It seems like each week has some kind of crazy spark to it, and this week was no exception.
After some decently "warm" December weather (by Iowa standards), things turned more "seasonal" on us. A mid-week heat surge, though, reignited the energy flow...only to be tapped out by week's end.
Alas, the seasonal weather (and subsequent temps) brought us back to our current (winter) reality. All is well that ends well, but that brief heated interlude was pretty sweet while it lasted.
Before I get into the nitty gritty 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 this week:
Temps were a repeat of the day prior, as was the sunshine. I'd considered running my 1-miler after work, but opted to take full advantage of the noontime weather. Turns out it was a smart move, as the after-work temps were quite a bit cooler and the wind had picked up some. After taking Max around the block, I took a 2-mile solo walk and called it a day.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! "Tis the season for all things red, and I'm quite alright with that. I also like a comfy swing dress. Do you find yourself wearing red a little more often this time of year? 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).
On November 5th, the Illinois Marathon Criss-Cross Virtual Challenge began (site HERE). As the name implies, this is a virtual challenge, but since both running and walking miles count, it's been a great way to keep me consistent without overdoing it on my rally-back. The Challenge runs (literally LOL) until marathon weekend (May 1st). As of this weekend, I have trekked 154.5 miles (of the 224-mile distance) on the west-to-east route. Once I finish this portion, I'll start the north-to-south journey (435 miles)...in the hopes of completing all 659 miles before race weekend. If you're interested, BRP5OFF will save you $5.00 on your registration (BTW, there's some nice swag that comes along with it!).
The elliptical. Yowza, I have been getting in some sweet sweat sessions on that baby. The hubby uses it as well, and I think he's been upping the resistance on it (and I have not been remembering to reset it). I seem to be sweating a lot more than usual, but have also been knocking out some faster finish times. I'm not 100% convinced the distance reading is 100% accurate, but I honestly don't care. I use it more for low-impact cross-training and I know the cardio is legit ( my 4-miler finish time, Sunday morning, was another PR #woot). Since the IL Criss-Cross Challenge is virtual, and I am not in any contention for winning (or even placing), I am figuring half of my elliptical miles into my totals. For me, that seemed like a reasonable win-win...staying active without jeopardizing my recovering foot. Full disclosure.
So, there you go! Another week wrapped up and tied with a holiday bow.
Tell me...how was your week? Sporadic weather? Outside running, or inside sweating instead? Any elliptical experts out there...how do you feel about the accuracy of the stats?