Last Week’s Workouts

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.comIt’s time for last week’s workouts yet again!  It was a solid week of activity that had me feeling good.

The big news of the week was that I found out that I did not get into the Mount Washington Auto Road Race this year.  I’m so freakin’ bummed! I was banking on that being my goal race for the year but now that it’s not happening, I’m kind of fumbling about what to do.

Maybe I should do the New England Mountain Series so I get a guaranteed entry for Mt. W in 2019?  Maybe I should make Loon my #1?  Maybe I should do something totally brand new that I’ve never heard of before?

I’m feeling the itch to train for something.  I know what I DON’T want to do.  The problem is I don’t know what I want to DO. Hmmmm…

Last week’s workouts


20 minutes Arc Trainer

20 minutes Stepmill

Strength training

Banded pull ups

Eccentric pull ups

Pull up shrugs

Rope pull

Turkish get up

TRX lunges

Smith press bench single leg squats

Squat press

KB single leg deadlift


TRX single leg mountain climbers

TRX pike plank


Ski/Snowboard Days

I had planned on running at least one day while we were at Sunday River for our mini vacation but our condo was kind of in the boonies with no roads except a pretty busy highway.

Besides, my legs were so sore from snowboarding.  Riding in mashed potato snow will do that to you! Even my forearms were tight.  But you can’t beat bluebird skies and temps in the 55-60 range.  It was amazing!

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Riding alongside my kids is so fun!  Even when we take them down a double black diamond on the first run of the day.  Whoops.  We had planned on taking a blue trail down but we found out it was closed when we got to the summit.  The only way down was double black.  It was crazy steep but both kids took their time and made it down like champs.  Phew! :)

And there was the time that we lost Lukas for 15 minutes out on the mountain too.  Whoops.


7 mile run, 8:43 avg/pace, 319 ft gain

After three days off from running, it felt good to get the legs moving again. And with the sun shining and the birds singing, it totally felt like spring.

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3 mile run, 9:13 avg/pace

Have you ever tried to run after a strength training session?  I felt like Bambi for this quick run in the wind and rain of the Nor’easter that slammed us on Friday.  It’s crazy that we got boat loads of rain while places to the south of us got snow.

strength training

banded pull ups

eccentric pull ups

pull up shrugs

battle ropes

kb plank rows

reverse grip rows

front squat


single leg step ups with KB curl/press

single leg cable extension and pull

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And still no unassisted pull up for me.  I feel like I’ve been on the cusp of getting it for a couple of weeks.  I really think having a pull up bar at home helps too. Every time I go in the basement to do laundry, drop off the recyclables, clean the cat’s litter box, etc, I do something on the bar.  Consistency is key!


4 mile run, 8:38 pace, 220 ft gain

I enjoyed sleeping in and had a short amount of time before it was time to jet off to gymnastics and a day date with my daughter. So I squeezed in what I could and called it good enough. A perk of not having a training plan to follow – no stress over missed mileage in runs!

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12 mile run (8 with the girls, 4 solo), 8:59 avg/pace, 721 ft. gain

I met up with Kailey, Nicole and Julie for a tour of ALL the hills in town.  This was my longest run since July 2017 and longest run post ankle injury. I felt really good for the duration of the run which had me thinking that I really need to find something to train for soon. The question is, what?

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Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

Instagram Tips and Tricks { Just Run }

Instagram Tips and Tricks to get the best run pic _

Welcome back to another edition of Just Run where some of my running bloggy friends and I share running tidbits each month.

Last month we covered Tips for the New Runner. If you didn’t read it, check it out!

This month, it’s all about Instagram.

I can honestly say, I’ve done it for the Insta.

I’ve even taken you behind the scenes of my Instagram feed.  Because we all know there’s always a story behind the picture.

Instagram is by far by favorite form of social media.  Pictures are really worth a thousand words. Especially running pics. Or running selfies. Or runfies.

Since I love a good runfie, I often get asked how I get my pictures.

Do I have someone take the pictures? Do I think about where I’m going to take the BEST picture while I’m running?  Do I run and then stop at my house to pick up my phone?

Over the years I’ve learned lots of Instagram tips and tricks for taking running pics. Here’s just a few.

Location: Find the right place to prop your phone up

Rocks, benches, trees, snowbanks, shoes, gloves…use whatever you can get.  I usually take my pics from the ground up to get the best angle but sometimes I luck out and find something that is waist high or higher that can hold my phone without fear of it falling and cracking.

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For this pic I propped my phone up against sticks and my handheld mace.

Mode: Self Timer App or Video Mode

Once you have your phone set up, it’s time to run back and forth in front of your phone and look like you’ve lost something. Sometimes a leg is cut off or I’m headless but I kind of like those photos too.  Something different and interesting, right?

You can use the front side of the phone if you’d like to see if you are lined up just right. I prefer to use the back side rather than the front side camera.  I think the photo quality is better.

Variety: Mix it up with different angles, the direction you run, post run bliss jump shot, a stretching pic or contemplating how awesome of a runner you are. Fixing a ponytail can always make you look like a badass.

If you are ever in doubt, a sunrise or sunset will always be a winner.

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Edit: Once I have the pictures, then it’s time to edit. I’ve been using Snapseed for years and it’s still my favorite editing app. It’s perfect for lightening a picture that’s been taken in low light or for adding some dramatic flair to the sky.

I know a lot of bloggers who have a theme set up for the Instagram feed like every third pic is a quote of just words. I can’t do that. I’m not that organized!  And I prefer to post whatever, whenever I want.

For more tips, tricks and outtake funnies, check out what my running blogger friends have to share.


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Linking up with Coaches’ Cornerand Wild Workout Wednesday.

What have you done for the Insta before?

Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts were purposely kept low key. I was feeling a little blah and run down so I made sure to listen to my body, take an extra rest day and make sleep a priority.

Some weeks you run fast. Some weeks you run easy. Some weeks you don’t run at all. That’s just the way the running game works.


30 minutes Bike

15 minutes Step Mill

Strength training

Reverse grip barbell row

Barbell bicep curl

Rope pull

Cable reach and pull

TRX single leg row

TRX push up

Eccentric pull up

20-30 sec bar hangs

Banded assisted pull up

Battle Ropes

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Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

6.6. miles, 8:50 avg/pace, 330 ft gain

The most important thing about this run? It was 55 degrees and I wore shorts and a t-shirt.  It.felt.amazing. I didn’t even realize I had missed wearing less clothing until it magically arrived on Tuesday. Of course, then it snowed 2 days later.

Because – life in New England!

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25 minutes Arc Trainer

20 minutes Step mill

Strength training

Eccentric pull ups

Banded assisted pull ups (I’m feeling super confident that an unassisted pull up is near!)

Rope pulls

Unilateral bench step up to DB shoulder press

Smith press single leg squat off bench

Reverse lunge with weight plate press

Monster walks

TRX mountain climbers

TRX single leg mountain climbers

This was the day that it was 70 degrees in New Hampshire.  7-0!!!  Of course, I was inside ALL day at work and had a school function for the kids right afterwards.  At least I got to eat my lunch outside!


Morning Yoga Flow at Bending Bodhi Yoga –

Two words: Pigeon Pose.  That made my day since my glutes and hips were talking to me after Wednesday’s workout. I felt a TON better after that class.

6.1 mile run, 8:47 avg/pace 316 ftgain

I really wasn’t feeling this run.  Mile one had me changing my plan from 6 miles to 3. Bu then at mile 2 I had the option of turning left to make the run short or turning right to go long.  Guess which way I went?  It wasn’t till mile 4 that I felt like I was in the flow.

Later in the day, I started to feel really run down and like I was getting a cold. I took a nap for 30 minutes and woke up a new person with no cold like symptoms. Woohoo!  I can NOT get sick right now. But really, does anyone ever want to be sick?

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Rest day!


Unplanned rest day

Even though I slept in, I woke up feeling kind of run down and like I was on the verge of getting sick. Rather than running, the whole family went for a walk at the beach to enjoy the 50 degree temps.


8 mile run, 8:48 avg/pace, 387 ft gain

I woke up feeling better so I thought I’d get some miles in before the snow started to fly.  I didn’t have a plan, just go out and run whatever I felt like.

As luck would have it, I was standing at my door waiting for my watch to find a signal, when my friend Kyle went running by. I yelled for her but she couldn’t hear me with her music so I took off sprinting after her. Btw – it took 1.7 mile for my watch to FINALLY connect. GRRRRRRR!

We enjoyed 4ish miles together before she headed home and I continued on for another 4. It was nice to catch up since we haven’t been able to run with each other for weeks because of sickness.

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I was still feeling a little off for the rest of the day and even enjoyed a short afternoon nap.  I’m fighting some kind of virus. My fingers are crossed that I keep it from getting any worse.

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?