Weekly Rundown

The week after my illness wasn’t terribly productive or exciting, so I thought I would do a two-for this week.

The first week I did about 20 or so minutes walking on the treadmill for most of the week. Oh yeah, I did 11 minutes of yoga after one of those walks. On the bright side, at least I was moving again!

I worked a bit harder last week, although not what I should have done–I think. But I ran and lifted weights and on Friday I was wiped! Guess I didn’t bounce back quite as well as I had thought.

Monday: Quick 9:59 mile (my legs didn’t understand why it should be that quite that quick), followed by 21 minutes of weight lifting. I didn’t do much legs, but I did my arm sets of 3×15–no extras this week! I did a few more minutes of stretching, especially the legs, after the lifting exercises.

Tuesday: more walking on the treadmill. I did 25 minutes, starting at 3.0 MPH and working up to 3.8 MPH by the end.

Wednesday: another quick run, 2 miles in 21:15 minutes. But this one was outside on the road in the brief time I had before dark when I got home from work. Probably by my last afternoon run, as I skipped right home, changed and headed out immediately and the sun was still sinking  when I got back in my driveway. The run itself felt fabulous!! I thought the hill was going to kill me  after all my time off, but I was too busy thinking and was at the top before I knew it. After that, I just ran as fast as I could and managed two very decent mile (for me) times. And it felt good doing it 🙂

Thursday: off

Friday: Thursday was a planned day off, but Friday was off just because I was too tired to do anything.

Saturday: a busy day trying to get everything done for winter around the house. First thing I did was carry and stack some wood (I call that walking and weight lifting) for 20 minutes in the basement. Then I helped my husband stack some more wood in the wood shed as he split it, but that involved a lot of waiting so I didn’t call it exercise. I took Daisy for a quick walk, and she was ready to go after sitting around for the last couple weeks. We did the first mile in 16 minutes, and the second in just over 14 minutes. When we got back I needed to walk (and fix) the fence line before letting the horses out back. They had been locked in the barnyard–again–after the pony got out–again–for the week and I wanted them to go run the friskies out. They are in the barnyard for the winter, I think, as when we came in that afternoon from gathering evergreen tips to build wreaths, there was a pony in the driveway. I am thinking of renaming him Houdini.

Sunday: a rainy day, so not quite as busy. House cleaning, followed by wreath decorating (my husband ties them), and more running on the treadmill. I did a mile, realized I was whupped, did a half mile walking then another mile running. More wreath decorating followed before, finally, sitting down and watching the Patriots game.

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Weekly Rundown

So two rather momentous events occurred last week. The first one affected just about everyone in the area, but the second only affected me.

First, Maine got hit by a So’Easter. This little storm came in late Sunday night and knocked out power to over 500,000 households, businesses, and schools. The winds gusted at 60+ miles per hour, knocking over trees and tearing down limbs. Some trees snapped, while others were dragged out by the roots.
I tried to go to work at 5:30am and found both possible roads to town blocked by fallen trees stretched out across the road. I tried again after the sun came up at 7:00am, and found even more trees down. At which point I called out from work and sat in a powerless house with the puppies.
My husband came home in early afternoon and started the generator so we at least had tv and dinner. Later that night we lost internet too–apparently the power line and the internet line come in from opposite directions, so the internet lasted a bit longer.
We were fortunate that we had a good generator, and could shower and live mostly normal lives. It did get a bit tiresome having to get up early to start it, buy gas to put in it and turn it off so we could go to bed. And I found out the limitations when I tried to water the horses while the oven was on.
But it was more than many people in the area had. The local power companies did a good job, getting 30,000 to 50,000 people power each day. But we were off the grid for seven rather long days. Thankfully, internet actually came back at the same time as the power.

The other thing that happened last week is that I developed anaplasmosis.  This a nifty little issue caused by ticks. I found a tick on me on last Thursday and pulled it off, and thought little of it. We have so very many ticks, I pull dozens off the horses, and I have developed a rather carefree attitude towards them. That may change.
Sunday night (72 hours later, the incubation period) I developed some violent chills. Like, “I couldn’t hold a glass of water without spilling it” shudders, followed by intense heat flashes. Now, I was going to go to work anyway, but the storm prevented me. So I spent most of the Monday sleeping.
I did head off to work Tuesday, and had a bit of trouble getting there without falling asleep.  My biggest symptoms were fatigue, hot/cold flashes, dehydration, queasiness, and muscle aches. And I couldn’t drink coffee!! The horror! I wanted to eat (and drink coffee), but my stomach didn’t agree.
I finally went to the doctor’s on Wednesday. She confirmed that I did in fact have a tick borne disease, and wasn’t impressed at all that I been going to work. Like a good girl, I took Thursday off. That was a good compromise right? I went back on Friday before resting up all weekend. The doctor put me on doxycyline, which seems to work fairly quickly as my symptoms have mostly faded.

The upshot of all this is, of course, that I did not exercise at all over the past week. Guess I have to work harder this week!

Weekly Rundown

I gave into my foot and didn’t run at all last week. The withdrawals were pretty bad. But I made it!

Otherwise, it was a lovely week. Good weather and lots of walks with Daisy. She does love it when I can’t run 😛

Monday: Took Daisy for a walk, it was pretty brisk pace except I took a bag to collect pine cones for the wreaths we make. We did 2.16 miles in 38 minutes, although she was chafing whenever I stopped to gather the cones. Afterwards I took Christopher out to lunge in the riding ring. He was VERY frisky, and there was much cantering and a little bucking and kicking. It was pretty windy, which usually winds horses up as they can hear things far away that they have no frame of reference for, which makes them rather flighty. Not sure what he was hearing, but it made him rambunctious.

Tuesday: off, with joy.

Wednesday: another walk with Daisy, gathering more pine cones as we went. Then she watched from the chair while I did some weight training.  I have been doing my set of standing arm/leg positions recently, but haven’t  been on the floor. I got down on the mat for my front leg lifts, reverse plank mixed in with flys and triceps for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I took Charby out back to the ring where she was just as frisky as Christopher had been the day before as l lunged her.

Thursday: off again 🙂 I could get used to this two days a week off.

Friday: I had to work late, but I managed to get home before dark and walked Daisy up the hill to look at the sunset. It was a pretty  2 mile brisk walk, even with photos and meeting my neighbor, with Daisy tugging me along.

Saturday: a longer walk with Daisy,on  my own personal 5k trail. We did it fairly quickly, the first two miles in 17 minutes, with the last just under. I had planned on doing weights again, but we had wood stacked in the basement that was shifting and would soon  be in a mess on the floor. Since it was right under our bed, we really didn’t want it falling over at night! I spent an hour moving and restacking the wood in a different location in the basement, and I think that was enough weight training for my arms. I still managed to get out and ride Charby late in the afternoon. We took a nice 30 minute ride in the ring; and, as usual, she was a great girl.

Sunday: more weight training-ie, more wood stacking. The pile had swiftly formed over my head, so not only was I using my arms and core to lift the wood, I used a small two-step stool as a stairmaster too. Fortunately I had taken Christopher out for a ride first thing in the morning before the wood fatigue hit me! I finished off the day with 30 minutes of Candlelite Yoga. It is primarily stretches and relaxing, which I needed after all that wood.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another long week. My foot muscle still gave me aches, although my back did feel better. I got only occasional twinges that warned me not to try anything wild.

Monday: off (whoo-hoo!)

Tuesday: 2 miles running on the treadmill.  Started at 5 MPH and worked my way up to 6 MPH in the first three minutes for the first mile, then when I hit the second mile, I bumped it up every time I felt comfortable. Which got me to 6.5 MPH by the end, not terribly fast but a good run. Then I grabbed a lunge line and Christopher Robin and took him out to the ring to do some work. He was such a good pony! He is doing very well at “stand”–an important feature for a horse, as “stay” is for dogs.

Wednesday: a brisk 1.4 mile walk with Daisy, then back to weights. I did 1×15…and then 2×17. It is a sneaky way to add instead of doing a whole extra set, we’ll see how many I do next week.  I finished up with 6 minutes  of yoga stretching.

Thursday: I thought my walk on Wednesday with Daisy, while brisk, could have better faster (although we did a 15:45 mile), so I set out to go faster. Frequently we are several minutes in before I decide to see how fast we can go, and that really can affect the end time negatively.  I’d like to point out that I am still the weak link, as Daisy was tugging me right along the whole way as we did a 14:16 mile. Still, not bad.  I did some hill and flat drills afterwards (that took the wind out of my sails!), and followed up by lunging Charby for 15 minutes.

Friday: I took it off after a long, crazy day at work.

Saturday: I went out for a leisurely 3.47 mile run. I took the mostly hill route–not that I can avoid hills around here–and wasn’t very concerned about time. I wasn’t sure how far I was going, and I turned around after my foot began to ache.  Glad I did, as the last hill down to my driveway was fairly painful each time that foot hit the ground.  Then I cleaned the house (such fun!) before heading off to the movies with some girlfriends (that was fun!).

Sunday: a surprising day off. We had company coming, and by the time we got ready, and had the company, I was wiped. So the horses (and me) got the weekend off.

Weekly Rundown

I am falling apart! I went to bed last Wednesday just fine, but when I got up Thursday morning, my right foot hurt along the outside edge. How does one sleep on a foot wrong?
Then I did an actual Yoga session (instead of the just stretching I have been doing), and hurt the long muscle along my spine on the left side. Not sure what move caused it, but it feels like a rather painful muscle spasm. Argh. And did I mention I have been putting a brace on my other knee when running as hills-up and down-seem to cause issues for it?
Of course, being an idiot, I just kept going. The foot comes and goes, more when I sit and it stiffens up, so exercise helps, right? And my back is feeling better, and, fortunately, running doesn’t seem to bother it. Twisting is not recommended, however.

Monday: off after a very busy day at work. I did walk Daisy back to check on something in the camp, and then took CR for a walk in his backyard to do a little ground work.

Tuesday: a quick 2 mile run to the end of my road and back. My knee was a bit ouchy, so when I got back I did 15 minutes of yoga stretching. I was so very tired when I got home, so I was pretty proud that I did that much!

Wednesday: took Daisy out for 1.5 mile walk, then I did my weights while she watched from the couch. I read an article recently that suggested that instead of adding reps, one could do a couple extra lifts at the end of the set if one still felt strong. So I did. I went with 3 x 15, but did 16 the second set and 17 the last set. A sneaky way to increase without adding a whole rep-which my brain seems to be resisting.

Thursday: planned to go run on the Rail Trail on the way home, but work ran late so I decided to just run at the hospital. I did 3.46 miles, with the last half mile  back through field, and it was rough. Just like those extra lifts, I think running on uneven ground with long grass when my muscles were already tired probably pushed my muscles to get stronger. At least, that’s what I kept telling myself.

Friday: unexpectedly off.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out for a walk. I planned on walking down Blinn hill and going maybe a mile more, then turning around to walk back up the hill, but Daisy and I were having a good time so we kept going. We have a loop around, so I can leave one end of my road and come back in the other. The loop is 5.7 miles, and I can’t believe how Daisy just trotted along! Took us an hour and thirty-nine minutes, and I was watching her furry butt the whole way (except when we stopped for an interesting sniff). And I even managed to ride Charby later in the afternoon for 26 minutes. I did sleep well that night.

Sunday: the weather messed up my day. I planned to ride in the morning and work in the house in the afternoon as the morning was supposed to be mostly clear with rain in the afternoon. But it started to rain at 8:30, so I started some long-term projects in the house. By the time the sun came out (unexpectedly) in the afternoon, I couldn’t leave my projects. So Christopher Robin got the day off. Probably didn’t bother him. I did a yoga session–the one that messed up my back. I think it might have been eagle pose, but I’m  not sure. I did hurt that muscle over the summer lifting something with my husband, so I might have just twisted wrong and aggravated it. It certainly felt aggravated for the next couple days.

Weekly Rundown

So I have been on vacation this week, and while one might think that means I would have more time to blog; apparently, one would be wrong. Then of course, my computer died on Friday, producing a scramble to get a new one.

But here is my much belated rundown from the previous week. It was a nice week, with lots of outside time weather.

Monday:  I met my friend Kate for a walk on the Rail Trail in Augusta. We had a lovely, leisurely walk of 3.41 miles in an hour and nine minutes. With  LOTs of squirrels. I guess they were all out collecting for winter, they did not seem the least concerned with us as they scampered across the trail, rustled in the leaves and flew up the trees.

Tuesday: Weight day. I did my 3×15 sets, with 5 Burpees in between the arm/leg sets I start with. I also added an “airplane” move; a variation on a yoga move: I stood on one leg, stretched my leg and upper body out flat (in an airplane stance) then straightening up, bring my leg back in bent so that it didn’t touch before stretching out again. I did 10 on each leg in between my sets after my Burpees.  Definitely worked my core and my standing leg 🙂

Wednesday: I decided to do some speed drills as I have been unhappy with my recent mile times. They were getting  longer instead of shorter, and that was just the wrong direction! So I hopped on the treadmill and did 2 miles. I did the first mile in 10 minutes, working up from 5 to 6.5 MPH. Then the second mile I did 1 minute at 5 MPH, then 2 minutes at 6 MPH and 1 minute at 7 MPH, for 3 cycles. I finished with a 4 minute cool down and I felt fabulous when I was done. I mean, sweaty and tired, but fabulous.

Thursday: off. It was a planned day off, as I knew I was working from 6:30 am to 6 pm. I knew better than getting any sympathy from anyone else at the hospital, as 12 hour days are the norm for many nurses.  It was a long day, but went pretty well.

Friday: Another treadmill  work out.  I did the first mile starting at 5 MPH and working up to 6 MPH, then the second from 6 MPH to 6.5 MPH. I finished  up with a 5 minute cool down at 2.0 MPH. Geez, that was slow. It was work just not going faster 🙂

Saturday:  First day of vacation! Daisy and I went out for a long (3.5 mile) walk followed by 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out. I did try to ride Charby, but the flies were horrendous. Not for me, as they were all attacking her.  She tried to get a fly off her shoulder while we were trotting and she isn’t really that graceful. After about 15 minutes I gave up and took her back to the barnyard. Much to her surprise, I lunged her for five or so minutes before brushing her and turning her loose.

Sunday: I decided to do drills. I mixed my hill drills with flat drills, as I am fortunate in that I have a flat 200 foot driveway attached to the road on a hill. So I did roughly 90 yard dashes up the hill, then walked down to do a drill (high knees, butt kicks, grapevines and skipping) down the driveway and back before dashing up the hill again. I know my last two dashes were slower, but I focused on my form and just went as fast as I could. The rest of the day I spent helping my husband put log siding on the shed/camp out back.

                                                                            It is really cute now.
By the time we were done at 4pm, I decided it was really too hot to play with Christopher Robin. So I went in, showered, and watched the Patriots (narrowly) win.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week gone by! Seems like just yesterday everyone was saying that it was only August, and don’t mention fall; but now it is September 18 and Fall is upon us! Drifts of leaves on the deck, foggy mornings and crisp air…..oh wait, summer came back last week. Still leaves and fog, but the afternoons were back in the 80s. I would like some more crisp air, please.

It was an easy week, exercise-wise. I think that I am on the edge of burnout, I have been doing six days a week for at least nine months now. So this week I took two days off (felt weird) and did a bit less on the days I did work out.

Monday: I stopped off at the Gardiner end of the Rail Trail on the way home. I am loving my new hours that let me run at different places. Not that I don’t enjoy my road, but I have been running/walking the same paths for months now. After taking the last week easy, I decided to see how I could do with 2 miles. I did pretty good. My first mile was sub 11 minutes (which is the best so far this season), and while I did do a third or so of a mile before turning back, my second measured mile was 9:11. And I wasn’t dead 🙂

Tuesday: I had plans of weights and yoga, but took an unplanned day off. I did take Christopher Robin out back for a walk; I am doing more ground work to break the “oh my gosh, I can’t leave Charby” mindset he has.  He was fine, although a bit dancy. When we got out to the ring he spontaneously decided to run about, so I let him out on the line and lunged him. He had a great time, bucking and racing. He didn’t pull or try to get away at all, he was just letting off steam.

Wednesday: I decided to run at the hospital before heading home. I did just over 3 miles, which may have been a mistake. I think I got a bit close to overheating, as it was 84 degrees and sunny. I definitely didn’t have enough water in the car. Better planning next time. I had recovered by the time I got home, so I took Charby out to lunge her in the ring. She didn’t have as good a time as Christopher, but she did behave herself nicely.

Thursday: another day off. Ahhhhh…….

Friday: I planned to walk with a friend, but she didn’t feel well so we decided to pick another day. I came home and did the weights I skipped on Tuesday, doing a half hour mixed in with stretch Yoga poses. Then I gave the horses the night off.

Saturday: we out in the morning for breakfast (still wasn’t hungry by 2pm!), and stayed out a lot longer than planned as we hit a “tent” sale at a local lumber yard and found some log siding for the cabin out back at a great price. It took a bit to load, then we got home and had to transfer it to a trailer to take out back and then unload from there.  So that was the morning gone and I was ready for a nap! After hanging around the house for the afternoon, I took Daisy for a half-hearted mile walk, and took Christopher out back to lunge again. He is a spry pony, he was having so much fun that at one point all four legs were off the ground as he bucked and jumped. I had to walk him out before taking him back in as he got a bit sweaty, but he had fun.

Sunday: another day where I just wanted to do everything. I started out with a 4 mile run (it would have been a good time if I had run 19 more miles at the same pace, but not so good for just a 4 mile run); then carried and stacked wood for an hour and forty minutes–it’s that time of year again up here in Maine. Right after I finished that I decided to ride Charby–my theory being that I better not stop or I might just be done! We did 25 minutes, then I vacuumed….laundry…..dishes. By the time the football game started at 1pm, I was concerned about staying awake for the whole game!  I did, however, watching my team roll over the other team. I did take Daisy for a brief walk out back to the cabin  where my husband was working during half-time. That helped wake me up for the second half.

Weekly Rundown

I decided on  a light week since my mile times have been getting longer.  I thought the legs might just need a break. And it seemed to have worked, since my single run of the week had a much better time. Felt weird though, not running. We will  see how this week goes….hopefully with more runs!

It worked out fairly well, however, as the horses required more of my attention this week. Maybe they felt they deserved it?

Monday: normally a day off, but since I took Sunday off, I decided I better do something. I had to do a short day at work, then came home and did some yoga.  I did not take it seriously enough, apparently, as the horses managed to blow my calm immediately–and totally! They were very contrary. I always take Charby out to  “babysit” when I ride Christopher Robin out back. No one wanted to go out back. I don’t think I have ever had Charby so flatly refuse to cooperate before–or, at least, not for years. I’d get one going and then the other would stop. ARGH. So, after much yelling (cuz you know, it was my only vent for my frustration), I lunged Christopher. Then I rode his butt up and down the driveway.  He might be a stubborn pony, but I was trained by my mom!

Tuesday: a full day at work, with weights at the end. I did my 3×15 with 4 sets of 6 Burpees in between. I also did strength poses for my core, like Plank and Scale. I am getting strong enough at Scale that I can start to straighten my legs. That makes a difference! After I finished, I went out and lunged Charby, then walked her out back (where she didn’t want to go yesterday) and led her around the ring, doing some ground work.

Wednesday: A rainy day. So I came home and got on the treadmill. I did a 30 minute walk at 3 MPH, and when did that start to feel like a day off?

Thursday: another easy day. I did 20 minutes of weights, mixed this time  with stretch-y yoga poses. Then I went out and took Christopher out to the ring-by himself! Horrors. It did take some fast talking, but we went out and walked around quite calmly  while Char sat in the barn waiting for dinner. I’ve decided to attack the problem of him not wanting to be separated from her, instead of convincing her she needs to be with us when we are out there.

Friday: I had planned to run at the hospital, and I took sneakers and a change of clothes with me. However, I had to work from 6:30am to 5pm, and I have to admit that while I still wanted to run, I simply couldn’t make myself do it.

Saturday: I was determined to run, as I had not yet this week. But I wanted to walk Daisy too, she pretty much only goes out on weekends. And I needed to ride. So I did. I ran  two miles first thing, and letting my legs take a break worked out well.  My first mile was 11:03 (fastest yet) and my second was 9:57. After breakfast and puttering, I took Daisy out for 2.70 miles-including the mountain-in 49 minutes.  I rested up some more, and then went out and rode Charby for half an hour. It was a very nice ride, although her canters were particularly round and energetic.  I don’t think I was sitting all that much! Perhaps my legs were too tired to give me a good grip at that point?

Sunday: a nice leisurely walk with Daisy. I decided to just relax after the busyness of the day before, so we did not quite 3 miles. I went out and helped my husband move some brush off the land he was clearing–that counts as weight lifting, right?And at the end of the day,  I took Christopher Robin out back riding. I walked out with him, and while he kept craning his head to see if Charby was following (she wasn’t), he stayed fairly calm at first. He even stood still while I got on. But as we went around the ring he got prancier and prancier. I decided that my point was made, and since he actually was quite good while out there, we went back in about 10 minutes. I figure we will make each venture last longer and longer.

Weekly Rundown

This week was a bit harder. I had worked two 6 day weeks in a row, with a trip to visit my mom on the day off in between. I had great time visiting, especially as I got to meet her new puppy:  Image may contain: people sittingImage may contain: people sitting   He is a little handful named Herbie.  What a cutie!  He’s been around for a while, but I haven’t made it down to make his acquaintance. He’s a friendly little whirlwind. We managed to tire him out,  he fell asleep for five minutes, but then was right back at it!

However, I haven’t had anytime to relax and do nothing. Nothing is good, right?

My run times have been getting slower. At first I wanted to double down, doing speed workouts on the treadmill and drills. But then I realized that my legs (and the rest of my body) are just plain tired. So this  coming week will be easier on them than last week was. Then I will do the speed and drills!

Monday: off

Tuesday: getting used to my new hours, I came home in early afternoon and ran. I ran down half of Blinn, but that meant I had to run back UP it! Surprisingly, my second mile- with the hill-was actually a minute faster than the first mile. Of course, the first half mile was all up hill too, but that just means the miles were evenly balanced between ups and downs. After the run I did 15 minutes of yoga, all stretch poses, to relax all those muscles. My grand plan is to be able to run from the bottom of Blinn to my road. I know that it is a half mile to my road, and a half mile from there to the top, but the bottom half is just so much harder! So I am taking chunks out of it.

Wednesday: weight lifting again. Still at 3×15, but I added  extra Burpees in between my sets, as well as still doing my  yoga strength poses for 5 breaths. My muscles felt pleasantly lethargic afterwards.

Thursday: took Daisy for a quick walk. We did just about a mile and a half. I wanted to lunge Christopher Robin after, but chores took precedence and it didn’t work out.  I rather doubt he minded.

Friday: I took a run around the hospital before coming home. I am thinking this is a great way to end the week. This time I looped out through the back field, then around the hospital to a road, ran out a bit on the road and then back to the car. I did the 3.31 miles in 37 minutes. Definitely slower than it should be. But in all, a good run.

Saturday: a longer, more leisurely walk with Daisy. We went just over 4 miles, doing about 17 minutes a mile. The picture-taking definitely slowed us down, but worth it 🙂 I posted the pictures on my other blog. After puttering around a bit, I went out and tackled Charby. We had a very nice, longish (33 minutes) ride in the ring.

Sunday: we headed off North to see some friends at their camp in the woods. And it was really in the woods! But so very lovely. It was a long day, so I took it off from exercise.

 

Weekly Rundown

I started a new schedule at work this week. Instead of 8:30 to 5:00, I work 6:15 to 2:45. I get out early, yay! But I also have to get up so very early!

This meant a total revamp of my exercise, since I usually do it in the morning before work. But I am not getting up at 3:30 am to work out (the girl whose hours I am replacing did, in fact, get up at 4 to exercise). If nothing else, the noise would drive my husband nuts.

Tuesday and Wednesday were quite hot, high 80s by the time I got out, so I had to rearrange my plan for those two days. I really wanted to run on Wednesday, but I decided my passing out on the side of the road just wasn’t a good thing.

Monday: off! That made it easy enough for my new schedule.

Tuesday: Car said it was 83 when I got out of work. So I ran on the treadmill–with a fan pointed at me. I only did about 1.5 miles, then decided I had lost enough water weight (sweat flowed freely, everywhere!). I followed up with 20  minutes of mostly stretchy yoga.

Wednesday: I hadn’t had a real run in several days, and I was feeling antsy. But I decided running in 84 degrees was just foolish, so I stayed inside and lifted weights. I am still doing  3×15, but I added a couple of new moves. I have been doing yoga in between reps, but that has been mostly stretch yoga to relax the muscles. This week I added some actual strength poses, and held for 5 breaths between my reps.

Thursday: I went for a short run,  just 2 miles. How nice that now feels like a light day. The weather was still a little warm, but the run felt great. I wanted to push a little, and my first mile was 11:11, which is 29 seconds faster than any other first mile so far this season–on that route or otherwise.. My second mile was 10:30, which is about 10 seconds slower my normal, but still faster than the first. Which is funny as I told myself if I ran consistently in the first mile, I could slow down on the way back…..

Friday: I ran at the hospital before coming home. I figure I might be doing that a bit, as by the time I get home there are all sorts of reasons why I won’t have energy or will to exercise. The hospital has a nice walk around it, about .90 miles, as well as a trail through the field behind the hospital. It has some side buildings as well, and after I went through the field, around the hospital, up to the Cancer Center and back to the field, I managed 3.1 miles.

Saturday: I had to work again (oh, these 6 day weeks!), but it was a “short” day–only 6 hours. After grabbing some groceries, I came home and sat. And read. And sat. Finally I got up and walked Miss Daisy. She had a great time, and we went a bit further than we usually go when we walk this particular route. My husband passed us on the way home, and we hitched a lift. I knew Daisy would be terribly excited to have a car stop and get a ride home.  And she was!

Sunday: a run, a real run! I had no idea how far I was going when I went out. My knee hurt running at the hospital–I don’t think the sidewalk has the rubber additive the roads seem to have now, so it was harder to run on. The fast run on Thursday may not have helped either. It twinged off and on throughout the walk Saturday, so I figured I would just go as far as felt good. I planned to hit at least 2 miles. But the run felt fabulous, and I actually did a 5 mile run! It was a slow 5 miles, most of the miles around 10:30, but I find I can live with that. Especially since I was still running stong with good form when I hit my driveway.