Weekly Rundown 6/10-6/16

Two weeks into my running streak and I am still loving it. I do, however, feel that the “I need to run a mile” mentality means I am only running a mile frequently. I definitely need to up my milage a bit. I am also hitting the treadmill wall, which means once I hit a mile on the treadmill I am soooo ready to turn it off. If Mother Nature was a little kinder, I would be able to run outdoors more. Not that I am looking forward to hills.

Monday: the quick morning mile–although I did slow it down and use 9:30 to do it with a little walk cool down after. I planned an evening walk with Daisy, but between weather and life she just got a snuggle instead.

Tuesday: A little faster mile, in 8:14.

Wednesday: a bit more of a workout in the morning, I did the quick (8:23) mile and then did 2 x 10 reps with my weights. I had increased my weight, so I decreased the reps to start. In the evening I took Daisy and Bruce for a brief 10 minute walk. We didn’t go quite as far as I had planned, and I was glad since Bruce was favoring his leg as we neared home.

Thursday: I didn’t get to run before work, but I was determined not to break my streak, so I got on the treadmill after work and did a mile and a half at an easy pace before starting dinner.

Friday: a fairly nice day! Finally. I went to town to get groceries and ran 5 miles on the rail trail. I was happy that I did them in 48 minutes and they felt pretty good. Somehow Daisy’s walk got lost in the shuffle of the day, but I did get to ride Charby–out back in the ring, no less–for 20 minutes. The bugs were not too pesty, and she seemed happy to get moving. If only Christopher Robin hadn’t wandered through the ring in our path at random….

Saturday: I took it easy, and did a medium (8:43) mile on the treadmill, and then 2 x 12 reps with the weights. I am planning on increasing the number in the rep by a couple each time until I am doing the same I was with the lighter weights. In between my sets (I do three arm and two leg moves in a set so I always working while the other muscles rest), I do my “three-way plank”. I start in plank, with my hands resting on the weights. Then I do a one-hand plank with the other hand stretched up to the ceiling with the weight. Definitely working my core more with those heavier weights. I was doing a slow five count, but I decided I need to up that too, so I am doing a slow ten count.

Sunday: a morning ride on Christopher Robin. He didn’t spook like he did the previous week, but he was a bit obstinate, particularly about trotting. Unfortunately for him, I am more obstinate! We had a good ride, because he really is a good pony. I had to do some errands first, so I didn’t get to run until later. I have to say, the break that lets your muscles relax and get sore from the first exercise makes the second set of exercise oh so much more difficult! My 2 mile run was hard. I took Daisy for a 2 mile walk for recovery and had to keep her

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

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 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

Another long week. My foot muscle still gave me aches, although my back did feel better. I got only occasional twinges that warned me not to try anything wild.

Monday: off (whoo-hoo!)

Tuesday: 2 miles running on the treadmill.  Started at 5 MPH and worked my way up to 6 MPH in the first three minutes for the first mile, then when I hit the second mile, I bumped it up every time I felt comfortable. Which got me to 6.5 MPH by the end, not terribly fast but a good run. Then I grabbed a lunge line and Christopher Robin and took him out to the ring to do some work. He was such a good pony! He is doing very well at “stand”–an important feature for a horse, as “stay” is for dogs.

Wednesday: a brisk 1.4 mile walk with Daisy, then back to weights. I did 1×15…and then 2×17. It is a sneaky way to add instead of doing a whole extra set, we’ll see how many I do next week.  I finished up with 6 minutes  of yoga stretching.

Thursday: I thought my walk on Wednesday with Daisy, while brisk, could have better faster (although we did a 15:45 mile), so I set out to go faster. Frequently we are several minutes in before I decide to see how fast we can go, and that really can affect the end time negatively.  I’d like to point out that I am still the weak link, as Daisy was tugging me right along the whole way as we did a 14:16 mile. Still, not bad.  I did some hill and flat drills afterwards (that took the wind out of my sails!), and followed up by lunging Charby for 15 minutes.

Friday: I took it off after a long, crazy day at work.

Saturday: I went out for a leisurely 3.47 mile run. I took the mostly hill route–not that I can avoid hills around here–and wasn’t very concerned about time. I wasn’t sure how far I was going, and I turned around after my foot began to ache.  Glad I did, as the last hill down to my driveway was fairly painful each time that foot hit the ground.  Then I cleaned the house (such fun!) before heading off to the movies with some girlfriends (that was fun!).

Sunday: a surprising day off. We had company coming, and by the time we got ready, and had the company, I was wiped. So the horses (and me) got the weekend off.

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

I decided on  a light week since my mile times have been getting longer.  I thought the legs might just need a break. And it seemed to have worked, since my single run of the week had a much better time. Felt weird though, not running. We will  see how this week goes….hopefully with more runs!

It worked out fairly well, however, as the horses required more of my attention this week. Maybe they felt they deserved it?

Monday: normally a day off, but since I took Sunday off, I decided I better do something. I had to do a short day at work, then came home and did some yoga.  I did not take it seriously enough, apparently, as the horses managed to blow my calm immediately–and totally! They were very contrary. I always take Charby out to  “babysit” when I ride Christopher Robin out back. No one wanted to go out back. I don’t think I have ever had Charby so flatly refuse to cooperate before–or, at least, not for years. I’d get one going and then the other would stop. ARGH. So, after much yelling (cuz you know, it was my only vent for my frustration), I lunged Christopher. Then I rode his butt up and down the driveway.  He might be a stubborn pony, but I was trained by my mom!

Tuesday: a full day at work, with weights at the end. I did my 3×15 with 4 sets of 6 Burpees in between. I also did strength poses for my core, like Plank and Scale. I am getting strong enough at Scale that I can start to straighten my legs. That makes a difference! After I finished, I went out and lunged Charby, then walked her out back (where she didn’t want to go yesterday) and led her around the ring, doing some ground work.

Wednesday: A rainy day. So I came home and got on the treadmill. I did a 30 minute walk at 3 MPH, and when did that start to feel like a day off?

Thursday: another easy day. I did 20 minutes of weights, mixed this time  with stretch-y yoga poses. Then I went out and took Christopher out to the ring-by himself! Horrors. It did take some fast talking, but we went out and walked around quite calmly  while Char sat in the barn waiting for dinner. I’ve decided to attack the problem of him not wanting to be separated from her, instead of convincing her she needs to be with us when we are out there.

Friday: I had planned to run at the hospital, and I took sneakers and a change of clothes with me. However, I had to work from 6:30am to 5pm, and I have to admit that while I still wanted to run, I simply couldn’t make myself do it.

Saturday: I was determined to run, as I had not yet this week. But I wanted to walk Daisy too, she pretty much only goes out on weekends. And I needed to ride. So I did. I ran  two miles first thing, and letting my legs take a break worked out well.  My first mile was 11:03 (fastest yet) and my second was 9:57. After breakfast and puttering, I took Daisy out for 2.70 miles-including the mountain-in 49 minutes.  I rested up some more, and then went out and rode Charby for half an hour. It was a very nice ride, although her canters were particularly round and energetic.  I don’t think I was sitting all that much! Perhaps my legs were too tired to give me a good grip at that point?

Sunday: a nice leisurely walk with Daisy. I decided to just relax after the busyness of the day before, so we did not quite 3 miles. I went out and helped my husband move some brush off the land he was clearing–that counts as weight lifting, right?And at the end of the day,  I took Christopher Robin out back riding. I walked out with him, and while he kept craning his head to see if Charby was following (she wasn’t), he stayed fairly calm at first. He even stood still while I got on. But as we went around the ring he got prancier and prancier. I decided that my point was made, and since he actually was quite good while out there, we went back in about 10 minutes. I figure we will make each venture last longer and longer.

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 have a confession–I am a running addict!

Now that I am out on the road, all I want to do is run. The heck with a balanced exercise program, I just wanna run.

Of course, I can’t  just run. My body, particularly my knee, wouldn’t allow that. And I suppose I would miss yoga and riding if all I did was run. I wouldn’t miss weights or Burpees though!

Monday: instead of taking it off as usual, my friend was available for a morning walk so I started with 20 minutes of stretchy yoga before heading off to meet her. We didn’t do much, just a mile and a half around the hospital.  I did my Burpees before leaving too, 25 for the day.

Tuesday: I planned on a 2 mile run out on the road. But Mother Nature had her own ideas and it started to rain just before I ran out the door. So I did 2 miles on the treadmill, watching Macgyver 🙂 I worked the speed up to 6.5 on the second mile. Too bad I wasn’t paying attention to my splits, but I did do the run in 19.46. I finished off with stretching and Burpees. I did 26, and alternated the width of my hands to work different shoulder muscles. Ok, it was really cuz my shoulder muscles killed and I needed to alternate to be able to do them all….but the other reason sounds better.

Wednesday: a day off! Except for those Burpees, of course. Up to 27. And I forgot to do them before my shower, so I had to do them after work. Won’t do that again!

Thursday: I did a 2 mile run on the road, and it felt great! My first mile was slow, 11:40; but I made up for it on the second mile, which was 10:30. I came back to do 20 minutes of yoga. I did a mix of strength and stretch poses, with my 28 Burpees mixed in as well.

Friday: I took the day off to have the vet out to see the horses, so I had a bit more time to play with. So Daisy and I headed off for a walk. We briskly walked 2.99 miles in 50 minutes. And my OCD is so unhappy with the 2.99 😛 If I had known, we would have walked up and down the driveway to hit 3.0! Afterwards I stretched and did 29 Burpees.

Saturday: another run! And I took a right instead of a left out of my driveway, so I had the uphill mile ahead of me for the first time this year. I made it up the first hill (last time I made it 3/4s of the way when I ran out just a half mile), and up all the hills that followed. It was slow (12 minutes), but I made it! It felt marvelous to get that hill behind me, I had been avoiding running that way. Of course, the mile ends at the peak of the hill, so to go on a longer run, I need to run down–and back up. Next milestone 🙂 And, lets not forget, I finished off with 30 Burpees. So now, should I ever get into an Elite Spartan run, I can now officially fail 1 obstacle.  In the afternoon I hopped on Christopher Robin. He has really come a long way since I got him, as he was loved but no one really used him at his last home. So it has taken a while for him to realize that he has to work here. He has a great personality, so working that awareness into him has been fun. We had a great ride, just a few minutes longer than we had been doing.

Sunday: Daisy and I walked out just over a mile and ran back.  I have to run a bit slower with Daisy–I have been running longer distances now, plus she likes to look around and make sure she sniffed everything on the way out.  But that’s ok, because it gives me time to work on my form. When we got home, Daisy climbed on the couch and watched me do my 31 Burpees. I worked around the gardens and helped my husband with that shed (it is going to have a grander second life than it had at Gramps’), then rode Charby in the afternoon. We did some actual work, trotting continuously and  doing circles, instead of the wandering I have been doing. Time to get us both in shape!