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Working and Working Out

After a week home and settled, we hit the road again to visit the farm for a long weekend with my brother, nephew, and his little ones. We were supper busy all weekend, but I still found time for some workouts.


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…



Cycling: 15 miles
• Average speed: 15.3 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 12:58 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 65° in basement; 60°, sunny, and blustery outside
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

I could have ridden outside, but didn’t feel like fighting with the wind whipping my bike all over the place so I stayed inside and rode my trusty spin bike (affiliate link).



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Back to the grind and with a full day of clients, I didn’t make it out for a late afternoon walk as planned.



Cycling: 32 miles
• Average speed: 13.8 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,214 feet
• Start time: 10:39 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Hamilton loop
• Weather: 57° and sunny, climbing to 71°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, and fingerless gloves

It was great to meet my friend Mary again for a ride after several weeks of not seeing her. Luckily, we were both able to meet later in the morning after the temperature had warmed from an early morning low of 37°. We mistakenly thought we’d be warm enough without jackets, but were cold the first half of our ride.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 10:41 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 130 feet
• Start time: 6:02 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 47° and clear
• What I wore: shorts, s/s t-shirt, and gloves

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 16:06 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 74 feet
• Start time: 6:47 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 46° and clear
• What I wore: shorts, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, gloves, and mittens

Gardening: 2 hours

It was great to get back out for a virtual workout with Kim after a two-week break while on vacation. It had been over two weeks since I’d run so I kept it at an easy conversation pace. Who am I kidding, all of my runs recently have been at conversation pace. LOL No track work, hill repeats, tempo runs, etc. because other than an upcoming turkey trot I’m not training for anything so why risk injury to my delicate back.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 14:36 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 101 feet
• Start time: 8:14 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 57° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, s/s t-shirt, and gloves

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

Drive to farm

The beautiful colorful leaves on the maple trees along the parkway, aided by the cool crisp air, screamed fall and my walk flew by as I took in the sights.



Walking: 3 miles
• Average pace: 15:38 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 422 feet
• Start time: 9:04 AM
• Location: country gravel road
• Weather: 56° and partly cloudy
• What I wore: shorts and s/s t-shirt

The day was all about family time and checking a bunch of cool projects off the list so I made sure to fit in my walk on the earlier side of the day. As an added bonus, I saw one of my uncles while out on my walk!


Cycling: 1.2 miles
• Average speed: 7 MPH
• Bike: Life Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 58 feet
• Start time: 4:20 PM
• Location: country gravel road
• Weather: 75° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts and s/s t-shirt

Like an idiot, I used up all the eggs for breakfast and lunch without saving one for the brownies I was making for dessert so I hopped on my bike and rode up the gravel road to borrow eggs from my dad’s cousin.

It wasn’t the first time I’d hauled eggs on a bike because as a little girl I’d ride to my great-aunt’s house to get her milk pail to take to the dairy barn for my dad to fill with fresh milk. From there I’d deliver the milk back to my aunt by carefully hanging the covered pail on my handlebars, and pick up eggs (and carry them in my wire bike basket) to take to back home. We had dairy cattle and my great-aunt and great-uncle had chickens so both families always had fresh milk and eggs.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • As a child did you run errands on your bike for your parents? Do you use a bike to run errands still today? ~ All the time as a child and occasionally today
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ I love spending time with friends so my favorite workouts were Tuesday’s ride with Mary and Thursday’s run/walk with Kim.
  • • 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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