Weekly Rundown 5/27-6/2

Last week seemed so quick! It was still dreary, but warmer. I got to walk outside during my break almost every day. And my running streak started. 

I don’t run every day, I usually plan to let my knees rest before stressing them again. But I was curious to see if I (my knees) could do it, and hey, it’s only a mile! After doing a Burpee Challenge–two, actually–and committing to yoga everyday for a month, it seemed like it was time I did a running challenge!

Monday: Memorial Day, so it was a day off from work. I hopped on Charby early (6:30 AM) again, and rode on the road for 20 minutes.  She was surprisingly cooperative before her breakfast. The Runners World Streak started, so of course after my ride I did a simple 2 mile run. My legs are going to be super strong after riding without a saddle and then running. It didn’t bother them as much as the first time 🙂 Improvement already!

Tuesday: a quick run before work. Since I am running everyday, I decided I should focus on form and speed while on the treadmill. I ran my mile in 8:38, which isn’t terribly speedy, but a good start. 

Wednesday: another mile before work (in a similar time), with a set of squats and heel raises after. Burpees seem to help my knees, I think they strengthen the muscles and tendons. I figure squats and heel raises should be a similar enough movement to help as well. Still doing Burpees too–but heel raises and squats are easier.

Thursday: and another quick mile before work. I usually start the treadmill at 6.0 MPH and work my way up in speed, but I decided to try starting at 7.0 and seeing if knocking out the minutes it takes to get to 7.0 from 6.0 helped my time. It seemed to, as my mile was 8:13.

Friday: I had to go to town for errands, so I decided I might as well run on the Rail Trail.  I took Daisy for a quick walk first, so she wouldn’t feel too bad about being left behind. We did a brisk 1.4  miles in 22 minutes. After my multitude of errands, I ran 4 miles in 39:26 on the Augusta end of the Trail. It was a difficult run, I guess my legs were tired. Imagine my surprise when my app informed me I’d had the best time for a 5K (29:55) so far this year.  After two more stops, all I really wanted to do was go home, put everything away and eat. What I got to do was go home and pull porcupine quills out of Bruce. Apparently he tangled with a baby that morning, and we hadn’t noticed as the pieces sticking out were white in his white fur–and he didn’t act like anything was wrong. Fortunately, there were only about eleven, and since it was a baby, they were fairly small and flexible. Not that that made his leg feel any better.

   
                 Glad he didn’t meet Mama.

Saturday: Following my plan, I got on Christopher Robin nice and early and took him out. He was happy to explore, and we went further down the road than I had planned.  I followed that with 18 minutes of good stretch-y yoga, then we headed out to hang out with our boat for the day. It was cloudy, but warm (ish) and dry, and we got a lot of projects at the marina taken care of before taking her out for a short ride and dinner. How fun to run up the river five minutes, dock and walk to the restaurant. Definitely a better commute than a car.


The sun finally showed–in time for sunset!

 

Sunday: Still warmish, but not dry. I took Daisy out for a walk and it started sprinkling at the end of my driveway. Deciding not to be put off, we kept going. By the time we reached the top of the hill, it was a bit steadier, but at that point I was annoyed at the weather and we were walking, dang it! So we did just a hair over a mile, and not even that fast–17 minutes. Daisy didn’t mind, she trotted along happy as could be. I came back and ran my mile (in 7:55, apparently that rain got me fired up), did some Burpees and weights. Since I seem unable to convince myself to do more reps (I really don’t like weights), I chose a heavier dumbbell.

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

Since I have missed about, oh, about four weeks, I thought I would do the highlights. I had some very good runs, and met a few of my goals.

My days have been packed. See, we bought this boat.

 

Between work, getting the stuff for the boat, putting said stuff on the boat, cleaning the boat, riding in the boat (ok, that part is fun), exercise and squeezing in horse time, by the time I sit at night and stare stupidly at the tv while eating dinner, I had no brain left .

The first week included Memorial Day, and I forgot the 25% rule.  The idea is that one doesn’t increase their exercise by more than 25% in order to not overstress muscles and/or hurt oneself.  But I kinda forgot that I usually don’t exercise on  Monday , and since I got the holiday off, I ran.  Then I forgot to take that run into account when I did my long runs on Friday and Sunday.  I leapt from 10-11 mile weeks to 18.5 miles.

Strangely enough, I didn’t want to run Monday or Tuesday of the following week. Fortunately besides being a bit tired, I didn’t have any other side effects.

I spent most of the weeks following the same pattern: Mondays off, a couple of morning treadmill runs, mixed weights and yoga Tuesday thru Thursday, with long runs on Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays I took Daisy out for walks, and rode the horses Saturday and Sunday. Frankly, it has been a wonderful few weeks!

Monday 1: a marvelous run around my loop. I hadn’t tried it yet this year, which occurred to me as I ran the other side of Blinn Hill a couple of weeks ago. The loop is 5.59 miles and not a bad trail except for the really, really big hill. I thought I would cheat, and run down Blinn  instead of hitting it at the end. But there is a hill going the other way too, and after measuring them, I realized that both are a steep four tenths of a mile. No cheating allowed. It was a good run though, I felt strong and I did it 1:03 hr, which is not bad for a first time and those dang hills.

Friday 1: I decided to do a long run on the rail trail before heading off into town for errands. I do love that mostly flat trail — I did 5 miles in 50 minutes. I felt great during it, seems so easy after all the hills in my area!

Sunday 1: another long run, this one to the other end of my road and out around the gravel pits to another dirt road. It was a long (5.42), relaxing run.

The following week was a bit boring, just regular runs and yoga. I was psyched that I did my fav 5.16 mile run and shaved 2 minutes off.  The beginning of the following week was pretty basic as well, but I did have a good weekend.

Friday 2: I have been wondering recently if I can run all the way up Blinn hill. From the corner where it hits the main road (as main a road as you get in rural Maine), it is about 3 miles to the top, then I live just over a mile back down the other side (off to the left).  I had to drop my car off at the mechanics who is about 2 miles from the end of the hill, so I figured, what the heck? I ran down from there, and then turned around at the  main road and ran back up and home. So basically, an uphill 5k, with a total just over 6 miles. And it didn’t feel too bad, so now I just have to do it faster, right?

Saturday 2:  a short weight/ yoga session followed by a ride. I took Char out to the ring  and had a great ride.

Sunday 2: a short run (when did 2.5 miles become short?!) and another good ride. It got pretty dang warm, so I took Christopher Robin out back and did a lot of walking. He was a bit stubborn , but we gently worked out that he should go where I asked him.

The following week was mostly noticable by my tiredness. I even took two days off,  with Monday planned and Thursday well,  I was just beyond tired.

Friday 3: I did a long slow run on the rail trail. I worked hard at not caring how fast my miles were, and did a nice 6.01 mile in 1:07. I did meet my uncle on the trail and stop for a quick chat 🙂 And I felt pretty dang good doing it, enjoying the view of the river and the flowers as I ran by. And that night we took the boat upriver to watch a few fireworks.

 

Saturday 3: an easy day of of weights and stretchy yoga, followed by a long day of getting the boat ready for our trip the following week. Apparently, walking back and forth over a 23′ boat does not garner one a lot of steps, I barely cracked 4000 for the day!

Sunday 3: it was kinda yucky out in the morning, so I decided run on the treadmill. I did one of the presets that I had been doing over the winter and realized how much easier it was now! I did the 40 minute varied intensity and barely noticed when it changed from the easy (5.0 MPH) to the difficult (6.8 MPH). How cool is that? Guess those quick 2 miles at 7-8 MPH are really helping me out.