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.

 

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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.

Walking Miss Daisy

Daisy and I have been taking some early morning walks, and we can’t help noticing that fall is definitely arriving.  We have had crisp mornings with warm afternoons and the landscape is changing. 

Early morning fog coated this stream as the sun tried to break through.

    

Leaves are dropping and grasses are nodding their full seed heads.

                                                   Daisy is impatient with  my photo taking.

    

Weekly Rundown

Another beautiful week. Each day was warm and bright except for Friday, which was ok, cuz then I didn’t have water the garden by hand. I have been doing that each night, and my cucumbers have been going crazy!

I had tried wearing my brace less the previous week,  using it only for exercise but not while I went through the rest of my day. I hadn’t tried this since March, but unfortunately I had the same result. Which was pain in my knee for most of this week. Nothing that Tylenol couldn’t cure, but it was much more steady than it has been for a long time.

So I am listening to my leg and will be wearing a brace from now on. At least til I try it again several months from now!

Monday: off. I had a long day at work, 6:30 to 5, so it was definitely planned not to work out.

Tuesday: a quick 2 miles on the road.  It felt good, and the hill was no problem. My first mile was 11:39, which is one of my better ones with that hill in the first mile. The second mile was 10:19, which just goes to show that the faster pace on the treadmill  last week helped!

Wednesday: an easy day, I did my Crunch yoga again from memory. It took a bit longer this week, so I believe I held the poses  just a bit longer. Which, of course, is the goal. Well, that and breathing. I did that too.

Thursday: another run down the road…or, I should say, up the road. I ran up to enjoy the early morning view from the top of Blinn Hill. It is the highest spot in Kennebec county and we can see to Mt Washington in New Hampshire on a clear day. Which is quite a feat considering just how far we are from New Hampshire. It took a little longer than the other route, 24 minutes vs Tuesday’s 22, as I was traveling up hill most of the way. Downhill is still no cakewalk, so I didn’t make up any time going back down either.

Friday: My weekly weights. I really should do them more than once a week, but it is so hard to fit in all the work outs I want to do. And, running is definitely the priority!

Saturday: I had to work (  😦  ) at 7am, so at 5 I was on the treadmill.  Morning is dawning later, and it was gray and foggy. I wasn’t going out there! So I did 2 miles on the treadmill, followed by an 8 minute cool down at a walk. Then I was off to work. I was so focused: run, bathe, dress, feed the horses and get to work that I totally forgot to stretch. Fortunately, the walk relaxed my muscles enough that no damage was done.

Sunday: a lovely early walk with Daisy. We walked out just over a mile, down the big mountain called Blinn hill. We went up another small hill, then turned and tackled the way back up the hill. Eventually I intend to run it (oh, my is it steep!); so we ran every other telephone on the way up. I ran better, but she recovered better! We came after 2.7 miles, and she headed right for the couch.

 

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week! Where has this summer gone??  Not a high mileage week, but a good week nonetheless. With some beautiful weather.

Monday: off

Tuesday: 1 mile on the treadmill. I am hopping on the treadmill, even though it is so very nice outside, to increase my speed. So I did the mile at 6 MPH to run a 10 minute mile, which seemed pretty darn easy….it was only one, after all. I followed with 20 minutes of stretch-y yoga.

Wednesday: weight day.  Still at 3 x 15 reps, with yoga stretches between.  I worked slowly, making my muscles work for every lift. I have a set of five standing moves that I rotate through, two leg and three arm, instead of resting in between sets. I also rotate my lifts so my muscles don’t get used to the order. Then I get on the floor for the fun ab workout!

Thursday: 2 miles on the treadmill, also at 6 MPH. Again, the first mile was easy. The second, not so much. Once I hit 1.3 miles, I was seriously thinking of upping the speed to just get it over with. I didn’t, as that would defeat the plan of running consistently paced miles. But the last half mile seriously sucked.

Friday: 30 minutes of yoga. I did an entire routine from a DVD, but from memory as I was watching the previous night’s Stephen Colbert. How did we ever live without DVR? While there is a chance that I didn’t hold all the poses as long as the DVD would have had me hold; I did, in fact, do all the Warrior poses (10 on each leg) with my knee holding up just fine.

Saturday: a walk with Daisy. We got to the end of the driveway when I realized I didn’t have a brace on. I thought about going back, but decided not to. I’d been working all week (including my walking breaks) without one, so I figured would see how far I got. We did  4 miles, and my legs felt pretty good. When we got back I did 3 x 15 heel raises, and 15 Burpees. I did put the brace on before riding Charby later for a half hour in the day. The swivel of the stirrups is not altogether kind to my knee. Charby was a very good girl, and we had a great ride.

Sunday: We had planned a day out, so I got up and ran first thing. I was very tired of  taking a left out of the driveway to run, I had run that way a bit too much. I had been avoiding the right, as after a mile (or less) I ran into a serious hill. That doesn’t include the 500 yd steep hill my driveway is on, or the short rolling hills for the first half mile, and the half mile hill to finish out the mile. But returning up the backside was a long grade, then a steep hill….after running all those other hills. I told myself that it wouldn’t be the worst thing if I had to stop and walk. But I didn’t have too!! I made it all the way back up, although my miles were a bit slow for that run. With all the hills, I decided I could live with it. When we got home late in the afternoon, I decided I was too tired to ride. But  I did take Christopher Robin out for some groundwork. He seemed to really appreciate the attention, and I appreciated seeing how far he has come-things that he wouldn’t have even thought of walking by a year ago he walked by with just a close look.

 

Weekly Rundown

Well, August is here and a foreshadowing of fall came with it. It was a beautiful week, low 60s in the morning and high 80s in the afternoons. Marvelous morning run weather.  So I ran.

I have been running every other day, but this week I ran two days in a row as well, and the leg did very well with that. I did have to take some Tylenol on Sunday, but really, big whoop, I didn’t even have to ice or slow down. I do feel like I could have some Tylenol for the leg at other times, but often get busy at work and forget that I need some. Clearly, my leg is doing pretty good.

Monday: off

Tuesday: my normal 2 mile run. The distance (and hills) down to the end of my road and back is becoming nominal. My second mile was 10:19, which is one of my better outdoor miles so far this spring. I would like to get all my miles down there, or better. I was just hitting sub 9 minute miles before the accident, and that is definitely the goal again. If I could get all the miles under 10:30 consistently, I would feel that is a terrific step in the right direction. The second mile felt good, with a good stride, not like I was panting or pushing too hard.After,  I did my heel raises, 3×15, and 10 Burpees.  I have changed my Burpee a bit, instead of jumping back up, I roll back on my heels to get a good “reverse” squat as I come back up and go up on my toes to finish–more heel raises. I don’t think the jump does all that much for me, but squats and heel raises strengthen my legs so I am sticking with that.

Wednesday: 30 minutes of my weights mixed with yoga stretches. Still stuck on the 3×15, but since I am only doing it once a week, I am feeling it afterwards.

Thursday: another 2 mile run in roughly the same amount of time as Monday. Having a big hill in the first quarter mile definitely slows down my first mile, but once I get by it I know I can do anything!

Friday: It occurred to me that I live at the bottom of a bowl, and if I just ran to one end of the road (1.3 mile) to the other (2.0 mile) I would get a good hill workout. A simple 3.3 mile distance, but my legs were not all that happy with me. So a slow time–38 minutes. I will try to speed that up next time 🙂 I actually had the day off as we were having our annual party Saturday, so I spent the rest of the day doing last-minute odds and ends around the house and gardens. I was  a bit tired, so instead of riding, I lunged Charby. She was, as always, fun to work with.

Saturday: a quick Daisy walk, just 2.3 miles. I am sure she would have liked to go longer, but I was waiting for the farrier to call–in fact, he did call on our way back. When we got back I did my heel raises (I am definitely getting better push-off with my feet running since I started these) and 15 Burpees. I think. I lost count a couple of times, so I went low side each time and I might have done up to 20! I rode Christopher Robin later,  after the farrier had come and gone, and he was quite resistant to doing any real work. He is very good for my butt and legs as I am always pushing him. And I got a real trot out of him for an entire ring length, going each way before he realized he was being cooperative and started arguing with me again. Ponies!

Sunday: last run of the week, so I made it a long one: 4.3 miles. Longest run yet, by a quarter of a mile or so. Long(er) and slow, each mile was 11+ minutes. But consistent, as each mile was in the 11 minute range, and about 10 seconds quicker each mile. And it felt good. I spent most of the run out trying to figure out how far I was going to go–after the party last night, I wasn’t sure if I was doing anything longer than a short 2 mile run–and that kept my mind busy.  And on the way back I was marveling that it wasn’t that hard. I rode later in the afternoon, after working in the ring. I needed to put up posts as markers, and I am considering fencing the ring too. If nothing else, I need to keep them out of there when I grass it.  And I did another round of picking up rocks so they don’t get bruised feet. Dang, we have a LOT rocks in Maine.  It was a nice easy ride on Charby. She was feeling slow, but then I had her canter, and that always wakes her up.  Then she is always on the lookout for her next chance to run, so our trots get faster too.

Weekly Rundown

I can’t believe it is the last day of July. It was such a cloudy, rainy spring here that when we finally got some nice weather at the end of June, it felt more like spring had finally arrived than summer. I feel so very behind on the months!

Fall is my favorite time of year, however, so I am looking forward to a sunny, warm August and a long crisp fall. Much more time to  spend outdoors yet. I can run and ride for months to come!

Monday: I didn’t want to do it. My last run had been a few days previous, and it hadn’t felt all that great, so I had to force my sneakers on my feet. It was only a mile, I kept telling myself as I headed down the driveway.  It was a marvelous mile! Time was only average, but the run felt terrific.i didn’t have the radio going, so it was just the sound of my breath and the rhythm of my feet. Wonderful.  I followed up with 20 minutes of yoga, doing pretty much only stretch moves except for a nice long plank.

Tuesday: off. And I liked it!

Wednesday: another run, 2 miles. First one was slow at 11:45, but I picked up the pace for the second one-10:16. I think I need work on my pace, as it was completely unintentional to knock off that minute and a half in the second mile. I do generally get faster the longer that I go, but I don’t seem to have a lot control over just how fast I am going. Or not going! I did  2 sets of heel raises and 15 Burpees when I got back. I run off the ball of my foot, and in theory that should propel my forward momentum. But I realized recently that I don’t have as much forward spring as I used to. So heel raises have been added to strengthen that movement.

Thursday: a half hour of weight training. I had to get up early to sneak it in as I also had a walk with my friend at the hospital before work. So only 3×15 reps. I do seem to have a good excuse every week not to go to 4×15 reps. Maybe I should just do heavier weights if I can’t add in that extra rep?

Friday: following my plan (I had a plan!), I did a 3 mile run. Oh my, it was awful. Felt like I was running through water, and that last hill! Oh! My butt hurt all day.  But when I finished, I realized that I had knocked 5 minutes off my best time on that run this season. No wonder it hurt!

Saturday: a nice long walk with Daisy to stretch out my muscles. And a little bit of hill work. We walked down the big hill-which was far easier than it was last year, although the really steep part on the bottom was a challenge with a doggie pulling on me. Then we turned around and walked back up, past our road and all the way to the top (.98 mile). Daisy is in great shape, just trotted right on up, checking out all the important sniffs. In the afternoon I took Christopher Robin out for some groundwork (I was just too tired to saddle and ride). He did well as I lunged him, then took him out in the driveway for some leading, but when I took him back in and lunged him again, he was shocked. Normally I lunge, lead and give a treat. He did not like this upset to the structure and let me know, throwing a hind leg or two as he dashed around the lunge ring. Once he calmed down and started listening again, he got that treat. Always good to keep them guessing! I do so hate being predictable.

Sunday: last run of the week, so 4 miles. Not terribly fast, but a good run.  I reached the point where I simultaneously felt like I could go forever, but also wanted to stop instantly. Fortunately, I managed to not stop til I hit my driveway; where the horses had no sympathy with my heavy breathing,  but expected breakfast instantly! I had a bunch of little stuff to do around the house, and then in the afternoon we went to get the hay for winter for the horses. Loaded the trailers in the field, brought them home and unloaded into my hay storage. About half way through we started getting concerned if we were going to get it all in. We did, but by a very small margin. I could probably get five more bales in there, but that is about it.  It seemed like a busy day, and my phone agreed: 25,692 steps. I think that might be my record!

Me vs Tech, #1

I didn’t forget my Weekly Rundown post this week.  I lost internet. It is unbelievable how much we rely on that now. How odd that I grew up without internet and now can’t live without it.   I just felt lost.

My husband and I don’t have a lot of data on our phones, as we have internet at home (usually) and at both our workplaces. So we hopped on email or Facebook for a quick moment, then got right back off.

And, I admit, texting is great, but I prefer a real keyboard for lengthy  writing. Also, since I am on open wi-fi 40 hours a week at work, I don’t have anything important on my phone. Wanna hack my email? Dang. You got into my Facebook? Ah well. But I don’t have any bill or finance info on my phone. That sucked over the weekend,  I couldn’t do anything.

When I called my company the first time on Saturday, they said Wednesday. I said that was really unacceptable, and the tech agreed. He told me dispatch would call in an hour to see if they could do sooner.  Two hours later I called back. And then again several hours after that I called again, when I found out that the following Sunday was the soonest I could be home when they could get here.

A whole week of no internet? What, were we in the 80s? I couldn’t take it.

Fortunately,it occurred to me–no help from my internet company–that I could exchange the modem (which we all believed was the  problem) at my local cable office.

And lo, we got internet back last night. Much rejoicing was had. But no typing was done…..ooops!

 

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.