It was a Heavy On The Pedals kind of week, and the timing was immaculate.
After all, my right hip has been in a funk recently and I have a couple of races coming up. Why not give the compromised body parts a rest and have a little more fun on the bike(s)?
Besides, the bike therapy is three-fold: my endurance is enhanced, my legs are strengthened and the creaky joints get some recovery time. Honestly, it's a triple-win!
Read on for all the deets...
...but first things first: 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 corner of the universe this week:
By mid-morning, the temps were on the rise as we loaded the bikes and headed to Solon (about 70 miles down the road) for a day of riding with our friends, Mike and Amy. Of course, in true Iowa fashion, we had plenty of wind on the return trip of our out-and-back trek along the Hoover Trail.
Later, after work, I met Amy for our weekly (hilly) ride. It wasn't just hilly, but it was hot and crazy windy as well. Have you ever attempted a hilly ride against a 16mph headwind? Suffice it to say, there's no downhill coasting, LOL. As mentioned, this day marked the 5-year anniversary of Volde entering my life (he's the 6-inch scar on my knee). No, we didn't commemorate the day with cake or ice cream, but we did take a 2-mile walk, following our hilly adventure in the late afternoon wind.
Overall, not a bad week! I was a good girl, took my own advice, and stayed out of the running shoes for the most part. After Monday's 2-miler, I held off until Thursday evening before hitting the pavement, and I think that was a good call for me. I ended the week with 12 miles of running, 19 miles of walking, and 116 miles on the bike(s). My two strength sessions were intense, but short (just the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it).
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. The day was a little on the dreary side. We didn't have any rain, but the sky looked like it was on the verge of down-pouring until late in the day. My solution? Wear some bright colors and bring your own sunshine. This sleeveless sweater is one of my hand-knit creations, and is a great lightweight piece for summer.
As mentioned, Barb and I went to a sponsored group run Thursday evening. A Des Moines-based running store hosted the event at the Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny, and the Altra rep was there. I've never tried Altras before, and found out they weren't a great fit for me. Of course, it may have been the 3-day running sabbatical, the hour-long car ride, the time of day, and (quite possibly) the extreme heat and humidity all worked against me as well. It was a 4-mile run (two miles out-and-back), and it was a major struggle. My Garmin also died, so I didn't know (until we finished) we'd been running a 9:12 pace! Major oops!
So there you go. Another week down, another week of fun in the summer sun. I'm hoping things continue on the upswing for my hip. I don't plan on overdoing the miles this next week, either. I have a 5K Monday morning, and a 10K Saturday evening...both events are ones that I've placed at numerous times before, so there is some self-inflicted pressure to continue that tradition (LOL). I bought a new Garmin Saturday (after our biking event), so I'm hoping to have that charged and set-up for these two upcoming races. Fingers crossed this new toy is user-friendly!
How did things go for you this week? Hot weather? Any great workouts? Struggle-bus runs? 4th of July races?