Weekly Rundown

Trying to get back on track here, so I’m even posting it on a Monday to start the week off right! Can’t guarantee what’s going to happen next week, I will definitely be distracted by the Olympics 🙂 They were always on during my childhood, and I haven’t broken the habit yet.

This week was a good one: I got to exercise for longer periods and I only took one day off. The cold did stress my knee out a little, but I adjusted my workouts accordingly.

Monday: I hopped on the treadmill and did a preset workout for weight loss. I picked the 30 minute run, which, with the warm up and cool down, works out to about 2.5 miles running.  I had been so tired from work that I just didn’t want to do it, but it felt awesome and then I was so happy afterwards.

Tuesday: I had planned to walk on the treadmill and then do some yoga, and that is exactly what I managed to do! I did another, walking, weight loss preset on my treadmill for 30 minutes. It is a bit slow but it varies my speed so I don’t have to worry about changing my intensity, and I get to read on my tablet while walking 🙂 I did 20 minutes of yoga afterwards. I mixed in a lot of stretching poses with a few leg strength moves.

Wednesday: off, although since I knew I wasn’t exercising when I got home, I did 9 flights of stairs during my 15 minute break at work.

Thursday: another run day. I did a 30 minute preset workout, which ranges from 5.9 to 6.2 MPH–with a low of 5.6 and a high of 6.5 thrown in . It felt really good; and my breath was quite even while running, even with the speed changes.

Friday: I planned on walking and some weights, but regular life interrupted. I did manage a 20 minute walk on the treadmill. But I had to put heavier blankets on the horses as the temp was dropping again, which always takes a bit longer during the evening chores;  and I spent some relaxing time with my husband hashing over our day.

Saturday: I hopped back on the treadmill (although not in the morning as planned), and ran another preset for 40 minutes. It topped out at 6.8 MPH, and while my knee ached  a bit towards the end, it still felt awesome. I finished off with 14 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Sunday: I had planned a run, but since my knee was cranky, I decided on a long walk instead. The longest walking preset is 30 minutes, but I got around that by doing a 30 minute walk followed by a 20 minute walk for a 50 minute workout. I like doing the presets as they vary the pace, raising the intensity at times without my having to think about how long I have been going at a certain pace. I find I enjoy the treadmill much more if I don’t think about how long I have been on there.


Weekly Rundown

Another double week post–I need to catch up! We will see what happens next week 😉

Wish I could say I’m not writing ‘cuz I’m exercising, but that’s only part of it. I am happy to say that my workouts are getting longer, which is definitely a goal.  But then the rest of life gets in the way of writing about my fun.

I did get to run a lot the first week, which made me very happy. I hit the treadmill four times, and ran several miles. On  Wednesday I accidentally hit the stop key eleven minutes into the 30 minute run and simply started over. Forty minutes  later, I decided a 15 minute cool down followed by stretching  was a good idea. I felt deliciously tired 🙂 My knee was a little cranky, but fine the next day, so I can do that again.

I didn’t get quite as much running the second week, as we had some hiccups. On Tuesday I wanted to run on the treadmill, but we lost power at the house. It was on when my husband got home, but was off by the time he had finished cleaning out the driveway–we had a bit of an ice storm, which makes sense that we lost power. The weather people said it was going to be a warm day with downpours, but what we got was a frozen day with continuous drizzle.  Ah, Mother Nature.  We did get our power back, but a bit late for the treadmill. At least we got to cook dinner.

We went snowmobiling on Saturday and I was highly amused that my Fitbit gave me a ton of steps. I had resigned myself to a low step count for the day since we would be riding–I even considered getting up early to run to get some in. Of course, we left at 5:30, so it would have been really early. But over the course of 7 hours of riding, the Fitbit tracked 26,000 steps and 400+ flights of stairs. I decided to take it, as I was doing quite a bit of work, steering and bouncing around on the snowmobile. And when I went to rake the horse paddock the next day, my triceps protested quite vehemently! So I am pretty sure I worked out the day before, so I just did some yoga to stretch out in the afternoon.

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