Opting outside for the win!
It's summer, after all. As I've said a time or two (or several), I've waited a good nine months for this weather. I'm not going to "enjoy" it from the confines of my house.
Quite honestly, there's no place I'd rather be than outside. Fortunately, this past week afforded me the opportunity to take my workouts outdoors, on a daily basis. Let's just say there was a whole lot of sweating and smiling going on.
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 went down in my little world of fitness this week:
Monday - outdoor 5K rime trial #11
Okay, this run felt oh-so-good! The temps were warm and muggy (71F, with 78% humidity) at 5:30 a.m. and there was a 13mph wind out of the south (of course, there was wind LOL). Although my finish time was a good minute "slower" than what it felt like, I'm totally fine with everything. These 5K's have showed me how much grit, determination and commitment I have, so what's not to love? This week's theme of Perseverance was spot-on. One more 5K remains...stay tuned!
Tuesday - outdoor (recovery) walking
With a recovery day on tap, my day started with a 2-mile walk with the hubby and Max. There also was another 2-mile walk after work. My walk streak was re-ignited on April 16th, and I have been able to walk outside every day since. Walking is one of those cardio fixes that also doubles as an awesome recovery tool (at least it does for me).
Wednesday - outdoor full-body strength
Upon bedtime on Tuesday night, Wednesday's early morning weather look rather frightful...65% chance of rain, including thunderstorms (for several hours). Barb and I decided to move our #5at5 run to Thursday, so I planned to do a strength workout in the morning instead. Well, the rain and storms were both a no-show, so I took my workout to the patio. I did several sets of weighted lunges and squats and incorporated upper-body strength moves as well (curls, rows, presses, etc.). Twenty minutes was all it took and everything was burning and throbbing when I headed back inside...just in time, because the rain came soon after.
Thursday - Doing an outdoor double
With nearly a full day of heavy rain (over four inches, just in the morning) from Wednesday, the temps did a massive plummet. It was 55F, and the air was quite damp, when Barb and I met up for our 5-miler at 5:00 a.m. Remember Wednesday's strength workout? Yeah. I must have squatted and lunged with gusto, because there were some definite DOMS along with me for that run. By late morning, the dampness had dissipated, and the temps were back to a more "seasonal" level.
After work, I'd planned on doing some stairs at the outdoor stairway (nearby, on the college campus). Imagine my surprise when the hubby asked if he could come along! So, we made the adventure into a brick workout (of sorts)...we power walked a mile, did 30 flights of stairs, and power walked another mile back home. These stairs are more challenging than a typical indoor stairway. The rise of each step is a bit steep, and the length of each step is somewhat elongated. Single-stepping these is comparable to double-stepping an indoor stairway. Oh, and there are 18 steps (most indoor stairwells have 10-12). Just saying. The clincher? He wants to go back and do this workout again, possibly on a weekly basis (please excuse me as I pat myself on the back LOL).
Friday - early morning outdoor recovery ride
Believe it or not, I was still feeling the effects of Wednesday's strength workout. With a long run on the agenda for Saturday, I wasn't planning on anything heavy duty for Friday, but a 10-mile bike ride was a perfect option to flush the legs out further and give them some low-impact action. The morning temps were chilly for a ride (55F...brrr!), but the sky was clear and the sunrise was pretty incredible.
Saturday - Grinnell Games virtual 13.1 (obviously outside)
Every year, our town hosts a weekend of sporting events, appropriately called the Grinnell Games. Every year (except for the two years I ran Grandma's Marathon) I have made it a point to participate. With all the COVID crap this year, these events had to go virtual, but the bulk of the proceeds went to support our local healthcare workers. Barb and I decided to run the half marathon. We met up at 6:30 and spent the next couple of hours enjoying the sunshine and battling the wicked wind.
Sunday - sunny recovery run (and walk)
Again, the wind was still having attitude, and the temps were still a bit chilly for this time of year, but the sun was shining brightly. Much to my surprise, my body felt "normal," like I hadn't run 13.1 miles 24 hours prior. Maybe it was last night's bike ride (see below)? None the less, I knew a recovery run would serve me well so I laced up and got a couple of miles done. The hubby and Max were waiting for me at home, so we walked a couple of miles as well.
The week played out nicely. Although most days the weather felt more like late September (temps in the 50's most mornings), things were still quite comfortable. The running went well (24 total miles). Walking was marginal (16 miles as of Sunday morning, but more on tap for later) and biking saw 23 miles of action. Wednesday's strength workout felt great, even with the consequential DOMS. And the stairs? I'd forgotten how much I miss climbing, so I'm going to bring those back consistently (and bring the hubby along with me).
In case you missed out, here's what all went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair...had me featuring an outfit worn earlier in the week. I'm excited to be back in sleeveless tops and shorts...anyone else? Instead of the basic black and khaki shorts, I have been adding shorts of different colors. What do you think of these mustard-ish ones? Although I wouldn't wear these to work (a tad bit too short...see what I did there?), they're great for many other business-casual outings. 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).
We had our sweet little granddoggy stay with us for a few days this week. Lola and Max got along well with each other, and insisted on sharing the couch with me every night for the the pre-lights-out wind-down.
Saturday afternoon, the hubby got the idea to check out a bike trail an hour away. Even though I was in recovery mode from the 13.1 miles earlier, I was game. After all, biking has been another great recovery vice in my arsenal. We arrived at the trail head around 7:00, and rode about four miles to a nearby town and had dinner, then rode back. Eight miles on the wheels, so not a huge undertaking, but a scenic adventure (complete with a turtle spotting and three deer bolting across our path). The High Trestle Trail Bridge is a popular tourist attraction along the path, and is lit up at night.
So, another week is under my belt. I got word this week that the Air Force Marathon decided to cancel (or go virtual for those interested), but we have the option of deferring to 2021. I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm definitely disappointed. I'm at odds as to seeking out another fall marathon (knowing full well NO marathons may be happening this year) or just taking a year off from marathon training. Decisions, decisions. First world probs, right?
How was your week? Summer-like temps? Rain? Any virtual racing? More race cancellations?