Weekly Rundown

Another week of Mother Nature being kind to us–if you didn’t mind the humidity. It was rather like living in Florida some days. But the sky was blue and the sun was bright and the AC was cool, so I have no complaints.

Monday: Arm Weights & Leg PT. I did the 3 x 15 reps, but instead of resting in between the reps, I alternated exercises. So I did 15 bicep curls, then 15 overheads, and back to bicep curls; or 15 shoulder raises, then 15 squats, then 15 shoulder raises. It rested the muscle, but not my body! Just added a little bit more intensity to the workout. Made it a little faster too, down to 30 minutes.

Tuesday: Did a slow mile with Daisy, taking about 25 minutes to go 1.17 mile. When we got home, I did 25 minutes of yoga; focusing on stretchy moves. Of course, she lay on the couch, watching me.

Wednesday: off!! Had a lovely morning of sitting in front of the tv with Daisy and my computer before heading off to work.

Thursday: Out with Miss Daisy again. We went a little further this time, doing 2.2 miles in 45 minutes. And we included the big hill 🙂 This time when we got home and I did yoga, I added more strength poses to my routine. I have been adding  a lot of warrior poses to strengthen my knee, and it seems to be working as it no longer feels like someone is driving a spike down into my knee –until I hold it too long!

Friday: Arms & Legs again. Still doing the 3 x 15, but alternated exercises again. I worked on my PT bending more as well. Afterwards I went out and made the horses exercise. They weren’t as happy with the exercise as I was 😛

Saturday: a long walk with Daisy. I gotta say, this little dog leads me going out and back–and we were hustling on this walk: 4.1 miles in 1 hour 11 minutes. Having to live a real person life, afterwards I cleaned up and went grocery shopping, then puttered around the house. After a lovely nap with Daisy (we do everything together!), I went out and rode Charby. She was a good girl and we had a nice 20 minute ride.

Sunday: after cleaning the house in the morning, I went out and got Christopher Robin ready to ride. He was feeling a bit contrary again, and he made me work much harder than Charby did. But it was still a good 20 minute ride. Later in the day I got on the treadmill and put my legs to work. I did 10 minute warm-up, then 10 minutes running, a 5 minute walk break, 10 more running and a 5 minute cool down. The running is coming easier now, and my sweet spot on the treadmill is now 3.5MPH.  I was pretty stiff later in the night, but these things will happen as I get in shape!

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What did I do?

Yup, I did that. Ok, I will do that–I am registered for the September 17

Eleven inflated obstacles over 3.1 miles. Yippee!

Don’t worry, our team has a CCU nurse on it 😛  And the obstacles are inflatable, how hard can it be?

More on that stupid question later 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Another week, and a lovely summer week it was, too. I got to be outdoors for most of the week while doing my exercise.

I ran on the treadmill again, and I am really amazed that I run so easily. I haven’t been doing any cardio for the last 4 months,  and I remember how hard it was when I first started running–me gasping like a fish out of water. I would not have thought that my cardio would have lasted for the last six months since the accident.  I thought I would be gasping again!

Monday: off, thank goodness!

Tuesday: I took Daisy out for a rambling walk. We went about 1.5 miles in 36  minutes, although we did stop to talk to the neighbor so the timing might be off. When I got back, Daisy rushed to the couch while I did 25 minutes of yoga. I did mostly stretchy poses, feeling a bit tired after last week. Definitely felt better afterwards.

Wednesday: Arm Weights and Leg PT. I am back to 3×15 reps after figuring out my math error (I never did like math), and I did each rep slower so that it worked my muscles a bit harder. I had planned on lunging the horses as well, and while I was low on time, I still went out and lunged them together for about 10 minutes. I worked with each one in the center for a minute as well. That was hilarious, since while I pulled Char into the middle, CR kept going around the edge. Silly boy!

Thursday: a walk with my friend, only instead of the Rail Trail we went to our local arboretum. It was a great walk, just over 2.5 miles, through winding trails with sculpture and plants.

Friday: I had a plan but I took it off. Felt great!

Saturday: I dithered for a bit, trying to decide if I should make up for Friday’s plan or do Saturday’s plan or do a combination of them. In the end, I rode Charby, since I really want to get the horses working and I don’t seem to get it in gear to ride before work.  After riding I did 22 minutes of yoga, focusing on both strength poses and holding them a bit longer.

Sunday: we had family coming for a luncheon, so I got going early and cleaned the house. Then I went out and got CR ready and rode for about 20 minutes. We did much better this time, he didn’t seem to be as ornery. Maybe he has resigned himself to working with me 🙂 After riding I went in and did 30 minutes on the treadmill. After 10 minutes, I ran for 15, and then did a 5 minute cool down. A quick shower and some dishes, and I was ready to greet my family!

Weekly Rundown

I spent a great deal of the week watching the Olympics. Can one get a better inspiration?

I did also have a good week of exercise, how could I not? Watching the Olympics while exercising  certainly makes one’s personal aches and pains seem insignificant, and lets one push through 🙂

Monday: after a busy weekend, I decided a bit of stretching was in order. I did 23 minutes of yoga, focusing more on the stretch poses than strength poses.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: The long walk. My friend Kate and I walked the rail trail for 4.78 miles, taking an hour and forty-five minutes. It was early enough the humidity had risen (too much), and we got just the first few drops of the promised rain as we came to the end.  Somehow I managed 19,000 steps before the day’s end. That is definitely the record for me so far.

Thursday: Arm Wt & Leg PT. I did 3 x 15 reps, taking 35 minutes. I have been bending my knee with a line during these sessions, and I have to admit to being a bit depressed that I have not increased my bend (without help) at all. I am still working on it, but not sure I will ever get a full bend back 😦

Friday: I thought I would take the day off, but did do 11 minutes of yoga to stretch out my muscles. Felt fabulous!

Saturday: Arm Wt & Leg PT. I did 4 x 10 reps, which I had recently switched to, thinking that more reps with a few less per rep was an increase. Would somebody please check my math?! Cuz it occurred to me on Saturday as I was working out that 3×15=45, while 4×10=40. *facepalm* I also went out and lunged the horses, which went very well.

Sunday: a busy day. I rode Christopher Robin for the first time this year. He was a good boy, except he had strong ideas about where he wanted to go. We had a few discussions about whether we were going out on the road (I said no, he said yes), about whether the white boat cover on the lawn (that I made sure to have him check out before I got on) could be walked by, whether we….well, the list goes on. So I got a lot of strong leg work on him 🙂 Later I got on the treadmill. I did go a little faster while running, finding the sweet spot (for now)is 3.2MPH. This time I did 15 minutes of walking, then 10 running (wow, I can run 10 minutes and still breathe!), 5 walking, 5 more running, and a 5 minute cool down. Then 12 minutes of yoga to stretch out. Yup, I slept really well last night!

Weekly Rundown

I made my blog name come true again!!

Monday: Treadmill came out of the mothballs. I did 23 minutes at 3 MPH walking, then I thought, well? My doctor said he would be ok with me running in August. And it was August 1st. So I ran 3 minutes. It was gimpy, and I slowed the treadmill to about 2.3 MPH, but I RAN! We were worried about how much it would hurt, if I had enough cartilage between the bones to soften the impact. It didnt’ hurt. I was on Cloud 9 for the rest of the day.

Tuesday: walk with my friend Kate again. We started on the rail trail, but looped around the first town so that we did 4.75 miles this time.  It took an hour and forty-five minutes, and it felt great. I am getting used to the miles, and I don’t stiffen up at work.

Wednesday: Yoga day. Thirty minutes of strength and stretchy poses.  I even did Eagle pose, holding for 4 breathes. My right leg has not been strong enough to hold it quite that long, so I was pretty happy.  Ok, so my toes don’t hook around my calf on either leg, but its a work in progress.

 Eagle Pose

Thursday: I thought I deserved a day off 🙂

Friday: my husband had this idea to make his Grammy’s blueberry cake, and wanted to go up the hill to pick some to make it. I knew he  probably shouldn’t go by himself (I was right, I picked 3/4 of a pint and he picked just enough to top it off), so I grabbed my cane and climbed the hill with him. The cane was very helpful coming back down the steep hill. After we came back, I did my Arm Weights & Leg PT, although I only did 3 x 15 reps since I did climb the hill.
PS: the cake came out great, if only I liked blueberries!

Saturday: Treadmill again. I did 15 minutes at a walk, then 5 running, 10 more at a walk, 5 running and a 5 minute cool down.  I thought I would do some yoga to stretch out afterwards, but somehow found myself doing a full  26  minute session with strength poses. My running was more rhythmic, I increased the speed of the treadmill and that seemed to help. Going a bit faster might even have been better, but I had this vision of myself getting face burn from the belt after going down! I will try faster next time.

Sunday: I made Charby do a bit of work 🙂 She is such a good girl; we had a great ride, just over 15 minutes. I rode in the driveway, my riding ring being overtaken by huge weeds since I haven’t been out there. I am using a bareback pad, which is incredibly comfortable and doesn’t have stirrups, which I thought would be better for my leg. It wasn’t that great for posting, however, my legs definitely felt that. I went back to a sitting trot 😉 After I released Charby, I did my drills-high knees, butt kicks, grapevine, etc. I even managed a skip, which I couldn’t do last time I tried my drills.

State of the Leg Address

My 6 month marker of the accident will be Saturday, so I thought it was a good time to check in with the state of my leg. Progess has definitely been made, although there is more to go.

When I came home from the hospital I was using a walker, then gradually got to a cane and now can walk at will. I was so slow, everyone passed me in the halls at the hospital! As someone who is used to whizzing in between people and speeding past everyone, that was beyond frustrating. I also quickly grew tired of people asking me what was wrong with my foot (that seemed to be the first guess, not my knee), so I put a lot of effort into walking properly, if not quickly.  And now I can walk fairly quickly, as well as not staring at the ground obsessively as I walk. I can walk downhill fairly well, even with Daisy on a leash. I am watching the ground pretty hard then, though!

When I came home, my leg was so sensitive that I couldn’t slide a towel out of the way with my leg, now I can kick the dog toy into the air–much to the enjoyment of Daisy 🙂 If I tripped or knocked into a rut while walking, it reverberated all the way up my knee–painfully. I didn’t play with the dogs when I got home, because I was worried that one of them would knock into my leg, and because I just wasn’t that mobile. And I definitely didn’t go out to see the horses. Now, I feed the horses, lunge the horses, and have even ridden a horse. I play with the dogs and I can fetch a toy if they lose it.

I started exercising with the PT exercises they gave me for my leg, and added on as soon as I could handle it. When I came home I could barely lift my right leg up, and did hip raises with only one leg. Now  my right leg is good for front or side leg lifts; and I can bend my leg enough to put my foot flat on the floor, so that I can do two-legged hip raises.

One of my favorite activities is Yoga, and much progress has been made in my sessions. My first attempt at Triangle almost landed me on the floor, as my leg wasn’t strong enough for me to stretch out over. Warrior positions were not even to be thought of, since my knee couldn’t bend at all. Now I can do Triangle easily (although getting out of Triangle takes thought), and I can do some Warrior positions–I can’t hold them as long as I would like, since holding my weight on my bent leg feels like someone driving a nail straight down into my knee after two breathes, but it is progress nonetheless! I am still trying to do Butterfly, and Lotus will definitely have to wait.

Stairs, oh, stairs. Up the stairs was the first thing I could do, leaning heavily on the railing. Gradually that became easier. Down the stairs is taking much more time. I am still in progress with that. The railing is still definitely needed, and I am now working on “form” so that I look like a rather normal person going down. A very slow normal person.

And I ran! Something I wasn’t sure was going to happen again. My doctor wasn’t sure how much cushion I had left in my knee after the surgery, and he wasn’t positive that running wouldn’t be very painful because of it. I did three minutes on the treadmill in a rather gimpy fashion, but with no pain and it absolutely lit up my whole day.

So I definitely have something to work on there. Once I can run somewhat easily, my other goals are  a Lotus position ( I love sitting in Lotus, in chairs, on the floor, whenever I get the urge), and Burpees. Bending the knee to get into these positions will be the key, and I will keep working on going down the stairs. I wonder if I could skip?

Weekly Rundown

Another week! Summer is going so fast. I know I have said that before, but come on: it’s August! Weather has settled a bit in our corner of the world, and I got outside a lot last week.

Monday: Arm Wts and Leg PT. I followed up on my suggestion, and increased reps. I cheated, however, and did less per rep–4 x 10. So in the end I was doing more, I just felt better by not adding a whole rep. Sometimes I gotta trick myself.

Tuesday: a walk with my friend Kate. We did 4 miles on the rail trail again, with an average speed of 2.83MPH. We like to stop and smell the flowers occasionally 🙂

Wednesday: Arm Wts and Leg PT again. Still did the 4 x 10, plus I have been doing “steps” to strengthen my right leg: I put my foot on the stair above me and step up then lower back down 10 times. That sounds easy, but somehow 10 is definitely enough.

Thursday: off. It occurred to me that I hadn’t taken a day off yet, and as I had no motivation, I thought this would be a good day.

Friday: 22 minutes of yoga. I did mostly stretching out poses, I figured that would probably be the best with all the work I had been doing. It felt wonderful, as always. I can’t imagine life without yoga!

Saturday: Another walk with Kate. We started at the other end of the Rail Trail, and did 4 miles again. Less shade at this end, which we definitely noticed on the way back. But it runs along the river, and is so very beautiful 🙂

Sunday: almost a day off. Went out with the hubby to the coast, we took a walk along the beach and then wandered around town before having lunch at our fav restaurant.  We were both surprised by how many steps we didn’t do–only around 5000 for the trip. Aparently we spent a lot of time standing and looking at the water while at the beach.

When we got home, I relaxed for a bit then went out and lunged the horses. I took the fly sheets off to see how they were looking and, surprise, the pony was white again! He had a heavy white coat he shed out in spring and was about the same dark bay as Charbie. So I was quite surprised to see a white back with a few little dots. Apparently he thinks he should be an Appaloosa!