While the calendar still says "Winter," I dare say we got a substantial taste of Spring this week.
In addition to the mostly mild temps, we also had the requisite wind (pretty much on the daily). You know, Momma N wouldn't want it any other way. Thankfully, she was generous with the sunshine and very stingy with the rain (no complaints on that!).
As for all things on the fitness front, I front-loaded the week in preparation for my first race of 2023...
But, before I dis on the deets, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
Anyways, here's what went down in my little world of fitness this week:
We'd had rain in the morning, but it tapered off by mid-afternoon. After work, I got out for a 3-mile run. Crazy how 41F temps (with 19mph wind) don't feel too uncomfortable this time of year. I tried to keep this run easy-paced, but my legs decided they wanted a moderately progressive run instead (splits: 10:01/9:40/9:35). Oh well.
The spring-like temps were fabulous, so Michele and I were again able to get in two 1-mile walks during our work breaks. As the day wore on, though, the wind picked up. By the time I'd gotten home, things were crazy. Ironically, my 5-mile run surprised me with decently-paced splits, especially after the turn-around (9:42/9:38/9:46/9:47/9:39). Things that make you go hmmm...
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. March Madness is upon us, and I'm an avid NCAA basketball fan. The UofIA women's team defeated Purdue Friday evening in the Big-10 tournament...and also defeated Maryland Saturday afternoon. They play Ohio State, late Sunday afternoon, for the championship! BTW, the Iowa women won the tournament last year, just saying.
Week of Pi update. The fourth annual Week of Pi was due to begin this coming Wednesday. In light of a Thursday appointment with the pain specialist (with a probable steroid injection), I decided it was best to switch the start day to my actual birthday (instead of ending on that day, as I had in years past). So, Day-1 will be on Tuesday, March 14th this year. For those who are new to the blog, Week of Pi is a 7-day streak of daily 3.14-mile runs in celebration of my Pi Day birthday (previous recaps: 2020, 2021, 2022). If you feel like joining the party, for a day (or more), I'd love some company! You can run, walk or bike 3.14 miles (virtually) with me any day March 14th through the 20th.
Lastly, Barb and I road-tripped to Omaha Saturday for the Leprechaun Chase 10K.We also drove back home afterwards (the race didn't start until 4:00), which made for a very long (but very fun!) day. Stay tuned...recap coming this next week!
Anyways, that's the latest!
How did last week's workouts play out for YOU? Any crazy, windy weather? Any races?