Hence, Spring 2019. We have the blossoms, the budding trees, and the flowering bulbs. The grass is a cosmic shade of green. The birds are happily chirping round-the clock. But the temps are hit and miss (mostly a miss) as of late.
At least it isn't snowing.
But first things first...
Welcome to the Weekly Run Down! I am so excited to host this link-up with Deborah (from Confessions of a Mother Runner). If you write a fitness-based blog, you're invited to join the party. The link-up opens at 1:00 (EST) on Sundays and remains open through Monday (noon). Please share your weekly fitness endeavors, training highlights (or low lights) and race recaps. We ask that you link back to both hosts, and we encourage you to read/comment on the other linked blogs as well.
Anyways, here's what went down this past week...
Never miss a Monday
Cold temps, achy muscles and a tired persona....all excellent factors in deciding to postpone the run until after work (I did do some elliptical time and upper-body strength work, though). As has been the case, repeatedly this spring, the weather shaped up quite nicely throughout the day, so my after-workday-run was a success. Three miles, on the outskirts of town, had me feeling great after a long day at the office.
|on the lost highway....|
Most Tuesdays are rest/recovery days. With the cold early morning temps, a power walk with Max was the perfect fasted cardio option.
|I may be biased, but isn't he the cutest?|
Cold temps again ((#eyeroll)), and with the rain in the forecast, I opted to pass on the #5at5. Except, Momma N pulled a fast one and withheld the rain (yeah, well-played). I hadn't gotten up early enough for a 5-miler, so I hopped on the elliptical for awhile and caught another episode of Cheers.
The temps were still cold, but I got out for an early morning 2-mile walk before work. Although the previous day's run had been a bit of a buzzkill, I did not see it as a failure. It's pretty empowering to know I have survived every less-than-desirable run. Sometimes, things just feel off and it's not my day. It happens and I move on. We all need challenges that test our grit and stamina; the journey would be a pretty stagnant endeavor otherwise (just some #deepthoughts).
|I have survived every bad run....and YOU probably have, too|
I took Max out for a 1.5-mile walk in the early morning, and got the spontaneous idea to pick up the random trash along our route. Ugh. The only bag I had with me was Max's poo bag, so I had to stash the stuff in my pockets. Had I picked up all the discarded cigarette butts, the pile would have been even more staggering. We can do better than this, Friends. Let's show our planet some respect. This did inspire me to consider taking a bag along with me more often (maybe once a week?) when I'm running or walking.
|All kinds of yuck|
Still moderately cool (have I said that yet?) with temps in the upper 40's (but with the promise of rising to low/mid 60's), I met up with Barb for some sunshine-filled miles and oodles of girl talk. Oh, it had been soooo long since her and I had run very far together. She's been rallying back from knee surgery, so she's kept her mileage very conservative. We'd done a #5at5 run recently, but Saturday's 8-miler was a big milestone.
|nothing better than a long run with a favorite companion|
I was up and out the door fairly early, but I didn't completely outrun the rain. Oh well, rain happens, too. Just a short shakeout run, but I did take time to admire the blooming bulbs that are still lingering. Wouldn't you do the same?
|I love all the flowers!|
In case you missed out, here's what happened on the blog this week:
SMILE because it happened
Chatting & Chai & a few Runfessions
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair on Instagram...did you see it? Your thoughts on the basic white button-down shirt...do you keep it conservative or do you ever try to funk-it-up? Unbutton that collar and the sleeves once in awhile, add a chunky necklace and just go with it. Don't be fooled by the sandals...it still was a chilly day, but I'm done with the dorky socks and shoes/boots of winter. Oh, and that necklace is actually a belt (that has never been worn as such LOL). As per usual, join the party...post a pic on Friday, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and tag me (@runningonthefly).
My Daily Drills include:
-10 stair flights (double-stepped)
-2:30 minute side plank (on elbow, 1:15 each side)
How was your week? Is your weather acting "season-like," or reverting to winter-like temps? Or, are you one of the lucky ones (in my opinion LOL) that is already enjoying summer? Ever had a less-than-desirable run/workout get you down, or were you able to move on? Have you ever picked up random trash while out walking or running?