Tuesday’s run was tough, but I think that had more to do with the heat and the noon-time start than I realized when I started out for my run. My Garmin (affiliate link) showed a ridiculously slow pace, even for an injured Deb, but I think that was because I was running on the winding trails behind our house. I always seem to have a slower pace back there and I think that’s due to my GPS picking up the straight tangents as I run the longer curves. 

I got a lot of comments about how beautiful this trail is when I posted this picture to Instagram on Tuesday. We are actually able to step off of our property in our backyard onto this trail which winds for 28 miles through our community. I know I’m a lucky girl and I don’t take having these shaded trails for granted.


Thursday morning, with temps in the low 50°’s, I made up for Tuesday’s lackluster run when I met my friends super early. Wearing a tank and shorts, I was much more comfortable than on Tuesday and my body performed accordingly. Even though I sent my speedier friends ahead on the relatively straight W&OD Trail while I ran alone, my pace was 2:15 per mile faster than on Tuesday. 

Sunday morning I joined Bill while he shot pictures for the Loudoun Half Marathon. We arrived at the start about forty minutes before the race started so he could take pictures of packet pickup as well as the start.


After a week of seeing 60-80% chance of rain in Sunday’s forecast, we were pleasantly surprised when we awoke to a dry sky. I had expected to hold the umbrella to help protect Bill’s camera equipment, but ended up holding it to block the glare off his lens. We’re quite the team. 😉 I had a blast cheering on my MRTT and Cruiser friends from our post around the nine-mile marker.  

After the last runner passed by, we headed back to the high school and the finish line for more random shots and the awards ceremony. It was great catching up with our friends who had run the race. With such perfect weather there were a lot of PR’s!


On the blog this week, my Race Linkup will be going live at midnight tonight as it does the last Monday of every month. Please join me and let your readers and fellow bloggers know which races you’ll be attending so we can plan meet-ups! I’ve given up hoping to get that little surprise blog post together that I’ve been hinting toward. Let’s just say I’ll finish it when I finish it… Friday I’ll be joining Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for her monthly Runfessions linkup.

In case you missed it, on Monday I wrote a tribute to the everyday runners running in the Boston Marathon entitled Saluting Everyday Boston Marathon Runners and on Thursday I posted A Long Run Junkie’s Tips For Surviving Your Next Long Run.

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:
  • Does your GPS seem less accurate on windy trails? 
  • How often do you spectate or volunteer at a race vs running?
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  Be sure to check out not only the hosts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!