Weekly Rundown

Ok, it seems I am not a reliable blogger during summer months. Frankly, it’s because I am so exhausted! After the busy weekends, I come home after my ten hour days and I don’t even open my computer. I am starting to look forward to winter so I can sleep 😛

Fine, I am not really looking forward to cold snow and ice. But I am already drinking Pumpkin Spice coffee. I do love fall. The brisk air will re-energize me. The cool nights we are already having at marvelous for sleeping, although having to wear a fleece around the firepit August 10th does seem a tad early.

I am only two weeks behind now, so I am going to do a two-fer:

7/29-8/4

Monday: I started off the week with weights. I don’t particularly like weights. But I feel that they are necessary. I did do 2 reps, but only of 15. I separate the reps with my 3-way plank (push-up frame, then one handed on each side), which I have been doing with weights to increase the difficulty of the T Plank. My favorite part of this workout is finishing with five minutes of yoga stretches.

Tuesday: a quick mile run on the treadmill to start my day.

Wednesday: off

Thursday: Another quick mile before work.

Friday: Long workout on the treadmill while watching American Ninja Warrior. So easy to run on a flat treadmill while watching amazing athletes make impossible leaps and climb 30 foot spider chutes. I did 46 minutes, running 4 miles and then a .80 cooldown, slowing to a walk by decreasing speed with each tenth of a mile.

Saturday: A nice ride on Charby early in the morning. I have been tackling actual ring work, instead of wandering up and down the road. I did take her out around the field and then back to the ring every couple rotations to keep her interested. Later in the morning we took a ride downriver to Boothbay for lunch before coming back to anchor for the last set of fireworks on the Kennebec for the summer.

Sunday: off (mostly due to exhaustion)

8/5-8/11

Monday: I had planned a morning run, and even put out my exercise clothes for it. But I just wan’t feeling it and took time to watch the news with coffee before work instead. When I got home I did yoga instead. I admit that I usually do yoga in front of the tv, but this night I turned off everything, took off my glasses and did most of the moves with my eyes closed. So very relaxing. And perfect after a long day.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: I did a slow treadmill mile before work. The weekend prior and the workweek was catching up to me, and I was feeling just a tiny bit tired.

Thursday: I had taken the day off for a long 4 day weekend, so I actually got to run outside. It seemed to inspire me, as I ran a PR of the two mile course. My first mile was slow, only 10:40, but I kicked it up for the second and ran 8:54. That’s practically treadmill speed!

a beautiful evening cruise in Boothbay

Friday: a nice easy ride with Charby out in the ring before we loaded the boat and headed to Boothbay Harbor for the night. We joined some family members from Colorado, and had a marvelous time cruising with them around after dinner.

night settles over the harbor as we settle at our mooring

Saturday: a great 4 mile run around the Harbor. I have actually run in Boothbay enough that I wanted to try something different, so I ran across the footbridge and turned right (usually I head left to go back to town) to go out to the point. Found some gorgeous old houses and a massive flock of ducks down a dead end road. Thunderstorms were threatening, so we headed back early. I did get a 10 minute kayak around an island. And we only saw a few flashes of lightening on the way back.

Sunday: Weights and treadmile mile early. Tried to ride Christopher Robin, but he was ornery and we settled on training instead. I still got to spend time with him 🙂 More boating on the Kennebec in the afternoon.There is a long tradition of the Whatever Race, where people would put whatever contraption they thought would float and trying to get from Augusta to Gardiner. In the mid 2000s, the powers that be decided it was a not particularly safe endeavor and discontinued the event. Not to be stymied, there is now a “Float Downriver” from Hallowell to Gardiner. Kayaks, canoes and any manner of pool floatation is welcome. We generally go up in our boat to watch the participants. I think most of them make it……

there was definitely a line of willing participants
yes, that would be a floating dock. Also the floating bar and dance floor…..
a little concerned about the decision to put a children’s pool in as a raft.

Weekly Rundown

I had a good week, getting my exercise in, and in some nice weather too.

Spring actually came to our corner of Maine this year, unlike the last two years when it was like living in Seattle (nothing against Seattle, but if I wanted their weather, I’d move there). I got to walk outside in the sun three out of four days at work, which made me very happy. As long as I get some sun and fresh air, I am a pretty happy person.

Monday: an evening walk with my husband and Daisy after work. We did  1.4 miles at a fairly brisk pace, getting ready for our 5K walk on Sunday.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: I planned on a morning run on the treadmill, but that fell apart. The good news is that I got to run 2 miles out on the road when I got home from work. Outside is always better.  My knee felt very strange as I started down the driveway, badly enough that I decided I would stop if it didn’t get better. It hurts occasionally as I run, sometimes in different spots in the same run, but never for long. This ache was different, but also wore out before I went my first quarter-mile. I have decided that if I can run it out, I will keep going since if I stop every time it twinges, I will never run! Afterwards I did a (very) short yoga session to stretch out.
I follow that immediately, of course, with: if you are seriously hurt and it does not go away in a few minutes, STOP!! Better to rest now than not be able to do anything later! Or permanently hurt yourself.

Thursday: a quick morning run on the treadmill. Now that I have my 2 miles below 18 minutes, if I make my lunch the night before, I can stay that extra five minutes in bed. It’s the small things, really! I did a fairly slow pace, doing the first in 9:10 and the second in 8:40.

Friday: I went out for a long, relaxing run. I did my favorite path that takes me 5.22 miles, and I was surprised I managed to cut off 2 minutes from the last time I ran it. Guess those quick miles on  the treadmill are helping! There are quite a few really large hills in the route, which makes it odd that it is my favorite. I think perhaps I just like that I can do it.  Later in the afternoon I took Christopher Robin out to the riding ring. I rode bareback, and while he did fill out a bit over the winter, hanging on was definitely a good workout for my legs.  He did exceedingly well, considering our normal disagreements about what we should be doing. He must have decided he likes me!

Saturday: I took Daisy out for a brisk 2 mile walk and then did an extraordinary amount of weights. No, it wasn’t really all that much, but seeing how I have been only doing 15 minutes recently; when I stopped and realized I’d done 38 minutes, I was like, wow. I did an extra set of reps and added some floor exercises to my session, which added up. In the afternoon, I slipped a saddle on Charby and went out to the ring with her. It all went well until I spontaneously decided to canter. Christopher Robin, who’d been grazing next to the ring, immediately decided he must race about too. I pulled Charby in before he decided to run circles around us, bucking and kicking. Ponies! I’ve been thinking about fencing the ring, and now I just might.

Sunday: my husband and I went down to Portland for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. They push a lot of cardiac research through, and my husband feels (quite rightly) that AHA probably saved his life. We didn’t raise as much as we had wished, but every dollar helps 🙂  As we got out of the car and I stretched, I said “huh, what did I do to make my arms and shoulders hurt?” Then I remembered the weights Saturday. Oops.  The walk was wonderful, however. It was billed as a 5K, but they admitted upfront before they sent us out that it was really 3.5 miles. It looked a bit like rain, but it never did. Which was great because it was pretty warm and we would have baked if the sun had come out.

Weekly Rundown

Last week was a good week, but  it just flew by. I never seemed to have quite enough time to exercise. Looking back, most of my sessions were fast and short, but I felt pretty good after doing them.

Monday: as usual, I took Monday off. I did get home and lunge Charby and do some groundwork for 15 minutes, much to her annoyance. But then I gave her dinner and she forgave me.

Tuesday: I did another morning run on the treadmill. I am still seeing just how much I can push it–although a little less cuz the previous week did tire out my legs. Need a little break before I go too hard again–but this morning I did my first mile in 9:03 (which is faster than my normal first, usually I push harder in the second), and my second was 7:44. I was pretty excited with my first sub-eight minute mile 🙂 When I got home that night, I stretched out with 13 minutes of yoga before heading out to feed the horses.

Wednesday: I hopped on the treadmill to walk before work for a simple 20 minute mile, and it felt pretty relaxing! A good way to start the day.

Thursday: I had planned on a morning run, but of course that didn’t work out. So when I got home I did a quick (9:30) mile, followed by 11 minutes of stretch-y yoga.

Friday: Usually, I have the day off but I worked half the day. And I had a vet appointment for Daisy in the afternoon (which is why I only worked half a day). I wanted to run in town on the rail trail before heading home, but I was worried about being late at the vet. I decided I better run in the morning, so I did 2 more miles on the treadmill in an easy 17:50–I wasn’t paying attention to my splits.  And good thing I did, after running around doing all my errands, I really didn’t have anything left in me to exercise.

Saturday: we had suddenly gotten 200 hundred Christmas trees to plant. I mean, we ordered them, but they called the previous Saturday and said they were ready, and we needed to come get them. I knew I was going to be worn out, so I got on the treadmill early. I decided to see just how fast I could do a 5K. I know I can’t do it out on the road, but one of my friends has a workout mate who did a 5K on the treadmill recently, and of course I wanted to beat her time. Not that I am competitive, or anything 😛 Anyhoo, I did a 25:40 5K, which put me in a great mood for the day. Which is good, because pulling a sled filled with soil amendments and trees around a field, and planting said trees, made my muscles revolt. We only got 138 planted, so there will be more to do later. But I slept exceedingly well that night.

Sunday: I had planned on doing a mid-length run, so I dragged my weary bones out the door, and was rewarded with a deer waiting a mile down the road. It was actually quite a beautiful morning, and I enjoyed the fresh air and blue sky as I ran. I decided to run my entire road, which is 2 miles to one end and back, and 1.4 miles to the other end and back, giving me a 3.4 mile run. I rode Charby later in the morning out in our ring (first time this year), she was very good and seemed to enjoy herself. Even Christopher Robin behaved himself, staying out of our way.  I did sneak in a two-hour nap with Daisy in  the afternoon, but I think I earned it!

 

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

Ah, what a week. Not as much to report as I would like.  Or, at least, not as much exercise as I would like.

Monday: Took the day off, not knowing  what would come 🙂

Tuesday: Just a few moments for yoga before my PT, so I focused on leg strengthening poses, as well as ones that bent the knee. Then I was off to work at 8:30. They gave me a break to run off to pool therapy at 10. And I ran! Ok, I ran in the pool, but it was still running. Wonder what it would be like if I ran out of the water? Well, you know I wondered that too. So I tried it upstairs in the hospital that night (when there was no one around). Bad move, cuz of course it was a concrete floor and really improper shoes! It wasn’t the coming down on my right leg that bothered me (kinda surprised me there), but trying to push back off with that leg. I guess I will be running in the pool for a bit.

Wednesday: off. I worked the day shift, and I figured that if I took two days off this week, it would be ok.

Thursday: off. We have a co-worker on vacation this week and I was asked to do 8:30 to 5s, with the caveat that someone could cover my 5 to 8 upstairs. Because of the busyiness, I came in at 7am to help. Then I realized around noon that my night shift wasn’t covered. Oops. So I stayed til 8pm, and no exercise was done that day. Although I did plenty of stairs at work 🙂

Friday: off. Another long day at work, 8 to 8.  With another break for my PT. I guess if I go to PT, it’s not really a day off, I just never feel like I work that hard in the pool. It’s too much fun!

Saturday: the first day of my three-day weekend. I fed the horses, and then did a two mile walk. It was a wonderful walk, before the day got too hot. Going down a steep hill is still  awkward, but little hills are definitely easier. I did 10 minutes of yoga to stretch out after my walk. Afterwards, I ran to town to get groceries before the stores got too crazy for the holiday.  Then I took a really nice nap on the couch with Daisy.

Sunday:  A busy day. And this is how I started it:

yep, I got on the horse!! It was marvelous. She was such a good girl, and very lovey–I guess she needed the attention. It was a short ride, but proved that I can do it and will be getting on more! I also raked out my flower gardens, cleaning up the last of them for the season.  Although they have been doing well enough without my attention:

After helping my husband carry some bricks, I managed to squeeze in a nap before doing the house cleaning and laundry. And still slept so well!