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Cramming It All in While I Can In typical Debbie fashion, I intentionally planned out a busy week of workouts in anticipation of being sidelined for up to two weeks after a scheduled surgical procedure on Friday morning. Expecting warnings of not pulling my stitches with my active lifestyle, I ran, I lifted weights, and […]

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And That’s a Wrap on Summer Vacations After a week at the farm with my Mom, Bill and I spent four whirlwind days at the beach before calling it quits on our summer getaways until after the baby arrives. Normally, we spend the third week of July visiting my mom and at least a week […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Squeezing Workouts into a Visit at the Farm Bill and I spent the week visiting my mom, but carved in a little time most days for working out. It was a whirlwind trip (Monday to Friday) so we really only had three days full days to workout while […]

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Disclaimer: This Virginia Creeper Trail: 36-Mile Damascus to Whitetop Mountain Climb and Descent recap contains affiliate links…   What Goes up, Surely is Fun Coming Down Two summers ago Bill rode his bike to the top of Whitetop Mountain on the Virginia Creeper Trail from Damascus while we were visiting my mom; and joining him […]

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Disclaimer: This Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder recap contains affiliate links…   This Is Not a Race The 1725 Gravel Grinder ended up being one of the most fun events in which I’ve participated in a very long time. Even though we had no intention to race the 40-mile event (60 and 80 milers were also […]

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We’re Back, Baby I walked out of the 55+ community gym on March 12, 2020, and as a non-resident, I wasn’t cleared to return until two weeks ago. Once the clubhouse opened up to normal hours and without temperature checks, hourly closings for cleanings, etc., management wanted to get it back to normal as quickly […]

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Leading Up to the Break The days leading up to our trip to Florida were jam packed with workouts in anticipation of a few down days while on vacation. Usually our vacations are either spent at the farm or at our family beach house when we have time to enjoy the ease of relaxing hikes, […]

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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…   Taking a Little R&R We rarely travel over the Memorial Day weekend, but this year is an exception, and a good one at that. As I type on Sunday morning, it’s 49° and rainy at home and 79° and sunny here in Fort Meyers, Florida. I’ll be popping […]

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Weekly RunDown: May 16 – 22 / Sleep’s Slipping Already

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Sleep Goal: Pandemic Level I am starting to see more clients as more and more have passed their two weeks post-vaccination period. In fact, last week I had two potential clients reach out for consultations. As my work load builds back to pre-pandemic levels my early mornings are […]

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Disclaimer: This Tour de Madison Metric Century recap contains affiliate links…   Road Trip for a Bike Tour Cyclists have been riding the beautiful rolling hills of Madison County, Virginia the third Saturday in May as part of the Tour de Madison since 1988. After the tour was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus […]

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Weekly RunDown: May 9 – 15 / Riding My Third Metric Century Distance

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   First “Official” Metric Century in the Books I focused on making sure my workouts leading up to our Tour de Madison Metric Century were front ended on the week so I’d have a couple of days rest toward the end of the week. It was a great strategy […]

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Weekly RunDown:  May 2 – 8 / Happy Mother’s Day!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Mother’s Day Lessons Mother’s Day has me reminiscing about my childhood and the excitement my brother and I would have as we presented our mom with our little homemade gifts. One year, though, Dad suggested we wash the breakfast and supper dishes for Mom on Mother’s Day. He […]

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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 41-Mile 1725 Gravel Grinder Practice Ride recap contains affiliate links…   Riding the Course Before the Race Bill and I, along with some of our cycling friends, are registered for the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder in mid-June. Even though it’s a race, we’ll be riding at party pace taking pictures along the way. […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Embracing the 5K During recent years my weekday runs were usually 5 miles unless I was doing speed work or going on my long run. In fact, I’d joke that any run less than 5 miles didn’t deserve a shower. Fast forward to the present and 3 miles […]

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Active Mom

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Shopping can be a drag when searching for the perfect gift for even the most special person in our life, our mom. If you’re lucky enough to have an active mom, the range of gift ideas opens up from just flowers and candy to gadgets and fuel.   […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Better Late Than Never Last year I got out of the habit of stretching and practicing yoga because both bothered my back, and as a result, getting back into stretching on a regular basis became my goal for 2021. My weekly goal has been to try to spread […]

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Disclaimer: This Courage Day 5K race recap includes affiliate links…   About the Courage Day 5K The Courage Closet was founded by my friend Liz Sands who was kidnapped and raped on April 17, 1999. Her desire to help and educate others led to the creation of The Courage Closet, a non-profit organization providing support […]

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Weekly RunDown: April 11 – 17 / First Live Race in Seventeen Months

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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