And so it goes, and so it goes. So I shall go with the flow, too, I suppose.
Pardon my paraphrasing, Billy Joel, but it's been an interesting week in my little world. Nothing bad (thank goodness), nothing crazy (well, within reason LOL), and there certainly was plenty to appreciate.
Before I share 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 world of fitness, and otherwise, this week:
...of course, we never miss a Monday. With "seasonal" temps forecast to stage a comeback, I took advantage of the still warm-for-Iowa-in-November temps and got in a short run before my work day commenced. A 1/4-mile walk (warm-up), 1.5-mile run, and another 1/4 mile walk (cool-down), and we were good. Later, I took Gustavas out for six biking miles over lunch. There also was a 2-mile walk before dinner because the temps (still) felt so nice.
...and, so it got rainy on Tuesday. Waking up to heavy rain ensured my morning walk would be inside, with Milly. Later, the radar showed a dry period over lunch. I saddled up the bike, flirting with 10 miles. Except, at the 6-mile mark, the sudden heavy mist quickly turned to rain. We made it back home, with 8.5 miles done, just before the real heavy rain came down.
...and, so there was more Milly time on Wednesday. The rain may have ended, but Momma N, instead, gifted us with sub-freezing temps and frost everywhere. Normally, I'd be game for running outside, but not with a recovering stress fracture. I don't trust my footing 100% just yet, especially on slick surfaces. Amazingly, two miles on the treadmill really went well...and that's sans music. I'm so used to not bringing my music with me (for bike rides), that I didn't even realize I'd forgotten it until I was almost done running. Huh. Who am I and what have I become? I did step outside for a quick cryotherapy "cool-down." Don't be fooled by the sunny sky...it was 22F outside.
Later, after work, I got acquainted with a new-to-me friend, the stationary bike. Still not eager to test the slick streets outside, I dusted off the indoor bike and climbed on board. Ten miles (and two episodes of Emily in Paris) later, I felt pretty satisfied with this new indoor option! It was kind of nice not having to fight the wind, negotiate any traffic, or wear a helmet.
...and, so there was some strength work for Thursday. Hammers, and presses and rows, oh my! As confessed on Insta and Facebook, upper-body workouts are my favorite when it comes to strength work. Sure, I still do all the squats, lunges, etc. (because they're good for me), but there's nothing like an upper-body burn when you finish. I spent a good 30 minutes working my arms, shoulders, and back, and enjoyed a delicious post-workout endorphin rush afterwards. There may have been another 10 miles on the stationary bike that evening, just saying.
...and a big milestone victory on Friday! When I began my biking streak (August 22nd), I had no idea it would go this long. I had entertained the idea of reaching 1,000 streaking miles, but didn't know how grandiose that notion would be with the forthcoming cold weather. After last weekend's 29-mile ride (Sunday afternoon), my streaking mileage was at 959. Even with a scaled-back week, that 1,000-mile mark was within reach...so, despite the cold (18F feels-like) temps, I took Gustavas out for the remaining six miles before work. I probably had a giddy smile on my face the entire time, but it was hidden under my fleece buff.
...and, some more outdoor (and indoor) action on Saturday. Having just bumped up my distance to two miles (Wednesday's TM run), I was eager to run that distance outside. It was a bit dreary, chilly and windy, but being back on the streets never felt so good. And, let me assure any doubters, the 17mph wind is much more bearable on foot than it is on a bike. Back home, inside, I fired up the bike for 10 warm indoor miles.
...and, we stayed inside on Sunday, too. Ugh. I don't think my #badass mindset is wavering, but with another indoor option (and my 1,000 #sfxbikestreak miles surpassed), I'm already finding myself a little more discerning with the weather. Temps were, again, sub-freezing with dampness and 26mph wind. A big No Thank You to that, so I did a quick six miles on the indoor bike, and a couple miles of Milly walking.
...and, so the week played out alright. I did spend a little more time indoors than usual, but all is well. I'm lucky, and quite grateful, to have indoor options. Although running only saw 5-1/2 miles this week, I'm thankful for every one of them. Walking continues to be strong with 20-1/2 miles. Even though I met my 1,000 biking mile goal, I just cannot let the biking end just yet. This week saw 57 biking miles (some indoor, some outdoor)...and my streak is currently showing 1016 miles! I'll reach Day 100 later this month; after that, I plan to scale back the daily biking as my running momentum increases.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! Friday was a bit on the chilly side, but it also was game day (night?) for my Iowa Hawkeyes. I have zero guilt in showing my allegiance to my alma mater, so the hand-knit black and gold wool sweater came out of hiding. Spoiler: the Hawkeyes won! 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).
With all things Covid, our little college town (and my place of work) has been hit pretty hard in recent weeks. Alas, yours truly has been working from home. The dining room table has been revamped as a work station...there aren't any family dinners happening, so it's all good.
As mentioned, I have a new-to-me workout companion. We've had this stationary bike for a couple years, but it had not seen any action from me. The icky weather this week (and my impending bike streak) warranted a change in venue for a few of my rides. Much to my surprise, these indoor rides went well and were far more enjoyable (and challenging!) than anticipated. Say hello to my new friend, Sebastian!
And, lastly, we celebrated Veteran's Day this week. As many know, my family has deep ties and respect to our armed forces. My hubby is a retired Lt. Colonal (Air Force, Air National Guard and Army National Guard), and both my father and late father-in-law served as well.
So, that's another week in the books. Crazy times, but flexibility has been my friend. Onward!
How are things in your world? Did your weather suddenly revert back to Fall? Are you having to move some of your workouts indoors? Have you done any indoor cycling?