Weekly Rundown 3.2 to 3.15

Hope everyone is doing ok out there. Up here in our corner in Maine, we are just starting to see the COVID-19 cases the rest of the county (and world) has been seeing.

We are fortunate that we are rural, so we can get out and enjoy some nature without running into too many others. If we do see others, we can smile, take a wide pass and keep going. I am so very grateful we can still get out and get some fresh air. I hope if you live near any outdoor venues, you are getting out and relaxing in nature too. Just stay safe and healthy. Reach out to family and friends, stay involved–just don’t get together or go shopping unless necessary!

Because of the havoc going on, I haven’t been motivated to put out my Weekly rundowns. But life goes on, right? And technology is our line to each other right now. Imagine if this had happened in the 80s: no tel-education, no FB or Instagram to connect to others, no online shopping to be done. Small blessings, right?

Week One: After my high mileage week, I decided to work on hills. The treadmill wasn’t getting me in shape for those outdoors runs. Since I am surrounded by hills, I was concerned that the 5k down in South Portland would also be hilly and I wanted to be prepared. The real hills were hard, so yeah, treadmill inclines were not as good.

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM mile accomplished in a brisk 8.28 with incline 3. Still using those treadmill inclines to try to get a little extra umph. Have to admit, after my hills, 3 was no big deal. Guess I need to go steeper.

Wednesday: off — not planned, but apparently needed.

Thursday: another am run, 2 miles this time. It was my first ever sub 16 minute 2 mile, so I was pretty pumped for the day. It was 15.58, but that is sub enough for me! And it was in my new New Balance Fresh Foam Vongas. Guess they are the winners!

Friday: Hill run. I decided not to go to far from home–literally. I did a 5K running back and forth between my 2 closest hills — x 2. I was probably never more than a half mile from home as I live on one hill and the other is a quarter mile away. I had never figured out how long they were before, but since I had the time….. The hill I am always complaining about in spring as I first have to run up is 450 yards. Now, that is one lap of a track stretched out –uphill. Plus. The hill that I live on is 600 yards. I am going to say I did some good hill work.

The hill I live on. My driveway is a bit past the pine on the right. My runs start out strong if I head up, but coming home is always easy!
The hill a quarter mile the other way. This is the steepest part before it curves out of sight. If I make it to the first telephone pole, I know it will get easier.

Saturday: 2.1 miles in morning on treadmill.. Knee kicked out in beginning, so I had to start at 4mph and work up to 7.2. Really wanted a 5K but ran out of time. I was going to see a Call of Wild with friends. By the way, it was awesome!

Sunday: Ran my 5K route from house. Had some wind on the way back but managed to run it in 34:48, faster than last time. In the afternoon my friend brought her greyhound over and we walked a hair over 2 miles to the end of road and back. It was fun to see her first introduction to the 2nd hill — she was not appreciative of it!

Week Two: well, after blowing the 25% rule and running hills, I was tired. I managed to not strain anything with my leap in activity, but dang I was tired all week. Legs didn’t feel too heavy, it was more that I wanted to nap…and nap….then nap some more. I did make it through tho 🙂 My Thirsty Leprechaun 5K that was scheduled for Saturday had been changed to a virtual run–we were invited to run a 5K wherever and whenever, then upload our time and print off a completion certificate. Our shirts were mailed out to us. I got it in record time! It is one of my better ones too.

Monday: off

Tuesday: after work run!! I was too lazy to get up in the morning, so I forced myself out the door (thank you daylight savings) after work and up the hill. I managed 1.79 miles in a fairly slow time (it was mostly uphill on the way out) and did a short yoga session to stretch after.

Wednesday: off. Apparently it is habit forming.

Thursday: a short yoga session after work is about all I wanted to manage.

Friday: disastrous workout. Tried new Brooks Launch 7s, ran .3 miles and decided they were NOT going to work. Traded shoes, finished mile but had no omph, so called it. There was that tired thing again. Took the Launch 7s back the next day.

Saturday: It was supposed to be the day of the Thirsty Leprechaun 5K, but since it had been cancelled my friend and I took a windy walk on Rail Trail with the dogs. We walked 3.4 miles, and it took about an hour with our pooches sniffing endlessly.

Sunday: 5k run for my virtual Leprechaun race. Decided to use my 5K course right out the door and managed to cut 2:10 minutes off my time from last week, finishing with 30:34. Not a great 5k time, but considering the 7 hills in the course, I was more than pleased with it. When normally I would be slacking off up a hill, I kept telling myself that if this was a race with people in front of me, I wouldn’t be slacking, so I didn’t let myself. I admit, I have tendency to “save” for later in the run, but then the run isn’t that hard and I never use it. I need to learn to run harder earlier on.

Weekly Rundown

Well, I completely ignored that pesky 25% rule. You know, the one that says you shouldn’t increase your mileage by more than 25 % per week to prevent injury or muscle stress.

I wanted to run 2 miles on Tuesday, but I had some time issues–as usual–and only managed one. Then I thought, I could do a reverse pyramid: one more mile every day. And I did 🙂

I would like to say, for me, blowing the 25% rule worked. Not suggesting it for everyone. But I felt fine during my first run the following week, which makes me think I really have been slacking and I am in shape to do more than I had been. I pretty much leapt from 7-9 mile weeks to a 15 mile week and my body didn’t argue with me. Guess I better keep it up!

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM run, but somehow getting out of bed did not seem that attractive. By the time I got down to the treadmill, I only had time to do 1 mile. And quickly at that: 7-7.7 MPH for a brisk pace. I used #1 incline to make it a just a little harder for me. I hit the dang safety after .2 mile and had to start over, I did run a full mile after replacing.

Wednesday: AM run again, 2 miles this time to keep with the plan of adding on a mile each day. Love it when a plan comes together. I did some PM yoga when I got home from work. Only 14 minutes, but it was mostly strength poses that made me feel good 🙂

Thursday: I took the day off from running, and did my resistance training on the Alpha Ball in the evening. I did 1×15 of the B set, plus 4 exercises from A. B is very core intensive, I can always feel my tummy the next day. I pushed my knee too much during my yoga stretches, and it was quite stiff as I went up to make dinner. Fortunately it bounces back pretty well these days, and felt fine the next morning.

Friday: I decided to take my running outside–my first 5K is next week! So I did my personal 5K, that I haven’t done since last fall. Um, it SUCKED. First were the hills. Either the treadmill inclines are not enough, or I am not doing enough of them. Personally, I am going with no treadmill can prepare you for real hills, especially when there are seven of varying steepness and length in the course. Then there was the wind. On the way back I was coming up a hill with the wind being channeled down by trees and for a moment I wondered if I was actually making progress! I knew I was picking my feet up and down, didn’t feel like I was going anywhere. And as I passed the blueberry fields the wind blew each exhalation back down my throat. I still hadn’t quite figured out my sneakers and my feet got uncomfortable after 2.5 miles. Not hurting, just uncomfortable. But, on the bright side, I did it! 3.36 miles outside. And it was sunny–frigid, but sunny. I regained my breath with a 6 minute yoga stretch after, then called it a day.

Saturday: I had exchanged my sneakers–again– the previous day when we went to town, getting Brooks Glycerin 19s. I had tried on the Glycerin 20s and didn’t like them but the 19s seemed better so I brought them home. I did a test run on the treadmill–I can exchange them as long as I don’t get them dirty, so no outdoor runs til I want to keep them! I did 4 miles (there was my extra mile). The run itself felt ok, considering I hadn’t run that far in forever, but 4 miles on a treadmill is, well, 4 miles on a treadmill! I chose to do it a a solid 6 mph to work the sneakers in. This pair lasted longer, but my feet were feeling uncomfortable by the end. I took Daisy out to walk beforehand to warm up, we did 2.04 mile in 34 min. We jogged a bit up the hill on the way back, which is what made me decide to get on treadmill as soon as we got back instead of later.

Put the bigger beasties out back so they could run a bit too

Sunday: did my first 5 miles of year. The run felt good, a bit euphoric emotionally since it went so well. But the Glycerins gave me a blister. No running shoe has ever made me blister–in fact, none of my previous shoes ever really had a “break in” period, they were pretty much plug and play. So those sneakers are going back! Walked Daisy again, but I held her back to 1.36 miles so she won’t overdo. She would walk for miles, but I am concerned about her muscles not feeling so good the next day until we get her in shape.

Weekly Rundown

Halfway through February and how am I doing?

Well, I made the mistake of checking my weekly milage since the new year. I am a little depressed, I was below 10 miles for most weeks. And the Ghost 11 sneakers I had bought (because it was hard to find Ghost 10s) just weren’t working out.

I have to say, I love Brooks. I started with the Glycerin and have been through 3 pairs of Ghost 10s. They did not make the 11s the same. I hate it when they change things. I run with a mid/fore strike, and the 11s did fine for about 2 miles, then my feet started feeling numb. The drop didn’t change, and the BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning were the same, but somehow my foot was not liking it.

I took into account that maybe my feet needed some TLC after too much footwork, and I spent some time attacking them with lotion and using a foot massager in between my runs. Didn’t seem to make a difference. So I spent Friday morning researching good sneakers for a mid strike. And then I went shopping.

Monday: off

Tuesday: It was a long day at work, so I just did 21 minutes of “free” yoga when I got home. Free basically means I just flow into whatever pose feels good until my day is gone and I can go make dinner.

Wednesday: My husband went snowmobiling up north, leaving me with more free time than normal on a weekday. I did an AM run (1 mile at 7-7.4 MPH) before saying good bye to him and heading off to work. I decided to do a PM run as well since I was home alone. However, my attempt to pair my headphones with the TV ran into a snag and the app I wanted to watch was very low volume, so I substituted a walk instead. I did a brisk walk at 3 MPH, carrying 1lb weights and inclines 3 and 7 for 17 min.

Thursday: another free evening, so I slept in a few minutes in the morning and had another PM run. This time I ran 2 miles in 16 :50, it felt like it took forever but I made it! I finished up with 9 min of yoga to stretch. Great thing about being home alone–I had salad both nights so I didn’t have to cook!

Friday: My weekly 35 minute run on the treadmill. Since I am trying to go slower occasionally, I set it at 6.0 MPH and did exactly 3.5 miles.

Saturday: a busy day! My husband wanted to go to Portland to a boat salvage, so I figured out everything I’d like to do in the city. We hit Trader Joes, the salvage and a music store–for him. I have no ability beyond enjoying music. Which I do, greatly. Because I knew we wouldn’t be home early (and I had company coming that night) I did my treadmill program workout first thing in the morning. I spontaneously picked #10, which had max speed of 6.8 @ #4 incline alternated with 4.9 and 5.3 speeds with max of #8 incline. Needless to say, I felt well exercised when I was done! The last stop we made before coming home was to shop for sneakers. I tried on several, finally settling on Ghost 12s as they felt more like my 10s. I got them at Dicks, which is great because if I run in them (and keep them clean), I can still return them.

Sunday: my testing sneakers run! I simply planned on 20 minutes, but then they felt ok, so I added another 5 minutes. At that point I was at 2.8 miles, so I figured, hey, lets just do a 5k. Later in the day Daisy and I went for a walk with Jerb and Lelah. Lelah is a friend of mine, and Jerb is a retired greyhound that is a friend of Daisy. Amazingly, her little legs go so fast and his long steps are pretty languid, they really walk very well together and we did a slow 2.26 miles in 49 minutes. The sun was out and there was some melting puddles, but overall, a good time was had by all.

Weekly Rundown

I gave myself some goals for the new year, which I (surprisingly) have been keeping up on. One thing I wanted to do was do a longer run at least once a week. So I planned a 30 minute run weekly on the treadmill, which usually equals out to 3.5ish miles.

I also knew I needed more interval training, I have a problem slowing down, as I mentioned last week. I also hate having to time my run in minutes–so many on, so many off–since that makes me concentrate on just how long I have been running, and how much further I have to go. I am much happier not looking at the clock! Especially on a treadmill. So I made a goal to do a program on my treadmill once a week, which makes me do interval training, but I can still throw a towel over the clock and not have to pay attention.

In January I managed to do it every week 🙂

In February I am going to increase to a 35 minute run. For the interval training, I have about 30 on my treadmill, so I am just picking one at random. I haven’t repeated any yet, I am guessing it will be a while before I do. My treadmill can vary both speed and incline, so each program is a mixture of each. My legs don’t always enjoy it, but it is definitely helping!

Monday: off

Tuesday: I did a mile on the treadmill as a warmup. I used #5 incline at 6.5-7.2, which made my mile 8:37, and the hill not too bad. I cheated and only did half of my resistance training, but that is still better than none. I was squeezing it in before work, and didn’t give myself quite enough time.

Wednesday: an evening workout with my resistance training. I did set B at 1×14, and finished with yoga stretches. I had planned on a run, but I was talking to my husband as I put my shoes on. Then realized I hadn’t put my braces on. Argh. Now, I could have run upstairs, grabbed them, taken the shoes off and then back on. But I thought it would be much easier just to do the resistance training. Certainly quicker.

Thursday: off again. This is becoming a habit! I guess I need to rework my plan for the week.

Friday: the day arrived with an ice storm. I was thankful I didn’t have to go to work in it, as I have Fridays off. I got on the treadmill, doing my 35 minutes, instead of 30, at a steady 6.6 MPH for 30, then I sped up a bit for the last 5 minutes at 7-7.5. I finished with a five minute cool down walk, making the total work out 4 miles. My feet hurt–I think my sneakers are not going to be good for long distance- and I felt tired. But I was so glad I did it.

Saturday: a chilly but bright day, and I took Daisy for a walk, 1.86 in 34 minutes. It might have been a mite quicker if I hadn’t had to take pictures of all the ice. Daisy was getting frustrated that I kept stopping–now she knows how I feel about her sniffs! After we finally got back, I stretched out with Candlelite yoga for 35 minutes.

She was on the move, enjoying the fresh air

Sunday: I finished the week with the program run on my treadmill. The program ran about 1.9 miles, with speed intervals of 4.9 to 6.8 mixed with 3.0 MPH. The inclines varied from 4, 6, and 10. I will say, 10 is tough. The others I don’t notice much–most likely thanks to the hills I am surrounded by!

Weekly Rundown

As January ends and February begins, I am feeling pretty good. I also have an early case of spring fever as January was rather mild for this corner of the northeast. The horses spent most of the month sans blankets, unless we were expecting precipitation, which was just as likely to be rain as snow. I got to go out for some runs and walk Daisy, and now I just want it to be over. Too bad we have two months left. I doubt they will be as kind.

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM run on the treadmill. I only did a mile, but it was a good brisk run at 7.0 to 7.6 MPH, in 8:12, that started my day off right. I had to water the horses in the morning too, so that was a little weight lifting, right? At this time of year I have to carry two five gallon containers out–not that they always have to be full. My next barn will be closer to the house!

Wednesday: I was lazy and didn’t get up early enough to exercise. When I got home I did 2 miles on the treadmill (16:17), then my Burpees for the day. I started splitting up the types of Burpees I was doing–and in sets of 5. I did them without a break, it just seemed like less if I was only counting to five before starting over (every little bit helps). I did a push up set, then 5 jacks, 5 regular, 5 more where I was on the balls of my feet during the upright portion (up and down), and then the last 4 with push ups again.

Thursday: off again. It is rare that I take two days off in a week. But if I do, it is usually Thursday that I run out of steam.

Friday: Last day of burpees! Considering how few I actually did for the month (280), I was very happy to see them go. I took Daisy for a walk, and I tried to slow her down so we could go further. She was pretty happy to get out, so that was difficult but we did do 1.7 miles. Hopefully she will be in shape when spring hits and we can go further and further! I had decided to slow myself down as well, realizing that I was always trying to improve my time and not doing any relaxing, slower runs. I went out to the Rail Trail early–man, was it chilly–and started without a real plan. My plan for my relaxing run ended when the little Endomondo voice said my first mile was 9:26. Then the little voice in the back of my head started wondering if I could do a sub 30 minute 5K. Turns out I can-barely. 28:55. Not bad for an mid winter run.

Saturday: had a busy day planned (shopping and Star Wars with the girls), so I started it out right by taking Daisy out for a brisk walk. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time so I let her go as fast as she wanted. We did a quick mile in 17:31. Might have been a little faster if I hadn’t stopped to take pictures!

sure was a pretty morning

Sunday: warm weather again 🙂 Decided to go out for 2 miles, at an easy pace–really! Now the hills on the way out helped, but it is so hard not to speed up. I always want to push. I had to keep consciously slowing down on my return. I was fairly proud of my 2 mile run that took 22:39. I followed that with 35 minutes of relaxing, stretchy yoga. My favorite is Candlelite Yoga with Sarah Ivanhoe. Definitely makes my run sore muscles relax.

Still Streaking….

Here I am, day 25. Still running.

And not doing much else, so weekly rundowns would have been fairly tedious for all involved. With the holiday season closing in on us, I make enough time to run everyday, but no weights and very little yoga (until my body reminds it DOES need to be stretched).

And the weather is not conducive to riding or even walking Daisy–I am trying to train her on the treadmill. It’s not as much fun, as there are no sniffs, but she is making progress.I started at a very slow pace (.5 MPH), then learned if the treadmill is going faster she understands better that she has to walk. We are up to 3 minutes at 1.2 MPH. It will be a fun winter project!

I have to say, this streak is harder than my spring streak. I suspect that is because I have been slacking so much over the fall, and I just wasn’t in shape. The holiday busyness may also have something to do with it. I do feel like I am in much better shape now.

I wanted to run 2 miles everyday for the streak, and I learned that is not always practical. For one thing, my knees objected. Particularly if I ran after work one night and then before work the next morning. And even though 2 miles is really less than 18 minutes, on tight days it was easier to sneak down and run one mile in 8 or so minutes. I do add an incline for difficulty if I am sneaking in just one mile.

However, I have run 2 miles for the majority of the streak, because I am just that stubborn and if I say I am going to do something, then dang it, I should try to do that! Most of my miles have been on the treadmill–weather, again–but I did get out for one 2 mile run.

Learned two things from that run. A) wow, does the road make a difference! Took 4 minutes longer, and that first hill…. B) I didn’t want to get my treadmill sneakers dirty and bring them back in, so I used an older pair that I had previously decided didn’t have enough cushion to run anymore. My knees were really unhappy about that.

We make wreaths, and most of Thanksgiving til last week was involved in that around our work hours. We had decided to just take orders (instead of a stand) this year. And ended up making far more than we have in previous years!

As busy as it has been, we still have gotten out for some fun!

I did get to meet some reindeer!
(I didn’t wait in line for Santa)
In addition to Santa and the reindeer, LL Bean put on a gorgeous display of lights
The walkway from the road was a magical tunnel

And we went to the Gardens Aglow in Boothbay, so I definitely got my steps in that evening! It was so beautiful. And cold. I think my toes lost feeling about a third of the way in, but I made it all they way through 🙂

the moose and deer where new this year

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.

Weekly Rundown 6/3-6/10

Finally, nice weather!

The trees and bushes have popped out green everywhere, grass suddenly needs to be mowed and everyone’s mood is improved by the blue sky.

Monday: a slow mile (almost a day off) early before work. I wanted to do slow, so I set the treadmill for 6 MPH. Gotta say, it is hard not to speed up. I mean, I know I can do it faster and be done, so it is more difficult to not do just that! I had planned on riding that night–I really need to ride more–but ended up walking Daisy. We did a relatively easy mile in just under 17 minutes.

Tuesday: 2 miles before work, a bit faster. I set the speed at 7 MPH and tried again to not touch it.

Wednesday: finally, a quick mile! I played with the speed as I ran and finished the mile in 7:45. I was supposed to do weights and yoga when I got home, but that did not happen. Life gets in the way.

Thursday: another 2 miles in 16:23, so not quite as quick. When I got home I took Daisy and Bruce for a little stroll down to the bog below our house. One thing I really noticed while he was gimping around on three legs is that Bruce is out of shape! He had never enjoyed walking (far), but I think he needs to build some muscle. So the occasional half mile walk will be good for him. This night we went about a quarter mile–gotta work up to it. He did enjoy it. Notice the waving tail 🙂

They walk so well together. Except Daisy would like to go a little faster…..

Friday: errand Friday again. So once I spent all my money (food for us and the horses), I ran on the Rail Trail. I did 4.05 miles in 39:52, which I was fairly happy with. I wasn’t aiming for speed, I was aiming for 10 minute miles, which turned out fairly well. When I got home I took Daisy for a nice recovery walk–although there were a LOT of hills involved in the recovery. But we did just over 2 miles and it did take 38 minutes.

Saturday: started with riding Char early and took her out back to see if it had dried up any. It had, but the mosquitoes had taken advantage of all the water and they were brutal. Every time we went near shade, she came out covered in them. Fortunately, trotting seemed to keep us ahead of them, but we only lasted 15 minutes. I figured that since I had done 1 mile on the treadmill Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday, I should finish the trifecta with 3 miles. Since I had been working on speed on the first two workouts, I did the 3 miles in 23:45; with the last mile being the fastest (that I have so far this year, actually) at 7:35. I finished with a .25 mile cooldown.

                          The view from Charby. She is such a pretty horse.

Sunday: started my day with Christopher Robin. He was feeling frisky, spooked four times *sigh* The last time was at a vicious white dandelion puff (he doesn’t like white, for some reason) glaring at us from roadside. But we had a good ride, and saw both wild turkeys and a bunny out on the road (neither of which were spook-worthy). I followed with a very slow mile–it felt pretty good, but when I hit the first hill I backed off because I thought I should be tired, and that just ruined my time. I did get to take Daisy for another 2 miles, up to the top of the hill where we can see all the way to Mt Washington in NH. And we could! Haven’t seen it much so far this spring with all the rain and clouds.

Weekly Rundown 5/27-6/2

Last week seemed so quick! It was still dreary, but warmer. I got to walk outside during my break almost every day. And my running streak started. 

I don’t run every day, I usually plan to let my knees rest before stressing them again. But I was curious to see if I (my knees) could do it, and hey, it’s only a mile! After doing a Burpee Challenge–two, actually–and committing to yoga everyday for a month, it seemed like it was time I did a running challenge!

Monday: Memorial Day, so it was a day off from work. I hopped on Charby early (6:30 AM) again, and rode on the road for 20 minutes.  She was surprisingly cooperative before her breakfast. The Runners World Streak started, so of course after my ride I did a simple 2 mile run. My legs are going to be super strong after riding without a saddle and then running. It didn’t bother them as much as the first time 🙂 Improvement already!

Tuesday: a quick run before work. Since I am running everyday, I decided I should focus on form and speed while on the treadmill. I ran my mile in 8:38, which isn’t terribly speedy, but a good start. 

Wednesday: another mile before work (in a similar time), with a set of squats and heel raises after. Burpees seem to help my knees, I think they strengthen the muscles and tendons. I figure squats and heel raises should be a similar enough movement to help as well. Still doing Burpees too–but heel raises and squats are easier.

Thursday: and another quick mile before work. I usually start the treadmill at 6.0 MPH and work my way up in speed, but I decided to try starting at 7.0 and seeing if knocking out the minutes it takes to get to 7.0 from 6.0 helped my time. It seemed to, as my mile was 8:13.

Friday: I had to go to town for errands, so I decided I might as well run on the Rail Trail.  I took Daisy for a quick walk first, so she wouldn’t feel too bad about being left behind. We did a brisk 1.4  miles in 22 minutes. After my multitude of errands, I ran 4 miles in 39:26 on the Augusta end of the Trail. It was a difficult run, I guess my legs were tired. Imagine my surprise when my app informed me I’d had the best time for a 5K (29:55) so far this year.  After two more stops, all I really wanted to do was go home, put everything away and eat. What I got to do was go home and pull porcupine quills out of Bruce. Apparently he tangled with a baby that morning, and we hadn’t noticed as the pieces sticking out were white in his white fur–and he didn’t act like anything was wrong. Fortunately, there were only about eleven, and since it was a baby, they were fairly small and flexible. Not that that made his leg feel any better.

   
                 Glad he didn’t meet Mama.

Saturday: Following my plan, I got on Christopher Robin nice and early and took him out. He was happy to explore, and we went further down the road than I had planned.  I followed that with 18 minutes of good stretch-y yoga, then we headed out to hang out with our boat for the day. It was cloudy, but warm (ish) and dry, and we got a lot of projects at the marina taken care of before taking her out for a short ride and dinner. How fun to run up the river five minutes, dock and walk to the restaurant. Definitely a better commute than a car.


The sun finally showed–in time for sunset!

 

Sunday: Still warmish, but not dry. I took Daisy out for a walk and it started sprinkling at the end of my driveway. Deciding not to be put off, we kept going. By the time we reached the top of the hill, it was a bit steadier, but at that point I was annoyed at the weather and we were walking, dang it! So we did just a hair over a mile, and not even that fast–17 minutes. Daisy didn’t mind, she trotted along happy as could be. I came back and ran my mile (in 7:55, apparently that rain got me fired up), did some Burpees and weights. Since I seem unable to convince myself to do more reps (I really don’t like weights), I chose a heavier dumbbell.

Weekly Rundown 5/20-5/26

Another week with mostly lousy weather. I expect spring will warm us up eventually. I did get to do most of what I wanted to do outdoors, as there were more clouds than actual rain.

Monday: I always rough out my week ahead of time so I don’t forget what to do by the time I get to Wednesday or Thursday.  But this week I forgot what I had planned on Monday! I planned on weights and yoga before work; but as I stumbled down the stairs, still  half asleep–I drink the coffee after the workout–I automatically headed for the treadmill. After a quick mile, some squats and heel raises, I realized I was doing the wrong thing. (Not that any exercise is ever wrong.)

Tuesday: another morning run, 2 miles this time. I wanted to take Daisy out for a walk after work, but Mother Nature was not helpful and it was both raining and thundering when I got home. My treadmill miles are getting faster, however, and that makes me happy. Both miles this morning were sub-nine minutes. Now I just need to translate that out on the road!

Wednesday: I finally got around to doing weights. I didn’t do any yoga (beyond the normal stretching after), but I did 2 reps with Burpees in between the sets and plank after. I started with a lunge stretch I saw in Runners World that looked sooooo simple. But my legs didn’t think so! Step back into lunge, and hold while stretching forward twice. Then stretch to each side, twist at the waist to face each direction and straight up. Follow by switching legs and repeating on the other side. Then convince your body to do it’s normal workout.

Thursday: I planned on taking the day off, but maybe a ride at night. However, my plans were derailed (again. Are you sensing a pattern here?), and I ended up helping to clean the boat so we could put it in for the holiday weekend.

Friday: I was heading down to see my mom, who lives an hour and half south of me. I did an easy 3 mile run on the treadmill before heading out with Daisy. My mom has her sister from the same litter, and they like to see each other. Although, to be fair, Daisy is always happy to see any puppy.   
My mom’s cat threw her, I don’t think she has ever seen a cat before and he is probably twice her size. And fluffy! He’s a long hair Norwegian Forest cat. Beautiful, but a bit intimidating to my girl.  Fortunately, he treated her with true feline disdain as she sniffed around him.         
And it was amazing that a simple 90 minute trip gained me 14 degrees of warmth, and the sun. I found the sun! Unfortunately, I forgot my sunglasses.

Saturday: I decided that I needed to start riding early now that boating season is under way.  Last year I had a hard time balancing trying to exercise while being in the boat as much as possible. The horses, in particular, lost out. So, much to Charby’s chagrin, I went out and hopped on at 6:30 in the morning before their breakfast (and mine). We did a short ride out on the road and she was surprisingly good. I also discovered to bonuses to riding that early: less bugs and no cars. Afterwards Daisy and I took a 2.84  mile walk with a friend with a retired Greyhound on the Rail Trail. He walked so lackadaisically, her quick little steps matched his super long legs easily and we had a marvelous walk. And, of course, in the afternoon there was the boat ride.

                                                                                      Gorgeous!

Sunday: I went for a long run. I’d like to say it was a long, easy run, but it is a fairly difficult course. The first mile is roughly 80% uphill, and the second mile is mostly downhill, but that means–you guessed it–the third mile is uphill again. And there are some serious hills: in the first mile one hill is half mile long, the third mile is mostly a gradual rise to a bit shorter, but much steeper end. Of course, the best part is the fourth mile is downhill 🙂 And I was happy that I knocked 3 minutes off my first attempt at this route,  47 minutes for the 4.57 mile run.