Heavy Running Week (1/18 – 1/24)

This week I more than doubled my total miles for the month – a mega long run will do that I guess!!

Sunday 1/18  45 arm lifts (elbows bent) to side while in elbow plank.

Ready
Ready  
lift right arm
lift right arm

Return to plank –

lift left arm
lift left arm

I counted a right and left lift as one rep – this was HARD!!!

Monday 1/19  45 shoulder work – extend arms straight up in front – open them to the sides – lower – repeat.  I only used 5 pound DB because my shoulders are weak!!!

lift arms straight up in front
lift arms straight up in front
Open arms out to sides
Open arms out to sides

Slowly lower the weights back down to complete the move.

This was a running day – 6 miles (47:10) + 2.1 easy miles.  I wanted to see how much sweating would burn my face – it wasn’t too bad!!

Tuesday 1/20  45 plie – jump to squat – jump back to plie – stay low the entire time.

start in plie
start in plie

From plie, jump to get into a squat (point toes forward) –

squat
squat  

Obviously I kept the squat fairly wide!!!  From the squat – jump back to a plie position.  Since you stay low the entire time, your legs will definitely start to feel the burn!!

I did a DVD that I hadn’t done in awhile – Jari Love’s Get Extremely Ripped 1000 Hardcore.   This was about 70-75 minutes of hard work.  I liked the mix of cardio and weights.  Because Jari Love uses high reps for all moves, my heart rate stayed high the entire time!!!

Wednesday 1/21  45 miles of running!!!

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This took 6 hours, 35 minutes, 18 seconds!!  Normally I do this on my actual birthday but this year I figured as long as I did it while I was 45 it would count!

Thursday 1/22 – 45 single leg calf raises.

down on right leg
down on right leg
up
up

I thought this would be a nice stretch after Wednesday’s run.  Ummm….it was hard to do 45!!!  And, of course, I had to switch legs.

down
down
up
up

Friday 1/23  45 heel taps while in a prone position.

lift legs and squeeze
lift legs and squeeze  (nice photo bomb – Jordan!!)
tap heels together
tap heels together

This is a great move for your lower back since you are working to keep your legs up the entire time!!!

Saturday 1/24  45 shin strengtheners.

lay on back - legs up - point toes
lay on back – legs up – point toes
flex toes
flex toes

I used to do this move a lot more to help prevent shin splints.  You can also turn your toes out to the sides or in.  Another option is to vary the speed that you use for this move.

I decided to do an easy workout to try and workout the residual soreness in my quads from the long run so I did – Fat Burning Pilates. I think that is was a good way to get a little movement today!!!

Happy Saturday!!

Kim

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