I'll admit it: I'm fighting the seasonal shift from summer to fall...but I can't complain (much).
We had cool mornings most of this week, but the temps were back in "seasonal" range by mid/late morning most days. Even the wind behaved itself (for the most part). But, there's no denying summer is winding down.
For me, the best means of coping is to make the best of what remains of my favorite season...so I did.
Before I dis on the 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 blog as well...please don't link-drop & dash ;-)
Anyways, here's what went down, this week, in my little corner of the universe:
...so I swapped-out the shoes and headed back out for a 2-mile recovery run (don't forget I'd done an 8-mile run the day prior). Boom! All better! Later, I tried going for a longish bike ride in the late afternoon, but Momma N turned evil (crazy wind and dark, rain-threatening skies), so I bailed after 13 miles.
By mid-morning, the weather had stabilized, so we were able to get in our walks during our breaks at work. Postponing the #NeverMissAMonday run worked in my favor, and another negative-split endeavor was added to the training arsenal. I've been a bit remiss on speedwork, so these progressive Monday runs have been a great consolation.
So, a decent week of action. Saturday's 10-miler was a nice finish and has me feeling pretty good about the upcoming IMT Des Moines 13.1 (Oct. 15th). This was the highest running mileage my body has seen in quite some time...23 total miles. Walking was alright (22 miles). Biking saw 55 miles. I'm gonna keep the lower-body strength work minimal these next few weeks, as the half marathon approaches, but the upper-body work will continue (as per usual).
In other news:
So, whew! I survived another week of the '23 summer wind-down. Although the mornings were a bit on the brisk side, I'm grateful to #optoutside and enjoy the fresh air (even if there's a few bugs flying about, LOL).
How did things go for you this past week? Anyone else have a nasty bug infestation, while outdoors? Ever have a short nap last about 5.5 hours too long? Did you do anything to pay tribute to September 11th?