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Focusing on the Current

As I build my running miles back up to the staggering 6-9 mile per week I was running prior to my calf injury, I’ve got a big decision to make. Do I ramp the mileage back up during cycling season or do I keep it low and put all my eggs in my bicycle basket (see what I did there?) 😉

Two summers ago when I wasn’t running due to my back injury, I was cycling strong and felt great. Last summer, with a couple of runs per week, I felt tired riding, especially when climbing. I’ve been toying with a plan and think it’s probably best if I just choose a sport. It just makes sense to focus on cycling during the summer and running during the winter…


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: 1 mile / 1 mile
• Average pace: not timed / 18:13 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: not recorded /86 feet
• Start time: 10:12 AM / 7:02 PM
• Location: neighborhood trails / neighborhood circle
• Weather: 57° and breezy /69° and sunny
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt and light jacket / capris and s/s shirt

Running: ½ mile
• Average pace: 11:32 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 5 feet
• Start time: 7:21 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 69° and sunny
• What I wore: capris and s/s shirt

After a slow and relaxing untimed morning walk, my husband and I skipped going on an outdoor ride and later regretted it. According to Fitbit (affiliate link), I took a 2 hour 8 minute nap which means I was quite tired and helps explain my lack of interest in riding.

After my nap, I enjoyed the beautiful 72° while uncovering our patio furniture and setting up the deck to enjoy this spring. After dinner, I headed back outside for a walk and at the end of a mile decided to do a ½-mile test run. I kept it nice and easy and felt zero calf pain!



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Cycling: 10 miles
• Average speed: 16.4 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 2:25 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

While continuing to work on my Parkinson’s Foundation class for CEC’s I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) during the first half hour of watching videos. My legs felt like lead so I moved on to the kitchen table to work for the remainder of the afternoon.



Cycling: 10 miles
• Average speed: 17.6 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:25 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 62°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Running: 1 mile
• Average pace: 9:28 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 52 feet
• Start time: 11:27 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 53°, partly cloudy, and breezy
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, and visor

After an indoor ride while virtually training my first client, I went for my second run since injuring my calf. I felt great and finished as one happy girl!



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 16 miles
• Average speed: 17.6 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:00 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 61°
• What I wore: bike shorts and tank

About 15 minutes before our scheduled virtual ride together, Kim texted to say she was wearing her Iowa Hawkeyes tank. Even though I knew we’d have plenty of women’s NCAA basketball to discuss, it hadn’t occurred to me to wear my Virginia Tech Hokies tank so I rushed back upstairs to change. Both Kim’s and my alma mater teams had made it to the final four and were to play on Friday evening (Iowa played USC and VT played LSU). The winners of those two games will play each other this afternoon for the national championship title. As much as we hoped our teams would play each other, my Hokies lost. Kim’s lady Hawks won so I’ll be cheering them on this afternoon!

Collage credit: Kim


Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

My day was capped off with a super fun fitness blogger meetup over dinner. With Kim and Cari  in town for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, Deborah organized a blogger meet-up and invited Coco and me to join them for dinner at Urbano in the Mosaic District. It was so much fun and as Cari said, “We could have talked for hours.”


Cheers to friends I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for blogging!



Running: 1 mile
• Average pace: 10:02 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 9:54 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 65°
• What I wore: shorts and tank

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 14:11 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 10:32 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66°
• What I wore: shorts and jog bra

With heavy rain and high winds outside, I was grateful to have the option to stay inside and run/walk on my treadmill (affiliate link). Once again, my calf felt great so I plan to run 2 miles on Tuesday.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • If you blog, have you been lucky enough to meet other bloggers in person? ~ Deborah and Coco live near enough by that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them several times, and even though Kim lives in Iowa, we’ve met in person four times. I met both Darlene and Judy in the fall, and this was my first time meeting Cari. I’ve met Megan from Turkey Runner many times – we ran three Ragnar Relays together. I’ve also been fortunate to meet Erika from MCM Mama, Courtney from Eat Pray Run, Sue from This Momma Runs for Cupcakes, and several other runners who no longer blog.
  • • What was your favorite workout of the week? ~ I’m going to cheat a little on my answer and say that no doubt working whatever muscles were used for talking and laughing while having dinner with the girls was my favorite workout.
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ No


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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