Monthly Stats

Last month stats

Well, we can see the effects of the holidays on my exercise schedule! Although, my treadmill miles aren’t tracked and I did spend most of those 11 hours running on the treadmill, so I am not quite as disappointed as I could be. But I am looking forward to seeing if my January numbers rebounded ūüôā

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Weekly Rundown x 2

I didn’t do a Rundown post last week, not because I didn’t have time, but because it seemed like the same thing over and over again.

Am I in an exercise rut?

¬†Nah, I just wasn’t sure I had anything new to say about the same exercises. I still love my exercise and have no desire to change it, although I am always willing to try something new.

My weeks seem to be a combination of treadmill running (three or four times), weights (once) and yoga (once). I have to work hard each day to make the time to fit my exercise in, but that isn’t that new either.Although it does seem worse recently.¬† There are always errands to do that get in the way. Which is why I also seem to be taking two days off during the week rather than one.

I was excited that not only did  I manage to run longer than I thought I could on the treadmill  Saturday, I followed it up by a 30 minute run on Sunday. I have been  trying to run every other day to give my leg a break, unless I was doing just a mile or so before yoga or weights. It was nice to see that my leg was strong enough to do two long (comparatively) runs in a row. (It was a bit sore for the next run, but it just needs to suck it up and strengthen, already)

And I added Burpees back into rotation. They really made a difference to my shape and strength when I did the Burpee challenge in June, so I thought I should do them a couple of times a week. That hasn’t happened, as I am only doing weights once a week at the moment and that’s where I added the Burpees. I am doing 5 Burpees in-between my arm sets. I do three sets, so I am currently doing¬† 15 Burpees, and definitely need to increase them each week.¬† I ought to work in my weights more than once a week too, but it’s just more fun to run or have a yoga session.

I did have a fun excursion planned for this previous Sunday, but Mother Nature, once more, stepped in to change that.

We had received more  snow than normal at this time of year, which is great for snowmobiling. Not a lot of trails around here, so we had planned a trip a few hours north on Sunday.

My husband had bought a new–to him–sled in December and he was aching to get on it. Since he had a new sled, I got his. My sled was a similar model several years older than his, and since it currently goes into reverse and won’t come out of it, I was happy with the change. We had gotten to play around our back field, but were really looking forward to a long day out.

Then it rained for 18 hours. All that snow melted, and flooded.

And I do mean flood. We live near the Kennebec river, and the fact that we no longer had anything to snowmobile on was not the worst thing to happen in the area:

Image result for hallowell flooded cars   Image result for hallowell flooded cars Cars parked along the river behind local businesses. Many of the businesses flooded too.

We did get some more snow this week (big surprise!), so my husband is headed up North this weekend for snowmobiling. Not sure those cars are out yet. Or will be anytime soon.

 

 

Happy Surprises

I love it when I realize I am  in better shape than I thought!

I’ve been playing around with the pre-set workouts on¬† my treadmill, and today I decided to try the forty minute intensity session. I haven’t run for more than thirty minutes since I started running on the treadmill. And my last runs on the road weren’t that long either, since I was running out of time and daylight. So I really didn’t think I was going to finish the forty minutes.

I’d done four of the six workouts, but I hadn’t done the final two, which are each forty minutes. Mostly that was a lack of time. Most of my workouts are done after work, and I am limited by both my energy and all the other things I need to get done at night (feeding the horses, feeding the husband, laundry, errands, etc).

I’m happy when I get any exercise in, and thirty minutes seems to be the most I can devote to my workouts at night recently.¬† The holidays are over and life should return to normal, but my new normal seems to be sitting down between 6:30 and 7:00 at night–and I get out of work at 2:45!

But I had nothing going on today.¬† Since we were supposed to have an ice event today (it didn’t show, but absolutely no complaints), we got all our errands tucked away yesterday and today I planned on laundry, napping and movies.

Eventually this afternoon I convinced myself I really should get on the treadmill.¬†I was dithering whether I would walk, run or do a preset. I decided to do the forty minute #6 preset workout, but I convinced myself I didn’t have to do all of it. Of course, once I hit twenty-five minutes, I figured I could finish it.

That carrot trick works every time. I’m so easy to fool.

The workout starts with two minutes of walking at 3.4 MPH, then hops to 5.3 MPH and alternates that with 6.5 MPH, then alternates 5.3 MPH intervals with 6.8 MPH intervals. I think the intervals are a minute each, but I try not to pay too much attention to time because if I watch the clock, then it feels like the workout is taking forever. I do know that there were three of the 6.5 intervals and thirteen of the 6.8. The final three minutes are walking as well, at 3.1 MPH.

When I finished the forty minutes, I decided to do a cool down of walking at 2.5 MPH for ten minutes. Followed by eleven more minutes of yoga stretches. So, in all, sixty-one minutes of exercise!

And I didn’t die. I felt awesome ūüôā

A New Year of Exercise

A lot of exercise resolutions are being made this month. And, sadly, many will be broken next month. So here is my little bit of advice to keep you going on those resolutions.

First, make sure your resolution is what you want, not just because everyone around you is making their resolutions and you think you should as well.

Then, figure out what works for YOU.

I did a lot of aerobics in the ’90s as they were the “in” thing. Here’s what I learned–I hate aerobics. I would start an exercise program, then quit in a month. Then I felt bad, so I¬† would start again and then quit again,¬† and¬† keep going through that cycle. Not surprisingly, I neither got in shape nor lost weight.

When Billy Blanks started his Kickboxing revolution, I tried that too. I found I liked kickboxing, but more as the sport itself than speeding up the moves to make an aerobic¬† (there’s that word again) exercise as Billy did. I did get myself a freestanding punching bag with a book and kept up the kickboxing, with the emphasis¬† on form rather than speed. Hmmm, maybe I need to add that back into rotation….

The first time I actually enjoyed exercise was when I got my Springer pup and I had to walk her energy off several times a week. Then I decided walking took too long (I am basically an impatient person), so I began running. Ah, that fit!!

Once you decide what works for you, there are still more pieces to nail down. When you have the time to exercise is a big one. Be flexible.

I used to exercise in the afternoon, because I was not a morning person. But I have changed over the years, and I found it nice to get it done before heading off for my day. Then I started working at 6:30 in the morning and I shifted back to the afternoon sessions. I miss my morning workouts, but not enough to get up at 3:30!

I do try to plan out my week–I’m kinda OCD that way. I figure out what exercise I am going to do each day, and what day I plan to take off. But I let my week dictate what I can do and if I really don’t want to run a certain day, then I weight-lift instead and run on the weight day. If something major comes up, I switch my day off and workout on my planned day off.

Be open to new forms of exercise, you never know what might surprise you.¬†My friend¬† recently took up kayaking. That is not terribly surprising, except that she can’t swim and has avoided water-based activities for a long time. But she loves it! Whatever it is your friends talk you into may not be your go-to exercise, but you could enjoy it and add in occasionally. If not, then you know not to try it again!

You might have noticed that I use the word flexible quite a bit. Nothing should be written in stone except your intention to exercise in some form and in some consistent fashion.

Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t dread your chosen exercise, and there are¬† certainly enough out there to try a new one if you find yourself skipping workouts.

I love running, yoga and riding my horses. I tolerate the weight-lifting because I know I need it to do my loves to the best of my ability. I know not everyone will love, or like, running. Or yoga. You might even hate them. So go find your love.

 

A Year of Running

No one that knows me was surprised I started running the moment I could after my accident broke my knee (among other things).

I nailed my¬† ortho doctor down in May (four months after the accident) on when he thought I could start running. After rebuilding my knee, he wasn’t keen on my ruining it again.¬† And, based on the amount of cushion I had left, he wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. But after some pushing, he suggested August first as a possibility he could live with

So of course I got on the treadmill August 1st and proceeded to run…..for 2 minutes at a very slow pace, holding on to the treadmill bars.

But it was running!

I didn’t run outside for quite a while, I think it was the end of September before I ventured out. Even so, most of my running that fall was done on the treadmill.¬† And throughout the winter, naturally, I was in on the treadmill.

I started running outside as soon as possible in the spring. I remembered how very much I hated hills (also that I was surrounded by hills). And how very wonderful it was when I managed to conquer them.

These were the numbers for my first August. And only an hour and twenty-eight minutes were actually spent running. A lot of them were walking the dog ūüôā

Last month stats

The numbers for August, a year later.¬† Still a good bit of walking the dog–she is a demanding little girl. But six and a half hours and thirty¬† miles of those numbers were running. The bulk of them were run outside, with only two days on the treadmill (must have been raining!).

I also hit one of my major goals that month, running the Rail Trail between Gardiner and Augusta; a distance of 6.5 miles. I felt wonderful.

I’m back on the treadmill now, with extreme cold outside. It is currently, at 9AM, -17 degrees here. Although there was a road race in Bangor–oh my, they are even further north–yesterday, I am just not that brave. But I am already looking forward to getting back out there in the spring!