Weekly Rundown–again

So life got in the way again. Imagine that.

I made it about three-quarters of the way through Yoga Month in September before it all fell apart.

Wasn’t Yoga Month supposed to relax me?

Fortunately, nothing large or tragic got in the way, just the everyday busyness of life. So we are getting back on track. I am happy to say that I am a wee bit more flexible after the yoga; and all the resting up I did for my knees in September has worked in that I am running more comfortably. Shorter, slower distances, but running!

I am going to try a Yoga month again–probably AFTER the holidays. And I will challenge everyone to do the Yoga month with me, so get ready!

Monday: Usually I take Monday off, but I hadn’t run since Friday and my weekend seemed pretty easy.  So I did  a morning run on the treadmill of  2 miles  in 19:27. And went off to my day at work feeling motivated. Which was good as it was one of our busiest days in weeks.

Tuesday: off but with 12 minutes of yoga to stretch out after work.

Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga with weights, 2×15 reps. I love mixing my weights with yoga. I stretch out first, then do a rep–a mix of three arm and two leg movements–with a plank (typical and with a single arm on each side) in between before starting the next rep. And finish off with several  yoga stretches after.

Thursday: A slightly easier morning treadmill session with a 5 minute warm up, 9 minute mile and 1 minute cool down before heading off to work. To  a day that equaled Monday in its busyness.

Friday: Dropped car off for an oil change, then walked home with Daisy, taking a side trip  down the backside of Blinn hill to increase the distance (and add some serious hill work). We did 2.97 miles in 55 minutes, followed by 9 minutes of yoga stretch–for me. Daisy lay on the couch watching.

Saturday: I ran back down to get the car from the mechanic’s, going a bit past to get more distance since the run felt good. Managed  2.70 in 29 minutes. Since it was mostly downhill (except for the first mile, which is about 80% uphill), it seemed pretty easy. And the trip back up over the hill in the car, that was the easiest return trip I’ve had. Quickest too!  Then I took an afternoon ride on Charby, wandering around the back field for 20 minutes. Deciding a saddle might be a bit cold after sitting the barn, I put on the bareback pad and still posted during the trotting. OOOOh, my thighs! But great leg workout.

Sunday: I took Daisy out for a walk. We did  2.7 miles in 43:25, with two sub-16 minute miles. That little doggie sure can trot along. If it wasn’t for the sniffing, she would be a great running partner.  I took Christopher Robin out for a ride in the afternoon. We ended up in the back field by ourselves, since Charby came in and hung out at the barn even we went back out.  We had a few moments when he thought he needed to go in to see her, but he agreed with me when I insisted we were fine by ourselves. He really is a good pony 🙂

Weekly Rundown

I had absolutely no ambition last week.

I think the busyness of the last month had finally caught up to me. So my work out life wasn’t terribly exciting–I even took two days off and didn’t care! Halfway through the week my husband decided that perhaps we should just have an  “at home” weekend. I gratefully agreed.

Monday: the first day off

Tuesday: a fairly easy day, weights mixed with yoga. I did my 2×15 reps with planking in between the sets. I do three arm moves alternated with two leg strengtheners, and then my  “3 way” plank–regular plank held for five, then one arm plank held for five on each side to “rest” the muscles before starting the next rep . When I first started, I kept both sets of toes on the floor for balance, but now I can stack my feet properly and not fall over. And a friend just told me about the “star” plank, where one lifts the top leg as well as the arm. New goal!

Wednesday: my alarm went off at the proper time, but instead of hitting snooze, I apparently turned it off. Thankfully, my husband asked if it was ever going to go off again. Unfortunately, that was about 45 minutes later! So we rushed around, getting ready for work, and the exercise plan went out the window. When I got home I hopped on the treadmill for quick 8:35 mile, followed by 3 minutes of a cool down walk and a bit of stretching.

Thursday: I decided I was just too wiped and took it off as my second day.

Friday: I had decided I should start do more hill work, so I did Blinn Hill bottom to top. Twice. Turns out running to Blinn, then down it and back up twice and then home is a nice little 5 mile run. I did the second time just over a minute faster, and my mile home was the fastest mile of the run. Which proved what I always have maintained: I am a long distance runner. The longer I run, the stronger I get. Or maybe I was just happy it was almost over!
I rested a bit, then had to get the hay barn organized. It’s haying season and my husband had brought home twenty-five bales and just emptied the truck at the front of the barn. I had to get them all stacked at the back of the barn for the fifty we were going to get that night. A very sweaty forty minutes later, I decided I would just lunge Christopher Robin and do some ground work instead of a full ride.

Saturday:  I did some weeding my garden and got it organized–tomato trellis’, herbs out of the greenhouse into the garden, slug hunt. While weeding I found some volunteer tomato plants from last year. I didn’t think tomatoes could make it through the winter here in Maine. Just goes to show, life will find a way! I trellised them and am waiting to see which ones they are, as I did Roma, cherry and some full-size reds last year. I took Charby out for a quick ride up and down the road with the bareback pad. Using the pad is comfy and makes my legs work harder. After I did my weights ( 2×15) mixed with yoga.

Sunday: I had planned  a long run for the day. But I was not feeling it at all. So I decided a run on the treadmill would work well. I did one of the presets, a 30 minute run with varying speeds. It was a good decision as the run felt fabulous.
Later in the afternoon I took Daisy down to introduce her to the boat. She had been in our last one once, and I have never taken her swimming, so she got a new life jacket before we went out. I put it on her and took her to the gangplank down to the dock.  She needed encouragement  to step on the ramp, and then she froze. I had to carry her down to the dock, where she revived enough to trot down to the boat. After sniffing every inch of the boat and going down the dock to the other ramp, she raced right back to the first ramp and down it like a pro. What a funny dog!

 

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.

 

 

Weekly Rundown

Before last week isn’t  a mere memory, I thought I should do my recap.

It was a good week. The weather was lovely, and  I had another 5K at the end.  I decided to run regularly  this time and see if it help or hindered my race.  Based on my run results, it definitely didn’t hurt. My legs didn’t feel tired, and I beat my previous 5K by  1:46….yippee!

Monday: day off, of course

Tuesday: another quick 2 miles on the treadmill.  I didn’t pay attention to my splits, but the 2 miles took 17:28. That seems to be about my average now, thinking I need to add another mile in the mornings. Of course, that is nine minutes I don’t get to sleep….

Wednesday: back to weights. I only did 2×15, but it felt pretty good and I planked in between sets. I am on Burpee hiatus. I think I should do them, but I just don’t wanna! I figure planks are as good for my core. I followed up with my short routine of stretch-y yoga.

Thursday: 2 more miles on the treadmill before work. I used my songs as timers this run, leaping speed after every song. I started at 6.0MPH, then 6.5 after one song, 7.0 after the next til I ended at 8.0. Oddly enough, my run took the exact same time as Tuesday’s, 17:28. But doing by song made it more interesting!

Friday: I did a 5k in preparation for tomorrow’s race, although my route was a lot hillier than the RailTrail the race was on. Which is only a good thing, of course! I didn’t rush it (33:16), I was doing it more for the feel of the distance than speed.  I went out shopping for annuals with a friend later in the morning, then we took Daisy for a short walk when we got back–it was very hot. Not that she cared, but I didn’t want to overheat her.

Saturday: Race day! The day dawned cloudy with the promise of rain, which normally I would never run in. But I met my friend at the race site anyway. It was the Mutt Strutt 5K for a local humane society, so there were dogs everywhere! Dogs in tutus, dogs as unicorns, dogs who walked (the 5K was a walk or run) and dogs who dragged their owners through the run. It was marvelous. The run itself was terrific, I cut almost 2 minutes off my previous 5K race, to come in with 27:28. And it started to rain, but I still ran (I really DON’T like getting wet!), and I felt like I had a really good handle on how I ran it. I picked places to give myself a “breather” before picking up the pace once more, and my second half felt terrific.

            

Sunday: strangely, I decided not to run. I did take Daisy for  a nice 2 mile walk, reining her in so it was mostly relaxing–took about 39 minutes. I followed that (while she plopped on the couch)with 19 minutes of yoga mixed with weights. I did 2×15 reps again, with strength and balance poses between the reps and stretching after.  In the afternoon I saddled up Charby and took her out to the ring for a 26 minute ride. The increased fitness in running translates well into the riding: posting downhill or around corners is much easier and smoother this year.

 

Weekly Rundown

I spent a lot of time pushing my speed on the treadmill last week. Now, I want to point out, these times are good for me. They are not necessarily good times 😛 And I can’t do them out on the road yet…yet.

But, in all honesty, they make me happy, and they are probably the fastest I have ever run. The good thing the accident did for me is, first, I wanted to get back to running as I had been, and then, second, I wanted to test my boundaries to see what my knee could do. So I actually push far more than I did previously.

And the better I do, the more I want to see what I can do.

Monday: no pushing, I took the day off!

Tuesday: so  a little bit of pushing. I decided to get on the treadmill before work (why, I still don’t know), and do a quick 2 miles. For me, it was quite quick, as the first mile was 9:46 and the second 8:43. I always feel good if it is the second (or third) mile that is faster, because anyone can speed through the first one, but how in shape they are determines how the second mile is run 🙂 Since I worked out in the morning, when I got home I had time to play with a horse. I lunged Charby and did some groundwork with her, before giving her some love and a treat.

Wednesday: weights and yoga. I did 2 x 15 reps, with 7 burpees in between the sets–I’ve been adding an extra burpee a week, so the number isn’t very high right now, but think what it will be in three months. I followed with 12 minutes of stretchy yoga, holding  each pose an extra breath.

Thursday: another morning on the treadmill with a bit more pushing–first mile was 9:10 and the second was 8 flat. Oddly enough, I was even able to walk away from the treadmill without tripping and work all day! That night I did 20 minutes of yoga, with both strength and stretch poses. Felt pretty dang good too.

Friday: I am running a 5K in a couple of weeks and I wanted to get a feel for the hill that it ends on, so I ran on the Rail Trail. I hit the hill on the way out as well as on the way back (it’s a turn off the trail that leads up to the YMCA, where the race will start and end.) Fortunately, it is not a huge hill compared to my locals.  And I was  really happy that I managed to do a hair over 4 miles in under 40 minutes, which was a first for me.

Saturday: I did another 2 miles on the treadmill, but I took it a bit easier, doing each mile at 6.5 MPH in 18:48. I took Daisy out for an easy mile after to cool down.

Sunday: I planned a long, easy run. I really did NOT want to do it, but I made myself and 3.32 miles later I was pretty proud of myself. Of course, it took almost as long as the 4 miles on Friday, but it really wasn’t about the time. In the afternoon I took Daisy for another walk. I figured she was getting shape and we could do a bit longer, so we did 2 miles. Afterwards I took Christopher Robin out for a little ride. I just hopped on bareback, and he has filled out a little bit, which made it easier to hang on with my legs. He was a really good boy, and we had a nice short ride without any resistance from him. We will see what happens when the rides get longer and more demanding!

Weekly Rundown

I decided not to do a rundown two weeks ago because  I had a cold and, well, my exercise was not terribly exciting. I did exercise, but it was a lot of walking and yoga. Then last week, I’m not sure what happened except life was busy and I was onto this week before I even knew it. Now it’s Saturday and I better get posting or I will be in next week!

I am working with a mix of outdoor and treadmill runs now and I am loving it. I get out for my long runs and then do some quick speed sessions on the treadmill. Hoping that will translate to faster miles on my long runs too. Those hills are slowing me down  🙂

And, as usual, it is hard to get a balance in my workouts. I wanna run. Hard to make time to do yoga (which is important to stretch out my muscles so I can keep running), and the weights have pretty much gone by the wayside. Now that it is–finally–warmer, I have to fit in Daisy walks and horse activities. I know, it is a terrible life I lead.

Monday:  was once again my day off.

Tuesday: Following a ten-hour day, it is hard to get home and do anything besides feed the horses and eat dinner. Now that the days are longer I would like to do more but our dinner time is fairly strict, and, sadly, I have the mindset that once I eat, I am done for the day. I guess I need to get over that! Meanwhile, I did do a 1 mile walk in 20 minutes on the treadmill between horses and dinner.

Wednesday: I snuck in a quick easy mile (10 minutes) on the treadmill when I got home. I followed that with 15 minutes  of stretchy yoga. I have been doing a short routine  that fits in easily and on the weeks that I do it four or so times, I am actually quite flexible. I came up with it for a friend who had never ever done yoga before,  so I am rather proud of how well the flow works and accomplishes its goal, which is to calm and increase flexibility.

Thursday:  I did manage to do weights, but only 2 sets of 10 reps with 5 burpees in between sets. I only do weights to help with my running, so they are never a priority for me to do a lot or even more than I have to.  I followed the weights with my 15 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Friday: My long run. I picked my destination, which was a 5.22 mile route filled with lots of big hills. It was one of my favorite routes earlier in my running career, but I hadn’t actually run it since the accident. I did walk it last year with Daisy, and I have run parts but not the whole route. I was actually nervous as I laced up my sneakers.  Telling myself that it would be fine, and that I could turn around sooner if I felt the need (while knowing in the back of my head that I would never do that after I had set a goal), I headed out the driveway. It was a fabulous run. It wasn’t a fast run, my splits averaged around 11 minutes and it took 58:19, but it was still a fabulous run.  The hills really didn’t bother me and once again I realized just how much more in shape I am than I was last year. I think all the flights of stairs I made sure to get in during my walks at work really helped with the hills, although my lower back ached slightly after the run, telling me I need more core work so my back is supported better going up hills. More planks and burpees are in my future.

Saturday: I did a quick treadmill run. As I mentioned above, I am trying to increase my time, and I did 2 miles in 18 minutes. Which is pretty dang good for me! Maybe on a relatively flat trail, I could come close to that outside.

Sunday: A busy day–I managed 21,000 steps and, yes, I slept very well that night! I started off with a long “relaxing” run. It was meant to be relaxing, anyway. I did 4.31 miles, and I didn’t hurry much with the first three. But I have always considered myself a distance runner, as my miles naturally tend to get faster on long runs. So I spontaneously decided to see how fast I could do the fourth mile. It was certainly my fastest, and it felt pretty good. But the hill made my heart rate spike about 10 beats higher than my friend the cardio RN had freaked out about last time. Oops. Maybe I shouldn’t work quite so hard going up hills. Happy to say it does drop immediately when I reach the top. Stupid hills. Later in the day I  got on my horse for the first time this spring. About time! Of course, I spent half an hour cleaning the mud and spring shed and trimming her mane. My ride lasted about 10 minutes since the ground is still mucky and soft everywhere. But I had a great time playing with her, and she seemed to enjoy the attention. Last thing I did was finally get Daisy out for a walk. I had promised her, and she had a blast, sniffing up and down the road for our 1.44 mile walk. I’m starting her out with short distances since we are just beginning for the season and she needs to get in shape for longer walks.

Weekly Rundown

I gave into my foot and didn’t run at all last week. The withdrawals were pretty bad. But I made it!

Otherwise, it was a lovely week. Good weather and lots of walks with Daisy. She does love it when I can’t run 😛

Monday: Took Daisy for a walk, it was pretty brisk pace except I took a bag to collect pine cones for the wreaths we make. We did 2.16 miles in 38 minutes, although she was chafing whenever I stopped to gather the cones. Afterwards I took Christopher out to lunge in the riding ring. He was VERY frisky, and there was much cantering and a little bucking and kicking. It was pretty windy, which usually winds horses up as they can hear things far away that they have no frame of reference for, which makes them rather flighty. Not sure what he was hearing, but it made him rambunctious.

Tuesday: off, with joy.

Wednesday: another walk with Daisy, gathering more pine cones as we went. Then she watched from the chair while I did some weight training.  I have been doing my set of standing arm/leg positions recently, but haven’t  been on the floor. I got down on the mat for my front leg lifts, reverse plank mixed in with flys and triceps for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I took Charby out back to the ring where she was just as frisky as Christopher had been the day before as l lunged her.

Thursday: off again 🙂 I could get used to this two days a week off.

Friday: I had to work late, but I managed to get home before dark and walked Daisy up the hill to look at the sunset. It was a pretty  2 mile brisk walk, even with photos and meeting my neighbor, with Daisy tugging me along.

Saturday: a longer walk with Daisy,on  my own personal 5k trail. We did it fairly quickly, the first two miles in 17 minutes, with the last just under. I had planned on doing weights again, but we had wood stacked in the basement that was shifting and would soon  be in a mess on the floor. Since it was right under our bed, we really didn’t want it falling over at night! I spent an hour moving and restacking the wood in a different location in the basement, and I think that was enough weight training for my arms. I still managed to get out and ride Charby late in the afternoon. We took a nice 30 minute ride in the ring; and, as usual, she was a great girl.

Sunday: more weight training-ie, more wood stacking. The pile had swiftly formed over my head, so not only was I using my arms and core to lift the wood, I used a small two-step stool as a stairmaster too. Fortunately I had taken Christopher out for a ride first thing in the morning before the wood fatigue hit me! I finished off the day with 30 minutes of Candlelite Yoga. It is primarily stretches and relaxing, which I needed after all that wood.

 

Weekly Rundown

I am falling apart! I went to bed last Wednesday just fine, but when I got up Thursday morning, my right foot hurt along the outside edge. How does one sleep on a foot wrong?
Then I did an actual Yoga session (instead of the just stretching I have been doing), and hurt the long muscle along my spine on the left side. Not sure what move caused it, but it feels like a rather painful muscle spasm. Argh. And did I mention I have been putting a brace on my other knee when running as hills-up and down-seem to cause issues for it?
Of course, being an idiot, I just kept going. The foot comes and goes, more when I sit and it stiffens up, so exercise helps, right? And my back is feeling better, and, fortunately, running doesn’t seem to bother it. Twisting is not recommended, however.

Monday: off after a very busy day at work. I did walk Daisy back to check on something in the camp, and then took CR for a walk in his backyard to do a little ground work.

Tuesday: a quick 2 mile run to the end of my road and back. My knee was a bit ouchy, so when I got back I did 15 minutes of yoga stretching. I was so very tired when I got home, so I was pretty proud that I did that much!

Wednesday: took Daisy out for 1.5 mile walk, then I did my weights while she watched from the couch. I read an article recently that suggested that instead of adding reps, one could do a couple extra lifts at the end of the set if one still felt strong. So I did. I went with 3 x 15, but did 16 the second set and 17 the last set. A sneaky way to increase without adding a whole rep-which my brain seems to be resisting.

Thursday: planned to go run on the Rail Trail on the way home, but work ran late so I decided to just run at the hospital. I did 3.46 miles, with the last half mile  back through field, and it was rough. Just like those extra lifts, I think running on uneven ground with long grass when my muscles were already tired probably pushed my muscles to get stronger. At least, that’s what I kept telling myself.

Friday: unexpectedly off.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out for a walk. I planned on walking down Blinn hill and going maybe a mile more, then turning around to walk back up the hill, but Daisy and I were having a good time so we kept going. We have a loop around, so I can leave one end of my road and come back in the other. The loop is 5.7 miles, and I can’t believe how Daisy just trotted along! Took us an hour and thirty-nine minutes, and I was watching her furry butt the whole way (except when we stopped for an interesting sniff). And I even managed to ride Charby later in the afternoon for 26 minutes. I did sleep well that night.

Sunday: the weather messed up my day. I planned to ride in the morning and work in the house in the afternoon as the morning was supposed to be mostly clear with rain in the afternoon. But it started to rain at 8:30, so I started some long-term projects in the house. By the time the sun came out (unexpectedly) in the afternoon, I couldn’t leave my projects. So Christopher Robin got the day off. Probably didn’t bother him. I did a yoga session–the one that messed up my back. I think it might have been eagle pose, but I’m  not sure. I did hurt that muscle over the summer lifting something with my husband, so I might have just twisted wrong and aggravated it. It certainly felt aggravated for the next couple days.

Weekly Rundown

As I got ready to write this week’s Rundown, I realized I hadn’t written last week’s Rundown! My goodness, I am slacking big time! First I was going to just let it go, but then I realized just how much fun I had my vacation week.

As I posted, I made my first goal for the year: running the 6.5 miles on the Rail Trail between Gardiner and Augusta. That was awesome, especially since it wasn’t as difficult as one might think. Now I wonder how far I can run??

Daisy and I got a lot of walking in. We didn’t go far each day, but we got out to enjoy the changing leaves and fresh air. Well, I enjoyed the changing leaves, she mostly enjoyed the sniffs and racing ahead of me. She did like chasing any floating leaves, pre-emptively attacking them before they could hit the ground.

I also got to play with the horses almost every day–I had wonderful weather on my vacation. It was almost too warm.  I rode early in the morning most days, after the grain but before I threw out the hay to ensure it wasn’t too hot to make them exercise, much to the horses’ chagrin. But they did seem to appreciate the love, and I got to work my legs. Been a while since I had the time and place to make sure my legs were hanging the way they were supposed to be, heels down and on the horse instead of just reacting to what the horse was doing–or what I wanted the horse to be doing.

But I think the highlight of the week was the Great Inflatables Race.

I did it with 3 of my high school friends (and a daughter that got roped in), and we had soooo  much fun. We had serious issues getting over some of the obstacles because we were laughing so hard!
I did the Insane Inflatable last year, and there were some differences in the obstacles: this year’s were made with a much softer plastic, which made waves across the whole obstacle as people walked on it in different places–and speeds. That just added a whole new difficulty level,  not to mention more giggles.
The cool thing was that the set up course was 1.8 miles, so after all the waves went, we were invited to run it again. Second time was just as fun!

      There has been talk of skater skirts next year, inspired by all the tutus we saw

 Staring down the throat of the race (literally!) as we waited to start

      

 

 

 

Sliding home on the last obstacle!

 

Weekly Rundown

So I have been on vacation this week, and while one might think that means I would have more time to blog; apparently, one would be wrong. Then of course, my computer died on Friday, producing a scramble to get a new one.

But here is my much belated rundown from the previous week. It was a nice week, with lots of outside time weather.

Monday:  I met my friend Kate for a walk on the Rail Trail in Augusta. We had a lovely, leisurely walk of 3.41 miles in an hour and nine minutes. With  LOTs of squirrels. I guess they were all out collecting for winter, they did not seem the least concerned with us as they scampered across the trail, rustled in the leaves and flew up the trees.

Tuesday: Weight day. I did my 3×15 sets, with 5 Burpees in between the arm/leg sets I start with. I also added an “airplane” move; a variation on a yoga move: I stood on one leg, stretched my leg and upper body out flat (in an airplane stance) then straightening up, bring my leg back in bent so that it didn’t touch before stretching out again. I did 10 on each leg in between my sets after my Burpees.  Definitely worked my core and my standing leg 🙂

Wednesday: I decided to do some speed drills as I have been unhappy with my recent mile times. They were getting  longer instead of shorter, and that was just the wrong direction! So I hopped on the treadmill and did 2 miles. I did the first mile in 10 minutes, working up from 5 to 6.5 MPH. Then the second mile I did 1 minute at 5 MPH, then 2 minutes at 6 MPH and 1 minute at 7 MPH, for 3 cycles. I finished with a 4 minute cool down and I felt fabulous when I was done. I mean, sweaty and tired, but fabulous.

Thursday: off. It was a planned day off, as I knew I was working from 6:30 am to 6 pm. I knew better than getting any sympathy from anyone else at the hospital, as 12 hour days are the norm for many nurses.  It was a long day, but went pretty well.

Friday: Another treadmill  work out.  I did the first mile starting at 5 MPH and working up to 6 MPH, then the second from 6 MPH to 6.5 MPH. I finished  up with a 5 minute cool down at 2.0 MPH. Geez, that was slow. It was work just not going faster 🙂

Saturday:  First day of vacation! Daisy and I went out for a long (3.5 mile) walk followed by 20 minutes of yoga to stretch out. I did try to ride Charby, but the flies were horrendous. Not for me, as they were all attacking her.  She tried to get a fly off her shoulder while we were trotting and she isn’t really that graceful. After about 15 minutes I gave up and took her back to the barnyard. Much to her surprise, I lunged her for five or so minutes before brushing her and turning her loose.

Sunday: I decided to do drills. I mixed my hill drills with flat drills, as I am fortunate in that I have a flat 200 foot driveway attached to the road on a hill. So I did roughly 90 yard dashes up the hill, then walked down to do a drill (high knees, butt kicks, grapevines and skipping) down the driveway and back before dashing up the hill again. I know my last two dashes were slower, but I focused on my form and just went as fast as I could. The rest of the day I spent helping my husband put log siding on the shed/camp out back.

                                                                            It is really cute now.
By the time we were done at 4pm, I decided it was really too hot to play with Christopher Robin. So I went in, showered, and watched the Patriots (narrowly) win.