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Why I’m Taking A Break From Inversion Therapy

The Initial Injury Back in the winter of 2012 I experienced a debilitating back injury which resulted in sciatic nerve pain in my entire right leg. It was pain like nothing I had ever experienced even though the back injury itself ended up being relatively minor. The injury was so minor in fact, that I […]

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We Did It – The Ashburn Trader Joe’s Is Finally A Reality!

We Did It! We did it! After years of wishing, yearning, pining, and possibly harassing the Trader Joe’s corporate offices, I attended the grand opening of the Ashburn, VA store on the morning of September 6th and it was amazing! I’d never attended a grand opening of a store before; in fact, I usually avoid […]

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Enjoying A Visit From Our Sons And Picking Up My New Bike

Expecting to be leaving for the Outer Banks for almost two glorious weeks of vacation on Friday morning, I had front-loaded my week to free up time for packing and traveling later in the week. If you checked in on the news or any sort of social media this past week, I’m sure you were […]

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A Farewell Ride On My Old Bike And A Visit To The Farm

Without knowing for sure, I suspected that last Sunday’s 36-mile bike ride might be my last ride on my old bike; and just in case it was, I took this picture in front of the Paeonian Springs sign along the W&OD Trail. It’s been a good bike and has gotten me back on the saddle […]

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It Takes A Special Kind Of Talent

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a monthly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. On the first Wednesday of every month you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. […]

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Riding Our Own Half Century While Checking Out The Reston Century

With plans to ride in the Reston Century until our friend Chuck had ACL reconstruction surgery in March and was instructed not to ride outside until September, Bill and I were curious to see the ride in action on Sunday. Most of the ride is on parkways and streets so we found the W&OD Trail […]

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Pulling Together Recaps From Ten Days Of Running, Hiking, And Biking In Wyoming And Utah

For my own ease in stepping back and reminiscing about our vacation in Wyoming and Utah earlier this summer, I’ve pulled together all ten days worth of recaps into one tidy little spot. I hope you’ll find this useful if you’re considering planning a Grand Teton area or Southern Utah vacation. Just click on the […]

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Ask Coach Deb About Natural Fueling, Pelvic Floor Pain, And Carrying Fifty Extra Pounds While Running

  A few weeks ago, one of my clients asked if she could give one of her training sessions to her daughter Heather (not her real name) who is running her first marathon in October (Marine Corps Marathon). Heather had already built up her long-run to sixteen miles, but wanted me to check out her […]

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Race Linkup: August 2018 Edition

Welcome to Race Linkup, a monthly linkup opening on the last Monday of every month and staying open for four weeks. 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. You can link up your race schedule every month or only when you register for […]

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Lunch With My Runner Friends, Dynamite, And A Stylin’ New Robe

Tuesday’s run was at 5 AM, in the dark, uneventful, and unphotographed.  My pace was a tad faster than I’ve been running; in fact, since returning from visiting my mom I’ve shaved about 30 seconds off of my average pace. Granted, I’d slowed down significantly since running the Grand Teton Half simply because with no big […]

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What Happened To My Guns?

What Happened To My Guns? Blessed with my dad‘s genes (his nickname in the Army was Muscle Hubble), I’ve always had great shoulder and arm definition. Until I didn’t… Which brings forth the question, “What happened to my guns?” For years, mixing up my favorite shoulder and arm exercises worked fine and dandy, and I was […]

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Checking Off A Bucket List Item – Mountain Biking In Moab Bill had been dreaming of mountain biking for some time and trying it out while we were in the mountain biking capital of North America seemed like the perfect time to start. I had only returned to biking last summer after taking a twenty-year […]

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An Eight-Mile Self-Guided Tour Through New York City

If nothing else, I’m one to plan ahead, although my mom might have disagreed when I was little and called me Last Minute Debbie. With plans to travel to New Jersey to visit our son and daughter-in-law for a long weekend, I moved my workouts up to earlier in the week so we’d be able […]

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Sunset At Dead Horse Point State Park And Our Delightful Encounter With Kamran On Bike

While in Southern Utah, Bill’s bucket list included spending time taking pictures during sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park. As I mentioned yesterday, we spent a portion of the afternoon walking around the park scouting it out before returning to take pictures during sunset.   There’s A Biker Working Very Hard On our trip to Dead Horse […]

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Scouting Out Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is a beautiful state park in Southern Utah just 32 miles from Moab. The park has spectacular views of the Colorado River winding its way below the mesa. The arid desert climate provides home to a wide variety of wildlife that have adapted to life with only about ten inches of […]

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A Run, Some Functional Training, And A Little Yoga

As I mentioned last week, Bill and I had a very special visitor Saturday and much of the day on Sunday – Pablo had his first sleepover with us! Sunday morning we took him on another walk and I tested out a little bit of running with him.   I had to laugh, though, because […]

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Exploring Canyonlands National Park In Southern Utah

Our Return To Canyonlands National Park Designated as one of the Mighty Five in Southern Utah, Canyonlands is 337,598 acres of breathtaking canyons, buttes, mesas, and arches. Canyonlands National Park is divided into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Maze, The Needles, and The River (Colorado and Green). On our most recent visit we spent […]

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Our Return To Arches National Park It’s hard to find a desert more beautiful and majestic, than Arches National Park located on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah’s Moab. The park’s 76,679 acres has wide expanses of open red desert dotted with scrub brush and cacti which are occasionally interrupted with spectacular sandstone arches formed by millions of […]

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A Little Bit Of Everything, Including Pablo’s First Sleepover

This week’s recap comes to you much, much later than usual due to a fun-filled Sunday, but since my recaps run Sunday to Saturday, today’s adventures will have to wait until next week… Last Sunday, Bill and I rode our bikes for 32 miles out into Western Loudoun and back, something that’s becoming a Sunday regular. […]

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A Real Coffee Date, A Delicious Peach Bruschetta Recipe, and New Trail Shoes

It’s time to sit down once again and chat about things other than just running and training. Today’s chat will start out with getting to sit down with our gracious hosts in real life, not just virtually! Read on…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that three weeks ago I had a […]

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