Weekly Rundown

Ah, the first rundown of the year. Might be a bit more exciting if I wasn’t so worn out from the holiday season.  I have decided that five days a week is ok right now. Amazing what our bodies can convince us. Of course, it wasn’t able to convince me to just give up on exercising right now–and it did try!

Monday- New Year’s Eve, but I got to work anyway. And I took the day off from exercise, per usual. And went to bed at the same time. Can’t remember the last time I saw the New Year at the start!

Tuesday: New Year’s Day, which I did have off. Took it easy with the exercise, doing one of the presets on the treadmill.  It was a 30 minute run, with intervals between 5.9 and 6.5 MPH, ending with 2.7 miles and a fairly relaxed me. I followed up with 16 minutes of yoga to loosen the muscles and I was ready to face the new year!

Wednesday: another easy day (lets face it, it was an easy week) with only 13 minutes of stretchy yoga after a long day at work.

Thursday: off again, just plain exhausted.

Friday: back on the wagon again–at least, trying to be! There is a 20 minute/1 mile interval walk on the treadmill that I did twice, with 1 lb weights in each hand, altering between overheads, bicep curls and just carrying. I did 25 minutes of free yoga after, mixing in strength poses (plank, reverse plank, scale, warrior) with stretchy moves.

Saturday: still feeling relaxed, I did a 40 minute interval run on the treadmill, with speeds alternating between 5.3 and 6.8 MPH. The run was 3.7 miles and felt really good.

Sunday: I did a “fast” walk for 15 minutes, although my warm up period was a bit too slow to do an entire mile in the 15 minutes. Then I dragged the standing punching bag out for the first time in years and went through my punch/kicking routine.  Took about 20 minutes and it did get me warm. Fun though, love kickboxing!

 

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Weekly Rundown

You know, it’s a good thing I make copious notes about everything. These run-downs  are getting further and further away from the week, and I would never remember what I did, much less why I did or didn’t do something.

We went away on Friday and came home late yesterday, so there wasn’t much time for writing, especially since before I was trying to get everything (dogs, horses, luggage) in order before we left. So as I sit here and watch my football team get badly beat, I thought it would a perfect time to do my post.

Monday: off. As usual, although it once more was busy at work so I was happy to rest. Apparently, Monday has become the day to fast and then come in for lab work. Does make the day go by fast.

Tuesday: I made my own workout for the treadmill–it would nice to be able to set it so I didn’t have to pay as much attention to the clock. But not on this treadmill, maybe the next one! I started running 5 minutes at 6 MPH, then alternated 2 minutes at 6 and 2 at 7 MPH. I finished with 1 min at 4 MPH, then down to 3 MPH for another minute; with a total of 15 minutes and 1.46 mile. It would have been great to do more, but there was this thing called work….and Tuesdays are usually busier than Mondays.

Wednesday: I took the night to do yoga while cooking dinner. After a long day, then rushing home (in the dark now) to feed the horses, it is nice to slow down and have a yoga session. It was only 13 minutes, but it was thirteen minutes of deep, relaxing breathing and thinking of nothing but the twist or stretch of my body.

Thursday: I used one of the presets on the treadmill, a 20 minute mile with brisk intervals for walking. And since I am contained to walking in the hospital again-it has been both cold and wet once more-I have started doing stairs again. I went up 8 floors. The hospital only has 4, but I go from bottom floor to roof in one set of 4 flights, then I work my way from the bottom to top with steps scattered throughout the hospital so my legs have a bit of a break in between the stairs. I finished the day with 10 minutes of stretch-y, relaxing yoga when I got home.

Friday: a day off from work, but still soooo many things to do! I took a family member in for a scheduled appointment, and ran all my errands in town for the couple hours it took. I hopped on the treadmill first thing in the morning since I knew how busy the day would be. I did another preset workout, this one running for 30 minutes and a  total of 2.6 miles. It set me up well for the day of running from the car to stores and back again in the rain!

Saturday: I ran again on the treadmill, which was kinda a test for me since I haven’t run two days in a row since the summer. Fortunately it, felt really good! I did a 30 minute run, also 2.6 miles, with different speeds. Then, since the show I was watching still had 10 minutes left, I finished walking those minutes at 3 MPH.

Sunday: the sun came out!
                        Daisy and I had shadows again. And we have never looked so tall!

We did  a brisk 2.13 miles in 36:24. The shadows were a little chilly, but the sun felt wonderful whenever we got back out in it. Afterwards, I put the kids out back while I fixed the fence (someone had broken a middle line, probably by trying to reach just one more bite of grass through the fence). There were thundering hooves and excited kicks, and then those birdbrains tried to follow me back in when I left. It’s nice that they like me that much, but I told them stay out and eat some green grass.  I had to help a bit with stacking wood (otherwise known as weightlifting!), and then I reorganized my library–again. Seems to be an annual occurrence  as I try to squeeze out just a little more space in the same old room.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week flew by. And a cold week at that.

We went from 70s to 30s with no intermediate temperatures this year. So some are making their (annual dream) plans to move to a warmer clime, while others are pulling the snowmobile logo jackets out!

Monday: off. Thought about yoga when I got home, but no. Some days, even though I know it will make me feel better, I just can’t get up the gumption after work.

Tuesday: Planned on a 2m morning run. But decided to change it since my knees were a bit achy. The fall weather is not being kind to them. So I started with  a 5 minute warm up at 3 -4 MPH, then 1.5 miles at 6 -7 MPH, then a 1 minute cool down. I did a nice yoga stretch session when I got home that night. And the knees survived!

Wednesday: off. I had planned on an evening workout of yoga and weights, but my husband had had a bad day and we ended up talking til it was time to feed the horses– and ourselves.

Thursday: Did a morning treadmill walk preset for 20 minutes, which has several different intensities and equaled out a mile. Short, but I had planned to walk Daisy that night to get a bit more distance. Unfortunately, fall is upon us and it was just too dark. Not that she would have cared, but I did!

Friday: Wanted to do an outside run, but it was windy and cold. So I took Daisy out for a short walk and we ended up doing 2.10 miles  (watching her little ears flapping in the breeze as she trotted along) in 35 minutes . I followed that with 3 miles on the treadmill running at 6 MPH for the first mile, 6.5 for the second and 7.0 for the last. After resting for a bit, I took Charby out in the back field for 26 minutes. But no posting while trotting, as I figured my legs had done enough for the day!

Saturday: Rain. Cold, wet Rain. We finished  our project of covering the boat.  We decided not to shrinkwrap it since we wanted to be able to get in and make improvements over the winter. Ok, my husband wants to get in and play with stuff over the winter. Meanwhile, over the course of Friday and Saturday we built a pole shelter that should be reusable for several years. Although we put so many screws in to make it secure, it may take three days to take down next spring! After all that, I just did an easy 30 minute walk on treadmill. The rain came in shortly after we finished the shelter, so riding was not an option. Somehow, I doubt Christopher Robin was unhappy about that.

Sunday: More rain. Blech.  So it was the treadmill again. I gave Daisy a hair cut and bath–she looks so cute– before getting on to do 32 minutes at 3 to 4 MPH intervals. And then house cleaning. Not exactly a relaxing day, but I felt good about the upcoming week.

 

Weekly Rundown–again

So life got in the way again. Imagine that.

I made it about three-quarters of the way through Yoga Month in September before it all fell apart.

Wasn’t Yoga Month supposed to relax me?

Fortunately, nothing large or tragic got in the way, just the everyday busyness of life. So we are getting back on track. I am happy to say that I am a wee bit more flexible after the yoga; and all the resting up I did for my knees in September has worked in that I am running more comfortably. Shorter, slower distances, but running!

I am going to try a Yoga month again–probably AFTER the holidays. And I will challenge everyone to do the Yoga month with me, so get ready!

Monday: Usually I take Monday off, but I hadn’t run since Friday and my weekend seemed pretty easy.  So I did  a morning run on the treadmill of  2 miles  in 19:27. And went off to my day at work feeling motivated. Which was good as it was one of our busiest days in weeks.

Tuesday: off but with 12 minutes of yoga to stretch out after work.

Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga with weights, 2×15 reps. I love mixing my weights with yoga. I stretch out first, then do a rep–a mix of three arm and two leg movements–with a plank (typical and with a single arm on each side) in between before starting the next rep. And finish off with several  yoga stretches after.

Thursday: A slightly easier morning treadmill session with a 5 minute warm up, 9 minute mile and 1 minute cool down before heading off to work. To  a day that equaled Monday in its busyness.

Friday: Dropped car off for an oil change, then walked home with Daisy, taking a side trip  down the backside of Blinn hill to increase the distance (and add some serious hill work). We did 2.97 miles in 55 minutes, followed by 9 minutes of yoga stretch–for me. Daisy lay on the couch watching.

Saturday: I ran back down to get the car from the mechanic’s, going a bit past to get more distance since the run felt good. Managed  2.70 in 29 minutes. Since it was mostly downhill (except for the first mile, which is about 80% uphill), it seemed pretty easy. And the trip back up over the hill in the car, that was the easiest return trip I’ve had. Quickest too!  Then I took an afternoon ride on Charby, wandering around the back field for 20 minutes. Deciding a saddle might be a bit cold after sitting the barn, I put on the bareback pad and still posted during the trotting. OOOOh, my thighs! But great leg workout.

Sunday: I took Daisy out for a walk. We did  2.7 miles in 43:25, with two sub-16 minute miles. That little doggie sure can trot along. If it wasn’t for the sniffing, she would be a great running partner.  I took Christopher Robin out for a ride in the afternoon. We ended up in the back field by ourselves, since Charby came in and hung out at the barn even we went back out.  We had a few moments when he thought he needed to go in to see her, but he agreed with me when I insisted we were fine by ourselves. He really is a good pony 🙂

Weekly Rundown…kinda

I have been falling behind on my Rundowns. Part of that is because we are so dang busy. Between work, and boat, and housework, and animals, I am lucky I am still sane (I think I’m still sane).

It has been a terrifically fun summer, and it is going so fast! How did we get a full week into August?

The other part is that I just don’t feel like I am doing anything exciting in my exercise.  I am definitely still doing all my workouts. But they seem too routine to talk about weekly.  Run, weights mixed with yoga, walk, run…..repeat. Throw in a horse ride if I can.

Am I falling into a rut? Probably.  That is likely because of the busyness–I am squeezing in my exercise between everything else. So I’m not putting a lot of thought into new and exciting things to do, just squeaking by.

One fun new thing I have started is kayaking. I bought a kayak on sale last fall and never even got to put it in until June. We were going to go kayaking together (we both bought one), but I realized that my husband was so enthralled with the new boat that he wasn’t going anytime soon.

But the lovely thing is that we can put the kayak on the sun deck of the boat and I can hop in and paddle around when we get wherever we are going. I have also started just taking the kayak to the marina so I can paddle around while he is working on the boat (there is always something to tweak on the boat).

These pics are from  both my lake and river tours.

Three wee turtles graciously allowed a picture

 


I love this pic, but oh my, it was hard to get. This is from the river, and as I was going up river, the current started to turn me each time I stopped and aimed. And using a phone camera through a dry bag is not as much fun as it sounds. I had to paddle in circles a few times to get this lovely.

 


   Really, could the river be any prettier?

 

Weekly Rundown

I had absolutely no ambition last week.

I think the busyness of the last month had finally caught up to me. So my work out life wasn’t terribly exciting–I even took two days off and didn’t care! Halfway through the week my husband decided that perhaps we should just have an  “at home” weekend. I gratefully agreed.

Monday: the first day off

Tuesday: a fairly easy day, weights mixed with yoga. I did my 2×15 reps with planking in between the sets. I do three arm moves alternated with two leg strengtheners, and then my  “3 way” plank–regular plank held for five, then one arm plank held for five on each side to “rest” the muscles before starting the next rep . When I first started, I kept both sets of toes on the floor for balance, but now I can stack my feet properly and not fall over. And a friend just told me about the “star” plank, where one lifts the top leg as well as the arm. New goal!

Wednesday: my alarm went off at the proper time, but instead of hitting snooze, I apparently turned it off. Thankfully, my husband asked if it was ever going to go off again. Unfortunately, that was about 45 minutes later! So we rushed around, getting ready for work, and the exercise plan went out the window. When I got home I hopped on the treadmill for quick 8:35 mile, followed by 3 minutes of a cool down walk and a bit of stretching.

Thursday: I decided I was just too wiped and took it off as my second day.

Friday: I had decided I should start do more hill work, so I did Blinn Hill bottom to top. Twice. Turns out running to Blinn, then down it and back up twice and then home is a nice little 5 mile run. I did the second time just over a minute faster, and my mile home was the fastest mile of the run. Which proved what I always have maintained: I am a long distance runner. The longer I run, the stronger I get. Or maybe I was just happy it was almost over!
I rested a bit, then had to get the hay barn organized. It’s haying season and my husband had brought home twenty-five bales and just emptied the truck at the front of the barn. I had to get them all stacked at the back of the barn for the fifty we were going to get that night. A very sweaty forty minutes later, I decided I would just lunge Christopher Robin and do some ground work instead of a full ride.

Saturday:  I did some weeding my garden and got it organized–tomato trellis’, herbs out of the greenhouse into the garden, slug hunt. While weeding I found some volunteer tomato plants from last year. I didn’t think tomatoes could make it through the winter here in Maine. Just goes to show, life will find a way! I trellised them and am waiting to see which ones they are, as I did Roma, cherry and some full-size reds last year. I took Charby out for a quick ride up and down the road with the bareback pad. Using the pad is comfy and makes my legs work harder. After I did my weights ( 2×15) mixed with yoga.

Sunday: I had planned  a long run for the day. But I was not feeling it at all. So I decided a run on the treadmill would work well. I did one of the presets, a 30 minute run with varying speeds. It was a good decision as the run felt fabulous.
Later in the afternoon I took Daisy down to introduce her to the boat. She had been in our last one once, and I have never taken her swimming, so she got a new life jacket before we went out. I put it on her and took her to the gangplank down to the dock.  She needed encouragement  to step on the ramp, and then she froze. I had to carry her down to the dock, where she revived enough to trot down to the boat. After sniffing every inch of the boat and going down the dock to the other ramp, she raced right back to the first ramp and down it like a pro. What a funny dog!

 

Weekly Rundown

 

Due to a small technical issue — and the fact that it’s summertime and I didn’t have the time or energy to fix said issue in a timely fashion — this is really last week’s previous week’s rundown.

Last week was a good week, but a bit chaotic. There is an event in Boothbay Harbor each that my husband and I used to go to regularly, but we have slipped in the last few years between injuries and jobs.

With our new boat, we planned an overnight trip down to Boothbay  on Wednesday.  As usual, however, Mother Nature did not cooperate and we were forced to come back on Wednesday instead of hanging out til Thursday.  Since we were determined to do an overnight in the boat, we went back Friday afternoon and stayed until Saturday.

And, of course this messed a bit with my scheduled exercise. The weather also messed with it, as it was just a bit warm. I gave the horses the weekend off. When it gets hot and humid, it just too much to ask for them to put on tack over their fur coats and then carry me around at varying paces. I tried to beat the heat by doing my routines in the morning, which also cramped the length of them. But at least something got done.

Monday: since I knew we’d be out on Thursday, I didn’t take the day off like I usually do.  I did do it when I got home from work, but since it was just yoga the heat didn’t bother me. And stretching after a busy day at work felt great.

Tuesday: I hopped on the treadmill for a 10 minute mile, then picked up my weights for 2 reps of 15.  I mixed the weights with some stretchy yoga and I was ready for my day!

Wednesday: I got on the treadmill early as we planned on leaving on the boat first thing in the morning. I did a quick 2 miles before we headed down to the marina. We were about the only ones on the water–although I did spy a deer looking at us from the river’s edge.  Besides a few seals, the river was smooth and empty.  After a lovely trip we arrived in Boothbay harbor.  We cruised around a little to the outer bays, then settled in at our mooring to watch the ships come in.

Thursday: I got on the treadmill first thing in the morning since we were home. I had planned on doing one of the preset workouts I hadn’t done in a while, but as soon as the treadmill leapt from a walking pace (3.4 MPH) to the first running pace (6.2 MPH), my knee rebelled. I tried it twice before throwing in the towel and just running at 5.0 MPH. It took a few minutes, but my knee sorted itself out and I ran 2 miles before walking for 9 minutes as a cooldown, followed by 11 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Friday: I had planned to do some hill running, but got sidetracked into planting the last of the Christmas trees and our pumpkin patch. It was pretty warm and two hours  later I was dripping sweat and my legs were shaky.  I figured that was enough exercise for one day!

Saturday: we had come back down to Boothbay and slept in the boat. After waking up and enjoying the calm ocean while drinking the coffee my husband had percolated, he took me to  land and I went for a run around the harbor.  I could feel how warm the day was going to get, but the air was pretty nice as I ran; and the views were spectacular (I had to keep stopping to take pictures!)

The start of my run, a footbridge across the harbor

 

Sunday: finally, a day off! I did try kayaking for the first time and paddled around for 40 minutes or so. My first pass I believe I looked a bit drunk, as my kayak could not find a straight line. But, I didn’t dump myself and I did kinda figure it out. It was a blast too! Definitely hooked.      

Weekly Rundown

Since I have missed about, oh, about four weeks, I thought I would do the highlights. I had some very good runs, and met a few of my goals.

My days have been packed. See, we bought this boat.

 

Between work, getting the stuff for the boat, putting said stuff on the boat, cleaning the boat, riding in the boat (ok, that part is fun), exercise and squeezing in horse time, by the time I sit at night and stare stupidly at the tv while eating dinner, I had no brain left .

The first week included Memorial Day, and I forgot the 25% rule.  The idea is that one doesn’t increase their exercise by more than 25% in order to not overstress muscles and/or hurt oneself.  But I kinda forgot that I usually don’t exercise on  Monday , and since I got the holiday off, I ran.  Then I forgot to take that run into account when I did my long runs on Friday and Sunday.  I leapt from 10-11 mile weeks to 18.5 miles.

Strangely enough, I didn’t want to run Monday or Tuesday of the following week. Fortunately besides being a bit tired, I didn’t have any other side effects.

I spent most of the weeks following the same pattern: Mondays off, a couple of morning treadmill runs, mixed weights and yoga Tuesday thru Thursday, with long runs on Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays I took Daisy out for walks, and rode the horses Saturday and Sunday. Frankly, it has been a wonderful few weeks!

Monday 1: a marvelous run around my loop. I hadn’t tried it yet this year, which occurred to me as I ran the other side of Blinn Hill a couple of weeks ago. The loop is 5.59 miles and not a bad trail except for the really, really big hill. I thought I would cheat, and run down Blinn  instead of hitting it at the end. But there is a hill going the other way too, and after measuring them, I realized that both are a steep four tenths of a mile. No cheating allowed. It was a good run though, I felt strong and I did it 1:03 hr, which is not bad for a first time and those dang hills.

Friday 1: I decided to do a long run on the rail trail before heading off into town for errands. I do love that mostly flat trail — I did 5 miles in 50 minutes. I felt great during it, seems so easy after all the hills in my area!

Sunday 1: another long run, this one to the other end of my road and out around the gravel pits to another dirt road. It was a long (5.42), relaxing run.

The following week was a bit boring, just regular runs and yoga. I was psyched that I did my fav 5.16 mile run and shaved 2 minutes off.  The beginning of the following week was pretty basic as well, but I did have a good weekend.

Friday 2: I have been wondering recently if I can run all the way up Blinn hill. From the corner where it hits the main road (as main a road as you get in rural Maine), it is about 3 miles to the top, then I live just over a mile back down the other side (off to the left).  I had to drop my car off at the mechanics who is about 2 miles from the end of the hill, so I figured, what the heck? I ran down from there, and then turned around at the  main road and ran back up and home. So basically, an uphill 5k, with a total just over 6 miles. And it didn’t feel too bad, so now I just have to do it faster, right?

Saturday 2:  a short weight/ yoga session followed by a ride. I took Char out to the ring  and had a great ride.

Sunday 2: a short run (when did 2.5 miles become short?!) and another good ride. It got pretty dang warm, so I took Christopher Robin out back and did a lot of walking. He was a bit stubborn , but we gently worked out that he should go where I asked him.

The following week was mostly noticable by my tiredness. I even took two days off,  with Monday planned and Thursday well,  I was just beyond tired.

Friday 3: I did a long slow run on the rail trail. I worked hard at not caring how fast my miles were, and did a nice 6.01 mile in 1:07. I did meet my uncle on the trail and stop for a quick chat 🙂 And I felt pretty dang good doing it, enjoying the view of the river and the flowers as I ran by. And that night we took the boat upriver to watch a few fireworks.

 

Saturday 3: an easy day of of weights and stretchy yoga, followed by a long day of getting the boat ready for our trip the following week. Apparently, walking back and forth over a 23′ boat does not garner one a lot of steps, I barely cracked 4000 for the day!

Sunday 3: it was kinda yucky out in the morning, so I decided run on the treadmill. I did one of the presets that I had been doing over the winter and realized how much easier it was now! I did the 40 minute varied intensity and barely noticed when it changed from the easy (5.0 MPH) to the difficult (6.8 MPH). How cool is that? Guess those quick 2 miles at 7-8 MPH are really helping me out.

 

 

Weekly Rundown

Before last week isn’t  a mere memory, I thought I should do my recap.

It was a good week. The weather was lovely, and  I had another 5K at the end.  I decided to run regularly  this time and see if it help or hindered my race.  Based on my run results, it definitely didn’t hurt. My legs didn’t feel tired, and I beat my previous 5K by  1:46….yippee!

Monday: day off, of course

Tuesday: another quick 2 miles on the treadmill.  I didn’t pay attention to my splits, but the 2 miles took 17:28. That seems to be about my average now, thinking I need to add another mile in the mornings. Of course, that is nine minutes I don’t get to sleep….

Wednesday: back to weights. I only did 2×15, but it felt pretty good and I planked in between sets. I am on Burpee hiatus. I think I should do them, but I just don’t wanna! I figure planks are as good for my core. I followed up with my short routine of stretch-y yoga.

Thursday: 2 more miles on the treadmill before work. I used my songs as timers this run, leaping speed after every song. I started at 6.0MPH, then 6.5 after one song, 7.0 after the next til I ended at 8.0. Oddly enough, my run took the exact same time as Tuesday’s, 17:28. But doing by song made it more interesting!

Friday: I did a 5k in preparation for tomorrow’s race, although my route was a lot hillier than the RailTrail the race was on. Which is only a good thing, of course! I didn’t rush it (33:16), I was doing it more for the feel of the distance than speed.  I went out shopping for annuals with a friend later in the morning, then we took Daisy for a short walk when we got back–it was very hot. Not that she cared, but I didn’t want to overheat her.

Saturday: Race day! The day dawned cloudy with the promise of rain, which normally I would never run in. But I met my friend at the race site anyway. It was the Mutt Strutt 5K for a local humane society, so there were dogs everywhere! Dogs in tutus, dogs as unicorns, dogs who walked (the 5K was a walk or run) and dogs who dragged their owners through the run. It was marvelous. The run itself was terrific, I cut almost 2 minutes off my previous 5K race, to come in with 27:28. And it started to rain, but I still ran (I really DON’T like getting wet!), and I felt like I had a really good handle on how I ran it. I picked places to give myself a “breather” before picking up the pace once more, and my second half felt terrific.

            

Sunday: strangely, I decided not to run. I did take Daisy for  a nice 2 mile walk, reining her in so it was mostly relaxing–took about 39 minutes. I followed that (while she plopped on the couch)with 19 minutes of yoga mixed with weights. I did 2×15 reps again, with strength and balance poses between the reps and stretching after.  In the afternoon I saddled up Charby and took her out to the ring for a 26 minute ride. The increased fitness in running translates well into the riding: posting downhill or around corners is much easier and smoother this year.

 

Weekly Rundown

I had a good week, getting my exercise in, and in some nice weather too.

Spring actually came to our corner of Maine this year, unlike the last two years when it was like living in Seattle (nothing against Seattle, but if I wanted their weather, I’d move there). I got to walk outside in the sun three out of four days at work, which made me very happy. As long as I get some sun and fresh air, I am a pretty happy person.

Monday: an evening walk with my husband and Daisy after work. We did  1.4 miles at a fairly brisk pace, getting ready for our 5K walk on Sunday.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: I planned on a morning run on the treadmill, but that fell apart. The good news is that I got to run 2 miles out on the road when I got home from work. Outside is always better.  My knee felt very strange as I started down the driveway, badly enough that I decided I would stop if it didn’t get better. It hurts occasionally as I run, sometimes in different spots in the same run, but never for long. This ache was different, but also wore out before I went my first quarter-mile. I have decided that if I can run it out, I will keep going since if I stop every time it twinges, I will never run! Afterwards I did a (very) short yoga session to stretch out.
I follow that immediately, of course, with: if you are seriously hurt and it does not go away in a few minutes, STOP!! Better to rest now than not be able to do anything later! Or permanently hurt yourself.

Thursday: a quick morning run on the treadmill. Now that I have my 2 miles below 18 minutes, if I make my lunch the night before, I can stay that extra five minutes in bed. It’s the small things, really! I did a fairly slow pace, doing the first in 9:10 and the second in 8:40.

Friday: I went out for a long, relaxing run. I did my favorite path that takes me 5.22 miles, and I was surprised I managed to cut off 2 minutes from the last time I ran it. Guess those quick miles on  the treadmill are helping! There are quite a few really large hills in the route, which makes it odd that it is my favorite. I think perhaps I just like that I can do it.  Later in the afternoon I took Christopher Robin out to the riding ring. I rode bareback, and while he did fill out a bit over the winter, hanging on was definitely a good workout for my legs.  He did exceedingly well, considering our normal disagreements about what we should be doing. He must have decided he likes me!

Saturday: I took Daisy out for a brisk 2 mile walk and then did an extraordinary amount of weights. No, it wasn’t really all that much, but seeing how I have been only doing 15 minutes recently; when I stopped and realized I’d done 38 minutes, I was like, wow. I did an extra set of reps and added some floor exercises to my session, which added up. In the afternoon, I slipped a saddle on Charby and went out to the ring with her. It all went well until I spontaneously decided to canter. Christopher Robin, who’d been grazing next to the ring, immediately decided he must race about too. I pulled Charby in before he decided to run circles around us, bucking and kicking. Ponies! I’ve been thinking about fencing the ring, and now I just might.

Sunday: my husband and I went down to Portland for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. They push a lot of cardiac research through, and my husband feels (quite rightly) that AHA probably saved his life. We didn’t raise as much as we had wished, but every dollar helps 🙂  As we got out of the car and I stretched, I said “huh, what did I do to make my arms and shoulders hurt?” Then I remembered the weights Saturday. Oops.  The walk was wonderful, however. It was billed as a 5K, but they admitted upfront before they sent us out that it was really 3.5 miles. It looked a bit like rain, but it never did. Which was great because it was pretty warm and we would have baked if the sun had come out.