Currently....over coffee, I might actually be drinking a cold beverage.
No, I don't mean an adult beverage either. We've had some unseasonably warm weather this week, so I've been downing the cold, flavored water like it's my job. Don't worry, I know this weather won't last, but I've been enjoying it on the daily (like that's my job as well).
None the less, it's that time of the month for gathering and gabbing. Imagine, if you will, a virtual coffee date with friends. What would you care to share?
Currently, over coffee, I'd have to talk a bit about biking. I mean, it HAS been my main fitness go-to for the past (almost) three months. That being said, I have been a little biking obsessed this week. We've had phenomenal weather (umm...temps in the high 60F's/low 70F's all week!), so it was in my best interest to take full advantage. Stay tuned, my 1,000-mile biking streak goal is getting closer!
Currently, over coffee, I'd tell you about my return to running. Yes, I'm back in the running shoes and it feels oh-so-fine. Prior to last weekend, I had done a few short 1/2-mile runs, but they were on the treadmill (more out of caution than desire). Last Saturday, though, I ventured outside and ran 3/4-mile, and I felt like a caged bird set free. This week, I've had a couple 1-mile runs (all outdoors), and it feels like old times. I am not running these miles "fast," by any means, but simply by feel. I have zero doubts about running the 5K turkey trot on Thanksgiving, especially since I won't be "racing" it.
Currently, over coffee I'd runfess about my brief run down memory lane. When I first became a runner (15+ years ago), I ran on the treadmill (like, all the time). When I tip-toed out of my comfort zone, and tried outdoor running, I had the most painful shin splints ever. After a few weeks, the shin splints disappeared and never returned...until last weekend. Thankfully, this version of shin splints only lasted a couple days, but ouch!
Currently, over coffee I'd invite you to join me in the Illinois Marathon Criss-Cross Challenge. This challenge officially started on November 5th and goes until marathon weekend (May 5th). Yes, it's another virtual event, but it's more of a 6-month get-me-through-the-winter endeavor than an actual virtual race. You have the option of doing the east-west route (224 miles) , the north-south course (435 miles), or BOTH. Any guesses what I chose? (hint: the Double). Go big or go home! Anyways, this will be an awesome incentive as I rally-back from the stress fracture (both walking and running miles count), and it comes with some pretty sweet swag. Check out the event site HERE, and the code BRP5OFF will save you $5 on your registration.
Currently, over coffee I'll encourage you to consider getting a ROADiD of your own, if you don't already have one. I've gotten in the habit of wearing one of mine every day (emergencies don't just happen when we're running or biking). There are so many colorful options and various sizes and styles to choose from, and everything is on sale (through Sunday)! Check out the site HERE. Even better, the code SHIPSFREE_KIMBERLY will reward you with free shipping. You're welcome.
Lastly, over coffee, I have another neat product to tell you about...the Koala Clip (website HERE). I bought one last year and used it profusely for carrying my phone while running. Well, with my running on sabbatical, the Koala Clip still got plenty of use for biking. It is a pouch, with a magnetic clip, that attaches to your sports bra strap, or shirt neckline, for carrying your phone. Stay tuned, I'll be doing a full review next week, but I have a discount code for that as well: runningonthefly10 will save you 10% on your purchase.
Anyways, that's it for this month's coffee talk. I hope you're staying healthy, keeping yourself safe, and getting in some good fitness. It's been a tough season, and it's been a rough year for all of us. There are a lot of things out of our control, but our attitude is all on us. Myself, I'm choosing to look for the sunrise and not dwell on the darkness.
How are things with you? What would you share over coffee (or the beverage of your choosing)?
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.