Time does fly! I feel like every time I turn around I am doing another weekly rundown. Last week went rather well until Saturday. I had planned out what I wanted to accomplish, which was mostly hill work. Saturday morning I got up out of the chair to get ready for my run. After dressing and brushing the teeth, I went to make the bed before leaving. When I pulled the sheets up, I pulled my back.
I used to hear people say “my back is out” without having any idea what that meant. Old people did that, right? Well, now I do it. The first time was about 10 years ago, and I am happy to be able to say that it was a riding related event (and I was in my 30s, so not old, right?). But it has happened two or three times since then. I can’t really nail down what I did to make it happen this time–except pulling on that sheet–but it made for an uncomfortable and rather unproductive weekend.
Monday: plan was for hill drills again. It was one of those days that made me say “no, no, don’t make me do it!” I decided to do it early before I could talk myself out of it. So I fed Charby and went out to the hill. I did 8 circuits, with Charby eating her hay and watching me as I went up and down and up again. I am sure she was wondering what I was doing–and probably glad she was not involved. After my cool down jog, I did my hip openers. What a wonderful start to the day.
Tuesday: a blah day–rain and wind and general yuckiness. The dogs and I decided to take the day off.
Wednesday: Rider fitness weight training and yoga aimed at my abs. It was fabulous workout and I felt terrific afterwards. I love that feeling after a workout. Endorphins: can’t beat them! Later in the day I went cemetary hunting with my friend Kate. I didn’t use my tracker, so I am unsure how far we walked. But we were out there for 2 hours, so I think we did a fair amount.
Thursday: more hill work. I ran down to the bottom of my ‘mountain’ and back again. Total run was 2.46 miles, not terribly long. However, I am happy to say the drills I have been doing seem to be working, as my run was faster than any run I did on that route last year. The run up the hill alone was 6:48 minutes, which is really not bad when one considers the slope I was running up…and up….and up….
Friday: I went down to play with my mom and my pony, Christopher Robin. I got a new bareback pad, which is actually for Charby. I love to ride bareback, but she really needs a martingale; which means I need a girth to attach it to (martingales help prevent horses from tossing up their head and ignoring the control of the reins). But I thought I would try the pad on him as well. Oh my, it was sooooo comfortable, I could ride for hours on it. I rode him much longer this time, around 40 minutes. He was a doll, and I had so much fun with him. I can’t wait until he comes home–which should be this Saturday!
Saturday: well, as I said above, I didn’t run. I did have to run errands for the husband, so I spent most of the morning out and about. I think it was good to keep moving, since I was moving better, albeit cautiously, by the time I got home. Sometimes if you just sit with muscle issues, you stiffen up. I always think it is better to push the edge of what you can do. (that is NOT medical advice 😉 Just my stubbornness)
Sunday: frustration set in! I love to sit around and watch TV–when it’s my choice and I have nothing to do. I had plans on Sunday, which involved Charby, and running, and helping the husband with more land clearing. That didn’t happen. But (and I blame my mother’s genetics for this) I had other things to do and by gosh, I was doing them. I fixed the electric fencer, and then cleaned up around the barn a bit, as I am having company this week. My hubby helped me reset some of the fixtures in my tack room, so I have to go out and finish moving things around. I am rather compulsive when it comes to organization (I blame Mom for that too!)I am always looking for a way to make areas neater and easier to use. I did go out and hang with the hubby while he was clearing, but picking up 3 pieces of brush convinced me to just keep him company.
So not a bad week, but hopefully I will get to run–and ride–next week.