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DIY’ing Again

Thanks to another huge painting project I didn’t have time to put the finishing touches on last week’s RunDown until Tuesday so I was too late to linkup. Not to worry, I still tried my best to fit in my workouts around painting and work.


Overview of the Week

Before getting into 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: 18:17 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 127 feet
• Start time: 4:11 PM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 70° and cloudy with occasional raindrops
• What I wore: shorts and t-shirt

Painting: 8 hours

After a long day of painting I took a break for a relaxing walk with my hubby.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Painting: 45 minutes



Cycling: 35 miles
• Average speed: 13.2 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 1,673 feet
• Start time: 8:11 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to Thomas Mill, Canby, and Diggs Valle loop
• Weather: 60° and sunny, climbing to 73°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, and fingerless gloves

My friend Mary joined me again for a ride, this time on gravel. The weather was perfect and the company was even better. We even stopped about half way through to pick some flowers and do a little photo shoot.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Sanding and painting: 2 hours 15 minutes



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:54 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 131 feet
• Start time: 6:05 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 54° and clear
• What I wore: shorts, t-shirt, and gloves

Caulking: 30 minutes

I asked for a quick “taking a selfie in the dark” lesson from Kim and other than losing my balance during tree pose, my pictures came out much better than previous weeks. As usual, we had a great virtual workout together.

I would have preferred to run, but I was low on energy after having not eaten the previous day or had any water since midnight because I was having a screening colonoscopy later in the day. I felt amazingly well, considering, and didn’t want to miss my weekly girlfriend time with Kim. The colonoscopy went well and I don’t have to go back for seven years.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

Walking: 5 Miles / 1 Mile
• Average pace: 14:23 minute/mile / 20:00 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 205 feet / 43 feet
• Start time: 12:58 PM / 6:19 PM
• Location: medical park /neighborhood trails
• Weather: 68°, partly cloudy, and breezy / 66° and cloudy
• What I wore: shorts and t-shirt / shorts and t-shirt

Painting: 2 hours 45 minutes

During the afternoon I had some down time while waiting for my husband and had two choices for killing time: run errands or go for a walk. I chose taking a walk and had time to fit in five fast miles before I picking him up. Once home we took an easy stroll to the butcher to pick up food for the weekend.



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 11:21 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 0 feet
• Start time: 3:08 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather:
69° in basement, 59° with rain and a light breeze from Tropical Storm Ophelia outside
• What I wore: shorts and jog bra

Cycling: 10 miles
• Average speed: 15. I’m sorry 3 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle spin bike
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 4:16 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 69° in basement, 59° with rain and a light breeze from Tropical Storm Ophelia outside
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Painting: 3 hours 5 minutes

Well… I’d hoped to be sharing pictures from our ride in the Tour de Conservation Easement (recap from last year’s tour) – an annual event where owners of private properties in Virginia’s Land Trust allow cyclist to ride across their beautiful estates. However, Tropical Storm Ophelia had other plans and even though it was a “rain or shine” event, we decided to play it safe and not ride. Three years ago an amazing guy and bike mechanic at a shop nearby was struck and killed by a tree blown over by the wind while he was out riding. Since then, running or riding near large trees in windstorms freaks me out.

So instead of battling the elements, my husband and I stay home and worked out inside. After a run on my treadmill (affiliate link) where I forgot to stop my my Garmin (affiliate link) when I stopped to use the restroom, I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link). And of course there was painting… I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though, and I’m pumped!


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • How’s the weather where you live? ~ The last couple of weeks have been quite lovely with some rain here and there; however, Tropical Storm Ophelia has pretty much washed out the weekend.
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ I’d hoped to say that my Tor de Conservation Easement ride was all of those, but since that didn’t happen…
  • • 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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