I distinctly remember my 8th grade art class, when we had a unit on the Renaissance movement. My teacher told us that "renaissance" meant "rebirth; rediscovery." Although I am not especially fond of the particular art from that era, that definition of reinaissance stuck with me.
Fast forward to my 2018 winter running streak, this past week in particular. My own kind of renaissance was front and center, via my running shoes.
It started with my #nevermissaMonday. The temps were forecast to be warm and sunny later, so I fired up 'Milly for 20 minutes of power walking, first thing in the morning. Fasted cardio inside...it happens once in a great while.
|nothing spectacular about the mud room where 'Milly resides...gotta use a filter LOL|
|even my Christmas socks were sparkling|
|I may have even over-dressed in the red vest (but it looked good with my socks)|
|I even nailed the layers correctly|
|Oops, I did it again....|
|Another adventure in the Santa leggings|
|Do I look like Mrs. Claus?|
|small town living isn't so bad when the local college sprinkles art along your route|
So, this was a fantastic week for my running! With total mileage (Monday through Sunday) coming in at 19, it was my highest mileage week since the marathon. I realize these numbers are very conservative (in comparison to what a lot of other runners are cranking out), but for me they are substantial this time of year. Thus far, with a mere nine days remaining, this running streak has been a great experience for me. The post-marathon crankiness in my glutes/hammies/tendons has been minimized, making me feel like a runner reborn (renaissance, anyone?).
As this post goes live, my streaking mileage (since Thanksgiving Day) is at 67. Last year, I was able to tally 103 miles during the Streak. It's VERY unlikely I will surpass the century mark before New Years Day this year, and I am totally at peace with that (last year, I wasn't recovering from a tough marathon LOL). I will not hit 1000 (running) miles for 2018, either. I'm on track to finish in the mid-900's, and I'm totally alright with that as well. If I added in all my walking miles, I would be flirting with upwards of 2000 cumulative miles "in my shoes," which includes a lot of fasted cardio and early mornings. For myself, that's a much more satisfying accomplishment. To each his (or her) own, right?
In case you missed them, here's my posts from last week:
In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair post? I think I have worn red or green (often times, both) almost everyday in some capacity for the past couple weeks. This has been both in and out of my running shoes. Traditional cranberry and hunter, or contemporary tomato and lime...I love them all, and am not afraid to wear them. Please consider playing along....post a pic of a favorite outfit, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and drop me a tag (@runningonthefly). We're not in workout gear 24/7, right? It's fun to see what my fitness friends look like in "street" clothes.
Seeing the decorated trees at the lake totally made my day. It's beautiful when people go out of their way to brighten the world around us. The fact that these two trees are located on the "backside" of the lake means the elf that decorated them had to haul all the stuff around the lake to do so.
And, lastly, I wish all the best to all of YOU, my dear blogging friends! Even though we may not all celebrate the same holidays, it still is a time of good will and reflection as we prepare for the new year. Besides, we made it to the Winter Solstice! That's such a huge milestone for me in my winter survival.
Anyways, enough about me. Tell me something about your week...seasonal weather? Upcoming races? Time off for the holidays? Are you as thrilled as me to be past the Winter Solstice?