Weekly Workout Report: December 17-23

One more short week at work before my long Christmas break started! It was still a busy week between getting ready for family Christmases (gift wrapping, baking and cooking), my work’s holiday party and my parents coming down for a visit. But let’s get into my workouts for the week!

Monday, December 17

Back at it with weights and spin class tonight! I'm so glad I was able to make it spin class since there's no class for the next two weeks due to the holidays.

Tuesday, December 18

3 miles ~ 30:55 ~ 10:18 min/mile

Some nice, easy treadmill miles after work while watching an episode of Reign (the series I’m currently working my way through on Netflix).

Wednesday, December 19

3 miles ~ 30:35 ~ 10:11 min/mile

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Not feeling the greatest but managed a couple of easy treadmill miles. And then curled up on the couch and relaxed!

Thursday, December 20

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Started off my Christmas break with weights and cardio! It's so nice to use the apartment gym when it's not busy.

Friday, December 21

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Yoga by the Christmas tree this morning while Vinnie napped and then I stopped at the gym for some cardio before grocery shopping.

Saturday, December 22

4 miles ~ 41:22 ~ 10:19 min/mile

A nice, easy run this morning before a busy day. I had to take a couple of walking breaks but overall it was great to be running outside!

Sunday, December 23

5 miles ~ 52:24 ~10:28 min/mile

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A nice easy run along the Mississippi River with some freshly fallen snow along the path this morning.

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My Four Favorite Plank Variations

Planks are my favorite way to work my core because of how many variations there are! I can easily do a core workout of just planks and not get bored because it’s so easy to mix it up. Plus, I don’t feel same tension I get from doing too many crunch-like moves. Here’s four of my favorite plank variations that you can use to strengthen your core too!

High to Low Plank


Start in a high plank position so that your hands are right underneath your shoulders. Bend your right arm from the elbow and lowering it on the ground so that you can lean on your right forearm, then do the same with your left arm.

Then push your body up with the right arm and then with the left arm to finish on a high plank position again. Try not to rest in one position and be continuously moving from high to low plank.

Plank Wraps


Start in side plank with arm extended directly under shoulder and legs out straight. Wrap top arm underneath body rotating hips down. Open back up to arm facing the sky then repeat for 30-60 seconds. Switch sides and repeat full exercise.

Plank Saws

Start in a forearm plank position. Lift your hips slightly and shift shoulders backwards. Then shift forward to bring your chest almost to the ground. Push back up and continue moving back and forth for 30-60 seconds.

Side Plank Knee to Elbow


Start in a side plank on your left forearm with your right arm extended overhead. Bring your right knee toward your right elbow in a crunch. Return to start and continue for 30-60 seconds. Repeat on your opposite side.

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