While Raising Money For Girls On The Run

Meeting Nikki Kimball While watching ultra running documentaries about a month ago, I was introduced to Nikki Kimball, an American ultra marathoner. Not only did she pick a doozy for her first 100-miler, but she finished as first female at that 2004 Western States 100 – no small feat. She was also the winning female at […]

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Wednesday Word Wrap Up

No, you’re not mistaken, I ended Wednesday Word last month with the word fizzle as my linkup slowly fizzled out. Today’s post is a wrap up – my little way of keeping my posts together in a well-organized place as I delete the linkups tab from my website.   For two and a half years […]

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Sometime yesterday afternoon I misplaced my workout log. I remember picking it up from my desk and carrying it down to the basement yesterday afternoon where I planned to work on my weekly run-down while watching college football, and that was the last I saw of it – until a few minutes ago. I spent […]

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Pablo’s Visit, World Records, And Almond Squirts

It’s time to sit down once again over a beverage of your choice and chat about things other than just running, riding, and training. I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that hot chocolate season is upon us and I love adding some almond flavoring to my hot cocoa! I […]

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Inspired By The Greats To Run On The Appalachian Trail

This post contain an affiliate link… A few weekends ago, Bill and I curled up on our basement sofa and watched a couple of ultramarathon documentaries on Netflix. We were inspired to make time to run on the Appalachian Trail to McAfee Knob on our recent trip to Southwestern Virginia and left our home bright […]

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Race Linkup:  October 2018 Edition

Welcome to what is most likely my final Race Linkup, a monthly linkup that has opened on the last Monday of every month beginning in December 2016. Link your race schedule so everyone can see who else will be at the next race and we can arrange meet-ups with other bloggers and our readers. I’d love to have you join, and […]

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Trail Running At Its Best In Southwestern Virginia

After a glorious two-day workweek, Bill and I headed out of town super early Wednesday morning for the mountains of Southwestern Virginia. As much as we love where we live, it’s always refreshing to return to our old stomping grounds on the Virginia Tech campus and the surrounding area. A visit to the farm to see […]

 
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