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So Great to Have Options

One of the things I’ve loved watching during the pandemic with everyone being stuck at home is how clever people are becoming with creating new workout spaces. Early on it was nearly impossible to find dumbbells, exercise tubes, etc. as gyms were forced to close and workout options became at-home only. As exercise equipment is becoming available again, my clients and friends are purchasing items for their homes and using a variety of spaces to create their own little at-home gyms. I’m fortunate that I already had a space set up because I’m in the fitness business, but moving forward many others will have the option for working out at home.


It will be interesting to see if the pandemic has a long-term impact on public gyms. There’s a huge convenience to working out at home, but I must admit that I miss the energy of a busy 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, rather than just sitting, I hopped on my treadmill (affiliate link) and walked 2 miles at a relaxing 19:46 pace while gabbing with my mom. I’m usually doing something while we chat, cooking, flat ironing my hair, etc. Mom says that I’m the queen of multitasking.



I lifted weights at 7 AM during an open hole in my schedule and at 4:45 PM got on my spin bike (affiliate link) for a 14-mile ride averaging 17.1 MPH. So far I’ve not done a spin class while riding – I just ride at a steady pace and finish up tired, but not overly exhausted. My husband does intervals by increasing the resistance while standing to pedal, eases back to a sitting recovery pace, and repeats over and over. He finishes his workout totally spent and sweating profusely. I think I need to up my spin game at least once a week!



I wanted to go for a walk outside, but an overnight storm left everything ice covered. At 10 AM it was still hovering at 32-33° with a cold mist falling so I kept my cardio workout inside. Channeling my inner Kim, I did what I called the icy outside indoor cardio medley which consisted of:

  • • Treadmill – 2 miles at a 15:00 pace
  • Elliptical (affiliate link) – 1 mile at an 11:29 pace
  • • Stairs/House Laps – 1 mile at a 17:22 pace

I finished with 4 miles total and felt like I’d gotten a great cardio workout. My stairs repeats weren’t quite as intense as Kim’s because I added in laps around each of the three levels, but it worked. I’ll definitely do it or a variation of it again!



I spent about an hour getting my strength training on between morning clients. As much as I like to just plow through and finish up all of my clients one right after the next, I do enjoy having holes in my schedule when it’s enough time to fit in a workout.

Around 2 PM I headed out for a 5K walk around our community in what had turned out to be a delightful winter day. With the sun shining, the temperature at 42° and no breeze, it was a far cry from the previous day’s weather. Once home I remembered to stretch for the first time all week.



My morning started on the right note with a 6 AM workout with Kim (5 AM her time) when I hoped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for a chatty 22.5 miles at a 16.9 MPH average speed. After our workout I stretched for 10 minutes.



Up early, I lifted weights for an hour prior to logging on to train my morning clients. Later, I tried to get Pablo to go out for a nice long walk in the 20° (feels like 12°), but he had other ideas. Bundled up, I was toasty warm, but even in his flannel-lined nylon vest, Pablo turned to go home as soon as he did his business. I doubt that we even made it a half-mile roundtrip. 😂


As with most Fridays, I got in 15 minutes of total body stretching during the Balance and Stretching class I taught.



From Iowa to Virginia to the Netherlands we pedaled and chatted via Zoom. The miles just flew by with Kim and Renée, and I hit 15 miles before I knew it (16.9 MPH average pace). I’m so thankful for this option when it’s too cold outside to ride, but I am looking forward to getting back out on the trail.


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 has the weather been where you live? Normal or unseasonably cold?
  • • What cool and unique workouts do you do inside when the weather outside less than desirable?
  • • 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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