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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You logged in a lot of miles this week. Love love the new haircut! Really shows off your smile. I have an appointment this week but don't think I will do anything too drastic :) Need to keep the pony tail working. Have a great weekReplyDelete
ha ha, yeah, my pony tail is a wreck now LOL I usually do the messy bun thing anyways, so it's still workable.Delete
Most importantly - love your new do! So stylish and pretty! I am with you on loving the summer temperatures. I like to run when it is warm, even hot! Bring it on!!!ReplyDelete
Yes to the warm weather!!!!! All the sunshine this week was a nice change from all the rain and cold we've had.Delete
Aw, look at Max checking you're doing it right, how sweet! We've had a mix of warm sun and torrential rain this week, so it's been odd but I have got some dry runs in. Love your sunny pictures!ReplyDelete
Yes, Max keeps a close eye on my form!Delete
I actually didn't run on Global Running Day, but that was because I'd run 2 days in a row already. I actually ran 4 times last week (although one was a mill quickie -- the rest were all outside!).ReplyDelete
I'm super stoked with the weather too. We've waited a long time for this!
Seriously! I feel like I've waited eight months for this weather to shape up ;-)Delete
Yay! so glad you've got the perfect weather going on. Ours is... insane. At least it's settled down a bit now. I love that you got so much outside time this week. And I LOVE the new 'do!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Friend ;-) Yes, I am one of the few who embrace all the heat (and even the humidity) of summer. I'm loving the extended daylight as well ;-)Delete
The heat hasn't really turned on here--it's actually been somewhat cool, with highs in the low 70s. This week looks to be even cooler, in the 60s. It's a very strange summer! Oh and wet!ReplyDelete
We didn't get as much rain last week as forecast, and I'm quite alright with that. I'm glad we finally have summer-like temps...as you know, the heat is my happy spot ;-)Delete
I am loving the heat! No complaints :)ReplyDelete
I like the knuckle lights, but my one complaint is that they suck the battery life..I wish they were rechargeable instead!
Be sure to checkout the Knuckle Lights website (linked above)...they have rechargeable ones now ;-) And, I am totally loving the heat, as well!!!Delete
I really like your near hair style - it looks so cute and chic! We had really nice weather this week, but by "nice" I already mean cool! It got humid real fast.ReplyDelete
Our humidity is creeping up today, but the past few days have been just awesome. It's a package deal ;-)Delete
Doesn't sunshine just make the whole week better!? Fresh air is totally my coffee of choice too. Your new hair cut is perfect for summer - just the right amount of sass and style :)ReplyDelete
Thanks ;-) The hair definitely needed an update, no regrets! And, YES, sunshine makes everything better!Delete
Well...we had chilly rain (snow in the mountains) this weekend, but I'm happy to keep that here and let you keep the heat there, ok? your new hair looks good!ReplyDelete
I'm good with you keeping the rain and me keeping the heat ;-)Delete
Omg summer weather at last! Feels so great. Your new do is super cute!ReplyDelete
Yes, I think I've been waiting for summer weather since October.....Delete
We finally got hit with summer weather this weekend too. IT.IS.AMAZING!! And yes I'm yelling because I'm that excited. Looks like your Coach Max is just as brutal as mine. LoL!ReplyDelete
I'm excited to finally have some consistent summer weather...though it actually cooled down quite a bit tonight (??)Delete
Wow, your hair looks awesome! I'm jealous - I've spent the week on vacation and my hair is so curly when I can't style it. I spent the whole week under a running hat!! I actually didn't even know it was National Running day because we didn't have cell service, so no social media to alert me of it!ReplyDelete
Well, my natural hair is the total opposite...majorly straight and flat. Even though I like it long, my hair does look better if it's in the shoulder-length region, and especially with layers to give it some volume. Your trip looked fun!Delete
So glad you got to enjoys some great weather for a change! It was beautiful here too and I couldn't get enough. Your new cut is super cute!ReplyDelete
We actually pretty much had awesome weather ALL last week. Momma N played nice ;-)Delete
We finally had a great week too - more sunny day than rainy days, I'll take it! I'm not happy about the summer heat but I don't know how many more rainy days I could deal with, lol.ReplyDelete
Of course I love your haircut! I liked your hair long but the new shorter hair really fits and frames your face so nicely!
Thanks, Kim! My hair needed a change and something a little more trendy fit the bill ;-) I am so done with rain, so this past week was perfect with all that sunshine!Delete
I actually didn't get to run on Global Running Day, but taking the day off was a smart move.ReplyDelete
I do love your new hairstyle! I've had the same hairstyle for about twenty years! LOL
A day off is always a smart move, especially if your body is telling you so ;-)Delete
YES, Two sunny weekend days in a row!! Of course, rain is in the forecast for today!ReplyDelete
LOVE your hair!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish mine could do that...too curly and frizzy!
Our entire weekend was nice, too....though it g=did get a little chilly and windy Sunday evening.Delete
I absolutely love your new haircut! It's so cute and sassy! Our weather is certainly warmer! After a beautiful May, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, summer has officially hit. The "low" today is about 85 and we're looking at an excessive heat warning tomorrow with a forecast of 112! I knew we'd have to pay for that lovely May!ReplyDelete
YIKES! We're all joking that our recent nice weather is our reward for the cold winter and spring we've endured. Hoping this real summer stuff sticks around!Delete
LOVE your Global Running Dya hair pic and the new 'do. I'm totally with you on the "it' just hair". I go through waves of wanting to grow it out, then getting cranky with it and chopping it off. Part of me wants to get some highlights, but I'm also liking the dark. Total first world problemsReplyDelete
ha ha yes, our hair really is a first world prob LOLDelete
Yay for nicer weather this week! That's great that you were able to get outside a lot. And I love that blue floral dress :)ReplyDelete
It felt so nice to get outside! The temps were warm and comfortable because the humidity was a no-show ;-)Delete
Love your new hairdo! So pretty and the shirt is gorgeous. What a great color! Way to go with all of the great running that you are getting in!ReplyDelete
Thanks ;-) It feels good to be outside!Delete
Finally warm here! Thank Heaven! I would just write a reminder to smile :)ReplyDelete
Smiling is huge!!!! I can't believe the number of "serious-looking" people I see....if only they'd crack a smile, not only would they feel better, but everyone else would enjoy their company a lot more ;-)Delete
I know you're primarily talking about running, but I love your haircut! And nice job on the run week. :)ReplyDelete
I love your haircut!!!ReplyDelete
I hope you took a nap after your busy day on Saturday. I went to see my mom and we both took a long nap after lunch. Felt great afterwards! :-)
I am glad it is warming up here but hate it when it starts to rain again.
I don't get too many naps. If I do try to indulge with a short snooze, it usually messes with my sleep later that evening.Delete
Love the hair! I just got mine colored darker and got it cut into a long inverted bob. I haven't worn a ponytail, other than running, since Friday1 It's crazy!ReplyDelete
I am also so happy you've finally got that warm weather you love! You've been waiting for it forever!
Cute haircut! The weather here has just been weird. Hot and humid and typical summer one day and chilly and rainy the next. As much as I prefer it to not be hot, the roller coaster has been a challenge.ReplyDelete