Ever played the "Guess The Weather Cuz The Forecast Failed" game?
Well, I have, repeatedly. At least that was the case this past week.
Case in point, I have two weather apps I follow. Both seemed to be in agreement on what the weather was going to be doing. However, what they both showed, in the forecast, didn't quite play out as predicted. Not a crisis, but definitely a frustration (actually several).
Before I share the details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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Anyways, without further ado, here's what went down this week:
Later, after work, Barb was also available, so we rallied. I left the house around 5:00 and met up with her about a mile later. We had crazy wind (18mph), and the air was quite damp, but the temps were not too chilly. The first couple miles felt tough, though. My body was tired and my brain was ready for some down time. We headed to the lake, so we could run a few laps and dodge the wind (plenty of shelter via the trees). Turns out that strategy was on-point. Each mile grew easier, and our pace stayed steady. Coming out of the lake area, we took a brief walk break (about two city blocks) up a steep hill. By then, we were near the 6-mile mark, and I could feel a huge boost of energy washing over me. We finished with eight total miles, and the runners' high was off the charts (for me at least). All splits were around 9:45 pace, and it was one of those runs that left me feeling like I could have run much farther. I totally love it when that happens.
Despite the unpredictable weather, I did manage to get outside every day and none of my workouts suffered. Whew! Walking dominated this week, with 16 miles (more on tap for Sunday afternoon). Running also had 16 miles. Biking had 15 indoor miles, but I'm hoping to add in some outdoor miles on Sunday afternoon as well. Stair climbing tallied 60 flights (from the running warm-ups and Thursday's HIIT).
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! How about some turquoise? Distressed denim? Cheetah flats? Chunky and funky jewelry? All of the above? I'm game.
Wednesday's 3-mile walk (after work) ushered me across the finish line for the Illinois Criss Cross Virtual Challenge. Total miles logged from walking and running (as well as half of my elliptical miles) came to 659...all since November 5th.
Finally, I wanted to share a pic of our magnolia tree. It started blooming this week...which, if history repeats itself, that means there will be at least one more spring frost happening. This poor tree seldom enjoys an entire season with full blooms because Momma N usually zaps the blossoms off with either a late season snow fall or overnight hard freeze. Fingers crossed it will outlast Momma N's wrath in 2021!
So, there you go! Another week of fitness fun all wrapped up and tied with a bow. With my half marathon happening next weekend, I'm granting myself a bit of a taper this week. I'm also getting my first Covid shot on Friday (I know, lousy timing, but that's just how fate sometimes plays out LOL).
How are things in your world? Has your weather been in sync with the forecast? Any races coming up?