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A Plan is Just a Plan Last week as I planned my workouts leading up to my LIVE race on Saturday morning, I thought hard about what workouts I might want to skip so my legs would be fresh – I’m starting to notice my recovery after workouts takes longer as I’m getting older. I […]

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Disclaimer: This 37-Mile Gravel Loop from The Plains to St. Louis recap contains affiliate links…   A Little History Before Starting Our Ride I had planned to sleep in, but FOMO won out and I agreed to join Bill and our friend Ed for a gravel ride on a course Bill had raved about for […]

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Disclaimer: This 27-Mile Bull Run Mountain Brutal Gravel Grinder recap contains affiliate links…   Climbing a Mountain on Loose Gravel The thought of climbing a mountain on my gravel bike was just intriguing enough for me to agree to join Bill on the 27-mile route he offered up for our Saturday riding adventure. Short, sweet, […]

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Here We Go Again Even though we didn’t host Easter on Sunday, I had plenty enough Easter candy filling my cute bowls and baskets to feed a small army – candies wrapped to look like Easter eggs, M&M’s in spring pastels, and the mandatory chocolate Easter bunny… It’s funny, I have complete self control and […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link…   It’s no secret that sleep is the weakest link in my quest to lead a healthy lifestyle.   Exercise? I’ve got that down! Nutrition? I naturally choose carrots over cheese puffs. Hydration? 50% of the time my eyeballs are floating. But sleep? I’m getting better, but it’s […]

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Weekly RunDown: March 28 – April 3 / Happy Easter!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Happy Easter To those celebrating Easter, may all the joys and blessings of this beautiful season be with you. May the renewal of life at Easter bring hope, love, good health, happiness, and peace to your family and loved ones. Overview of the Week Before discussing each day’s […]

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  It’s time to sit down once again with a beverage of your choice and chat – I’ll remind you that I don’t like coffee or tea so my drink of choice today will be water. Let’s chat about things other than just running, cycling, training, and complaining about our most recent injuries. Sound good? […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Visiting the Farm I’m visiting the farm for about a week and enjoying the change in scenery. Spring is at about the same point here as at home, or in other words, taking its sweet time in arriving. Usually spring arrives a couple of weeks earlier at home […]

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Six Running Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

  Safety Tips for Runners Running safety demonstration classes pop up occasionally at running stores and in gyms; usually with very good attendance, and for good reason. Whether running solo or in a group, in the city or the country, during daylight or dark, runners should always be aware that something could go wrong putting […]

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Disclaimer: This recap, 30-Mile Loudoun and Fauquier Gravel Grinder Loop from Civil War Era Goose Creek Bridge, contains affiliate links…   A Little History Before Starting Our Ride My husband, a history buff, created a loop route of mostly gravel roads starting and finishing at the parking near the Civil War era Goose Creek Bridge […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   5K Training Plan Under normal circumstances with a race coming up in mid-April, I would be in the midst of a training cycle carefully analyzing each run, how I felt, and whether or not I felt on track for my race. This past year has been anything but […]

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Two Local Races Promoting Assault/Abuse Awareness and Prevention

April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month; and both important causes are being supported with races during the entire month. The Courage Day 5K and the Fairfax Run for Children 5K/3K are local races that can be run virtually which means no matter where you live, you can register and […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   The Week of Renewals This is the year for doing all of my renewals for my business which are required biannually. My CPR, First Aid, and AED recertification was held on Monday, and due to Covid, the instructor has been limiting her classes to only two students. I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Ready for the Lamb Part The first half of the old saying, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb” is certainly true this year. Here’s hoping the latter half will come true as well. Seven days into the month of March […]

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  It’s time to sit down once again with a beverage of your choice and chat – I’ll remind you that I don’t like coffee or tea so my drink will be hot chocolate. Let’s chat about things other than just running, cycling, training, and complaining about our most recent injuries. Sound good? I’ll go […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Cardio’ing Virtually Crappy winter weather, injuries galore, and a global pandemic have lead me to working out on my cardio equipment in my basement more this year than in years past. A social butterfly with many running and cycling friends to choose from, I can also hold my […]

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~ Runfessions ~ A collection of statements admitting that one is guilty of a variety of running crimes…   It’s time again to join in on the fun and clear my conscience of recent running, biking, fitness, nutrition, and life in general faux pas. I know I’ll feel better when I’m done, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll give […]

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While celebrating American Heart Month during the month of February, I’ve talked about the importance of physical activity in relationship to heart health… • It’s February: Are You Taking Care of Your Heart Heart? • Keeping Your Heart Healthy • Chor’obics: Turning Chores into Aerobic Workouts Today, I’ll break down the five components of an […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Unintentional Third and Fourth Wheels We watched Pablo over the Valentine weekend while his humans moved from near DC out to the suburbs and much closer to us – insert happy dance! We took Pablo to his new home on Sunday afternoon after they got settled and it […]

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Chor’obics: Turning Chores into Aerobic Workouts

Minimum Aerobic Recommendations for a Healthier Heart Cardio (aerobic) exercises are activities that increase your heart and breathing rate over an extended period of time. The American Heart Association recommends we get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderately intensive cardio exercise each week. When spread out over the week, as little as 30 minutes […]

 
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