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, he loves chewing on sticks and rolling in the freshly cut grass.


On Monday, one of my clients came to my gym to workout instead meeting me at her community’s gym where we usually train. The reason she wanted to come to my gym? To meet Pablo! She brought him an alligator toy which he happily grabbed and played with for quite some time. He even gave her kisses when I had her lie down on the floor for clam shells and hip adductions. I think they both were in heaven. 🙂


Daniel and Jess flew home late on Monday night so they stayed at our house and telecommuted on Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon they headed home with Mr. Pablo safely buckled into his seat.


Salmon Roasted Veggies and Rice Bowl

Inspired last Sunday by The Birchwood Pie Project‘s salmon bowl, I put my own variation together on Friday night for dinner. I seasoned the salmon lightly with Wegman’s basting oil and topped it with dill before baking at 350° for about 25 minutes. Separately, I sliced red, yellow, and orange peppers and a large vidalia onion into strips, tossed them in Wegman’s basting oil, and then sprinkled sea salt and freshly ground pepper over everything before roasting at 400° for 20 minutes. I took them out of the oven, tossed them and then put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Next time I’ll also roast some asparagus so we have some green in the bowl. Meanwhile, I cooked the rice according to its directions and once everything was done, I assembled our bowls. They were a huge hit and I’ll be making them again!


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



As with most of my weekday runs, I started at zero dark thirty and was finished before the lights came on in many of my neighbors’ houses. I love getting up early and enjoying the peacefulness of that hour which many people miss. It’s my own little gift to myself.

On Thursday, I sent a text to my friends to see who wanted to run on Saturday morning. I was late to the party and learned that a run had already been planned for 5 AM starting at a coffee shop a little farther away than where we usually meet, but that wasn’t really a big deal.

The deal breaker was that rather than running on our wonderfully peaceful W&OD Trail which has a choice of asphalt or gravel trails running parallel to each other and with very few road crossings, this run would be on a route that would often be on concrete sidewalks and pretty much always alongside traffic (although at that hour the roads were probably very quiet). Also, there would be pretty much no place to go if anyone had a restroom emergency. I counted and there were seventeen different turns or streets to cross.

Instead of joining them, I ran laps in my neighborhood until daylight when it was safe to run to the W&OD Trail. I feel so blessed that we have such a wonderful 44.5-mile-long park practically in our back yard and take advantage of it whenever I can.

I felt strong on my 12-mile solo run, finishing with a 10:15 average pace. Assuming Dorian doesn’t hit Camp Lejeune in North Carolina this coming week, I’ll be lining up to run the Marine Corps Half in two weeks and feeling pretty confident. On a side note, last year Hurricane Florence caused the race to be canceled.



Since I hadn’t had a chance to get out and bike all week, I hopped on my spin bike in our basement after yesterday’s run and hammered out ten steady miles. My legs were toast, but I recovered pretty quickly.


Strength Training

Another good week with three out of three sessions completed…



I only took the time to do yoga three times this week, and one was only a ten minute routine. Still, I feel good after stretching, no matter how short the routine.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


Next up on my recaps from our hikes while on vacation in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada in June is the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here’s hoping I have time to work on it this coming week since I didn’t get it finished last week as planned.

Also on Friday I’ll be joining Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner and Coco at Running With Perseverance for the Ultimate Coffee Date linkup.


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Do you ever do multiple workouts in one day?
  • What other great dinner bowl recipes can you share with me?  
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


Happy Running! ~ Deb