How is it that we're already a full week into October???
Thankfully, the weather felt like a continuation from the previous week's return-to-summer party. Granted, it wasn't quite as warm (until the weekend), but it definitely felt more like late-summer than early-fall. Add in all the pink colored stuff everywhere, and it was a pretty-in-pink kind of week.
Before I share all the pink 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 ;-)
Anyways, here's what went down in my little corner of the fitness universe this week:
Later, the wind (again) was having an attitude. The temps were chilly and there were a few sprinkles hitting the windshield on the drive home. Yuck. I decided it was time for a reunion with Sebbe. Remember him, my stationary bike? After 50ish minutes of somewhat high-speed pedaling, my legs felt both tired and refreshed at the same time. I like it when that happens!
After work it was time (again) for another adventure on the bike path with Amy and Barb. This was ride #18 (getting ever close to the big 20!). We (begrudgingly) fought the wind. We (somewhat) conquered the hills. And we (joyfully) beat the rain.
What's on tap for Sunday? I'm planning on an easy day of walking and some bike riding. There may be some serious salsa-making as well (#TooManyTomatoes).
The week played out well, though it did feel rather "active" with the addition of pickle ball squeezed into the mix. Running was borderline conservative with 17 miles, walking had 21 miles, and biking had 49 miles. The two strength sessions were fairly short (less than 20 minutes), but that's the way I like them. I'd rather do short (but intense) sessions than longer sessions (with a lot of "recovery" time in between the various exercises).
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'm showcasing the color pink as much as possible. After all, there are so many varieties of it, the options are quite plentiful. I love the pop of color it gives to a cheetah print blouse...almost makes the blouse look like a "neutral" piece.
Saturday was a big day for football in the state of Iowa. The #3 rated Hawkeyes hosted the #4 rated Nittany Lions of Penn State. My gal, Kim (from KookyRunner), is a Penn State alumni so the two of us texted back and forth a few times while the game was happening.
...but in real life, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, things were CrAzY! This game was intense from the opening kickoff. Penn State lead for most of the game until Iowa was able take the lead with about six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Iowa fans were decked out in their requisite black and gold (and even had the designated colors "assigned" to the various sections of seating), and they were louder than a rock band (and I have been to many a rock concert LOL). Penn State turned the ball over, in the final seconds, and the clock ran out...and the fans stormed the field.
Finally, RoadID has brought back their limited edition pink collection for October. For every Pink ID sold, $10 is donated to the American Cancer Society. These are available for you, your loved ones and your furry friends. Last year, $40K was raised towards finding a cure for breast cancer...wouldn't it be great to surpass that number this year?
So, there you have it! Another week all wrapped up and tied with a bow. I'll be keeping the running very conservative this week, since I have the two races next weekend. I'll be spending some time on the bikes (great recovery as well as low-impact cardio), and will need to give some thought to how much pickle ball I actually have time for vs. how much is too much. Stay tuned...
How did your week play out? Any races, in-person or virtual? Ever heard of, or played, pickle ball? Have you ever stormed the field after a big victory?