How about a sweet fast-forward right into Summer?
Momma N really had her game messed up this week! She kept forcing the wind on us (pretty much on the daily), but she also abruptly upped the temps by 40-ish degrees. As much as I embrace the heat of summer, I do appreciate a bit of an acclimation, thank you very much. I will gladly take it, though, and give winter a final kick to its backside.
Fresh off a challenging 10K race, my body was more than ready for some recovery time. The heat and humidity, in a sense were pretty well-timed in that I didn't have a lot of intense outdoor fitness stuff on tap for the week...so maybe Momma N did me a favor?
Before I dis on the details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down
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So, here's what went down this week...
Sunday - Momma N's revenge at the Des Moines Women's Half/10K/5K!
If you recall, I'd done the Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, so Sunday was day-2 of action with a race bib. Barb and I left town at 6:30ish to get to Des Moines (an hour away) in time for the 8:00 start. There was rain in the forecast, and we saw lightning as we drove along I-80. Upon arrival, we learned the race had been delayed 30 minutes. A short while later, it was further delayed to 9:00, and the half marathon had been canceled (but participants were encouraged to run the 10K). We were registered for the 10K, so the delay really didn't affect our "racing" plan. I'll post a recap this next week, but suffice it to say the wind was an unrelenting monster (it went from 23mph to 25mph in the course of an hour!). We did have a little bit of rain, midway through the race, but it wasn't heavy. Somehow, I pulled off a 3rd place AG with a 56:28 finish. We had to rush back home, afterwards, for Mother's Day stuff, and I crashed (on the couch) for a couple of hours...and did not move much for the rest of the evening.
Never miss a Monday!
How about starting the day with a recovery run? Or a windy run? Or a sunrise-enhanced run? Or, all of the above? My legs were feeling tired, and my energy was sub-par, but recovery runs work like magic for me...so I gave it a shot. I walked a half mile to the college campus, ran a couple 1-mile laps, then walked back home. Boom! All better (for the most part). The wind was crazy ((again)), but the temps were nice, so my friend and I got in two 1-mile walks at work.
With the suddenly warm temps (umm, that would be almost 70F in the early morning), I took my Tuesday Tunde 2-fer workout outdoors. Twenty minutes of light weights and lots of toning, and that's all she wrote. Also another 2-fer with the walk breaks at work.
Double Workout Wednesday!
Barb and I met for our weekly #5at5, and I may have been a tiny bit giddy. The temps were indeed summer-like (73F and humid) and we had daylight pretty much from the second mile on! It won't be long before we can leave the Noxgear vests and Knuckle Lights at home.
Later, after work, it was time to reincarnate the weekly rides on the hilly bike path. Amy and I had some serious work ahead of us on this first day back on the trail. The hills had not changed (though they may have felt a bit bigger, LOL), but Momma N released more wrath on us with the heat, humidity and the obnoxious wind. It was Krystal's first big ride (she's my new bike), and it was kind of a baptism by fire in more ways than one. Ugh, those 15 miles were tough!
It was another balmy morning, but all I had on deck (literally) was a couple of stacked upper-body workouts. BTW, isn't it sweet when the weights and your outfit color-coordinate with the morning sky? I'd thought of doing another bike ride after work, but the wind was (still) rather obnoxious, so I took a pass.
I took Krystal for her first sunrise ride Friday morning (12 miles). Wow, I have really missed those early morning rides! Up until this week, it had simply been too cold and too windy, but Friday rewarded me with a perfect early morning setting. Later, there was a quick 1-mile walk at work, and a 2.5-mile walk after dinner.
Saturday's agenda - Market-to-Market Relay!
Six other gals, and myself, took part in the Market-to-Market Relay. This was an all-day endeavor...we left town at 4:45 in the morning and I walked back into my house just after 10:00 that night. We had hot weather, dusty roads, and plenty of laughter over the course of 76 miles (14 total miles for me, over the course of three relay legs). Stay tuned...recap coming soon!
What's on tap for Sunday?
Depending on the weather, I may go for a longish bike ride, to give the legs some flushing-out, and there will be some walking. In the evening, there's another full moon run happening.
So, this week was a delicate mix of recovery (from the Climb and the DSM Women's 10K) and preparation/taper for Saturday's Market to Market Relay. The running mileage stayed low (12 miles), but had 14ish more miles added to it from M2M (26 total miles for the week). Biking also stayed very conservative (27 miles). Walking was decent, with 12 miles (plus a lot of back-and-forth during the M2M as well...probably a good 3-4 miles of constant motion in between the relay runs). I kept the strength work limited to upper-body, but continued my daily core workouts (as well as daily leg lifts, push-ups and planking). I'm looking forward to a few weeks of maintenance as I await the DAM to DSM 13.1 (June 4th).
In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair.
With the suddenly-summer tropical weather, why not dress the part? This is a fun, beachy vibe top I got while in Florida earlier this year. Until this past week, though it had been just hanging in my closet. I have a feeling it's going to see a lot of action in the next few months.
The flowers and perennials are going nutzo in my yard! The tulips and daffodils looked absolutely beautiful just last weekend...but took a major hit with the crazy warm temps this week.
Sigh. The magnolia tree also morphed from a blossoming thing of beauty to full-on green leaves...in a matter of a few short days. All the blossoms were shed as the leaves pushed through. At least this year, we were able to actually enjoy their beauty and vibrant colors for a few weeks. Usually, they just start blossoming when a late-arriving ice storm, heavy rain, or surprise hard frost zaps them.
So there you go! Summer arrived on the scene in full force, Monday afternoon, and stuck around all week. We do have cooler, more seasonal, temps in the forecast (back to the 60F-70F's), but it looks like Winter is finally a thing of the past (at least for a few months, LOL).
How did your week play out? Does it still feel like Winter, or did Summer make an early appearance? Any significant workouts that need mention? Any weekend racing?
Summer suddenly came here too! I just decided it is probably ok to put away our winter coats finally. Now I need to get used to running in the heat! The market to market event sounds fun. Nice job!ReplyDelete
I finally got the remaining gloves and fleece headbands washed and stowed away ;-)Delete
We had a lot of the same weather here. Good job on that windy race!! Which is worst though, wind or rain during a race? I think it's wind! Market-to-Markets sounds like a really good time. Hope you are catching up on your sleep :)ReplyDelete
Oh, wind is definitely much worse than rain!Delete
We had similar conditions this week--it made for some challenging runs this week! Congrats on your AG award. The relay sounds like fun.ReplyDelete
The relay is a blast!Delete
You sure packed a ton into your week! congrats on 2 successful races. Looking forward to reading more. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
I tried to keep the week low-key...but things have a way of creeping back into my schedule ;-)Delete
At this point I don't think there is any weather condition that you haven't raced in. Congrats on telling Momma N who's boss! Even though I'm already feeling the heat, summer really is my favorite season. I love having the light by 6am.ReplyDelete
It's no secret the Summer is my favorite season! These recent early mornings, with sunshine and warm temps, have had me embarrassingly giddy ;-)Delete
It was cooler here this week than there, but it appears spring is finally here to stay!ReplyDelete
I"m glad you've already gotten to take Krystal out for a spin or two! I'm heading out for a bike ride shortly!
Thanks for the recap and have a great week!
Krystal and I have already spent a lot of time together ;-) We're going to have a great summer riding season!Delete
What a busy week of activity for you! Yes, the conditions were a shock to the system. Heat without acclimation is tough. Your relay sounds like all kinds of crazy fun!ReplyDelete
I love the heat, more than most people...but an acclimation is very necessary!Delete
That was a whole lot of fitness this week! We were lucky that the humidity didn't move in until yesterday.ReplyDelete
Glad that you're able to finally bike outside again!
It really feels great to be back on a real bike!Delete
Ooh, I can't wait for your race recaps! Especially the relay- that must have been an amazing day. It's funny, your early morning runs were hotter than mine! We had some really pleasant mornings that started out in the mid-60s. Glad you got to enjoy some warmth, but that wind sounds brutal!ReplyDelete
I'll have the relay recap ready next week...this was the first time I've been on a team of just girls. I'd always been on a co=ed team with some co-workers.Delete
Congrats on the relay! That sounds lke a lot of fun without the complete sleep deprivation of Ragnar. ;-)ReplyDelete
Yay on taking your new bike out. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised it wasn’t an easy ride!
Yeah, that bike path is a tough one...but that's what makes it exciting!Delete
The morning picture from Thursday just looks so lovely! I'm not a "morning" person, but nothing beats refreshing morning exercise when the temperature is just perfect.ReplyDelete
We've had sun ALL week (rain today for the first time, but we need it); lots of wind.
I did a 5 km + a 6 km run back-to-back which actually felt okay. One day my husband and I did a 15 km hike. I have to be really careful about overdoing it on exercise due to some health issues, so I've pulled back this weekend. I did a 4 km walk with the kids yesterday and felt exhausted by the end, so I'm aiming to fit in my daily 1 km walk (still going strong/daily since January 1st), and that will be it.
And then this week my goal is to run my old favourite running route (~8.5km) for the first time. I think I can do it?!
YOU are doing great with your walking streak, and just being active in general ;-) Great job!!Delete
Look at those flowers! Good work this week as ever. It's gone quite warm here and last weekend it was really sunny for our trip to the seaside to see my cousins and auntie - I came home with a tan!ReplyDelete
The flowers area looking so beautiful just in the past 10 days or so!Delete
I miss when spring was a thing! This flash forward to summer is just mean. Way to go on all the activity this week. Something about coming home late and dusty (or muddy, in my case) that is just childhood all over again and part of what I love about running.ReplyDelete
Oh, I came home Saturday night in a very dirty and exhausted state! I had several layers of salt and grime on every inch of my body.Delete
You certainly had a busy week! Congrats on your AG. Looking forward to reading your recap.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Michelle! I tried to keep the week low-key...but easier said than done, right?Delete
I feel like we are going straight to Summer here as it's supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday - I am NOT ready!ReplyDelete
Although my allergies don't like them, I love all the photos of the pretty flowers. The colors are so vibrant.
Awesome job on your 3rd place AG win at the race!
Well, I am ready for Summer...but Momma N didn't give us any warning, LOLDelete
You are a racing machine... lolReplyDelete
I go to Florida for summer temps and while I'm gone it's summer where I live!!
Thanks for reminding me that I need to get on my bike!!
Yes, Darlene, saddle up that bike and go!Delete
Nice workouts! I am always sad when the magnolia trees lose their blooms. They are so much prettier with flowers. it's summer here, now. Nice and hot and humiid. Boo.ReplyDelete