The heat was on in Iowa this past week.
Believe me, that's not a complaint...but it certainly was a steamy week, weather-wise. I'm grateful for air-conditioning, and the creative ability to cleverly find new ways to deal with my hair when the humidity tries to wreak havoc with it.
Above all else, I'm just thankful we don't have to worry about snow, ice or sub-freezing wind chill. It's really the little things...
Before I share all the sultry 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 corner of the fitness universe this week:
While I was running, a text message had popped in from Amy. I didn't read the message until after I'd finished the race, but she was inviting me to join her and her hubby (again, LOL) for another long bike ride later in the morning. My hubby was out of town, so I checked with the youngest daughter (who was already planning to come to town anyways) to ensure Max would have some company while I was riding. Barb and I rushed home, and I had about 10 minutes to clean-up, change clothes, let Max out for a minute, and then load my bike onto Mike's truck. We road-tripped to Adel, and arrived at the Raccoon River Valley Trail around 11:30. We had cloud cover for most of the day, which made for ideal riding conditions amidst the humid weather. Long story short, we ended the day with 50 miles!
So, the weather was hot, and it was was humid this week. Guess what? That's typical for July in Iowa, LOL. There definitely was plenty of sweat equity earned...running saw only 13 miles, but walking had 15 and biking dominated with 112. I passed on lower-body-focused strength this week, due to all the biking, but had a great upper-body workout (Thursday) and some Barre classes served me well. Ironically, the lower running mileage doesn't seem to be affecting my "racing" performance, probably due to all the biking I'm doing instead...so why mess with a good thing?
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Hot temps call for cool dressing. This favorite tank top is not only sleeveless, but the cool tones of the bright turquoise color just looks (and feels) refreshing. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
As mentioned, there was another full moon run this week, on Wednesday evening. Only, the super moon (also referred to as the Buck Moon) played Hide & Seek behind the clouds. This also happened for June's full moon run. Barb and Allison met me at 8:30, planning on five miles (on our usual #5at5 route). When we didn't see the moon upon finishing, we ran another mile or so...and finally white-flagged it. Later, around 10:30, when I took Max out for his pre-bedtime business, there it was!
So, there you have it! Another week of fun and fitness all wrapped up and tied with a bow.
How did your week play out? Have you been enjoying (or dealing with) some heat and humidity? Did you catch the super moon? Any racing this weekend?