Back outside never felt so fine!
After nearly three weeks, the extreme cold weather broke and Iowa returned to its regularly scheduled winter. Some days even saw temps well above the seasonal norm! Of course, that gave way to melting (LOTS of melting) as the 30ish inches of ground snow slowly shrank...but who am I to complain?
Before I dis on the details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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Anyways, here's what went down this week in my little fitness world:
A short while later, I had the weekly Biking Zoom Ride on deck with Darlene, Debbie, Liz, Kim G., Coco and Renee. When that ended, Debbie and I continued on for another 30 minutes or so, giving me 20 biking miles for the morning.
What a difference a change in the weather can make. I manage to stay pretty active, on a daily basis, but the nicer weather enables even more outside action. All of my runs happened outside this week; no regrets, whatsoever. With the warmer weather, the lunchtime walks, as well as Max walks, will be more consistent as we approach Spring. Even though the Fight for Air Climb isn't until May, I'm going to be doing more focused stair work periodically...it's worked out well incorporating 10 flights of stairs as part of my warm-up routine!
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! Believe it or not, I've been doing this series for more than four years. On occasion, I reference the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) if I'm stuck for ideas on what to wear. This week, I showcased an outfit that highlighted many of my style obsessions...denim, cheetah print, dragonflies, lipstick, and funky shades. Care to join me? Post a pic of your Friday outfit on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
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And, last of all, I'm excited to have another live race to look forward to at the end of March. The Chocoholic Frolic is a fun, chocolate-themed 5K, happening at various locations. This will be my third year "chocolating" at the Iowa City venue (it had to go virtual last year). Although it's a live event, they do offer a virtual option for non-local peeps to get in on the chocolate action. For more info, their site is HERE, and CHOCKIM will save you $5 if you choose to join me. The swag is killer sweet!
So, there you have it! Another week down, and another week closer to Spring (and Summer). Truth be told, it feels like we've turned the corner on Winter. Even with all the melting this week, the streets have stayed pretty dry, so the "re-freeze" aspect hasn't been a problem. Onward!
How are things in your world? Does it feel like Winter is on the verge of vacating the premises? Have you found yourself craving outdoor walks, too?
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So glad you were able to bring back 5 at 5.ReplyDelete
Really wanted to join you folks on the bike but between the loud fitness room and mask you wouldn't have been able to hear me.
Oh, the 5 at 5's were long-overdue! And, now with the daylight encroaching, it's kind of nice that we missed the "darkest" part of winter LOLDelete
I ended up doing 7 miles yesterday as well...I went running with friends and we kept doing "one more mile". See ya winter!ReplyDelete
Ha! Yes, it feels good to give winter the boot (no pun intended)!Delete
isn't it just SO GREAT when you can run outside again??? feels amazing! was great to bike with you ladies again on Saturday too! Our weather is shaping up here, though I seem to feel freezing in the house lately... can't win -ha!ReplyDelete
Our house always feels cold this time of year...too "warm" for the furnace to kick-in, but not cold enough to have it running non-stop. But, yes, being back outside is SOOOO awesome ;-)Delete
So nice to catch up while biking.ReplyDelete
Just means that the weather sucked here lol
But as you know, nothing keeps me inside.
I've been enjoying our Saturday rides! They're great for now, but I don't know how much longer we'll be "inside" as the temps continue warming.Delete
Not sure if my last comment went through..it seems like its starting to warm up everywhere which is so nice! I was able to get outside for 4 of my runs this week, with only 2 on the treadmill.ReplyDelete
This week, even with a couple of "cold" days," still felt like Spring. I'm ready!Delete
You did have a challenging weather month! So glad you got outside this week a few times. Yay for being back to your morning runs with Barb!ReplyDelete
February was rough, so much colder than January (and, usually, it's the opposite). Getting outside has been so liberating!Delete
Wow, a 26 min 5K! Nice!! So cool your running is getting right back at it. Especially with the weather getting better every day! That chocolate medal is so cute. Great job on all of the workouts this week!ReplyDelete
Yes, 26-minutes! I wish I'd have had my Garmin with me so I could have seen the splits (I just used my phone to time it). Oh well....Delete
It was great catching up with you yesterday! I haven't even checked scores. Hope your Hawkeyes won!ReplyDelete
Oh man, I could have finally joined you for Friday Fashion Flair and didn't even think of it (happy four years!). I actually wore something besides capris on Friday when I had to go to an eye doctor appointment AND I even jazzed my outfit up with a scarf.
Michigan State plays in a few minutes (1:00 CST) and Iowa doesn't play until 3:00...so my afternoon is just about to start!! It was so fun catching up yesterday...the time goes SO fast chatting and biking!Delete
Wow! That was quite the week, Kim! Although I must say I'm a bit envious of all that sun. We still had plenty of gray this week -- don't get me wrong, the warmer temps have been thrilling, but sunshine is mainly absent. Just look at my photos. :)ReplyDelete
I may have to check out the chocolate themed race -- before it gets too warm to ship chocolate (I'm assuming that there is actual chocolate to be had).
Yes, I know there's chocolate in the race pack (and along the course), so I'd assume that gets sent with the other swag. We've been lucky with the sunshine...it really makes a difference when the temps do go back to their seasonal "norm."Delete
We have the same here this week! It was so great to finally run outside again. It makes such a difference in my mileage and my mood :) Great job with your 5 at 5!ReplyDelete
Yes, my mileage outside feels so much easier and my pace is almost effortless. I'm hoping I can keep all the runs outdoors from here on out, or at least the longer ones (fingers crossed).Delete
Lovely to see you back on 5at5, good news! It's so much lighter here now I can go back to pre-breakfast runs with no annoying light. So lovely to join in on the Zoom though I noticed it in my legs on my long run today!ReplyDelete
I had not been out much in the past couple weeks (due to the cold), so it's been such a nice treat seeing the daylight breaking before 6:30!Delete
It sure is nice to get outside and not freeze, isn't it? We weren't blessed with the sun today but it's warm. I had some house cleaning to do, so it worked out well!ReplyDelete
Well, the sun did a disappearing act shortly after my walk, but has peeked through a few times since. But, YES, it feels awesome out be back outside!Delete
So glad you're finally thawing out! I'm definitely crave getting back to my walks on a more regular basis - hopefully Mother N will cooperate. And, yay for the return of #5at5!ReplyDelete
Sorry to have missed Saturday's ride - things got busy and schedules were colliding.
I had not realized how much I'd been missing (or slacking on) my walks until I was able to bring more of them back this week. Max has been beside himself...he gets SO excited when we ask him if wants to go for a walk.Delete
It's warming up here too... and that's not a good thing! Wednesday is forecast to be 89 (ACK!) I may join you (virtually) for that race because... chocolate!!!ReplyDelete
Sounds like your foot is feeling good- yay!
Ooooh, I'd love to have a few virtual chocolate peeps join me! Knock wood, things are feeling good with the foot, so I'm ready to cautiously keep ramping the mileage for my half in late April.Delete
The weather makes such a difference with my motivation! You put up with much harsher conditions than I do.ReplyDelete
The weather can really be a deal-breaker. I don't stay inside much, but there are some days when it's not as easy layering up for a cold outdoor adventure.Delete
This week was so much better too. The snow is finally melting. Yesterday we had lots of sun and it lifted my spirits. A little sun is exactly what I needed.ReplyDelete
The sun really brightens the day, literally and figuratively. Even with the warmer temps, the air is still damp at times, so the sunshine really helps rectify that.Delete
Way to finish out February strong! I'd say you've had quite a successful rally back from the sfx. Wasn't that moon something else?ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, the moon was beautiful! It was a bit hazy on Wednesday (for my #5at5) and I was running east, then south, for the first three miles so the moon had disappeared by the time I was going west and north. But, it was bright and bold both Friday and Saturday mornings!Delete
I'm glad that Iowa received some warmer temps this week. I feel like you've been in a deep freeze for most of February!ReplyDelete
Congrats on another year as a ROAD-iD ambassador! It's such a great product and every runner should have one for sure.
Yes, February was downright mean to Iowa LOL Our yard is going to be a muddy mess for awhile as all the remaining snow melts, but I'll gladly take that over the 30+ inches we've had piled up forever.Delete
Oh, winter may be gone here. It's been in the 80s during the day with the humidity in full force. Boo.ReplyDelete
I'm so proud of you with your recovery! You are doing great!
Yay for Road ID! Such a great team with so many incredible people.
I've been walking outside all winter, but I do need that time to get my head right every day, so yes. I crave it.
Good for you!!! Your longest run since the stress fracture. That's awesome! Your mileage in all the different categories is impressive. I am always amazed at the variety of workouts you do. And you and Barb are finally back to your 5 at 5. Spring is coming...it can't get here fast enough for me!ReplyDelete