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Working Out with Eldin

Following up on last weeks remodeling update… Who remember’s the TV show Murphy Brown from the 80’s and 90’s? If you remember the show, you remember her painter Eldin who seemed to be a permanent fixture in her home. Well, that’s what it’s starting to feel like in our house. We’ve had some sort of contractor in our home since January 25th and you can bet a high level of dust is associated with their presence. The gym is still functional, but a little spread out. I’m not complaining, but I certainly will be happy when I say goodbye to our “house guests” and vacuum up the last dust particle.


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll beyond the infographic for daily details…



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:31
• Start time: 12:59 PM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 72° and cloudy, climbing to 74° and sunny
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, and visor

I overdressed by wearing capris instead of shorts and for one simple reason, I was too lazy to go upstairs and change before leaving for my walk… Bleh!



Strength training : 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 22 miles
• Average speed: 16.4 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 2:55 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 64°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Even though the temperature got up to 52°, it was much easier to hop on my spin bike (affiliate link) than to charge my bike Garmin (affiliate link) and Varia radar (affiliate link), apply sunscreen, and layer appropriately for an outdoor ride. Each fall I say I’m going to ride through the winter on warmer days, and each winter I wimp out.



Strength training : 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 20:00
• Start time: 2:57 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 65°
• What I wore: capris and s/s shirt

It was a rainy, gross day outside so I turned to my treadmill (affiliate link) for my walk. After my walk, I did farmer carries while moving two of each dumbbells in weights from 15 to 50 pounds and multiple quantities of plates from 2.5 to 45 pounds across the room and into the bar area so the painters could start their prep work for painting.



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 9:29
• Start time: 11:22 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 46° (feels like 44°) and cloudy, climbing to 49° (feels like 48°) with intermittent sun
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, nylon shell, and visor

Foam rolling: 10 minutes

Stretching: 10 minutes



Strength training : 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

I love doing exercises where I get the most bang for the buck. Bent over rows are great at hitting multiple muscle groups in the upper and lower back, rear delts, and biceps, all while improving core stability. Form is key – engage the core and look forward to keep the spine from rounding.



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 9:46
• Start time: 8:41 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 61°
• What I wore: shorts and tank top

Foam rolling: 10 minutes

Stretching: 10 minutes

Snow shoveling: 1 hour

I had planned to participate in a Fitness Bazaar all afternoon, but the bomb cyclone racing up the east coast caused it to be canceled and kept me inside for my run. So instead of leading a balance demo and promoting my business, I helped Bill clean out the workshop and shoveled snow.


It’s hard to believe that just a week earlier I spent most of the day doing spring cleanup and spreading mulch. Hopefully, this was winter’s last gasp and spring is on its way.


On an exciting side note, my Hokies won the ACC Championship game which kept me up way too late on the same night that we had to set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. It was the first time Virginia Tech has won a conference title since Bill and I were seniors and we were Metro Conference champions. Here I am in my Metro Champions t-shirt. Why it was green and not maroon or orange is beyond me!


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Have you heard of the exercise called farmer’s carries? ~ I hadn’t until about 10 years ago, although I’d been doing them all of my teenage years while carrying a bale of hay in each hand to feed the calves.
  • • East coasters, did the bomb cyclone hit where you live?
  • • Did you run in a race this weekend?


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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