It was quite the week in Iowa.
The temps were warm. The humidity was high. The sunshine was strong.
And I loved (most) every minute of it.
I mean, it IS July. Even when the temps get uncomfortable, there's always plenty to love about the summer season.
Before I share the sizzlin' 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, here's what went down in my little world of fitness this week:
Next up: The weekly hilly ride out to the lake on the bike path. Yowza. Can I whine for a split second about the crazy wind, again? We're talking 11mph wind when we started (around 5:15) and 14mph wind by the time we finished (just after 6:00). Yeah, there was ZERO down-hill coasting on the way out, but a generous tail wind on the way back (at one point my bike's computer showed we were going 33mph on one of the downhills). Barb joined Amy and I this week, and her and I rode a few bonus miles after we'd returned to town, ending the day with 18 biking miles.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. As mentioned, it was a rather balmy week. I choose to embrace the heat with comfy clothing in fun colors and patterns. A decent pair of shades is a must, and some strappy sandals don't hurt.
This was also Week-1 of Matty's Hot Five Core Challenge (on Peloton). Basically, he's chosen five different core workouts, for Monday-Friday, to be completed over the course of five weeks. I'm glad to already have the first week under my belt (yes, pun intended, LOL).
Here's the latest gardening highlight...this special lily. It came with the house (we've been here 20 years). It bloomed every summer, for the first several years we were in Iowa. Then it went dormant for awhile, and I thought it had died. Following my knee surgery, in 2017, the lily was in full bloom when I returned home after my week-long stay in the hospital. The following year, it bloomed, but with two blossoms. It's bloomed every year since. It was late-blooming this year, but three (of the four) blossoms had opened by Saturday afternoon.
So, that's another (hot and humid) week in the books. Summer seems to be flying by...hard to believe July is already winding down.
How was your week? Hot and humid weather as well? Any tough runs outdoors, or have you kept the fitness indoors with the heat? Any races or significant workouts that need mentioned?