Things had been a little crazy of late, fitness-wise, and my body was ready for a well-deserved break.
So, how about a week of (somewhat) easy-peasy recovery?
While my recovery looks different from that of others (as it should...none of us have the exact same routine, nor do our bodies need the exact same recovery regimen), I could tell it was due time for a low-key week. I kept the running mileage ultra conservative, I scaled-back on the biking, and I even caught a few extra hours of snoozing (yes, me!).
Are you curious how that all played out?Before I share some of the highlights, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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Anyways, here's what went down this week, in my little corner of the fitness universe:
After work, the #5at5PM was on! All I can say is Oof. Remember those squats from Tuesday morning? Well, the DOMS staged a mighty appearance by mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Not only did I have to step lightly (because, ouch!), but the temps had climbed (to the mid-80F's) and the wind had picked up. Also, there's a lot more traffic to deal with at 5PM than we usually see 12 hours prior. But, at least it wasn't snowing (#GlassHalfFull).
Later, I met Amy at the bike path, after work, for our weekly ride. This ride was more challenging than anticipated. The wind was minimal (5mph), but it was out of the southwest. so we had to fight it all the way out (in other words, no downhill coasting). Coming back, we barely noticed any semblance of a tailwind, and had almost non-stop pedaling on the return trip as well. The warm temps felt great, though, and we beat the rain...the dark clouds were chasing us all the way back into town.
Anyways, I think I did well in keeping things low-key. My running miles were capped at 12. Walking was moderate, with 19 miles. Even biking took a brief sabbatical (early in the week), and finished with 51 total miles. The strength workouts were legit, but not overly strenuous. I'm feeling good!
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Is there any better color combo than the classic black and white? As much as I love all things colorful and bright, even I cannot deny the allure and appeal of these two color staples. Add some chunky and funky jewelry and silver sandals, and you're good to go.
Barb and I had plans for a mid-morning Saturday run in nearby Newton (about 20 miles down the road), but the sky suddenly clouded over and rain appeared just after I returned from my ride. This event was part of the statewide Iowa Brewery Running Series. I'm not a beer drinker, so this wasn't on my radar, but Barb found it. It was an untimed run that started and ended at the Gizellig Brewery. We had the rain. We had numerous hills. We had some narrow sidewalks, plenty of puddles, and a very scenic trail. And, we ran a very speedy 5K...and we were the first two gals to finish.
And, finally, isn't it fun to get all glitzed up for an evening out? Barb, Kelsey and myself spent Saturday evening at the Des Moines Heart Ball, an event fundraiser for the American Heart Association. There was non-stop sequins, delicious food and drink, and many heart disease survivors were celebrated.
So, that's a wrap on another week of fitness and fun. We have a hot week of record-breaking temps in store for us in Iowa. I can assure you, I'm looking forward to it as I ease back into maintenance mode!
How did your week play out? Training, maintaining or recovery? Good weather? Any races?