The Perfect Snowstorm

I love snow and in the future if I could order up the perfect snowstorm, I’d request either Tuesday’s or Saturday’s and be quite happy. Both gave us beautiful snow covered trees and grass, but in both cases the roads stayed clear. Now that we’re on the downward slope of February, I’ve had my fill of winter and I’m ready for spring. One can dream…


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…



Rest day

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

Drove to Charlottesville and back

We will be watching Pablo for two weeks so we met him and his humans in Charlottesville for the exchange and lunch. Charlottesville is only a 2-hour drive for us, but a 4-hour drive for our son and d-i-l so we got the good end of the deal.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 3 miles
• Average pace: 14:41 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 91 feet
• Start time: 2:26 PM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 48° and overcast with 100% humidity and occasional drizzle
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, nylon jacket, gloves and mittens

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

After dropping my car off for an oil change I took a walk to kill time until it was ready for pickup.



Cycling: 12 miles
• Average speed: 16.5 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:29 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 63°
• What I wore: bike shorts and tank

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

As daylight hit, I watched rain turn over to snow from the comfort of my basement spin bike.


Later while I was working, my husband took Pablo out for a walk in the snow. I couldn’t join them for a walk, but Pablo was just too cute in his rain vest not to share a picture.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours



Walking: 4 miles
• Average pace: 14:50 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 182 feet
• Start time: 6:04 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 25° and clear
• What I wore: leggings, l/s shirt, fleece jacket, down coat, knit hat, and heated gloves

Cycling: 17 miles
• Average speed: 13.1 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 591 feet
• Start time: 12:10 PM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Leesburg loop
• Weather: 43° (feels like 35°) and sunny, climbing to 47° (feels like 42°)
• What I wore: fleece-lined bike pants, l/s jersey, coat, and fingered gloves

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

I learned during my virtual workout with Kim that if I dress appropriately, I can walk in 25° weather. Running, no problem, but walking? In the past I’d probably have skipped it, but now that I picked up a pair of long tights at Costco, started wearing my old down coat for walks, and have heated gloves, I feel invincible. HaHa!

Collage credit: Kim

In keeping with my riding outside at least once every week winter goal, Thursday was the only day I had a chunk of time open in the afternoon and luckily the weather cooperated. And once again, now that I have the appropriate winter cycling clothing and gear, I’ve been able to keep up with my goal.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

I also had physical therapy which included stretching, dry needling, and a few exercises. Some of the new stretches I’ve been doing are starting to mildly aggravate my previous injury resulting in light tingling in my right leg and foot so we modified my stretches. Still, things are looking up and I’m happy with the progress made so far.



Walking: 3 miles
• Average pace: 14:36 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 110 feet
• Start time: 7:33 AM
• Location: neighborhood loop
• Weather: 32° (feels like 24°) and partly cloudy
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, nylon shell, down coat, ear warmer headband, and heated gloves

Physical therapy stretches: every 3 hours

After a few warmish days, it snowed overnight leaving us with the perfect snow, pretty to look at on the trees and grass, but not sticking to the roads or trails. I wanted to take some pictures so I got out early for my walk before the snow melted.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • If you live where it snows, have you gotten much snow this year? ~ We missed our first snow while we were in Florida, but we’ve enjoyed three others that have moved out pretty quickly.
  • • What are your weather limits for outdoor workouts? ~ I won’t workout outside during high wind or electrical storms.
  • • 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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