Weekly Rundown

I have been on mini-vacation since Friday, and I kinda lost track of days….plus, I have been so crazy busy with gardens, plants, walks, horses, and more that I am beyond tired!

I have a program that tracks my steps over the course of seven days and last night for the first time I cracked 90,000 steps.  I have been running around 80,000; with a few dips down into 70,000.  No wonder I am tired! One would think perhaps my steps would go down while I am on vacation.

It also explains why my knee has been bothering me for the last four days. I only have  a mini-vaca since I have to go back to work tomorrow. So I am resting up today 🙂

Monday: off once more. Such a nice day to have off!

Tuesday: I ran a mile on the road, and I made it up that hill! Third time must be the charm. Not saying I was running  fast, but I did run all the way up. I also figured out how to run down a hill better for my leg–I kinda jogged down like I was jogging down stairs. That helped the impact on my knee on the steep part.   I finished up with 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out.

Wednesday: I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill. I meant to run 2 miles, but didn’t start quite early enough. I had to head out early so I could walk with my friend before work. It was a nice sunny day, although still in the 50s, and we walked 1.75 miles in 35 minutes. Just enough time for coffee before I had to hit my desk.

Thursday: a mile walk on the treadmill in 20 minutes. I put the treadmill on the incline and carried my weights for a bit more work. I have been trying to find the right thing to watch on Netflix while on the treadmill. I was watching Beastmaster, a Sylvester Stallone obstacle course that is like American Ninja Warrior on steroids. They invite participants from all over the world, and have announcers from each country too. Nothing better for motivation than watching athletes attempting incredibly difficult feats to make one feel that they can certainly run just a little further.  I have gone through the first season, so now I need something else. I tried a few things before settling on 80s Macgyver. I wasn’t a huge fan, so most of them are new to me. And it is so much fun watching the 80s action, seeing who we thought were the “bad guys” back then, and what Mac made out of absolutely nothing (don’t care if Mythbusters debunked most of what he did, still fun). Once I got off the treadmill, I did my weight training. I went back to actually using dumbbells instead of resistance training, just to keep my muscles off guard.  So I did 25 minutes of bicep curls, squats, shoulder raises, leg raises, etc.

Friday: First day on vacation!! I did 15 minutes at 3.0, still on the incline.  I put my Crunch yoga dvd in, but only got 23 minutes in until the Warrior poses pushed my knee just a little too far. Guess I was right to be avoiding them. I had the vet come out for the horses’ annual visit, then spent the afternoon running around town with the hubby. It was supposed to be pouring all day, but we had intermittent moments of just grayness without precipitation, so it wasn’t too bad doing errands.

Saturday: I ran on the treadmill for 24 minutes. I ran slowly, at only 5.0 MPH so I only ran 2 miles. I did take it off the incline first! I got to play Charby for a few minutes, and even got on to ride for 15 minutes. Then I wandered through four different stores’ flower sections with a friend for the afternoon. A good day!

Sunday: another 2 mile run on the treadmill, this time at 6.0 MPH, although it took 21 minutes since I had to work up to the 6.0 MPH. It felt really good. The odd thing is that my knee doesn’t really hurt while running, just bothers me later on. I think the amount of movement and walking I had been doing bothers it almost more than the running. Moving  straight on doesn’t seem to bother it, but any sort of twist or torque kills it. We put in 100 baby Christmas saplings, and that really made my leg unhappy. And my back. Ahhh, I could barely move when we finished. Good thing I had gone out and  played with Christopher Robin first. I didn’t ride, but I brushed him, did a few groundwork exercises,  and lunged him. He seemed pretty happy with the attention. I also cleaned out several gardens in the morning–only two more to get the leaves out of! I think I may have too many perennial gardens. But they are soooo pretty. I also tested a battery-powered weed whacker for my husband (he runs a hardware rental section), and I suppose it is no surprise that I ended up with ice on my knee that night.

Weekly Rundown

I never made a plan for last week, and it turned out just great anyway. I ran and walked, made sure to get my yoga in, and used the yoga to do some resistance weight training. The weather was wonderful, and the only thing I didn’t get to do is walk Daisy. She did get quite a car ride–on the way to the vets. Not everyone had a good week!

Monday: off

Tuesday: A quick (10:30) mile on the treadmill before 17 minutes of stretch-it-out yoga. I did try to do some ground work  with Christopher Robin when I got home, but the flies chased us back in quickly.

Wednesday: Back on the treadmill for a walk. I got up to 3.5 MPH, doing 1.68 miles in 30 minutes. The question is, when did brisk walk  start to feel like a day off?

Thursday: I started on the treadmill, and ended on the hill outside my house.  I did a 15:47 minute run first–I planned on just 15 minutes even, but I had to finish the 1.5 mile mark. Silly OCD.  Then I went out to do some hillwork. Gotta say, running on solid ground after a moving belt is just weird. Long ago, before trackers were available on the phone–or our wrists–I used telephone poles to mark distances. I went back to that, running up 1 telephone pole to the next and walking back, then up 2 and back, then up 3 and back. Last run up the hill was running up 1.5 lengthes, walking the rest of the .5, then alternating that up the hill. Wonder how long that hill was? There was actually another pole at the bottom I could have started at, and one over the crest I could have ended at. And I still ran up 7 lengths between the poles (telephone poles are roughly 75 yards apart). I was feeling it when I got to the top!

Friday: back to easy–I walked 25 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5 MPH. I followed up with 20 minutes of yoga, focusing more on strength moves: plank, tree, etc. My knee hasn’t felt up to any Warrior poses recently, I need to start filtering those back in.

Saturday: a run on the road again. I did 2.3 miles to the end of the road and back. I still didn’t make up the first hill, but I made it further 🙂 Got to keep that hill work going.  My knee ached a bit while actually running; loose gravel and dirt being very different from running on a smooth belt. But it didn’t bother me too much for the rest of the day, so that was a good thing. I worked with Christopher Robin in the afternoon; I have a “driving” setup so that I can walk behind him with long lines. It is another way of working from the ground (and gets me a walk at the same time). He was pretty happy to get out of the paddock and exploring up the road.

Sunday: I pretended it was a work day and got on the treadmill at 6am. I did a quick 20 minutes at 3.9 MPH, then 20 minutes of stretch-y yoga. I figured I needed it after all the work I did this week to tighten up my muscles.  The reason I got up so early was that we had to go get a shed and bring it home, which meant that we had to take it apart first. That went relatively well, as the shed came home neatly in pieces and no one was hurt. We were even done early enough for me to play with Charby. I gave her a good brushing and then “drove” her for 10 or so minutes.


Exercise Plan?

I am having an unusual week, as I am flying by the seat of my pants this week. I normally sit down Sunday  and figure out my plan for the week. I admit to being a bit OCD/controlling when it comes to, well, just about everything. Except housecleaning.  I will cheerfully let dust gather.

I find that once I write down what I plan on doing each day, I DO it. Otherwise I tend to just float and I find I took more days than I should have on off at the end of the week.  Or that I didn’t work hard enough on the days I did exercise.

I am kinda enjoying this week, tho. I took Monday off, so I know I have to exercise for the rest of the week. In the back of my mind I know I want to run as much as possible, and I should do yoga to stretch out a couple of times. But I can mostly do whatever I want each day.  Freedom! 

So my question is, do you plan your exercise week?  Why or why not?

Weekly Rundown

I feel the need to increase my mileage. I did manage to get 7 miles in on the treadmill, and another 3+ miles out on the road this week.  I also tried to get incrementally faster each run, so that I could start building speed.

But spring is here and I need to do more, more, more. Balancing my knee drawbacks and what I what to accomplish is about driving me nuts.  I think maybe I need to take a deep breath……can you tell I didn’t get any yoga done last week?!

Monday: off. Back into the Monday off cycle. My weekends have been so hectic, having a rest day on Monday is just necessary 🙂

Tuesday: a good start to the week on my treadmill. I walked for 27 minutes at 3.0 MPH.

Wednesday: I hopped back on the treadmill for a morning run, and did a 5K! I would really like to be running outside, but the weather is not conducive to that. So I decided I needed to run further, even if it is on the treadmill. I ran the 3.1 miles in 33 minutes, which is not the best time ever–but also not worst ever! Especially since it is the first one I have run that distance in over a year 🙂 I was pretty excited for the day.

Thursday: a brisk 25 minute walk. I started at 3.0 MPH, and worked my way up to 3.8 MPH. Halfway through the walk I realized I could have put it on the incline (mine is manual, and needs to be done while not on the treadmill) for an even tougher walk. Ah well, next week! After the walk, I did 25 minutes of weight training. Up to 8 Burpees–I know, so sad. I need to make an effort to increase those. I am still using body resistance training, I haven’t picked up a dumbbell in a couple of weeks. I can feel the muscles complaining, however, so I feel that I am probably working them at the right level of difficulty.

Friday: I got a quick 2 mile run in before going out to sort the horses. I worked my way up to 5.7 MPH over the course of the 2 miles.  My husband had a plan to remove the mud in front of the barn, and I had to get them out of the way for the day.  It required just a bit of fencing and feeding them outside. They have been walking through knee-deep mud to get in and out of the barn, so he took it all out and put in gravel/dirt pad that is making their life much easier. Of course, now they just hang out in front of the barn all day.

Saturday: an almost sunny day! Daisy and I took a 3.77 mile walk at a leisurely pace. it is the longest she has done so far this year, and I didn’t want to push her too much. She had a blast, and a good nap when we got home.  I had planned on my weight training, but since the sky was dry, I cleaned out two of my gardens instead. Two more gardens to go, and I think the coming week  might finally just be a good week to finish them.

Sunday: a lazy day. The rain came back, pouring and gusting. I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill again first thing so my husband and I could go out and run some errands. I am pushing myself to go faster, the first mile took 11:30 minutes as I used it to work my way from 0 up to 6 MPH. I kept it at 6 MPH  and did a 10:00 mile. Last time I pushed  my speed in early March, I overdid. I was happy that taking my time for the last month and working up to distance and speed worked, and my leg felt just fine.

Weekly Rundown

Another week of spring showers. Getting a bit tired of this now, I’ll take those spring flowers any day.  I had to put the raincoats back on the horses–the looks I got from Christopher Robin. He does not like to be dressed any more than a 2 year old. He has lost 3 halters and he actually managed to get his blanket off last spring, took me 3 months to find it.

Clearly, not getting a lot done outside right now, no riding and very little walking of Daisy. Plus, I need the rain to stop so I can rake the leaves out of my flower gardens. No fun raking wet leaves!

Monday: I looked at my plan for the week and I realized that I had not planned a day off. Ooops. I wanted to do some yoga when I got home from work, but that didn’t work out so a day off it was.

Tuesday: running on the treadmill. I wanted to run 2.5 miles, but ended up just doing the 2 miles in 22 minutes. Some days things just don’t work out 🙂

Wednesday: I got on the treadmill with my book, which is never a good idea. Well, it is a good idea, but my 20 minute warm up turned into a 27 minute read. I did tear myself away and hit the “highlights” of my weight training–7 burpees, core and leg plus a few planks in 13 minutes before getting ready for work.

Thursday: another interrupted run on the treadmill. I got to 2.2 miles before my husband needed me. It was my own fault, if I had done it before I got on the treadmill then I would have gotten to 2.5.

Friday: my plan was for a walk and weight training. But I was really in the mood to run, and I was wondering if I was up to running a couple days in a row. I have been trying to go slowly so my knee doesn’t complain, and the rain has definitely been keeping my running inside on the treadmill.  So I ran a quick (10.43) mile and then did my 7 Burpees and 15 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Saturday: my knee felt fine after running two days in a row, so I did it again. I did it in late afternoon, since in the morning I went out to check the other half of the horse fence. I have the pasture split in two to help with growing the grass, and they had been stuck on one side for three weeks. Since it wasn’t raining, I decided to go out at 8:30 and fix the fence–it definitely needed work. Of course, when I was about half done it started to pour.  I kept going and the horses were happy to go out and investigate their new area. So it ws about 3 o’clock when I hopped on the treadmill.  I ran a mile, walked a half mile and then ran another mile. It felt pretty good.

Sunday: a walk with Daisy! The sky turned blue (briefly) and we all had a good day. Daisy and I did 2 miles in a  relatively leisurely 36 minutes, then I did some actual  yard work around the house. In the afternoon I played with Charby. It was too muddy to really lunge her, but I gave her a good brushing–ah, the mud on her legs. Caked on up to her knees, so I got rid of that. Then we just did a bit of ground work before she got her treats. She knew I had them in my pocket (damn horse noses!) and that did distract her, but she did a pretty good job earning them.

Weekly Rundown

We had those promised spring showers last week, but the sun came out enough to lift everyone’s spirits. I guess we just have to wait for the spring flowers now. Trees are starting to bud out, and I have daffodils nodding happily in my yard.

I had a great week for exercise, except I never got around to yoga! Very unusual for me. And I shudder to think how tight all my muscles must be.

Monday: 15 minutes walking on the treadmill, and then I was off to weight resistance training. I didn’t even pick up my weights this time, it was all body weight resistance. I did 5 burpees (full, with pushup, and slow to make it harder), then on to one-legged deadlifts, side hip raises, side leg raises, bridges,planks……you get the picture. And so did my body–definitely felt it. Especially the side hip raises the following day 🙂

Tuesday: off.

Wednesday: The goal was a run on the treadmill followed by yoga. The reality was a 2 mile run, not followed by yoga. I stretched out, of course, but not enough time for a full yoga session. The run was awesome, however!

Thursday: a 19 minute walk on the treadmill. I don’t usually stop at odd moments, my OCD makes me either do a full 20, 30, etc or I go by the mileage and stop at 1 mile, or 1.5, etc. But I think this particular day I hit 19 and realized I needed to move on to my next task–weight training. I was reading Twitter again, and overshot! I did the same resistance training as on Monday, throwing in an extra Burpee. At some point I would like to do Burpees every day, adding an extra one each day. I’ll keep rolling that around in my mind……

Friday: I went just a hair further on the treadmill run, 2.5 miles. Then I decided to do an extra half mile to cooldown at a walk. So I bumped the treadmill down to 3.0 MPH. And after running, walking a half mile takes FOREVER! I kept upping the speed to get there faster (got up to 3.6 MPH before hitting the 3 mile mark, and I was seriously thinking of starting to run again).

Saturday: I took Daisy out to meet Kate at the Railtrail in Augusta.  We walked 3.5 miles in a relatively slow 80 minutes. We did run into a lot of traffic, and then there was the female eagle sitting the tree waiting for us to take her picture. Daisy had a great time, and considering that I haven’t walked her in public for a couple of years, she did really well. Afterwards we went out to the local greenhouse to get some annuals, then Daisy and I did a few more errands before heading home.

Sunday: finally, a real run outdoors! I felt like an actual runner again. I left Daisy home, so no tripping or sudden stops on my first adventure, and ran a mile to the end of my road and then the mile back. I admit I did not make it up the big hill, as there are no hills on my treadmill. There is no incline on a ‘mill that can prepare one for the 350 yard hill that goes straight up, then slopes, then grades off. I managed to alternate by telephone pole-walk, run, and walk again (thank goodness!). But I was able to run straight through the rest of the terrain and I was pretty happy……ok, I was ecstatic when I got home.
We planted 100 more Christmas trees too, which was why I ran early morning. I knew I would be pooped afterwards! It’s hilly and hard going out where we planted, not to mention the actual work of planting. My knee was not best pleased with me by the end of the day, so I gave in and iced it. But a great day overall.Image may contain: outdoor and nature