What happens when the earlier-than-usual frigid winter-like temps arrive well ahead of schedule? If you're a runner, who despises indoor running, you head outside and face the weather, head-on. Eventually, your body (and mind?) will acclimate, right?
Although we have not had much for snow, we have had cold temps. I know, because I've been outside, every day, run-streaking in them since Thanksgiving.
It's no secret that I much prefer the heat of summer, but even I can adapt and tolerate the extreme cold. I live (and run) in Iowa, after all, and it's not exactly tropical here this time of year. That said, the sub-freezing temps have been bearable. Dare I say, they were actually quite enjoyable this past week?
Here's what went down in my little corner of the universe...
Up and out the door for a quick mile through the hood before work. Even when the temps are low, if the wind is low (or a no-show), the crisp air is actually quite tranquil.
|A 'Milly PR?|
With the forecast calling for sunshine and temps in the 40's, I opted to postpone my streak run for later. Instead, I took Max with me for some fasted cardio, via power walking (while the hubby did his early morning workout). Another "chill" morning.
|another runch for the win|
Another beautiful day, weather-wise, but also a crazy day at work was on tap. I got out for an early-morning power walk and did my daily plank (believe it or not, neither of those ever get old).
|the planking streak continues...has it been 3 years?|
|I wish the holiday lights were up year-round|
Yes, you can rise and shine long before the sunrise. Another tranquil and easy-paced 3-miler around the Grinnell College campus, under the moon and holiday lights. Notice I'm only wearing a light fleece vest and not a puffer vest? What's happening to this heat-worshiping, in-love-with-summer runner???
|I love my early morning runs!|
Just a short 1-mile streak run, in the early hours, then it was biceps & triceps & shoulders, oh my!
|Isn't Max a cute photo bomber?|
Super Busy Saturday
It had been f.o.r.e.v.e.r since Barb and I had run together. We met up around 7:00 and knocked out four quick miles, just as the sun was making an appearance. Then it was off to my extended family's Christmas gathering, something I look forward to every year.
|look Mom, no gloves!|
With an evening group run on the agenda, Sunday morning started with a 2-mile walk with the hubby and Max. There also was more holiday prep work (ie, the annual Christmas letter and cards).
|oops...forgot the lipstick...|
And the weather....did you notice I'm not wearing much for layers? Most days, I have a flannel-lined base layer as well as a light layer over that (usually a 1/4 zip). The gloves have been optional on some days, as well as regular tights (instead of the usual fleece-lined thermal tights). Don't worry...this is an acclimation thing, not an "I'm-in-love-with-all-things-winter" thing. I am still missing my hot summer runs, but the cold has been bearable. That may very well change when the snow starts falling and ice becomes a constant. Stay tuned for that as well.
In case you missed out, there were two posts last week:
With the busyness of the season, I'm blogging less and focusing on the holiday stuff around me more. No apologies, no regrets.
* Opting Outside
* 2018 Bling - Medals Earned Lessons Learned
In other news:
Did you catch my #FridayFashionFlair post on Instagram? How do you feel about all the red and green this time of year? I love the deep fire engine red paired with the traditional Kelly green. Then again, I love swapping in the bright lime green once in awhile. What do you think? Do you prefer the traditional colors or the contemporary ones? Show me what you're wearing...post a pic (on Friday), grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and drop me a tag (@runningonthefly).
So, there you go...another week in the rearview window. Not only is my run streak well-past the halfway point, we are approaching the winter solstice....which means the days will start to (slowly) get longer! Now, that's cause for celebration!
How was your week? Any training highlights? December weather---good or bad? Any races making their way onto your 2019 calendar?
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!