We all knew it was bound to happen, right?
Momma N had given us nearly two weeks of unseasonably warm "winter" temps. As much as I enjoyed those temps, it was a gamble just how long they'd stick around. This is the Midwest, after all. It's not supposed to be shorts-wearing weather this time of year, even for runners.
Oh well, it was ever-so-nice while it happened!
But, before I give you all the details, 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 down for fitness this week...
Monday - Call me #nevermissaMonday gal
Back to Iowa. Back to reality. Back to the early morning sweat. I started the morning with a fast & furious HIIT circuit inside:
**10 flights of stairs (double-stepped)
**20 arm/upper body reps
...and then finished with a 1-mile streak run outside for a (literal) cool-down.
My Tuesdays, typically, are active rest days. My rest days don't have me sitting perfectly still, though. Besides, I think a little bit of sweat does a body good. This wasn't a typical Tuesday, though, because there was a run happening after work, in the sunshine (you know, to deflect some of the cold temps). The day started with 20 minutes on the elliptical (which is consistent with what's been my Tuesday routine for the past several weeks), then a 5-miler with Barb after work. What's crazy...my splits were 9:44, 9:44, 9:47, 9:53 and 9:50...how's that for consistency?
As has been our ritual, a few of us gathered at the lake for our annual New Year's Day run. This was maybe the fifth year we've rang in the new year via our running shoes. This run was also the final run of the Winter Run Streak for me...35 days of daily running, all of them outdoors, complete!
I'm not totally sure what's going on with my back, but it's been kind of achy and cranky at times. Besides, this was January 2nd....guess who was running? Not me!! With the Streak officially done, I had ZERO plans of lacing up the shoes, so I did some stretching and yoga, then power-walked for two miles with Milly. The weather was so nice, I took Max for a couple of walks (at lunch and after work), and then the hubby and I also went for a long walk before dinner. No running, no guilt!
I posed the question on my FB running page and Instagram..."Cardio or Coffee - How do you wake up?" It shouldn't be a surprise that my "rise & shine" poison is cardio (usually a #fastedcardio workout of some sort). Friday morning, I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes, then did some upper body strength work. Noodle arms, anyone? Burns so good!
Winter is definitely back in full form in Iowa. I met Barb for a hilly and chilly #7at7 (seven miles at 07:00). It may have been the cold (and damp) air, or the late night, or the much-too-brief warm-up, or the hilly route...but UGH. Overall, the run went well, but it had a few tough moments, even with two non-running days prior. Alas, a few tired muscles are not a bad thing, and conquering a few (or several) hills never hurt anyone Onward!.
With Saturday's "long" run done, I didn't feel the need to run again on Sunday. Although those seven miles were the most miles I've run since before the Streak, they certainly didn't warrant a recovery run. So, I walked instead. Two miles in the brisk (aka windy) winter weather, and I was great for the day. Seriously, I've really grown to love my "right-outta-bed" fasted cardio exploits. Whether I'm running, HIIT'ing, elliptical'ing or just power walking...I get such a boost, physically and mentally. As I've said many times, "this is my coffee." To each their own LOL.
In case you missed out, here's what down on the blog this week:
A Grand Finale
Holiday Bowl National Funding 5K race recap
If we were Conversing over Coffee
In other news:
Did you catch my Friday Fashion Flair post on Instagram? Even though it's winter in Iowa, and the temps were cold on Friday, I was still rocking my cheetah print flats (obviously, sans socks). I'm also wearing my skinny white jeans on a regular basis, because white is a color, no matter the season. The sherpa pullover was a good compromise for warmth LOL 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).
Finally, it's a new year! Do you have any goals, themes or focus words in mind for 2020? I'm still contemplating a focus word, but am strongly considering the hashtags #MyDayMyWay, #Kimovesdaily, #MovingON and/or #MakeItHappen. Stay tuned...
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!