The heat is on...and I couldn't be happier!
We had a l.o.n.g and frigid winter, and a cold and rainy spring (that wasn't a whole lot warmer than winter). At long last, it feels like summer is here. Can I get an alleluia?
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.
Here's what went down this week:
It's a known fact that I love my #nevermissaMonday runs. For me, it's the perfect way to greet the new week and get a jump start on the day (especially if it's the first thing I do right out of bed). I got out for three miles on a nearby county road, as the sun was emerging. It was a near perfect run...until I got busted in a selfie pose. Don't ya hate it when that happens?
After a mini running streak (of four days), I was ready for a low-key day. I had thought of doing some elliptical time, but decided to go for a power walk, outside, instead. After all, I've waited (and waited) so long for summer-like weather, I can save the indoor stuff for a rainy day.
With it being Global Running Day, you can bet your running shoes (and Garmin, if you have one) that I would be celebrating! Barb and I resurrected our #5at5 ritual (five miles at 5:00 a.m.) and were treated to perfect temps (mid-60F's)...wouldn't you smile, too?
It had been awhile since I've taken the HIIT outdoors. With Coach Max as my witness, I knocked out 30+ minutes of sweat equity on the patio.
6 sets of:
*hill sprint up/recovery jog down (on the street, approximately 150m each way)
*15 reps of arms/shoulder moves
*20 mountain climbers
*20 plank jacks
Another beautiful day! A couple of early morning miles and all was right with my world. Seriously, I never grow tired of getting outside first thing in the morning, whether I'm running or not. The fresh air is my "coffee" of choice.
Again, more sunshine! A couple of solo miles, then I met up with Barb for six more. We ran some hills, and fought a strong E/SE wind. My pace was alright, but it was one of those runs that felt more challenging than it should have. Oh well, it happens. I spent a few hours doing some heavy-duty garden squats (major weed-pulling), and things (amazingly) felt better...how's that for a non-traditional post-run stretching routine?
I got out for an easy-paced 2-mile recovery run in the (somewhat) early hours and didn't realize how warm and humid the air had gotten until I stopped to check out the random chalkboard on the college campus. I'm a strong believer in the mantra, Run Happy. I thought it only appropriate to share that sentiment with others (wouldn't you do the same?). There was also more walking (with Max and the hubby before church), and oodles of garden squats (and pulling/yanking/swearing) on tap for the afternoon (#toomanyweeds).
In case you missed out, here's what happened on the blog this week:
In a Daze of the DOMS
DAM to DSM 20K-2019 race recap
In other news:
Did you catch the #FridayFashionFlair post on Insta? How do you feel about the boho style? Myself, I'm not usually a fan of it, but this floral print peasant dress caught my eye. Navy is one of those rare colors that looks good with most skin tones. It's a deep, rich color without the harshness of black. Your thoughts?
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