As I sit here and realize that February is ending, I can’t help but feel like somehow we cheated our way out of winter this year. (I am just speaking for those of us who live in these areas that had a milder-than-usual winter.) I thought this would be a really bad winter when we were getting 15 degree days in December. However, that seemed to be the worst of it! A little snow here or there, some freezing temps on and off, but overall nothing like what we usually get.
March 1st makes me feel like I made it though the worst of the winter. Hopefully that’s true this year, but honestly I feel like this winter went by a million times faster than usual. If you were to look back at my posts from the past 3 winters you will see nothing but complaints about the weather. I don’t think I complained at all this year!
Month in Review: February 2017
So, how did February look for workouts? Well, It started out with “noticing” my foot again, followed by a weird hamstring/hip tightness that led to the decision to take 2 weeks off of running. During those 2 weeks I spent a lot of time on the spin bike and also had dry needling for my foot/ankle/calf.
Returning to running was awkward, and I’m still not really back to normal. I do feel like I got in plenty of good workouts this month with spinning, core work, Pilates, and even Pure Barre.
Check out this 30 Minute 90s Themed Spinning Workout
I was pretty consistent with yoga (using jasyoga videos a few times a week). I did notice that stretching my hamstring made it worse. So I used it more for upper body mobility and strength (core work, hip stability, etc.) I got back into the habit of using my foam roller more frequently and that seemed more beneficial that stretching.
Overall it was a really busy month. Weekends were spent wedding/bridesmaids dress shopping with my sister, dealing with car trouble (which led to starting the process of looking for a new car) and the usual blogging/meal prep/cleaning routines. Work was also really busy, and I think that is a factor that really makes the days/weeks/months go by quickly.
I saw a lot of growth on my blog this month thanks to Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Wendy’s Facebook group. It was a bit of a tough transition when I changed my blog name because all my pins were still out there for Running Out Of Wine (which is gone now). So over the past few months I put a lot of time and effort into updating my images and getting them out into the land of Pinterest. It was a lot of work but has paid off and now that my old site is gone I don’t feel there are as many broken links out there, hopefully.
Let’s look at my goals for winter and see how I did:
- Short but consistent yoga practices: A-
- Foot strength and balance: A-
- Mobility work/foam rolling: A for foam rolling, C for dynamic stretching
- Longer spinning workouts: A-
- More planks and push-ups: B+
I’d say I did better with these goals than I did in January, probably because I spent much less time running and more time inside focusing on all the little things.
What’s in store for March?
I think I am going to try to continue with the 5 goals above, but I would like to find a better balance/routine for my weeks. I hope to get back to running 3 days/week consistently as well. This wasn’t one of my goals for winter, but I made some progress with my strength training thanks to the time off from running. Rather than just 1 day/week of a total body workout, I started breaking up my strength training into 2-4 days of upper or lower body workouts. This takes less time each day (so I can also spin, do yoga, foam roll on the same day) and is more focused. I plan to continue this routine, but since I am adding running back in I will probably just do 2 days of strength training each week.
How did you do with your goals in February?
Do you feel like you “cheated’ winter this year?
How many days each week do you strength train?