Holy Frigid Freeze, Batman!
While we able to avoid extreme weather in January, that has not been the case in February. We've had near-record snow fall and have not seen above-freezing temps in awhile. Truth be told, this past week saw only one day without any new snow and our town is running out of places to stash it.
But, it's not all bad! We still have had some glorious sunshine, and I've been able to stay just as active by opting indoors. My glass (coffee mug?) has remained more than half full...
Before I share all the frosty 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 this week:
So, there definitely was more happening indoors than outdoors this week. It is what it is, and I have complete confidence this crazy cold spell will not last forever (word has it that we may reach the 20F's on Wednesday!). Although not mentioned, the daily planks and push-ups are still going strong. Also, I'm incorporating 10 flights of stair runs as part of my warm-up routine for my runs.
Friday Fashion Flair! As mentioned, Friday was a very chilly day in Iowa, but I wasn't "blue" about it (more of a "teal" state of mind). What you can't see is the base layer under the t-neck sweater (under the hand-crafted poncho). So, yes, we're talking triple layers here (and I was still cold all day, even with the wrist warmers). At least we had the sun intermittently poking through the clouds. You do what you gotta do. Care to join me? Post a pic of your Friday outfit on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
Remember that favorite race of mine, DAM to DSM? Registration opened at 10:00 on Thursday, and within the first hour, over 1,250 spots were filled. I was able to secure my registration within the first five minutes (#whew). Hopefully, by the August 28th race date, things will be somewhat stable and the race will hold...but they are giving us the option to defer, run virtual, or get a refund should there be any "Covid-related complications."
And finally, Winter. It's been a doozy, just in the past couple of weeks. I've lost count on how much snow Momma N has dumped on Iowa since February arrived. The streets have been plowed, but they're still pretty unsafe for running (says the gal who usually doesn't hesitate to head outside). The temps have been in the low single digits at best, and the wind has been wicked...so, even if the streets weren't such a hazard, the conditions just aren't safe. That said, I have been able to at least get outside for my daily walks. Alas, with each cold week, we are one week closer to Spring (and Summer!).
How are things in your world? Are you entertaining polar vortex-type of weather? Have you been able to get outside, or have you been confined to the great indoors?