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Opting Outside

Given the chance, I will always opt to take my cardio workout outside. Both icy conditions and excessive wind will send me to the basement, but whenever possible I prefer the great outdoors. This week was great for running outside, but I haven’t tested myself on biking outside since last Saturday. Today, though, once I hit submit on this weekly rundown, I will be braving the 36° (feels like 29°) for my coldest ride (as an adult) to date. Wish me luck!


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…



While I didn’t have a specific workout on tap, I got in over 15,000 steps and 423 active minutes while taking down our Christmas decorations (except for the tree). I just wish my Fitbit Alta (affiliate link) counted stairs with all of the trips I made up and down the three flights as I carried items down to storage in the basement.



I started my first day of work in 2021 with a weird abundance of energy considering how little sleep I’d gotten after a late night of  watching Sunday night football. With a 2-hour mid-morning break in my schedule, I lifted weights and did core exercises for just over an hour.  Later in the afternoon, I hoped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for 16 miles at a 16.6 MPH average speed.



Without any early work appointments, I slept until 7:45 AM to catch up from the previous night’s lack of sleep. I took my time and didn’t leave the house until 9:15. Since it was daylight, I left the comfort of my circle and ran on the community trails. The combination of a temperature of 38° (perfect running weather in my book) and feeling well rested, I had a great run averaging a 9:24 pace.



After getting up at 5:30 to train my 6:30 client, I got a text at 6:10 saying that she needed to cancel. With newfound time, I hustled and hit the gym for just over an hour of strength training. I don’t like last-minute cancelations, but I do like getting my workout out of the way early in the morning!



Even though I’d gotten up at 5 AM, I headed out in the 34° (feels like 29°) at 6:45 for my run a little later than planned, and then because of scheduling, had to cut it short at 4 miles (9:23 pace).



I squeezed in my own strength training workout between clients spread out over the morning.

After taking a month off from teaching my Balance and Stretching class, I logged on to Facebook Live and lead my students to their first class of 2021. I challenged my students to give me one fitness goal for 2021 because sharing goals helps keep us accountable. It’s been fun seeing what goals they are setting for 2021. I also shared with them my goal of making more time for stretching.

After class I hopped on my treadmill (affiliate link) and walked for just over 20 minutes (~1.25 miles).



Bill and I enjoyed a rare lazy morning so I didn’t head out for my run until 1 PM. Luckily the wind didn’t pick up as much as forecasted so the 40° temperature’s feels like remained reasonable at 35°. I stayed on our neighborhood trails and ran 5K at a 9:04 pace.


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, if any, fitness goals have you set for 2021?
  • • What do you consider perfect running weather? What weather conditions keep you inside?
  • • 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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