I’m going to rush through this week’s recap because I have some really exciting news to share at the end of my post…

On Tuesday I needed an earlier than usual start to my day, so I hit my treadmill (affiliate link) at 5 AM while it poured rain outside. As much as I like to pretend that I hate running on my treadmill, I’m so thankful to have it on days like Tuesday…


When I woke up on Thursday morning at 4:30 I texted my friends letting them know I’d gotten to bed too late the night before and was exhausted, so I was going to sleep in a little longer. Those extra two hours were heavenly and I had some spare time during the afternoon to hit my favorite running trail.


Despite being incredibly consistent with strength training three days a week in my home gym, I rarely take pictures when I’m lifting, but on Friday I snapped this one of me doing a squat/forward raise combo.


Earlier in the week, my new running friend Katie tagged me in a Facebook post asking if I wanted to run on Saturday morning. Friday evening when I checked back again I saw that the group of ladies who had responded planned to run somewhere around a 9-10 pace, more likely staying around 9:15-9:45. That sounded perfect to me so I met them and then proceeded to hang on for dear life! Each time I glanced at my watch we were hitting paces in the 8’s. I actually felt quite good when we finished, pleased to have run 8 miles at that pace.


After our run, Katie and I hit the bridge so we could play around with my GoPro (affiliate link). I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize when we started that my camera was already filming, so every time I thought I was turning it on, I was turning it off, and vice versa. I didn’t capture any images of us running, but I got several of me hitting the switch when I thought I was turning it off. What. An. Idiot! 😀


And now for the big news…

We added to our family today when Daniel and Jess adopted Pablo from Alabama, and Daniel finally got the dog he always wanted!


Apparently, it was a long and tiring ride to Virginia from Alabama for this little six-month-old pup and he took several naps today. Once Daniel and Jess got him home, he rested for a while before visiting the vet and making several new friends, both of the two and four-legged types. They FaceTimed with us this afternoon, but we won’t get to officially meet our new granddog until next weekend when he comes over for his first visit. I can’t wait to spoil this little fellow and may have already bought him some toys!


And in case you missed checking in on my blog this past week…

Looking ahead to this coming week, tomorrow I’ll post my January Race Linkup. Please feel free to join me and let your friends know which races they can find you running in the next few months. On Tuesday, I’ll have another one of my throwback race recaps, this one remembering the Cloud Snapple Half Marathon where my friends and I finished looking like we had white Groucho Marx eyebrows!


In addition to what I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts in my gym from this past week…


  • Questions:
  • I know I’m biased, but don’t you think Pablo is a cutie?
  • Do you cross train? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do?  
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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