How do you like your wind?
Myself? The wind is pretty much my biggest nemesis. It doesn't keep me inside, but it's definitely not my favorite dragon to slay.
That said, I can't exactly brag about slaying any dragons this week. I certainly did battle with plenty of them, though, both on bike and on foot.
Before I dis on 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 corner of the universe this past week:
Never Miss a (double ride) Monday! In keeping with my #StressFractureRoutine, Monday saw two rides. There had been rain in the early morning forecast, but it was MIA upon wake-up. The 21mph wind was clear and present, though (and blessed us with 20-30mph gusts all day). Gustavas and I did five miles in the wee hours, then another 15 miles after work (10 of which were with Barb...who I haven't run with in forever).
Tiresome Tuesday. After rescuing the hubby from a car-breakdown (an hour away, very late in the evening), my body hadn't even had four hours of shut-eye. I opted for a 1-mile walk, complete with a token drive-by busting me in my selfie (some things never change LOL). After work, I crashed for 20 minutes, then went on a fast 4-mile ride. Not surprisingly, that 20-minute bike ride gave me more mojo than the 20-minute nap. As I have said, movement is medicinal, at least in my world.
Double Workout Wednesday. With my limited supply of at-home equipment, I have learned to get creative. Wednesday morning, I did a strength workout utilizing numerous static holds. These are a lot tougher than they appear, which is something I love about them...the burn kind of sneaks up on you. I did a second upper-body strength workout in the evening as well, focusing on different moves than I'd done in the morning.
Easy-does-it Thursday. Would you believe the wind was only 13mph? That's (almost) single digits! The temps were chilly (41F, with a 34F feels-like), but they felt ever so calm in comparison to the crazy wind of the previous days. Just an easy 5-miler on the bike, then a 2-mile walk after work.
Freaky Friday. We'd gotten our flu shots at work the previous day, and I woke up in a world of hurt Friday morning. I felt like I was coming down with a cold, too. But my arm (where I'd been stuck) felt crazy cranky. I'd thought of going for a short bike ride, but when I looked outside, the streets were wet. I had not heard any overnight rain, but the air was really damp and the temps were sitting at 33F (27F feels-like), so no thanks. I opted for 1.5-mile walk, instead, and postponed the ride until later. It wasn't until much later in the day that I felt better, both in terms of body aches and sinuses. Six biking miles after work and all was (finally) well.
Long(ish) Ride Saturday. Momma N, somehow, thought we hadn't had enough wind, so she gifted Iowa with 24mph wind, bright and early in the day. Although we had a ride on tap for the afternoon, I'd hoped to get out for a few easy miles in the morning...but opted to take a 2-mile walk instead. Besides, my back was feeling cranky, so a walk was probably a better option than being stooped-over on the bike.
Later, the sun emerged, the wind "calmed down" (to a mere 15mph), and the temps climbed to 65F. The hubs and I ventured to Des Moines (an hour away), had lunch with the son, and then tried a new-to-us trail. Total perfection! Our ride was only 21 miles (kind of a short "long" distance, by biking standards), but we had some good hills and a bit of wind resistance, so a great workout. Also, we saw several beautiful pieces of artwork along the route, and had a fun pit stop for refueling.
So, despite the cold mornings and crazy wind, the week played out decently. Sunday would have been the IMT Des Moines Marathon, and I don't think I've seen snow in the past 13 years that I've been participating (I deferred my Half Marathon registration to 2021). I've been carefully increasing my walking distance and pace...about 11 miles walked this week (not counting a few trips around the block with Max). My biking streak is still going strong (686 miles with Gustavas since August 22nd!), but I scaled back the mileage a bit this week...66 miles (with 5-10 more on tap for Sunday afternoon, after things dry off and the sun comes out). Two upper-body workouts. I'm good with everything.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
Friday Fashion Flair! There was a lot happening in this pic ...(1) this actually was Thursday's outfit, (2) I wore pink (for breast cancer awareness month), (3) I love cheetah print, and (4) I was awarded a sparkly bandage after my flu shot. Is it any wonder I'm smiling? 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).
PSA - Safety should always be a concern. Even though I'm not running, I'm still out and about on the daily, many times on my own. RoadiD is a great option for emergency contact info, should the need arise. I recently gifted a couple of these to my parents as well. In fact, I've gotten in the habit of wearing one daily, even when I'm not out walking or biking (I have acquired a few colorful options LOL). Currently, during October, there's a beautiful pink faceplate available, and $10 from the sale of each of them goes to the American Cancer Society. Stay tuned, there's a big sale coming up! Check out their site HERE.
Finally, since I'm back out walking, on Thursday after work, I took a short hike through the alley where this mirror is propped. Talk about a fun little treasure I'd forgotten about!
So, that's another week done!
How are things in your world? Weather getting colder? Got any wind? Sunshine? Snow?