Flash Flooding

On Wednesday evening we had another round of torrential rain which lasted less than 2 hours. I walked out back at 7 PM to check on the bridge on the trail that runs right beside our house. The water was rushing over the bridge – I once saw water flowing over the top railing, but that was before we took pictures of everything.


About an hour later I walked out into our back yard to check on things and I watched in horror as two teenagers walked across the bridge on their way home. After they were safely on my side, the young girl’s eyes got huge as she pointed to the water and we both watched a huge snake swim by.


The bridge is in the distance on the left and those lone trees are usually on the bank on our side of the creek.


Looking eastward toward blue sky, and yes, that tree to the left is on the bank on our side of the creek.


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll down for daily details…



After such a productive and busy workout week, I decided to take a well deserved rest day on Sunday and I actually slept until 8:30 AM. We had a relaxing afternoon with the kids visiting – can I say how much I love having them live close by!



Hoping to beat the heat, I headed out at 6 AM in a humid 72° for my 4-mile 4:00 walk/2:00 run intervals. My running segments felt really good and I’m encouraged with how easing back into running is going. I had a 30 minute break in my schedule plus a mid-morning cancelation so I lifted weights and did my PT homework during my spare time.



I was up and out the door at 5:45 AM with Bill for a bike ride – it was still dark and 68° as we rolled out of our neighborhood. We rode west on the W&OD Trail which was much less crowded than when we ride east to meet our friends. Bill had to duck in for work as we cruised back past our house, but I stayed out and ended my ride at 40 miles and at an average speed of 15 MPH. The Garmin mount (affiliate link) Bill ordered for my new bike has a  GoPro (affiliate link) mount underneath so I can now shoot video while riding!



I woke up to heavy rain hitting the skylights at 4 AM, but by the time my alarm chirped at 5, the rain had stopped. I hopped out out bed and just as I was ready to step outside for my walk/run intervals I saw a flash of lightning followed by the rumble of thunder. Thankful that I had the option of using my treadmill (affiliate link), I headed to the basement. I completed my 4:00 walk/2:00 run intervals at a 12:51 average pace. I even had time to lift weights for an hour before seeing my first client.



I suppose Mother Nature hadn’t gotten the rain out of her system after Wednesday night’s flooding because it was still raining and storming Thursday morning when Betsy and I were supposed to meet to go for our ride. By noon the rain had moved out and I took off on a solo 22-mile ride averaging 14.8 MPH. I saw a guy with a tractor and front-end loader cleaning up gravel that had washed across the trail. Later I stopped to take a picture of a very muddy Goose Creek from the previous night’s heavy rain.


Later in the afternoon I did my physical therapy homework since I’d skipped it the day before.



Friday’s workout consisted of an hour of strength training and a little TLC for my legs with the RumbleRoller (affiliate link) after 4 consecutive days of cardio workouts.



Saturday morning we met our riding group in Chantilly for our weekly ride. We kept it to 30-miles with a stop for breakfast at the 21-mile point. You’ll be able to read my thoughts on stopping mid-ride for breakfast on Tuesday in my recap. The course was certainly less challenging than the previous weekends’ rides, but we also took it easier and ended our ride with a 14.7 MPH average speed.


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • Did you have a rainy and stormy week?
  • • What was the favorite thing you did this weekend? ~ Our kids visited and that was wonderful as always!
  • • Did you run in a virtual race this weekend?


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




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 those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!