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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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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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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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Fight Or Flight And A Pulled Glute

At about 5:40 on Thursday morning while I was running loops on my little neighborhood half-mile circle, I noticed an unfamiliar car. It was a large dark colored older car and I could smell exhaust fumes. Normally, I only see a white Range Rover and a small silver nondescript SUV leaving my neighborhood during my […]

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Fall Brings In Speedier Paces

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.   Running I’ve been running long enough to understand how much the weather and the time of day I run affects my pace. I was forced to run in the afternoon twice this past week, once due to my schedule and once due to forecasted storms the following morning […]

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Family First, Then The Blog

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links. I have a rule: family first, always, and this weekend was no exception! Unless I’ve had a chance to mostly pre-write my Sunday post, it might not get done if my kids are in town. So here’s my weekly rundown, better late than never… On Sunday, Bill and I […]

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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. I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that in July I had a real coffee date with the Ultimate Coffee Date’s fabulous hosts Deborah and Coco. During […]

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After Weeks Of Mist And Rain, Finally Some Fall-Like Weather!

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links. Heavy rain all day long on Sunday kept Bill and me off our bikes. Bill hit the basement for a ride on our spin bike, (affiliate link) but I spent the afternoon chilling, doing laundry, and working on my blog. Just like running on our treadmill (affiliate link), I find riding […]

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Runfessions Of A Shy Glasses Wearer And A Naive Biker

~ 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!   I runfess:  We were supposed to go to […]

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Please Help Me Name My Bike

Last Sunday Bill and I headed out for a 40-mile ride to the end of the W&OD Trail and back. It was my second ride on my new bike, and the first real ride while clipping in. I was extremely cautious at first, but eventually felt comfortable enough to stay clipped in for the duration. […]

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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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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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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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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 Wait A 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 […]

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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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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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When Horses And Cows Are Your Only Running Buddies

Last Sunday I mentioned that I was visiting my mom and would be staying for the week. We had a fantastic time just being together and I was happy to be able to help her with some chores around the house and yard. It was easy to get my runs in because I love running […]

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