Well hello again! Remember me? I skipped last week’s Weekly Wrap linkup because I had a less than stellar week to review. A week so insignificant in the workout department that even I would have been bored reading about it. I got my weights in, but only one run; however it was an awesomely fun long run on Friday with my girls Erin and Tracy.

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Saturday evening an incredibly fit group of women descended upon Bill’s and my house for Erin’s 40th birthday party. She did all of the work organizing the party, we just supplied the venue and blue cocktails. Bill and I love to entertain, so when on a run last summer when Erin and I started talking about her big birthday coming up, I jumped at the chance to volunteer to host. Saturday night about thirty women and Bill helped Erin move into the next age group -runners don’t get older, they just move into the next age group. Once again, Bill was in his glory playing bartender, photographer, and cleaner-upper for a basement full of women.

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The birthday girl and me

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On to this past week…

Monday was Bill’s birthday, and we went out to dinner to celebrate early on Sunday night with our son Daniel and good friends. Monday night I made Bill’s favorite, Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad, and gave him some leftover cupcakes from Erin’s birthday party. He was quite happy!

To fully celebrate, Bill took the week off from work and we worked through several household projects (and some fun stuff). It always feels good to get spring cleaning off to a good start, and boy did we!

Bill spent lots of time on his bike, and I kept my normal client schedule. I got in my usual three weight lifting sessions and despite being dressed to run all day Tuesday, it never happened. 

Wednesday morning I ran alone, and then met my MRTT friends on Thursday at 5:30. With the temperature at 51Β° when I got up, I dressed in shorts and a short sleeved shirt. By the time I parked at the trail, the temperature had dropped to 48Β°, the wind had kicked up, and it was raining. Struggling to keep up, and miserably cold, I sent my friends ahead. Once I turned around, I warmed up with the wind to my back and felt pretty good. I ended up running five miles, but have no idea at what pace because I’d left my Garmin at home.  

Saturday morning my friend Janet and I met at the trail at 7 AM for five miles with the MRTT ladies before swinging back by the parking lot to pick up the Cruisers. Surprisingly, we had a small MRTT turnout, but we didn’t let that spoil our fun.

We took this jump shot after I gave a little lesson on how to do something that’s very important for female runners. Come back on Friday for your very own tutorial of this necessary skill.

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Janet and I finished our five miles just in time to meet the Cruisers, and head back out for three more miles. We caught up with Vamshi and Amit on the trail so we ended up with eleven Cruisers for the day! We even had our youngest Cruiser ever join us, Joe’s nine-year-old daughter. With a blond ponytail and matching green/blue shirt, the other Cruisers called her a mini-Deb.

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After my run, I headed home for a few planks and some stretching. Even though it looks like I’m resting my upper leg on the red ball, it’s just an illusion. I’ve got regular prone planks down, but why do these side planks never seem to get any easier?

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With the temperatures in the low 60’s today, I took advantage of the weather and headed outside for some yard work. Our Otto Luyken Laurels had gotten totally out of control, so I did a deep pruning on them.

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Four hours later a total of eight laurels looked like this. Once the trimming was complete, I spent another hour picking up leaves, sticks etc. throughout the front and back yard.

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As I finish up my recap, I can feel my back stiffening up from all of the bending over and straightening back up while spending over five hours doing yard work. Yes, it was a lot of work, but well worth it. By mid-April these bushes will have filled in and will look fabulous!

I’m beyond pooped, and it’s only 9:14 PM. I’m heading to bed. Night ya’ll!

 

Weekly Recap: 

  •  Weight Training: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Runs: Wednesday – 6.2 miles, Thursday 5 miles, Saturday – 8 miles (Total: 19.2 miles)
  • Bike: zilch 
  • Yoga: Moved my DVD’s from the basement bar to the workout room closet
  • Stretching: Daily
  • Average Steps Per Day: 13,125
  • Average Hours Sleep Per Night: 7:44

 

Have a great week!

 

  • Questions:
  • What is your favorite birthday dinner?
  • What’s the coldest you’ll wear shorts for running? ~40Β°
  • Did you race this weekend? 

 

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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  Be sure to check out not only the hosts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

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Happy Running! ~ Deb