Supposedly, no one likes a tease...
But when it comes to Spring weather, I beg to differ. After all, we know the warmer weather is on the way. It may not get here as quickly as we'd prefer, but getting a little preview of it sure feels good!
Such was the case in Iowa this week. Cold mornings. Warm afternoons. Plenty of wind. Singing birds. Sunshine, lots of sunshine. Temps warm enough to melt away the bulk of the snow. It was all good.
Before I share the 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 world of fitness, under the temporary Spring conditions:
Here comes the SUNday...
Temps were forecast to hit the 40F's by afternoon, so I started the morning with 20 miles in the saddle. I met up with Amy, after lunch, and we walked and chatted for almost five miles in the spring-like sunshine.
Never miss a Monday...
February's final Monday did not disappoint! First, there was a pleasant early-morning 5K (gotta love the emerging daylight, already by the 6:00AM hour!). Later, there were a couple of 1-mile walk breaks at work, and a 1-mile walk with Max before dinner.
The morning was somewhat low-key with 10 minutes of upper-body strength and 10 minutes of arm-focused work. The day also included a couple of 1-milers at work, a 2-mile walk with Max after work, and some core work in the evening.
Double workout Wednesday...
I have really been loving my double-workout days! The after-work temps were looking much more enticing than the pre-dawn ones, so I opted to stay inside (on the bike) in the wee hours (12 miles). Again, more walking at work (2 miles). After work, Barb and I hooked up for another #5at5PM excursion in the low-60F temps. Of course, it wouldn't be a real selfie without a drive-by selfie bust.
Note to self...when Tunde's arm workout calls for light weights, go ultra light. Silly me, I didn't think my 8-pounders were overly ambitious, but YIKES. After 40 minutes of strength work, let's suffice it to say everything was on fire...and that's a good thing. I've said it before, but those short 10-20 minute Pelo classes are power-packed! The weather was the coldest (and windiest) of the week, so there was only one walk at work, and a quick one with Milly after work (two total miles).
A solid Friday finish...
It was another chilly morning with the promise of a warmer afternoon, so I started with 10 miles on the bike for breakfast. Saturday's forecast was looking rather damp, so Barb and I moved our "Saturday run" to Friday after work. Even with moderately "warm" temps, the wind was still obnoxious, so we sought the shelter of the lake path. Five loops later, with five miles done and dusted, we decided to celebrate with a real happy hour.
With my usual Saturday run done (the evening prior, LOL), that left the morning wide open for a long bike ride. I cued up Grace and Frankie and binge-watched all four episodes of the current season. That had me almost at 27 miles, so I found a 10-minute cool-down Peloton cycling class to finish at 30 miles for the morning. Only, the thought occurred to me to just pedal for another mile and end with a 50K for the day instead. So I did. In between rain and storms, I was able to sneak out for a very easy-paced 2-mile recovery run. Funny how I'm usually using the bike as a recovery vice for running, but this morning the roles were reversed. I then spent the afternoon inside as several tornado watches and warnings swept across my region of the state.
...and what's on deck for Sunday?
I plan to save my legs (a little bit, LOL) for Pi Week, so I'll probably do some easy cycling in the early hours, and some walking later.
This week didn't seem that busy, as the days ticked by, but every 'little" bit of sweat equity adds up. I finished the week with 15 miles of running and 16 miles of walking. Biking, again, took center stage with 80 miles. With all of the cycling, it's been working great to have just one day of lower-body strength work. I've been doing a couple days of upper-body work, and that's been a great fit for me as well. I don't mention it much, but there's still daily planking and push-ups. I'm also (still) utilizing the stairway, and doing 10 flights as part of my pre-run warm-up.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. How do you feel about wearing black and brown together? Often times, it's a tough color combo because both colors are dark and, therefore, competing for "dominance." But, that's what I like about pairing the two of them together. Throw in a pair of cheetah print booties (and a cute dog), and everything works in unison.
Week of Pi. As mentioned in my coffee post, the third annual Week of Pi begins on Tuesday. If you're interested in Pi'ing with me, you're invited to run (or walk) 3.14 miles any (or all) of the days leading up to Monday, March 14th...which is the National Day of Pi, as well as my birthday. Whether you choose to participate or not, you can follow on Instagram with the hashtag #WeekOfPi. There's already a lot of peeps joining me for the Pi party, and I'm looking forward to all the fun!
Finally, I runfess, I was getting bored with the bland color scheme of my current Brooks Adrenalines. What to do? I switched out the boring grey laces for some blue laces (that I'd switched out of another pair of shoes). Presto!
Well, that's the latest and (sort of) greatest. Although Spring isn't official for a couple more weeks, it's exciting that Winter is pretty much in the rear window. I still haven't spotted that first robin, but my magnolia tree is budding and the grass is looking more green and less muddy.
How was your week? Any accomplishments or milestones? Weekend racing? Upcoming races?
Pi Week sounds fun! I also love the new laces in your shoes. What a great way to add some fun color. Nice job on your 50k!ReplyDelete
The 50K was a bit of a spontaneous idea...but go big or go home, LOL ;-)Delete
Glad you got some nicer temps this week! We also had a taste of spring and summer this week. I need to bring back my daily walks too. Enjoy your PI streak!ReplyDelete
Welp, we're back to full-on Winter this morning...I bet there's 5-7 inches of snow out there.Delete
We missed out on the warm up yesterday up here in Wisco--crazy how close we were yet so far...ReplyDelete
Have fun Pi-ing!
The Pi Challenge has been a fun way to celebrate another trip around the sun!Delete
I was reminded this week that with spring temps often comes lots of wind and mud. You just have to make the best of it. Have fun with Pi week!ReplyDelete
Oh, I think we've had the wind, on-going, since last Fall (?)...but it is what it is. Momma N ain't taking that gift away.Delete
You’re right, we don’t mind when spring weather teases us!ReplyDelete
LOL, yes, Tunde’s classes are meant for 1-3 lb weights. I’m impressed you made it through any of it with 8s!
Those blue laces are the perfect touch!
I think I have 2 (or 3?) pound weights. I never use them, but I'll be adding them to the Tunde Time workouts ;-)Delete
Our temps are up and down... today they are up but rain... then they'll be going back down..ReplyDelete
Still get out there 4x a eek no matter what.
GL with your PI week.
No race this weekend but a 5 miler next.
I think Pi Week will be starting with a snow-covered jaunt tomorrow (We got dumped on overnight).Delete
This warmer weather definitely has us itching for Spring!ReplyDelete
Kudos to using the 8 lb weights. I have not graduated from my 3 lb ones yet...lol
I did not know March 14 was your birthday. Happy Birthday in advance!
I actually have a set of 2 or 3-pound weights, but I have not used them forever. I need to dig those out of hibernation!Delete
I'll happily join you for some Pi Week workouts and since I so often walk or run 5K, it will be perfect for me. Sorry our ride together didn't work out yesterday, but hopefully soon!ReplyDelete
I love your shoe makeover! I'm not so sure I would have thought of that.
I have swapped out a lot of laces, so I have a stash of "rejected" ones just waiting rebirth. Yes, I'd be delighted to have you Pi with me ;-)Delete
A solid week for you, and I'd say you're well prepared for your PI week.ReplyDelete
It's supposed to get warm today, but still windy (all day) and definitely chilly this morning. I don't think Winter is in our rear view mirror quite yet here, but maybe the snow will be after today!
UGh, we got a good 5-7 inches of snow last night!Delete
Sounds like a great week! Spring weather is exciting but unsettled (hence the tornado warnings.) Sounds like you're enjoying it to the fullest!ReplyDelete
Have fun with Pi week- 3.14 miles fits right in with what I'm doing lately so I'll do some Pi runs with you!
Our Spring just reverted back to Winter...more snow overnight...make it go away...Delete
I'm so so excited for spring weather...I'm heading to Michigan this week to visit my parents and it was 67 there yesterday but of course it gets chilly again when I arrive, ha :) Will be great to see my mom though.ReplyDelete
I love the idea of Pi week and may join you- it's pretty rare that I don't cover 3.14 at least with dogs walks even on rest days. Great way to celebrate an upcoming birthday! And cheers to an actual happy hour post-run, looks delicious!
Thanks for hosting the link-up!
I'm definitely ready for warmer weather. Winter just ain't my gig.Delete
Yes we have spring weather this weekend and I love it! If this is teasing then I'm all for it.ReplyDelete
The Spring teasing is all fun and games...until the Winter reality comes crashing back, LOLDelete
Another great week for you Kim with a great mix of workouts!ReplyDelete
Looking forward to joining you for Pi Week :)
Yay!!!! I'm glad you'll be Pi'ing with me ;-)Delete
Yay Pi week! Was just thinking I needed to ping you about it. I'm in and will go read coffee if there are any further instructions, attire etc.ReplyDelete
Love the lights edit on while you were sleeping.
I am all for weather teases.
Looking forward to the best Pi party ever ;-)Delete
Hooray for happy hour! Those drinks look delicious. Great job getting in all of your workouts, and that 50K bike ride!ReplyDelete
The 50K bike ride was a fun thing to do...I like doing long rides during the summer season, so I wanted to work one into my "winter" season ;-)Delete
I feel like it's only been 6 months since the last #WeekOfPi!! Goodness, how fast the year has flown by. I'll definitely do some Pi Runs with you!ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree the year has gone fast! I look forward to having you along for the Pi party!Delete
Oh, I know you love this time of year!ReplyDelete
Spring is kind of subjective here, but it's definitely warmed up and the mornings are brighter!