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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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Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link…   Spring Brings Rain and Flowers On Monday afternoon after the rain had stopped, I took a short walk around my neighborhood. I felt as if I’d turned a corner (with the flu) on Sunday, but didn’t want to overdo it with any sort of strenuous workout. I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   A Gift of Friendship From 1906 when US Department of Agriculture official Dr. David Foster first imported one hundred flowering and weeping cherry trees from a nursery in Japan to plant on his property in Chevy Chase, Maryland until the 1912 gift of 3,020 trees from the people […]

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Spring Flowers, a Missed Visit, and a Surreal Experience

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   The Visit that Didn’t Happen Pablo was supposed to spend the weekend with us, but with the cancelation of the Asheville Half Marathon, his humans stayed home… and so did he.   Social distancing had Pablo doing what so many others were doing, watching Netflix on his laptop… […]

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Key Workout Tools that Aid in Injury Recovery

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Homework is Essential for Recovery As I recover from an injury with the expert guidance of my physical therapist Ashley, it is my responsibility to do my homework. Ashley is a key part of my rehab, but the greater responsibility lies on my shoulders. If I don’t do […]

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Five Selfie Taking Tips for Older Folks

  The Telltail Sign You know you’ve seen them – selfies of older individuals or couples who have their heads tilted back with a perfect view up their nostrils. It’s a telltale sign that the photographer is wearing multifocal glasses and needs to look through the lower reading portion of their lens in order to […]

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Budding Runners, Getting Back into a Routine, and Social Distancing

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Volunteering with Running with the Stars On Wednesday afternoon I volunteered to be a guest speaker for Running with the Stars at one of our local elementary schools. I talked to the children about the importance of cross training for runners, introduced them to the names of the […]

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The Run that Got Postponed and a Not-so-Perfect Pull-up

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Flowers Always Brighten the Day As I mentioned on Thursday, I’ve been lying low with the flu since Wednesday. Thankfully, I’d gotten the flu vaccine in the fall so I had a lighter case. On Saturday afternoon our doorbell rang and this beautiful floral bouquet was delivered. I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…     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 had expected to tell […]

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Getting Antsy Being Patient

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   We’ve Got Your Back 5K Last week I discussed dreaming about my first race back after this annoying back injury/numb foot issue that I’ve been working around since late December. I threw out a mid-April race as a possibility for my comeback, but this weekend I discovered the […]

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Dreaming About My Spring Racing Schedule

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   All Set to Sign Up for a Race While perusing Facebook yesterday I ran across a friend’s post sharing a discount for the upcoming Fiesta 5K, a race I ran two years ago and loved, but had to miss last year because we were in NYC for the […]

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Keeping Up with Physical Therapy

This post contains affiliate links…   Annual Italian Dinner Party Our annual Italian Dinner Party was last night, and as always, it was a tremendous amount of fun. I took Friday off from work which meant Monday through Thursday was much busier than normal with my Friday clients and class rescheduled to earlier in the […]

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Ten Reasons to Stay Well Hydrated

When was the last time you felt well hydrated, truly hydrated?  Today I’m going to talk about why water is so important to us. In fact, I’ll give you ten reasons (in no particular order) to drink plenty of water.   Water plumps up our cells and makes our skin look much healthier. Dehydration reduces […]

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Taking One Step Forward and Two Steps Backward with My Favorite Exercise

This post contains affiliate links…   Physical Therapy Continues I continued physical therapy this past week with sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My therapist introduced squats, leg curls, and lateral leg raises back into my routine – one exercise at each visit. I’m supposed to avoid lifting heavy objects and I am still focusing […]

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Ask Coach Deb About Running on a Treadmill Versus Outside, Energy Gels, and Running Form

This post contains affiliate links…     Even though my last installment of Ask Coach Deb was over a year and a half ago, I’ve worked with several running clients during the time span since that last edition. My running clients usually meet with me in person every few months to discuss how their training […]

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This post contains affiliate links…   On the Road to Recovery After a follow up appointment with my doctor on Tuesday, we determined that I felt enough better that I could skip the second spinal injection and start physical therapy immediately. I opted to go with a new-to-me physical therapist who specializes in spines and […]

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This post contains affiliate links…     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 started physical therapy yesterday and […]

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On the Road to Recovery? Fingers Crossed!

I’m going to keep this week’s rundown super short…   Following up on Injury Recovery I got my first spinal injection on Tuesday and by Friday my foot was no longer tingly and numb. I’m not feeling totally back to normal, but feel that I’m finally headed in the right direction. Whether or not I’ll […]

 
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