Back in maintenance mode, and things are feeling fine.
Admittedly, I love the excitement and anticipation of a big race dictating my summer running. That said, I gotta runfess, it's also nice not having to strategize (almost) every fitness endeavor I choose to do.
Such was the case this week. I'm still embracing the low mileage gig (in terms of running), and I'm saddling-up the bike whenever the weather is favorable. And, I'm smiling as I do so.
Before I get into 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, this was a week of easy-does-it (well, sort of, LOL). There was a lot of activity, but most of it was low-impact. Running saw 18 miles; walking had 24 miles; biking dominated with 86 miles (mainly due to Sunday's 50-miler). Strength-training was more conservative, with one barre workout and a couple of upper-body workouts, but I think all the gardening made up for that.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. With the warm temps, I was feeling tropical. I'd gotten this dress several years ago, while in Hawaii, and Friday's perfect weather seemed like a perfect day to reminisce about all things Hawaiian.
As mentioned, there was another full moon run! I met Barb and Allison at 9:00PM, thinking we'd run about 3-4 miles and easily see the moon by the time we'd finished. WRONG! We saw plenty of stars overhead, but the moon was playing a naughty game of Hide and Seek. We kept running, thinking it would emerge from the horizon (we thought there must have been some low-lying clouds), but after we'd reached the 6-mile mark, we gave up and parted ways. Ironically, upon returning home, I let Max out around 10:15, and by then the moon was shining quite vividly. Oh, and it was a crazy hot evening with a 99F feels-like! We were grateful for that wind!
Weeds, weeds, and more weeds. Actually, this was more renegade grass than anything, but it was literally taking over all of my garden plots. As mentioned, the majority of the blades of grass were waist-high (and I'm a tall gal). I filled four over-flowing wheel barrows with the stuff, and dumped all of it into the bed of our Ranger to haul away. Keep in mind, many of those blades of grass had to be pulled individually, LOL. Yes, I did procrastinate this endeavor (so that's on me), but it honestly came in so quickly (from the recent rain and extreme temps). We have triple-digit feels-like temps headed our way for most of this next week, so I knew it was now or never to get this work done.
So, that's this week's story! It was hot and humid, but I'll take it. At least it wasn't snowing, right?
How did your week play out? Seasonal weather? Do you have any gardening that you let slide...only to have a major overhaul when you (finally) have time to tackle it? Any races on the summer calendar?