I decided on a light week since my mile times have been getting longer. I thought the legs might just need a break. And it seemed to have worked, since my single run of the week had a much better time. Felt weird though, not running. We will see how this week goes….hopefully with more runs!
It worked out fairly well, however, as the horses required more of my attention this week. Maybe they felt they deserved it?
Monday: normally a day off, but since I took Sunday off, I decided I better do something. I had to do a short day at work, then came home and did some yoga. I did not take it seriously enough, apparently, as the horses managed to blow my calm immediately–and totally! They were very contrary. I always take Charby out to “babysit” when I ride Christopher Robin out back. No one wanted to go out back. I don’t think I have ever had Charby so flatly refuse to cooperate before–or, at least, not for years. I’d get one going and then the other would stop. ARGH. So, after much yelling (cuz you know, it was my only vent for my frustration), I lunged Christopher. Then I rode his butt up and down the driveway. He might be a stubborn pony, but I was trained by my mom!
Tuesday: a full day at work, with weights at the end. I did my 3×15 with 4 sets of 6 Burpees in between. I also did strength poses for my core, like Plank and Scale. I am getting strong enough at Scale that I can start to straighten my legs. That makes a difference! After I finished, I went out and lunged Charby, then walked her out back (where she didn’t want to go yesterday) and led her around the ring, doing some ground work.
Wednesday: A rainy day. So I came home and got on the treadmill. I did a 30 minute walk at 3 MPH, and when did that start to feel like a day off?
Thursday: another easy day. I did 20 minutes of weights, mixed this time with stretch-y yoga poses. Then I went out and took Christopher out to the ring-by himself! Horrors. It did take some fast talking, but we went out and walked around quite calmly while Char sat in the barn waiting for dinner. I’ve decided to attack the problem of him not wanting to be separated from her, instead of convincing her she needs to be with us when we are out there.
Friday: I had planned to run at the hospital, and I took sneakers and a change of clothes with me. However, I had to work from 6:30am to 5pm, and I have to admit that while I still wanted to run, I simply couldn’t make myself do it.
Saturday: I was determined to run, as I had not yet this week. But I wanted to walk Daisy too, she pretty much only goes out on weekends. And I needed to ride. So I did. I ran two miles first thing, and letting my legs take a break worked out well. My first mile was 11:03 (fastest yet) and my second was 9:57. After breakfast and puttering, I took Daisy out for 2.70 miles-including the mountain-in 49 minutes. I rested up some more, and then went out and rode Charby for half an hour. It was a very nice ride, although her canters were particularly round and energetic. I don’t think I was sitting all that much! Perhaps my legs were too tired to give me a good grip at that point?
Sunday: a nice leisurely walk with Daisy. I decided to just relax after the busyness of the day before, so we did not quite 3 miles. I went out and helped my husband move some brush off the land he was clearing–that counts as weight lifting, right?And at the end of the day, I took Christopher Robin out back riding. I walked out with him, and while he kept craning his head to see if Charby was following (she wasn’t), he stayed fairly calm at first. He even stood still while I got on. But as we went around the ring he got prancier and prancier. I decided that my point was made, and since he actually was quite good while out there, we went back in about 10 minutes. I figure we will make each venture last longer and longer.