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Birthday Miles

My favorite way to celebrate my birthday is to go for a bike ride and run using the number of years old I’m turning as my mileage goal. On Tuesday, my actual birthday, I rode 66 miles and on Thursday, I ran and walked a total of 6.6 miles. I’m incredibly grateful that I enjoy being so active and am able to do the things I love .


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: 20 miles
• Average speed: 14.9 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 8:18 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

With a tight schedule, I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for a quick cardio workout before getting on with my day which included teaching an afternoon 2-hour fitness orientation class at the 55+ gym.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Gardening: 1.5 hours



Cycling: 66 miles
• Average speed: 13.3 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 794 feet
• Start time: 9:08 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to Custis Trail to Mount Vernon Trail loop
• Weather: 52° and sunny, climbing to 58°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, jacket, ear warmer headband, and fingered gloves

Our friends Chuck and Mary joined my husband and me for a 66-mile ride to celebrate my big day. From our home, we rode on the W&OD Trail to the Custis and Mount Vernon Trails to DC, rode along the Potomac River, and then back home.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Running: 4 miles
• Average pace: 11:00 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 171 feet
• Start time: 6:07 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 35° and clear
• What I wore: capris, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens

Walking: 2.6 miles
• Average pace: 14:27 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 62 feet
• Start time: 6:52 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 36° and sunny, climbing to 42°
• What I wore:
capris, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens

Stretching: 10 minutes

Continuing on with the birthday theme, Kim and I each completed 6.6 miles of cardio. I should have run 6.6 kilometers (4.1 miles) and walked 2.5 miles, but didn’t think of it until after I was finished.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 15:30 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 131 feet
• Start time: 8:58 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 52° and overcast, turning sunny
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, nylon shell, and gloves (took jacket and gloves off after first mile)

A last minute text found that my friend Betsy was available for a quick walk so I rushed outside to meet her. I had opted not to ride because the wind was supposed to be really bad, but it didn’t pick up until the end of our walk.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Do you do any fun or unique workouts to celebrate your birthday? ~ It’s probably only been in the last 6-10 years that I’ve coordinated my cardio mileage with my birthday years.
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ My birthday ride was tough toward the end, but lots of fun!
  • • 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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