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.

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Weekly Rundown 4/28–5/10

I got lost last week and never posted. I think I overdid the weekend  before (the weather was, well, decent!), and each night I got home from work and thought about it. Then I fed the horses, made dinner, fed the dogs, made lunch for the next day and collapsed in front of the tv. With an occasional Daisy walk at night too.

Then I was just as busy the following weekend, and the pattern repeated. Eventually I will get used to it!

I think I will get it all over with and give you two weeks so I can catch up 🙂

Monday: off

Tuesday: I decided to run minutes instead of miles as a goal. So I did 10 minutes, which equaled 1.3 miles at 6.5 and 7.0 MPH. It was a quick start to my day before heading off to work.

Wednesday: I took Daisy for a walk when I got home from work. The sun was not really around, but it was mostly warm and she had a great time. We saw two neighboring dogs and that made her night. She does love friends. And, to her, anybody (two or four legged) she sees is a friend!

Thursday:  I wanted to do another timed run, this one for 20 minutes. However, by the time I made it downstairs to the treadmill, I didn’t have enough minutes left before work. So I did a weight workout instead (2×15  reps with 10 Burpees in between  the reps). I wanted to try the run that night, but work just wiped me out.

Friday: the day promised rain, so I tried to get ahead of it. I did early errands in town and ran 3.63 miles on the Rail Trail before heading home.  The run proves my theory that I really am a long distance runner- each mile was a hair faster than the previous. The other thing I noticed is that last miles  feel slower so I work harder. I am always surprised when I get done and see the times for each mile. I came home and put away the groceries before snagging Daisy and taking her for a slow walk. We did 2.1 miles in 41 minutes, which is much slower than our usual pace! And we almost beat the rain, just the last quarter mile was wet.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out in the morning for a hill workout. We went mostly  uphill til we hit the paved road, then down Blinn hill to the bottom (our road comes out half way in the hill) and all the way up to the top before heading home, which totaled 3.69 miles in just over an hour. Per our agreement, I put her inside and let Bruce out for his one on one time. He wandered around sniffing while I did 3×15 heel raises and squats (I am trying to strengthen the muscIes around my knees so they won’t hurt as much). I  tried to ride Charby, but it was really muddy out back and we only lasted 11 minutes. On the bright side, it was a great workout for my legs, trying to hang on as she slid and chugged through the  mud.

Sunday: I ran 4.51 miles down over–and back up!– the hill,   in 50 min.  I am finding the downside of a winter of treadmill running is that, while I can run that far, I am actually a bit uncomfortable going out on the road. There are hills, and if I need to stop I just can’t get off. Of course, I am still going 🙂 I rode Christopher Robin out on the road  in the afternoon , but only did 18 minutes since it was our first time.  He  was a good boy and seemed to enjoy getting out of the barnyard.

Monday2: off–thank goodness!

Tuesday2: Another treadmill run before work, I wanted to do 20 minutes. But I only made it 17 minutes (1.73 miles) before another morning body function interfered. But still a good run!

Wednesday2: Evening walk with Daisy. I am trying to push myself in the evenings, Daisy really needs to get out more, and now that it is light and somewhat warm, I don’t have any excuse.  We did  2 miles in 30 minutes, and she rested on the couch while I made dinner.

Thursday2: Another timed morning run,  this one a brief 10 minutes. I was going to follow up with weights but my arm was tweaked from something, and I decided to give it a break. Normal movement wasn’t an issue, but twisting my arm in a bent position (ya know, pulling up pants, hooking female garments behind your back) was downright painful.

Friday2: A lousy rainy day and since I was asked to work a half day, I figured I might as well. By the time I got home, all my good intentions flew out the window and I crashed on the couch with the puppies.

Saturday2: Busy day off!! I guess I was making up for Friday. Walked Daisy a hair over 2 miles before heading off to town for errands. I did another Rail Trail run while out, 3.84 miles in 40 minutes. Then I came home and put everything away before catching Charby and doing 20 minutes on the road. MUCH better than our last ride out in the muddy field.

Sunday2: Easy day. Walked Daisy 2.06 miles in 34 minutes and rode Christopher Robin for 21 minutes.

Weekly Rundown 4/22-4/28

Nothing very exciting happened last week. I ran, walked Daisy (she’s up to 3.5 miles now) and shook my fist regularly at the sky as the rain continued to fall. My knees were a pest and achy again–I blame the rain and damp.

We did have our American Heart Association 5K in Lewiston.

Since his heart attack, my husband has trained to be an advocate for them, and he was asked to speak before the walk. In true Stevie fashion, the speech was at 9AM and we got there at 6:45. Which was fine except the sunshine we were promised went away by 8 and I was left freezing.  Fortunately, the rain didn’t fall, but I definitely learned a lesson about taking more layers!

It was pretty empty when we got there, so we volunteered to help set up.

However, the rest of the day went well. The speech was great, and he even got nabbed by the local news to speak. We had a team of 10 walkers, so it was fun to talk with everyone that came to support us as we strolled. Some people (like our neighbors!) we hardly ever see, and it was wonderful to catch up with them.

The sky was gray, but the crowd didn’t mind as we headed off on the start of the walk. 

The walk took us along the Androscoggin River, and the falls were definitely thundering after our rainy spring

We can’t wait to do it again! Which is good, because apparently we are doing it again in Portland at the end of May 🙂

 

Weekly Rundown 4/15-4/21

Another week with teases of spring. At least it rained instead of snowing!

We have reached the point in April that I detest: days on end of gray. I find sunshine is directly connected to my mood, and not seeing it for days does have an adverse effect on me. Cranky and tired, that was me!

My back still bothered me for most of the week, which probably didn’t help my mood either. I avoided Burpees and weights in an effort to not antagonize it (my back, not my mood!) further.

Monday: off. I had planned to do my Yoga Challenge that night, but that didn’t have any energy when I got home. Even telling myself that I would feel better after didn’t help.

Tuesday: a quick morning run before work, and yoga after work. I just did a mile run, but managed it in 8:22, which is a fairly good time for me right now. Would love to be able to do that on a road, instead just the treadmill!  Guess that is a goal for this summer. I did my Yoga Challenge when I got home, and stretching out definitely released the day’s stresses. I am doing 5 breaths per move this week, although many of the poses aren’t “hold” poses, so the practice is still a short one.

Wednesday: Took Daisy for a walk when I got home. She was right ready to go so I let her control the pace and we did the 2 miles in 30:57. The first time we walked that route this year we did it in 36 minutes, then 33 minutes the second time. This was the third time, I guess she is getting in shape! I stretched for a few minutes on the porch with Bruce when we returned– that is the deal, he doesn’t want to walk but he does expect to get some alone time outside with me whenever Daisy and I get back. Doesn’t matter what we do:stretch, fill the bird feeder, feed the horses, he’s happy just getting his time.

Thursday: Another morning run, just a mile and a half on the treadmill. I did the Yoga Challenge when I got home, really relaxing into the poses, and it took 13 minutes.

Friday: I took Daisy for a slightly longer walk since she was in such good shape. I did make her go slower, especially since I decided we could do some hill work. We walked down Blinn Hill, then turned around and faced the half mile incline back up. The total walk was 2.47 miles, taking 49 minutes.  My back was bothering me again, so when I did my Yoga Challenge I added more stretching poses to help flex my back.

Saturday:  A lovely 40 minute treadmill run. I hadn’t done this preset workout for a while, it has one minute intervals from 5.3 to 6.5 MPH, then 5.3 to 6.8 PH for the last ten minutes. I felt really good afterwards 🙂 Even without sunshine.

Sunday: I wanted to walk Daisy, but due to the rain it was just a muddy mess. And it threatened showers off and on all day. I decided to run on the treadmill instead and did 3.6 miles at mostly 6.5 MPH, although I did up it to 7.0 for the last five minutes. And, of course, I followed up with the Yoga Challenge!

 

Weekly Rundown 4/8-4/14

Well, the calendar said April, but Mother Nature disagreed–or just didn’t care. We had two days of snow to start the week. I had to clean my car off 4 times. I am so done with that! Also, it prevented outside activities for the most part.

Monday: off–big smiles! Until I went outside and had to warm  up the car while brushing off snow.

Tuesday: AM 1 mile run with a brief  warm up and cool down in 11 minutes. I followed up with my Yoga Challenge and was reminded why I don’t like yoga in the morning– I was so very unflexible! And halfway through I remembered I was supposed to add a breath with the new week. Ooops! I added that on as I finished. I did my stair drill at work during my break: 14 flights but I didn’t jog this time. But my legs were feeling it when I went back to my office. And, oh yeah, it flipping snowed again!!

Wednesday: I had planned yoga and a brisk walk, but I was feeling just a bit whupped from work. I did do the yoga, but had absolutely no balance in tree. Four breaths seems really long when your leg is wobbling under you. Still, felt proud and relaxed that I had done it.

Thursday: Planned an outside walk with Daisy, but the snow had left a mucky, muddy mess behind. I did do a brisk walk on the treadmill, 1 mile in 12:52 with 12 Burpees (with push ups) after.

Friday: Daisy and I did a brisk 2 miles in 33 minutes early before the mud had all defrosted. Then I was off to town to get all my errands done, so I decided to run the Rail Trail while I was there. Ran bridge to bridge, satisfying my need from symmetry 🙂  Running from the Augusta bridge to the Hallowell Bridge and back was a nice 4 mile run. I started with the idea that distance, not speed, was what I was going for.  Of course, on the way back I decided I could do a little faster, and the last two miles knocked a bit of time off the first two. I am really only competitive with myself! After finishing my errands, I went home and did my Yoga Challenge. I had been hurrying through it all week, even with the same amount of breaths. Amazing how much longer it can take if I relax into each pose and take deep, slow breaths.

Saturday: My outdoor plans were shot to heck again, but at least it was rain and not snow. Did I mention that April is not my favorite month? I did a fairly brisk walking mile on the treadmill (13:48) and 1 x 20 rep of weights. Since I was cheating on the reps, I made sure to do each move slowly and in good form.  I finished with 15 minutes of my Yoga Challenge, which felt wonderful.

Sunday: a nice walk up to the top of Blinn hill with Daisy. We did just a hair over 2 miles in 36 minutes.

Then I decided to clean up the barnyard by digging some irrigation channels to drain all the rain. I thought I was using my legs and core, but after sitting down for lunch I realized that I had not. My back was quite stiff, and rather unhappy with me for the rest of the day. I did do my Yoga, which helped stretch out the muscles, and followed up with some ice and couch time. The dogs thought that was a marvelous idea!

Rundown 4/1-4/7

A whole new month already!

Weather was actually (fairly) decent and I not only got in some walks outside at work, but Daisy got some walking in too.

I also started my Yoga Challenge with a few friends. I always feel better after I yoga, but I don’t always push for the time to practice. Too many other things pulling on me. This way, I have to do it, because I am fairly compulsive about being challenged to do, well, anything.

Monday: a quick mile run on the treadmill to start my work week, and yoga to relax when I got home.

Tuesday: I went outside during my break and did a rapid walk around three-quarters of the hospital. I only get 15 minutes, it is fun to see how far I can get and still return to work presentable (and not, um, fragrant). It was still nice when I got home, so I snagged Daisy and we did a fairly brisk (16:30) mile walk. I didn’t really want to, but having her little face made me see the need to get her out and I felt soooo much better after. Hopefully she did too!

Wednesday: off, but I did do my Yoga. For the first week, I am holding each pose for 3 breaths, and it takes about 10 minutes. And a great way to relax when I get home from my chaos at work.

Thursday: weight day. No enthusiasm before I went to work, so I had to do it while dinner was cooking. I did only do 1 rep of 20, but I added 10 Burpees with push ups and 20 “plank roll-ups.” I got those out of a magazine a couple of years ago and throw them in every once in a while to make sure I can still do them. Start in plank, and raise one leg, holding yourself with the other. Walk your hands back and stand up fully on the grounded leg with knee bent on the lifted leg, then bend over and walk your hands back into plank. Excellent for both core and balance! If I feel like cheating, I switch legs with each roll-up, but on this night I did 10 on each leg without switching.

Friday: Took Daisy out first thing before the ice melted into mud (I try to avoid her getting wet and cold halfway through the walk) and we did just over 2 miles in 35 minutes. I decided we were ready for the big hill and walked half way down Blinn before turning around and heading up towards home. When we got back, I went down to the treadmill and ran my 30 minute, 2.5 mile preset interval workout. Finished, of course, with the Yoga Challenge.

Saturday: Another early walk with Daisy, a little shorter and easier so she had a recovery day. Like us, we can’t expect dogs to sleep all winter and then hop up and do excessive amounts of exercise without soreness. So I am trying to work her into it and keeping an eye on her for any stiffness. She will go as far as I let her, so it is up to me to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself. In the afternoon I went grocery shopping and took a run on the Rail Trail, since it starts right in the parking lot of the store. Wasn’t sure how far I was going to run, although I can always go further on the Trail, as it so much flatter than the terrain around my house. I ended up doing an exact 5K (yes, I ran off the trail around the parking lot until I hit 3.1). It felt really good and the weather was lovely. Plenty of people also had the idea of playing on the Trail, and there were happy dogs and kids and bikers everywhere. Made for a very positive run. And I wore way too much and was very hot by the time I made it back to the car. I stretched briefly before getting in the car, then completed my Yoga Challenge practice when I got home.

Sunday: I took Daisy out in the sunshine for another 2 mile walk. She was still on a tear, even after the previous days and we did the 2 miles in 35:22. Probably would have been even faster if we didn’t stop to sniff. And take pictures. Then I helped my husband for a few hours cleaning up the barnyard with the tractor. He moved the manure pile, and then we worked on some irrigation as one of the field streams had re-routed itself through the barnyard. And then into our driveway, which made quite a mess. It took a route under my hay barn, ruining the bottom layer of hay bales as well. Eventually we came, muddy and tired, and had lunch. It wasn’t until after dinner I realized I hadn’t done my Yoga Challenge, and it was the last day of the week, so I couldn’t do it the next day. I got up from my chair and did the 10 minute routine (it might have taken 8 that time!) before plopping back down.


                                                                       The ice is out!
Last week there was ice right up to the edge where the stream went under the road.

Yoga Challenge

Week one of my challenge is done!

And it went pretty well. I had planned on 5 times, and I did….although, I did have to get up Sunday after dinner to do the 10 minute routine since I had forgotten. 

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             Maybe I should add this to the challenge??

Rundown 3/25-3/31

We had a bit of rain in our area, so I didn’t get to walk Daisy in the evenings as planned. On the bright side, it wasn’t snow! It was a good week, just cool and damp.

I keep threatening the horses with actual work, but the weather has not cooperated. The ice has given way to mud, so I still don’t have a good spot to exercise them. I have let them out in the  back field and enjoyed the thundering hooves up the hillside. Christopher Robin is a nimble little guy, I think there were points in his twisting bucks that all four feet were off the ground. Char was happy just to race up the hill and immediately start nosing the brown grass hopefully while ignoring his antics.

Monday: off 🙂

Tuesday: A morning run on the treadmill, 2 miles in 17 flat. Which is odd, I never hit flat even numbers! My OCD quite appreciated it. Doubtful that I will ever do it again. It was a good start to a very busy day at work.

Wednesday: A brisk walk in the morning before work. 1 mile in 13.03 minutes, followed by Burpees. I am quite proud they are still part of my regimen, given how much I dislike them! I did 15, some of them with push-ups for extra credit.

Thursday: A bit of a time crunch before work, but I did manage to get in a quick 1 mile run with a little stretching afterwards. Some days it is just hard to get up, feed the horses, exercise and still get ready for work. I have started making my lunch the night before, which is helpful both time-wise and not tripping over my husband–and he over me–as he makes his lunch in the morning.

Friday: an exercise in why we should be flexible in our workouts. I started my #5 preset workout on the treadmill. It has about 3 minutes of warm up walking with 2.5 miles of interval running and 3 minutes of cool down after. I made the running about a minute and then decided I really just didn’t want to do it. My stomach was not enjoying the bouncing (although it had felt fine up til that point) and my knees were cranky and I decided to simply walk instead. I did 30 minutes, the first 15 minutes with 1 lb weights, the second mile in 12:30, and a final few moments slowing down as the cool down. So much better than running, and still a good workout!

Saturday: Took Daisy out for a walk, and she was ready to go! We did 2.12  miles in 35:44, and that is because she had the lead straight out between us the entire way.  17 minute miles are pretty good when one considers the hills we went up. When we got home, she found the couch and I went downstairs to the treadmill. I tried the same preset workout from the day before, and it felt MARVELOUS. What a difference a day makes.

Sunday: I started with Burpees (again!), 10 with push ups, then a quick 1 mile run at 7.0 MPH. I did do a 3 minute warm up and cool down on either side of the mile, then finished off with a set of 15 reps of weights. And, of course, stretching. I do love my stretching after!

Weekly Rundown, 3/18-3/24

This week seemed to fly by! And the weather got nicer and nicer. Well, warmer and warmer, we did have a bit of rain. Dang, I hate mud season.

First there is there’s ice so I can’t ride, and now there is the mud, so I have nowhere to exercise them. Blech. But I did get to run outside, so progress is being made. Not so much for Daisy, our dirt road was too muddy for her to walk on often. But soon.

Monday: mostly off. I did do 16 minutes of stretching yoga when I got home for work. Absolutely made me feel better 🙂 Just the few minutes of breathing and simple stretches relaxed me and made me ready to take on the week. Which was good, since we were super busy at the lab!

Tuesday: a morning workout before I headed to the office. I decided to keep doing those Burpees. I think they not only help my core, but my knees seem more flexible too. Definitely worth doing, so I started with 10, ran 2 quick miles (17:26) and did 10 more Burpees (sans push ups this time).

Wednesday: another morning workout. So nice to get it out of the way and not have to figure out how to fit in exercise when I get home from work. Especially with feeding the horses, dogs and hubby 😛 I did weights, 1×20 and 1×15 reps, before ending with some stretching.

Thursday: planned another morning run, but ran into a time crunch instead. So when I got home I grabbed Daisy and my husband and we did a lazy mile walk. It was nice to get her out and watch her sniff!

Friday: finally, a day out! I did my personal “5k” route and noticed immediately the difference between an open route in Maine and a treadmill! But the hills just added to the fun of being outside, and I was very happy when I got home. Especially since each mile was a hair faster than the previous.

Saturday: once more I started with Burpees, 10 of them (with push ups). Then I walked a brisk 13:39 mile on the treadmill before finishing with 2×20 weights and yoga. A great way to start my day. We took off Portland and the Boat Builders Show and gawked at some really cool boats. Two bathrooms!! And classic wood everywhere.

Only one bathroom, but two bedrooms and a sunroof!

Sunday: another walk, this one 2 miles at a fairly brisk pace on the treadmill. Then a slightly longer yoga practice, 21 minutes. Left me feeling pretty wonderful. Which was great, because then I had to clean the house!