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Stalking the Weather

When we stepped out for our Sunday morning walk we noted how perfect the weather would be for riding the Reston Century scheduled one week from that day. At 6 AM it had been 63° and clear with low humidity. The high for the day was 82° with continued low humidity.

Just for fun, I did a quick weather check for the day of the century (today) and didn’t like what I saw. As with any good weather stalker, I knew that a lot could change in a week, and sure enough, as the week progressed the forecast looked better – reasonable temperature for late August, but with very high humidity, and more importantly, minimal chance of rain during the day.

However, things changed again on Friday and we got a weather alert from the Reston Century organizers on Saturday morning on what to do if we got caught out in a storm. At this point there’s nothing we can do but wait and see…


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: 3+ Miles
• Average pace: 18:42
• Start time: 7:45 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 65° and sunny with low humidity
• What I wore: shorts, short sleeve shirt, and visor

This was a walk with two technological fails… First off, after ten minutes or so of our walk, my brand new Fitbit Alta (affiliate link) died so I didn’t get credit for most of the steps on the walk. I’ve had to give it a hard reset every couple of days for the last three weeks since opening up the box and haven’t had time to call Fitbit. Today after it died, three resets couldn’t keep it going so I pulled out my old scratched and chipped Fitbit and synced it back to my phone.

The second fail was of my own accord when I forgot to restart my Garmin (affiliate link) until halfway home after a stop for breakfast in the middle of our walk. I have it set to auto-pause, but pressed the stop button so it wouldn’t auto start while walking around inside the restaurant.



Strength training: 1 hour of full body

Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 15:22
• Start time: 4:01 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 69° and cloudy
• What I wore: shorts, short sleeve shirt, and visor

I had planned to run, but by the time I had a chance to go out it was later in the day and I didn’t want to run with only 16 hours of recovery before the next day’s hill training ride.



Cycling: 42.5 miles
• Average speed: 14.4 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 2,083 feet
• Start time: 7:53 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Hamilton loop with Thomas Mill and Woodburn climbs
• Weather: 65° and sunny, climbing to 77°
• What I wore: bike shorts and s/s jersey

My friend Rob and I had amazing weather for our last hill workout before Sunday’s Reston Century. I had a great workout and finished tired, but recovered quickly.


Apparently, 42 miles with over 2,000 feet of climbing wasn’t enough to impress Garmin. Seriously, Garmin, why are you such a hater?



Strength training: 1 hour of full body



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:26
• Start time: 8:39 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 65° and sunny, climbing to 72°
• What I wore: shorts, tank top, and visor



Strength training: 45 minutes of upper body and core

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Rest day


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Do you stalk the weather before scheduled events? ~ As the daughter of a farmer and a longtime runner, I stalk the weather with the best of them!
  • • What was your favorite workout of the week? ~ Mine was Tuesday’s bike ride!
  • • 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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