Weekly Rundown

Ever start a challenge and really hate it half way through? I guess that makes it a good challenge. But geez, can 12/24 get here, puleese? My arms are so very not happy with me. And I’m not good at it: I think I know how long my plank should be and how many push-ups I should do, but then I go to write it down and realize I did that same thing the day before. Oops!

The rest of the week went well, although I think I need new sneakers. The gentleman who sold them to me said they were good, but when they go, I would know it. And I do. They last around 500 miles, so I guess that means I had a good year! Thank goodness I have no interest in marathons or ultras, I don’t think I could afford the replacement shoes.

We were busy enough at work that I missed a few breaks during the week, so not too many stairs. I figure if I am running on the treadmill, the stairs take the place of all the hills for the winter. Hill work is important!

Monday: I wasn’t planning on running, so I did a bunch (7 flights) of stairs during my walk break at work. I jogged up every other set, and was a bit flushed when I went back to my little office to register more patients. When I got home I did 35 minutes of Candle Light yoga. I want to try to do the practice at least once a week to help stretch out my muscles. Maybe my next challenge will be a yoga challenge? I could rock that.  Speaking of which, I did a 1:40 plank, with 8 push ups.

Tuesday: 40 minutes walking on the treadmill at 3 MPH. Followed, of course, by a 1:50 plank with  9 push ups.

Wednesday: 2 miles running on the treadmill at a very easy 5.2 MPH. I felt very good doing it, and followed up with 10 minutes of yoga. I finished up with 1:50 plank with 9 push ups–there’s the first oops.

Thursday: A brisk treadmill walk of 1.8 miles at 3.6 MPH.  I probably could’ve gone a little faster, but I was relaxing a bit. No Daisy to push me along like she does out on the road! She is not impressed by my treadmill, she runs in and out at will, wondering what I might be doing on that thing.  And, not to be forgotten, my plank of 2 minutes and 10 push ups.

Friday: off

Saturday: whoo-hooo, I got out on the road. It was just a quick 2 mile run, but it was a nice morning out. My shoulders hurt as my arms swung in time with my stride, so I decided to do my plank later. Only then I got busy cleaning and helping my husband and I rather forgot to do the challenge later.

Sunday: I did the 20 minute intensity walk on my treadmill. There are six pre-set workouts on my treadmill and I haven’t got around to trying any of them in the past year. So I thought since I am stuck on the treadmill for the winter (for the most part), I might as well try them. It was fairly easy, doing one mile at various paces over the course of 20 minutes. I finished with a 2:10 plank with 11 push-ups. That would be my second  (or third, if you count the day I forgot) oops. Hope I do better next week! On the bright side, my abdomen is looking better anyway 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Another flown by. At this rate Christmas will be yesterday! It was a good week, and I didn’t even eat too  badly at Thanksgiving.  The weather has been cooling off, and I noticed it seems to be affecting my knee a bit, since the knee is bothering me more. Not enough to slow me down….much!

I started a new 30 Day Challenge on Friday. I thought the time from the day after Thankgsiving to the day before Christmas would be an appropriate period to do a Challenge and keep exercise (and not food) in my mind.

Plank Challenges are floating around, so I kinda came up my own. I can plank fairly well, although I am not sure how long I can do it as I haven’t timed it recently.  We will find out soon enough 🙂 I started with 30 seconds, and added a push up. With each day I add 10 seconds, with a push-up at the 10 second mark. Currently I am up to 60 seconds with 4 push-ups.

I really enjoyed the results of my Burpee Challenge, particularly my core. I didn’t actually want to do Burpees again, so I thought planking with push-ups should work my core as effectively.  I am doing it a bit different this time, as I am going to take the day off from the Challenge when I take a day off from exercise.

Monday: off

Tuesday: treadmill walking, 31:30 minutes at 3 MPH. Just didn’t feel up to running. I have been walking at work on my fifteen minute break, and now that I can’t walk outside, I am back to walking the floors and stairs. I find that since I haven’t done it since last winter, stairs are hard. And running after trotting up the stairs is harder!

Wednesday: a day off due to my beautiful new refrigerator! The seal on the door of our fridge has been going, to the point where we occasionally leaned a heavy chair against it so it wouldn’t pop open when we weren’t home. We finally decided to get a new one, and my husband went to pick it up. We had a friend come over to help move it in, so when I got home from work I had to empty the old one, then clean behind it after they moved it out. And help  settle the new one, and then quickly put everything back in the fridge. By then it was time to feed the horses, feed the husband and sit back to enjoy how nice my new fridge looked in my kitchen 🙂

Thursday: Thanksgiving! Except, it wasn’t really for us as my family was doing it on Saturday. But we cooked a small turkey and fixings and had it for dinner after a busy day of making wreaths. I made myself get on the treadmill before lunch and did 2 miles in 22:06. Not terribly fast, but we have a love/hate relationship: I love to hate being on it.

Friday: my first day of  actual yoga after a long, long time. I have been mixing in my yoga stretches, but haven’t done an actual yoga practice in, well, months. At least, it feels that way. And I have to say, it was pretty dang awesome to do a full 40 minutes! I started the Plank Challenge too, doing 30 seconds and 1 push-up.

Saturday: a quick mile on the treadmill to start. It was 9:41, and I started low, but kept pushing up the speed until I ran the last quarter-mile at 6.9 MPH; which was the fastest I have gone so far on the treadmill. I followed up with 15 minutes of weight lifting and day two of Planking.

Sunday: a nice day so I took advantage for a short run on the road. It was a slow 2 miles, but it felt good and I wasn’t truly concerned with the time. I was just out there having fun. And, of course, when I got back I stretched and did day three of Planking: 50 seconds with 3 push-ups.