Weekly Rundown

Trying to get back on track here, so I’m even posting it on a Monday to start the week off right! Can’t guarantee what’s going to happen next week, I will definitely be distracted by the Olympics 🙂 They were always on during my childhood, and I haven’t broken the habit yet.

This week was a good one: I got to exercise for longer periods and I only took one day off. The cold did stress my knee out a little, but I adjusted my workouts accordingly.

Monday: I hopped on the treadmill and did a preset workout for weight loss. I picked the 30 minute run, which, with the warm up and cool down, works out to about 2.5 miles running.  I had been so tired from work that I just didn’t want to do it, but it felt awesome and then I was so happy afterwards.

Tuesday: I had planned to walk on the treadmill and then do some yoga, and that is exactly what I managed to do! I did another, walking, weight loss preset on my treadmill for 30 minutes. It is a bit slow but it varies my speed so I don’t have to worry about changing my intensity, and I get to read on my tablet while walking 🙂 I did 20 minutes of yoga afterwards. I mixed in a lot of stretching poses with a few leg strength moves.

Wednesday: off, although since I knew I wasn’t exercising when I got home, I did 9 flights of stairs during my 15 minute break at work.

Thursday: another run day. I did a 30 minute preset workout, which ranges from 5.9 to 6.2 MPH–with a low of 5.6 and a high of 6.5 thrown in . It felt really good; and my breath was quite even while running, even with the speed changes.

Friday: I planned on walking and some weights, but regular life interrupted. I did manage a 20 minute walk on the treadmill. But I had to put heavier blankets on the horses as the temp was dropping again, which always takes a bit longer during the evening chores;  and I spent some relaxing time with my husband hashing over our day.

Saturday: I hopped back on the treadmill (although not in the morning as planned), and ran another preset for 40 minutes. It topped out at 6.8 MPH, and while my knee ached  a bit towards the end, it still felt awesome. I finished off with 14 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Sunday: I had planned a run, but since my knee was cranky, I decided on a long walk instead. The longest walking preset is 30 minutes, but I got around that by doing a 30 minute walk followed by a 20 minute walk for a 50 minute workout. I like doing the presets as they vary the pace, raising the intensity at times without my having to think about how long I have been going at a certain pace. I find I enjoy the treadmill much more if I don’t think about how long I have been on there.

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Weekly Rundown

Another double week post–I need to catch up! We will see what happens next week 😉

Wish I could say I’m not writing ‘cuz I’m exercising, but that’s only part of it. I am happy to say that my workouts are getting longer, which is definitely a goal.  But then the rest of life gets in the way of writing about my fun.

I did get to run a lot the first week, which made me very happy. I hit the treadmill four times, and ran several miles. On  Wednesday I accidentally hit the stop key eleven minutes into the 30 minute run and simply started over. Forty minutes  later, I decided a 15 minute cool down followed by stretching  was a good idea. I felt deliciously tired 🙂 My knee was a little cranky, but fine the next day, so I can do that again.

I didn’t get quite as much running the second week, as we had some hiccups. On Tuesday I wanted to run on the treadmill, but we lost power at the house. It was on when my husband got home, but was off by the time he had finished cleaning out the driveway–we had a bit of an ice storm, which makes sense that we lost power. The weather people said it was going to be a warm day with downpours, but what we got was a frozen day with continuous drizzle.  Ah, Mother Nature.  We did get our power back, but a bit late for the treadmill. At least we got to cook dinner.

We went snowmobiling on Saturday and I was highly amused that my Fitbit gave me a ton of steps. I had resigned myself to a low step count for the day since we would be riding–I even considered getting up early to run to get some in. Of course, we left at 5:30, so it would have been really early. But over the course of 7 hours of riding, the Fitbit tracked 26,000 steps and 400+ flights of stairs. I decided to take it, as I was doing quite a bit of work, steering and bouncing around on the snowmobile. And when I went to rake the horse paddock the next day, my triceps protested quite vehemently! So I am pretty sure I worked out the day before, so I just did some yoga to stretch out in the afternoon.

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Monthly Stats

Last month stats

Well, we can see the effects of the holidays on my exercise schedule! Although, my treadmill miles aren’t tracked and I did spend most of those 11 hours running on the treadmill, so I am not quite as disappointed as I could be. But I am looking forward to seeing if my January numbers rebounded 🙂

Weekly Rundown x 2

I didn’t do a Rundown post last week, not because I didn’t have time, but because it seemed like the same thing over and over again.

Am I in an exercise rut?

 Nah, I just wasn’t sure I had anything new to say about the same exercises. I still love my exercise and have no desire to change it, although I am always willing to try something new.

My weeks seem to be a combination of treadmill running (three or four times), weights (once) and yoga (once). I have to work hard each day to make the time to fit my exercise in, but that isn’t that new either.Although it does seem worse recently.  There are always errands to do that get in the way. Which is why I also seem to be taking two days off during the week rather than one.

I was excited that not only did  I manage to run longer than I thought I could on the treadmill  Saturday, I followed it up by a 30 minute run on Sunday. I have been  trying to run every other day to give my leg a break, unless I was doing just a mile or so before yoga or weights. It was nice to see that my leg was strong enough to do two long (comparatively) runs in a row. (It was a bit sore for the next run, but it just needs to suck it up and strengthen, already)

And I added Burpees back into rotation. They really made a difference to my shape and strength when I did the Burpee challenge in June, so I thought I should do them a couple of times a week. That hasn’t happened, as I am only doing weights once a week at the moment and that’s where I added the Burpees. I am doing 5 Burpees in-between my arm sets. I do three sets, so I am currently doing  15 Burpees, and definitely need to increase them each week.  I ought to work in my weights more than once a week too, but it’s just more fun to run or have a yoga session.

I did have a fun excursion planned for this previous Sunday, but Mother Nature, once more, stepped in to change that.

We had received more  snow than normal at this time of year, which is great for snowmobiling. Not a lot of trails around here, so we had planned a trip a few hours north on Sunday.

My husband had bought a new–to him–sled in December and he was aching to get on it. Since he had a new sled, I got his. My sled was a similar model several years older than his, and since it currently goes into reverse and won’t come out of it, I was happy with the change. We had gotten to play around our back field, but were really looking forward to a long day out.

Then it rained for 18 hours. All that snow melted, and flooded.

And I do mean flood. We live near the Kennebec river, and the fact that we no longer had anything to snowmobile on was not the worst thing to happen in the area:

Image result for hallowell flooded cars   Image result for hallowell flooded cars Cars parked along the river behind local businesses. Many of the businesses flooded too.

We did get some more snow this week (big surprise!), so my husband is headed up North this weekend for snowmobiling. Not sure those cars are out yet. Or will be anytime soon.

 

 

Happy Surprises

I love it when I realize I am  in better shape than I thought!

I’ve been playing around with the pre-set workouts on  my treadmill, and today I decided to try the forty minute intensity session. I haven’t run for more than thirty minutes since I started running on the treadmill. And my last runs on the road weren’t that long either, since I was running out of time and daylight. So I really didn’t think I was going to finish the forty minutes.

I’d done four of the six workouts, but I hadn’t done the final two, which are each forty minutes. Mostly that was a lack of time. Most of my workouts are done after work, and I am limited by both my energy and all the other things I need to get done at night (feeding the horses, feeding the husband, laundry, errands, etc).

I’m happy when I get any exercise in, and thirty minutes seems to be the most I can devote to my workouts at night recently.  The holidays are over and life should return to normal, but my new normal seems to be sitting down between 6:30 and 7:00 at night–and I get out of work at 2:45!

But I had nothing going on today.  Since we were supposed to have an ice event today (it didn’t show, but absolutely no complaints), we got all our errands tucked away yesterday and today I planned on laundry, napping and movies.

Eventually this afternoon I convinced myself I really should get on the treadmill. I was dithering whether I would walk, run or do a preset. I decided to do the forty minute #6 preset workout, but I convinced myself I didn’t have to do all of it. Of course, once I hit twenty-five minutes, I figured I could finish it.

That carrot trick works every time. I’m so easy to fool.

The workout starts with two minutes of walking at 3.4 MPH, then hops to 5.3 MPH and alternates that with 6.5 MPH, then alternates 5.3 MPH intervals with 6.8 MPH intervals. I think the intervals are a minute each, but I try not to pay too much attention to time because if I watch the clock, then it feels like the workout is taking forever. I do know that there were three of the 6.5 intervals and thirteen of the 6.8. The final three minutes are walking as well, at 3.1 MPH.

When I finished the forty minutes, I decided to do a cool down of walking at 2.5 MPH for ten minutes. Followed by eleven more minutes of yoga stretches. So, in all, sixty-one minutes of exercise!

And I didn’t die. I felt awesome 🙂

A New Year of Exercise

A lot of exercise resolutions are being made this month. And, sadly, many will be broken next month. So here is my little bit of advice to keep you going on those resolutions.

First, make sure your resolution is what you want, not just because everyone around you is making their resolutions and you think you should as well.

Then, figure out what works for YOU.

I did a lot of aerobics in the ’90s as they were the “in” thing. Here’s what I learned–I hate aerobics. I would start an exercise program, then quit in a month. Then I felt bad, so I  would start again and then quit again,  and  keep going through that cycle. Not surprisingly, I neither got in shape nor lost weight.

When Billy Blanks started his Kickboxing revolution, I tried that too. I found I liked kickboxing, but more as the sport itself than speeding up the moves to make an aerobic  (there’s that word again) exercise as Billy did. I did get myself a freestanding punching bag with a book and kept up the kickboxing, with the emphasis  on form rather than speed. Hmmm, maybe I need to add that back into rotation….

The first time I actually enjoyed exercise was when I got my Springer pup and I had to walk her energy off several times a week. Then I decided walking took too long (I am basically an impatient person), so I began running. Ah, that fit!!

Once you decide what works for you, there are still more pieces to nail down. When you have the time to exercise is a big one. Be flexible.

I used to exercise in the afternoon, because I was not a morning person. But I have changed over the years, and I found it nice to get it done before heading off for my day. Then I started working at 6:30 in the morning and I shifted back to the afternoon sessions. I miss my morning workouts, but not enough to get up at 3:30!

I do try to plan out my week–I’m kinda OCD that way. I figure out what exercise I am going to do each day, and what day I plan to take off. But I let my week dictate what I can do and if I really don’t want to run a certain day, then I weight-lift instead and run on the weight day. If something major comes up, I switch my day off and workout on my planned day off.

Be open to new forms of exercise, you never know what might surprise you. My friend  recently took up kayaking. That is not terribly surprising, except that she can’t swim and has avoided water-based activities for a long time. But she loves it! Whatever it is your friends talk you into may not be your go-to exercise, but you could enjoy it and add in occasionally. If not, then you know not to try it again!

You might have noticed that I use the word flexible quite a bit. Nothing should be written in stone except your intention to exercise in some form and in some consistent fashion.

Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t dread your chosen exercise, and there are  certainly enough out there to try a new one if you find yourself skipping workouts.

I love running, yoga and riding my horses. I tolerate the weight-lifting because I know I need it to do my loves to the best of my ability. I know not everyone will love, or like, running. Or yoga. You might even hate them. So go find your love.

 

A Year of Running

No one that knows me was surprised I started running the moment I could after my accident broke my knee (among other things).

I nailed my  ortho doctor down in May (four months after the accident) on when he thought I could start running. After rebuilding my knee, he wasn’t keen on my ruining it again.  And, based on the amount of cushion I had left, he wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. But after some pushing, he suggested August first as a possibility he could live with

So of course I got on the treadmill August 1st and proceeded to run…..for 2 minutes at a very slow pace, holding on to the treadmill bars.

But it was running!

I didn’t run outside for quite a while, I think it was the end of September before I ventured out. Even so, most of my running that fall was done on the treadmill.  And throughout the winter, naturally, I was in on the treadmill.

I started running outside as soon as possible in the spring. I remembered how very much I hated hills (also that I was surrounded by hills). And how very wonderful it was when I managed to conquer them.

These were the numbers for my first August. And only an hour and twenty-eight minutes were actually spent running. A lot of them were walking the dog 🙂

Last month stats

The numbers for August, a year later.  Still a good bit of walking the dog–she is a demanding little girl. But six and a half hours and thirty  miles of those numbers were running. The bulk of them were run outside, with only two days on the treadmill (must have been raining!).

I also hit one of my major goals that month, running the Rail Trail between Gardiner and Augusta; a distance of 6.5 miles. I felt wonderful.

I’m back on the treadmill now, with extreme cold outside. It is currently, at 9AM, -17 degrees here. Although there was a road race in Bangor–oh my, they are even further north–yesterday, I am just not that brave. But I am already looking forward to getting back out there in the spring!

Weekly Rundown

Another week! And now the holidays are over 🙂 Time to get back to regular life. Thank goodness.

Monday: I got my 15 minute break at work and did eight flights of stairs while walking about the hospital.  When I got home I hopped on the treadmill and did the second Intensity workout. That lasts 30 minutes and does about 2.75 miles at varying paces. It’s actually quite nice not having to think about when I can be done, or if I am going fast enough.  Afterwards I did my plank, holding for 2 minutes and 50 seconds, with 15 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I was waiting for my new sneakers, since running the previous day was not as fun as it could be. I was also extremely tired, although my husband talked me into  taking the snowmobiles out back for a brief ride up and down the field. That was pretty fun 🙂

Wednesday: What I didn’t take into account was that on Wednesday we had my husband’s work Christmas party, which meant that we had to leave immediately when I got home from work. So another day off! But it was a good party.

Thursday: New sneakers arrived! I did a short run, not wanting to go too far til I had them broken in…or at least was sure they wouldn’t hurt my feet. So I just did 20 minutes of the 30 minute Intensity workout. Followed by, of course, the plank: 3 minutes, 16 push-ups.

Friday: another day off. I had final errands with the husband for Christmas (in the first snowstorm of the weekend). I did mange 8 more flights of stairs during my break at work. I figure if I only took three days off the week before Christmas, that really isn’t too bad.

Saturday: Workout by Mother Nature! I had to roof rake our two canvas buildings, one is the “hay barn,” and the other functions as my husband’s garage. It takes about twenty minutes for each one, so that’s not too bad right? They had probably a foot or more of accumulated snow as we hadn’t done them yet this season, and the previous day’s storm dumped about eight inches on them. It was a wonderful arm workout! And my legs were a bit unhappy after  trudging through the deep snow. I rested up while cleaning the house (my family was coming for Christmas the next day), and then I got on the treadmill. I did the 30 minute Intensity workout again–my goal is to get comfortable with it and then do it on the incline. We’ll see. And, of course, I did my Challenge: a 3:10 plank with 16 push-ups.

Sunday: I snuck in some yoga before my family arrived. I really wanted to get on the treadmill and use those sneakers again (they are quite nice!), but we lost power during the night. That was due to the second storm of the weekend, which sadly,  was basically ice. The  electric power website said we should be up and running by 8am, and we were. Which made it easier to stagger the dishes for the meal!

And I finished (finally) my Challenge, doing my last plank for 3:20 with 17 push-ups. Skipping the days I didn’t do an actual workout  during the Challenge was easier, but also meant I didn’t go as far as I could have, had I done it everyday for a month. On the hand, I did end up with a 3+ minute plank, which is really not bad.

I think my next Challenge will be easier! Although I suppose that would not be very helpful.

 

Weekly Rundown

Some weeks I feel like I am exercising just fine, but then I look back at my week and realize that while I did exercise, the days were short and scattered.  I suppose that is normal during the holiday season. At this time of year, any exercise is good exercise!

And I meant to finish and post this yesterday, as it is the previous week’s, but then Mother Nature stepped in and rained ice on Maine Saturday. We lost power, and while that came back on Sunday morning, the internet didn’t come back til this morning.

Monday: took the day off.  I had to get the car picked up from the body shop before they closed, and it was close-we got there with 15 minutes to spare. When we had that lovely So’Easter in October, my car got whacked by a falling branch and it punched my sunroof down about 2 inches. I was pretty concerned that we were going to get a heavy, wet snow and I was going to find the sunroof in my car some morning. Took them six days, but my car came home looking better than new (they detailed it, and it was shiny and pretty!).

Tuesday: I wanted to do a fast mile on the treadmill before weight training. I really wanted to see how fast I could do a mile, and planned on increasing the speed to see just how fast I could get.  I reckoned without my engagement ring, that caught the stop key and pulled it off, stopping my run suddenly. I started up immediately again, but am a bit unsure about the exact time for the mile. I’m going with 9 minutes–I was hoping for better. I did get up to 7.2 MPH, which is the fastest I’ve gone yet, so that’s a win. I followed up with my standing weights routine (3 x 15), which took 16 minutes. And, of course, I managed to get my plank  and push-ups in.

Wednesday: a nice relaxing day, I did 30 minutes of Candle Light yoga. Followed by a 2:20 minute plank with 12 push-ups.

Thursday: I decided to do the second Intensity pre-set workout on my treadmill.  The first one was simply walking for 20 minutes, and this one was 10 minutes longer. Imagine my surprise when it kicked up to 5.9 MPH and I was running! Then, 7 minutes into the routine my dang ring caught the emergency stop key again. After a minute of thought I just restarted the same workout, and ran through it start to finish. So I ran for 37 minutes and just over 3 miles. Felt pretty good too! And I didn’t forget my  challenge (although I wish I could),  but I did try it without the push-ups. I can do the core of the plank just fine, but–as with my Burpee challenge–my arms are not loving it. Even without my push-ups, my arms rather hurt half way through the 2:30 plank.

Friday: off

Saturday:  A furious final Christmas shopping trip with Ellen. I didn’t really need much, but it was wonderful to be with my friend, and I did find a few last-minute stocking stuffers. Plus, we got a LOT of steps in. When I got home I did manage to walk  Daisy 1 mile, although not as quickly as she would have liked. And I did do a 2:40 plank with 14 push-ups after.

Sunday: off. I had a plan: Cleaning, then exercise on the treadmill. But by the time I was done with all the chores,  it was 9. I decided to can the exercise because I really needed breakfast by then. I knew I wouldn’t get to exercise later as we were having family over for a visit (thus all the cleaning). And while I was eating, they called and said they were only 20 minutes away! Very quick shower later, I was ready to spend the day with family 🙂

 

Weekly Rundown

Ever start a challenge and really hate it half way through? I guess that makes it a good challenge. But geez, can 12/24 get here, puleese? My arms are so very not happy with me. And I’m not good at it: I think I know how long my plank should be and how many push-ups I should do, but then I go to write it down and realize I did that same thing the day before. Oops!

The rest of the week went well, although I think I need new sneakers. The gentleman who sold them to me said they were good, but when they go, I would know it. And I do. They last around 500 miles, so I guess that means I had a good year! Thank goodness I have no interest in marathons or ultras, I don’t think I could afford the replacement shoes.

We were busy enough at work that I missed a few breaks during the week, so not too many stairs. I figure if I am running on the treadmill, the stairs take the place of all the hills for the winter. Hill work is important!

Monday: I wasn’t planning on running, so I did a bunch (7 flights) of stairs during my walk break at work. I jogged up every other set, and was a bit flushed when I went back to my little office to register more patients. When I got home I did 35 minutes of Candle Light yoga. I want to try to do the practice at least once a week to help stretch out my muscles. Maybe my next challenge will be a yoga challenge? I could rock that.  Speaking of which, I did a 1:40 plank, with 8 push ups.

Tuesday: 40 minutes walking on the treadmill at 3 MPH. Followed, of course, by a 1:50 plank with  9 push ups.

Wednesday: 2 miles running on the treadmill at a very easy 5.2 MPH. I felt very good doing it, and followed up with 10 minutes of yoga. I finished up with 1:50 plank with 9 push ups–there’s the first oops.

Thursday: A brisk treadmill walk of 1.8 miles at 3.6 MPH.  I probably could’ve gone a little faster, but I was relaxing a bit. No Daisy to push me along like she does out on the road! She is not impressed by my treadmill, she runs in and out at will, wondering what I might be doing on that thing.  And, not to be forgotten, my plank of 2 minutes and 10 push ups.

Friday: off

Saturday: whoo-hooo, I got out on the road. It was just a quick 2 mile run, but it was a nice morning out. My shoulders hurt as my arms swung in time with my stride, so I decided to do my plank later. Only then I got busy cleaning and helping my husband and I rather forgot to do the challenge later.

Sunday: I did the 20 minute intensity walk on my treadmill. There are six pre-set workouts on my treadmill and I haven’t got around to trying any of them in the past year. So I thought since I am stuck on the treadmill for the winter (for the most part), I might as well try them. It was fairly easy, doing one mile at various paces over the course of 20 minutes. I finished with a 2:10 plank with 11 push-ups. That would be my second  (or third, if you count the day I forgot) oops. Hope I do better next week! On the bright side, my abdomen is looking better anyway 🙂