There was a lot to smile about this week.
After almost two weeks of endless cold, wind and snow (not necessarily in that order), we got a much-appreciated winter thaw. Case in point, the daily snow shoveling didn't have to happen on the daily anymore. I was able to get outside for more than just driveway boot camp. And, the excess layers of gear were no longer necessary.
Granted, winter is still far from over. Just having this nice reprieve, though, makes it feel like we've turned the corner on my least favorite season. That's worthy of a lot of smiling!
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 down in my little world of fitness and whatnot this week:
Technically, the full moon was due to show on Thursday evening, but Wednesday worked better for our schedules. Besides, both evenings were showing cloud cover and heavy fog, so the moon would be MIA anyways. I met-up with Barb and Allison, for the first time since our December full moon run. The 35F temps (with no wind, BTW) felt incredible! So what if we had to improvise the selfie with a streetlight? (**Sidebar**It wound up raining most of Thursday, during the day and evening, so doing our run on Wednesday was a wise decision)
So, this week played-out nicely. The running was sort of back in the mileage game with 14-ish miles. The elliptical is edging its way into the realm; this week saw 9 miles of action. Walking staged a substantial comeback with 8 miles this week! Biking was decent, with 47 miles. Although I snuck in a few core workouts, most of my strength work was (again) via the snow shovel (2-1/2 hours, thank you very much). I'm eager to get back to more traditional strength work this next week.
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair. Your thoughts on the classic black and white color scheme? Do you play it safe with black or white pieces with a patterned top? Or do you throw in another color, you know, to add a touch of funk and flair to your outfit?
January is a busy month for our little Max. His birthday is on the 19th (according to the paperwork that came with him). We brought him home, from a nearby shelter, on the 24th. It's really hard to believe this little sweetheart (and rascal, on some days) has been with us for nine years!
Whew! It was quite a busy and active week, but I'm looking forward to a little less action this next week. My arms and shoulders are SO wasted, but I know after a few days of shovel-free rest they'll be good as new (and probably stronger). That being said, I'm grateful I am able to persevere through physically demanding weeks such as what I've seen recently. Believe me, I don't take any of this for granted.
How was your week? Were you treated to the same mid-winter thaw as Iowa saw? Anyone else eager for an early summer?