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Busy, Busy, Busy not Working Out

Last week may have been low on workouts, but it was filled with fun family time, lots of cooking, many miles (902 miles to be exact) in the car, and time spent Christmas decorating. As soon as we arrived at the farm on Monday I put up my mom’s Christmas tree and other decorations both inside and outside, and then on Tuesday, we celebrated an early Thanksgiving with a turkey breast and the works. On Thursday, we celebrated a second Thanksgiving with a turkey trot, a whole turkey and even more “works” at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, on Friday I volunteered to put up their Christmas tree and help decorate their house, and finally yesterday I put up our own Christmas tree. Decorating the house will have to be a work in progress that I hope to finish in a couple of days, but work is going to get in the way…


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: 26 miles
• Average speed: 14.3 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 971 feet
• Start time: 10:27 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Clarks Gap loop
• Weather: 52° and sunny, climbing to 57°
• What I wore: bike shorts, l/s jersey, light jacket, ear warmer headband, and fingered gloves

Just as I was planning to head to the basement to workout on my spin bike (affiliate link), my husband said he was planning to ride outside. I hustled to get my gear together and joined him and I’m so glad I did – it was a gorgeous morning for a ride!



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 14:12 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 7:50 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 62°
• What I wore:
shorts and jog bra

Drive to the farm

Up early, I worked out and trained a couple of clients before heading to the farm for a few days.



There was no time for a dedicated workout, but I was plenty busy cooking a full Thanksgiving spread and decorating my mom’s house for Christmas.



Drive to Charlotte, NC



Running: 4 miles
• Average pace: 9:23 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 140 feet
• Start time: 8:31 AM
• Location: Charlotte, NC
• Weather: 45° and sunny, climbing to 47°
• What I wore: capris, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, visor, and gloves (took shell and gloves off about half way into the race)

Stretching: 10 minutes

Continuing with our family tradition of running in a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning (even when we travel) I ran the Turkey Dash Charlotte 4-Miler with my son, daughter-in-law, and her brother. This year I sported my turkey capris (affiliate link) and new Thanksgiving themed t-shirt (affiliate link).


My d-i-l finished first and took pictures as the rest of us ran into the finish chute. I finished 3rd in my 60-69 year old age group. Finishing 1st and 2nd were younger women at 61 and 63, respectively; so had there been 5-year age groups… In lieu of age group awards, the race organizers made donations in our honor to a local charity, a wonderful gesture for Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned for a race recap on Tuesday.


And finally, I wasn’t alone celebrating turkey day with a workout as  fitness blogging friends from around the world joined in for our annual Thanksgiving collage.



Walking: ¾ mile
• Average pace: 20:11 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 28 feet
• Start time: 5 PM
• Location: Ballantyne Bowl
• Weather: 54° with the sun setting
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, down vest

After a day of helping the kids decorate for Christmas and lounging on the sofa watching Elf, and with super stiff legs from the previous day’s turkey trot (like day after a marathon sore), I needed to get outside and move. We took Pablo for a walk around the Ballentyne Bowl which is scheduled to be completed in the spring. I wonder what he thinks of the artificial turf?



Drive home from Charlotte


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • If you celebrate Thanksgiving, did you travel? ~ We traveled to the farm for the first half of the week and to Charlotte for the second half.
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ Bill and I had a lot of fun on our Sunday bike ride (which seems like forever ago) and Thursday’s turkey trot was tough!
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ Yes, if you count it as a four day weekend!


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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