This Week’s Workouts {Drop it Like a Squat}

Happy almost-the-end-of-the-week!

So, in just over a week my mom and I will finally be running the Stu’s 30k Relay! I had posted a while ago that my mom was planning on running the whole 18 mile course… Well, plans change. Unfortunately, the weather has just been really awful around here lately and so are the street conditions. They’re slushy, muddy, and the snowbanks are so high you can barely see around corners. That would be all fine and dandy if we had a treadmill, but we don’t unfortunately. So even though my mom got in some 10 and 12-mile training runs earlier in the month, she hasn’t been able to get in the distance to really be able to run the Stu’s course safely and comfortably.

So new plan: we’re running it as a 2-person relay! I’m not really sure what the mileage will end up looking like with the relay (the website isn’t the most informative), but I am really excited!

Stu's 30K Relay Course Map.Since I wanted to get some training in before this race, my mom and I set out for another little 4-mile “test” run on Tuesday. Despite the roads being pretty awful, my knee felt pretty good and 4 miles turned into 5! It definitely seems to be getting better, slowly but surely.

2 Generations Running.Not a great picture, but at least it gives you a sense of the conditions plus you get to see my mom’s crazy bright running leggings!

Wednesday, I did this 40 minute total body barre workout that I found on Youtube. Shockingly, it’s not a fitnessblender video! I’ve done this video a few times now, and I really like it. I know one of the things I have to work on to improve my knee is to strengthen my quads and glutes, and this video does the job with literally hundreds of squats and pulsing squats (and no, that isn’t an exaggeration).

Doing some squats.I only wish I could get Brady and Keeper to do squats with me.

The video also incorporates some upper-body exercises as well as core work. I still can’t make it through the entire plank series that comes at the end of the video, but I’m working on it! 🙂 The instructor (Shauna Kathleen) has a bunch of different barre workouts on her channel so if this is something you are interested in trying but don’t want to spring for a barre studio membership just yet, I would definitely check out her videos!

Thursday, I did another video workout – Fitnessblender’s Tank Top Arms Round 2 followed by their Butt and Abs Tabata workout which combined nicely for a sweaty, 40-minute workout. The tabata video has become a favorite of my mom’s since she started to do Fitnessblender’s workouts, and I would have to agree that it’s another great workout.

How were your workouts this week? Do you do squats with your dog (or pet?) 🙂

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