Weekly Rundown

I found a tshirt on Facebook whose slogan seems to epitomize my week: I run, slower than a herd of turtles, but I run.

Leaping from 4 mile weeks to a 10 mile week had a few repercussions. My leg was a bit angry with me, no serious pain, but aches and twinges. I told it to get over it. The other repercussion was that all my muscles were tired and my times were quite slow. But, on the other hand, I ran 🙂

Since the previous week I started with a long run and decreased my mileage each run, I thought I would start low and work my way up to a long run–reversing the pyramid. My total mileage made it over the 10 mile mark again, but it wasn’t all running,as  I had a long walk in there.

Monday: off

Tuesday: 1 mile in 11 minutes and 20 minutes of yoga. I did a mix of stretch and strength poses, although I did lean more heavily on the stretch. I meant to do push-ups after my run, but somehow, that slipped my mind. I did do a long plank, so that counts, right?

Wednesday: Picked up my weights again–although, I still didn’t add a rep. Pure laziness on my part. My session did take 37 minutes; I mixed in some stretch yoga between the exercises, which really makes my sessions better. Sets of arm/legs, then yoga instead of rest.

Thursday: 2 mile run in 22 minutes and I did Burpees again! Only 15, however. That seemed like more than enough at the time.

Friday: pure yoga for 30 minutes. I did it in front of Steven Colbert, so no DVD, but I did do my Crunch yoga from memory. I did as many Warrior poses as I could (the practice has 9 for each leg) before my leg felt too stressed.  I managed 6, then added moves from another session to replace the last 3.

Saturday: a very long walk with Daisy–4.86 miles in 1:17. We were close to doing 15 minute miles, but there were sniffs everywhere that just slowed us down a bit. She led the entire way, searching out those new sniffs, and I think she made me walk faster.  I had to run to town for errands after, but when I got home I tacked up Charby and rode her out in the ring. It was  a tradeoff: we had the space to do some quality work, but the flies are horrible out there and we only lasted 20 minutes.

Sunday: 4 mile run, a slow 4 mile run, but 4 miles nonetheless! My muscles protested most of the way,  and my pace was consistently 5.0 MPH for each mile. But the sky was blue, and the early morning air felt great, so I call it a good run. Met a new friend out there too, although I did give him and his quills wide berth as I ran by. I spent a lot of time sitting later in the day, but I did go out and ride Christopher Robin. I’m going to call it a good training day, although I am not sure who got trained. Charby stayed in the barn (silly girl) and CR got half way to the ring when he realized he was on his own. I tried to convince him to keep going, but had to get off and lead him to the ring. I led him around the ring, doing circles and talking. I almost had him calmed down when she hollared ’cause she missed him, so a few more laps were necessary, then we went to get her. So the training was a) for my patience,  and b) so he knows he needs to do what I want him to do.




Weekly Rundown

Whoo-hooo, what a week. I mean, I am pretty tired right now, but really, what a week! With the holiday in the week, I had an extra day to get things done.  Weather was lovely and I was able to do everything I wanted when I wanted. That never happens!

For all that I kept saying I need to get more miles in, looking back over my last three weeks, I only averaged 3-5 miles. But this week I blew that out of the water with 10+ miles. I think I still have the buzz.

Monday: I started the week with some stretching yoga mixed in with my strength poses. Warrior poses really aren’t bothering my knee at all anymore. I find the less I want to do a pose, the more I need to do a pose.  Took me some time to make Down Dog my friend too. I’ve always enjoyed Warrior poses, but my knee hasn’t been up to it for the last year. Working back into it was akin to working to enjoy Down Dog.

Tuesday: I went out for a 3 mile run….and came home 4 miles later. It felt marvelous, and I even ran a bit up the hill past my driveway to get to the 4 mile mark (that OCD is terrible). I stretched out and kept the “good run” buzz for the whole day.  I took Christopher Robin out for a ride later in the morning. Even though I really don’t like riding on the road (drivers be nuts), I thought it would be fun to take him up the road for exploration. Who knew he didn’t want to go?! We got almost to the top of the hill when he decided it was far enough and we started doing spins and backing up. Silly boy. I did make him go just a bit further (like a child, you can’t let them win), before bringing him back and riding per usual at the house. He has come a long way, as our disagreement was far shorter than the ones we had when I first started riding him.  Sometimes I think it is just for form before he gives in.  Good for my legs and rear, though, having to push him.

Wednesday: I went back to my weight training. I hadn’t done it at all during June, figuring the Burpees were keeping the muscles strong and active enough. I decided to do 3 reps of 15.  I had been on the verge of adding a rep before I stopped in  June, and figured I better start where I had left off. I also added push-ups to keep the strength from June going. Just 5 to start, as doing them in a row was a bit different from them being scattered through the Burpee.

Thursday: another run! It didn’t feel quite as good, but I did manage the 5k path from my house. My pace was slower than Tuesday’s run, but I made it through. Still got the run buzz, just from completing the run.

Friday: I planned on taking it off, but ended up doing 1.5 miles at a leisurely pace with my friend before work. So, mostly off!

Saturday: know those days when you just want to do it all? I wanted to run, but I wanted to get Daisy out too, and I needed to do weights again. So Daisy and I walked out almost a mile and a half, then ran back the last mile to complete almost 3 miles. She started off slow, but by the time we’d gone a quarter-mile she was leading the run 🙂 When we got home I picked up the weights and did 35 minutes of weights, mixing in a few stretch yoga positions between the reps. In an effort to keep my core strong, I also did some more push-ups, 2 sets of 5 this time.  I rode Charby later in the day. We were also working harder, since last time it took 24 minutes for us to cover a mile and this time it took 18 minutes. More trotting covers more ground faster!

Sunday: I wanted to make sure I hit the 10 mile mark this week, so I ran a (very slow) 2+ miles. I did pick the 80% uphill route, just to give my legs an extra workout. Running down hills is getting easier, as long as I make sure to land on the ball of my foot instead of the toes.  I have a tendency to reach out with my foot without bending my knee and landing on the toes, which is a wonderful recipe for falling on my face. Rode Christopher Robin for about 10 minutes. I wanted to check out the new ring my husband built me just that day, so I put a bridle on him and we went out. Ohhhh, the flat smoothness! Not sure the horses will enjoy the work, but I am going to love having a good area to work them.


A month of Burpees

I had been toying with the idea of creating/doing a Burpee challenge for a while now. So last month I did.

I gathered a few friends too, but some dropped out due to injury (not from the Burpees!) while others popped in and out. I felt that doing a lot one day to catch up wasn’t the goal of the challenge, the goal was to do them every day–which was harder than just “catching up.” I didn’t say anything though, I was just happy they tried. I did have one coworker who made it through the whole month with me 🙂

I started May 31 with 5 Burpees, then added one each day during the month of June. I was supposed to end with 35, but somewhere between 10 and 14 I miscounted and realized I was doing 15 on the day I should be doing 14. But I kept the extra, and ended on June 30th with 36.

I did some research while coming up with the challenge, and here’s what I learned:

1. Burpees are named after their creator–Royal H. Burpee, who was an employee at the Bronx YMCA in the 1930s.  He used the exercise in his doctoral thesis for Columbia University in the subject of applied physiology in 1940, while the Bronx YMCA introduced it to their members.

2. I hate Burpees

3. Burpees are used in Spartan races if a racer can’t complete an obstacle as a time penalty, 30 for an elite athlete and 10 for those running in the general population. Burpees are also often used in CrossFit classes as a penalty if a participant is late.

4. I hate Burpees.

5. Burpees were used by the US Armed Forces as a measurement of fitness for applicants during WWII. The exerise let them assess the strength, coordination and agility. Twenty-seven burpees in one minute was considered poor physical form, while forty-one was considered excellent. I believe that would be the original Burpee, not  with a push-up. (I haven’t tried, not sure I really want to know)

6. I hate Burpees.

7. There are dozens of variations. Royal’s original was a 4 beat:  squat with hands on floor, kick feet back to a push-up position, jump back to squat position, jump up. A newer version (the one I did) has a push-up and a higher jump added. Do a search, however, and you will find Burpees with weights, jumps onto steps, jumps over obstacles and many more additions to make a Burpee more difficult. Like it needs help!  Check out Lifting Revolution’s blog to see some variations.

8. I hate Burpees. And push-ups, I definitely hate push-ups.

9. “On May 17, 2014, in Greenwood, South Carolina,  a gentleman by the name of Cameron Dorn broke two burpee world records. He performed 5,657 within a 12-hour period. He also completed the most burpees in a 24-hour period, finishing with a whopping 10,105. Another world record was achieved on October 21, 2013, in Portland, Oregon, by Lloyd Weema. He broke the burpee world record for the most chest to ground burpees performed in 72 hours with 9,480.”*  Yeah, I am not trying that.

10. I am in much better shape after my month of Burpees. They helped my core and arms tremendously. Although I have avoided push-ups since grade school, I can do them now–and they aren’t scary anymore.

I will keep Burpees in my rotation from now on, as I definitely don’t want to lose the fitness I gained.  Straight up push ups will also be thrown in. My core is solid after all the push ups, and my knee bends more after all those squats, as well as bending the leg while jumping in and out of the push-up position. I am glad….glad that I did it, and glad that it is over!

Added up, I did 628 Burpees over the course of the month, which was both a surprise and made me feel incredibly good! And I just saw an email from Shape with a Burpee challenge, so apparently I am right on trend. Who knew?

Shape got creative with the variations, giving you 7 different types of Burpees. The challenge is to do 10 reps of 1 variation each day of the week, with an increase of reps by 10 each week. So, 700 Burpees over the four-week period. Wanna try? Here’s the link: Shape Mag

*Dr. Axe

Weekly Rundown

Well, summer has finally hit us 🙂 Weather is beautiful and bright, except when those thunderstorms move through. They are quick, however, and the sun comes right back out. In all, it was a good week.

Monday: off. Except it was the last week of Burpees, so I did 32. Somehow, it seemed harder to do them when I hadn’t warmed up with anything else.

Tuesday: trying to increase my outdoor running, I went just a half mile further in my run. I did 2.53 miles in 29:44. I kept telling myself it wasn’t about the speed but the distance–speed later, distance now. (Not that I have ever been a speed demon, an average 9 or 10 minute mile was good for me.Mostly cuz I have that mentality–distance over speed.) It was a nice run, didn’t feel like I was going any further or hurt any more; which tells me that it was definitely time to go longer. When I got back I did 33 Burpees, and I was wrong–they were just as hard as Monday’s!

Wednesday: yoga. It felt soooooo good to stretch out. I did free yoga, but mostly followed my Crunch dvd moves. I did quite a few Warrior positions, and my knee held up very well. After stretching and twisting my body, I did my dang 34 Burpees. That night when I got home I wanted to do groundwork with Christopher Robin. In reality it was about five minutes of me leading him around. He was wondering where dinner was, so it was still an exercise in my leadership. Once he caved and stopped arguing, I gave him dinner!

Thursday: a run, and a good one it was. I have always been slow out of the gate, and this one was no exception. I  did just 2 miles, and knocked a minute plus off with the second one. I also learned that hill it took me three tries to make it up doesn’t hurt anymore. Not that it’s FUN, but it doesn’t kill me.  After I fed the horses on my way back down the driveway (they are never happy with me running out  without feeding them) I took 17 minutes to stretch and do 35 Burpees.

Friday: my body felt tight, so although I had planned a run; I got on the treadmill at 3 MPH and did 1.3 miles. My calves felt much better afterwards. And then I did my final set of Burpees…..whoooooo-hooooo! 31 Days in a row is, well, trying. Rest days are important. But 36 meant that I was done, done, DONE! I had meant to end at 35–started with 5 on  May 31, then added one each day in June. But somewhere along the way I did an extra, so I kept it.

Saturday: an unplanned day off. I was dithering whether I would run the rail trail when I went to the grocery store, or just walk Daisy. While deciding, I picked up my book. After finishing the last chapter or two, I picked up the next in series. After finishing it, I decided it was 11:30 and I better darn well go to the grocery store. I did, and when I came back I was dithering again about lunch or walking Daisy, so of course I picked up the next in series (there are about eight or nine, and I was restarting from the beginning) and read that. Then I decided I better do something, so I put away all the laundry, did the dishes and fed the horses. In all, I got less than 4000 steps in for the day. And I was okay with that. It felt really good to relax, and Daisy didn’t seem to mind at all since she cuddled next me all day on the chair.

Sunday: ok, I made up for Saturday’s relaxation–16,000 steps! I walked Daisy, rode Charby, long-lined Christopher Robin, helped my husband with that shed/camp out in the back field, weeded some trees, played with the garden, did more laundry……..It was a good day too. And boy, did I sleep well that night!



Weekly Rundown

I have a confession–I am a running addict!

Now that I am out on the road, all I want to do is run. The heck with a balanced exercise program, I just wanna run.

Of course, I can’t  just run. My body, particularly my knee, wouldn’t allow that. And I suppose I would miss yoga and riding if all I did was run. I wouldn’t miss weights or Burpees though!

Monday: instead of taking it off as usual, my friend was available for a morning walk so I started with 20 minutes of stretchy yoga before heading off to meet her. We didn’t do much, just a mile and a half around the hospital.  I did my Burpees before leaving too, 25 for the day.

Tuesday: I planned on a 2 mile run out on the road. But Mother Nature had her own ideas and it started to rain just before I ran out the door. So I did 2 miles on the treadmill, watching Macgyver 🙂 I worked the speed up to 6.5 on the second mile. Too bad I wasn’t paying attention to my splits, but I did do the run in 19.46. I finished off with stretching and Burpees. I did 26, and alternated the width of my hands to work different shoulder muscles. Ok, it was really cuz my shoulder muscles killed and I needed to alternate to be able to do them all….but the other reason sounds better.

Wednesday: a day off! Except for those Burpees, of course. Up to 27. And I forgot to do them before my shower, so I had to do them after work. Won’t do that again!

Thursday: I did a 2 mile run on the road, and it felt great! My first mile was slow, 11:40; but I made up for it on the second mile, which was 10:30. I came back to do 20 minutes of yoga. I did a mix of strength and stretch poses, with my 28 Burpees mixed in as well.

Friday: I took the day off to have the vet out to see the horses, so I had a bit more time to play with. So Daisy and I headed off for a walk. We briskly walked 2.99 miles in 50 minutes. And my OCD is so unhappy with the 2.99 😛 If I had known, we would have walked up and down the driveway to hit 3.0! Afterwards I stretched and did 29 Burpees.

Saturday: another run! And I took a right instead of a left out of my driveway, so I had the uphill mile ahead of me for the first time this year. I made it up the first hill (last time I made it 3/4s of the way when I ran out just a half mile), and up all the hills that followed. It was slow (12 minutes), but I made it! It felt marvelous to get that hill behind me, I had been avoiding running that way. Of course, the mile ends at the peak of the hill, so to go on a longer run, I need to run down–and back up. Next milestone 🙂 And, lets not forget, I finished off with 30 Burpees. So now, should I ever get into an Elite Spartan run, I can now officially fail 1 obstacle.  In the afternoon I hopped on Christopher Robin. He has really come a long way since I got him, as he was loved but no one really used him at his last home. So it has taken a while for him to realize that he has to work here. He has a great personality, so working that awareness into him has been fun. We had a great ride, just a few minutes longer than we had been doing.

Sunday: Daisy and I walked out just over a mile and ran back.  I have to run a bit slower with Daisy–I have been running longer distances now, plus she likes to look around and make sure she sniffed everything on the way out.  But that’s ok, because it gives me time to work on my form. When we got home, Daisy climbed on the couch and watched me do my 31 Burpees. I worked around the gardens and helped my husband with that shed (it is going to have a grander second life than it had at Gramps’), then rode Charby in the afternoon. We did some actual work, trotting continuously and  doing circles, instead of the wandering I have been doing. Time to get us both in shape!

Weekly Rundown

Just a day late. My excuse?

Well, I have been doing my posts on my Monday mornings  since Monday has been my day off from exercise, and then checking what I wrote that night to make sure it makes sense before posting.

Yesterday I got up at 5 am to go walk before work with my friend, then I got home and had to run around getting ready for the thunder-storm (that didn’t show, how rude!), feed the horses, and the hubby, and do the dishes, and by the time I sat down at 7:30 pm  I was pretty sure nothing I wrote would make sense 😉

It was a good week, we had sunshine and a bit of warmth. A little too much warmth according to some people, but it was such a cold spring I am not complaining until we have three weeks straight of record temperatures.

I had a real lack of motivation and energy this week, but I made do anyway. I just wasn’t enjoying myself most days.

Monday: 1.5 miles on the treadmill. I started out running, but quickly decided that I had no energy and decided on a fast walk at 3.5MPH.  There may have been more than a lack of energy causing my hardship at a run–more on that later. I followed up with 18 Burpees and some stretching for all the muscles that hurt after those Burpees.

Tuesday: still no energy, which seemed to be the trend for the week. I did 20 minutes of yoga, interspersing Tree and Warrior positions in with the stretching. My leg has been doing much better with the Warrior positions, and not complaining as much.I feel better knowing I have been strengthening the muscles around my knee, and it is working.  And 19 Burpees to round out my practice.

Wednesday: I decided to take it on the road, and ran 1.42 miles in 16:07.  It was the 80% uphill route, so I was pretty happy. The route starts up a long hill, and I didn’t quite make it to the top, but I made it close enough for the first time. I came home and stretched and, of course, did those 20 Burpees. My shoulders hurt from those silly Burpees and swinging my arms while running hurt about 3/4 of a mile in. Almost skipped the Burpees, but made myself do them anyway.

Thursday: off! Kinda. I did 21 Burpees in the morning, and walked Daisy a mile when I got home that night.

Friday: I did 2 miles on the treadmill in 21 minutes. I varied the speed from 6 MPH to 5 MPH every couple of minutes during the second mile to change things up. I had wanted to run outside, but it was raining-of course. Then I stretched and, yup, Burpees-22.

Saturday: Out on the road again, 2 miles in 21 minutes. That made me very happy, that  I could run as fast out on the road as I do on the treadmill. With hills, and rocks, and holes to avoid and all!  I did my Burpees, and stretched and then headed out to hang with a friend. When I got home I rode Christopher Robin for 15 minutes. He was a pretty good boy, once he got over the disappointment  of me actually putting a saddle on his back.

Sunday: Oh, the busyness! I helped my husband with his chores (re-erecting the shed), walked Daisy 2 miles, did my 24 Burpees, worked in the vegetable garden, and weed-wacked around the perennial gardens. Then I fly-sprayed and brushed Charby and rode for about 20 minutes before the flies drove us in. And relaxed gratefully in my armchair that evening.

Funny story: I discovered the treadmill was on incline all week when I hopped on it this morning. Oops. No wonder I didn’t have any energy!

Weekly Rundown

A cold and wet week, didn’t feel like June at all. It could have been the weather, but I had no motivation at all this week. I did put a plan for the week in place, but each day I wandered in the morning wondering what I actually felt like doing. Most days, it was not what I had planned! But, on the other hand, I did exercise 🙂

I might also blame my lack of motivation on the crazy busyness of my  days, leaving me little energy for anything. Seems like I never catch up. And the Burpees are wearing me out. I think they might be a permanent addition to my exercise routines, as they are clearly working muscles that needed to be worked.

Monday: off-except for those Burpees! 11

Tuesday: 20 minute walk on the treadmill with the incline. Followed by 20 minutes of yoga, including both strength and stretch poses. I have been working on adding some Warrior poses to strengthen my knee,  since I discovered most of my DVD yoga sessions are too much for my knee, as they use Warrior continuously throughout the practice.  And 12 Burpees!

Wednesday: a brisk 20 minute/2 mile run on the treadmill. I did try to leave the incline from the day before,but it just wasn’t happening. I had a hard time even getting myself going, so the little “extra” was not anything my legs were up to. Afterwards I did 13 Burpees and some stretching.

Thursday: I had no motivation, and kinda wandered around wondering what I should do. So I did some drills! The biggest problem being that it has been so long since I have been able to do my running drills, I couldn’t remember them all. I ran a mile down the road and back before starting the drills. I did 3 of the 7 drills: skipping, running backwards, and grapevines. I also remembered the high knees, but I wasn’t sure my leg was up to doing those, so I did another set of skipping with slightly higher knee movements. I finished up with Burpees ( 14) and 10 minutes of stretching.

Friday: Still lacking motivation, I did an easy 1.26 miles walking on the treadmill in 25 minutes. I followed by 10 minutes of stretching and, of course, those Burpees. 15. And, oh, my aching shoulders! I have been avoiding push ups for the last 30 years (ever since gym class) and now I know why.

Saturday: Daisy and I walked a brisk 16 minute mile out, then ran back. My legs were ready to take right off, and I actually had to slow down for Daisy. She wasn’t quite ready to go that fast. She likes to look around while running 🙂 And my shoulders hurt just from the arm swing. But I still managed 16 Burpees and 15 minutes of stretch-y yoga when we got back.

Sunday: off. We went up to see our family 2.5 hours away, and left at 5:30 am, so no time to exercise first. And we got home at 7 pm, so too tired to exercise after! I did make myself do those foolish Burpees-17.

Weekly Rundown

What a crazy weekend. And no naps! Then I worked late yesterday–which was preplanned, but I forgot until right before I left for work, which meant  no writing in the morning.

I have been writing the rundown in the morning before work since I am taking Mondays off, putting my normal exercise time to good use.

But yesterday, I was so worn out from the weekend, I am lucky that I got up. I nursed my coffee while staring blankly at the morning news until it was time to get ready for work. When I got home, I fed the horses, the husband, checked the greenhouse, and then repeated staring blankly at the tv til it was time to go to bed. But today I bounced back!

Monday: I was still on vacation, so Daisy and I took a walk. We did 3.37 miles in exactly one hour, with the last mile being a brisk 16:57. Not only am I a long distance type, getting faster as I go; but, apparently, so is my dog! Daisy climbed on the couch and watched while I finished off with 12 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Tuesday: Another Daisy walk–she was loving my vacation. We did 2.32 miles at a slower 42 minutes, then I did my 25 minutes of weight training. I am again using the dumbbells, light as they are, instead of resistance training. I finished off my last vacaion day off with riding Christopher Robin. I even saddled him and did a real ride, which I am pretty sure he didn’t appreciate. I also learned that the twist of the stirrup was fairly uncomfortable for my leg, so I think I will be doing a sitting trot instead of posting for the forseeable future. Good thing both the horses are fairly comfortable.

Wednesday: I finally started the Burpee Challenge! As it was the 31st, I did 5 Burpees. I plan on adding one Burpee each day, so that by the end of the 30 days in June, I can do 35 in a row–hopefully with little pain 🙂 I threw the challenge out on Facebook and some of my like-minded friends have joined in. I started the morning with a 1 mile run on the treadmill, then my 5 Burpees, followed by a 20 minute yoga practice that was mix of strength (Tree, Warrior, Plank) and stretching movements.

Thursday: off!! Except for those 6 Burpees, of course!

Friday: I started a bit late, so I did a quick 11:41 mile on the treadmill, followed by 11 minutes of stretch-y yoga. And, of course, 7 Burpees!

Saturday: I had agreed to work the morning, so I needed to be there at 7am. That meant I wasn’t getting up early enough to have time to exercise. I also didn’t get a lot of sleep, which was a lousy way to start my weekend. I ran a few errands after work and got home around 3pm. I did my 8 Burpees, then, not wanting to leave Daisy out, I took her out for a brisk 1.4 mile walk. I would love to put in a time, but we had a few tech difficulties. When we got back I went out to the back field to work around my ring so I could start riding out there. Cars on my road are just a bit untrustworthy to be riding out on the road. Eventually my husband will use the new tractor with the bucket to even out the riding ring and make it beautiful. For now I just need an area to do a lot of walking and a bit of trotting.

Sunday: I started out the morning with Daisy. We walked out 1.75 miles at a brisk pace (1st mile was 14:30), and then ran back for a 3.5 mile total. We both did pretty good, it was her first run of the year and my leg felt much more comfortable running on the road. After I stretched and did my 9 Burpees.Then there was house cleaning to be done, and more work out in  field for riding. The Christmas trees we are growing needed some weeding and fertilizing, and that finished off the morning. In the afternoon we transported the shed we had disassembled out back to the field where the trees were growing. The pieces took a few trips, and some serious thought. Late in the afternoon I took Charby out to the ring and rode til the flies chased us in. And my legs gave out 🙂
The best part of the whole weekend was, even after all that movement, my knee really didn’t hurt and I didn’t need to ice it!

Weekly Rundown

I have been on mini-vacation since Friday, and I kinda lost track of days….plus, I have been so crazy busy with gardens, plants, walks, horses, and more that I am beyond tired!

I have a program that tracks my steps over the course of seven days and last night for the first time I cracked 90,000 steps.  I have been running around 80,000; with a few dips down into 70,000.  No wonder I am tired! One would think perhaps my steps would go down while I am on vacation.

It also explains why my knee has been bothering me for the last four days. I only have  a mini-vaca since I have to go back to work tomorrow. So I am resting up today 🙂

Monday: off once more. Such a nice day to have off!

Tuesday: I ran a mile on the road, and I made it up that hill! Third time must be the charm. Not saying I was running  fast, but I did run all the way up. I also figured out how to run down a hill better for my leg–I kinda jogged down like I was jogging down stairs. That helped the impact on my knee on the steep part.   I finished up with 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out.

Wednesday: I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill. I meant to run 2 miles, but didn’t start quite early enough. I had to head out early so I could walk with my friend before work. It was a nice sunny day, although still in the 50s, and we walked 1.75 miles in 35 minutes. Just enough time for coffee before I had to hit my desk.

Thursday: a mile walk on the treadmill in 20 minutes. I put the treadmill on the incline and carried my weights for a bit more work. I have been trying to find the right thing to watch on Netflix while on the treadmill. I was watching Beastmaster, a Sylvester Stallone obstacle course that is like American Ninja Warrior on steroids. They invite participants from all over the world, and have announcers from each country too. Nothing better for motivation than watching athletes attempting incredibly difficult feats to make one feel that they can certainly run just a little further.  I have gone through the first season, so now I need something else. I tried a few things before settling on 80s Macgyver. I wasn’t a huge fan, so most of them are new to me. And it is so much fun watching the 80s action, seeing who we thought were the “bad guys” back then, and what Mac made out of absolutely nothing (don’t care if Mythbusters debunked most of what he did, still fun). Once I got off the treadmill, I did my weight training. I went back to actually using dumbbells instead of resistance training, just to keep my muscles off guard.  So I did 25 minutes of bicep curls, squats, shoulder raises, leg raises, etc.

Friday: First day on vacation!! I did 15 minutes at 3.0, still on the incline.  I put my Crunch yoga dvd in, but only got 23 minutes in until the Warrior poses pushed my knee just a little too far. Guess I was right to be avoiding them. I had the vet come out for the horses’ annual visit, then spent the afternoon running around town with the hubby. It was supposed to be pouring all day, but we had intermittent moments of just grayness without precipitation, so it wasn’t too bad doing errands.

Saturday: I ran on the treadmill for 24 minutes. I ran slowly, at only 5.0 MPH so I only ran 2 miles. I did take it off the incline first! I got to play Charby for a few minutes, and even got on to ride for 15 minutes. Then I wandered through four different stores’ flower sections with a friend for the afternoon. A good day!

Sunday: another 2 mile run on the treadmill, this time at 6.0 MPH, although it took 21 minutes since I had to work up to the 6.0 MPH. It felt really good. The odd thing is that my knee doesn’t really hurt while running, just bothers me later on. I think the amount of movement and walking I had been doing bothers it almost more than the running. Moving  straight on doesn’t seem to bother it, but any sort of twist or torque kills it. We put in 100 baby Christmas saplings, and that really made my leg unhappy. And my back. Ahhh, I could barely move when we finished. Good thing I had gone out and  played with Christopher Robin first. I didn’t ride, but I brushed him, did a few groundwork exercises,  and lunged him. He seemed pretty happy with the attention. I also cleaned out several gardens in the morning–only two more to get the leaves out of! I think I may have too many perennial gardens. But they are soooo pretty. I also tested a battery-powered weed whacker for my husband (he runs a hardware rental section), and I suppose it is no surprise that I ended up with ice on my knee that night.

Weekly Rundown

I never made a plan for last week, and it turned out just great anyway. I ran and walked, made sure to get my yoga in, and used the yoga to do some resistance weight training. The weather was wonderful, and the only thing I didn’t get to do is walk Daisy. She did get quite a car ride–on the way to the vets. Not everyone had a good week!

Monday: off

Tuesday: A quick (10:30) mile on the treadmill before 17 minutes of stretch-it-out yoga. I did try to do some ground work  with Christopher Robin when I got home, but the flies chased us back in quickly.

Wednesday: Back on the treadmill for a walk. I got up to 3.5 MPH, doing 1.68 miles in 30 minutes. The question is, when did brisk walk  start to feel like a day off?

Thursday: I started on the treadmill, and ended on the hill outside my house.  I did a 15:47 minute run first–I planned on just 15 minutes even, but I had to finish the 1.5 mile mark. Silly OCD.  Then I went out to do some hillwork. Gotta say, running on solid ground after a moving belt is just weird. Long ago, before trackers were available on the phone–or our wrists–I used telephone poles to mark distances. I went back to that, running up 1 telephone pole to the next and walking back, then up 2 and back, then up 3 and back. Last run up the hill was running up 1.5 lengthes, walking the rest of the .5, then alternating that up the hill. Wonder how long that hill was? There was actually another pole at the bottom I could have started at, and one over the crest I could have ended at. And I still ran up 7 lengths between the poles (telephone poles are roughly 75 yards apart). I was feeling it when I got to the top!

Friday: back to easy–I walked 25 minutes on the treadmill at 3.5 MPH. I followed up with 20 minutes of yoga, focusing more on strength moves: plank, tree, etc. My knee hasn’t felt up to any Warrior poses recently, I need to start filtering those back in.

Saturday: a run on the road again. I did 2.3 miles to the end of the road and back. I still didn’t make up the first hill, but I made it further 🙂 Got to keep that hill work going.  My knee ached a bit while actually running; loose gravel and dirt being very different from running on a smooth belt. But it didn’t bother me too much for the rest of the day, so that was a good thing. I worked with Christopher Robin in the afternoon; I have a “driving” setup so that I can walk behind him with long lines. It is another way of working from the ground (and gets me a walk at the same time). He was pretty happy to get out of the paddock and exploring up the road.

Sunday: I pretended it was a work day and got on the treadmill at 6am. I did a quick 20 minutes at 3.9 MPH, then 20 minutes of stretch-y yoga. I figured I needed it after all the work I did this week to tighten up my muscles.  The reason I got up so early was that we had to go get a shed and bring it home, which meant that we had to take it apart first. That went relatively well, as the shed came home neatly in pieces and no one was hurt. We were even done early enough for me to play with Charby. I gave her a good brushing and then “drove” her for 10 or so minutes.