It's been said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
Well, I say, "Go ahead and face the heat, and smile as you do so."
Yes, I completely acknowledge and accept that I'm in my own party with that notion, LOL. That being said, this past week was a hot one in Iowa! We had triple-digit feels-like temps, daily, that started Saturday (of last weekend), and the heat didn't break until Friday (overnight) of this week. Yes, I did get outside everyday, and I had the daily laundry to show for it...but at least it wasn't snowing.
Before I dis on the heated 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 blog as well...please don't link-drop & dash ;-)
Anyways, here's what went down in my little corner of the universe, in terms of fitness and fun...
A short while later, I met up with a friend for some Sunday morning biking. We finished around noon, and by then the temps had risen to the 103F feels-like range! It may have been #HotHotHot, but not impossible...lots of water (with electrolytes), a somewhat easy pace, and a few stops along the way made for a nice 40-mile ride. Later, I got out for a 2-mile walk with the sis, after the sun had set.
By the afternoon, the temps were even crazier. We decided to avoid the hills on the bike path (which would have been a nightmare coupled with the 111F feels-like temps and the 13mph wind). Amy opted out, but Barb and I braved the late afternoon weather and kept the ride in town (and on fairly flat terrain), for 18 miles. As I have said many times, biking is a great option in the heat...you still will sweat plenty, but you also get a bit of a breeze as you pedal along.
After getting back to the house, I hit the cool basement for some intense lower-body work and a short arms/shoulder workout. It was another day with just a mid-morning walk at work (one mile) and another pass on any afternoon walking.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Not everyone is a fan of the brown and black color combo, but I like it. Why? It's unexpected! Have you ever known me to keep things "traditional" (aka, #boring)?
It was rather ironic, but this Facebook story popped up in my memories on Friday. Apparently, these split squat holds were the lower-body strength workout, a year ago, on August 24th. Things that make you go Hmmm...
And, last but definitely not least, Saturday was National Dog Day. Technically, we celebrate this on the daily, but I don't shy away from showing a pic of my little prince, Max.
So, there you have it! Another week all done and dusted...and how is it that we're almost to September??? Where is my summer disappearing to, and why so quickly?