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Thankful for a Home Gym

I knew Thanksgiving would be quite different this year without extended family visiting, but I had no idea just how different. As I discuss below, the holiday was a bit surreal, but 2020 has prepared us to expect the unexpected. In addition to the usual things like family, faith, a warm home, and an abundance of food to be thankful for, this year I am incredibly thankful for a home gym…


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…



Once again, based on my schedule for the upcoming week, I opted to head outside for my run at a more reasonable 8:15 AM rather than having to run at 4:45 on Monday morning. It was a delightful 51° when I ventured out onto our neighborhood trails, warm enough to shed my gloves a couple of miles into my 4-mile 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals. I was thrilled to finish at a 9:18 average pace and feel so good.

After my run I saw two clients, rare for a Sunday, but not so rare on a holiday week. It was during one of those sessions that I was exposed to someone who was asymptomatic, but was notified Monday evening that he/she had tested positive for COVID at a neighborhood screening on Friday. BTW, we were both wearing masks for the entirety of the session.



I was up early to fit in an hour of strength training before starting my work day.

Later in the day I saw my dermatologist for my full body skin check and got by with him only finding (and freezing) a few pre-cancers which was great news! After my doctor’s appointment, I hit up the grocery store to shop for food for our Thanksgiving feast.



I called my doctor’s office to see what I should be doing due to the COVID exposure and was set up with an TeleHealth appointment for the following morning.

I jumped on my spin bike (affiliate link) during the afternoon for 16 miles at a 16 MPH average speed. Prior to riding, I raised the seat one notch to see how it felt. My knee had hurt briefly after riding it a couple of weeks ago and I’m trying make sure the seat is adjusted properly on all my bikes. My knee felt great so I’ll keep it at the new position.



Up early, I lifted weights between my first two virtual clients. Another client canceled and I suddenly had the rest of the day off.

During my TeleHealth appointment, my doctor recommended that I stay inside and away from others for 14 days from the day of my exposure.

I spent about four hours cooking and then cleaning up the kitchen before heading to bed – that counts as another workout, right?



Originally, I had planned to meet a few family members and friends to run the virtual Thanksgiving Day turkey trot course, but because I needed to isolate, I opted to run the race on my treadmill (affiliate link). I took it easy and finished my 5K at a 9:38 pace.

According to my plan I put in place in mid-July, this was my last set of run/walk intervals before moving on to just running. Currently, my plan to run, taking walk breaks as necessary and to eventually increase my mileage from four to five miles. As of now, I have no plans to run races longer than 5K’s. Fortunately, cycling has filled the void of needing to push myself cardiovascularly and it’s much gentler on my body.



I spent the morning chillin’ and catching up on all things blog related and immediately after lunch started hauling Christmas decorations up from the basement storage room. At 6 PM I decided it was now or never and retreated to the basement gym for an hour of strength training since I’d skipped my workout in the morning.



Stuck inside, or at least within the confines of our yard, I put the finishing touches on Christmas decorations and then assembled our tree. I spent the rest of the afternoon decorating the tree while watching Hallmark Christmas movies (I feel like that should be some sort of #fession). LOL


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • • If you celebrate Christmas, have you started decorating or shopping?
  • • Did you run in a turkey trot, live or virtually?


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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