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Getting it Done Christmas cards designed, ordered, received, mailed… Check! Christmas tree lights fixed using a magic Light Keeper Pro (affiliate link)… Check! Before…   After – I forgot to take an equal “lights working” picture before I decorated the tree…   House decoration completed… Check! Decent amount of gifts purchased on cyber Monday… Check! […]

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Helping Mom Get Ready for Christmas Bill and I drove to my mom’s house last Sunday for a few days before heading on to Charlotte for Thanksgiving. I think I may have worn her out because we were pretty much in high gear the whole time we were together. We left her house at 9 […]

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Catching Up Over Coffee: New Bench Pads, Organizing for Christmas, and the Only Place I’ll Go Black Friday Shopping

  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 while on a run in early November along the trail behind our […]

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Smoked Gouda and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese I was super busy this past week with work, but had a huge hole in my schedule mid-day on Wednesday. I took advantage of the extra time to make my famous Smoke Gouda and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese to put in the freezer for Thanksgiving. I can take […]

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My Birthday Week Contrary to how my friend Craig thinks I celebrated my birthday by barhopping and clubbing every night this past week (make that month), I kept it low-keyed. 😂😂😂 I worked a normal day and even opted to cook dinner on my actual birthday rather than going out. I met my good friend […]

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Real Life Functional Training and a Visit from Pablo

It’s my Birthday Week Daniel, Jess, and Pablo came over for the weekend to help me celebrate my birthday a little early. Pablo picked out my card…   They gave me the best gift – a Nationals World Series Champions t-shirt and a Fight Finished towel! Now that’s true love – giving your mom the […]

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Seven Days, Seven Bitmojis I promise that after today I’ll stop talking about the Nationals winning the World Series, but when you’re a sports fan in the DC area, you’re not used to having a winning team. One exception was the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, but prior to that we’d been dry […]

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Catching Up Over Coffee: A Real Live Coffee Date, Hurricane Pablo, and No More Invisible Eyes

  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 Washington Nationals won the World Series and I have never been […]

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Good Luck Marine Corps Marathoners and Washington Nationals!

A Fun Day Hanging with Kim in Arlington  A couple of weeks ago, Kim emailed asking if I had any availability to meet her on Friday before the Marine Corps Marathon. She would be arriving several hours before she could check into her Airbnb and had plenty of time to kill. Luckily for me, my […]

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Six Years Already?  It was six years ago tonight that my mom called with the heartbreaking news that my dad had just passed away after being the picture of health until an unexpected bout with pneumonia. During the whirlwind days that followed his death, I wrote this tribute to him. Some days it seems like […]

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Don’t Tell My Dentist, but it Turns Out that “Flossing” May Not be Good for Me

Could It Have Been the Flossing? As I mentioned in last week’s rundown, my right leg/lower back/right SI joint started feeling a little wonky within the first mile of my Saturday morning five-mile run. Instead of listening to my body and either slowing to a walk or stopping altogether, I chose to grit it out […]

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Family Time and Back to Babying My Body

From Farm to City… Last Sunday, we left my mom’s house after visiting overnight after our previous two-night stay in Blacksburg. We got to spend a little time with Hobbes and Callie before hitting the road to drive home.   Once home, we unpacked quickly and got back in the car to drive to Arlington […]

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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 join me? I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that I’ve recently been noticing that my posture […]

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When in Blacksburg… Arriving in Blacksburg Thursday evening with bright and expectant eyes for another fun-filled football weekend, Bill and I unpacked our stuff and headed straight to Cabo Fish Taco for dinner and drinks. Our friends Jim and Dee joined us to help close the place down (it closes at 10 PM LOL) and […]

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Wrapping up Our Weekend On Sunday, the day after the race, we drove from our friends Beth and Tom’s beach condo to their home a couple of hours inland. There, we were treated to a different kind of water view complete with a double rainbow just before dinner. We had another delightful evening and relaxing […]

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Visiting Friends for the Marine Corps Half in Camp Lejeune

It Was a Busy Week and I Loved It It never fails that whenever I plan to head out of town, I have at least one new client reach out to me wanting to schedule a consultation or session for that week. This past week, I had three new clients scheduled plus I taught Fitness […]

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Block Party Forgiveness To say my neighbors outdid themselves when planning our block party for Labor Day evening would be an understatement. We had a dunk tank, bounce house, two corn hole sets, ladder golf, a fire pit for making s’mores, and fireworks, but most importantly, we had a Chick-fil-A truck! Additionally, we had several […]

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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 join me? I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. First of all, I’d tell you that I am not making this up! I saw a guy […]

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It’s Taper Time and My First Salmon Bowl

I Just Can’t Help Myself… Before I talk about my workouts, I have to share a few pictures of Pablo taken during the last fews day of his visit. Bill and I are finally starting to get a little more relaxed with him and let him play off-leash in our yard. Like any good dog, […]

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Runfessions of a Vanilla Scented Runner

  ~ 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, and nutrition related faux pas. I know I’ll feel better when I’m done, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll give you […]

 
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