I can confidently announce that spring has hit Virginia! I know that because this weekend I uncovered our deck furniture, pulled our little nicknacks out of the garden shed, and had our mulch spread. Our bright green grass has been cut twice already, the early flowering fruit trees and redbuds are blooming, and what spring bulbs the deer and squirrels haven’t eaten have popped and are in full bloom! And with such a spring in my step, I’m quite positive Mother Nature won’t change her mind and send another round of winter our way. 😉


Tuesday I decided not to get up a zero dark thirty to run with my friends, and instead, just go for a solo run later in the day. For a multitude of reasons, my run never happened and I decided to head out for a bike ride instead. I ended up riding 18 miles and really enjoyed myself. While out, I bumped into two of my Cruiser friends, separately, and I pretended to be very ashamed of being caught on a bike!   


Wednesday morning I managed to drag myself out of bed to meet two of my friends for a run on a new course they’ve mapped out. While it was a lovely run with fantastic company, I’m not sure I’m comfortable running it again. The majority of it is through wide open residential streets with absolutely no place for emergency bathroom stops – if you get my drift. Fortunately, my tummy and colon were quite cooperative and I didn’t embarrass myself…


We skipped our Thursday morning run due to the crazy and scary weather forecast, and thankfully, I never attempted to head out to run between storms or I might have gotten caught in quite the predicament. After the first round of storms passed and the sun tried to peep through the clouds, I considered heading out, but luckily I’d just eaten lunch so I waited. In a mater of minutes the sky turned black and it starting hailing. Little did I know that we were under a tornado watch/warning (not sure which), as I stood in my kitchen doorway taking pictures of the hail bouncing around on the upper deck.


With crazy winds on Friday, I kept my run indoors on my treadmill and actually did a little foam rolling afterward. I’ve got to get better at foam rolling!


Saturday morning Bill decided to drive east for the start of his bike ride and I tagged along to run home. We started out together for about five minutes before he headed off for a 46-mile ride. I can’t even imagine… I ran home and then tacked a little more distance on in my neighborhood to wrap it up at seven miles. I was thrilled to finally get my average pace down to under 10:00 minute/miles (barely, at 9:57) for the first time since my injury. In early February I was easily running 8:30’s with the girls and now it’s a huge victory (Wednesday’s Word) to run a sub-10… 


Switching gears slightly, I’ve recently discovered tequila lime salmon at Whole Foods. It is delicious and makes the perfect Friday dinner during Lent, although; Bill and I have salmon most Friday nights anyway. Oh, and rumor has it that we might be getting a Trader Joe’s in our neck of the woods!


On the blog this week, I’ll be talking about ways to survive your long runs now that everyone is starting to think about their fall marathons and scheming on their training plans. Also, I’m hoping to wrap up another fun little post I’ve had on the back burner for a while. Stay tuned for that one! 

In case you missed it, last week I posted my monthly Wednesday Word linkup using April’s word prompt victory for Victories Everyday Runners Can Embrace.

Back to my workouts, overall it was a pretty good week and here’s how my workouts went down…


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

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • Do you like salmon? 
  • Are you good at foam rolling?
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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