Weekly Rundown 6/3-6/10

Finally, nice weather!

The trees and bushes have popped out green everywhere, grass suddenly needs to be mowed and everyone’s mood is improved by the blue sky.

Monday: a slow mile (almost a day off) early before work. I wanted to do slow, so I set the treadmill for 6 MPH. Gotta say, it is hard not to speed up. I mean, I know I can do it faster and be done, so it is more difficult to not do just that! I had planned on riding that night–I really need to ride more–but ended up walking Daisy. We did a relatively easy mile in just under 17 minutes.

Tuesday: 2 miles before work, a bit faster. I set the speed at 7 MPH and tried again to not touch it.

Wednesday: finally, a quick mile! I played with the speed as I ran and finished the mile in 7:45. I was supposed to do weights and yoga when I got home, but that did not happen. Life gets in the way.

Thursday: another 2 miles in 16:23, so not quite as quick. When I got home I took Daisy and Bruce for a little stroll down to the bog below our house. One thing I really noticed while he was gimping around on three legs is that Bruce is out of shape! He had never enjoyed walking (far), but I think he needs to build some muscle. So the occasional half mile walk will be good for him. This night we went about a quarter mile–gotta work up to it. He did enjoy it. Notice the waving tail 🙂

They walk so well together. Except Daisy would like to go a little faster…..

Friday: errand Friday again. So once I spent all my money (food for us and the horses), I ran on the Rail Trail. I did 4.05 miles in 39:52, which I was fairly happy with. I wasn’t aiming for speed, I was aiming for 10 minute miles, which turned out fairly well. When I got home I took Daisy for a nice recovery walk–although there were a LOT of hills involved in the recovery. But we did just over 2 miles and it did take 38 minutes.

Saturday: started with riding Char early and took her out back to see if it had dried up any. It had, but the mosquitoes had taken advantage of all the water and they were brutal. Every time we went near shade, she came out covered in them. Fortunately, trotting seemed to keep us ahead of them, but we only lasted 15 minutes. I figured that since I had done 1 mile on the treadmill Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday, I should finish the trifecta with 3 miles. Since I had been working on speed on the first two workouts, I did the 3 miles in 23:45; with the last mile being the fastest (that I have so far this year, actually) at 7:35. I finished with a .25 mile cooldown.

                          The view from Charby. She is such a pretty horse.

Sunday: started my day with Christopher Robin. He was feeling frisky, spooked four times *sigh* The last time was at a vicious white dandelion puff (he doesn’t like white, for some reason) glaring at us from roadside. But we had a good ride, and saw both wild turkeys and a bunny out on the road (neither of which were spook-worthy). I followed with a very slow mile–it felt pretty good, but when I hit the first hill I backed off because I thought I should be tired, and that just ruined my time. I did get to take Daisy for another 2 miles, up to the top of the hill where we can see all the way to Mt Washington in NH. And we could! Haven’t seen it much so far this spring with all the rain and clouds.

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Streaking On

So I am two weeks into the running streak. I have done a minimum of 1 mile every day–and I just beat marathon length! How sad is that it took me almost two weeks to run over 23 miles?

On the other hand, I have finished a marathon!

How am I liking it, you ask? I love it!

We will see how the next two weeks go. But I don’t feel any of the fatigue that I had during my other challenges. The Burpees, in particular, I counted the days.

But, so far, I have no problem hopping up, putting on my running gear and hitting the treadmill before work. Longer runs on the weekend are still enjoyable. And my knees are not complaining yet.

So I will streak on!

Weekly Rundown 5/27-6/2

Last week seemed so quick! It was still dreary, but warmer. I got to walk outside during my break almost every day. And my running streak started. 

I don’t run every day, I usually plan to let my knees rest before stressing them again. But I was curious to see if I (my knees) could do it, and hey, it’s only a mile! After doing a Burpee Challenge–two, actually–and committing to yoga everyday for a month, it seemed like it was time I did a running challenge!

Monday: Memorial Day, so it was a day off from work. I hopped on Charby early (6:30 AM) again, and rode on the road for 20 minutes.  She was surprisingly cooperative before her breakfast. The Runners World Streak started, so of course after my ride I did a simple 2 mile run. My legs are going to be super strong after riding without a saddle and then running. It didn’t bother them as much as the first time 🙂 Improvement already!

Tuesday: a quick run before work. Since I am running everyday, I decided I should focus on form and speed while on the treadmill. I ran my mile in 8:38, which isn’t terribly speedy, but a good start. 

Wednesday: another mile before work (in a similar time), with a set of squats and heel raises after. Burpees seem to help my knees, I think they strengthen the muscles and tendons. I figure squats and heel raises should be a similar enough movement to help as well. Still doing Burpees too–but heel raises and squats are easier.

Thursday: and another quick mile before work. I usually start the treadmill at 6.0 MPH and work my way up in speed, but I decided to try starting at 7.0 and seeing if knocking out the minutes it takes to get to 7.0 from 6.0 helped my time. It seemed to, as my mile was 8:13.

Friday: I had to go to town for errands, so I decided I might as well run on the Rail Trail.  I took Daisy for a quick walk first, so she wouldn’t feel too bad about being left behind. We did a brisk 1.4  miles in 22 minutes. After my multitude of errands, I ran 4 miles in 39:26 on the Augusta end of the Trail. It was a difficult run, I guess my legs were tired. Imagine my surprise when my app informed me I’d had the best time for a 5K (29:55) so far this year.  After two more stops, all I really wanted to do was go home, put everything away and eat. What I got to do was go home and pull porcupine quills out of Bruce. Apparently he tangled with a baby that morning, and we hadn’t noticed as the pieces sticking out were white in his white fur–and he didn’t act like anything was wrong. Fortunately, there were only about eleven, and since it was a baby, they were fairly small and flexible. Not that that made his leg feel any better.

   
                 Glad he didn’t meet Mama.

Saturday: Following my plan, I got on Christopher Robin nice and early and took him out. He was happy to explore, and we went further down the road than I had planned.  I followed that with 18 minutes of good stretch-y yoga, then we headed out to hang out with our boat for the day. It was cloudy, but warm (ish) and dry, and we got a lot of projects at the marina taken care of before taking her out for a short ride and dinner. How fun to run up the river five minutes, dock and walk to the restaurant. Definitely a better commute than a car.


The sun finally showed–in time for sunset!

 

Sunday: Still warmish, but not dry. I took Daisy out for a walk and it started sprinkling at the end of my driveway. Deciding not to be put off, we kept going. By the time we reached the top of the hill, it was a bit steadier, but at that point I was annoyed at the weather and we were walking, dang it! So we did just a hair over a mile, and not even that fast–17 minutes. Daisy didn’t mind, she trotted along happy as could be. I came back and ran my mile (in 7:55, apparently that rain got me fired up), did some Burpees and weights. Since I seem unable to convince myself to do more reps (I really don’t like weights), I chose a heavier dumbbell.

Weekly Rundown 5/20-5/26

Another week with mostly lousy weather. I expect spring will warm us up eventually. I did get to do most of what I wanted to do outdoors, as there were more clouds than actual rain.

Monday: I always rough out my week ahead of time so I don’t forget what to do by the time I get to Wednesday or Thursday.  But this week I forgot what I had planned on Monday! I planned on weights and yoga before work; but as I stumbled down the stairs, still  half asleep–I drink the coffee after the workout–I automatically headed for the treadmill. After a quick mile, some squats and heel raises, I realized I was doing the wrong thing. (Not that any exercise is ever wrong.)

Tuesday: another morning run, 2 miles this time. I wanted to take Daisy out for a walk after work, but Mother Nature was not helpful and it was both raining and thundering when I got home. My treadmill miles are getting faster, however, and that makes me happy. Both miles this morning were sub-nine minutes. Now I just need to translate that out on the road!

Wednesday: I finally got around to doing weights. I didn’t do any yoga (beyond the normal stretching after), but I did 2 reps with Burpees in between the sets and plank after. I started with a lunge stretch I saw in Runners World that looked sooooo simple. But my legs didn’t think so! Step back into lunge, and hold while stretching forward twice. Then stretch to each side, twist at the waist to face each direction and straight up. Follow by switching legs and repeating on the other side. Then convince your body to do it’s normal workout.

Thursday: I planned on taking the day off, but maybe a ride at night. However, my plans were derailed (again. Are you sensing a pattern here?), and I ended up helping to clean the boat so we could put it in for the holiday weekend.

Friday: I was heading down to see my mom, who lives an hour and half south of me. I did an easy 3 mile run on the treadmill before heading out with Daisy. My mom has her sister from the same litter, and they like to see each other. Although, to be fair, Daisy is always happy to see any puppy.   
My mom’s cat threw her, I don’t think she has ever seen a cat before and he is probably twice her size. And fluffy! He’s a long hair Norwegian Forest cat. Beautiful, but a bit intimidating to my girl.  Fortunately, he treated her with true feline disdain as she sniffed around him.         
And it was amazing that a simple 90 minute trip gained me 14 degrees of warmth, and the sun. I found the sun! Unfortunately, I forgot my sunglasses.

Saturday: I decided that I needed to start riding early now that boating season is under way.  Last year I had a hard time balancing trying to exercise while being in the boat as much as possible. The horses, in particular, lost out. So, much to Charby’s chagrin, I went out and hopped on at 6:30 in the morning before their breakfast (and mine). We did a short ride out on the road and she was surprisingly good. I also discovered to bonuses to riding that early: less bugs and no cars. Afterwards Daisy and I took a 2.84  mile walk with a friend with a retired Greyhound on the Rail Trail. He walked so lackadaisically, her quick little steps matched his super long legs easily and we had a marvelous walk. And, of course, in the afternoon there was the boat ride.

                                                                                      Gorgeous!

Sunday: I went for a long run. I’d like to say it was a long, easy run, but it is a fairly difficult course. The first mile is roughly 80% uphill, and the second mile is mostly downhill, but that means–you guessed it–the third mile is uphill again. And there are some serious hills: in the first mile one hill is half mile long, the third mile is mostly a gradual rise to a bit shorter, but much steeper end. Of course, the best part is the fourth mile is downhill 🙂 And I was happy that I knocked 3 minutes off my first attempt at this route,  47 minutes for the 4.57 mile run.

 

Ready…set….Streak!

No, not that kind of streaking.

Runners World is offering a challenge to have an unbroken running streak from Memorial Day (today!) until July 4th. Commit to one mile each day and you’re in.

Run more if wanted, but at least finish one mile every day. Slow or fast, makes no difference. A great way to start if you have been hesitating, or change it up if you’ve been bored.

Weekly Rundown 4/28–5/10

I got lost last week and never posted. I think I overdid the weekend  before (the weather was, well, decent!), and each night I got home from work and thought about it. Then I fed the horses, made dinner, fed the dogs, made lunch for the next day and collapsed in front of the tv. With an occasional Daisy walk at night too.

Then I was just as busy the following weekend, and the pattern repeated. Eventually I will get used to it!

I think I will get it all over with and give you two weeks so I can catch up 🙂

Monday: off

Tuesday: I decided to run minutes instead of miles as a goal. So I did 10 minutes, which equaled 1.3 miles at 6.5 and 7.0 MPH. It was a quick start to my day before heading off to work.

Wednesday: I took Daisy for a walk when I got home from work. The sun was not really around, but it was mostly warm and she had a great time. We saw two neighboring dogs and that made her night. She does love friends. And, to her, anybody (two or four legged) she sees is a friend!

Thursday:  I wanted to do another timed run, this one for 20 minutes. However, by the time I made it downstairs to the treadmill, I didn’t have enough minutes left before work. So I did a weight workout instead (2×15  reps with 10 Burpees in between  the reps). I wanted to try the run that night, but work just wiped me out.

Friday: the day promised rain, so I tried to get ahead of it. I did early errands in town and ran 3.63 miles on the Rail Trail before heading home.  The run proves my theory that I really am a long distance runner- each mile was a hair faster than the previous. The other thing I noticed is that last miles  feel slower so I work harder. I am always surprised when I get done and see the times for each mile. I came home and put away the groceries before snagging Daisy and taking her for a slow walk. We did 2.1 miles in 41 minutes, which is much slower than our usual pace! And we almost beat the rain, just the last quarter mile was wet.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out in the morning for a hill workout. We went mostly  uphill til we hit the paved road, then down Blinn hill to the bottom (our road comes out half way in the hill) and all the way up to the top before heading home, which totaled 3.69 miles in just over an hour. Per our agreement, I put her inside and let Bruce out for his one on one time. He wandered around sniffing while I did 3×15 heel raises and squats (I am trying to strengthen the muscIes around my knees so they won’t hurt as much). I  tried to ride Charby, but it was really muddy out back and we only lasted 11 minutes. On the bright side, it was a great workout for my legs, trying to hang on as she slid and chugged through the  mud.

Sunday: I ran 4.51 miles down over–and back up!– the hill,   in 50 min.  I am finding the downside of a winter of treadmill running is that, while I can run that far, I am actually a bit uncomfortable going out on the road. There are hills, and if I need to stop I just can’t get off. Of course, I am still going 🙂 I rode Christopher Robin out on the road  in the afternoon , but only did 18 minutes since it was our first time.  He  was a good boy and seemed to enjoy getting out of the barnyard.

Monday2: off–thank goodness!

Tuesday2: Another treadmill run before work, I wanted to do 20 minutes. But I only made it 17 minutes (1.73 miles) before another morning body function interfered. But still a good run!

Wednesday2: Evening walk with Daisy. I am trying to push myself in the evenings, Daisy really needs to get out more, and now that it is light and somewhat warm, I don’t have any excuse.  We did  2 miles in 30 minutes, and she rested on the couch while I made dinner.

Thursday2: Another timed morning run,  this one a brief 10 minutes. I was going to follow up with weights but my arm was tweaked from something, and I decided to give it a break. Normal movement wasn’t an issue, but twisting my arm in a bent position (ya know, pulling up pants, hooking female garments behind your back) was downright painful.

Friday2: A lousy rainy day and since I was asked to work a half day, I figured I might as well. By the time I got home, all my good intentions flew out the window and I crashed on the couch with the puppies.

Saturday2: Busy day off!! I guess I was making up for Friday. Walked Daisy a hair over 2 miles before heading off to town for errands. I did another Rail Trail run while out, 3.84 miles in 40 minutes. Then I came home and put everything away before catching Charby and doing 20 minutes on the road. MUCH better than our last ride out in the muddy field.

Sunday2: Easy day. Walked Daisy 2.06 miles in 34 minutes and rode Christopher Robin for 21 minutes.

Weekly Rundown 4/22-4/28

Nothing very exciting happened last week. I ran, walked Daisy (she’s up to 3.5 miles now) and shook my fist regularly at the sky as the rain continued to fall. My knees were a pest and achy again–I blame the rain and damp.

We did have our American Heart Association 5K in Lewiston.

Since his heart attack, my husband has trained to be an advocate for them, and he was asked to speak before the walk. In true Stevie fashion, the speech was at 9AM and we got there at 6:45. Which was fine except the sunshine we were promised went away by 8 and I was left freezing.  Fortunately, the rain didn’t fall, but I definitely learned a lesson about taking more layers!

It was pretty empty when we got there, so we volunteered to help set up.

However, the rest of the day went well. The speech was great, and he even got nabbed by the local news to speak. We had a team of 10 walkers, so it was fun to talk with everyone that came to support us as we strolled. Some people (like our neighbors!) we hardly ever see, and it was wonderful to catch up with them.

The sky was gray, but the crowd didn’t mind as we headed off on the start of the walk. 

The walk took us along the Androscoggin River, and the falls were definitely thundering after our rainy spring

We can’t wait to do it again! Which is good, because apparently we are doing it again in Portland at the end of May 🙂

 

Weekly Rundown 4/15-4/21

Another week with teases of spring. At least it rained instead of snowing!

We have reached the point in April that I detest: days on end of gray. I find sunshine is directly connected to my mood, and not seeing it for days does have an adverse effect on me. Cranky and tired, that was me!

My back still bothered me for most of the week, which probably didn’t help my mood either. I avoided Burpees and weights in an effort to not antagonize it (my back, not my mood!) further.

Monday: off. I had planned to do my Yoga Challenge that night, but that didn’t have any energy when I got home. Even telling myself that I would feel better after didn’t help.

Tuesday: a quick morning run before work, and yoga after work. I just did a mile run, but managed it in 8:22, which is a fairly good time for me right now. Would love to be able to do that on a road, instead just the treadmill!  Guess that is a goal for this summer. I did my Yoga Challenge when I got home, and stretching out definitely released the day’s stresses. I am doing 5 breaths per move this week, although many of the poses aren’t “hold” poses, so the practice is still a short one.

Wednesday: Took Daisy for a walk when I got home. She was right ready to go so I let her control the pace and we did the 2 miles in 30:57. The first time we walked that route this year we did it in 36 minutes, then 33 minutes the second time. This was the third time, I guess she is getting in shape! I stretched for a few minutes on the porch with Bruce when we returned– that is the deal, he doesn’t want to walk but he does expect to get some alone time outside with me whenever Daisy and I get back. Doesn’t matter what we do:stretch, fill the bird feeder, feed the horses, he’s happy just getting his time.

Thursday: Another morning run, just a mile and a half on the treadmill. I did the Yoga Challenge when I got home, really relaxing into the poses, and it took 13 minutes.

Friday: I took Daisy for a slightly longer walk since she was in such good shape. I did make her go slower, especially since I decided we could do some hill work. We walked down Blinn Hill, then turned around and faced the half mile incline back up. The total walk was 2.47 miles, taking 49 minutes.  My back was bothering me again, so when I did my Yoga Challenge I added more stretching poses to help flex my back.

Saturday:  A lovely 40 minute treadmill run. I hadn’t done this preset workout for a while, it has one minute intervals from 5.3 to 6.5 MPH, then 5.3 to 6.8 PH for the last ten minutes. I felt really good afterwards 🙂 Even without sunshine.

Sunday: I wanted to walk Daisy, but due to the rain it was just a muddy mess. And it threatened showers off and on all day. I decided to run on the treadmill instead and did 3.6 miles at mostly 6.5 MPH, although I did up it to 7.0 for the last five minutes. And, of course, I followed up with the Yoga Challenge!