Although I'd much prefer summer, this (currently) is my kind of fall!
It's kinda sorta feeling like (very) "early" fall, though, instead of the "mid-season" showing on the calendar. After several days of "mid-winter" conditions, the week prior, these current temps are feeling a bit balmy. And, the good news? They're expected to stick around for most of next week as well!
My strategy? Enjoy it while it's here. After all, this is Iowa...
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:
Later, in keeping with my Double Workout Wednesday routine, I headed to the Sweat Den Down Under (ahem, my basement). With Max as my witness, I rode 10 miles, without going anywhere and called it a night.
Following the 3-mile run with Deb (and 3-mile cool-down on the bike), I got busy with some strength work. How does a session of glutes/legs, Barre (lower-body), and arms/shoulders grab you? It left me feeling spent, but in the best way possible. There also was plenty of walking...1-mile (late-morning at work) and then another three miles after dinner. Yes, I slept quite soundly that night.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Yep. With Friday's chilly temps, I had to add a layer of flannel. Flannel shirts are a fun way to add a little bit of color to your fall wardrobe (although I do see them being worn year-round these days). There's so many options...fitted, over-sized, traditional plaid, or solid-colored. You can leave them unbuttoned, as a layering piece, or waist-tied. Tucked or untucked. The possibilities are endless. What's your preference?
This Facebook memory made me laugh. I guess I'm nothing if I'm not consistent, huh. Thursday's selfie with the moon and Venus shining bright was also captured exactly a year ago. Things that make you go Hmmm...
And, let's not forget Veterans Day. I've known a lot of veterans throughout my life....friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and my father (pictured below).
So, that's the latest! Hard to believe we're approaching the halfway point of November...already! Thanksgiving is less than two weeks out, which means the Runner's World Winter Run Streak is just around the corner. With the Living History Farms Race done, my race calendar (and, therefore, my training calendar as well) is open for a few months. I'm looking forward to even more carefree miles in the running shoes, and some more focused cross-training.
What's the latest in your world? Are your races winding down? Any big races scheduled for 2024 already?