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Last Week’s Workouts

If I could describe last week’s workouts in one word, it would be wacky.

We had such a wide range of temperatures and conditions that each day was different and brought on a new wacky challenge.

Monday

30 minutes on the elliptical followed up with 30 minutes of strength training doing THIS workout + BOSU balance exercises.

Last week's workouts included bosu balance work. | happyfitmama.com

Tuesday

I have a serious bone to pick with The Weather Channel on this day. I checked the hourly forecast Monday night to find out what the temp would be for my run Tuesday morning. It said 13 degrees. Heat wave! Actual: 3 degrees. Ten degrees difference is HUGE! That morning I secretly hoped my friend would text me to cancel. She did text me. But told me to layer up because it was f@cking cold out. Damn.

8 hill repeats going up a huge ass hill (13.81%) that takes over 2 minutes to climb + mileage added on the end for 5 miles total. Oh and I can’t forget the extra 1/2 hill repeat that we did to get back up to our cars parked at the summit. I felt good for the first 30 minutes but then my knees started to randomly get really cold. Those last few repeats were a really hard effort just to get my knees up and down at any pace.

60 minutes of a marvelously wonderful yoga class.

Evening core workout.

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Doesn’t that look pretty?

Wednesday

My favorite Wednesday workout that’s quick and effective:

Run and strength intervals in the basement.

1 mile run. 10 reps each: Single leg deadlifts, fire hydrant, bridge lifts, clam shells, donkey kicks, monster walks, V-up, superwoman, plank (front, each side for 1 min). 1 mile run. Repeat strength.

Last week's workouts

Thursday

The run from hell. It was another morning when The Weather Channel was way off on the hourly temps. It was supposed to be mid 40s. Reality: 36 degrees. We were originally aiming for 7 miles if it was going to be pouring down rain. It wasn’t so we switched to 10 miles.

The run started off on the wrong foot.

About 3/4 into the first mile, I realized I hadn’t started my Garmin. At about 3 miles in, the pavement turned to black ice just as we were running down a hill. A big hill. I held onto it for a few steps, hoping that I’d hit a patch of dry pavement. No such luck. The whole road was a sheet of ice. My feet went out from under me and I landed hard on my right hip, knee and hand. My friend was lucky enough to be closer to the edge of the road so she could slide off onto the dirt. That sucker hurt. I haven’t wiped out like that in a long time.

We started up again more cautious and encounter black ice throughout the remainder of the run that resulted in shuffling more than running.

Around mile 6 I started to get really hungry. And tired. And just over it this sucky run.

But wait! It couldn’t end that easily. A half mile from my house I twisted my ankle in a pothole. Gah!!!! Thankfully it was just a twister that I could walk off.

Needless to say, 10 miles did not happen because I ran out of time. I settled for 8.5 miles and called it a day.

I felt off the rest of the morning until I went to Morning Flow yoga. Thankfully my yoga teacher sensed we all need a chill class to work out all our kinks and issues.

Last week's workouts

Friday

Redemption run! Thankfully, this run was SO much better. The temps were in the mid 40s with NO ice and no drama. A fun 6 mile run under a full moon that even resulted in negative splits. Boom!

6 miles for last week's workouts

 

Saturday

5 easy miles. I kept my total mileage low this week because things are going to ramp up for the next few months. I’m slightly afraid to say the actual words. Let’s just say that I have the date of May 21st marked off on my running calendar.

Morning Flow yoga class that was ahhhhh-mazing!

Sunday

All of our snow melted this past week because of the crazy temperatures. That means no snowshoe running this week. Thankfully, they have been able to make snow at the ski resorts. We spent the day skiing and snowboarding at Gunstock Mountain.

Last week's workouts This almost didn’t happen for me when one of my bindings broke as I strapped in on the very first run of the day. I thought I was out of luck but thankfully the repair guys put a new one on in 5 minutes. Woohoo! Of course, it was the perfectly wacky way to end a very wacky week.

Linking up with Ilka for the weekly wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

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Home Fitness on a Budget

Find your home fitness equipment at Kohl's. | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included fitness equipment as compensation.

Over 6 years ago, I ditched my gym membership.

Initially, it was because I was put on modified bed rest while pregnant with my kids. I thought I’d start my membership up again once they were born and I was given the ok to workout from my doctor.

But I never did and I don’t really miss it.

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a pretty nice home gym set up in my basement. There’s nothing fancy about my gym. My basement is unfinished with some really horrible wood paneling that needs to be ripped out one of these days. It’s bare bones fitness. I like to think of myself as Rocky. Remember when he went back to the basics when he fought Ivan Drago in Rocky IV? That’s totally me in my gym.

At least in my mind.

My basement gym has what I need to run, cross train and strength train. What more could you ask for?

When weighing the benefits of working out at home versus a gym membership, to me three things stand out.

It’s convenient. You guys know that I like to workout in the early morning. Most gyms near me open up too late to fit with my family’s schedule. Or having to wake up extra, extra early to hop in the car to drive to the gym turns me off too. With my gym right in my basement I can get my sweat on no matter what time it is. And I don’t have to worry about the weather closing the gym or making it treacherous to drive there.

You can wear, do and listen/watch whatever you want. It’s your gym – there’s no need to wear matching clothes or worry about the stares you get as you rock out to T-Swift. Your gym is truly, the no judgement zone.

It’s cheap. Some gyms are quite pricey. Setting up your own home gym doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (a very toned and muscular arm and leg at that). There are lots of great home fitness equipment options on the market at very affordable prices.

Did you know Kohl’s carries fitness equipment? Yeah, me neither! I was recently sent four pieces of fitness equipment from Kohl’s that are going to help me crush my fitness goals in 2017.

ProForm Easy Strider Elliptical – I love the Elliptical for cross training. It’s a great exercise that mimics running without any impact. Perfect for days when I want to give my bones and joints a break from pounding the pavement. Even if you don’t, the Elliptical is a great piece of equipment for almost anyone to use. Priced at under $450, this model of elliptical has features of brands that are $799 or more, you can’t beat that for an at home piece of fitness equipment.

ProForm Easy Strider Elliptical from Kohl's | happyfitmama.com

ProForm Desk X-Bike Exercise Bike – Can you guess what I’m using right now as I type this? Yup, it’s this bike! Cycling is another great form of cross training for runners if you keep the cadence up. I love the back support of a recumbent bike and the bonus of adding the desk is perfect for keeping an active while I “sit” at the computer to write. The whole bike even folds up and is on wheels for space saving purposes. Perfect for tucking away in an office.

ProForm Desk X-Bike from Kohl's | happyfitmama.com

Stamina Magnetic Rowing Machine – To be completely honest, rowing machines aren’t my thing. I know they are a killer workout but I tend to get sea sick on it. I’ve been trying to incorporate more rowing into my workouts as a way to, hopefully, rid myself the sea sickness and because I know it’s a great exercise for your total body. The Stamina is a great, affordable, space saving option. It folds up and can easily be stored in a closet or behind another piece of equipment to clear some space.

Stamina Magnetic Rowing Machine from Kohl's |happyfitmama.com

BackTrac Back Massager – The BackTrac looks intimidating but actually feels quite amazing. It’s like the knobby ball that I use to roll out my feet daily but for my whole back. It’s intense but it helps to relax muscle tension, improve spinal joint mobility, relieve tender trigger points and gently stretch your spine.

BackTrac Back Massager available at Kohl's | happyfitmama.com

If you are looking to build up your home fitness gym, take a look at Kohl’s. There’s every piece of cardio equipment you could want at a variety of price points. There’s also weights, yoga mats, stretching/recovery tools for your hard worked muscles and so much more. And of course, there’s workout clothes!

I would love to be a 6 days a week runner but my body just can’t handle it. Instead, 4-5 days of running with 2 days of cross training seems to work best. The addition of three new pieces of cardio equipment to my home gym gives me no excuse for slacking on cross training from running. And my new BackTrac Back Massager will help with my spinal mobility so I don’t end up in the chiropractor every week like I did in early 2016.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

Do you workout out at home?

What are your home gym essentials?

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Best Gifts for Fitness Lovers

The best gifts for fitness lovers plus a Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

It’s that time of year again. Time for gift guides and pondering what to get that hard to by fitness lover in your life. But really, it’s not that hard to buy for a someone who loves fitness. Give us anything fitness related and we are happy!

If you are like me, you avoided the stores on Black Friday. And really, why would you want to physically go in a store when you can get the same deal online now? Forget Cyber Monday, there’s Cyber Weekend!

If you are prepared, you probably started shopping already. Or if you are really, really  good, you may be done. But if you are like me, you haven’t even started. Procrastination is my middle name.

Every year, I’ve put together a gift guide of my favorite fitness gear. These are all things I love and use regularly. If it’s on the list, I use it and I want to spread the word about how marvelous it is.

Happy shopping for your gift recipients and of course, yourself. :)

1 ) Saucony Reflex Gear – If you run in the early morning, evening or in low visibility conditions, the Reflex line is for you. I love how it lights up like a Christmas tree when headlights hit you but looks casual and cool in regular light. I have the jacket, tights and the Zealot ISO 2 Reflex Saucony Shoes.Even if you don’t run in low light, the jacket looks cool and is perfect the perfect wind/water repellent jacket.

2 ) Saucony Peregrine Trail Shoes – This year my love for trails has blossomed. I’m definitely not a pro when it comes to the trails but I have found a pair of shoes that I love to wear in the dirt and mud. The Peregrine from Saucony is the best ( a close second is the Saucony Xodus). It hugs slippery rocks. It plows through mud. It cushions in all the right places. You guys know that I have mega feet issues and the Peregrine gives me no problems.

3 ) Saucony Run Mitt – For the past two years, these mittens have saved me on so many runs. My hands are always cold. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with Raynaud’s, but I’ve got all the symptoms. It’s downright painful when my hands get really cold. Not so with these mittens. In fact, there were runs where I had to stick half of my hand out of the mitt because they were hot. That has never happened before. They have been sold out since 2015 so don’t hesitate – buy these now before they are gone again!

4 ) Garmin Forerunner 230/235 – So this is the only item that I haven’t personally tried out. Last week my GPS watch died on me so I was in a panic to find a new one. I couldn’t justify the $$ for a Garmin Fenix (even though Ron kept telling me to get it every time I brought it up). Based on the recommendations of tons of runners, I went with the Garmin 230. It should be arriving today! I debated heavily between the 230 and 235. I decided against getting the 235 because I have never used the HR capability on any other GPS watch I’ve owned for the past 7 years. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point, but right now it wasn’t a worth an extra $70 for me.

5 ) Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones – Look at me – I’ve ditched the wires! Owning a pair of wireless headphones was never really on my radar. I don’t run with music (outside at least) so being connected by wires never really bothered me. Until I was sent the Panasonic Wings Wireless Headphones. They are perfect for my indoor workouts. Before, I always had to have my phone on me while listening to music or podcasts during my basement workouts. If I didn’t have my Saucony Bullet shorts or capris, my phone usually ended up being stuck in my sports bra. Not the best set up. Now I can walk around, jump around and be completely free from my phone while I lift weights and do plyometrics. Life changer!

The best gifts for Fitness Lovers plus and awesome Saucony giveaway! | happyfitmama.com

6 ) Run Fast. Eat Slow. – This cookbook has every recipe a runner could ask for. Not only are they easy to make but taste delicious. On top of that, every recipe is full of nutrients a runner needs pre, during, and post run. Even if you don’t run, you’ll enjoy the tasty recipes.

7 ) Moji Foot Massager – I received this amazing foot massager from Rise.Run.Retreat this year. My feet have never been so happy after a run. Especially because I leave it in the freezer so it does dual treatment of rolling and icing my foot at the same time.

8 ) Manduka Yoga Mat – I have had numerous yoga mats through the years and Manduka makes the best. No doubt about it. It stays in place and more importantly, so do I.

9 ) Kuhl Lea Pullover – I had major pullover envy when I spotted numerous attendees at Rise.Run.Retreat sporting this cute shirt. So much so that I went home and purchased my own. I had the dress version of it so why not get the pullover? It’s co cute, comfortable and perfect for pulling on after a yoga class or running errands throughout the day.

10 ) Namaste Workout Sweatshirt – If you are on Instagram, love yoga and running, then you need to follow Ann. She’s not only a serious runner but a yoga instructor and has a Ph.D in English Lit. Wicked fast and wicked smart! She also has an online shop full of Runners Love Yoga gear. This sweatshirt is super soft and cozy, perfect for after a class or run.

GIVEAWAY!!

Since I love everything from Saucony, and I think you would too, how would you like to win an item of your choice from their website? You can choose an item that I listed above or something entirely else. It’s up to you!

To enter, let me know in the comments which item from Saucony you would like if you won. That’s it! Super simple!

Giveaway ends Friday, December 2, 2016 @ 10 p.m. I’ll pick a winner with Random.org and will contact them by email.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were sent for me to review and others I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are a part of this post.

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