February: All About the Run (2/22 – 2/28)

February was a month of running!!  I ran 18 out of 28 days (a lot for me) for a total of 207 hard miles and 19.9 easy miles – my highest month in a long time.

Sunday 2/22 - 45 squat with kettle bell pull.

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ready
squat and pull KB up to chest height
squat and pull KB up to chest height

I did a 10K virtual race – The Race for Paws that Kristina (Kristina’s Blog About Running & Life) organized to help support PAWS Chicago which is a no kill animal shelter.

6.2 miles – 43:06 followed by an easy mile. (I really wanted to push the pace harder but know that I can’t while I’m running so many miles right now.)

Monday 2/23 - 45 lateral raises with a “milk pour” (flip hands palms up then back down).

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ready
lift arms to side
lift arms to side
flip hands
flip hands

From here, you flip your hands back over (palms down) and then lower to complete one rep.

I did something I hate doing and ran a distance that wasn’t “round” – 8.8 miles (70:09) followed by 1.2 easy miles.  I did the 0.8 to keep my overall mileage even after the 10K on Sunday.

Tuesday 2/24 - 45 arrowheads (for butt).

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ready
lift right leg
lift right leg
tap to the left
tap to the left
tap to the right
tap to the right

See, you sort of make an arrowhead shape in the air with your leg movements!  And, of course, I had to switch and work my left side!!

left leg back
left leg back
tap to the right
tap to the right
tap to the left
tap to the left

Probably not the best exercise for the day since it made my butt a little sore right before my long run but….

31 miles in 4:06.58 – I pushed myself on this run because I wanted to maintain a good pace for the entire distance!!  I only did 0.2 miles to cool down.

Wednesday 2/25 - 45 calf stretch on wobble balls.

balance
balance
rock front
rock front
rock back
rock back

I thought about doing an easy run but my hips were a bit achy so I decided it was better to rest.

Thursday 2/26 - 45 laps around the ballroom at the venue.

ballroom
ballroom

I had to clean for a Friday event and I wasn’t super motivated about cleaning so I stalled and walked 45 laps first!!!

Friday 2/27  - 45 chair squats.

Chair SquatsChair squats are always hard for me – something about keeping my legs so close together while I squat!

I didn’t plan to take a 3rd day off but sometimes that’s just the way things work out.

Saturday 2/28 - 45 tricep dips with hands on wobble balls.

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ready
down - don't rest butt on floor
down – don’t rest butt on floor

We actually took these pictures one morning before I took Hunter to school but I didn’t do the move until this morning.

And, I finished the week with a run.
5 miles – 39:39 + 1 easy mile.

I’m happy that I had another week over 50 miles.
51 hard miles
3.4 easy miles

This week presented some challenges but thankfully I got in my runs and kept my daily moves going!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

Positive Thoughts

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I know I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I have been taking Tara’s  (FamilySportLife) workshop – From Stuck to Unstoppable.  One of the things she has us do at the beginning of each week is state 3 intentions.

One of my first  intentions was to end each day with a positive thought.  The following week I  added on to that so that I started and ended each day with a positive thought.

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So, this intention was going along really well until this week.  Since Monday I have struggled to come up with a single positive thought.

I’m hoping that I can get back on track with my positive thoughts.Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 8.40.18 PM

Hopefully smiling will help!!  Plus, it’s Fun Friday so there’s a positive!

Happy Friday – hope your’s is full of positive things!!!

Kim

TrailHeads – Not Just for Running Trails!!!

Have you heard about TrailHeads?  They have some really great products to help get you through the brutal elements of the winter.  Great for runners and non runners alike because everyone has to be out in the cold at some point!!!

I was invited to pick an item to review and couldn’t wait to try out the convertible mittens.  Convertible MittensLook – they can be a mitten or fingerless gloves!!  And, for the record, I walked through several stores with the mitten part pulled back – I’m classy like that!!!

If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of the cold and/or snow.  In fact I try to avoid it whenever possible!!!

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But, I did test out my mittens on numerous occasions because I still have to be outside a LOT!!!

I liked the weight and feel of them on my hands.  I also loved the fact that I could bunch my fingers together inside of the mitten part to keep them warm.

Because I have Raynauds my fingers get way too cold sometimes.  The best part of these convertible mittens is the fact that I can easily stick my hand warmers in –

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DSCN2842The heat from the warmers keeps my fingers much warmer and fits perfectly in these mittens!!!

Another fun feature with the mittens is that they have little magnets in the thumb area so they stick together –

DSCN2847And, you can see that the white part is reflective which is pretty awesome!!!

I was sent the convertible mittens for free but all of the opinions here are truly my own thoughts  – I recommend them for anyone who has to go outside for any reason during  the arctic winter months!!!

Convertible Mittens

The mittens are even on sale right now for just $19.95!!!  If you haven’t tried TrailHeads this would be a perfect item to try!

Have you ever used any of the great outdoor wear from TrailHeads?
Do you like mittens or gloves?

Happy Wednesday!!

Kim

 

There’s a National Day for That

I love the fact that no matter what you like, there is a National Day for it.  And, if there isn’t then just start your own!!!

Sunday February 22, 2015Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.48.39 PMYes, please!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.48.30 PMLove this one – great reminder!

Monday February 23, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.43.24 PMI love banana bread – maybe I should make some for my family!!!

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.43.45 PMNice – I’m all about single tasking for at least a day!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.44.14 PMI sort of think that this day should sync up with National Margarita Day but maybe we just repeat them!!!

Wednesday February 25, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.44.35 PMOh, this one could be a great one!!  Purposefully inconveniencing ourselves…nice – I love it!!  Although I already know that on Wednesday I’m going to be inconveniencing Chris in a BIG way!!

Thursday February 26, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.45.26 PMChili seems appropriate anytime right now while it is so cold!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.45.03 PMIt’s been awhile since I’ve told (or even read) a fairy tale!

Friday February 27, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.45.43 PMSo many options for this day!!  Chris’ favorite fruit (and topping) – maybe some strawberry cheesecake would celebrate the day!!

Saturday February 28, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.46.07 PMThis one sort of makes me laugh!  A day to celebrate the tooth fairy?!  Glad that those days are long gone here – our tooth fairy kept getting lost!!!

Sunday March 1, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.46.49 PMSo many things to say about this one but…..Maybe we will have ribs to celebrate!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 4.47.08 PMThis might be my favorite of the week!!  (OK, after margarita day!!)  I actually really like to compliment other people!!!

If you could create your own National Day what would it be?

I think mine would be National Read on the Beach with a Margarita Day!!!

Happy Monday!!

Kim

Daily Doubles (2/15 – 2/21)

This week was all about running double digit miles every day and I’m happy to say that I did it and still feel good!!!

Sunday 2/15 - 45 bent over wide row with resistance band.

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pull up and squeeze shoulder blades
pull up and squeeze shoulder blades

11 miles 87:00 + 1 easy mile

Monday 2/16 - 45 bicep curl with resistance band while in boat pose.

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ready
curl
curl

I liked the core challenge while working my biceps!!!

10 miles 79:08 + 1 easy mile

Tuesday 2/17 - 45 bicycle with band (handles on feet).

twist to left knee
twist to left knee
twist to right knee
twist to right knee

I counted a right-left as 1 rep.

11 miles 87:26 + 0.75 easy miles

Wednesday 2/18 - 45 push-ups with hands on yoga blocks.

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ready
down
down

I could tell that I haven’t been doing push-ups very often lately.  In a month I will be back to doing lots more strength work!!!

10 miles 78:48 + 0.35 miles easy

Thursday 2/19 - 45 double tricep kickbacks with resistance band.

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ready
back
back

I had a hard time keeping my elbows up while doing this move.

11 miles 85:45 + 0.9 easy miles

Friday 2/20 - 45 full sit-up keeping arms extended and holding a small ball – Firm Ball

extend
extend
part way up
part way up
all the way up - reach ball to toes
all the way up – reach ball to toes

Holding the ball helped me keep my arms extended the entire time.

10 miles 78:43 + 1.25 easy miles

Saturday 2/21 - 45 inner thigh squeezes with ring.

I used this ring
Are you surprised I have one of these?  I sort-of am!!!
I did these standing
I did these standing – just squeeze and release

And, it was finally a day off!!!

All of my 45s were either upper body or core because my legs were getting enough of a beating with the running!

6 days of consecutive double digit runs!!
63 miles hard + 5.25 easy miles for a total of 68 miles this week!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

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