Weekly Rundown

Ok, it seems I am not a reliable blogger during summer months. Frankly, it’s because I am so exhausted! After the busy weekends, I come home after my ten hour days and I don’t even open my computer. I am starting to look forward to winter so I can sleep 😛

Fine, I am not really looking forward to cold snow and ice. But I am already drinking Pumpkin Spice coffee. I do love fall. The brisk air will re-energize me. The cool nights we are already having at marvelous for sleeping, although having to wear a fleece around the firepit August 10th does seem a tad early.

I am only two weeks behind now, so I am going to do a two-fer:

7/29-8/4

Monday: I started off the week with weights. I don’t particularly like weights. But I feel that they are necessary. I did do 2 reps, but only of 15. I separate the reps with my 3-way plank (push-up frame, then one handed on each side), which I have been doing with weights to increase the difficulty of the T Plank. My favorite part of this workout is finishing with five minutes of yoga stretches.

Tuesday: a quick mile run on the treadmill to start my day.

Wednesday: off

Thursday: Another quick mile before work.

Friday: Long workout on the treadmill while watching American Ninja Warrior. So easy to run on a flat treadmill while watching amazing athletes make impossible leaps and climb 30 foot spider chutes. I did 46 minutes, running 4 miles and then a .80 cooldown, slowing to a walk by decreasing speed with each tenth of a mile.

Saturday: A nice ride on Charby early in the morning. I have been tackling actual ring work, instead of wandering up and down the road. I did take her out around the field and then back to the ring every couple rotations to keep her interested. Later in the morning we took a ride downriver to Boothbay for lunch before coming back to anchor for the last set of fireworks on the Kennebec for the summer.

Sunday: off (mostly due to exhaustion)

8/5-8/11

Monday: I had planned a morning run, and even put out my exercise clothes for it. But I just wan’t feeling it and took time to watch the news with coffee before work instead. When I got home I did yoga instead. I admit that I usually do yoga in front of the tv, but this night I turned off everything, took off my glasses and did most of the moves with my eyes closed. So very relaxing. And perfect after a long day.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: I did a slow treadmill mile before work. The weekend prior and the workweek was catching up to me, and I was feeling just a tiny bit tired.

Thursday: I had taken the day off for a long 4 day weekend, so I actually got to run outside. It seemed to inspire me, as I ran a PR of the two mile course. My first mile was slow, only 10:40, but I kicked it up for the second and ran 8:54. That’s practically treadmill speed!

a beautiful evening cruise in Boothbay

Friday: a nice easy ride with Charby out in the ring before we loaded the boat and headed to Boothbay Harbor for the night. We joined some family members from Colorado, and had a marvelous time cruising with them around after dinner.

night settles over the harbor as we settle at our mooring

Saturday: a great 4 mile run around the Harbor. I have actually run in Boothbay enough that I wanted to try something different, so I ran across the footbridge and turned right (usually I head left to go back to town) to go out to the point. Found some gorgeous old houses and a massive flock of ducks down a dead end road. Thunderstorms were threatening, so we headed back early. I did get a 10 minute kayak around an island. And we only saw a few flashes of lightening on the way back.

Sunday: Weights and treadmile mile early. Tried to ride Christopher Robin, but he was ornery and we settled on training instead. I still got to spend time with him 🙂 More boating on the Kennebec in the afternoon.There is a long tradition of the Whatever Race, where people would put whatever contraption they thought would float and trying to get from Augusta to Gardiner. In the mid 2000s, the powers that be decided it was a not particularly safe endeavor and discontinued the event. Not to be stymied, there is now a “Float Downriver” from Hallowell to Gardiner. Kayaks, canoes and any manner of pool floatation is welcome. We generally go up in our boat to watch the participants. I think most of them make it……

there was definitely a line of willing participants
yes, that would be a floating dock. Also the floating bar and dance floor…..
a little concerned about the decision to put a children’s pool in as a raft.

a new toy

I have a Fitbit. Of course. Doesn’t everyone??

I started with a low end tracker supplied by the hospital when I joined their fitness tracker program. I quickly became addicted to beating my steps from the previous day and decided to invest in my own, better, tracker.

My first one was a Misfit. It only tracked steps, and had a low profile, with a decorative, copper face that lit up around the edge as you made your way towards your daily goal. It wasn’t an obvious tracker, and I really liked it.

But it needed batteries, as opposed to being charged, and I started going through several batteries a week after about six months. And they weren’t all that easy to replace.

About two years ago, I started researching. There’s Garmin. Fibit. Apple. Motiv. And a whole bunch more! Apple was an easy out, I don’t have anything Mac. One friend said she had a hard time syncing her Garmin. So I took a leap on Fitbit, which a majority of reviews favored.

I got a Blaze smartwatch, which was the newest version that summer. And I love it. Two years in, there are no scratches on the face, much less a crack. May I remind you I run, lift, ride horses, boat, and do all sorts of barnwork? It works well, tracks a bunch of stuff, doesn’t require daily charging, and I can change the watch face on a whim. Not to mention the band. There are so many bands! One to go with every outfit, just like shoes (I may be a bit of a shopaholic).

There is only one drawback. It isn’t waterproof. My arm unexpectedly and repeatedly got stuck in the river about a month ago, and I have noticed–while it still actually works!–that it needs to be charged more often, and doesn’t hold the charge well. Before it conks out on me, I have decided to get another. The only other issue I had with it was that it never got my milage correct. When I run the Rail Trail, there are markers every quarter mile. My exercise app on the phone is always very close in mileage–like maybe 200 feet before or after the marker. If I ran 4 miles as recorded by the phone and markers, my Fitbit would say I might have run 3. Still not a deal breaker, as I have other methods of tracking distance.

Of course, I am going with Fitbit. The app is easy to set up and use, and after a piece of tech works for two years with no issues, I am going with the same brand. Due to the reason I need a new one, I am getting a Versa, which is waterproof. Now I can wear it kayaking–the Blaze was left on dry ground when paddling.

But which one? There are three versions . Special Edition, Versa, and Lite Edition. For rather varying prices. Special will do everything the others do, plus has a chip for paying for items without your wallet. The Lite does the basics, but you can’t download music on it (300 songs fit on the other versions), and you can’t play on-screen workouts.

After some thought, I went with the Lite Edition. No matter what, I will still be using my phone as I exercise (although I have hope that the Versa might be better at tracking distance), so I have music on that. And I don’t tend to do pre-recorded workouts. So paying the extra $60 for the regular Versa didn’t seem worthy. And I am not a fan of wallet-less paying (things are just too easy to hack), so I certainly didn’t want to shell the bucks for the Special.

Now I just have to wait til next Wednesday for it!

Fitbit Versa Smart watch Fitness smartwatch