Suffice it to say I was hmmm'ing all week long. Not necessarily in a bad way, but definitely in a state of "what's next?"
Questionable weather. Additional race statuses changing. And, some more virtual goings-on.
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Anyways, here's what went down in my little world of fitness this week:
Monday - Hmmm, how about another virtual race?
Barb forwarded an email to me, Sunday evening, with info regarding the Crushing COVID-5K virtual race. It was hosted by our local parks and rec department. The caveat? It was to be completed by March 31st (you know, two days later), and this was the first I was hearing of it. We quickly made plans to meet up after work. My legs were still toast (after having done the Fight for Air Climb, also virtually, the day prior), but I was eager to take on the 5K distance anyways. I did a short (20 minutes) elliptical session in the morning, always a great recovery tactic. In the late afternoon sunshine, Barb and I rallied. We had a 1-mile loop (with no cross traffic) that we ran three times. We didn't run it with an all-out effort, but we definitely ran it hard, and finished feeling quite satisfied with our efforts. With a 1/2-mile warm-up (and a 1/2-mile cool-down), this post-workday excursion netted me four total miles...and some very cranky quads.
Tuesday - Hmmm, are those DOMS? #OhMyQuads
As predicted, I woke up in a world of DOMS Tuesday morning. Granted the spontaneous 5K wasn't the smartest decision, given the compromised state of my post-Climb legs, but I'd do it again. No regrets! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical before work, and then a 2-mile walk with the hubby and Max. And that was my recovery day.
Wednesday - Hmmm, shall we resume our weekly routine?
Thankfully, everything felt better upon wake-up on Wednesday. Although the state of Iowa is still not under a Shelter-at-Home mandate (at the time this post goes live), most are following the protocol. Barb and I are still running together, but are staying distanced from each other on the road. She and I did our ritual #5at5 routine and all was well.
Thursday - Hmmm, how about some hill sprints?
Even though my Spring 2020 race calendar is now null and void, I'm still #TrainingMaintaining, albeit in a modified manner. My strategy is to rotate between HIIT, Speedwork and stairs (still good training, even without another Climb on the calendar) each week. This week, I took on the "little block across the street." This little block has a couple hills (on opposite corners), and three laps gives me a mile in total distance. Hence, Thursday morning's six laps netted me two total miles and 12 "little" hills. Not bad for a wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee (without any coffee LOL) kind of experience.
It was cold, windy and rainy outside, so a perfect day for some inside action. I'm participating in a kettle bell challenge for the month, so I expanded on that and did some extra upper-body strength work before heading in to the office. Anybody else love a good upper-body burn in the early hours!
Saturday - Hmmm, a great morning for a (virtual) 10K!
Saturday morning's temps were an evil flashback to winter (Hello? 17F feels-like temps, thank you very much). Thankfully, all of Friday's rain had moved on and there wasn't any ice to worry about. We set out to run the UN-Canceled Project Gratitude 10K, but added a bonus 1.8 mile on after hitting the virtual "finish line."
With a recovery day on tap, Max took the hubby and I for a 2-mile walk in the early morning sunshine. Look closely, I dug out the obnoxious Christmas tights. A lot of people are decking their houses with holiday lights, so I thought it only appropriate to follow suit with my athletic gear. Why not?
All in all, a decent week. The running mileage was in the normal range for me (19 miles). There also were 12 miles of (intentional) walking, two elliptical sessions (40 total minutes), and an upper-body workout. The forecast is showing a couple days with temps in the 70F's this week...there may be some Gustavas miles happening (he's my bike, BTW).
In case you missed out, here's what all went down on the blog:
Gloomy Is as Gloomy Does
Give Me 19 Minutes...
Coffee? Make Mine a Lemonade
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! With the cold and damp weather conditions, I was embracing double layers on Friday. I've had this denim shirt for several years, and I love the challenge of dressing it up from time to time. Give me some sliver jewelry and my favorite pointy-toed shoes, and I was all set for a day at the office. As always, you're welcome to join me on Fridays...post a pic on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
How are things in YOUR world? Have things changed dramatically, or not much? Are you able to keep up with your fitness routine? Any virtual races on tap?