A Weekly Rundown…..

…or two…..or four! I went on vacation at the end of June and that seems to have included my blog 🙂

a glimpse of the early morning fog lying over the Sheepscot River

Instead of doing my usual rundown, I think I will just hit the hi-lights of the last couple weeks. And pictures. I have lots of pictures!

Week One: This was the week of my actual vacation. If you ignore the fact that I worked a full day on Monday and a half day on Friday, that is. But we got our annual trip in to see the Windjammer ships come in Boothbay Harbor midweek, and unlike last year, the weather was obliging enough that we could stay the night and watch the fireworks. And I got to go for a nice 3 mile run around the harbor the next morning.

love running across the wooden footbridge 🙂

I didn’t do anything too exciting for exercise, except I decided that I wasn’t going out on the road enough and getting hill work, so I put my treadmill on the incline for the entire week. And my legs were so tired running around Boothbay!

Week Two: My running streak ended on July 4th. I wanted to keep streaking, but I know myself. If I accidentally broke the streak a month down the road, I would be crushed. I decided to end on the scheduled date and do another streak later on. I did get my first kayak of the season in, finally, and it was a doozy. The way out was easy and beautiful. On the return, the wind picked up and there were whitecaps on the river, which, with the wind, did a darn good job of keeping away me from my intended goal–our dock. Got a great arm workout!

a vistor to the marina

Week Three: I did some speed workouts on the treadmill (without an incline!). It happened a bit accidentally, on Monday I ran a 7:35 mile. Then on Wednesday I did 2 miles in 15:10. So of course on Friday I had to see if I could do 3 at a similar pace. It was 22:40 because I was lollygagging on the first mile and had to speed up the last. I actually took three days off from exercise that week. I don’t know if the speed workouts were tiring me out, or if all the boat time we have been spending on the weekends is wearing my out. I am guessing the latter. On Sunday we took the boat out with the dogs. They only got a short trip with us last year, so the all day ride was a new experience for them–and us. They were so good! Daisy didn’t like chop at first, but by the end of the ride she was an old hand. Bruce just claimed the cabin and hung out for the day.

I believe he thought it was his boat!
while Daisy decided she liked to drive

Week Four: Monday began the week off with a bang. I did a “recovery” mile in the morning, which amused me since my “easy” treadmill miles are now done at 7MPH and in 8:35. Someday, maybe I can do that on a road! We had a record 159 patients come through registration at the lab that day, and I was pretty tired to start the week. I did manage to exercise the next two days until Thursday, when I realized I had not planned a day off. Back to work on Friday: went for a 4 mile run on the Rail Trail (not with 8 minute miles) during my errand trip and rode a pony when I got home. Had two great rides that week, Christopher and I went out back a new way by ourselves, and that went fairly well; then a short ride on Charby Saturday. We kept it short since Saturday was supposed to be the hottest day of the summer, and it definitely lived up to the hype. My husband and I took the dogs in the boat and headed for the coast. We learned that Bruce adores swimming and Daisy gets to her belly and then says no thank you. We swam a little bit too! Maine’s chilly ocean seemed pretty nice. Sunday seemed just as hot, and after trying some house work we decided to go for a refreshing kayak.

We went out in the boat every weekend, sometimes both days even if we hadn’t planned on it. I got in the habit of riding a horse each morning on the weekends, early before we head out for the day, and running my errands and cleaning house on Fridays. Daisy has gotten walks, I’ve done at least one day of weights each week, sprinkle in some yoga and it has been a wonderful summer so far.

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Weekly Rundown 6/10-6/16

Two weeks into my running streak and I am still loving it. I do, however, feel that the “I need to run a mile” mentality means I am only running a mile frequently. I definitely need to up my milage a bit. I am also hitting the treadmill wall, which means once I hit a mile on the treadmill I am soooo ready to turn it off. If Mother Nature was a little kinder, I would be able to run outdoors more. Not that I am looking forward to hills.

Monday: the quick morning mile–although I did slow it down and use 9:30 to do it with a little walk cool down after. I planned an evening walk with Daisy, but between weather and life she just got a snuggle instead.

Tuesday: A little faster mile, in 8:14.

Wednesday: a bit more of a workout in the morning, I did the quick (8:23) mile and then did 2 x 10 reps with my weights. I had increased my weight, so I decreased the reps to start. In the evening I took Daisy and Bruce for a brief 10 minute walk. We didn’t go quite as far as I had planned, and I was glad since Bruce was favoring his leg as we neared home.

Thursday: I didn’t get to run before work, but I was determined not to break my streak, so I got on the treadmill after work and did a mile and a half at an easy pace before starting dinner.

Friday: a fairly nice day! Finally. I went to town to get groceries and ran 5 miles on the rail trail. I was happy that I did them in 48 minutes and they felt pretty good. Somehow Daisy’s walk got lost in the shuffle of the day, but I did get to ride Charby–out back in the ring, no less–for 20 minutes. The bugs were not too pesty, and she seemed happy to get moving. If only Christopher Robin hadn’t wandered through the ring in our path at random….

Saturday: I took it easy, and did a medium (8:43) mile on the treadmill, and then 2 x 12 reps with the weights. I am planning on increasing the number in the rep by a couple each time until I am doing the same I was with the lighter weights. In between my sets (I do three arm and two leg moves in a set so I always working while the other muscles rest), I do my “three-way plank”. I start in plank, with my hands resting on the weights. Then I do a one-hand plank with the other hand stretched up to the ceiling with the weight. Definitely working my core more with those heavier weights. I was doing a slow five count, but I decided I need to up that too, so I am doing a slow ten count.

Sunday: a morning ride on Christopher Robin. He didn’t spook like he did the previous week, but he was a bit obstinate, particularly about trotting. Unfortunately for him, I am more obstinate! We had a good ride, because he really is a good pony. I had to do some errands first, so I didn’t get to run until later. I have to say, the break that lets your muscles relax and get sore from the first exercise makes the second set of exercise oh so much more difficult! My 2 mile run was hard. I took Daisy for a 2 mile walk for recovery and had to keep her

Streaking On

So I am two weeks into the running streak. I have done a minimum of 1 mile every day–and I just beat marathon length! How sad is that it took me almost two weeks to run over 23 miles?

On the other hand, I have finished a marathon!

How am I liking it, you ask? I love it!

We will see how the next two weeks go. But I don’t feel any of the fatigue that I had during my other challenges. The Burpees, in particular, I counted the days.

But, so far, I have no problem hopping up, putting on my running gear and hitting the treadmill before work. Longer runs on the weekend are still enjoyable. And my knees are not complaining yet.

So I will streak on!

Ready…set….Streak!

No, not that kind of streaking.

Runners World is offering a challenge to have an unbroken running streak from Memorial Day (today!) until July 4th. Commit to one mile each day and you’re in.

Run more if wanted, but at least finish one mile every day. Slow or fast, makes no difference. A great way to start if you have been hesitating, or change it up if you’ve been bored.

Weekly Rundown

Another week flew by.  I have still been exercising six days a week, but I think my sessions have been both shorter and easier.

In other words, I have been slacking!

I did try this week to reverse that trend. It was a good start anyway 🙂

Monday: planned day off

Tuesday: off–the power went out as I was getting dressed for the treadmill.  It lasted just long enough to have alarm go off, and hear about two seconds of the morning news announcer before that horrible absence of all sound filled the house. I had to feed the horses,  wash a bit and try to do something with my hair by flashlight before trotting off to work. Fortunately, it was back on by the time I got home, so my evening went as planned (albeit without exercise).

Wednesday: I did a preset workout on the treadmill, with interval speeds for 20 minutes that equaled one mile. But I didn’t feel it was quite hard enough.

Thursday: Another walk on the treadmill, 1.18 miles at 3.0 to 3.8 MPH. Definitely not hard enough.

Friday: Hopped on the treadmill for a more difficult workout. Did a preset for 40 minutes that totaled 3.74 miles, with 3.5 of that running at 5.3 MPH and 6.5 intervals. I carried 1 lb weights during the slower intervals, and felt sooo very marvelous when I finished.

Saturday: Realizing that I really hadn’t done much with weights recently–I only do them because I feel it helps my running and is good for me–I thought I should break them out. I did 23 minutes of my arm/leg routine, with two reps. I seem to be having an issue doing three reps, so I am just increasing the number in the reps. Funny how we trick ourselves, isn’t it? I mixed in some stretch-y yoga in as well to help  my muscles actually move the next day after not having lifted in forever.

Sunday: I did a free form workout on the treadmill. I did a short walking warm-up, 20 minutes running and then a cool down for a total of 45 minutes.  As much as I don’t like having to track how long I have been on the treadmill for speed changes (it just makes the workout take forever, which is one reason I enjoy the presets. They make me work harder without having to pay attention to how long I have been on there), this one seemed to go fairly quickly and felt pretty good.

Yoga, 3

 

Calm and relaxation wasn’t hard to find Sunday, as  this was my yoga studio. We had gone out overnight on the boat, but I still was determined to practice yoga every day.

I found a moment in the morning to breathe deep and  enjoy my short session. Since I was on a rocking boat, I admit to not doing any balance poses like Tree, but I did do 12 minutes of stretch poses for my arms, core and legs.

What a marvelous way to start the day.

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

We had those promised spring showers last week, but the sun came out enough to lift everyone’s spirits. I guess we just have to wait for the spring flowers now. Trees are starting to bud out, and I have daffodils nodding happily in my yard.

I had a great week for exercise, except I never got around to yoga! Very unusual for me. And I shudder to think how tight all my muscles must be.

Monday: 15 minutes walking on the treadmill, and then I was off to weight resistance training. I didn’t even pick up my weights this time, it was all body weight resistance. I did 5 burpees (full, with pushup, and slow to make it harder), then on to one-legged deadlifts, side hip raises, side leg raises, bridges,planks……you get the picture. And so did my body–definitely felt it. Especially the side hip raises the following day 🙂

Tuesday: off.

Wednesday: The goal was a run on the treadmill followed by yoga. The reality was a 2 mile run, not followed by yoga. I stretched out, of course, but not enough time for a full yoga session. The run was awesome, however!

Thursday: a 19 minute walk on the treadmill. I don’t usually stop at odd moments, my OCD makes me either do a full 20, 30, etc or I go by the mileage and stop at 1 mile, or 1.5, etc. But I think this particular day I hit 19 and realized I needed to move on to my next task–weight training. I was reading Twitter again, and overshot! I did the same resistance training as on Monday, throwing in an extra Burpee. At some point I would like to do Burpees every day, adding an extra one each day. I’ll keep rolling that around in my mind……

Friday: I went just a hair further on the treadmill run, 2.5 miles. Then I decided to do an extra half mile to cooldown at a walk. So I bumped the treadmill down to 3.0 MPH. And after running, walking a half mile takes FOREVER! I kept upping the speed to get there faster (got up to 3.6 MPH before hitting the 3 mile mark, and I was seriously thinking of starting to run again).

Saturday: I took Daisy out to meet Kate at the Railtrail in Augusta.  We walked 3.5 miles in a relatively slow 80 minutes. We did run into a lot of traffic, and then there was the female eagle sitting the tree waiting for us to take her picture. Daisy had a great time, and considering that I haven’t walked her in public for a couple of years, she did really well. Afterwards we went out to the local greenhouse to get some annuals, then Daisy and I did a few more errands before heading home.

Sunday: finally, a real run outdoors! I felt like an actual runner again. I left Daisy home, so no tripping or sudden stops on my first adventure, and ran a mile to the end of my road and then the mile back. I admit I did not make it up the big hill, as there are no hills on my treadmill. There is no incline on a ‘mill that can prepare one for the 350 yard hill that goes straight up, then slopes, then grades off. I managed to alternate by telephone pole-walk, run, and walk again (thank goodness!). But I was able to run straight through the rest of the terrain and I was pretty happy……ok, I was ecstatic when I got home.
We planted 100 more Christmas trees too, which was why I ran early morning. I knew I would be pooped afterwards! It’s hilly and hard going out where we planted, not to mention the actual work of planting. My knee was not best pleased with me by the end of the day, so I gave in and iced it. But a great day overall.Image may contain: outdoor and nature