Saturday, February 12, 2022

We Be Back (mostly) outside


It's always a treasure getting back outside...

After a crazy cold first week back from Florida, this second week rewarded me with much better seasonal weather conditions. Well, at least in the early part of the week. Things took a bit of a downwarad spiral, literally, towards the week's end. 

Let's just say winter in Iowa ain't for sissies. But Holy Brrr, Batman...can we just fast-forward to summer-like weather already? I can handle the cold, but the psychotic wind (and subsequent sub-ZERO windchill) has got to go.

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Anyways, here's what went down this week: 

A Sunday Sleep-In
After a very late Saturday evening concert, I did the (nearly) impossible and slept in on Sunday morning. A sleep-in, as such, is nearly impossible because I usually awaken around 5-5:30, even when I don't set an alarm. Sunday morning, I didn't see daylight until around 8:00. My body, obviously, needed those 3ish bonus hours, LOL. I kept the fitness low-key (due to the previous day's "long" 7-miler on the treadmill) with a 2-mile wake-up walk, 11 (indoor) biking miles, and some core work.



Never miss a Monday
Still a bit cold and icky in the wee hours, I opted for 12 miles with Sebbe before heading to work. The temps were on a gradual incline, so a co-worker and I got in a couple of walks on our breaks (2 total miles). After work, I met up with Barb (remember her?) and we ran and chatted for four miles amidst all the remaining daylight and witnessed the beginning of a pretty spectacular sunset (title pic, above).
  

Typical Tuesday
I'm not sure how it happened, but my Tuesdays have evolved into a mild strength day. These usually involve a couple of short Peloton workouts (in the early hours), as well as some core work. This week's Tuesday gig involved a Flash 15 (kind of a short-but intense-15 minutes of full-body) and also a 20-minute session of arms and shoulders. Also, there was a 1-mile walk at work, and two more walking miles after work (taking advantage of the mild-for-February weather).


Double workout Wednesday!
It had been upwards of two months (TWO MONTHS!!!) since Barb and I last met up for a #5at5, so we were able to ressurect that routine this week.Silly me, I thought the sub-freezing temps (and wind) would feel much colder than reality, so I was precariusly overdressed (it happens). I'd rather be too warm than too cold; end of story.


Later, after work, I knocked out 20 miles on the stationary bike as well as more daily core work.  


Thursday's bum-burner...
After a slight sleep-in, I just wasn't feeling like doing my scheduled strength workout, so I did a quick 1-mile walk with Milly instead. Over lunch, I accessed the morning's post-poned glutes/legs and full-body workouts. UGH. As I said on my social media channels, this noontime workout got moved to the "Bad Idea" column. I don't know if it was residual fatigue, the time of day, or the intensity of the chosen strength classes, but I really struggled in keeping up with the instructor. I could not get into a groove and a lot of the moves felt much tougher than anticipated. Thankfully, I drew on my grit reserve, modified a few of the moves, and persevered to the finish...but it was not pretty, LOL. At least the temps were pleasant enough for a couple of 1-mile walks at work (glass half full).


Friday's fitness: back inside...
After a few days of bearable weather, things went dramatically downhill, temps-wise. I kept it inside with some upper-body strength and barre, as well as two treadmill miles, in the pre-work hours. Remember Thursday's struggle-bus workouts? All that tough glute work came back to nibble at my backside by Friday afternoon...so I did some easy biking after work (18 miles) to work out some of the crankiness.
 

Another stuck-inside Saturday.
...and the temps kept falling (oh joy!). Seriously, all of my winter-loving friends need to remind me exactly what it is they love about this ridiculously cold season. My sense of humor, and outdoor selfie coping vices, are just about maxed-out, just saying. Oh, and remember those DOMS? They were clear and present Saturday morning as well, LOL. Not too eager for a long run, I did a similar run/stair interval routine as I did last weekend. I started with 10 flights of stairs, ran a mile with Milly, then alternated the 10 flights/1-milers for a total of 50 flights and four cumulative miles. Originally, I'd thought of going five miles, but bailed after four and had ZERO regrets in doing so. Afterwards, I hopped on the bike for some easy leg work, but lost track of time watching Emily in Paris, and finished with 15 miles of biking (#oops). Also, a very fast-paced 1-mile walk before the MSU/Indiana basketball game.


on tap for Sunday:
The jury is still out...there will probably be some biking, and hopefully some outdoor walking. I also plan on some TLC time with stretching, foam-rolling, and Theragun'ing. 

Despite the downward spiral in temps, Momma N at least kept all precip away (though she was more than generous with the wind). My daily outdoor streak is still going strong, though a couple days only had the bare 1-mile minimum. Running was nothing grandiose, with 15 miles, but I don't "need" anything more than that for the time being. Walking saw 13 miles (I'm really hoping for some above-freezing temps, and much less wind #fingerscrossed). Biking dominated, with 76 miles, but almost half of those were low-key "flush-out-the-legs" miles (and not from intense workouts). Strength-training is holding its own, but I think I may need to scale that back a tiny bit to allow for more rest (especially on Tuesdays). Stay tuned... 

In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog:

In other news:

Friday Fashion Flair. Brrr, Friday was a cold one! The wind was out of control, so I was glad to have another of my blanket wraps to keep me cozy. I'm amazed at how warm these wraps are becasue they are so light weight.


Have you seen the "old man balance" challenge? I first saw it Wednesday evening, so I gave it a go Thursday morning. Unbeknownst to me, this challenge involved BOTH putting on one's socks and shoes, while balancing on the opposite foot. The first reel I shot only had me doing the shoes (yes, another #oops). To keep in the game, I did a second reel Thursday evening, doing both the socks and shoes maneuvers, LOL. It's crazy how much tougher it was adding the socks segment to the act! Balance and mobility are two skills we shouldn't take for granted.  

both reels are on my Instagram page (HERE) if you're dying to see me in action

So, that's it for now. I haven't looked too far ahead on the weather forecast, but it looks like the temps are trending slightly warmer, though the wind will still be a factor. Hopefully, I can take all of my runs to the streets this next week. Dear old Milly has seen more action in the past 10 days then she saw in the past 11 months. I'm grateful to have her as an option, though she is my absolute last resort. 

How did your week play out? Crazy cold, or bearable? Did you see, or attempt, the "old man balance" challenge?

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36 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard about the old man balance challenge, but I do this anyway, especially since my injury last summer! Core and balance.

    You know the cold doesn't bother me but that ice...

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  2. I'm over winter, too. The cold and especially lately - the ice! You've done such a great job keeping it up.
    Nice job balancing!! I haven't tried the challenge.

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    1. The balance challenge was a fun little to-do...I'm glad I passed, LOL.

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  3. We had lots of melting here until the temps dropped once again. Tis the season I guess. I'm clinging to the growing daylight. I am all about Balance and Mobility. So many of the women I coach fall and call themselves klutzes. I don't believe anyone is a klutz. They just need to train balance and mobility.

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    1. It hasn't been warm enough here for any melting...but that's due to change tomorrow. And, I am a true klutz...but am much less klutzy in recent years, due to the strength-training and mobility/balance work I've done. Honestly, you don't want to see me carry a lop-sided laundry basket down the stairs, LOL

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  4. The ice was an issue for me this week. I am so over winter or ready to move somewhere else.

    I tried the sock/shoe challenge; hard! I didn’t take mine; you did great!

    Thanks for hosting the linkup Kim. Always lovely to read what everyone is up to.

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    1. Didn’t video mine, I meant :-)

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    2. I thought the balance challenge wasn't too difficult until I added the socks, LOL. That was a game-changer!

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  5. I'm with you on wanting to be warmer than cold on the run -- I can always unzip something. :) I really wanted to run outside tomorrow, but it's supposed to be very cold AND windy. We'll see what we actually get.

    I'm with you on winter. I escaped it for 17 years and nope, didn't miss it one bit!

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    1. I think I would miss the change of seasons if I didn't get to witness them first-hand. The winters are just so extreme in Iowa...if it simply just stayed cold for a few months and didn't bless us with double-digit wind and sub-ZERO temps, I'd complain much less about it.

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  6. As a winter loving friend I have to say I like the snow! Just cold weather on it's own isn't great, but a big fat pile of snow is the best :) Great workouts this week as always! I will have to check out that Old Man challenge and see I do!

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    1. I go back and forth with the snow...if it's going to be so butt-cheeks freezing, it's nice to at least have someting to show for it, LOL. But the snow melts and leaves a muddy mess (and often times freezes to ice). I much prefer summer ;-)

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  7. I am sure all of those one legged deadlifts and squats prepare us for the old man test. Another good reminder to keep them up. We had a weird weather week w temps hitting 60 yesterday and then the bottom fell out and we woke up with snow showers today. It's rather odd! Glad you and Barb are back at your runs together

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    1. Barb and I are in contact all the time...it was weird to realize we hadn't run together in so long!

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  8. I had not seen that balance challenge, but I'm totally going to try it! I do a lot of balancing while I'm getting ready in the morning- like I'll stand on one leg and then the other while I'm brushing my teeth or putting in my contacts. Yes, balance is really important!
    Sounds like you had a great week in spite of the weather. Hang in there- February is halfway over!

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    1. I also do a lot of standing leg lifts...those can be a challenge with one's eyes closed!

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  9. Oof on this winter. I'm seeing a pattern of decent weather mid week and cold and ice on the weekends. At least I've been able to run outside about once a week which is more than I can say for this time last year.

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    1. I'm hoping my Milly time is winding down...I was able to get back outside, this morning, and YAYYYYY it felt so good!

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  10. I see that you can follow a good routine despite the cold.
    Here cold weather is not frigid so I can run outside especially in late morning.
    However bad weather is expected for the whole next week .

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    1. Iowa is just a nasty cold place in the winter; end of story. It gets really hot and humid in the summer (not as bad as in the southern part of the US, though), and I can tolerate that so much easier.

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  11. The weather is all over the place - would you believe it's snowing here again?!

    I hadn't heard about the old man challenge until I saw your post. I could do it with shoes, but it just got comical when I tried the socks ;)

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  12. I'm so glad that you and Barb are back together again!

    It's snowing as I type, but yesterday was a delightfully spring-like day. I wish Momma N would forget that it's still winter and move on toward spring both in Virginia and Iowa!

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    1. Yes! Spring is a pretty unstable time of year in Iowa, but at least it's LESS unstable and not as cold, LOL.

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  13. Ha - I knew my back was wrong when I struggled to get socks and underwear on balanced on one leg! I wonder if your sleepiness is down to being back to shorter days and longer nights now you're home again? A good week anyway.

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    1. I think I just overdid the fitness stuff last week...I don't notice it while I'm doing all the things, but it sometimes catches up with me LOL

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  14. You cope with much harsher weather than I do! Glad the Peloton app is giving you good indoor options.

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    1. OH gosh! The weather is simply insane in Iowa through most of the winter. The cold temps and wind are just so extreme, it's really tough to enjoy the "colder" season...

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  15. It was about 60 degrees here yesterday which was amazing...it has taken a nosedive today and it is currently snowing, but it was SO nice to see the sunshine and not have to wear snowpants for my walk outside.
    Spring IS coming.

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  16. You know I love the winter, but yesterday's taste of spring was twice. Glad I wasn't alone in having issues with how to dress.
    I need to look into the old man challenge
    Our b odies tell us what we need -- I just had a totally unplanned nap

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    1. I've been getting unplanned naps on the couch, in the evening lately, LOL

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  17. I admire how much you get outdoors during the Winter. For some reason this Winter I'm really enjoying staying indoors with my tread and bike, but know I need to venture out more.

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    1. I make it a point to getoutside everyday, nomatter what. Often times, it's just for a short 15-minute walk, LOL, but I don't like being trapped indoors.

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