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The Importance of Friends During the course of the pandemic, I’ve maintained my sanity by being around others when cycling. I made new friends when I joined Dawn Patrol (Bill’s cycling group) and then created my own women’s cycling club. At least three days a week while riding I was able to draw energy from […]

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Tracking Macronutrients: Choosing the Right Fats

Tracking Fat A few weeks ago, I was inspired to start a three-part series discussing the importance each of the three macronutrients, fat, protein, and carbohydrates and the roll they play in our lives. I started off the series with Tracking Macronutrients: Getting Enough Protein after a good friend asked if I’d considered tracking and […]

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Why a Metric Century Now Those who know me know I’m very competitive, especially with myself, and when I take up a new sport or hobby I feel a need to give it all I’ve got and that’s exactly what came into play when I started riding more seriously this summer. A self-declared cardio junkie […]

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Weekly RunDown: October 11 – 17 / My First Metric Century

The Need for Distance Because of the competitive nature I have with myself, there’s been something I’ve felt compelled to do for the last few weeks. A self-declared cardio junkie and distance enthusiast, I felt the need to ride one of the more popular cycling distances, a metric century. With winter approaching and concerned that […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 55-Mile Harpers Ferry Tri-State Tour contains affiliate links…   Three States, One Ride After a fun ride last weekend with the Prince William Cycling Club, I decided to join the group once again, this time for a scenic ride from Leesburg to Harpers Ferry. About a dozen cyclist showed up for […]

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156 Miles, Say What? I certainly didn’t set out to fall in love with cycling, and I didn’t set out this week to ride over 150 miles, but I’ve found that pushing myself on my bike fills the void of no longer being able to run 20 miles on a Saturday morning just for the […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 44-Mile Loudoun Meander contains affiliate links…   First Ride with a New Group The thing I’m learning about cycling is that in our area every weekend there are dozens of rides to choose from depending on the distance, speed, and type of ride that tickles my fancy. I recently joined […]

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Wrist Update My wrist is very gradually healing – emphasis on gradually. For the first time in months, I showered without wearing a brace yesterday and experienced no pain. I feel that’s a start considering how badly inflamed the tendon had become. I’m pretty sure the magic elixir was the combination of the steroid shot […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 28-Mile Down to the River: Lake Anne to the Potomac Tour contains affiliate links…   Where’s the River? While Bill and I were vacationing at the beach, my friends went on a ride called Down to the River. Later when they told me about it, I asked if they would […]

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Listening to My Body When I noticed that climbing the stairs made my legs feel like lead, I immediately recognized the feeling. I’ve been a cardio maniac the last few weeks with two run/walks and three to four rides per week. Yes, I’m a self-proclaimed cardio junkie, but I do know my limits and I’ve […]

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Runfessions of a Wasteful Camper and a Mismatched 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 conscience of recent running, biking, fitness, nutrition, and life in general faux pas. I know I’ll feel better when I’m done, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll give […]

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Tracking Macronutrients: Getting Enough Protein

Tracking Protein I recently received the following text from my good friend and avid Deb Runs reader Craig, “… You track and post your daily water consumption. Have you considered tracking and posting your daily protein consumption?” I replied with a screen shot of the following pie chart from the previous day’s MyFitnessPal and “… I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   It’s Only a Tendon I haven’t mentioned it on my blog… mainly because I was in denial and didn’t want to talk about another injury, but sometime in late May I hurt my left wrist (I’m left handed). Initially, when my wrist started hurting the next day after […]

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Beach Week We had planned to come down to the Outer Banks in mid-August, but work precluded us from coming so we rescheduled to this week, Wednesday to Wednesday. See Wednesday’s workout for why we didn’t make it to the beach until late Thursday night… Anyway, we’re having a great time and are getting our […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 40-Mile Great Falls Ramble contains affiliate links…   Back to Some Hills and Notable Landmarks After a couple of weeks of cruising along on wide open and relatively flat roads, it was time to challenge myself on the rolling hills winding their way around Great Falls, VA. On Sunday morning, […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile Greater Ashburn Bike Tour contains affiliate links…   Choosing Pavement over Gravel As the weekend approached, my husband Bill and I began discussing our cycling options. He was organizing a 44-mile gravel ride and even though it wasn’t all gravel, it was a little too much for this girl […]

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Deb Bikes? I finished the week with 134 miles in the saddle and at that rate I’m contemplating renaming my blog Deb Cycles… just kidding. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a cardio junkie and I’ll take my cardio high from where ever I can, but my first cardio love will always be […]

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Catching Up Over Coffee: Gardening, an Amazon Fail, and the Wrong Margarita

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 please join me? I’ll go first…   If we were having coffee….. I’d tell you that I missed last month’s coffee […]

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Disclaimer: This recap of our 30-Mile Tour de Ashburn contains affiliate links…   A Little Backstory: Forming a Cycling Club While out on a solo early morning ride in late July I mentally went through my list of friends who I could have cajoled into riding with me. Betsy, my regular weekday riding friend, wasn’t […]

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A Tail Wagging Good Time Pablo and his hoomans spent Saturday through Sunday morning with us. The dance he does when he comes into our house at the beginning of each visit cracks us up. His little tail wags so hard that his entire body from his shoulders back sway in a dance-like rhythm.    […]

 
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