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.
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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?