Ahhh, doesn't it feel good to be back in a routine?
After a couple weeks of marathon recovery, followed by some bitterly too-cold-to-be-outside weather, it feels like I'm back into a routine. Even though a routine can get stagnant, there's a definite element of comfort and familiarity to it as well.
But, before I get into the nitty gritty of everything, Welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
I love hosting 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 ;-)
Anyways, here's what went down this week, in my little corner of the fitness world.
Monday - Back outside!!!!
How does it feel when the temps are 34F...and there's NO wind? Pretty frickin' fantastic! I didn't feel like battling the hill on my street (yeah, it happens from time-to-time), so I drove to the college and ran around the lighted "square." Two speedy miles for #nevermissaMonday, and I was awake and ready for whatever the day brought my way.
Even though Tuesdays are a rest/recovery day, that doesn't mean I can't sweat a little. Besides, a little bit of fasted cardio does my body good. Thirty minutes, while watching a couple episodes of Cheers, and all was good for the day.
With the recent cold blast of temps, and a few schedule conflicts, it had been a few weeks since Barb and I had run our ritual early morning 5-miler. It felt great to get back on the streets in the early hours. After we parted ways, I was kneeling (attempting a post-run selfie)...and just as the timer was snapping said selfie, another runner (and her two dogs) asked me if I was alright. I sheepishly laughed, and told her I was just taking my picture. Busted in a selfie!
Thursday - returning to HIIT!
It was cold and rainy outside, so I stayed inside. Holy heart pumper, Batman, this Lower-Body Burner woke me up!
Total time: about 35 minutes (including warm-up/cool-down walking on treadmill)
**Incline set on 6
**treadmill speed set on 4.4mph
*5-minute inclined power walk
*10 stairs (double-stepped)
*10 slow-motion push-ups
With Thursday's crazy inclined power walking, intense stairs, and squats, I was a little worried I'd be feeling the after affects Friday morning. Thankfully, there were no DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) cramping my style. Twenty minutes of fasted cardio, via the elliptical, and some upper-body strength work for breakfast, then on to the office.
I purposely didn't set my alarm, but still woke up before 6:00. Fortunately, I was able to doze back off for another hour or so. The temps were in the low 20's (with windchill), but that sunshine! I'll gladly take a little bit of cold (if it's not as extreme as in recent weeks) because my body and mind crave the great outdoors. So what if there was a pesky rock wedged in the inner depths of my shoe for the last two (of those seven) miles? I didn't have any music, either. Who am I?
With a busy day on tap, I was up and out the door at 5:45 for a quick 2-mile power walk through the 'hood. My app said the temps were 31F (24F feels-like with wind). Well, the wind was MIA, at least in the confines of my neighborhood. So, yes, I was overdressed for "just" a walk in sub-freezing temps LOL. Maybe I've acclimated to the approaching winter season? Who knows...but that crescent moon was beautiful, and the frost sparkling, from the light of my Knuckle Lights, was pretty tranquil. If Winter could be like this on a daily basis, I'd embrace it much more. Just saying.
In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog this week:
Winter Running - We Got This!
Off-Season doesn't mean On-Couch
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair on Instagram...Holy Brrr, Friday was chilly in Iowa! Thankfully, I had a cozy blanket shawl to keep me warm. By the way, I'm totally in love with red and black buffalo plaid anything. It adds a bright accent alongside my favorite white skinny jeans. Yes, I'm still wearing white, even though it's long past Labor Day (white is a color, too!). Anyways, you're always welcome to join the party on Fridays...post a pic of a featured outfit, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
Lastly, the Winter Solstice is less than a month away! For me, just making it to the Solstice feels like such a milestone in dealing with all the cold and darkness of winter. Knowing there are brighter days ahead, quite literally, helps make the frigid temps a little more bearable.
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