Actually, it's been windy everywhere recently. It just feels especially windy in my little corner of the universe. Our temps have been doing the "flirting with spring/reuniting with winter" thing all week. As much as I love the impending warmer season on tap, I get frustrated in figuring out how to dress for the daily roller coaster flux in temps.
Alas, it keeps my (running) life interesting.
There was rain happening when my 5:20 a.m. alarm sounded. I can handle rain, but when the temps are anywhere below 80-degrees, I'll take a pass (and Monday's temps were barely above freezing #thanksbutnothanks). All I had on the agenda was an easy #nevermissaMonday run...so I stayed inside. I also did some arm/shoulder strength work in the evening.
|two early morning miles with Milly, and some some supermans and push-ups to start my day
A rest/recovery day, 30 burpees and a very freezing cold and windy 1.5 mile walk in the afternoon.
|Can you see the sleet? It's nearly horizontal from the wind!
There was a mild wind blowing (again), but with the cold temps, the wind was bordering on bitter when Barb and I met up for our weekly #5at5. It was a strange W/NW wind that nearly took our breath away and (at times) made us feel like we were running in place. None the less, we persisted. We're Iowans, after all, and with our upcoming half marathon (on the 17th), we could very well have such conditions on race day. Also, there was a 2-mile walk in the afternoon and more supermans and push-ups (30 each).
|Another five miles in the wee hours
Stair circuit day!
*10 flights of double stseps
*10 jump squats
*5 flights of single steps
Four sets of this circuit netted me-->40 burpees, 40 push-ups, 40 jump squats and 60 total flights of stairs, all in about 30 minutes of (mostly) non-stop action. Plus, another 2-mile afternoon walk.
Another rest/recovery day. 40 superman/push-ups over lunch and a 2-mile afternoon walk.
|Ever done push-ups (or supermans) in cheetah-print flats?
At long last, the day arrived for the Leprechaun Chase 10K! In keeping with the theme of the week, there was wind, but we did have a little bit of intermittent sunshine. The hubby and I rode up with Barb, and we met a few friends there (the race was in Des Moines, an hour away). My finish time was no where close to a PR (again, the accidental too-fast first mile did not work in my favor). I did, however, manage (yet) another 4th place age group finish. Stay tuned, the recap will be posted soon.
|With Barb, Chuck, and the hubby
|yes, that's a wheel chair and a very swollen knee
After the previous long day (and afternoon/evening), not to mention the time change, I was a slow-motion riser come Sunday morning. I got out for a couple of easy-paced recovery miles, did 50 burpees, and donned my nurse's cap upon returning home.
|The sun popped out just as I as finishing my run
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
In other news:
I tried a new (green) food this week! Drum roll....we made roasted brussels sprouts, and they were so tasty! We brushed them with olive oil (and maybe a little bit of bacon grease). They smelled horrible when they were in the oven, but they were delicious with a bit of a crispy coating from the oil. Baby steps, right?
My #FridayFashionFlair post featured an outfit from a couple days prior. The weather has been cold and windy (have I already mentioned that?), so I layered up in a buffalo plaid flannel shirt and a trusty puffer vest. I think it was the white skinny jeans that really gave it the punch of brightness, though. How do you feel about white jeans? They have been all the rage in recent years, and I actually wear them year-round (not just in the spring or summer). White is a color, too, after all. As always, you're invited to join me on Friday on Instagram (@runningonthefly) and share a favorite outfit!
On one of our sunny days, I spotted several robins in a tree. Of course, as soon as I grabbed the phone to capture the moment, all but one of them scattered and flew to another tree. Seeing so many robins this week, though, confirmed that spring is almost here!
And, last but not least, I received a heart-warming letter in the mail this week. I had not kept track of the total funds I'd raised for the American Lung Association, so it was nice to see that they were paying attention. With the funds I've raised for this year's Fight for Air Climb (currently $190), I am now over the $1,000 mark! The Climb is on April 8th (in Des Moines), and there's still time to donate to the cause (my fundraising page is HERE).
So, that's a wrap! How are things in your little corner of the universe? Sunshine? Windy weather? Any races coming up?
|thankfully, they tasted much better than they smelled
|Do I look like a lumber jack?
|I spy with my little eye...a robin!
|I'm excited for my 6th Climb in Des Moines!
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