Weekly Rundown

Well, it’s Sunday and here I am barely squeaking in under the wire with my Rundown again. I really need to shape up! (pun intended, of course)

It was a decent week, although I didn’t get to take my walk around the hospital with my friend as she has come down with a fairly nasty (temporary) illness and is on meds for it.  But I did get a walk with Daisy, as Mother Nature was kind this week. We had a minor ice storm on Tuesday, but as storms in our corner of the world go, it wasn’t too bad.

Monday: skipping my usual day off, I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. I felt a bit guilty about my lack of effort the week before, so I wanted to get off to a good start. I did 5 minute walks at 3.0 MPH  with 5 minute interval runs at 5.0 MPH.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: weight lifting mixed with yoga.  I did 39 minutes, and mixed in several different moves to up the intensity. I did more reps and added a new arm weight (chest flys); and I definitely noticed the new move the next day.

Thursday: a pure yoga day. I did about 20 mins of body bending, mind relaxing, stress releasing joy. Ahhhhhh……

Friday: off

Saturday: my walk with Daisy. We did 3.43 miles, and she really didn’t want to turn around and come at the half-way mark. Afterwards I let her in the house to relax and let Bruce out to help me. He always feels better if we go out together after I walk Daisy, so I always make a few chores to do outside. I watered the horses, unloaded the hay, cleaned the stall, and fed the birds then brought a happy Bruce back in. Later, after lunch, I rearranged the living room and cleaned the house. I had a “girls night” at one of my high school friend’s house, so I ran a few errands as I headed over to her place. After a fab dinner–and two desserts, she is so evil–I came home and was not at all surprised to learn I had met my activity goal for the day!

Sunday:  I started the day off by sleeping in. Unfortunately, sleeping in to me is 6:30am. I had coffee and vegged in front of the news for a bit, then went out to feed the horses before climbing on the treadmill. I did 35 minutes, 5 minute walk intervals with 10 minute run intervals. I am trying to wean myself off of holding onto the treadmill. I don’t when I walk, in fact I carry light weights some days. But when I run, I don’t feel secure and I worry about my knee if I go down. Today was mostly holding with one hand, and occasionally letting go with both for a few seconds. Afterwards I stretched for about 10 minutes. I find I can skip stretching after walking, and sometimes after weights if I get distracted. But if I skip it after a run, my muscles will let me know–especially the shins. My husband and I went to play for the day later, and we walked quite a bit around a few different stores. So I hit my activity goal for two days in a row!
My tracker lets me set the goal, and I set it a bit high. To hit it, I need to do about 13,000 to 14,000 steps; and some of those need to be an intense activity. Quite a few days at work I don’t manage to hit the goal, so I am always happy when I kick its butt!

Weekly Rundown

Well, I managed to sneak this one in before the week quite ended. In theory I will have another Rundown due tomorrow. Hmmm……and I have to get this one done before the AFC game begins!

Monday: Off. Definitely a trend. I think I am fine with it. I always seem to work harder Friday, Saturday and Sunday since I am easy at the beginning of the week. So I need the break on Monday–and start the cycle all over again!

Tuesday: Yoga day. I did both stretching and strength poses. I guess I needed the peace, I felt so relaxed afterwards.

Wednesday: Off. This was definitely unplanned. I had a doctor’s appointment early before work, but when I was done I really, really wasn’t feeling well. I not only skipped exercise, I called out of work. I spent the day on the couch, sleeping with the puppies. I was amazed at how much I slept, and that I was ready for bed that night at 8:30.

Thursday: More Yoga. I felt better, but not 100%. Stretchy yoga helped my body after the tenseness of the day before, as well as my mindset.

Friday: I got back on the horse (metaphorically, still to cold and slick to actually ride!) and brought my weights. I did the weights mixed with yoga strength poses as well as the leg PT moves. If felt really good to stretch and use my muscles.

Saturday: I decided I was definitely better, so I got on the treadmill. I walked 6 minutes before knocking off the emergency stop button. Ooops! When I started back up, I started at a run and did a mile, then walked 5 minutes, then ran another mile. In total (with the original 6 minutes), I went for 37 minutes. That was one of my longer treadmill episodes, and I was pretty happy with it.

Sunday: I took Daisy for a walk. I got her all ready, then needed to hook her up to the house line to help my husband for a moment. She wouldn’t come back to the house! She was ready for her walk, dang it, and wasn’t going back to the house until she had it. I do love that  dog.  We did eventually get to go, doing 2 miles in 37 minutes. While she hopped on the chair to see what my husband was doing out there, I did 28 minutes of yoga. I can’t say how much better a good yoga session can help my mood–and tight muscles.

Weekly Rundown

I seem to have skipped writing last week. Well, the previous week wasn’t very exciting anyway. I didn’t run, as I was letting my knee recuperate from the fall the Saturday before. I did exercise, but it didn’t seem all that worthwhile to tell anyone about it. Having said that, I am not sure this week is any more exciting!

Monday: off. I had the day off from work; the lab was observing New Year’s, since it had fallen on a Sunday. I was shockingly lax, didn’t even manage 5000 steps. The long holiday season caught up with me, and I was beat.

Tuesday: I hopped on that treadmill first thing in the morning. I did a slow 10 minute warmup, then a 10 minute run, and a 10 minute cool down walk. The run was slower too; which, in all honesty, was harder than going faster. I am used to going all out walking or trying to run faster and faster. Going slow makes me think and balance a whole different way.

Wednesday: I did a 10 minute run on the treadmill, then 20 minutes of my yoga/physical therapy moves. I am going back to some moves I found in Self a couple of years ago. The moves are a series, such as the squats with a twist and weight lifting. The idea is to move smoothly and continuously, and they use a whole new set of muscles. I do have to say, they are much easier than the first time I tried them. I am in much better shape!

Thursday: 10 minute slow walk on the treadmill and then 16 minutes of yoga. I did the moves from my fav DVD, but I don’t believe I held them long enough. It was much faster than doing the DVD.

Friday: mostly off. I did do 15 minutes walking on the treadmill. I had my appointment to see my ortho doctor and I didn’t want to make my knee swell.  The appointment went well, he wants to take the metal piece out of my leg next month. Since the tibial plateau was broken, he had to put something in to hold all the bones in my knee as they healed. I am somewhat amazed at all the parts to a knee that had to fit back together.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out for a walk. We walked past the scene of the crime (where I went into the ditch the previous week), and I was amused at just how very deep it was. No way I was going into this time, it was very clear where the ditch was since some of the snow had melted and the plow trucks had plowed up banks in other places. We finished 2 miles, and while I had thought about some yoga when I got home, really, I just did some other stuff around the house.

Sunday: a busy day. Cleaned the house in the morning, then ran over to check my uncle’s summer home early in the afternoon. And still I had no steps to speak of! I really thought I got more walking around the house doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom and making my kitchen sparkle. So I climbed on the treadmill for 25 minutes 🙂

PS I did mean to post this yesterday, but I went downstairs to help my husband replace the seat cover on his snowmobile, and there went the evening. Tis that time of year here in Maine, when snow falls, lakes ice over and the sound of ‘mobiles can be heard in the clear air. My husband, of course, wants to be on one them!