Just on a whim I texted Meagan on Thursday night to see if she was available to give me that tour of the trails at Pandapas Pond that she’s been telling me about for the last couple of years. I was in luck and she said that she could meet Bill and me anytime Friday afternoon. 

We arrived in Blacksburg around 2:30 and an hour later we met Meagan at the Pandapas Pond parking lot to start our little adventure. Bill’s knee had been feeling really good all week so he decided to run with us as much as he could. If you’ve been following along on his long recovery from knee surgery fourteen months ago, you’re aware that he’s been biking and lifting weights, but really hasn’t been able to return to running.  I’ve missed my running buddy terribly so I was super excited to have him join us.

We agreed to run the flat sections and smaller hills, but to hike all of the steeper climbs up to the top of Brush Mountain. Bill hung with us for about half of our six-mile trail run and decided to hike the last half. He felt quite good when we finished and has been on cloud nine since.


While in Blacksburg, we decided to stop by Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon to see if anything was going on. Just kidding – we were tailgating by 10:30 AM! Our Hokies have a new coach, are quite young, and aren’t expected to do all that well this year. That’s okay, I like being the underdog because unexpected surprises can come your way.


And because this is a running blog and this runner loves finding a good porta potty when she needs it, I have to give a shout out to Tidy Services for keeping in the Hokie spirit with their orange and maroon potties! The “Let’s Go Hokies” is a nice touch, but I will never again be able to shout, “Let’s go Hokies” without thinking of “going.” HaHaHa!


Switching gears, I had another good week in the workout department, but I had to make the time to squeeze in a few of my sessions that I just might have skipped if I weren’t reporting them here; so thanks!



Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
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  • College football, NFL, or neither? 
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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