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Weekly RunDown: Memorial Day Weekend Version, May 17 Through May 23

Memorial Day Weekend It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live freely in this beautiful country. The corona virus has put a damper in the celebration of the lives of men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Parades […]

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Chor’obics: Turning Chores into Aerobic Workouts

Minimum Aerobic Recommendations for a Healthier Heart Cardio (aerobic) exercises are activities that increase your heart and breathing rate over an extended period of time. The American Heart Association recommends we get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately intensive cardio exercise each week. When spread out over the week, as little as 30 minutes […]

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Changing Things Up This week I’m trying things a little differently and throwing my weekly rundown back to the way I had it laid out years ago, looking at what I did (workout wise) on each day of the week rather than listing each type of workout and what I got done. Perhaps this way […]

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Remembering a Similar Scare, Polio

As the reality of how easily the corona virus (COVID-19) spreads and the anxiety of possibly contracting the disease became a vivid reality in the United States in early March, I couldn’t help but compare our anxiety to the panic and fear that surrounded the polio epidemic of the 1950’s according to the stories told […]

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Keeping the Virtual Mother’s Day Four Miler Fun If I was going to wait 31 years to run another Mother’s Day race, why not wait until a global pandemic to make it more interesting? With all races switching to virtual to help slow the spread of the corona virus, I signed up for the Virtual […]

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Happy Mother’s Day Here’s to a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms reading my blog! A huge shoutout goes to my own mom for being such a great influence on me and teaching me to strive to always be the best that I could be. It was through her example, that I […]

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The History of Cinco de Mayo We Americans celebrate the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, in a very different way than in Mexico. In Mexico, May 5th is a day set aside to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862; and is celebrated in a more […]

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A Bump in the Road In last week’s RunDown, I mentioned how great it felt to finally be back to a place where my workouts left me feeling tired and sweaty. On Tuesday’s blog post, I discussed my plan for following the principles of overload and adaptation to reign myself in from doing too much […]

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  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. Won’t you please join me? I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that I’ll bring coffee to share. If we were having coffee….. I’d tell […]

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Respecting the Principles of Overload and Adaptation

Back In the Good Old Days When I was younger, I could take a six-month hiatus from running, go out for a five-mile run and hardly feel anything the following day. Today, though, such a careless lack of respect for my body would lead to all kinds of complaints the following day ranging from DOMS […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Building Up Steam In last week’s RunDown, I mentioned that I’d run intervals totaling four glorious minutes during Saturday’s three-mile walk on my treadmill (affiliate link). It was my first test to see if I was ready to start gradually building back up to running. I felt great […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   ~ Runfessions ~ A collection of statements admitting that one is guilty of a variety of running crimes…   It’s time again to join in on the fun and clear my conscious of recent running, biking, fitness, nutrition, and because of the times, grooming related faux pas. I know I’ll feel […]

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Four Glorious and Exhausting Minutes

Six Weeks Later and I Finally Ran Those Promised Intervals My physical therapist promised on March 2nd that we were going to give running a try during my next session. She said we would keep it easy and incorporate a few run intervals into my walk on the treadmill. Unfortunately, two days later I was […]

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A Twist on Easter, but Still a Time of Hope and Joy

Setting My Sights for a Saturday Run After weeks of physical therapy I have been feeling almost back to normal and my foot numbness has been all but non-existent the last few weeks. Saturday was going to be my big day! I was going to squeeze a few short run intervals into my walk, but […]

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My Running Story, the Condensed Version

  My brother talked our parents into letting me join the high school track team when I was in eighth grade. At the end of the season, I won the 110% trophy. It was the coach’s way of saying, “You’re not the fastest, but you’ve got heart!” I was hooked! I ran intramural track at […]

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It Was an Honest Mistake When our son Daniel and his girlfriend Jess adopted a very frightened little Pablo in the wee early morning hours of January 27, 2018 from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, they were told that he was most likely some sort of Schnauzer and terrier mix.   As a non-shedding wiry haired […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link…   Getting Back to Gardening I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed gardening, but as I’ve gotten older (and lazier), I’ve farmed more and more of it out. Because I do have more spare time on my hands this year, I chose to do all of the pruning. Not only would […]

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  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. Won’t you please join me? I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that the governor of Virginia has issued a stay-at-home mandate through June 10th. […]

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  I first noticed Bernie, a spry gentleman who was doing various drills across the 55 and over gym floor where I work. It was instantly obvious that he was in excellent shape and his abilities were those of an athlete with a much higher level of fitness than the average person. His movements displayed […]

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The Learning Curve of Taking My Business Virtual

Extrovert at Heart I know many trainers and running coaches have offered virtual training for years, but it was never something I chose to do. And even though I’m quick to admit that I love my alone time, I draw my energy from interacting face-to-face with others. I’m doing quite well with the social distancing […]

 
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