That's right, Friends, the calendar proclaimed it to be summer (over a week ago), and it finally feels like it has officially arrived...in full steam, none the less.
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 noon on Monday. 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.
Monday - #NeverMissAMonday
After a rather active weekend (involving a long run on Saturday, an afternoon of heavy-duty gardening, and an intense hilly 15-mile bike ride late Sunday afternoon), I had the grandiose idea of doing 2-miles of speed intervals (with a 1/2-mile warm-up/cool-down). Only, within a few minutes of running, it was pretty clear the legs were simply not having anything so grandiose happening. I didn't have any aches, pains or soreness, but things were definitely compromised on my lower half. So, I relented. I did an easy-paced 2-mile run instead. Not a big deal, not defeating, and definitely not the worst case scenario. I have learned, over the course of 14+ years of lacing up, that not every run is going to leave you feeling like a #badass, and that's alright. Every run is a gift; end of story.
|grateful that I get to choose to run|
Tuesdays are usually an active recovery/rest day for me, and it was pretty obvious that I needed one. I got out for an early morning 2-mile walk before work, and walked a few more miles throughout the day...and that was all she wrote.
|Even a rest day warrants a little bit of walking|
As per usual, Barb and I rallied, and met up for our weekly 5-mile ritual at 05:00. The sunrise was absolute perfection (see below), the miles felt good, and the conversation was great! Anyone else have a running buddy? Aren't they the greatest?
|Those early morning runs are my coffee...|
I know, #cheesy title LOL. Anyways, it was a beautiful morning. I did an invigorating 2-mile walk, then hauled the mat outside and did some some upper-body strength work on the deck. I realize it's not a "real" gym setting, but I have windows (acting like mirrors) to monitor my form and all kinds of fresh air. I'm totally on board with that!
|I #optoutside whenever possible|
Friday - #GettingMyGlowOn
Yowza, temps were moderate (71F) at sunrise, but the humidity was heavy. After my 4-mile run, the heavens opened up and all kinds of rain broke loose for a couple hours, to the tune of almost two inches of rain and all kinds of wind.
|feeling the heat!|
Did I mention it finally feels like summer? Saturday's 9-miler went remarkably well, but the humidity was heavy. I think my clothes weighed five pounds when I threw them on the floor before I got in the shower. That said, I'm not complaining. I feel like I've waited 10 months for summer to return, so I'll take whatever it dishes out. Saturday, June 29th, was also the 2-year anniversary of my crazy emergency surgery (extensive details of that episode HERE). The fact that I was able to rally back, and can still run, has made me pretty grateful for all things, running and otherwise. By the way...does that distorted shadow make my bum look big?
|So. Incredibly. Grateful.|
Wait! Stop the press...is that Kim? In a bike jersey? Stranger things have happened. How about a "mini duathlon" workout -->1-mile run, 15-mile ride with the hubby (on that hilly trail), 1-mile run. Holy Wow. The temps were already approaching 80F when we headed out, just before 7:00. None the less, we got it done. The final run may have been substantially slower than the first one...just saying. It does feel good to work different muscles, and (for myself) getting out of my comfort zone is never a bad thing.
In case you missed out, here's what went down this week on the blog:
Welcome to...Summer (?)
Running is a Choice; My Choice
Runfessions for June
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! No matter how hot and humid the summer gets, I always need a sweater at the office, because the air conditioning makes it crazy cold. Sure, I could have grabbed a black cardi to go with the Aztec print dress...but why not red? I'm all about a punch of bright color, and red gets the job done. Anyways, as usual, I post these outfits every Friday on Instagram, and invite anyone to play along...post YOUR outfit, grab the hashtag(#fridayfashionflair) and tag me (@runningonthefly). Easy peasy.
And, finally, to give you an idea just how hot it has gotten in Iowa.....this is what we were feeling on Saturday afternoon.