How's that for a strategy? This week had me switching my plans around, pretty much on the daily. Not a bad thing, really, but it definitely keeps one's creative juices flowing in strategizing how to get it all done.
First world probs, am I right?
Alas, let's get this party started...
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. We love reading about everyone's 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...please don't link-drop & dash ;-)
Monday - Scratch the early morning #nevermissaMonday run...
My weather app hinted that there would be rain (and cold temps) happening at daybreak...and, for a rarity, it was correct. I opted to stay inside, and did a little bit of yoga before work. The rainy morning, though, gave way to a warm (albeit humid) afternoon, with plenty of sunshine. I bumped up the usual 3-mile distance to 4 (this is my peak month for MCM training), but kept the usual surges short and conservative in the heat.
Again, heavy rain and thunder storms greeted me upon wake-up. Since I wouldn't be heading outside, I decided to head down to the basement, and spend some time with Ellie (remember her? My elliptical?). I don't think I'd been on the elliptical since maybe February. I couldn't get the tv to work (the signal was out, due to the storm) and I didn't feel like traipsing back upstairs for my music...so I gritted it out for 20 minutes, with Max to keep me company. Later, after work, the sun was shining brightly (again) and the temps were (again) warm and humid...but I got out for 10 miles on the bike. Double cardio for the #activerecovery win.
Wednesday - Patriot Day with a #neverforget bonus run...
Rain and storms had been in the forecast, but all that got pushed back a few hours, so Barb and I were able to meet up and do our weekly 5-miler at 05:00. Holy humidity, it was a muggy swamp outside! I felt the deep urge to do something as a tribute for Patriot Day, so I dug up my shirt from the Hero's Memorial Run (back in March).
In lieu of the previous day's unexpected high mileage, I decided a rest/recovery day was in order. My body actually felt fine, but I thought it wise to pass on the speedwork/HIIT that usually happens on Thursdays. Believe it or not, that walk with Max was all that happened (well, there was quite a bit of stretching, foam rolling and some yoga). We'd been home not even five minutes when the rain down-poured (again), but look at that cloudy sunrise! Later, I did go for a short 4-mile bike ride after dinner, but it was very low-key.
Since I had rested quite a bit on Thursday, I was eager to get out for an early morning 10-mile ride before work. Only, the 58F temps felt especially chilly and the wind was blowing especially fierce. I made it six miles, and bailed. Whomp Whomp. That has not happened before. But, I did do a short upper-body workout after I returned home.
I had 15 miles on the plan, but was hoping to tack on a 16th mile if all went well. I left the house, under the beautiful full moon, at 5:30. I ran five miles, then met up with Barb. We ran a few miles, then decided to change up our route...and took a challenging out & back detour on a hilly gravel road (for about three miles). Gravel is not easy (nor are hills), but it made for an interesting challenge. Things felt good, and the weather was perfect (clear skies, temps in the low 60F's), so the bonus mile was a go. Although the run wasn't "easy" per se (umm, 16 miles, just saying), it did feel a lot easier than last week's 15-miler. I'd call that a win, for both of us.
As per usual, I do a short recovery run the day following a long run (or a long-distance race). As I was getting dressed, the hubby said he wanted to go along with me. He'd left his bike at his office, so we ran to his office (about a mile from our house), got his bike and he then rode along with me as we made our way back. My legs felt pretty good, but my lower back was a cranky mess. Thankfully, after the first mile, all things felt good. We took a mini detour through the college campus, and ended with just under three total miles. Onward!
In case you missed out, here's what all went down on the blog this week:
At-Home Workouts: Options Aplenty!
Biking in the Dark...it doesn't have to be scary
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! It was Team Spirit Day at the office, so I was decked out in Team Iowa Hawkeye attire. Saturday was our big game against our interstate rivals, the Iowa State Cyclones...so that's like the Super Bowl for the state of Iowa (spoiler: Hawks won!). Do you follow NCAA football? Did you have a big game this weekend (if so, were you dressed appropriately in team attire?)? As always, you're invited to join me on Instagram...post a pic of your Friday outfit, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and tag me (@runningonthefly).
How was your week? Odd temperature swings for you, too? Any exciting new workouts? Training runs? Races?