This was a week of strategy.
I found myself, numerous times, giving in to spontaneity. Having a plan of action, albeit whimsical, was necessary - on the daily - to keep things (somewhat) functional and on track. At least that's what I kept telling myself.
Before I share all the strategic details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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Anyways, here's what went down this week:
After work, I was craving a ride. The temps were warm and sunny, but the wind was rather fiesty (ahem, 19mph, thank you very much). My strategy was to ride a mile straight into the south headwind, then zig-zag back (going mostly east or west, except for an occasional segment going north) until I made it back to my driveway. Six miles done. Take that, Momma N!
So, all in all, this week played out alright. Running tallied 19 miles, walking had 25 miles, and biking had 46 miles. It felt great to bring back some stair-climbing...80 total flights climbed (which includes Thursday's workout as well as the usual pre-run warm-ups). I don't mention it every week, but the daily planking is still happening, as are the daily push-ups. I'm still doing the ab-rolling, but have modified that to an every-other daily gig for the time being.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. We all know I'm a Hawkeye fan, and with another game happening Saturday (at home, in Iowa City, against Kent State), I felt it necessary to show my support for the team. Full disclosure...the 1/4 zip is my own creation. I got the jacket from Old Navy and sewed the "I" patch over the brand logo. How's that for a one-of-a-kind fashion hack?
I'm not into the pumpkin spice thing, but I'm all for a fun pair of leggings. These caught my eye and I couldn't resist. Besides, I don't think it's too early to be sporting Halloween-inspired fashion as long as it's not blatant "Halloween" stuff. Truth be told, we have spiders year-round in Iowa LOL.
The hubs and I went to the Iowa football game on Saturday. In addition to the 11-mile morning run, there was approximately (?) four miles of "bonus" walking (recovery walking after the run, and then getting to the stadium after we'd parked and tailgated). It's always fun tailgating with friends, but being back in Kinnick Stadium was so awesome. And, the Iowa Wave... ((sigh)) ... I'm so proud to be part of this beautiful game day tradition of waving to the kids at the Children's Hospital (pictured behind my hand).
So that's another week, all wrapped up and tied with a pretty bow.
How are things in your world? Is your weather cooling off? Any big training milestones? Races?