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Unintentional Third and Fourth Wheels

We watched Pablo over the Valentine weekend while his humans moved from near DC out to the suburbs and much closer to us – insert happy dance! We took Pablo to his new home on Sunday afternoon after they got settled and it was so much fun watching him excitedly explore his new home and check out his toys they’d set up in his bed. I’m sure he’ll love exploring the wooded trails around his new home after living in the city for three years.

Bill helped our son hang their TV over the fireplace and I suggested we stay and order carryout for dinner.  It wasn’t until we were eating that it dawned on me that we were interrupting what little bit of Valentine’s Day was left. We rushed out immediately after dinner so they could relax for a few hours after an exhausting weekend.


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 enjoyed a total rest day.



I lifted for an hour during a break between early morning clients and then when my last client rescheduled to later in the week, I took advantage of my spare time and walked 5 miles (14:41 pace) on our neighborhood trails. It was 35° and very dark and dreary, but fortunately, it didn’t start drizzling until right after I got home.



First thing in the morning I rode my spin bike (affiliate link) for 18 miles (16.7 MPH average speed) while FaceTiming with my biking friend Betsy. We hadn’t gotten together since the weather turned too cold to ride outside (that’s 60° according to Betsy). It was so nice to catch up and the miles flew by as we chatted away!


At 11 AM I took it outside in the 41° to run a 5K (9:00 average pace) on our circle. It felt great to be running outside, and in shorts. I even stripped down to my tank for the last mile, but of course my fingers were cold and I still had to wear gloves. 😜



My hour plus of strength training included three laps of stair-running-intervals between each of the first ten supersets giving me thirty roundtrips on the stairs. Once I took it to the floor for core and hip exercises, I skipped the cardio intervals .



Anticipating waking up to the beginnings of a daylong snow storm, I set my alarm for 5 AM so I could go out for a run on a carpet of snow shortly after it was expected to start. As my alarm stirred me awake, I could hear the pinging of sleet hitting our skylights fast and furiously. Not a fan of getting stung on my face with pelting ice or slipping and falling while running, I reset my alarm for 7 AM and went back to sleep.

I bundled up and headed outside to shovel our driveway at 8:30 AM  –  well, actually it took more of a plowing motion to remove the heavy sleet granulars from the concrete driveway. It was slicker than anticipated and I resigned myself to the fact that I’d be running on my treadmill (affiliate link) rather than outside. I decided to multitask and walk while catching up with my brother and after we chatted for two miles (20:00 pace), I dialed it up to a 9:20 pace and ran a mile (I ran 1.18 miles before my Garmin (affiliate link) credited me with a mile). A short cool-down gave me a 5K on the day.

For the first time all week, I remembered to stretch and got in a good 10 minutes focusing solely on my legs.



I started my morning early with a strength training session, and later, as with most Fridays, I got in 15 minutes of total body stretching during the stretching segment of the balance and stretching class I teach.

I got a major cardio workout during the afternoon while chipping away ice and shoveling icy, slushy snow for 2.5 hours. I was so exhausted after finishing that I fell asleep for over an hour.



My morning started with a 22-mile ride on my spin bike while Zooming with blogging friends Darlene, Kim (and Max), and Coco. At 64° in the basement it was perfect for working out, compared to 28° (feels like 18°) with icy/snowy trails outside, once again making me thankful for indoor options and friends to help pass the time.


A 10-minutes stretch afterward was the perfect end to my workout.


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • Did you have snow, sleet, or freezing rain this week? If so, how much?
  • • How close have the weather forecasts been to reality this winter where you live?
  • • 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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