Let's just say it's been a tad bit windy.
Thankfully, we did have some warm days this week, and we also had a fair amount of sunshine. But that wind! Most days brought us wind speeds in the upper-teens and 20's. Nonetheless, whether it was a balmy breeze out of the south or a frigid blast from the north, the wind was a beast to battle.
Alas, it's a good thing I'm #IowaTough...
Before I disclose the windy 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:
After a warm week, the weekend's temps took a nasty plummet. We actually had snow ALL day on Sunday! Thankfully, nothing accumulated, and it all basically melted before it hit the ground, but YUCK. I had no desire to even venture out for a morning walk...umm, 36F temps with a feels-like of 23F, and 25mph wind? That would be a big #NoThanks. Besides, there was a 40K Garmin biking badge up for grabs...so I knocked out 25 miles on the bike. By late afternoon, the snow had turned to light sleet, but I did get out for a 2-mile walk without issue.
Never Miss a Monday.
The morning had me inside (again) with the 29mph wind, so 10 miles of biking sufficed (with some Tabata mixed in), as well as a short arm/shoulder workout (via Peloton). By late afternoon, the wind had mellowed to 18mph. Knowing I'd have some shelter at the lake, I drove over and ran three laps (three miles).
(Hopefully) a new Typical Tuesday.
The morning was cold, but not too windy (32F, with 6mph wind), so I took a 2-mile sunrise walk before work. The day warmed up nicely, so we got in our usual morning and afternoon walks at the office (two total miles). Then, drumroll, I took Gustavas out for a short 6-mile ride after work! Remember him, my mountain bike? He'd been in hibernation since October, LOL. Despite the crazy late afternoon wind (#again), it felt awesome to be back on the road with a bike helmet.
Double Workout Wednesday.
The morning's forecast had shown rain, so the day started indoors with some Barre and upper-body strength (Peloton app). Well, the rain never appeared. By mid-morning, the spring temps felt more like those of summer (high 70F's), complete with a balmy 14mph wind out of the south. We took advantage at work, and got our two "walking breaks" done.
After work, I decided to revisit some of the route I'd run last Saturday. There had been numerous discarded mini shot bottles on a 2-mile segment, so it was my mission to do some pre-Earth Day plogging. Ugh, all told, I picked up 19 empty bottles! More details are on Friday's post (HERE), but suffice it to say it was an exhausting 6-mile endeavor with the heat, the humidity, the wind, and the awkward bottle-filled bag to carry. But, I was ever-so-glad to do my part in trying to leave the streets better than I found them.
A very Thankful Thursday.
You know the drill...Thursdays are when the weekly virtual rides happen with Deb
and myself. So what if I'm rising and (sort of, LOL) shining at 4:30 CST? I'm an early bird, so it's no big whoop. The time goes so fast when you have someone to share the ride with, so to speak, and Thursday's 16 miles were no exception. Afterwards, I hustled outside for a quick 1-mile walk before heading to work. It got so cold and blustery, Michele and I only got in one walk during our morning break and took a pass on the afternoon.
Freeze Fest Friday.
It's been awhile since my last half marathon (umm, DAM to DSM
, last June!). My body was feeling good, and I had taken things pretty easy throughout the week, so I thought a short shakeout run would be a great way to keep the legs in motion without overdoing anything. Little did I know those two miles, in the glow of the sunrise, were well-timed. As the day wore on, the wind picked up and the temps took a nosedive...giving my area a freeze advisory that would remain in affect through Sunday! Say WHAT????
A Bonus Shake-Out Saturday.
With the Drake 13.1 happening on Sunday, there were race packets to be picked up. Barb and I decided to meet up with Scott (a runner friend from the area) and run a couple of shakeout miles around Grays Lake after hitting the expo. I'd also done 10 miles on the bike, obviously inside, prior to trekking to Des Moines. And the wind? Ugh...17mph amidst the 30F feels-like "spring" temps. Yeah, another winter rewind, LOL (hence the puffer vest). I also did a brisk 2-mile walk after dinner, and some upper-body strength work, just because.
...and what's happening on Sunday?
Oh, not much...just the 55th running of the Drake Road Races Half Marathon. It's gonna be cold (forecast is showing 30F, with "only" 5mph wind, LOL). It's gonna be sunny (fingers crossed that holds). And, it's gonna be hilly (that's a given). It's a race I've done numerous times, and the tough, hilly race course is truly part of its charm (call me crazy). I'm even breaking that race day faux pas of wearing the event jacket for the race itself. Stay tuned, I'll be sharing a race recap this next week.
So, in summary, it was a week of WIND. Honestly, the wind has been simply insane, but it certainly makes for great resistance training. I kept the running low-key; 13 miles logged in the running shoes. Walking wasn't anything stellar (due to the crazy wind, almost on the daily); 12 total miles of that. Biking was back within my usual range, and had a total of 67 miles in the saddle (six of which were outside!). Other than Wednesday's Barre class, there wasn't much for lower-body strength work (but plenty of stretching and Theragun'ing), and the three upper-body workout sessions were legit.
In case you missed out, here's what went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. As mentioned, Friday turned rather windy by mid-morning, and the wind never did lighten-up. My solution was the chunky-knit color-blocked cropped cardi (go ahead, try saying that three times fast). All the colors of spring and the warmth of winter, LOL.
Knock wood, the magnolia tree pretty much reached full bloom status this week! It survived last weekend's snow, sleet and rain, as well as all the crazy wind this week threw at it. If it can make it through the remaining hours of this weekend's freeze advisory, it should be good!
And, we have tulips!
Finally, remember my amaryllis bulbs? Pictured below is the bulb that started blooming last weekend. The stem on the left has four blooms, and the stem on the right currently has one bloom that has opened (but has four blooms in-waiting). It's so top-heavy, I had to move the pot to the floor to have the cabinet to lean up against.
So, that's the latest! It was a crazy week with all things wind, but all is well. We cannot control the weather, so it's best to just go with the flow (and laughing as much as possible).
How did your week play out? Any crazy wind (hot and balmy or cold and frigid)? Any especially fun or badass workouts that need mention? Any races, this weekend or upcoming?
Good luck on your race tomorrow!!!! Hopefully the wind will be a DNS.ReplyDelete
Well, the wind did not DNS...but it wasn't a game-changer, so that was good. Still, it was low-30F's, and that feels cold no matter how little (or how much) wind shows up at the start line.Delete
Good luck on your race today! I hope that sunshine keeps you warm! This weather is ridiculous.ReplyDelete
The sunshine was FaBuLoUs!Delete
Yes the weather is very up and down and right and left (with sideways snow) here too and I'm over it. I'm not sure our magnolia tree fared as well. Sigh. Have a great race!ReplyDelete
Last Sunday's snow was pure evil...glad we only had one day of it.Delete
Another race. How exciting. I'm pretty much over cold weather but wind is the worst. Hope todays goes well.ReplyDelete
The wind has been insane, for lack of a better word.Delete
Wow crazy you are still having such cold temps. Felt like summer here with crazy storms last night. Hope you have a super fun time today!ReplyDelete
Our temps are supposed to feel al little more seasonal this next week, but still not the summer bliss you're having.Delete
I hope your Drake Half is going well. Sounds like a cold day, but not as windy as it's been there. I'm so over the wind and we haven't had nearly as much as you.ReplyDelete
I so hope your magnolia buds make it through this weekend's freeze! And yay for tulip sightings - another sign of spring.
The single-digit wind was a blessing for the race. I'm glad we didn't have Saturday's or Friday's wind today!Delete
Good luck today! it shouldn't be that cold the end of April, but as long as it's sunny & not windy, I'd take that! I hope you have a fabulous time.ReplyDelete
Yeah, this IS late April, not late November, LOL. At least we've had a good share of sunshine.Delete
Good luck on your race! You're probably running as I write this. I'll be looking forward to the recap.ReplyDelete
Reading your blog has guaranteed that I'll never, ever be moving to Iowa (not that there was much chance of that anyway.) All that wind sounds REALLY unpleasant! I don't want to be #IowaTough (I'll settle for being #FloridaTough, ha ha.)
And I'd gladly be #FloridaTough instead as well ;-)Delete
Hooray for all the beautiful blooms! And good luck today on the race!! Hope the wind dies down and it's a perfect running weather - not too hot and not too cold and you feel great!!ReplyDelete
The wind was pretty minimal, but still cold due to the low-30F temps. That said, all the sunshine made for a perfect race day!Delete
Ugh, your weather! How annoying with all that wind! But I adore your springy colourful cropped cardigan and your flowers. I hope you're enjoying the race today and that the weather gets better soon!ReplyDelete
I think the weather will be a little more bearable this next week. It'll probably still be windy, but the temps are looking a tiny bit warmer.Delete
I hope your race went well today! To say this weather has been crazy would be a massive understatement and the wind seems to be nonstop!ReplyDelete
Seriously! Why won't the wind just stop already???Delete
Love the cardigan. Naz colors in purple and gold!ReplyDelete
This wasn't the weekly run down, was the weekly blow down! Hope the race went well
OMG, Weekly Blow Down is pretty accurate!Delete
We had some wind this week, but not when I was running. We did lose power for about 6 hours yesterday, but luckily my Mom didn’t so we decamped to her place with Scooby.ReplyDelete
Congrats on a terrific Half! Cant wait to read the recap!
midwest wind is NO JOKE!! not something you forget easily! great work on your workouts! love that you and Deb virtually workout together. And finger crossed Gustavus will be out on the regular now! No doubt we'll be hearing about your race soon!ReplyDelete
Good for you for picking up those bottles! I can't believe how people can toss stuff on the ground and not think anything of it!! My husband and friends did a trash pickup along part of the race course this year, and also last year. They did it prior to the race so people would enjoy a clean space on their run. Hopefully the runners didn't leave used gel packs anywhere on the course!ReplyDelete
Those tulips!!! My fave! We don't really get bulb flowers here. Love that you were able to get some plogging in. My route has been fairly tidy. And honestly, I haven't kept track of important days really. I have so much cluttering up my brain space. Sigh. Here's to better weather and less wind.ReplyDelete
All that wind! Well done for picking up all those bottles - every time I've done something like that I've felt good but also partly annoyed that people litter in the first place. There really is never an excuse for that! Can't wait to read your race recap!ReplyDelete