I am so tired from my week! I can barely type….
Monday: 3 miles. The good news–I went out in just 1 layer with a fleece, and I was hot!! The bad news–my calves were on fire still from the drills last week, and my gastric distress had been acting up. That meant I had two days of unrelieved waste bouncing around in me. Cramps mysteriously appeared and disappeared in various places around my ribs and abdomen during my run. What fun! But, I had planned 3 miles and, by George, I finished 3 miles. Then managed my riding weight series. Whew!
Tuesday: first day of hill drills (I put the session down below if anyone wants to try them out). Not quite as horrible as I imagined–I do have a vivid imagination. After the drills I did the hip openers to stretch out.
Wednesday: I had planned a day off from running the day after the drills, but I needed my mechanic to check out my car. So after going to grab some supplies for the animals, I left the car with him and ran the 1.85 mile home. It was a great run, especially since the first .85 was uphill. I will say that when I got home and started my yoga (which had been the plan for the day) my legs were just a bit shaky.
Thursday: 3 miles once more. It was a good run if a bit slow. I hit one of the very steep hills and just winged up it. I must be doing something right! Once home, I did #3 of my riding weight program.
Friday: I spent an hour walking the fence out back to ensure nothing was touching the electric line so I could turn it on without shorting it out. Mud and briars made it quite exciting. After I locked Charby out back so she could eat some of the (very short) grass. She was not very impressed. After I did some yoga, I went back out to feed her and she had run herself into a sweat looking for a way back into the barnyard. I had to walk the silly beast out, then put a blanket on her.
Saturday: flat drills again. I felt quite chuffed that I didn’t have to walk in between any of the exercises this time; as I did have to walk between the last couple last week. Enjoying my success I came home and did the hip openers before eating breakfast. I have been eating just granola for breakfast; but with my new, harder running and exercises I figured I better add some more protein. I pulled out an old recipe of Denise Austin’s: 1/4c ricotta, 1 tbsp maple syrup, throw some granola on top. SO yummy. And I put some protein powder in the ricotta. In late morning I went back out to the fence. So much work, and yet so nice to be out in the sunshine. After lunch, I helped my husband with some clearing where we want to put our garden this year. Trees and brush begone! I had locked Charby out in the back field again, but all she did was stand next to the gate waiting for me. Not quite sure what has her so unhappy about the back field this year. I took her out and let her graze for a half hour or so, then walked her back in. I was hoping to show her that a) there was no bogeymann out there waiting for her, and b) there was grass waiting to be eaten.
Sunday: my battle with Charby continues. I rode her first thing in the morning; it was our first outing of the year with me on top of the saddle. She did a great job, alert but no jumping sideways at shadows. Afterwards I took her hay out into the lane leading to the back field. Silly beast watched me put it there, but after I went in the house she called and called for her breakfast. Finally I went back out and grabbed a treat. After pressing it to her nose, I walked out to the hay pile. She walked right beside me; when we got to the pile, I gave her the treat, and then she started eating the hay. I didn’t lock her out this time, so she came back in and stood next to the barn for the day. What a weirdo.
My hill drills: I got the from April Fitness magazine, under the Bionic Legs article. I morphed it with some drills I used to do in track.
Fitness plan: warm up slowly 5 minutes, do 30 seconds each of butt kicks, high knees, skips and a half-grapevine move. After run uphill 30-100 seconds, start at easy pace and work up to race pace, then hold plank at top for 30 seconds. Do 7 to 11 circuits, then jog 5 minutes cool down.
My plan: warm up easy jog 5 minutes, do the kicks, knees, skips, grapevines. I don’t want to be watching a clock during my run, so I use my telephone poles, it takes roughly 30 seconds to run from one to the next and each is roughly 75 yards apart. So each exercise from one to the next pole, then two poles up the hill. Instead of race pace, I start out easy, by the end of the first 75 I am doing about 70% and for the last 75 yds I sprint as fast as I can. A plank and I go again, although I don’t do the exercises again before darting up the hill. I do 8 right now, followed by a 8 minute cool down.