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!

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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

Weekly Rundown

Somehow I seemed to have missed last week’s rundown. My days are just running together, I truly can’t believe we are at the end of February. The weather has been extraordinary warm for Maine- I saw 54 degrees last Sunday.
Now, I like winter, I like snow and I like winter activities. But when it gets warm like that, I am ready for spring. I start thinking about my garden, and riding, and running outside. I am sure Mother Nature will have something to say about that in March. We did get slammed with a week and a half of huge winter storms, then it got warm and all the snow started to melt.
So this February 13 to 19, the week I missed. I will bring it up to date with last week’s exercise later this week.

Monday: treadmill day. I did an easy 2 miles @ 3MPH. A little bit of stretching and I was good to go. Then I felt guilty because it was so easy, and I got back on later in the day for another 15 minutes. We had a blizzard that particular day, I didn’t have to go to work. So I spent most of the day in the easy chair, with occasional forays for housework, and getting on the treadmill.

Tuesday: I felt the need for more stretching, so I did 20 minutes of yoga. It was almost all stretch/relaxation moves with no real strength poses. I enjoyed it greatly, and was happy (read: madly excited) to see that my knee bends enough to do butterfly pose. Not a perfect pose, but the soles of my feet meet and I just need to practice stretching out to drop my knees.

Wednesday: Treadmill and yoga. First I did an easy 20 minutes @ 3 MPH-which seems to be my default speed. Then I followed up with  30 minutes of yoga. I did a DVD session from memory, and so got quite a few strength poses mixed in.

Thursday: a day off.

Friday: regular weight session, with one multi twist move. I try to add these moves I found from Self magazine to each session (sometimes that is all the session is, but not often. They are hard). Today I did one that mixes arm weights with squats and some twisting for my core. Afterwards, I did a few yoga stretches before heading out to work.

Saturday: treadmill again. I did 2 miles–5 warm up @ 3MPH, 15 minutes running @ 5MPH, 10 minute cool down @ 3MPH. As a further cool down, I took Daisy out for a mile walk. Although it was warm, I didn’t want to take her too far due to all the mud and puddles. Once her fur gets wet, no matter whether it is 40 or 50, she is going to get cold. She did not want to turn around and come back home. Mud season will be very long for her.  I may have pushed my knee a bit far, it was quite happy to come back home!

Sunday: a lazy day on the treadmill. I have a new one, and it holds my magazines so I can read while walking. Cool! So I walked for 40 minutes, varying the speed (still topping out at my default of 3MPH).