Seriously, this has been the oddest of years in terms of weather. First, our winter refused to pack up and vacate until mid-April. Then, summer promptly arrived on the scene a couple weeks later, giving us ZERO time to acclimate. Just this past week, we celebrated the summer solstice...you know, the first day of summer...with temps in the low-60's. What the WHAT???
If the 30-degree temperature plummet wasn't enough, we also had (almost) daily rain this past week. Thankfully, it wasn't enough rain to cause flooding (at least in my part of the state), but it was just enough to force a bit of schedule-juggling.
Here's what all went down in my little corner of the universe:
Thankfully, Monday was a pretty normal day in terms of seasonal weather. I was able to get outside for a couple of early morning #nevermissaMonday miles before starting my day. A new strategy I've been trying, in the past couple weeks, is to skip my shakeout run on Sundays (following my long Saturday run)...and that extra day of non-running activity has been working in my favor. Monday's miles felt effortless. Coincidence?
|early morning miles for the win
|Isn't my coach a little cutie?
|Doesn't everyone take advantage of their front porch when the rain is coming down?
|our #5at5 morphed into a #5at630
|That unsuspecting sidewalk didn't know what hit it LOL
Saturday morning treated us to pleasant temps (low 70's) and a much welcome break from the humidity. I met up with Barb for seven miles. Although my hammy still felt a bit tight, overall, it was much less angry. Apparently, taking Friday off, as well as lots of stretching and foam rolling, gave it the TLC it was needing. I probably could have added a couple extra miles, but decided to call it good at seven and not risk overdoing it. I'm in between training cycles, anyways, so there's nothing to gain by doing excess mileage. Besides, I had plans of doing some extra walking later in the day.
|pay no attention to the mismatched tape on the feet...
|All is calm, and all is bright in the morning sunlight
Also, in recent months, I have been trying to get in 20-30 daily minutes of "fasted cardio" first thing in the morning (mainly on the days when I don't have an early morning run happening). I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight, but I am working on cutting fat. I had not taken measurements since mid-February, so I was pleasantly surprised to see I had lost two inches off my waist (#progress). That was another reminder of how little daily things, that don't seem like much, can have a significant effect if you commit to doing them with other focused work. Now if I could just exercise that same kind of commitment to de-cluttering my house.....
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
All is well
Summer 2018 - What's on tap
Post-Worthy Pics-5 recent favorites
In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair pic on Instagram (@runningonthefly)? I respect that neutrals are all the rage, but I usually have to add a burst of color or I just don't feel like myself. I couldn't find my fuschia scarf (I need to de-clutter my closet as well), so this turquoise one was my back-up option. What do you think? Feel free to join the party...post a pic on Friday, use the hashtag, and give me a tag!
|feelin' hot hot hot
|Can you spot the zucchini? It's on the far right...and working its way across the entire plot
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!