A Relaxing Couple of Days at the Beach

After an absolutely fantastic time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday enjoying wedding festivities, Bill and I embraced just chillin’ on Sunday and Monday, our last two days on the Outer Banks. We left our beach house around 2 PM on Monday and got home just in time to get unpacked and ready for our work week.


Is it Vacuuming, Running on the Sand, Sitting in the Car, or Just Getting Old?

As the day wore on Tuesday on my first day back to work, I felt a familiar pain in my lower back/SI joint area. By mid-afternoon I had to pop some Advil so I could continue seeing clients. As I analyzed my predicament, it dawned on my that I’d experienced that pain before, and that time as well, it was just after coming home from the beach.

Two years ago, after spending almost two weeks at our beach house, I wrote the following in my weekly recap, “In trying to determine what caused my pain, I think it was the perfect storm of running on the soft uneven sand, vacuuming, and then sitting in the car for several hours on our drive home without an opportunity to move around.”

If my SI joint is being aggravated by running on the camber of the beach at low tide, I don’t understand why it doesn’t hurt after my other beach runs. If it’s from the car ride, why doesn’t it hurt after my ride to the beach? By process of elimination, it must be caused by vacuuming as I clean the beach house before we close it up to drive home.

Just like with the previous time, after about three days I felt good as new. Who knew vacuuming was so dangerous? So what’s a runner girl to do? Stop vacuuming, I think! 😉


Global Running Day

Sadly, I couldn’t run on Global Running Day because I played it smart and put the recovery of my little setback first, something hard for runners to do. It was the first time I’ve missed running on the first Wednesday of June since I first heard it was a thing. Just for fun, here’s a picture from four years ago, even if I did call it National Running Day…


Dinner with our Neighbors

My husband could eat Indian food every day. I on the other hand, am far less adventuresome. In fact, growing up in the south, adding pepper to food was our way of spicing things up!

My first introduction to Indian food was when I trained clients at a wellness center owned by a doctor from Pakistan. He would bring feasts into the office for us to enjoy, but always told us that he toned down the spices for our American palates.

When our next door neighbors invited us and two other couples over for dinner, we were excited to try our friend Gurpreet’s culinary skills. The appetizers were very tasty and even though I don’t think she toned anything down, they were not too spicy for this simple girl.


Her combination of meat and vegetarian dishes was perfect and delicious, and even though she warned me that the chicken was very spicy, I really liked it. I even went back for seconds!


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



Sunday’s run was at low tide along the beach in front of our house. While out running, I saw two different herds of horses, but didn’t see this year’s foal. In fact, we didn’t see it at all on our trip, but friends who took the wild horse tour saw it and last year’s colt.


As I mentioned earlier, my SI joint was bothering me most of the week, so I wisely skipped my mid-week run. By Saturday, though, I felt fine and enjoyed a run with two of my girlfriends, Lupe and Kim.



I didn’t make it outside on Zephyr this past week, but managed to sneak in a 12-mile ride on my spin bike (affiliate link) after Saturday morning’s run.


Strength Training

A couple of years ago, I took my dad‘s dumbbells down to the beach house and filled in the missing sizes with inexpensive ones I purchased at Play it Again Sports. I’m still missing 25-pounders which I forgot to purchase to take with me this trip. Complete with a yoga mat, I’m good to go while at the beach.


Sunday morning’s cool breeze made it perfect for an outdoor workout.



What better place than at the beach to do sun salutations?


It’s on the Blog

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


Coming up this week…

  • Tuesday – Bike NY Five Boro Bike Tour Recap
  • Thursday – DC Bike Ride Recap


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


  • Questions:
  • What’s the coolest selfie you’ve taken? With whom or what? ~ I think wild horses make for a pretty good backdrop! 
  • What’s your favorite type of food? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!