Friday, March 23, 2018

Here's to Warmer Days Ahead


It was hard to come up with a theme from this past week.

After all, we should be celebrating the start of spring...except the temps are not indicative of that. I should be basking in the glow from the previous weekend's half marathon (recap HERE), but that race was kind of buzz kill. And, I should be excited about our family's trip to Florida instead of anticipating the roller coaster of events awaiting our return.

The glass is half full, though, and I'm grateful to have things such as these to experience. Life would be boring if we had optimal weather everyday, nonstop fulfilling races to run, and a lack of family adventures. So, onward!


Here's what went down this past week:

Monday
I was pleasantly surprised that all of my parts felt great following that tough St. Paddy's Half Marathon, I didn't even have any DOMS showing up uninvited! I went for an early morning walk (before the sunrise), and ran a couple miles in the afternoon (again, in the wind). I also may have done some extra planking, push-ups, supermans, AND burpees because I felt so good. Go me!
#nevermissaMonday
Tuesday
Nothing major happens on my rest day except for the daily planking and some light strength work. Oh, there may have also been some more burpees...
So what if this workout happened just before bedtime?
Wednesday
It had been two weeks since Barb and I had done a #5at5 (five miles at 05:00). Although the temps were chilly, I have become quite accomplished at layering. I actually may have been a bit over-layered....look Ma, no gloves!
another #5at5 done!
Thursday
It also had been two weeks since I'd done a stair workout (I skipped the stairs last week in prepping for the half marathon). Yowza! I did a stair circuit involving burpees, slow-motion push-ups and supermans...netting me 50 total flights of double-stepping, and 50 of everything else mentioned...and I was a saturated, sweaty mess when finished.
Eat, Sleep, Climb, Repeat....my Fight for Air Climb alumni shirt says it all
Friday
Another rest day, all I had on tap was a long early morning walk that ended with almost total daylight! Don't you love it when that happens?
Even with the time change, I can tell the daylight is coming sooner and sooner
Saturday
Oh my. Would you believe another winter storm hit Iowa?  We had rain overnight, and the rain was still falling when I woke up on Saturday morning. The temps were (again, just like a week ago) bordering on 32F-33F, which indicated it would be either raining or snowing and most unpleasant. The heavy rain had turned to a relentless snow by late morning. We took a 4-hour interlude and headed to a nearby town to shop for a prom dress (spoiler: #success), and it was still snowing when we returned home. After postponing my long run all day, I decided to postpone it further (to Sunday morning) and finally headed out around 4:30 for a wet, snow-pelting 2.5-mile run. Let me just clarify this...although the snow may look quite pretty, I am quite done with it.
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snow.....
Sunday
Temps were in the low 20's and we had wind! Imagine that! But, the bright early-morning sunshine was beautiful. Barb and I met up at 7:00 and ran a 10K distance, fighting a fierce headwind for two continuous miles, but we're Iowa tough. We've run in much worse (colder & windier) conditions. Momma N ain't got nothin' on us.
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I believe I can fly
So that's a wrap on my fitness for the week. There was a lot of daily walking, numerous burpees, many push-ups, and just under 16 miles for (running) mileage. Not bad considering this was a bit of a recovery week from the half marathon.

In case you missed them, here's the posts from last week:
Still Running Against the Wind
St. Paddy's Half Marathon recap
Running in the Dark...My Top 5 Safety Tips

In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair post on Instgram? Yes, I'm wearing a bright spring-colored shirt with a puffer vest because the temps have been so chilly! Has your weather been more winter-like than spring? Please join me on Friday...post a pic of a featured outfit, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and drop me a tag (@runningonthefly). We're all fitness-minded peeps, but show us what else you got!

Well, that's the latest and (somewhat) greatest in my world. Our family is headed to the sunshine state for spring break, so I'm looking forward to leaving the gloves behind, putting my toes in the sand, and running outdoors in a tank top and shorts. It's the little things, right?

I'm linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. This weekly check-in is such a great place to connect with fellow fitness-minded peeps. Please join us! 

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35 comments:

  1. Nice job this week, despite the weather! I wish spring would hurry up and make an appearance. I'm completely over the cold, wind, and snow!

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  2. Enjoy your vacation in Florida and running without your puffer vest!

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    1. HA! The puffer vest was left in the car at the airport LOL

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  3. Awesome week of workout Kim! I honestly cannot believe that you got yet another snowstorm this weekend! Spring is definitely taking its sweet time coming, but maybe we'll see some non-snow days in April!

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    1. I hope all the snow is gone when we return from our trip ;-)

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  4. I love your purple outfit from Tuesday! Great job on your recovery week!

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  5. Well, i guess you just have to console yourself that a lot of people are in the same weather boat as you. Hopefully you'll feel better after your trip to Florida! Have fun!

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    1. Agreed....this has been a nasty winter for everyone. We need it to end already ;-)

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  6. I envy everyone who gets to spring break, but hey, last year I got to NOLA. Enjoy that sunshine! We missed the snow but it definitely hasn't been warm -- although more sunshine than normal so I'm happy about that. And had one gloveless run, too.

    Your rest day doesn't sound very restful. :)

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    1. I am loving the sunshine and heat (and even the humidity) ;-)

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  7. I am so over the snow and the winter. I am jealous of your Florida trip coming up.

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  8. As you said, I guess it would be pretty boring if it were all rainbows and perfect weather each day. I am for the record, over this cold wind everyday this time of year. I am having trouble planning my outfit for Cherry Blossom in 2 weeks. I have no idea if it will be summer or spring that day!

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    1. Hopefully two weeks out (for your race) will be enough time for the weather to be warmer.... hopefully!

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  9. I'm done with the snow too, but you're right that we wouldn't appreciate the warm weather. I just wish it would show up SOON so that it can be appreciated haha

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  10. Iowa tough makes me think of Iowa stubbornness from the Music Man. Great job getting out there for a 10k run. Hope Florida brings you lots of warmth and sunshine!

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  11. Sooooo ready for warmer days! We got more snow here in eastern PA today (Sunday), but luckily it melted right away. My planned trail race yesterday was changed to a road run due to the snow. Ugh!

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    1. Winter has long overstayed its welcome this year

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  12. When will spring be here already! My sister who lives in Cedar Rapids said they got a TON of wet heavy snow...no more please! Fortunately we were spared in Minneapolis this time.

    Great week for you, despite the weather!

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    1. We've been missing a lot of the recent snow until this past weekend. Yes, it need to GO!

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  13. With your ongoing winter, you've definitely earned some beautiful, warm, sunny Florida weather. I hope you enjoy your tank top runs this week! Thanks for linking.

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    1. Oh yes, I am eager for tank top runs OUTSIDE ;-)

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  14. I'm pretty sure you have a burpee addiction ;) Great week. Hopefully that's the last snow storm you have to deal with.

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    1. Ha! Oh no, it's not an addiction LOL I simply no longer hate them ;-)

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  15. I am so glad when my husband visited Iowa last year, it was during summer! I am not sure he could have handled all this snow for the 6 weeks he was there! Well done on another great week of training!

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    1. Ironically, we hadn't had much snow until February. Our snow has been pretty minimal, but the cold temps have been nasty.

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  16. Ugh, that winter warlock just won't leave you guys alone! Enjoy the sunshine and vitamin sea this week!!

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  17. Great job training, and yes, lets hope no more snow!!

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  18. I think we're finally getting spring weather -- including a preview of April showers -- later this week. Enjoy your spring break! I think I will be more motivated for my weekday runs when it's light again.

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