Is there anything better than getting back into one's routine, even if it's not exactly like what you're used to?
After the previous week's busyness with travel and "suitcase living," it was nice to lay down some roots (very relatively speaking) and have some structure. With our snowbird lodging in place, I was able to get back to work (literally) and resume a little more consistent fitness routine. Of course, with the weather much different than what's typical for my January regimen, it took some adjusting and quite a bit of trial and error.
And it's still a work in progress...
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Without further ado, here's what went down this week in my little world of fitness and fun:
Sunday (non)run day
With the Run Streak officially over, my Sunday morning fitness was all about walking. Three miles of sunshine for breakfast, along with a few feathered friends and some festive holiday yard decs. There also was another walk later (just one mile) and some core work.
Never miss a Monday!
The temps had dropped overnight, and there was a wicked 16-mile wind awaiting me upon wakeup. I opted for 2-mile walk, and saved the 3-mile run for lunch. Another 2-mile walk after work, and more core work for the win.
My (temporary) Typical Tuesday
The day began with Peloton upper-body (holy upper-body burn, Batman!) and full-body workouts, and a short core workout. And a 2-mile walk before signing-on for work. Later, Max took me for a 1-mile walk (to get our mail).
Weird Wednesday vibes...
I got out for a 3-mile power walk before the work day began. The balmy temps caught me off guard...I thought 55 would be cool and breezy, but nope. It felt much warmer than I'd anticipated (but I'm not complaining, LOL). I saved my 5-mile run for the lunch hour, and the cloud cover dissipated about 1.5-miles in, so it got a bit steamy. Mid-afternoon, Max and I walked to get the mail, and I returned back home feeling oddly energized and exhausted at the same time (I know, #weird).
Holy HIIT-me-up Thursday
I got brave and took on the challenge of doing two Peloton HIIT workouts, back-to-back. Yowza. I learned a new move (froggers, which are like burpees with a squat "hold"). It was only 25 combined minutes, but I was still sweating until about halfway through my 2-mile walk afterwards. Thankfully, I'm not afraid of a little bit of sweat (or a lot of it, LOL). Later, there was more walking with Max, core work, and a joyful reunion with outdoor biking (see below).
Double Fitness Friday
I was craving a sunrise run, so I got out for two easy miles before work. Then - are you ready for it? - I did a 10-mile bike ride over lunch! Wow, have I missed my outdoor cycling!
Saturday - Running of the Squares 5K!
As luck would have it, I was browsing the activities tab of our area's website Tuesday evening, and there was a blurb about this race on Saturday. I mentioned it to the hubby, and he wanted to do it as well...so we did. I'll share more in a recap on Tuesday, but suffice it to say the race went well. Despite my right hip flexor feeling a bit funky, my finish time was better than expected (and got me a 4th place AG). Yeah, I was good with that!
So, there's a lot to be said about routine. Even though this first full week was a bit of an experiment, things panned out alright. I'm still trying to figure out if it works better to do my runs in the early hours (before work), or save them for the warmer noontime temps. I'm kind of liking a combination of both, so it's going to be a matter of mixing in walking and/or biking during the "down" times.
Anyways, this week's running only had 14 miles...my hip flexor has been a little "off," so I kept the Saturday miles conservative (and didn't elect to do any extra miles after the race, though I did do a 1-mile warm-up). Walking dominated this week, with 23 miles. Biking staged a comeback, late in the week, with 11 total miles (there was also a 1-mile trip to the mailbox in addition to Friday's 10-miler). I'm doing a Crush Your Core Challenge with Peloton, so there were seven core workouts this week, as well as those HIIT workouts and Tuesday's strength work.
In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog this week:
Friday Fashion Flair. OOPS, it didn't happen this week other than what I wore for both Friday's run and biking. That's the benefit of working from home, LOL.
As mentioned, while I may be snowbirding, I am not technically on vacation. I definitely have been granted some flexibility with my schedule, though. Since I am on east coast time, I can start my work day an hour earlier than my co-workers back in Iowa...which allows me to take a longer lunch break if I want (hence the longer midday runs and bike riding or walking).
And, I'm all set to welcome back outdoor biking! We brought our son's mountain bike with us (since he no longer wanted it) and we also acquired a second bike. We plan to leave both bikes here as amenities for our renters, and we'll have access to them each time we return. My stationary biking is on-hold for now, but I'd rather be outside anyways...I just have to wear my Garmin if I want to gauge my mileage since there isn't a bike computer on either. I probably should christen the bike with a name, though....stay tuned.
So yeah. 2022 is off and running and the first week is done and dusted. It's exciting to see what this January adventure will have in store for me!
How did your week play out? Any new adventures? Are you back in a routine, post-holiday season? Any weekend racing?