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Daylight Running, Who Dis?
For the first time in a very long time, both of my runs were in the daylight and beyond my little neighborhood circle. Feeling safe running when others were out and about, I ran on our neighborhood trails to the W&OD Trail. It felt odd running in the daylight, but it was delightful not having to get up at zero dark thirty. A girl could get used to this! Naw, I’m an early bird and plan to keep it that way. 😉
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…
It was cool and threatening to rain when Bill and I woke up and decided to bail on our planned group ride to DC to see the monuments (the rest of our group bailed as well). At 8:45 AM, I decided to head out for a run in the still dry 46°; however, about a half mile into my run, the rain started. It was the first day of transitioning to 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals from 4/2’s and I was looking forward to seeing how I felt. All went well and I finished my 4-mile intervals soggy and at a 10:12 average pace.
Super busy with work and an afternoon dental appointment, I chose to limit my workout to an hour of strength training.
With a cold and windy start to the day, I had the luxury of waiting until noon when the temps had risen to 58° to head out for my 4-mile 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals. Since I was running in daylight, I chose to run on our neighborhood trails to the W&OD Trail where I faced a ferocious headwind while heading west. I practically sailed on my return! I finished with a 9:56 average pace and feeling fantastic!
I was able to fit in an hour of strength training between my first and second clients. During the afternoon I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for 18 miles at a 15.7 MPH average speed while virtually training a client – multitasking at its best.
Hoping to not overdo it and fatigue my legs before my two upcoming weekend rides, I opted to stay indoors on my spin bike for 20 miles – I’m always tempted to go farther outdoors. Feeling great, I finished with an average speed of 16.1 MPH.
Other than an hour of strength training and actively teaching my balance and stretching class, Friday was a low-keyed cardio rest day. During the afternoon I spent a couple of hours cutting back the last of the summer flowers.
With a 52° start and the temps moving into the mid-70’s by the time we finished, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for our 9 AM 45-mile ride from Leesburg to Sugarloaf Mountain. I wasn’t looking forward to the 1.5-mile climb up the mountain, but it wasn’t bad at all. Granted I was only going about 6 MPH, but hey, I had to slow down for the cars in front of me a couple of times – talk about a morale booster. 😆 That climb slowed our overall speed down to 13.8 MPH, but I felt really strong which was a nice improvement over my last few group rides. I’ll share more thoughts on this ride in a recap later this week.
Here’s What You Might Have Missed
In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…
- • Sunday – Weekly RunDown: October 18 – 24 / Feeling Lazy
- • Tuesday – 27 Miles of Loudoun County Gravel Perfection
- • Friday – Catching Up Over Coffee: Fall Gardening, Patio Heaters, and Zero 2020 Races
- • Are most of your workout before or after sunrise?
- • Green thumb, yes or no? ~ A resounding yes for me!
- • Did you 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!
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