Weekly Rundown

I started a new schedule at work this week. Instead of 8:30 to 5:00, I work 6:15 to 2:45. I get out early, yay! But I also have to get up so very early!

This meant a total revamp of my exercise, since I usually do it in the morning before work. But I am not getting up at 3:30 am to work out (the girl whose hours I am replacing did, in fact, get up at 4 to exercise). If nothing else, the noise would drive my husband nuts.

Tuesday and Wednesday were quite hot, high 80s by the time I got out, so I had to rearrange my plan for those two days. I really wanted to run on Wednesday, but I decided my passing out on the side of the road just wasn’t a good thing.

Monday: off! That made it easy enough for my new schedule.

Tuesday: Car said it was 83 when I got out of work. So I ran on the treadmill–with a fan pointed at me. I only did about 1.5 miles, then decided I had lost enough water weight (sweat flowed freely, everywhere!). I followed up with 20  minutes of mostly stretchy yoga.

Wednesday: I hadn’t had a real run in several days, and I was feeling antsy. But I decided running in 84 degrees was just foolish, so I stayed inside and lifted weights. I am still doing  3×15, but I added a couple of new moves. I have been doing yoga in between reps, but that has been mostly stretch yoga to relax the muscles. This week I added some actual strength poses, and held for 5 breaths between my reps.

Thursday: I went for a short run,  just 2 miles. How nice that now feels like a light day. The weather was still a little warm, but the run felt great. I wanted to push a little, and my first mile was 11:11, which is 29 seconds faster than any other first mile so far this season–on that route or otherwise.. My second mile was 10:30, which is about 10 seconds slower my normal, but still faster than the first. Which is funny as I told myself if I ran consistently in the first mile, I could slow down on the way back…..

Friday: I ran at the hospital before coming home. I figure I might be doing that a bit, as by the time I get home there are all sorts of reasons why I won’t have energy or will to exercise. The hospital has a nice walk around it, about .90 miles, as well as a trail through the field behind the hospital. It has some side buildings as well, and after I went through the field, around the hospital, up to the Cancer Center and back to the field, I managed 3.1 miles.

Saturday: I had to work again (oh, these 6 day weeks!), but it was a “short” day–only 6 hours. After grabbing some groceries, I came home and sat. And read. And sat. Finally I got up and walked Miss Daisy. She had a great time, and we went a bit further than we usually go when we walk this particular route. My husband passed us on the way home, and we hitched a lift. I knew Daisy would be terribly excited to have a car stop and get a ride home.  And she was!

Sunday: a run, a real run! I had no idea how far I was going when I went out. My knee hurt running at the hospital–I don’t think the sidewalk has the rubber additive the roads seem to have now, so it was harder to run on. The fast run on Thursday may not have helped either. It twinged off and on throughout the walk Saturday, so I figured I would just go as far as felt good. I planned to hit at least 2 miles. But the run felt fabulous, and I actually did a 5 mile run! It was a slow 5 miles, most of the miles around 10:30, but I find I can live with that. Especially since I was still running stong with good form when I hit my driveway.

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Walking Miss Daisy

Daisy and I have been taking some early morning walks, and we can’t help noticing that fall is definitely arriving.  We have had crisp mornings with warm afternoons and the landscape is changing. 

Early morning fog coated this stream as the sun tried to break through.

    

Leaves are dropping and grasses are nodding their full seed heads.

                                                   Daisy is impatient with  my photo taking.

    

Weekly Rundown

Another beautiful week. Each day was warm and bright except for Friday, which was ok, cuz then I didn’t have water the garden by hand. I have been doing that each night, and my cucumbers have been going crazy!

I had tried wearing my brace less the previous week,  using it only for exercise but not while I went through the rest of my day. I hadn’t tried this since March, but unfortunately I had the same result. Which was pain in my knee for most of this week. Nothing that Tylenol couldn’t cure, but it was much more steady than it has been for a long time.

So I am listening to my leg and will be wearing a brace from now on. At least til I try it again several months from now!

Monday: off. I had a long day at work, 6:30 to 5, so it was definitely planned not to work out.

Tuesday: a quick 2 miles on the road.  It felt good, and the hill was no problem. My first mile was 11:39, which is one of my better ones with that hill in the first mile. The second mile was 10:19, which just goes to show that the faster pace on the treadmill  last week helped!

Wednesday: an easy day, I did my Crunch yoga again from memory. It took a bit longer this week, so I believe I held the poses  just a bit longer. Which, of course, is the goal. Well, that and breathing. I did that too.

Thursday: another run down the road…or, I should say, up the road. I ran up to enjoy the early morning view from the top of Blinn Hill. It is the highest spot in Kennebec county and we can see to Mt Washington in New Hampshire on a clear day. Which is quite a feat considering just how far we are from New Hampshire. It took a little longer than the other route, 24 minutes vs Tuesday’s 22, as I was traveling up hill most of the way. Downhill is still no cakewalk, so I didn’t make up any time going back down either.

Friday: My weekly weights. I really should do them more than once a week, but it is so hard to fit in all the work outs I want to do. And, running is definitely the priority!

Saturday: I had to work (  😦  ) at 7am, so at 5 I was on the treadmill.  Morning is dawning later, and it was gray and foggy. I wasn’t going out there! So I did 2 miles on the treadmill, followed by an 8 minute cool down at a walk. Then I was off to work. I was so focused: run, bathe, dress, feed the horses and get to work that I totally forgot to stretch. Fortunately, the walk relaxed my muscles enough that no damage was done.

Sunday: a lovely early walk with Daisy. We walked out just over a mile, down the big mountain called Blinn hill. We went up another small hill, then turned and tackled the way back up the hill. Eventually I intend to run it (oh, my is it steep!); so we ran every other telephone on the way up. I ran better, but she recovered better! We came after 2.7 miles, and she headed right for the couch.

 

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week! Where has this summer gone??  Not a high mileage week, but a good week nonetheless. With some beautiful weather.

Monday: off

Tuesday: 1 mile on the treadmill. I am hopping on the treadmill, even though it is so very nice outside, to increase my speed. So I did the mile at 6 MPH to run a 10 minute mile, which seemed pretty darn easy….it was only one, after all. I followed with 20 minutes of stretch-y yoga.

Wednesday: weight day.  Still at 3 x 15 reps, with yoga stretches between.  I worked slowly, making my muscles work for every lift. I have a set of five standing moves that I rotate through, two leg and three arm, instead of resting in between sets. I also rotate my lifts so my muscles don’t get used to the order. Then I get on the floor for the fun ab workout!

Thursday: 2 miles on the treadmill, also at 6 MPH. Again, the first mile was easy. The second, not so much. Once I hit 1.3 miles, I was seriously thinking of upping the speed to just get it over with. I didn’t, as that would defeat the plan of running consistently paced miles. But the last half mile seriously sucked.

Friday: 30 minutes of yoga. I did an entire routine from a DVD, but from memory as I was watching the previous night’s Stephen Colbert. How did we ever live without DVR? While there is a chance that I didn’t hold all the poses as long as the DVD would have had me hold; I did, in fact, do all the Warrior poses (10 on each leg) with my knee holding up just fine.

Saturday: a walk with Daisy. We got to the end of the driveway when I realized I didn’t have a brace on. I thought about going back, but decided not to. I’d been working all week (including my walking breaks) without one, so I figured would see how far I got. We did  4 miles, and my legs felt pretty good. When we got back I did 3 x 15 heel raises, and 15 Burpees. I did put the brace on before riding Charby later for a half hour in the day. The swivel of the stirrups is not altogether kind to my knee. Charby was a very good girl, and we had a great ride.

Sunday: We had planned a day out, so I got up and ran first thing. I was very tired of  taking a left out of the driveway to run, I had run that way a bit too much. I had been avoiding the right, as after a mile (or less) I ran into a serious hill. That doesn’t include the 500 yd steep hill my driveway is on, or the short rolling hills for the first half mile, and the half mile hill to finish out the mile. But returning up the backside was a long grade, then a steep hill….after running all those other hills. I told myself that it wouldn’t be the worst thing if I had to stop and walk. But I didn’t have too!! I made it all the way back up, although my miles were a bit slow for that run. With all the hills, I decided I could live with it. When we got home late in the afternoon, I decided I was too tired to ride. But  I did take Christopher Robin out for some groundwork. He seemed to really appreciate the attention, and I appreciated seeing how far he has come-things that he wouldn’t have even thought of walking by a year ago he walked by with just a close look.

 

Weekly Rundown

Well, August is here and a foreshadowing of fall came with it. It was a beautiful week, low 60s in the morning and high 80s in the afternoons. Marvelous morning run weather.  So I ran.

I have been running every other day, but this week I ran two days in a row as well, and the leg did very well with that. I did have to take some Tylenol on Sunday, but really, big whoop, I didn’t even have to ice or slow down. I do feel like I could have some Tylenol for the leg at other times, but often get busy at work and forget that I need some. Clearly, my leg is doing pretty good.

Monday: off

Tuesday: my normal 2 mile run. The distance (and hills) down to the end of my road and back is becoming nominal. My second mile was 10:19, which is one of my better outdoor miles so far this spring. I would like to get all my miles down there, or better. I was just hitting sub 9 minute miles before the accident, and that is definitely the goal again. If I could get all the miles under 10:30 consistently, I would feel that is a terrific step in the right direction. The second mile felt good, with a good stride, not like I was panting or pushing too hard.After,  I did my heel raises, 3×15, and 10 Burpees.  I have changed my Burpee a bit, instead of jumping back up, I roll back on my heels to get a good “reverse” squat as I come back up and go up on my toes to finish–more heel raises. I don’t think the jump does all that much for me, but squats and heel raises strengthen my legs so I am sticking with that.

Wednesday: 30 minutes of my weights mixed with yoga stretches. Still stuck on the 3×15, but since I am only doing it once a week, I am feeling it afterwards.

Thursday: another 2 mile run in roughly the same amount of time as Monday. Having a big hill in the first quarter mile definitely slows down my first mile, but once I get by it I know I can do anything!

Friday: It occurred to me that I live at the bottom of a bowl, and if I just ran to one end of the road (1.3 mile) to the other (2.0 mile) I would get a good hill workout. A simple 3.3 mile distance, but my legs were not all that happy with me. So a slow time–38 minutes. I will try to speed that up next time 🙂 I actually had the day off as we were having our annual party Saturday, so I spent the rest of the day doing last-minute odds and ends around the house and gardens. I was  a bit tired, so instead of riding, I lunged Charby. She was, as always, fun to work with.

Saturday: a quick Daisy walk, just 2.3 miles. I am sure she would have liked to go longer, but I was waiting for the farrier to call–in fact, he did call on our way back. When we got back I did my heel raises (I am definitely getting better push-off with my feet running since I started these) and 15 Burpees. I think. I lost count a couple of times, so I went low side each time and I might have done up to 20! I rode Christopher Robin later,  after the farrier had come and gone, and he was quite resistant to doing any real work. He is very good for my butt and legs as I am always pushing him. And I got a real trot out of him for an entire ring length, going each way before he realized he was being cooperative and started arguing with me again. Ponies!

Sunday: last run of the week, so I made it a long one: 4.3 miles. Longest run yet, by a quarter of a mile or so. Long(er) and slow, each mile was 11+ minutes. But consistent, as each mile was in the 11 minute range, and about 10 seconds quicker each mile. And it felt good. I spent most of the run out trying to figure out how far I was going to go–after the party last night, I wasn’t sure if I was doing anything longer than a short 2 mile run–and that kept my mind busy.  And on the way back I was marveling that it wasn’t that hard. I rode later in the afternoon, after working in the ring. I needed to put up posts as markers, and I am considering fencing the ring too. If nothing else, I need to keep them out of there when I grass it.  And I did another round of picking up rocks so they don’t get bruised feet. Dang, we have a LOT rocks in Maine.  It was a nice easy ride on Charby. She was feeling slow, but then I had her canter, and that always wakes her up.  Then she is always on the lookout for her next chance to run, so our trots get faster too.