After pounding the pavement hard last Sunday for just over two hours in my half marathon, I decided to let my body rest this week and didn’t run again until yesterday. With a 5K a week for the next three weeks, I’m going to let that suffice as my speedwork and enjoy easy conversation pace runs on my other days. It will be nice to be able to chat with my girlfriends on our early morning runs instead of nodding at each other as we pass on the track or running trail while pushing hard during repeats and tempo runs.

My workout week started with my fall target race on Sunday, the OBX Half Marathon, where six of my running girlfriends joined us at the beach house for a long weekend. I still haven’t even started my recap – so many pictures to go through – so I’ll only share this picture and say that I didn’t hit my goal of PR’ing. For the most part, I ran a good race and if I hadn’t had to stop for a 2-3 minute porta potty break just after mile 10 (stupid GI tract), I would have easily broken two hours and placed in my age group.

Photo credit: Bill

After the race, my friends and I stopped at a nearby grill for burgers. There’s something about a delicious burger that hits the spot for me after a hard race.


After lunch four of our friends drove back home to Virginia and two others stayed over with us. Since the wild horses had been rather elusive and hadn’t ventured near the house, we went out in search of them and found these three grazing just south of our house.

Photo credit: Bill

On Monday morning, the last of our beach house guests departed, but before Bill and I headed home we winterized the house and then said goodbye to the Outer Banks for the next six or so months. It was raining hard and Bill got drenched while putting on the hurricane shutters, but I stayed dry finishing up the inside chores.


Tuesday was my birthday and after training morning clients I headed out for a walk and then went shopping/returning stuff as I continue with our bedroom redecoration. I ended the day with dinner with Bill, our son Daniel, and his girlfriend Jess. It was a lovely birthday!

Friday evening we kicked back with my special concoction, blueberry martinis, and totally relaxed while watching HGTV.


Saturday morning I hit the running trail alone for an easy 6-miler. It was my first run since Sunday’s race and everything felt good. I think my newly-turned 60-year-old body was grateful for almost a week’s rest since my race.


In case you missed it on the blog, this past week I posted:

Looking ahead to this coming week, with hosting a post-race brunch and Thanksgiving dinner, what I’m able to post is anyone’s guess, but I’d love to at least write a recap about my Friday night birthday party with my running peeps. If I find time to write my race recap it will be a small miracle!

In addition to the race and my Saturday morning run, here’s a run-down of the other workouts I completed this past week…


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

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • What are your Thanksgiving plans?
  • Are you running in a turkey trot? If so, is it on Thanksgiving Day? 
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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