With plans to ride in the Reston Century until our friend Chuck had ACL reconstruction surgery in March and was instructed not to ride outside until September, Bill and I were curious to see the ride in action on Sunday. Most of the ride is on parkways and streets so we found the W&OD Trail delightfully empty; however, our own half century ride took us past two of the rest stops where we seized the opportunity to stop in and check things out while the event was in full swing.

The first stop that we came upon was in Leesburg near the coffee shop where we often stop for a bite to eat on our way home from our ride.


Back on the trail, we rode to it’s western end in Purcellville. Expecting my new bike to arrive at the bike shop within the next couple of weeks, I took a picture of my current bike, anticipating I won’t be riding it much longer. We got word on Wednesday that my new bike is expected to arrive around September 6th.


Heading back east, Bill pulled out the GoPro (affiliate link) for some video. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful 45-mile trail in our backyard!


Once we hit Ashburn, we came upon another Reston Century rest stop and stopped just long enough to take a picture.


We finished up our 50-miler feeling tired, but otherwise pretty good. It was my first 50-miler of the summer, and my second ever. The ride showed me that I’ll definitely need to find a good training plan for next year’s century, one that will incorporate my normal running days into my weekly schedule and most likely more than one ride per week.

I ran at 5 AM on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The temps were in the low 70%, but the humidity was at 100%. Despite the soggy conditions, I was please to remain consistent with my pace. Much slower than the good ole days, but a lot faster than earlier this summer.

I moved my Saturday long run up to Friday morning and since I was only running six miles (I know that’s not remotely long), I was able to fit it in between my morning clients. I have to admit that it was amazing to get up and have a relaxing Saturday morning without heading out to run. Even though I taught a class for several hours on Saturday afternoon, my day was fantastic!


In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Wednesday – Please be sure to join me for my monthly Wednesday Word linkup where this month’s word is talent.
  • Friday – If I have time, I’ll post some pictures of our very own Trader Joe’s that is finally opening up in our community and explain why that’s so cool, especially to me!


In addition to the runs I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? ~ Our nearest one is about a thirty minute drive away so I can’t wait until Thursday when our new store opens!
  • What do you consider a long run? ~ The Cruisers consider anything over ten miles to be a long run. 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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