Holy hyper wicked wind, Batman!
It was a week to hold on (tightly) to one's hat! The temps were a bit all over the place, but the wind was constant. Oh joy!
None the less, I was able to continue my daily "outdoor action" streak. The RW Run Streak continues, as does the (new) Peloton streak. Call me crazy, but it beats sitting idle (don't worry, I'm being careful and am not over-doing it with my #sweatequity). Rest assured (literally, LOL), I'm having fun this holiday season.
Before I share all the wind-blown 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 this week in my windy fitness world:
|Day-1 of the 12 Days of Fitmas -1 push-up|
|Day-2 of the 12 Days of Fitmas - 2 jumping jacks added|
|Day-3 of the 12 Days of Fitmas|
|Day - 4 of the 12 Days of Fitmas - 4 plank jacks added to the mix|
Later, after a long day at the office, Barb and I arranged for a #5atTwilight run. We saw the last few minutes of a beautiful sunset and got our five miles done in the midst of mild wind and cold temps. Sometimes it's not a matter of when the run happens, so long as it happens.
|Day - 5 of the 12 Days of Fitmas - today we added five burpees!|
|Day - 6 of the 12 Days of Fitmas - how about six curtsy lunges (each side)?|
So, yes, there was all kinds of wind this week! A friend told me she'd heard (on tv?) that Iowa is the country's most windy state. Well, I will not argue with that, whether it's fact or just speculation. Honestly, I'd have a much better attitude towards the winter season if the wind played a little nicer, just saying. Despite Momma N's cruel antics, this wound up being a pretty strong week for me. I finished with 22 miles of running, 8 miles of walking, and 51 miles of biking. Let me just say, Monday's pickle ball (some of which was singles play) came with some serious cardio and exertion (12 hours post-vax, LOL). Also, this week had some solid strength workouts, a couple of core workouts, and some yoga! As for the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge...it started out pretty easy, but has already picked up momentum, and that will continue on through most of next week.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! Cheers to the holidays and company parties! My place of work had its official Jingle and Mingle Friday afternoon, so I sported another festive swing dress, this one in a mad red plaid. After work, the hubs and I hosted a small dinner party, so the party dress stayed on for several more hours. Does your place of work have a company party this time of year?
Iowa's second derecho (in 16 months) swept across the state on Wednesday. The temps were massively warm...like, in the 70F's! Unfortunately, it was far too windy and dangerous outdoors to enjoy the warmth. We had increasing wind all day, we were under a tornado watch most of the afternoon and then had storms in the evening. It sounded like a severe blizzard was raging outside, overnight, but no snow.
|as a point of reference, my town (Grinnell) is an hour east of Des Moines, and about 30 minutes southeast of Marshalltown, so our conditions were very similar to theirs.|
How about some good news? Tuesday, December 22, is the Winter Solstice! We've just about made it, my friends!!! Getting past the Solstice is HUGE for me, every winter, because it means we will be on the other side of the darkness. Brighter days ahead, literally!
Finally, this meme made me laugh out loud. Let's hope 2022 plays a little nicer than it's "big sister," 2020.
And that's a wrap! How did your week play out? Any new workouts? Crazy weather? Are you excited for the Winter Solstice?