The theme of this week seemed to be perseverance. With some pretty chilly temperatures and a first legit snowfall as well as a husband who was traveling, it could have been very easy for me to skip out on the weekday runs and workout sessions. Thoughts like 'I don't really want to do three miles on the treadmill and the weather isn't cooperating so I just won't run this week' and 'the mileage is the same as last so that shouldn't really derail things too much', did run through my head. But, if you follow my Instagram, you know that I choose to push through. I bundled up and braved the temperatures on Tuesday and then I sucked it up and ran in the snow Thursday morning. My goals had been set, I wanted to follow through and I'm so glad that I did.

It's a great feeling of accomplishment to finish anything, but even more so when you break through barriers and are able to conquer a goal finishing strong. With a different mindset, I set my intentions to finish these runs outdoors and believe it or not, I enjoyed them. With the appropriate running attire, it really is not too bad to run in the cold. Base layer makes a world of difference! And, Thursday's run in the snow felt adventurous. I decided to make the most of a snow run and head out to a local park that I knew would be have a little more scenic landscape than my usual route around my neighborhood. It was actually quite quiet, peaceful and beautiful to run in the freshly fallen snow.

Another positive for this week is that I had no ankle pain with my runs. If you recall from last week, I had a slight strain in my left ankle. I took the weekend to rest and with a few at-home remedies, I was set me up pretty well for this week. What a relief!

Beyond that, workouts this week were pretty typical. Stretch, strength, run, so on and so forth. I was given a free trial pass to Pursuit Institute, a small gym here in Champaign, so that's were I did my upper body lifting on Friday. I'll be sharing more details about Pursuit and my experience there in a new series of posts coming soon that will focus on local fitness studios/gyms but suffice to say it's a pretty awesome space with all the fitness gear you could ever want access to.

Rest Day
Rest Day
Bodyflow/Chest & Back
3mi run
3mi run/Beachbody Yoga on Demand
Biceps, Triceps & Shoulders
Beachbody Yoga for Runners

Full details for Monday, Wednesday and Friday's strength sessions:

Chest & Back
Barbell Chest Press, 3 sets of 12, 40lbs
Cable Lat Push Down, 3 sets of 12, 30lbs
Pyramid Push-ups, starting with 10
Cable Lat Row, 3 sets of 10, 60lbs
Close Body Chest Press with Kettlebell and Bosu, 3 sets of 10, 20lbs
Cable Single Arm Lat Pulldown, 3 sets of 12, 40lbs

Backwards Sliding Lunges, 3 sets of 12
Squat with Overhead Arm Reach, 3 sets of 12
Plia Squat with Pulse, 3 sets of 12
Bridge with Pulse, 3 sets of 12

Biceps, Triceps & Shoulders
Dumbbell Arnold Press, 3 sets of 12, 15lbs
Dumbbell Tricep Kickback, 3 sets of 12, 10lbs
Dumbbell Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 12, 12lbs
Cable Cross-body Upright Row, 3 sets of 12, 20lbs
TRX Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 12
TRX Tricep Extension, 3 sets of 12
Dumbbell Lat Raise, 3 sets of 12, 10lbs
Dumbbell Biceps 21's, 3 sets of 21, 10lbs
Cable Single Arm Tricep Pushdown, 3 sets of 12, 5lbs

How were your workouts this week? Did you try anything new? Time to head into the weekend feeling strong and empowered!