It was another fun and busy week around here.  Running, biking (night ride!!), hiking and camping.  All the stuff I love.  I ended up with 32 miles of running and 15 miles of biking. Here’s how it all went down…

Mon – Bootcamp!  No running in this version of our workout.  We set up stations instead.  So fun!  I am so thankful for my friend Kim who puts these workouts together.  She has such a passion for doing this stuff.  Which is helpful for a clueless person like me!  Sadly, this will probably be my last bootcamp session for this year.  It’s hella dark from start to finish, and was only 40 degrees this morning.  Although 40 wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

In the evening we took a trip over to the apple orchard, but sadly the apples were already picked for the season!  (what???)  So we took a few pictures anyways, and then headed out for some ice cream for a last treat before the ice cream parlor closes for the season.

Tues – 6 miles, treadmill.  Got my miles in on the treadmill again before work.  Nothing special about this run.  I think my Garmin is still getting in sync with my treadmill pace because it was off by almost .2 of a mile overall.  Not a biggie, but it’s fun when they are close to the same distance!

PM 5.5 miles.  A request came in for a last minute sub coach. I waited, and waited, but no one else took the job, so I offered to fill in.  And wouldn’t you know it, it was hill repeats! This time it was 1200 x 4 at an interval pace – so a bit faster, but shorter than my last week of hill repeats.  The shorter distance was a nice break, and even though it was a 9:15 pace, after the warm up and the first lap, it felt good.  I was worried a little about doing a double today, but it all worked out.  And at 70 degrees on an October night, the weather was wonderful!!

A good picture of our running gang! 😉

Wed –  30 mins elliptical.  Just a short cardio session to get my legs moving.  I was feeling a bit sore after those hill repeats 🙁

Thur – 12 miles running, long run.  I ran along the river.  The sunrise was so beautiful! 

NIGHT RIDE!  7 miles biking.  The guys went to this night ride a few weeks ago and assured me I would not die on the trails at night.  Not only did I not die, it was a ton of fun AND I rode over the obstacles even better than I did in the daylight.  What the heck?  I was super happy with the ride. We just bought some really great bike lights which were more than bright enough.

Fri – 4 miles running.  A brisk morning, 41 degrees.  I took the opportunity to do a recovery run.  We also had to pack up the camper for our weekend camping trip so I got my workout done first!

Sat – A fitness packed day!  4 miles of running to start the day.  My daughter had a cross country workout to complete, which was 800’s.  We ran a warm up and cool down together, but there was no way I was joining her for speedwork, so I just ran around the campground waiting for her.

4 mile hike to Hell’s Point.  Especially a bit of hell because no one brought water and it was 75 degrees and sunny 🙂  Ok, it was actually more like heaven on the trails.  So pretty!

8 mile bike ride.  A casual ride, but holy hills!!  This one was quite the workout due to all of the hills on the path.  The path was beautiful with all the leaves falling.

Sun – Rest day!!  We finished up our camping trip a little early because my daughter had to go to work.  This will probably be our last trip of the season.  Always a bit sad when camping season ends.

On a random note, I recently got a windfall in the treats department. If you know me, you know I like a big ‘ole ice coffee after my long runs. Well, they had a special offer going on with the Starbucks credit card and I got enough stars (rewards) for 47 free drinks!! I splurge on the drinks and make them the biggest, most decadent they can be. So here is drink #1 of 47…. a salted caramel mocha. Yummmm!


Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

Q: Have you ever opened a credit card for some sort of reward?

Multiple times! We’ve gotten some pretty nice travel or cash rewards.

Q: Are you loving all things fall in your area?

34 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – loving all things fall”
  1. ooh you are much more brave than I am! That night bike ride would really scare me to death. Glad you enjoyed. Another solid week for you. Beautiful leaves! Thanks for linking up

    1. I was afraid of the ride, until they told me that little kids were out there LOL! But seriously, those bike lights are amazing and worked so well. It was very magical being out there in the dark. We got to see the treehouses all lit up too. Really cool!

    1. Our ice cream has increased as the kids have gotten older. We used to just go and get kiddie cones and be out of there with $5 spent for the whole family. These days, we indulge a bit more 🙂 It’s hard to resist those sundaes!

  2. Definitely loving fall! It doesn’t last long so you gotta make the most of it.

    I would be terrified to ride at night (well, I don’t like biking at all). So yeah you! I don’t even run at night!

    Sounds like it was a great time camping. Those memories help us get through the Winter, right?

    1. I’m with ya – I don’t care to run in the dark either! But activities with a friend (or son or husband) make it enjoyable. The night ride had a really good turnout. The parking lot was pretty full!

  3. Looks like a great week of treats, lol! Ok, miles too.

    I wouldn’t be brave enough to ride my bike in the dark like that! Heck, I don’t like running in the dark either. I have a few early morning runs this week due to my work schedule. Brr and ugh!

  4. I ride a lot in the dark (with my headlight and Noxgear vest), but that’s on streets LOL I’d be a little freaked to be on a trail, but it does look exciting. Our ride, yesterday, was so beautiful! Warm temps, trees in all their color glory, and a sprinkling of leaves on the trail. Well, there were several rolling hills, so it also kept us busy…but total perfection! That ice cream…;-)

    1. I would be quite afraid if I were riding alone in the dark woods. I’m not into that at all! But with my guys it was perfectly fine. I was really shocked I was able to do all of the obstacles. That’s a rarity for me! I’m glad you have the Noxgear vest. I would feel much more safe on the streets with that.

    1. When the watch distance matches that is an extra win for the day for sure! Especially for a longer distance like that. I suppose it really doesn’t matter, but it makes me wonder if the treadmill is incorrect if it doesn’t match up. And, I don’t like manually entering my figures into Strava so it’s been nice to use my watch on the treadmill.

    1. I haven’t tried the footpod with this watch yet. When I first got this watch it was picking up the pace properly right away it seems. I figured I’d give it a few more tries and see what happens!

  5. Wow, 47 free Starbucks drinks! It would take me a while to redeem all those. I would be scared riding in the woods in the dark, but I’m sure it would be thrilling if I didn’t die. 😉

    1. I haven’t been getting any Starbucks for a long time, so it will be a nice switch up. I do plan on only getting one a week, so I’m set for the year! well, except for the ones I promised I would give to my kids 🙂

    1. Yep, I’m only holding on to the Starbucks card until the fee comes due 🙂 I do really love my Old Navy Visa. No fee and I redeem the reward points for a lot of free clothes at Athleta. That’s a great perk!

  6. I wish we could have a longer fall and shorter winter…just saying. The running and scenery lately have been glorious. 47 free drinks?? WOW! I opened an Athleta card for those rewards, which are quite nice. A night trail ride sounds like so much fun!

  7. You had a busy week! Isn’t fall just the best time of year?!

    47 is a LOT of free drinks! I’m sure you’ll have fun working your way through those rewards 🙂

    1. I was spoiled by the free coffee deal at Panera that recently ran out for me – I never had to wait in line. They had it ready in 5 mins and I just stopped in a grabbed it. My Starbucks is always busy and I need to plan ahead more because there is usually a 20 min wait on app orders!

  8. 47 free Starbucks drinks?! Holy Pumpkin Spice heaven! I would get a PSL twice a day if I had that many! Starbucks earns more cash from me in the last 3 months of the year than they do the entire rest of the year haha.

    Your photos look awesome! I wish we had fall down here. It’s the one thing I really dislike about living in Florida- we never get a season change.
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    1. 47 drinks is crazy! I really couldn’t resist with that enticement. I never really thought about that aspect of Florida… I would miss the seasons too!

  9. Really Appreciated That First Family Photo – Way Cool – Night Rides, Aren’t They A Blast – The Mind Takes Over With Concentration And Those Little Obstacles Simply Melt Away – Stoked For Ya – Everything Fall Out Here Is Magical – So Dig The Lower Temps For Sure – Be Well This Week


  10. Wow, all that night activity – you’re very brave! I am still reeling from getting such a high effort score for my early morning trail running the other week …

    I am loving the autumn colours here and they haven’t even fully got going yet.

  11. You had me with those ice cream pics! lol

    Biking at night sounds so scary!

    Congrats on an active week.

    When I have enough stars I order the biggest and most expensive drink!

    I think the colors are especially beautiful this fall or maybe I just appreciate them more.

    1. For sure – my reward drinks get expresso shots, extra flavor shots, the works!! I’m glad our ice cream parlor still had very steady business this season. I wonder about a lot of our restaurants, but I think the ice cream parlor will be strong again next year.

  12. I think I’ve mentioned to you before that I love riding in the pre-dawn dark and bringing up the sun. My husband and I both have very bright lights for our bikes and I feel like we can see great. It’s so serene and peaceful out there at that time of day. I’m not so sure about riding the obstacles in the dark, but perhaps you can stay more focused since you can’t see anything else.
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    1. Our new lights are strong enough that I would feel safe riding in the morning. Now it just needs to be warm in the mornings again for me to try it out! Getting a bit too cold for me these days!

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