The DOMS ... Driveway Onset Muscle Soreness.
Ever heard of it? You may become a lucky victim of this condition after a week (or longer) of daily snow shoveling in one's driveway.
The 20+ inches of snow (from the previous week) kept me busy, gradually chipping away at its lingering remnants. Then, several more inches of the white stuff arrived Thursday afternoon and evening. As a result, my already aching body was blessed with even more driveway boot camp. My biceps have never seen so much action!
But, all was well. The crazy weather gave me ample opportunity to properly acclimate to the arctic-like conditions as I successfully maintained my #OptOutside streak. Glass half full.
Before I divulge all the deets of the DOMS 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 world of DOMS-laden fitness:
Having been cooped-up in my house for what seemed like an eternity, I decided to bundle-up and go for a walk after work. I had ample daylight, after all, and my legs were craving some movement after the previous evening's strength workout. After getting back home, I worked on the driveway some more...and decided to log a little more cardio on the elliptical (6-ish miles).
Again, not much running on the roster, but not a big deal. This is kind of my off-season anyways, and my next race isn't until early March. So, the 8.5 miles will suffice for now. Walking was also bleak, with only two "official" miles logged. Biking, kept me happy with 36 miles in the saddle. The elliptical saw more action than usual this week (9.5 miles). And, shoveling...how does the notion of almost 7 hours of shovel-in-hand fitness grab you?
In other news:
Maxton McArthur! My sweet little Max celebrated his 14th birthday on Friday! He still acts like a crazy, energetic 6-month old puppy most of the time. He's such a fun little companion!
Beauty in the brrr. I snapped this pic Thursday morning of the stunning sunrise. They're hard to see in the photo, but there are a couple of sundogs present. The bright sun, with the stunning white snow, and all the blue shadows was an art geek's dream to capture.
...and the driveway, LOL. It's been quite the conquest tackling this "baby" for the past almost two weeks. This is the view from the garage, looking towards the street. What you can't see is the circular portion (which is off to the left) that encompasses a huge part of the front yard. After Sunday, we have non-stop above-freezing temps in the forecast! Let me just say, Thank you, Momma N (in advance)!
So, that's another wrap-up on the fitness fun and whatnot. It's crazy how cold it's been, and how any temps above 15F feel - dare I say - balmy. Apparently I have reached the point of seasonal acclimation.
How was your week? Was it cold in your area, as well? What's the most hours of shoveling that you can remember doing in a week? Anyone else ready for a very early spring, and an even earlier summer?