It was another week with all kinds of weather changes (and subsequent challenges). Summer? Fall? Or wait, was it early fall or late summer? Both?
Not everything went as planned, but it all got done. In the end, that's really what matters, right?
Anyways, 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's #nevermissaMonday run
I try to keep my Monday runs pretty easy-paced, though I do add some surges in there for a little bit of a kick. The temps were mild (mid-60's), but the humidity was at 97%. The plan was to run four easy miles (with the usual 1/4-mile surges). The thing is, I had to keep fighting my legs to go easy. Finally, at the 2.5-mile mark, I bailed on the "easy run with surges" because my legs seemed to be craving a tempo run instead. Trust me, that does NOT happen very often on Monday mornings at the pre-dawn hour. And all that humidity? I really didn't notice it until I stopped running, and then I was a saturated mess. I should have brought my shampoo along.
The day started out innocently enough, with a 2-mile power walk. After work, though, things turned a bit more active. I met up with a friend for some post-workday riding. We took on a couple of the hills on the bike trail, then she lead me on a route she does frequently. There were several more hills (though none of them were too crazy), but that SE headwind was a beast.
Another balmy morning with subtle temps but high humidity. Believe me, I am not complaining...I'm totally fine with any hint of summer Momma N will share with me. The extreme humidity always catches me off guard, though, because I don't really feel it until I step back inside my air-conditioned house. None the less, Barb and I knocked out another 5 miles at 05:00, and all was well.
We'd had rain in the forecast, but it got pushed back. Good thing, too, because I really wasn't looking forward to firing up the treadmill or succumbing to an indoor HIIT workout. I did two miles of hill sprints around the "small" block across the street. I call it the "small" block because it takes three laps around it to get a mile in distance. There are hills on opposite corners, so essentially each mile will reward you with six hills. Doing the math, two miles netted me 12 total hills (and very tired legs). I also did an easy eight miles on the bike after work.
Another innocent start to my day...2-mile power walk through the hilly 'hood, and some upper-body strength work in the morning.
As forecast, there was rain happening Saturday morning. We got to Iowa City with plenty of time to hang out in the car before start time for the Scheels's Kickoff to Kinnick 5K. The rain wasn't especially heavy, but it was unrelenting. We'd heard the start time had been delayed to 9:15 (which was only a 15-minute delay), but it then got pushed back to 9:45 due to a lightning threat in the area. We returned to the car for awhile, and as we were making our way back to the start line, it was announced the race had to be cancelled, but we could get our finisher medals. Well, that just won't do for runners who want to run, right? We grabbed our medals, and arranged to meet up with my hubby...and Barb, myself and countless others hit the course. Ironically, the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing, so we weren't concerned with lightning. We ran most of the course, and then veered off to the meeting place. All done, 3.1 miles run, and we could acknowledge the finisher medals after all. I'm considering a brief recap of the "race that went virtual," since this was something I'd never experienced before. Check back in a couple days...
Sunday's #runnerswalktoo realty
I woke up Sunday morning to more rain and a cranky back. Ugh. I usually get out for a short 2-3 mile run before we head off to church. As runners, we run for many reasons...health, fitness, anxiety, fresh air, friendship, etc. This morning, though, I just wasn't feeling the run. I wasn't feeling the treadmill, either (big surprise, right?). Instead, I grabbed the umbrella and did a 2-mile power walk. The rain was light, and actually quite refreshing. I returned feeling rejuvenated and my back was all better. And, I had ZERO guilt in doing so. I may or may not run later...rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the day. I may or may not go biking either (stay tuned). The world will keep turning, and I know the sun is still shining even if I cannot see it.
In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog this week:
Going with Plan B
The Taper - Yay or Nay?
Fall Fitness Transitioning Tips
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Extremely hot and muggy weather guarantees extremely cold office work conditions. So, yes, I opted for long sleeves. I also opted for a favorite colorful, funky-patterned top. So what if a few of my guy co-workers tease me that I resemble the Partridge Family bus? Are you a fan of bright colors? Do you know who the Partridge Family was? Play along...post a pic on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#fridayfashionflair) and give me a tag (@runningonthefly).