Leaves at the Farm Past Their Peak

We were a little disappointed that the leaf color at the higher elevation of the farm was well past peak with at least half of the leaves fallen. After enjoying near peak color in New England, we had our fingers crossed that we might enjoy three falls this year, but that was not to be. By the time we got home from New England our leaves were nearing peak and probably were at their most brilliant over the weekend while we were visiting the farm…


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: 22 miles
• Average speed: 10.5 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel and paved
• Elevation gain: 2,208 feet
• Start time: 11:35 AM
• Location: Southwest Virginia country roads
• Weather: 67° and sunny, climbing to 74°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

My husband and I carved out a couple of hours for a country roads bike ride while at the farm. It was so quiet and peaceful with very little vehicular traffic. We were surprised that the leaves were past their prime and many trees were already bare.



Strength training: 15 minutes of core



Drive home from farm

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 16:06 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 71 feet
• Start time: 2:48 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 51° and overcast
• What I wore: capris, s/s t-shirt, and nylon shell

Gardening: 41 minutes

After sitting in the car for six hours I couldn’t wait to get outside and move so I went out for a walk and did some fall pruning before getting back inside to hand out Halloween candy to our little Trick or Treaters.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:20 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 108 feet
• Start time: 8:57 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 36° (feels like 28°), overcast, and blustery; climbing to 38° (feels like 33°), sunny, and blustery
• What I wore: capris, s/s t-shirt, down jacket, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens



Running: 4 miles
• Average pace: 11:09 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 109 feet
• Start time: 6:04 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 32° and clear, dropping to 30°
• What I wore: capris, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens

Walking: 1 mile
• Average pace: 15:30 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 62 feet
• Start time: 6:52 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 30° and clear,  dropping to 29°
• What I wore:
capris, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens

On by far the coldest day this fall, I was thankful to have my virtual cardio buddy Kim to keep me company. I was dressed perfectly for my run, but got very cold during my post-run walk.  I guess I need to have a warmer jacket just inside my door to put on for my walk…



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

Cycling: 26 miles
• Average speed: 14.8 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 948 feet
• Start time: 2:01 PM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Clarks Gap loop
• Weather: 56°, sunny, and breezy; climbing to 60°
• What I wore: bike shorts, l/s jersey, fingerless gloves

Secretly, I was grateful to have my morning fully booked with client make-up sessions after being out of town on Monday, because at 28° I would have frozen if I’d ventured out for a ride. Luckily, my husband was able to join me during the afternoon after the temps were more reasonable.



Walking: 5 miles
• Average pace: 15:57 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 209 feet
• Start time: 10:02 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 51° and sunny, climbing to 64°
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, nylon shell, gloves, ear warmer headband, and visor (took jacket and gloves off half way through)

Since my friend Betsy and I hadn’t gotten together in a while, we met for a walk. I overdressed after getting so cold on my Thursday morning walk and had to shed a layer pretty early on.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Do you have dressing amnesia when the seasons change? ~ Now that I’m older I get cold easier and that makes it even harder to dress correctly. Usually I overdress because I think, “Now that I’m older I’ll get too cold and need that extra layer…”; however, if I don’t add the layer I get way too cold. LOL
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ My husband and I had so much fun riding around the country roads near the farm.
  • • 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!