So, yeah. The weather, in Iowa, was anything but smooth this past week.
Extreme shifts in temps were the norm. We're talking mid-winter "feels" with the sub-freezing mornings and psychotic wind. There also was a much welcome 50-degree jump in temps, which catapulted us back to the heat of summer (minus the humidity).
Figuring out the clothing situation was a major guessing game. But, the good news? At least it wasn't snowing!
Before I dis on the deets, 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 world of fitness, amidst this week's weird weather:
Later...it had warmed up since morning, but it still felt chilly under the cloudy skies. I was eager to test out the grumpy glute, after a long day at the office. I got in a 3-mile run and called it good. Nothing hurt, but things are still feeling kind of tight (but did loosen up by the last mile). I also had a 3-mile walk in the evening, and that felt good.
So, it was an interesting week, jumping around (and sometimes hiding from) from the wacky weather. I also played a bit of the Recovery Game. keeping things pretty low-impact. The running mileage was very conservative (ummm...a whopping eight miles!). Walking was a bit on the conservative spectrum, as well (14 miles). Even the biking took a bit of a hit (42)...and that was alright. I was happy to hit the stairs again this week, and the upper-body strength work was legit. Going forward, I currently don't have any races on the calendar until the spring...but I may register for the Hillbilly Hike (5K or 10K) on November 5th (the jury's still out on that decision at the moment).
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. We all know it's October, and most of us are wearing pink. With the awesome temps, I didn't even need a jacket! I paired the hot pink button-down with cinnamon skinnies, and added the cheetah-print shoes. Why not?
Lastly, in an effort to become more Garmin savvy, as well as getting back to the routine of wearing a watch regularly (as opposed to constantly checking my phone for the time of day), I have been wearing the Garmin (mostly) on the daily. I have learned a few new-to-me features, so that's all good! I'm working on a blog post that will highlight some of the struggles with this learning curve...so, stay tuned for that as well.
Whew! It's been quite an interesting week! It's always nice to look back and see what all went down and have gratitude for having persevered through it. Am I right?
How was your week? Did your weather have a few (or several) wacky moments? Any training highlights? Upcoming races?