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

Another week! And now the holidays are over 🙂 Time to get back to regular life. Thank goodness.

Monday: I got my 15 minute break at work and did eight flights of stairs while walking about the hospital.  When I got home I hopped on the treadmill and did the second Intensity workout. That lasts 30 minutes and does about 2.75 miles at varying paces. It’s actually quite nice not having to think about when I can be done, or if I am going fast enough.  Afterwards I did my plank, holding for 2 minutes and 50 seconds, with 15 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I was waiting for my new sneakers, since running the previous day was not as fun as it could be. I was also extremely tired, although my husband talked me into  taking the snowmobiles out back for a brief ride up and down the field. That was pretty fun 🙂

Wednesday: What I didn’t take into account was that on Wednesday we had my husband’s work Christmas party, which meant that we had to leave immediately when I got home from work. So another day off! But it was a good party.

Thursday: New sneakers arrived! I did a short run, not wanting to go too far til I had them broken in…or at least was sure they wouldn’t hurt my feet. So I just did 20 minutes of the 30 minute Intensity workout. Followed by, of course, the plank: 3 minutes, 16 push-ups.

Friday: another day off. I had final errands with the husband for Christmas (in the first snowstorm of the weekend). I did mange 8 more flights of stairs during my break at work. I figure if I only took three days off the week before Christmas, that really isn’t too bad.

Saturday: Workout by Mother Nature! I had to roof rake our two canvas buildings, one is the “hay barn,” and the other functions as my husband’s garage. It takes about twenty minutes for each one, so that’s not too bad right? They had probably a foot or more of accumulated snow as we hadn’t done them yet this season, and the previous day’s storm dumped about eight inches on them. It was a wonderful arm workout! And my legs were a bit unhappy after  trudging through the deep snow. I rested up while cleaning the house (my family was coming for Christmas the next day), and then I got on the treadmill. I did the 30 minute Intensity workout again–my goal is to get comfortable with it and then do it on the incline. We’ll see. And, of course, I did my Challenge: a 3:10 plank with 16 push-ups.

Sunday: I snuck in some yoga before my family arrived. I really wanted to get on the treadmill and use those sneakers again (they are quite nice!), but we lost power during the night. That was due to the second storm of the weekend, which sadly,  was basically ice. The  electric power website said we should be up and running by 8am, and we were. Which made it easier to stagger the dishes for the meal!

And I finished (finally) my Challenge, doing my last plank for 3:20 with 17 push-ups. Skipping the days I didn’t do an actual workout  during the Challenge was easier, but also meant I didn’t go as far as I could have, had I done it everyday for a month. On the hand, I did end up with a 3+ minute plank, which is really not bad.

I think my next Challenge will be easier! Although I suppose that would not be very helpful.

 

Weekly Rundown

The week after my illness wasn’t terribly productive or exciting, so I thought I would do a two-for this week.

The first week I did about 20 or so minutes walking on the treadmill for most of the week. Oh yeah, I did 11 minutes of yoga after one of those walks. On the bright side, at least I was moving again!

I worked a bit harder last week, although not what I should have done–I think. But I ran and lifted weights and on Friday I was wiped! Guess I didn’t bounce back quite as well as I had thought.

Monday: Quick 9:59 mile (my legs didn’t understand why it should be that quite that quick), followed by 21 minutes of weight lifting. I didn’t do much legs, but I did my arm sets of 3×15–no extras this week! I did a few more minutes of stretching, especially the legs, after the lifting exercises.

Tuesday: more walking on the treadmill. I did 25 minutes, starting at 3.0 MPH and working up to 3.8 MPH by the end.

Wednesday: another quick run, 2 miles in 21:15 minutes. But this one was outside on the road in the brief time I had before dark when I got home from work. Probably by my last afternoon run, as I skipped right home, changed and headed out immediately and the sun was still sinking  when I got back in my driveway. The run itself felt fabulous!! I thought the hill was going to kill me  after all my time off, but I was too busy thinking and was at the top before I knew it. After that, I just ran as fast as I could and managed two very decent mile (for me) times. And it felt good doing it 🙂

Thursday: off

Friday: Thursday was a planned day off, but Friday was off just because I was too tired to do anything.

Saturday: a busy day trying to get everything done for winter around the house. First thing I did was carry and stack some wood (I call that walking and weight lifting) for 20 minutes in the basement. Then I helped my husband stack some more wood in the wood shed as he split it, but that involved a lot of waiting so I didn’t call it exercise. I took Daisy for a quick walk, and she was ready to go after sitting around for the last couple weeks. We did the first mile in 16 minutes, and the second in just over 14 minutes. When we got back I needed to walk (and fix) the fence line before letting the horses out back. They had been locked in the barnyard–again–after the pony got out–again–for the week and I wanted them to go run the friskies out. They are in the barnyard for the winter, I think, as when we came in that afternoon from gathering evergreen tips to build wreaths, there was a pony in the driveway. I am thinking of renaming him Houdini.

Sunday: a rainy day, so not quite as busy. House cleaning, followed by wreath decorating (my husband ties them), and more running on the treadmill. I did a mile, realized I was whupped, did a half mile walking then another mile running. More wreath decorating followed before, finally, sitting down and watching the Patriots game.

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 missed posting a Rundown last week, life was still chaotic. I suppose life is always chaotic, last week it was just hard to find those pools of calm that let us do what we want to do, instead of what we need to do. We shall see how this week proceeds 🙂

Monday: Daisy and I took a very brisk, short walk. I have been trying to crack the 17 minute mile, no matter how fast we walked, each mile was 17 minutes or longer. Daisy and I started out with a very firm goal this time, and we did a 15:59 mile. Might have been faster if someone didn’t need a poop stop 😛

Tuesday: off, decided my heart just wasn’t in it.

Wednesday: I got up and got on the treadmill. Yes, I am quite proud of myself! I did 25 minutes of varying (increasing) speeds before getting ready for work. I always have a good day when I push myself to exercise in the early morning, although that is not my preferred time.  Now I just have to keep reminding myself of that. My hours were changed from 11:30 – 8:00 to 8:30 – 5:00, which was a wonderful thing. Now I am home at night, so I can feed the horses and the husband. But it threw my exercise for a loop, as I either need to get up quite early  or do it after a long busy day. I think I am starting to get a handle on it.

Thursday: off, I figured it was a good day for it.

Friday: off, although I had planned to walk the puppy and do some yoga after work. The chaos rose up, and I did not get the chance.

Saturday: Daisy and I made up for all those days off with a vengeance. We started off on a long walk, moseying along as today I wanted distance, not time. We hit several points that I had considered as turn-around points, but since I felt ok (my leg was aware, but not screaming) and Daisy was trotting along, we just kept going. In the end we did 5.48 miles in 1:52. That was the longest walk Daisy had done, and on the way back she did slow down and look up at me a couple of times. I picked her up, snuggled her and carried her about 10 steps before putting her back down. Then she was fine all the way home.  She slept all day, but I got a lot done–even lunging both the horses. Which was good, because every time I sat too long, the leg stiffened up. So moving about was good for many reasons.

Sunday: I made Charby do some real work, and rode her for 15 minutes. She was feeling pretty lazy, but we had a good time together. I did 29 minutes of yoga after, stretching out all the muscles used over the weekend. I did do strength poses as well, and I felt calm and relaxed afterwards.  In all, not a bad week 🙂