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First Run With Friends in Over a Year

For years I ran alone until I met a group of ladies who ran at 6:30 AM before getting their children on the school bus. I was thrilled when they invited me to join them and quickly realized how fast the miles ticked away when chatting with my new friends. As the last of those friends moved away, I was introduced to our local MRTT chapter and a whole new group of running friends emerged.

Eventually, my work schedule moved earlier and earlier until it precluded me from being able to join my friends and make it to the gym on time, so I started running alone and was usually out the door by 5 AM. Last December’s injury prevented me from even being able to join group runs on the weekend, so until yesterday, I had not run with friends since last December…


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…



I decided to take Sunday as a total rest day. Sure, I did chores around the house and blogging stuff, but otherwise took it easy after a busy weekend of decorating for Christmas.



My workout was limited to an hour of early morning strength training.



Still in isolation from my exposure to Covid over a week ago, I had no choice but to run on my treadmill (affiliate link). I had planned for December to be the beginning of just running after almost five months of run/walk intervals, but I find that running intervals on the treadmill makes the time go by much faster so I stuck with my 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals – besides I have no races coming up so another week of intervals isn’t going to hurt a thing. I finished at a 9:54 average pace, but felt like I’d worked much harder.



Up early, I completed an hour of strength training before seeing my first client. Around noon I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for 20 miles at 16.7 MPH average speed.

After my run I noticed this notification that had popped up on my phone. Since I had had minor symptoms, but tested negative, I fit into the 10-day period and my 10 days would be up at the end of the day! Yippee!!!



At 5 AM when I saw 27° on my weather app, I stayed inside my cozy house and postponed my run until midday. It was a much more reasonable 51° at 12:30 PM by the time I made it outside (yes, outside) for 4-miles at 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals at a 9:39 average pace.



My workouts were spread throughout the day… I was in the basement by 5:30 AM for an hour of strength training before seeing my first client and then at 10 AM I taught my balance and stretching class which consists of 15 minutes of  strength training, 15 minutes of balance drills, and 15 minutes of stretching (sadly, the only stretching I did all week). Just after noon I hopped on my spin bike for 10 easy miles at 16.4 MPH.



I met friends at the W&OD Trail for a 5-mile run (9:30 average pace) which was the longest, the first without walk breaks, and the first run with friends in 2020. It was 42° (with a feels like of 36°) and quite breezy, but we quickly warmed up and eventually had to shed our jackets. It felt wonderful to be back out on the trail with friends!


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • What’s the longest you’ve had to take a break from working out due to an injury?
  • • Do you normally run, bike, or hike with friends or alone?
  • • Did you run in a race this weekend? If so, was it live or virtual?


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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