Rest is not something I’m good at or even enjoy that much. However, other than my daily 45s I have now taken 7 days off!! I can’t even remember the last time I did that willingly!
Sunday 3/29 – 45 seated twists.
Return to center –
This was a new (to me) version of an oblique twist – you can definitely feel it in your obliques but it takes out the lower core work that you get in a reclined Russian Twist.
I did a one person race. I ran a loop around our neighborhood that is about 2.15 miles over and over.
I decided that 25 miles was good for the day!! I was only taking a sip of water after each lap and I don’t think that 12 sips in over 4 hours was enough for me!!
Monday 3/30 – 45 foam roller ab tuck. This move is one that Lindsay (CotterCrunch) included in her 3 New Core Moves post a couple weeks ago.
Holding a plank while completing all 45 reps was definitely a challenge!!!
Tuesday 3/31 – 45 low squats while on wobble balls – holding medicine ball – bring elbows to knees.
Adding the balance challenge with the wobble balls was fun!
Wednesday 4/1 – 45 plank walk-ups from floor to BOSU.
At some point I started wondering if I should do 2 sets of 45 – one with the right hand leading and one with the left hand leading. I decided to just go with one set so I alternated lead hands every 5 reps.
Thursday 4/2 – 45 cross body mountain climbers with feet on ledge.
Return to start and bring left knee in –
Obviously this move went faster when I wasn’t trying to pose for a picture!! I liked doing the mountain climbers with my feet up – it changed the feel of the move a little. Right-left = 1 rep.
Friday 4/3 – 45 decline tricep dips (feet on chair – hands on floor).
This move was small but I definitely felt it in my triceps!!!
Saturday 4/4 – 45 diamond butt lifts.
This was another small move but very effective!!!
Since I’m actually writing this on Sunday (Easter) and I didn’t work out today, I have successfully managed to take 7 days off without going crazy!!!
To complete the rep, go back down and pick up the weights. Umm….this wasn’t my best idea since it ended up being 90 lunges total on each side!!!
And, back down to get the weights to complete one rep!!!
Thursday 3/19 – 45 oblique punches with legs up.
I liked this move – it was fairly simple!!!
Friday 3/20 – 45 boat poses with moving arms (out in front – up).
This was a great core challenge!!!
Saturday 3/21 – 45 quick back & forth calf pumps.
This was a quick back & forth move of my calves – a good stretch before my race. I took pictures of Hunter showing the move Friday morning before I left home so that all I had to do this morning was the actual 45.
Miracle might be one of my all-time favorite movies!! When the head coach has the team skating lots of suicide type drills he tells the players, “The legs feed the wolf.” When it came time for the big games (Olympics), they were better conditioned than any other team on the ice!!!
So, I tell myself the same thing when I’m running high mileage and also when I back off a little to rest my legs for a couple weeks!!! This week I had much lower mileage but I did a number of workouts and exercises to strengthen my legs, especially my hips.
Sunday 3/1 – 45 standing crunches – lift one leg straight out and bring hands to foot while holding a medicine ball – crunch on the forward bend.
I like that this move works your core and also your hip flexors!
I ran 8 miles in 59:58 followed by 0.6 easy miles.
Monday 3/2 – 45 push-ups while kneeling on a stability ball (shins rest on the ball and your butt stays down on your heels).
These look a bit awkward but it was a really good move. You can tell that it was hard for me to keep my butt on my heels during the down part – need to work on that!
I did Cathe – Turbo Barre. Talk about a workout for your hips and legs – this one is great!!!
Tuesday 3/3 – 45 side leg abduction while in a semi-squat.
There is a bit of balance involved with this move too!!
Running day – 10 miles in 75:44 followed by 1 easy mile.
Wednesday 3/4 – 45 single leg step-up on BOSU then circle opposite leg back-front-back before stepping down.
From the above position, sweep the right leg back so that it is behind you and then step off the BOSU.
I did all 45 reps stepping up with my left leg and then switched and did another set.
The hardest part of this move was staying balanced while sweeping your leg around!!!
I did TaeBo Amped – Rockin’ Buns. There isn’t a lot of cardio involved in this workout but it is great for strengthening your hips, legs and even your core.
Since I haven’t been able to run (or jump or do anything with any impact) lately, and I took a week almost completely off, it has gotten harder to really push myself during my workouts.
Sunday 11/9 – 45 squats on a wobble disc.
Not gonna lie – this was hard and hurt my leg (squats and lunges aren’t working out well for me right now).
Monday 11/10 – 45 side bends with arms behind head.
I did 45 bends to the right and then had to switch and do 45 to the left –
I did a workout that is very low impact but still at least feels like I”m doing something – Fat Burning Pilates.
Tuesday 11/11 –45 sit-ups on bender ball –
Wednesday 11/12 – 45 alternate twisting knees on upside down wobble balls (right-left = 1 rep).
Go back to the start and then –
I tried to run (for about 5 steps!!) and ended up just walking (again) – 5 miles with a 10% incline.
Thursday 11/13 – 45 rear leg lifts (on stability ball with arms extending forward).
After doing 45 lifts with this leg (lift the leg and tap the toe down) in a slow controlled way, I switched legs –
I did Jillian Michaels Kick Box: Fast & Furious. Most of the workout was good – a few of the kicks hurt my leg but I think I just need to suck it up!!!
Friday 11/14 – 45 fly to head banger while in bridge.
Reverse move to complete one rep!!!
I pulled out another old workout – TaeBo Ripped Extreme. If you like TaeBo this is a great workout. The last little bit had a lot of squats to kicks which I ended up skipping out on but otherwise it was a great workout!!!