My Week in Workouts

My week in workouts } happyfitmama.com

My week in workouts were almost the complete opposite of last week.

Last week – All but one of my runs were on the trails playing in the fresh snow with temps in the teens.

This week – All of my runs were on the road (except Wednesday on the treadmill) either in the rain or significantly warmer than the week before. I wore shorts on two of those runs!

No wonder I’m so confused about what to wear on my runs every single day.

Monday

30 minutes Elliptical intervals

Strength training:

Lunge matrix

Bench step ups

SL box jumps (low height)

Bench SL sit to stand

Split stance KB DL

Bench press

Incline bench press

Lat pull down

Eccentric pull ups

TRX bicep curls/tricep ext

I woke up Monday morning feeling a little sore and fatigued from my snowy runs over the weekend in addition to basically doing hill repeats on Sunday afternoon sledding. My hips and glutes were t-i-r-e-d. So I made the decision to do a non-impact workout on the elliptical. I wasn’t coasting along but I wasn’t pushing it either.

Tuesday

6 mile road run with Max

It was eerily warm for December (50+ degrees) and pouring rain all day Monday. I really wanted to hit up the trails for a run but the rain and warm temps made the snow on the ground turn to deep slush puddles with a mixture of ice. Even with spikes, it would have been a ridiculous mess that I didn’t want to deal with. So I opted for roads with Max. We both finished the run with super muddy legs. But then again, mud makes us happy so it wasn’t a bad thing.

Wednesday

20 minutes Stepmill Intervals (I did a workout similar to THIS)

20 minutes Treadmill hill climb – 5 minutes @ 4%, increasing incline 1% every minute for 5 minutes, 2 minutes recovery @ 2%, repeat increasing incline for 7 minutes, 1 minute recovery @ 2%

Strength training

Cable circuit upper body: 10 reps each, 2 rounds

Chest press

Double arm row with squat

High bicep curl

Tricep ext

Standing Anti-rotation chop

Lower body circuit: 10 reps each except as noted

Barbell squat (20 reps w/ lighter weight)

Lateral lunge w/ SA DB press

Barbell squat (15 reps increasing wt)

Reverse lunge w/ balance and DB curl

Barbell squat (12 reps increasing wt)

Skaters (1-2 mins)

Barbell squat (10 reps increasing wt)

Split squat w/ DB low row

Barbell squat (8 reps increasing wt)

SL DB deadlift

Barbell squat (20 reps light weight)

Plank matrix

Thursday

6.2 road miles with Kyle (last 1+ were with Max)

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi

For some reason, it felt like it had been forever since I did an early morning, dark run. In reality, it was only last week. Time moves so quickly that last week seems like months ago. So weird.

It was a real feel of 8 degrees for our run. Quite a big difference compared to Tuesday’s 50 degree run in shorts but didn’t feel all that bad. Maybe it was because we were too busy catching up to pay attention to the cold.

Side note: I bought another pair of CRZ Yoga tights from Amazon. They really are Lululemon dupes for a fraction of the price! (see pic at the top of this post)

In other news, I finally got my butt back to the yoga studio. It had only been since Halloween that I’d been to a class. Let me tell you, my hips reminded me of that. Yowza!ย  I have never felt that unflexible in my life. Reminder to self – don’t skimp on yoga!

Friday

Rest day

Saturday

4.6 mile road run with Max

The weird weather continues!ย  I woke up Saturday morning to the sound of rain pelting the windows. When I looked outside, I could see a river of water flowing down the street. Since I absolutely LOVE running in the rain, I took my sweet time getting ready. It’s one thing to be out running and then to have it start raining. It’s a whole new level when you take off running in a torrential downpour. Thankfully, it was around 50 degrees so it wasn’t as bad. I even wore shorts! As soon as Max saw me with my running clothes on, he became a crazy man. There was no way I was leaving the house without him. Good thing we both don’t melt when we get wet because we were completely soaked after 2 minutes.

I must have looked like a crazy person because I got so many stares by motorists as Max and I splashed through the puddles. There was no avoiding them. The sidewalks and roads were rivers. I must admit, I felt a little crazy. But also a little bad ass. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday

6.5 mile road run with Kyle

It was a lazy Sunday morning. I knew I was going to run but I was in zero rush to do it. I got a little more motivated when Kyle texted to see if I wanted to run. She was feeling the same way.

The weather was wacky yet again. No rain but high winds with temps in the 40s and a real feel of the low 30s. I second guessed everything I wore. I should learn to listen to my second guesses because I was too warm. I had to even take off my lightweight gloves, which never happens.

The highlight of the run was obviously finding money. It may have only been $1 but I always feel like it’s at least $1000 when that happens. It’s the little things, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

A part of me feels like I should be running at least 10 or more miles for a long run. But then the other part of me is happy with running lower mileage right now. Things will start ramping up soon enough. Not entirely sure of but there might be a 50k in May on my race schedule. Stay tuned!

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with the Weekly Run Down.ย 

Tangerine Energy Bites

Tangerine Energy Bites | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s. As always, all thoughts are my own.

I had a big internal debate in my head while I was mixing up this recipe for Tangerine Energy Bites.

What’s the proper term – bites or balls?

And then I immediately started singing AC/DC “Big Balls”.

Yes, I have the maturity of a 13 year old and giggle at all the ball jokes. I mean, who can forget about Schweddy Balls from SNL?

I ultimately decided on bites because I can’t type balls over and over again.

Anywho…

Let’s chat omega-3’s. Are you getting enough?ย  Probably not. And more than likely, neither is your kid. Well, fear not.

Barlean’s has been in the omega-3 business for quite some time. You may know about Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3 for adults. From the beginning, their omega-3 supplements have been made with no artificial flavors or colors.ย  Now, your kids can get a beneficial dose of omega-3 thanks to Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega Pals (affiliate link).ย It delivers 500 mg of Omega-3 EPA/DHA per serving. In addition, it’s non-gmo, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.

Made for kids ages 1 year and up, it tastes just like a smoothie that can be eaten by the spoonful or mixed into smoothies, drizzled on oatmeal or into your favorite energy bites recipe (hint, hint).ย 

I was certain my daughter, who is very particular about what she eats, would not be on board with this. However, she shocked me completely. She actually requests a spoonful of the Barlean’s Omega Pals every single morning. Her favorite flavor is the lemonade and tangerine. And she gave two thumbs up for adding the Omega Pals to my latest batch of energy bites.

Well done, Barlean’s!


Tangerine Energy Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes to soften, drained
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup Barlean's Superfruit Seed Blend
  • 1-2 tbsp Barlean's Seriously Delicious Omega Pals Hooty Fruity Tangerine
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in high powered blender or food processor.
  2. Mix until a ball forms.
  3. With wet hands, take 1-2 tbsp of dough and roll into ball shape.
  4. Repeat with remainder of dough.
  5. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating.
  6. Store in fridge or freezer to prevent bites from being crumbly.

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What’s your fav thing to add into energy bites?

The Best Gifts for Runners

The best gifts for runners this holiday season or any time of the year! | happyfitmama.com

Confession: I am a last minute holiday shopper.

Every year I say I’m going to start early and be done with it by December.

This year, I really tried. I got a few things in early November and then I got distracted by shopping for myself. Whoops.

Let’s just say I was doing research in finding the best gifts for runners, k?

I’m getting pelted with emails with headlines screaming about ‘Last minute shopping’ deals and baking. Really?ย  We’ve got plenty of shopping days left. There’s no rush. Besides, if you are like me, you do well under pressure. And you have Amazon Prime. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been putting together gift guides every since I started this blog. Which btw, it’s turning 8 in a couple of weeks. Most items I include on the guide are things that I already own or that I want for myself. This year, there’s only one thing listed that I don’t have. Maybe someone is reading this and will gift it to me?

So without further ado, happy shopping!

FYI โ€“ this post contains affiliate links where I get a very small commission.ย  Thanks for supporting HFM!

Skida Nordic Hat – This small business based in Vermont makes the best hats and headbands for sweaty activities in the winter. Everything is breathable and moisture-wicking to keep you comfy and dry. It’s not bulky and can even be worn under a helmet for skiing. Plus, the patterns are so cute.

Mini Bands – Every runner should own a set of Mini Bands for home. Seriously. They are so easy to use and are perfect for firing up the muscles runners need to activate and strengthen.ย  These little bands are awesome for hitting the glutes and hips with endless exercise options like THESE.

Sarah Marie Design Studios Stemless Wine Tumbler – This tumbler always made me smile on the weekends after my long run. I would bring it to the beach or pool with me to enjoy my choice of bevie. It keeps things cold or hot for hours. Plus, it’s so cute. Actually, anything from SMDS is adorable and would make a runner happy to receive.

Noxgear Tracer 360 – Every early morning or evening runner should have some sort of illumination and reflective gear when they head out. Especially this time of year. It’s always dark!ย  The Noxgear Tracer 360 provides greater visibility to been seen my motorists and to keep you safe. This is the one item that I don’t currently own. Maybe Santa is reading?

Petzel ACTIK Headlamp – Another item that every early morning or evening runner should own. A good headlamp will help you be seen but will also help you avoid tripping over things or stepping into potholes. This Petzel headlamp is super bright and has a wide range to see more than just right ahead of you. I like that it’s rechargeable and a charge holds for quite some time.

CRZ Yoga High Waisted Yoga Pants with Pockets – I know these say YOGA pants but I wear them for running. If you are looking for the fit of the Lululemon Align tight but don’t want to pay the price, these leggings are for you. I’ve become obsessed with tights that have pockets. These leggings don’t fall down (even with my phone in the pocket) and pass the squat test all while being super comfy and cute. Plus, you can’t beat the $26 price tag either.

Kahtoola Microspikes – Once again, the Kahtoola Microspikes make my list. I had my first spike run of the season last week while we were getting bombed with 18 inches of snow. Microspikes are great for hiking in snow but are also perfect for trail running when the snow isnโ€™t too deep or thereโ€™s ice. Iโ€™ve worn my running across shear ice with great traction.

Farm to Feet Merino Wool Socks – Over the summer, I started wearing these socks on my trail runs. I know what you are thinking – wool in summer?ย  Yes!ย  Wool isn’t just for cold weather. It’s great for keeping you dry even in the heat. I wore these socks for my 50k in September with zero blisters or other issues. Now that it’s cold, I’m still wearing these cute socks.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta – This is my second UD hydration vest. Compared to my first vest, I love the updated comfort cinch feature and the stretch mesh. The bottles are improved and my bladder from my previous vest fits just as well. Plenty of pockets as always for all the extra gear and fuel to take along on your running adventures.

Linking up with Coaches Corner.

Whatโ€™s on your gift wish list this year?