Weekly Rundown

I am falling apart! I went to bed last Wednesday just fine, but when I got up Thursday morning, my right foot hurt along the outside edge. How does one sleep on a foot wrong?
Then I did an actual Yoga session (instead of the just stretching I have been doing), and hurt the long muscle along my spine on the left side. Not sure what move caused it, but it feels like a rather painful muscle spasm. Argh. And did I mention I have been putting a brace on my other knee when running as hills-up and down-seem to cause issues for it?
Of course, being an idiot, I just kept going. The foot comes and goes, more when I sit and it stiffens up, so exercise helps, right? And my back is feeling better, and, fortunately, running doesn’t seem to bother it. Twisting is not recommended, however.

Monday: off after a very busy day at work. I did walk Daisy back to check on something in the camp, and then took CR for a walk in his backyard to do a little ground work.

Tuesday: a quick 2 mile run to the end of my road and back. My knee was a bit ouchy, so when I got back I did 15 minutes of yoga stretching. I was so very tired when I got home, so I was pretty proud that I did that much!

Wednesday: took Daisy out for 1.5 mile walk, then I did my weights while she watched from the couch. I read an article recently that suggested that instead of adding reps, one could do a couple extra lifts at the end of the set if one still felt strong. So I did. I went with 3 x 15, but did 16 the second set and 17 the last set. A sneaky way to increase without adding a whole rep-which my brain seems to be resisting.

Thursday: planned to go run on the Rail Trail on the way home, but work ran late so I decided to just run at the hospital. I did 3.46 miles, with the last half mile  back through field, and it was rough. Just like those extra lifts, I think running on uneven ground with long grass when my muscles were already tired probably pushed my muscles to get stronger. At least, that’s what I kept telling myself.

Friday: unexpectedly off.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out for a walk. I planned on walking down Blinn hill and going maybe a mile more, then turning around to walk back up the hill, but Daisy and I were having a good time so we kept going. We have a loop around, so I can leave one end of my road and come back in the other. The loop is 5.7 miles, and I can’t believe how Daisy just trotted along! Took us an hour and thirty-nine minutes, and I was watching her furry butt the whole way (except when we stopped for an interesting sniff). And I even managed to ride Charby later in the afternoon for 26 minutes. I did sleep well that night.

Sunday: the weather messed up my day. I planned to ride in the morning and work in the house in the afternoon as the morning was supposed to be mostly clear with rain in the afternoon. But it started to rain at 8:30, so I started some long-term projects in the house. By the time the sun came out (unexpectedly) in the afternoon, I couldn’t leave my projects. So Christopher Robin got the day off. Probably didn’t bother him. I did a yoga session–the one that messed up my back. I think it might have been eagle pose, but I’m  not sure. I did hurt that muscle over the summer lifting something with my husband, so I might have just twisted wrong and aggravated it. It certainly felt aggravated for the next couple days.

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Weekly Rundown

As I got ready to write this week’s Rundown, I realized I hadn’t written last week’s Rundown! My goodness, I am slacking big time! First I was going to just let it go, but then I realized just how much fun I had my vacation week.

As I posted, I made my first goal for the year: running the 6.5 miles on the Rail Trail between Gardiner and Augusta. That was awesome, especially since it wasn’t as difficult as one might think. Now I wonder how far I can run??

Daisy and I got a lot of walking in. We didn’t go far each day, but we got out to enjoy the changing leaves and fresh air. Well, I enjoyed the changing leaves, she mostly enjoyed the sniffs and racing ahead of me. She did like chasing any floating leaves, pre-emptively attacking them before they could hit the ground.

I also got to play with the horses almost every day–I had wonderful weather on my vacation. It was almost too warm.  I rode early in the morning most days, after the grain but before I threw out the hay to ensure it wasn’t too hot to make them exercise, much to the horses’ chagrin. But they did seem to appreciate the love, and I got to work my legs. Been a while since I had the time and place to make sure my legs were hanging the way they were supposed to be, heels down and on the horse instead of just reacting to what the horse was doing–or what I wanted the horse to be doing.

But I think the highlight of the week was the Great Inflatables Race.

I did it with 3 of my high school friends (and a daughter that got roped in), and we had soooo  much fun. We had serious issues getting over some of the obstacles because we were laughing so hard!
I did the Insane Inflatable last year, and there were some differences in the obstacles: this year’s were made with a much softer plastic, which made waves across the whole obstacle as people walked on it in different places–and speeds. That just added a whole new difficulty level,  not to mention more giggles.
The cool thing was that the set up course was 1.8 miles, so after all the waves went, we were invited to run it again. Second time was just as fun!

      There has been talk of skater skirts next year, inspired by all the tutus we saw

 Staring down the throat of the race (literally!) as we waited to start

      

 

 

 

Sliding home on the last obstacle!

 

Weekly Rundown

So I have been on vacation this week, and while one might think that means I would have more time to blog; apparently, one would be wrong. Then of course, my computer died on Friday, producing a scramble to get a new one.

But here is my much belated rundown from the previous week. It was a nice week, with lots of outside time weather.

Monday:  I met my friend Kate for a walk on the Rail Trail in Augusta. We had a lovely, leisurely walk of 3.41 miles in an hour and nine minutes. With  LOTs of squirrels. I guess they were all out collecting for winter, they did not seem the least concerned with us as they scampered across the trail, rustled in the leaves and flew up the trees.

Tuesday: Weight day. I did my 3×15 sets, with 5 Burpees in between the arm/leg sets I start with. I also added an “airplane” move; a variation on a yoga move: I stood on one leg, stretched my leg and upper body out flat (in an airplane stance) then straightening up, bring my leg back in bent so that it didn’t touch before stretching out again. I did 10 on each leg in between my sets after my Burpees.  Definitely worked my core and my standing leg 🙂

Wednesday: I decided to do some speed drills as I have been unhappy with my recent mile times. They were getting  longer instead of shorter, and that was just the wrong direction! So I hopped on the treadmill and did 2 miles. I did the first mile in 10 minutes, working up from 5 to 6.5 MPH. Then the second mile I did 1 minute at 5 MPH, then 2 minutes at 6 MPH and 1 minute at 7 MPH, for 3 cycles. I finished with a 4 minute cool down and I felt fabulous when I was done. I mean, sweaty and tired, but fabulous.

Thursday: off. It was a planned day off, as I knew I was working from 6:30 am to 6 pm. I knew better than getting any sympathy from anyone else at the hospital, as 12 hour days are the norm for many nurses.  It was a long day, but went pretty well.

Friday: Another treadmill  work out.  I did the first mile starting at 5 MPH and working up to 6 MPH, then the second from 6 MPH to 6.5 MPH. I finished  up with a 5 minute cool down at 2.0 MPH. Geez, that was slow. It was work just not going faster 🙂

Saturday:  First day of vacation! Daisy and I went out for a long (3.5 mile) walk followed by 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out. I did try to ride Charby, but the flies were horrendous. Not for me, as they were all attacking her.  She tried to get a fly off her shoulder while we were trotting and she isn’t really that graceful. After about 15 minutes I gave up and took her back to the barnyard. Much to her surprise, I lunged her for five or so minutes before brushing her and turning her loose.

Sunday: I decided to do drills. I mixed my hill drills with flat drills, as I am fortunate in that I have a flat 200 foot driveway attached to the road on a hill. So I did roughly 90 yard dashes up the hill, then walked down to do a drill (high knees, butt kicks, grapevines and skipping) down the driveway and back before dashing up the hill again. I know my last two dashes were slower, but I focused on my form and just went as fast as I could. The rest of the day I spent helping my husband put log siding on the shed/camp out back.

                                                                            It is really cute now.
By the time we were done at 4pm, I decided it was really too hot to play with Christopher Robin. So I went in, showered, and watched the Patriots (narrowly) win.

 

Mileposts

I have a bunch of running goals I want to accomplish, hopefully before snow sets in this winter. Today I conquered a big one.

Milepost 1

I ran 6.5 miles on the Rail Trail from Gardiner to Augusta today. It was awesome!

I decided I wasn’t worried about time, I just wanted to make it from end to end. I haven’t run this trail (in its entirety) since the summer before my accident. And only the once.

So my stomach was a mass of butterflies as I drove to Gardiner today.

The longest I had run this summer was 5 miles, and that was a month ago. I was truly intimidated by the length of run. The plan was to meet a friend at the other end, then have coffee and shopping before she took me back to my car.  I knew that she would have picked me up anywhere along the route if it had been needed. So that wasn’t the issue, I was just concerned that it might be necessary. I had already decided that if I needed to walk, I would. That took some pressure off too. But of course I didn’t want to walk. Not to get too philosophical, but I decided the only thing I could do was take a deep breath and run one step at time.

So I went to the start of the trail, took that breath and stretched, then took that first step.

I definitely wasn’t going too fast to start, as I was worried about lasting all the miles. But I worked on getting a nice, consistent pace and kept taking those deep breaths. By the time I finished the first mile, I had relaxed into a rhythm. The nice thing about the Rail Trail is that it is a rolling path, with up and down grades instead of huge hills. And the only two big hills are coming the other way (I’ll be doing that next), going the way I was this morning meant I got to go down those hills. Gotta stack the deck anyway you can 😛

By the time I finished mile 3 I realized I could do this, and by the time I finished mile 4 I felt pretty dang good.  That feeling continued when I finished and looked at my splits.

The last longish run I did was 3.3 miles, and each one of those miles was 11+. Because of that, I have been doing drills and speed workouts on the treadmill. Apparently that helped, as based on my perceived effort, I thought I was doing 11 minute miles. Turns out that I was doing consistent 10:30 minutes, and mile 4 was actually  sub 10 minute.

Today’s total run was 6.5 miles in 68 minutes

I am very happy with that.  And ecstatic about how very good I felt doing it.  My knee did ache a bit during, but not badly enough that I felt I ought to stop, and it didn’t hurt at all once I finished, even though my friend and I went shopping so that I spent the following hours running around stores. It was a little stiff after I came home and sat for a while. I guess we will see how I feel tomorrow!

Weekly Rundown

Another week gone by! Seems like just yesterday everyone was saying that it was only August, and don’t mention fall; but now it is September 18 and Fall is upon us! Drifts of leaves on the deck, foggy mornings and crisp air…..oh wait, summer came back last week. Still leaves and fog, but the afternoons were back in the 80s. I would like some more crisp air, please.

It was an easy week, exercise-wise. I think that I am on the edge of burnout, I have been doing six days a week for at least nine months now. So this week I took two days off (felt weird) and did a bit less on the days I did work out.

Monday: I stopped off at the Gardiner end of the Rail Trail on the way home. I am loving my new hours that let me run at different places. Not that I don’t enjoy my road, but I have been running/walking the same paths for months now. After taking the last week easy, I decided to see how I could do with 2 miles. I did pretty good. My first mile was sub 11 minutes (which is the best so far this season), and while I did do a third or so of a mile before turning back, my second measured mile was 9:11. And I wasn’t dead 🙂

Tuesday: I had plans of weights and yoga, but took an unplanned day off. I did take Christopher Robin out back for a walk; I am doing more ground work to break the “oh my gosh, I can’t leave Charby” mindset he has.  He was fine, although a bit dancy. When we got out to the ring he spontaneously decided to run about, so I let him out on the line and lunged him. He had a great time, bucking and racing. He didn’t pull or try to get away at all, he was just letting off steam.

Wednesday: I decided to run at the hospital before heading home. I did just over 3 miles, which may have been a mistake. I think I got a bit close to overheating, as it was 84 degrees and sunny. I definitely didn’t have enough water in the car. Better planning next time. I had recovered by the time I got home, so I took Charby out to lunge her in the ring. She didn’t have as good a time as Christopher, but she did behave herself nicely.

Thursday: another day off. Ahhhhh…….

Friday: I planned to walk with a friend, but she didn’t feel well so we decided to pick another day. I came home and did the weights I skipped on Tuesday, doing a half hour mixed in with stretch Yoga poses. Then I gave the horses the night off.

Saturday: we out in the morning for breakfast (still wasn’t hungry by 2pm!), and stayed out a lot longer than planned as we hit a “tent” sale at a local lumber yard and found some log siding for the cabin out back at a great price. It took a bit to load, then we got home and had to transfer it to a trailer to take out back and then unload from there.  So that was the morning gone and I was ready for a nap! After hanging around the house for the afternoon, I took Daisy for a half-hearted mile walk, and took Christopher out back to lunge again. He is a spry pony, he was having so much fun that at one point all four legs were off the ground as he bucked and jumped. I had to walk him out before taking him back in as he got a bit sweaty, but he had fun.

Sunday: another day where I just wanted to do everything. I started out with a 4 mile run (it would have been a good time if I had run 19 more miles at the same pace, but not so good for just a 4 mile run); then carried and stacked wood for an hour and forty minutes–it’s that time of year again up here in Maine. Right after I finished that I decided to ride Charby–my theory being that I better not stop or I might just be done! We did 25 minutes, then I vacuumed….laundry…..dishes. By the time the football game started at 1pm, I was concerned about staying awake for the whole game!  I did, however, watching my team roll over the other team. I did take Daisy for a brief walk out back to the cabin  where my husband was working during half-time. That helped wake me up for the second half.

Weekly Rundown

I decided on  a light week since my mile times have been getting longer.  I thought the legs might just need a break. And it seemed to have worked, since my single run of the week had a much better time. Felt weird though, not running. We will  see how this week goes….hopefully with more runs!

It worked out fairly well, however, as the horses required more of my attention this week. Maybe they felt they deserved it?

Monday: normally a day off, but since I took Sunday off, I decided I better do something. I had to do a short day at work, then came home and did some yoga.  I did not take it seriously enough, apparently, as the horses managed to blow my calm immediately–and totally! They were very contrary. I always take Charby out to  “babysit” when I ride Christopher Robin out back. No one wanted to go out back. I don’t think I have ever had Charby so flatly refuse to cooperate before–or, at least, not for years. I’d get one going and then the other would stop. ARGH. So, after much yelling (cuz you know, it was my only vent for my frustration), I lunged Christopher. Then I rode his butt up and down the driveway.  He might be a stubborn pony, but I was trained by my mom!

Tuesday: a full day at work, with weights at the end. I did my 3×15 with 4 sets of 6 Burpees in between. I also did strength poses for my core, like Plank and Scale. I am getting strong enough at Scale that I can start to straighten my legs. That makes a difference! After I finished, I went out and lunged Charby, then walked her out back (where she didn’t want to go yesterday) and led her around the ring, doing some ground work.

Wednesday: A rainy day. So I came home and got on the treadmill. I did a 30 minute walk at 3 MPH, and when did that start to feel like a day off?

Thursday: another easy day. I did 20 minutes of weights, mixed this time  with stretch-y yoga poses. Then I went out and took Christopher out to the ring-by himself! Horrors. It did take some fast talking, but we went out and walked around quite calmly  while Char sat in the barn waiting for dinner. I’ve decided to attack the problem of him not wanting to be separated from her, instead of convincing her she needs to be with us when we are out there.

Friday: I had planned to run at the hospital, and I took sneakers and a change of clothes with me. However, I had to work from 6:30am to 5pm, and I have to admit that while I still wanted to run, I simply couldn’t make myself do it.

Saturday: I was determined to run, as I had not yet this week. But I wanted to walk Daisy too, she pretty much only goes out on weekends. And I needed to ride. So I did. I ran  two miles first thing, and letting my legs take a break worked out well.  My first mile was 11:03 (fastest yet) and my second was 9:57. After breakfast and puttering, I took Daisy out for 2.70 miles-including the mountain-in 49 minutes.  I rested up some more, and then went out and rode Charby for half an hour. It was a very nice ride, although her canters were particularly round and energetic.  I don’t think I was sitting all that much! Perhaps my legs were too tired to give me a good grip at that point?

Sunday: a nice leisurely walk with Daisy. I decided to just relax after the busyness of the day before, so we did not quite 3 miles. I went out and helped my husband move some brush off the land he was clearing–that counts as weight lifting, right?And at the end of the day,  I took Christopher Robin out back riding. I walked out with him, and while he kept craning his head to see if Charby was following (she wasn’t), he stayed fairly calm at first. He even stood still while I got on. But as we went around the ring he got prancier and prancier. I decided that my point was made, and since he actually was quite good while out there, we went back in about 10 minutes. I figure we will make each venture last longer and longer.

Weekly Rundown

This week was a bit harder. I had worked two 6 day weeks in a row, with a trip to visit my mom on the day off in between. I had great time visiting, especially as I got to meet her new puppy:  Image may contain: people sittingImage may contain: people sitting   He is a little handful named Herbie.  What a cutie!  He’s been around for a while, but I haven’t made it down to make his acquaintance. He’s a friendly little whirlwind. We managed to tire him out,  he fell asleep for five minutes, but then was right back at it!

However, I haven’t had anytime to relax and do nothing. Nothing is good, right?

My run times have been getting slower. At first I wanted to double down, doing speed workouts on the treadmill and drills. But then I realized that my legs (and the rest of my body) are just plain tired. So this  coming week will be easier on them than last week was. Then I will do the speed and drills!

Monday: off

Tuesday: getting used to my new hours, I came home in early afternoon and ran. I ran down half of Blinn, but that meant I had to run back UP it! Surprisingly, my second mile- with the hill-was actually a minute faster than the first mile. Of course, the first half mile was all up hill too, but that just means the miles were evenly balanced between ups and downs. After the run I did 15 minutes of yoga, all stretch poses, to relax all those muscles. My grand plan is to be able to run from the bottom of Blinn to my road. I know that it is a half mile to my road, and a half mile from there to the top, but the bottom half is just so much harder! So I am taking chunks out of it.

Wednesday: weight lifting again. Still at 3×15, but I added  extra Burpees in between my sets, as well as still doing my  yoga strength poses for 5 breaths. My muscles felt pleasantly lethargic afterwards.

Thursday: took Daisy for a quick walk. We did just about a mile and a half. I wanted to lunge Christopher Robin after, but chores took precedence and it didn’t work out.  I rather doubt he minded.

Friday: I took a run around the hospital before coming home. I am thinking this is a great way to end the week. This time I looped out through the back field, then around the hospital to a road, ran out a bit on the road and then back to the car. I did the 3.31 miles in 37 minutes. Definitely slower than it should be. But in all, a good run.

Saturday: a longer, more leisurely walk with Daisy. We went just over 4 miles, doing about 17 minutes a mile. The picture-taking definitely slowed us down, but worth it 🙂 I posted the pictures on my other blog. After puttering around a bit, I went out and tackled Charby. We had a very nice, longish (33 minutes) ride in the ring.

Sunday: we headed off North to see some friends at their camp in the woods. And it was really in the woods! But so very lovely. It was a long day, so I took it off from exercise.

 

Weekly Rundown

I started a new schedule at work this week. Instead of 8:30 to 5:00, I work 6:15 to 2:45. I get out early, yay! But I also have to get up so very early!

This meant a total revamp of my exercise, since I usually do it in the morning before work. But I am not getting up at 3:30 am to work out (the girl whose hours I am replacing did, in fact, get up at 4 to exercise). If nothing else, the noise would drive my husband nuts.

Tuesday and Wednesday were quite hot, high 80s by the time I got out, so I had to rearrange my plan for those two days. I really wanted to run on Wednesday, but I decided my passing out on the side of the road just wasn’t a good thing.

Monday: off! That made it easy enough for my new schedule.

Tuesday: Car said it was 83 when I got out of work. So I ran on the treadmill–with a fan pointed at me. I only did about 1.5 miles, then decided I had lost enough water weight (sweat flowed freely, everywhere!). I followed up with 20  minutes of mostly stretchy yoga.

Wednesday: I hadn’t had a real run in several days, and I was feeling antsy. But I decided running in 84 degrees was just foolish, so I stayed inside and lifted weights. I am still doing  3×15, but I added a couple of new moves. I have been doing yoga in between reps, but that has been mostly stretch yoga to relax the muscles. This week I added some actual strength poses, and held for 5 breaths between my reps.

Thursday: I went for a short run,  just 2 miles. How nice that now feels like a light day. The weather was still a little warm, but the run felt great. I wanted to push a little, and my first mile was 11:11, which is 29 seconds faster than any other first mile so far this season–on that route or otherwise.. My second mile was 10:30, which is about 10 seconds slower my normal, but still faster than the first. Which is funny as I told myself if I ran consistently in the first mile, I could slow down on the way back…..

Friday: I ran at the hospital before coming home. I figure I might be doing that a bit, as by the time I get home there are all sorts of reasons why I won’t have energy or will to exercise. The hospital has a nice walk around it, about .90 miles, as well as a trail through the field behind the hospital. It has some side buildings as well, and after I went through the field, around the hospital, up to the Cancer Center and back to the field, I managed 3.1 miles.

Saturday: I had to work again (oh, these 6 day weeks!), but it was a “short” day–only 6 hours. After grabbing some groceries, I came home and sat. And read. And sat. Finally I got up and walked Miss Daisy. She had a great time, and we went a bit further than we usually go when we walk this particular route. My husband passed us on the way home, and we hitched a lift. I knew Daisy would be terribly excited to have a car stop and get a ride home.  And she was!

Sunday: a run, a real run! I had no idea how far I was going when I went out. My knee hurt running at the hospital–I don’t think the sidewalk has the rubber additive the roads seem to have now, so it was harder to run on. The fast run on Thursday may not have helped either. It twinged off and on throughout the walk Saturday, so I figured I would just go as far as felt good. I planned to hit at least 2 miles. But the run felt fabulous, and I actually did a 5 mile run! It was a slow 5 miles, most of the miles around 10:30, but I find I can live with that. Especially since I was still running stong with good form when I hit my driveway.

Walking Miss Daisy

Daisy and I have been taking some early morning walks, and we can’t help noticing that fall is definitely arriving.  We have had crisp mornings with warm afternoons and the landscape is changing. 

Early morning fog coated this stream as the sun tried to break through.

    

Leaves are dropping and grasses are nodding their full seed heads.

                                                   Daisy is impatient with  my photo taking.

    

Weekly Rundown

Another beautiful week. Each day was warm and bright except for Friday, which was ok, cuz then I didn’t have water the garden by hand. I have been doing that each night, and my cucumbers have been going crazy!

I had tried wearing my brace less the previous week,  using it only for exercise but not while I went through the rest of my day. I hadn’t tried this since March, but unfortunately I had the same result. Which was pain in my knee for most of this week. Nothing that Tylenol couldn’t cure, but it was much more steady than it has been for a long time.

So I am listening to my leg and will be wearing a brace from now on. At least til I try it again several months from now!

Monday: off. I had a long day at work, 6:30 to 5, so it was definitely planned not to work out.

Tuesday: a quick 2 miles on the road.  It felt good, and the hill was no problem. My first mile was 11:39, which is one of my better ones with that hill in the first mile. The second mile was 10:19, which just goes to show that the faster pace on the treadmill  last week helped!

Wednesday: an easy day, I did my Crunch yoga again from memory. It took a bit longer this week, so I believe I held the poses  just a bit longer. Which, of course, is the goal. Well, that and breathing. I did that too.

Thursday: another run down the road…or, I should say, up the road. I ran up to enjoy the early morning view from the top of Blinn Hill. It is the highest spot in Kennebec county and we can see to Mt Washington in New Hampshire on a clear day. Which is quite a feat considering just how far we are from New Hampshire. It took a little longer than the other route, 24 minutes vs Tuesday’s 22, as I was traveling up hill most of the way. Downhill is still no cakewalk, so I didn’t make up any time going back down either.

Friday: My weekly weights. I really should do them more than once a week, but it is so hard to fit in all the work outs I want to do. And, running is definitely the priority!

Saturday: I had to work (  😦  ) at 7am, so at 5 I was on the treadmill.  Morning is dawning later, and it was gray and foggy. I wasn’t going out there! So I did 2 miles on the treadmill, followed by an 8 minute cool down at a walk. Then I was off to work. I was so focused: run, bathe, dress, feed the horses and get to work that I totally forgot to stretch. Fortunately, the walk relaxed my muscles enough that no damage was done.

Sunday: a lovely early walk with Daisy. We walked out just over a mile, down the big mountain called Blinn hill. We went up another small hill, then turned and tackled the way back up the hill. Eventually I intend to run it (oh, my is it steep!); so we ran every other telephone on the way up. I ran better, but she recovered better! We came after 2.7 miles, and she headed right for the couch.