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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…     It’s time to sit down once again with a beverage of your choice and chat – I’ll remind you that I don’t like coffee or tea so my drink of choice today will be hot chocolate . Let’s chat about things other than just running, cycling, strength […]

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Disclaimer: This 2022 Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K Race recap contains affiliate links…   A Thanksgiving Tradition It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without starting the day with friends at a turkey trot and this year was no exception. In it’s 29th year, this was my 15th year running in our community’s Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Running Blogger Friends On Thanksgiving Day while running in a turkey trot in my home town with local friends, I was also running virtually with blogging friends from around the world! Thanks Cari for putting together this collage for us!   Overview of the Week Before discussing each […]

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Warmest Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours! I have always loved Thanksgiving and yet as busy as I become trying to make everything perfect for my guests, I try to remember that Thanksgiving is a time to… • Reflect and be grateful • Gather with family • Enjoy fall’s bounty • Relax before the pressure […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Three Runs and Now Rest It wasn’t planned, but I ended up running three times last week – a drop in the bucket compared to just a few years ago. Most importantly, everything felt great and I recovered easily and quickly after each run. I’ve got my second […]

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A Birthday Letter to Myself

Nine years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my age updated in the first paragraph and the addition of this year’s note to myself…    Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Celebratory Miles Three years ago I started doing a special birthday ride by cycling the same number of miles as the number of years old I was turning. The past two years my friends joined in on the fun, but this year it sort of fizzled out when […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Sabotaged by Waze When long-time blogging friend Judy let me know she’d be in Virginia for vacation, I jumped at the chance to meet her in Shenandoah National Park for a hike. A quick search informed me that it would take about two hours to make the drive […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Peak Weeks Bill and I got very lucky and timed our trip to New England during actual peak leaf peeping week – it’s always a crap shoot and you just have to hope that luck is on your side when scheduling trips weeks or months in advance. Once […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…     It’s time to sit down once again with a beverage of your choice and chat – I’ll remind you that I don’t like coffee or tea so my drink of choice today will be water. Let’s chat about things other than just running, cycling, strength training, yoga, […]

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Why Not Train on Your Own? It’s dark, it’s cold outside, and your bed is snuggly warm; yet you know you need to get outside and train. You reset the alarm, pull the covers up a little tighter, and fall back to sleep cursing your eagerness two months ago when you registered for the ever-looming […]

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Autumn Beauty Without rain the past couple of weeks and minimal wind, we’ve had one of the most beautiful and longest peak seasons of any fall I can remember. I tried to get outside as much as I could this week and I enjoyed every moment!   Overview of the Week Before discussing each day’s […]

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Disclaimer: This 46-Miles of Vermont Gravel, Including a Class 4 Road recap contains affiliate links…   Building the Perfect Course Our New England vacation focus was on Acadia Nation Park in Bar Harbor, Maine and as far as I was concerned, a side trip to Vermont would be just that, a side trip. Little did […]

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It’s Okay to Bike A frequent flyer with my dermatologist, I was back in his office on Thursday morning for the removal of a spot on my upper abdominal area.  It was precancerous, but with my history it was removed with all the precautions of being cancerous. As a result I have a 1-inch horizontal […]

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Disclaimer: This Touring Acadia National Park via Park Loop Road recap contains affiliate links…   Dawn Patrol Reunion With our Dawn Patrol cycling friends Ed and Chuck both vacationing in the Bar Harbor, Maine area at the same time as my husband and me, we organized a group ride in Acadia National Park. We chose […]

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Disclaimer: This Exploring Acadia National Park’s Carriage Roads by Bike recap contains affiliate links…   Acadia’s Carriage Roads Prior to our New England vacation, my husband and I watched several location-specific cycling videos as we researched what to expect on our trip. As avid fans of riding gravel, we were pleased to learn that Acadia […]

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Dialing It Down, but not By Choice After a week of some of the most epic gravel grinding my husband and I have ever done (173 miles with 12,227 feet of climbing), I’ve dialed it down a notch this week, but not by choice. You see, I brought an unexpected souvenir home from vacation… Covid.  […]

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Disclaimer: This Portland, Maine Six-Lighthouses Tour and Back Cove Trail Loop recap contains affiliate links…   Touring Lighthouses from Two Wheels Prior to going to Portland, a friend who spends much of the summer on her little island in Maine gave me a list of recommendations of places to see and restaurants to visit while […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Vacationing Exactly the Way We Like It My husband and I prefer to vacation a little differently than some. We love to stay active and plan our trips around hiking, biking, and in the past, running. We’re perfectly happy having a big breakfast, eating a few bars while […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links   Leaf Peeping and Lobster Eating After reading Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton (affiliate link), visiting Acadia National Park during autumn became a bucket list item. Yes, I wanted to be a leaf peeper. Once we learned that Bill’s brother and our sister-in-law planned to spend a few […]

 
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