Well, it was another one of those weeks.
Things were (mostly) decently cheerful in my little corner of the world, for which I'm quite grateful. But, as we all know, there was some heart-breaking #ish happening elsewhere.
I don't have answers, nor am I going to preach about Eliza's tragedy or the loss of the Queen. I trust most everyone else shares in my frustration, anger, and grief. There's strength in our solidarity, though, and there's comfort in our coping outlets, via fitness.
And, that's what I'm choosing to focus on, for this blog post.
Before I share all the deets of the week, 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 this week...in terms of fitness and fun:
Later, Barb and I headed to Altoona (40ish minutes west) for a group run with the Altoona Running Club. With it being Cy-Hawk Week (my University of Iowa Hawkeyes were facing their in-state rivals, the Iowa State Cyclones, on Saturday), one of the Des Moines TV stations hosts "rally nights," each evening, in various towns. This particular night, they were in Altoona...how convenient, right? After running two miles (substantially faster than I'd run the other two miles, 12 hours prior, LOL), Barb and I got our pic with Herky (Iowa's mascot). Go Hawks!
After work, I met up with Amy for our weekly ride out to the lake (this was ride #18!). Like last week, the heat was high and the wind was low, so this adventure on wheels was a major sweat fest. But, I never regret taking on those hills...even with the 100+ grasshoppers pelting me along the route.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. As mentioned, it was Cy-Hawk Week in the state of Iowa. We had a tailgate potluck at work, so a bunch of us wore our team (or alma mater's) colors.
Well, Saturday's Cy-Hawk didn't end favorably for the Hawks. Oh well. The oldest Cyclone daughter joined me for some tailgating fun. We didn't make it to the (rainy) game, but we did get in 5ish miles of walking! I can't complain about the day at all.
Lastly, although the full moon wasn't "official" until Friday, we opted to do our monthly run an evening early. Barb and Allison and I met up at 8:30 on Thursday night. The temps were wonderful (mid-70F's), the sky was clear, and the Harvest Moon was huge (although it looks itty-bitty in the pics). With the (chilly) fall-preview temps of recent, this evening's run was reminiscent of the summer weather I love. Four miles of bliss, with running friends, made for a great evening.
So, there you have it. Another week of fitness fun, and I'm ever grateful for the role it plays in my life. As I said on Facebook, it serves a lot more than just physical well-being...it also gives me solace, peace and strength in coping with life's ups and downs.
How did your week go? Any favorite workouts to brag about? Did you catch the harvest moon? Did you take part in the Finish Eliza's Run this weekend?