...and, just like that, I was back in recovery mode.
Funny, it seems like it hasn't been that long since my last long-distance race (DAM to DSM Half Marathon, early June). Apparently time flies when you're having fun.
So, this week was all about respecting the recovery. I'd trained. I'd tapered diligently. The race had gone well. Now, it was time for the final piece of the puzzle...recovery.
Before I disclose all (or most) of 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 blog as well...please don't link-drop & dash ;-)
Anyways, here's what went down this week, as I rode the wave of recovery...
After work, the temps had warmed up and the sun was beckoning. My legs had basked in 30ish hours of recovery time, so I hit the road for a couple easy-paced miles. I've said it numerous times, recovery runs really work like magic for me. My legs appreciate the movement, no matter how slow or short the run is. After the run, I continued with a 2-mile walk back home.
As forecasted, the afternoon temps were absolutely beautiful! I wasted no time in changing into the running gear, after work, and headed out for four miles in the summer-like temps. Can you say it with me, "Ahhhhh..."
All in all, I'd call this recovery week a success. I had a lot more sleep-ins than ever before, and I even had some short intermittent naps. I also took a pass on several opportunities to add "bonus" workouts to my days. The running miles came in at 24 (technically 24.3, LOL), but 13.29 of those were from Sunday's race. Walking was very conservative (I blame the weather), with 14ish miles. And biking took a hit, as well, with a measly 28 miles in the saddle (all indoors). But, I'm feeling good and well-rested...and ready to dive back into my regularly scheduled program. Onward!
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. It's no secret I'm a fan of pink and leopard print, so they might as well be friends. Besides, I think the pink and brown color combo is legit.
Lastly, I need to give a shout-out to my alma mater. Did you hear about the Crossover at Kinnick? Last Sunday (October 15th) was the first such endeavor, and it was a huge success! The University of Iowa women's basketball team has made quite a name for themselves, these past two seasons, and they outdid themselves with this unique event. A basketball court was (temporarily) installed at Kinnick Stadium, and the women's team played an exhibition game against DePaul...and all the proceeds went to the Stead Family Children's Hospital. They even did the Wave between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game (just like on football game days)! To say I'm proud to be a Hawkeye is a huge understatement!
So, that's what went down last week for me. Fun, fitness, recovery...yadda yadda yadda.
How was your week? Any races run, or are you training for any upcoming events? Fall weather, or did you get a sweet summer-like encore over the weekend?