They say turnabout is fair play, but Momma N didn't want to play nice this week.
I was dreading the end of summer, so I was already in a blah kind of emotional state. Suffice it to say I was not the least bit amused when the frigid fall-like weather arrived a day early. Nor did I appreciate the sudden plummet in temps and upswing of wind.
Alas, I did live to tell about it (or you wouldn't be reading this LOL). Just because I can handle the crazy Iowa weather doesn't mean I have to love it. But, I refuse to let it dictate my livelihood. Or something like that...
Before I share the crazy 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 8:00AM (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 ;-)
So, here's what went down in my little suddenly-cold world this week:
Then, the hubs and I loaded up the bikes and headed to Solon. We met Mike and Amy, and pedaled for 32 miles on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. So what if we had to fight a headwind after the turn-around? The breeze felt good in the late summer heat. The adventures didn't end there...the hubby and I also rode a short 4-mile trek to the dollar store (after returning home), and then Barb and I met up for a 3-mile run under the full moon that evening. I slept like a rock that night, believe it or not.
After work, it was time for the weekly bike path ride, #16. Although the temps had warmed up substantially in the past 12 hours, it still was a bit chilly on the bike. Of course, there was some wind (it wouldn't be a bike ride without it, right?), but we did have sunshine. Hard to believe we've kept this routine solid for 16 weeks! I'd like to make it to 20 weeks, but it will be touch-and-go as we continue to lose daylight and warmth. Stay tuned!
Anyways, despite the abrupt change in seasons (and temps), I did manage to get outside everyday (which is always a goal). The running was borderline conservative, but all of those 17 miles were fun and felt fantastic. Walking took a nosedive with only nine miles (oops). Biking dominated, though, and kept my legs busy with 141 miles on wheels (that's what happens when there are two long rides within the same 7-day span). Also, some stairs (for warm-ups, prior to the runs), continued planking/push-ups/ab-rolling, and a solid upper-body session (Monday evening).
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! I was feeling a little "taupe-y," so I added the burgundy skinnies and some cheetah print to add a little funk to the look. Why not?
I mentioned my late-blooming sunflowers on my Runfession post, but here's another pic. The tallest one is almost to my shoulder, which is pretty remarkable considering I didn't start the seeds until late June. I pinky swear to be a little more timely next year.
Finally, as mentioned, the hubs and I joined our friends (Mike and Amy) for another long ride on Saturday. The morning started off really cold (low-50F's and windy, at 9:00), but it was in the low/mid-70F's by the time we finished (late afternoon). We had all kinds of bright sunshine, but that unrelenting wind continued all day ((again)). Still, it was a good time relishing some summer-like weather before it's completely gone. 70 miles!
So, that's a wrap! Rumor has it we're supposed to be treated to some more summer-like temps a little while longer (can you say, 90F!). After the abrupt weather plummet this week, I'll gladly embrace any (and all) unseasonably warm temps Momma N cares to throw my way.