Well, this was a week that kept me going HMMM on the daily!
The weather kept changing (not necessarily in a bad way). The recent (mild) drama with the glute and hip flexor took turns as to which was feeling better (sometimes it was both at the same time!). And the running staged a conservative comeback.
Yeah, things that made me go HMMM, indeed.
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Anyways, here's what went down this week in my world of fitness:
The forecast was showing rain for Wednesday, so Amy and I did our bike path ride a day early. I must have weather amnesia, because 73F really felt cold on the bike. Granted, we weren't able to get started until almost 6:00 (instead of our usual 5:15ish time), but still. Brrr. And, we were big time chasing daylight by the time we got back to town an hour later. Sixteen miles done; Ride #22 of the season.
After work, I tested out the body with a 3-miler (short walk breaks at each mile mark). A little bit of stiffness, and a slower-than-desired pace, but things felt alright. I also saddled-up Gustavas (the lonely mountain bike) for a short 6-mile shake-out ride before the daylight was gone.
So, how to summarize this crazy roller-coaster-like week? Well, I'm feeling good; better than expected, actually. This week was a big improvement with 12 miles of running. Walking saw 17 miles, and biking (again) dominated with 68. I was almost ecstatic to return to the stairway, a sign that I really need to bring those workouts back more often. The strength workouts served me well, too. No complaints!
The IMT Des Moines Half Marathon is next Sunday, and it's too late for online registration changes so that gives me this next week to really assess my situation. I could probably push through and run 13.1 miles (no doubt with walk breaks), but it may be in my best interest to simply switch to the 5K (which I'll have to do at packet pick-up). Stay tuned.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. The temps began a huge plummet (complete with an overnight frost advisory #YIKES!), so we were fully covered, LOL. I even had to dig, literally, to find the black ankle booties. But, I was proudly repping the black and gold for my Iowa Hawkeyes, and feeling quite comfy in this textured high-low sweater.
I had to get to work early, Friday morning, to oversee the "on-site" flu shot clinic at the office. Therefore, there was no time for a sunrise walk...but I caught a glimpse of the sunrise from my car. Mission accomplished.
Finally, an interesting tidbit regarding the Key West Half Marathon. I ran the virtual event last January, and the swag was killer (long-sleeve tech shirt, with artsy graphics, and funky medal, see below). The 2023 swag was recently revealed, and I found it kind of #meh. Fate really played in my favor for the 2022 event.
So, that's it for this past week. As mentioned, although things are still iffy with my glute/hip "issue," Saturday's 5-mile run had me feeling like I've at least turned the corner. I'm going to continue to keep things low-key this next week...after all, I'm technically tapering regardless of which distance I run next weekend, right?
Your turn! How was YOUR week? Any training highlights? Any injury rally-backing that's left you feeling optimistic? What about your weather...any sub-freezing temps thus far?