The calendar shows March and the days are getting longer. We're due to set our clocks ahead this next weekend. And, in Iowa, we have (almost) nonstop wind from November until June...but even that is starting to feel more balmy than bone-chilling.
A huge bonus, with the impending spring season, is being able to be outside for pretty much every run without the worry of ice or snow. And I was ever-so-happy that was my reality this past week. Here's what all went down...
The temps were cool but calm. Unsure of my afternoon work schedule (but with a basketball game in the evening), I knew the early morning was my best option. I had not done an early morning solo run in quite awhile (maybe before Christmas, when I was still doing my winter streak?), and I had honestly forgotten how refreshing that endeavor can be. I live in a relatively hilly neighborhood, so I ran some intermittent laps around the hillier blocks and netted two miles for my efforts. No distractions, no traffic, no regrets.
|two miles of hills for breakfast
Nothing specific on the calendar for Tuesday (but the 100 squats for the Superman, Squat, and Twist Challenge). I had the afternoon off from work and the great outdoors was calling. Having run nine miles on Saturday, and two miles each on Sunday and Monday, I really didn't think a fourth consecutive day of running was in my best effort (especially since I planned on running the next morning as well). So, what's a runner to do? I laced up and hit the road WALKING instead. Three miles later and all was well. I had not been on a long power walk since forever (probably sometime before my running streak began on Thanksgiving), and it felt great to be using different muscles while enjoying the sunshine.
|repping my alma mater, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes
Ahh, another #5at5 with Barb! Truly, I have really come to love these early morning runs! Even though a lot of them are in cold weather and the dark of early morning, there is something so tranquil about being out and about when almost everyone else is still sleeping. It is empowering!
|5 miles at 05:00
I have been in the routine of Thursday morning stair workouts for a few months. This year, in training for the Fight for Air Climb (care to support my fundraising efforts? click HERE), I have been doing circuit workouts instead of just nonstop up/down action on the stairs themselves.
My workout for this week:
*10 flights of stairs (with double steps)
*5 flights of stairs (with single steps)
I had every intention of doing four sets. My body was fatigued when I began, though, and after the first set was not feeling any better. I realized I had not had any scale-back weeks since all of these workouts had begun...so I made the command decision to just do three sets instead. Although I still felt tired upon completion, I did have a solid 20-minutes of nonstop cardio in the bank, and I was completely fine with that. No harm, no foul. Onward!
Another rest day on tap, but I did a few push-ups, squats,and some planking.
Long run Saturday. Ten miles on tap. My body was tired (and my back was an achy mess) from the constant travel back and forth from three evenings of basketball, and the 17mph wind was blowing something fierce. I met up with Barb at 7:30 and we got to work. This run was tough. Thankfully, I brought my water along (I had not done that for any of my other long runs) and a Honey Stinger gel as well. We ran. We talked. We battled the wind. We soaked in the sunshine. We stopped for a bathroom break around the 7-mile mark. And we finished, somehow managing a 10:14 minute pace (those final two miles were smack dad into the wind, and were our slowest miles of the morning). Ten miles, done! That's my longest run since the R'n'R Las Vegas (mid-November), and it felt like a marathon distance in all that wind, but we survived.
|SO thankful for the sunshine!
Amazingly, Sunday morning dawned and my body felt completely new and recharged. The temps were chilly (and windy, again!),but the sun was strong. The hubby wanted to run a few miles after church, so I postponed my recovery run until then so I could run with him. Ultimately, he wanted to run a different route, so I did my two recovery miles solo. The temps had warmed up to the mid-50's but the wind was still crazy ugly. Thankfully, my body felt great and any last trace of fatigue seemed to be gone.
|Yes, I still have not removed the D-tag from R'n'R Las Vegas
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
Gloomy, Not Doomy
February 2018 - Pass or Fail?
When your cup runneth over
In other news:
My #FridayFashionFlair post was all about casual. Our girl's high school basketball team
had three games at the State Tournanent this week, and Friday's theme was "blackout" for the championship game that evening. Even though a simple 1/4 zip is casual attire, I opted for pointy toe patent flats to dress it up a bit (I'm not a jeans-n-sneakers kind of gal anyways LOL). As always, you're invited to join me...post a pic of your outfit, use the hashtag (#fridayfashionflair) and drop me a tag (@runningonthefly).
|casual does not need to be sloppy
|crazy hair probs
|Don't worry, Max, it will grow back...
|Marathon #8 will be happening in October
Talk to me...Does it feel like spring has arrived in your area? Have you ever done a scaled-back workout and felt ZERO guilt in doing so? Have you ever had a local sports team make it to a State Tournament?
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