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From Bleh to Let’s Do This

I don’t know why, but I started out the week in a funky, bleh mood. Fortunately, by Tuesday I had given myself an attitude adjustment and the rest of the week was better. As much as I love snow, I’m the type of person who needs to be outside and when treacherous roads and trails keep me from my early morning cardio workouts, it affects my mood and my day.


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 often either take a walk outside or hop on the treadmill for an easy walk while talking on the phone with my mom on Sunday afternoons. We talk several times a week, but on Sundays we usually talk longer and I just can’t sit and talk. This week, though, I poured a glass of wine and cozied up watching the snow gently falling outside as we chatted. There were no workouts on the day, not even shoveling snow.



I lifted weights during an open hole in my morning schedule and at 3:30 PM finally took it outside into the 34° (feels like 33°) for a 5K walk around our neighborhood. For the most part, I walked in about a half-inch of fresh snow on top of the previous day’s shoveled sidewalks and ended with a 15:32 average pace. My Saucony Perogrine 8 trail shoes (affiliate link) gave me plenty of traction and I didn’t need to wear my Yaktrax (affiliate link).



With no clients scheduled, I spent the entire morning doing end-of-year tax stuff for my business and then it took me until 3 PM to make it to the basement to get on my spin bike (affiliate link) for my workout. I just couldn’t get myself going after lunch. I’m  such a rise and workout kind of gal that if I don’t get it done first thing in the morning, I often procrastinate. Of course, once I got going I enjoyed my ride and the time flew by while watching TV. I ended up riding 35 miles at a 17.4 MPH average speed which was just the attitude adjustment I needed!



I added cardio intervals to my hour-long strength training session by power walking around my basement between supersets. I think I’ll make running the stairs my intervals during one of my workouts next week.

Just after noon, Bill and I enjoyed a 5K walk on the neighborhood trails. It was 39° (feels like 33°) and the trails were a combination of patches of ice, packed snow, and completely clear. Even though it was slippery at places, traction wasn’t too bad since I was wearing my trail shoes; however, to stay safe I slowed my pace to a 17:18 average.



I started my morning early with a virtual client, but once I finished our session I hopped on my treadmill (affiliate link) for a 1-mile walking warm-up, a 1-mile run, and a 1/2-mile cool-down.

I am always fascinated at the difference between my Garmin (affiliate link) mileage and what the treadmill shows. My previous Garmin almost always lagged behind the distance on my treadmill making me appear slower, but my new one gains distance, making my speed a tad faster. I like my new Garmin better! 😉

1-mile warm-up walk time:

  • • Treadmill = 14:28
  • • Garmin = 13:52

1-mile run time:

  • • Treadmill = 10.00
  • • Garmin = 9:43

1/2-mile cool-down walk time:

  • • Treadmill = 7:31
  • • Garmin = 7:14

After wrapping up my cardio workout I stretched for ten minutes, focusing solely on my legs.



Boy, did I screw up twice on Friday! Up early, I virtually trained three clients (two together) and then did my own hour-long strength training workout. Just as I wrapped up my final exercise, my doorbell rang. I ran upstairs and was surprised to see my cleaning crew standing at the door (I’d miscounted weeks and wasn’t expecting them until next Friday). A half hour later I get a text from a client saying, “Hello???” and immediately knew I’d messed up her schedule as well. I see her every other Friday and had somehow gotten her Fridays reversed on my phone. Fortunately,  I was able to immediately jump on FaceTime and start her session only eight minutes late. 😬

I did remember to log onto Facebook Live at the correct time to teach my balance and stretching class, and as with most Fridays, I got in 15 minutes of total body stretching during the stretching segment.



Our standing 9:30 AM Saturday morning bloggers Zoom ride may have been short on participants, but it certainly wasn’t short on conversation! Kim and I had a great time chatting and the minutes and miles flew by and before I knew it I’d gone 22 miles at an average speed of 16.5 MPH. I’m so grateful for indoor options when it’s too cold and slippery to ride outside.


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • Do you use Yaktrax or similar items when running in the snow/ice?
  • • Do you find discrepancies between your treadmill speed and that of your Garmin?
  • • 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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