Yowza! Can you say "SNOW!"
We had an abundance of the white stuff this past week in Iowa. Let's be honest...it IS the winter season. Even though January treated us to some unseasonably (dare I say) warm temps and weather conditions, it was only a matter of time before the real winter arrived.
All is well, though. While I don't love the cold of winter, I can deal with it. On occasion, I can smile about it, too.
Before I get to the nitty gritty, snow-filled 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 little snow-filled world this past week:
Then, a few minutes after the outside selfie, it was time for the weekly bike ride. It was just Debbie and me this week, and ZOOM didn't knock us off after the usual 40 minutes! I made it to 20 miles, my longest indoor bike ride, ever. Suffice it to say my legs were tired when I finished, but I was smiling as a result.
It was one of the colder weeks, and we saw plenty of snow, but still a productive week in terms of sweat equity and fitness. With my podiatrist's blessing (see below), I can start upping my running game, both in terms of total mileage and intensity. This week saw 14 miles in the running shoes, which was my highest mileage week since mid-August (and we all know what happened then LOL). Walking was at the absolute minimum (6 miles, with more on tap for Sunday afternoon). The elliptical and the bike continue to be my BFF"s on my non-running days (10 miles and 45 miles, respectively). I did a lot of snow removal work on Thursday, and I challenge anyone who wants to question that as a legit workout...but I am going to sneak in some upper-body work during the basketball game today anyways.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Fashion Friday Flair! In tribute to Wear Red Day, and the sub-ZERO feels-like temps, I opted for my warm and toasty buffalo plaid blanket wrap. Let me tell you, that bright sunshine was more than welcome as well. As per usual, you're welcome to join me on Fridays! Post a pic of your outfit on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair), and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
The Illinois Criss Cross Virtual Challenge began November 5th. I finished the 224-mile West-East Route at the end of December. As of this post, I'm 169 miles into the North-South route, putting me approximately 39% of the way across those 435 miles. I'm on track to finish this "distance" well before the May 1st deadline. This week, the swag arrived, and it's pretty nice!
And, how about a quick update on the stress fracture? I met with my podiatrist on Wednesday, and he gave me the green light to resume my usual running. Obviously, I still need to proceed with caution and cannot add excess miles or intense speed drills all at once. Friday's and Saturday's treadmill runs (which HAD to have some speed bursts to get through them) felt really good. I'm ready!
So, there you go! Lots to smile about, and we're another week closer to Spring (and Summer).
How are things in your world? Cold temps as well? Did you have to bring it inside this week, or were you able to brave the cold? Did you wear red on Friday for Wear Red Day?