We've had some amazing weather in Iowa recently. February certainly was the polar opposite to January in terms of outdoor temps and sunshine. I have been outside everyday in some capacity, and it's been wonderful!
So, what's there to runfess? Well, although the recent weather has been fantastic, there are a few things I do not like about it...
1 - I must runfess that outdoor stairway workout was tough! Although I was SOOO excited to discover an outdoor stairway near my house, Holy High-Stepping, Batman! That stairway workout was tough! Let me explain....this stairway has 18 steps and they are "elongated." The steps are deep, wide, and not in the least bit steep. So, what's so bad about that? Well, single-stepping these steps was the equivalent of taking my regular stairs (on my 12-step indoor stairway) by two's. And taking these elongated steps by two's was about equal effort to taking the regular steps by quadruples. My long legs were extended at their maximum and I had to rely on the railings (thankfully, there were railings on BOTH sides of the steps) to keep in motion. Bottom line, don't be fooled by a stairway that appears less challenging just because the elevation isn't quite as steep as you're accustomed to climbing. #humbled #again
|70 flights up (and down) ...|
2 - I must runfess that all this warm weather has endangered the well-being of our magnolia tree. Usually, we don't see buds appear until mid-March (when the temps are consistently a tad bit warmer). And, typically, as soon as the buds begin blooming, we get a crazy thunder storm or a surprise late-season frost.....and all the beautiful blooms abruptly turn brown and hit the ground. This past week, with the unseasonably warm temps (mid-70's, none the less), all of these buds started appearing....and as I type this, the (February) temps have returned to their "normal" borderline-freezing status. We're forecasted to get snow, which could be a small disaster. The good news is this cold spell is supposed to be short-lived. Hopefully all of these magnolia buds can make it through the weekend if Momma N chooses to play nice...#fingerscrossed
|I'm crossing all of my fingers and toes that our magnolia tree can make it through the weekend|
|Look closely...can you see the mud?|
|To fleece or not to fleece?|
|Yes! back outside in the pre-dawn hours|
I was interested in knowing what my cumulative distance would be from my stair workout. Remember, this outdoor stairway was a different scenario from the traditional stairway inside my house. The outdoor stairway has 18 steps (my indoor stairway has 12), and these steps were much bigger steps requiring long "strides." Also, due to the reduced incline, I ran them faster than usual (because the elevation gain wasn't as steep). However, I didn't go too fast going down the steps (that would be a face-plant just waiting to happen). I did (2) intervals of 20 flights of single steps / 10 flights of doubles and ended with an extra 10 flights of singles (70 total flights). My total distance was just over a mile, and it took me less than 30 minutes. I felt like a total beast when I finished, and my entire body (from the glutes-down) had been thoroughly worked. But, I gotta runfess I was beyond disappointed to see my Garmin only acknowledging 87 calories burned for all of that effort. #sayWHAT
I'm linking up with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions