20 miles x 2 (2/8 – 2/14)

This week I got in 2 long runs!!!  Next week I have more big running plans so I’m trying to be smart with all of the running!!

Sunday 2/8  45 standing side leg pulses.

start
start
lift
lift

The hardest part of this move was trying to stay balanced while I moved my leg up and down!!!  And, of course, I had to do the other leg.

ready to go again
ready to go again
lift
lift

Rest day (besides going to the grocery store, doing laundry, sweeping piles of sand out of the garage, washing my truck….).

Monday 2/9  45 arm pulses – keep arms bent at 90.

start
start
lift
lift

This was another small move but very effective – I felt it in my shoulders, upper back and biceps!

I did Jillian Michaels Hard Body Level 2 – it was hard!!!
I also did a 5 mile run (40:12) followed by an easy half mile.

Tuesday 2/10  45 squat with dumbbell set-down and pick-up.

ready
ready
squat - leave dumbbells on ground
squat – leave dumbbells on ground
stand up
stand up  (make sure not to smile!!)
squat - pick dumbbells back up
squat – pick dumbbells back up

I liked this move – to complete 45 reps I actually did 90 squats!!!

This was the first 20 mile run of the week.  It wasn’t bad at all!!! (2:33.56) I tacked on an easy cool-down mile for a total of 21.

Wednesday 2/11  45 back/hamstring stretches.

ready
ready
down and hold
down and hold

Not gonna lie – this was a really nice 45!!!

I did a fun workout that was fairly low impact – Turbo Jam, Cardio Party 3.

Thursday 2/12  45 glute bridge with march (toes up).  This move I got from Nellie’s (Brooklyn Active Mama) Weekly Wednesday Workout.

start position
start position
pull in right leg
pull in right leg
switch and pull in left leg
switch and pull in left leg

See why it’s called a “march”?  I tried to make sure that I was keeping my hips up the entire time – this was a challenge!!

And, I did my 2nd 20 mile run of the week.  Funny thing is the time was almost the same (2:33.50) – just 6 seconds faster than Tuesday!  I ended up doing 1.5 miles as a cool-down this time for 21.5 total.

Friday 2/13  45 side lunge skaters – staying low the entire time.

lunge to the left
lunge to the left
lunge right
lunge right

The goal on this move is to stay low and work your quads the entire time.  (a right-left lunge = 1 rep)  And, I stood in the sunbeam – because it was warm!!!

I did a workout I hadn’t done in awhile – Denise Austin – Get Fit Fast.  One thing I really like about Denise Austin’s workouts is she features “real” looking people – people who look like me with hips and not a 6-pack!!!

Saturday 2/14  45 dead bugs while on wobble ball with shoulders slightly off ground.

ready
ready
drop right leg
drop right leg
drop left leg
drop left leg

I liked this move but actually felt it much more in my hip flexors than in my core.  (right-left drop = 1 rep)

Today was my final run of the week – 5 miles in 39:21 followed by an easy cool down mile.

I’m happy that I met my running goal for the week – 50 miles hard and 4 easy miles to get over the 50 mile mark for the week.  The next 2 weeks I’m hoping to get my mileage a little higher and then I will ease up some.

Happy Saturday!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Kim

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