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.

ready
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).

ready
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).

ready
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.

 ready
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

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