Well, it wasn't a total washout.
But, it did come close (at times). After several weeks with little-to-no precip, the rain gods felt it was due time to send some of their love to Iowa... like, on the daily. Momma N also contributed summer-like temps, complete with summer-like humidity levels...also on the daily. Lucky us!
I'm not exactly sure how I managed to dance around all the rain, but I was able to get all of my runs done (outside) this week. Thankfully, on the occasions when I was able to sneak out for said runs, my energy level(s) and pace worked in my favor. No complaints, and no regrets. That's just the way I like it.
Before I share the 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 (rainy) world of fitness this week:
The rain continued most of the day, but did clear for a bit...ironically right before my workday ended. I usually just do an easy-paced 2 (or 3)-miler on Mondays, but I felt like running a different route, and running a bit farther instead. So I did. It wasn't what I'd call a tempo pace, but it was a good clip. I did a 4-mile out-and-back route, and made it back in less than 38 minutes. There even was a quick peak of sunshine, and the rain resumed shortly after I was back inside. I was totally good with that.
The day's forecast rain was minimal, and by the time I was headed home from work, the sun was playing Hide-n-Seek. The temps were balmy, so I thought it would be a perfect setting for a bike ride. Barb wound up joining me for 11 miles. The wind gave us a little bit of a fight...it was cold riding into the wind, but rather hot whenever we changed direction and had it at our backs.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! Yes, it was balmy and humid outside, but that just means it's going to be chilly inside, at the office. Not a problem, since I always have a lightweight cardi at the ready. I'm still going to embrace sleeveless tops and sandal season. By the way, that chunky necklace is actually a belt that's never touched my waist. Care to play along? Share your Friday outfit on Instagram, and grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair). Also, be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly) and don't forget your lipstick!
Unbeknownst to me, Thursday was National Rescued Dog Day. When I got wind, it was only appropriate to share a pic of our beloved Max. He joined our family in January of 2015, and it's been such a fun ride. We love his crazy personality and energetic playfulness. His snuggles are pretty sweet, too.
And finally, here's a pic of this week's featured flowers-in-bloom. The Siberian Iris are on the verge of blooming (but look pretty cool in their current state). The Shasta Daisies came to life this week (thanks to all the rain). The yellow Iris always make me smile. And, the Spiderwort...it's no secret I love all things pink/purple/fuchsia. Life is good, and (currently) quite colorful.
So, that's the latest and greatest. The heat and humidity caught us by surprise, but I'll gladly embrace that kind of weather over freezing temps and psychotic wind. And, thankfully, the sinus gunk is finally on its way out of my body. No way of knowing if it was a Covid vax side effect or just an ironic coincidence (we're pretty sure it wasn't "just" allergies), but it's been a buzzkill the past 11 days. Oh well. Summer is knocking on the door, and I'm ready to welcome it back!
Enough about me...how was your week? Lots of great fitness? Rain? Summer-like temps?