This week was all about recovering and riding, which made for a perfect pair.
Fresh off the Market-to-Market Relay (and my 14-mile contribution), my body was ready for some down time. As I have said many times, if I've said it once, my body prefers recovery-in-motion. What better way to spend some quality time with Krystal (the new bike), getting to know one another?
My running muscles appreciated the TLC that the bike provides. My entire body benefited from the cardio fix. And my mind and soul soaked up all those feel-good vibes from being outdoors. Talk about your triple wins!
Before I dis on the deets, 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 down this week, in my little corner of the universe:
Although the morning temps were on the chilly side, by mid-morning, things were feeling much warmer. We did get in our two (1-mile) walks, but after work I set out for some running miles. I knew the wind was going to pick up (which is why I opted to do my ride in the morning and saved the run for after work), but Momma really unleashed her wrath on me. The temps had shot up to the upper-80F's (which normally aren't a deal-breaker for me), but the wind had also jumped to 23mph. I guess the wind was a blessing (considering the heat), but yowza. I'm glad I brought along water (with electrolytes) and worked in some walk intervals. I'd considered going five miles, but shortened the run to four miles with no regrets.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! Oh, does it feel good to pull out some of the summer pieces that have been hibernating. Also, it feels great to be back in sandals, especially these funky sparkling ones. Have you been transitioning your wardrobe for the warmer temps and upcoming summer fun?
As mentioned, another full moon run was on last Sunday evening's roster. Although my body was in recovery mode (from the M2M Relay, the day prior), I had purposely kept things low-key during the day on Sunday. Actually, by the time we ran under the moon, it had been almost 27 hours since my feet had seen running shoes, LOL. The Sunday evening temps were pleasant, and we were blessed (again) with a clear sky. We also saw the start of the eclipse as we were finishing up, around 10:00.
With the unusually (early) heat of summer last week, my flowers have been going crazy. Unfortunately, I think this may have been the shortest blooming season for my irises, ever. They don't usually make an appearance until the last week (or thereabouts) of May, but they came to life this week, and are just about finished. My front porch is a fragrant oasis with the lilies of the valley. The bleeding hearts are ablaze, and I just noticed the shasta daisies are already seeing some action.
So that's the latest and greatest!
How are things in your world? Did summer arrive rather early...and then promptly disappear? How are your flowers looking? Did you catch the full moon or the eclipse? Any races happening?