It's that time of year I look forward to and dread at the same time.
We've all been there. It's not necessarily a time to be slack with our fitness, but definitely a time to scale back a bit. My body not only needs recovery from a busy season of activity (hello? four half marathons and a full in less than three months), but it also needs a time to rebuild.
For myself, winter is the optimal time for such an endeavor. The past week (with its cold weather and continued cranky & fatigued body issues of late) kicked off my off-season. Here's what went down...
Coming off a relatively easy weekend, I got out for a couple of early morning miles in the running shoes. I've said it many times, but there's nothing like a few miles in the morning air (even when it's butt-cheeks-freezing cold) to wake up the mind, body and spirit. Even when I climb out of bed, craving more sleep, I almost always return home from my outing rejuvenated and ready for the day. My #nevermissaMonday routine never lets me down.
|Happy Monday! Happy New Week!|
Kettlebell 15's (15 reps/15-lb. kettle bell/15 minutes)
*15 regular squats
*15 upward rows
*15 biceps curls (each arm, individually)
*15 sumo squats
*15 triceps extensions
*15 jump squats
*15 lawn mowers (each arm)
*100 leg lifts (50 each leg)
|feeling the 15-minute burn|
Overall, it was a busy week for me, though pretty mild in terms of fitness mojo. The funny thing is that I'm totally okay with this week's minimal running (six total miles!! Whoop!). I keep saying I'm gonna add more strength work and HIIT's back in...but I'm just not feeling either of them right now. I am doing all kinds of daily walking (16 miles for the week), as well as my November goals (see below), so all is good. Apparently my fitness mojo needs a (brief) off-season, too. Onward!
A good indication it was time for an early start to my off-season happened on Tuesday morning. I fell back to sleep (a rarity for me) and didn't wake for another hour. And when I did wake back up? I still felt like a zombie who had barely survived a nasty train wreck. Everything felt groggy and achy. I even skipped my usual fasted-cardio party and did nothing (except making a chai latte') before leaving for work. And you know what? I felt ZERO guilt in doing so. When the body speaks, it's always best to listen and pay attention to what is being said.
|Never mind the bed head....|
With the promise of warmer temps in the afternoon, I postponed my run for later and opted for a 1.5-mile power walk in the wee hours instead. Later, after work, I suited up and headed out. Isn't it crazy how 33F can feel (somewhat) tropical this early into the cold weather season? Apparently, my body and mind (?) have already acclimated to the winter-like temps...and it isn't even officially winter for another five weeks. Anyways, those four miles felt great as I chased the dwindling daylight.
|Happy with a fantastic feel-good run|
Not much on tap for Thursday...some serious planking and stretching and a whole lot of walking. That evening, I attended an informative running clinic which, coincidentally, focused on recovery/rebuilding in the winter. How timely! I got a lot of great suggestions and tips for making the best of my off-season.
As the temps continued to fall, and the wind maintained its presence, I kept up with my daily walking (1.5 mile in the early morning, and 1.5 mile after work). I had toyed with the idea of doing a HIIT workout, but just couldn't summon any mojo to make it happen. Oh well.
|early mornings are (usually) my jam|
There was a dusting of snow on the ground Saturday morning, as well as a slick layer of something underneath it. Opting, yet again, for a power walk instead of a run, I took Max out for a short ways, then continued on for a total of two miles before breakfast. I had to really step with caution to avoid slipping or sliding. I could feel all kinds of "dormant" muscles in action and was really glad I had bailed on running (I'm starting to see a pattern here...).
|welcome to winter|
Holy Brrr, Batman! Again, no desire to run, but I was ready, willing and ever-so-able to go for a 2-mile walk in the extreme cold Iowa air. It's true...you're only cold when you're standing still (or taking a selfie). Thankfully, the wind was very minimal and the sunshine was brilliant!
|Winter warrior...by default|
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair on Instagram? I realize that fashion is not everyone's gig, but it's always been a fun and creative outlet for me. I'm especially interested in mixing and matching various color combos and coming up with "new" outfits...such was the case with the teal and tan outfit I featured on Friday. I picked up the open-toed tan booties before the marathon, but was afraid to wear them (blisters and heels are not a good mix for me LOL), but now they're a favorite. Anyways, as per usual, you're invited to join me on Fridays...post a pic of a favorite outfit, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and drop me a tag (@Runningonthefly).
And, finally, there are a couple of fitness events I'm looking forward to doing, one of which is our annual local Turkey Trot, on Thanksgiving morning. This is the seventh year! A fellow fitness-minded friend and myself have been the main organizers since the event's inception in 2012. It's been fun to see the number of participants increase , each year, as well as the food (and monetary) donations.
|Turkey Trot 2017|
The other event coming up is the Jingle Bell Run on December 1st, which is affiliated with the Arthritis Foundation. It's just a short 5K, but I'm hoping the weather will be nice and my mojo will be back in full force by then.
|Jingle Bell Run 2017|
So, there you have it! Another week wrapped up and the official start of my off-season. How are things in your world? Cold weather? Have you ever taken an off-season? Any seasonal races on the roster?
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