Weekly Rundown

Well, I completely ignored that pesky 25% rule. You know, the one that says you shouldn’t increase your mileage by more than 25 % per week to prevent injury or muscle stress.

I wanted to run 2 miles on Tuesday, but I had some time issues–as usual–and only managed one. Then I thought, I could do a reverse pyramid: one more mile every day. And I did 🙂

I would like to say, for me, blowing the 25% rule worked. Not suggesting it for everyone. But I felt fine during my first run the following week, which makes me think I really have been slacking and I am in shape to do more than I had been. I pretty much leapt from 7-9 mile weeks to a 15 mile week and my body didn’t argue with me. Guess I better keep it up!

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM run, but somehow getting out of bed did not seem that attractive. By the time I got down to the treadmill, I only had time to do 1 mile. And quickly at that: 7-7.7 MPH for a brisk pace. I used #1 incline to make it a just a little harder for me. I hit the dang safety after .2 mile and had to start over, I did run a full mile after replacing.

Wednesday: AM run again, 2 miles this time to keep with the plan of adding on a mile each day. Love it when a plan comes together. I did some PM yoga when I got home from work. Only 14 minutes, but it was mostly strength poses that made me feel good 🙂

Thursday: I took the day off from running, and did my resistance training on the Alpha Ball in the evening. I did 1×15 of the B set, plus 4 exercises from A. B is very core intensive, I can always feel my tummy the next day. I pushed my knee too much during my yoga stretches, and it was quite stiff as I went up to make dinner. Fortunately it bounces back pretty well these days, and felt fine the next morning.

Friday: I decided to take my running outside–my first 5K is next week! So I did my personal 5K, that I haven’t done since last fall. Um, it SUCKED. First were the hills. Either the treadmill inclines are not enough, or I am not doing enough of them. Personally, I am going with no treadmill can prepare you for real hills, especially when there are seven of varying steepness and length in the course. Then there was the wind. On the way back I was coming up a hill with the wind being channeled down by trees and for a moment I wondered if I was actually making progress! I knew I was picking my feet up and down, didn’t feel like I was going anywhere. And as I passed the blueberry fields the wind blew each exhalation back down my throat. I still hadn’t quite figured out my sneakers and my feet got uncomfortable after 2.5 miles. Not hurting, just uncomfortable. But, on the bright side, I did it! 3.36 miles outside. And it was sunny–frigid, but sunny. I regained my breath with a 6 minute yoga stretch after, then called it a day.

Saturday: I had exchanged my sneakers–again– the previous day when we went to town, getting Brooks Glycerin 19s. I had tried on the Glycerin 20s and didn’t like them but the 19s seemed better so I brought them home. I did a test run on the treadmill–I can exchange them as long as I don’t get them dirty, so no outdoor runs til I want to keep them! I did 4 miles (there was my extra mile). The run itself felt ok, considering I hadn’t run that far in forever, but 4 miles on a treadmill is, well, 4 miles on a treadmill! I chose to do it a a solid 6 mph to work the sneakers in. This pair lasted longer, but my feet were feeling uncomfortable by the end. I took Daisy out to walk beforehand to warm up, we did 2.04 mile in 34 min. We jogged a bit up the hill on the way back, which is what made me decide to get on treadmill as soon as we got back instead of later.

Put the bigger beasties out back so they could run a bit too

Sunday: did my first 5 miles of year. The run felt good, a bit euphoric emotionally since it went so well. But the Glycerins gave me a blister. No running shoe has ever made me blister–in fact, none of my previous shoes ever really had a “break in” period, they were pretty much plug and play. So those sneakers are going back! Walked Daisy again, but I held her back to 1.36 miles so she won’t overdo. She would walk for miles, but I am concerned about her muscles not feeling so good the next day until we get her in shape.

Weekly Rundown

Halfway through February and how am I doing?

Well, I made the mistake of checking my weekly milage since the new year. I am a little depressed, I was below 10 miles for most weeks. And the Ghost 11 sneakers I had bought (because it was hard to find Ghost 10s) just weren’t working out.

I have to say, I love Brooks. I started with the Glycerin and have been through 3 pairs of Ghost 10s. They did not make the 11s the same. I hate it when they change things. I run with a mid/fore strike, and the 11s did fine for about 2 miles, then my feet started feeling numb. The drop didn’t change, and the BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning were the same, but somehow my foot was not liking it.

I took into account that maybe my feet needed some TLC after too much footwork, and I spent some time attacking them with lotion and using a foot massager in between my runs. Didn’t seem to make a difference. So I spent Friday morning researching good sneakers for a mid strike. And then I went shopping.

Monday: off

Tuesday: It was a long day at work, so I just did 21 minutes of “free” yoga when I got home. Free basically means I just flow into whatever pose feels good until my day is gone and I can go make dinner.

Wednesday: My husband went snowmobiling up north, leaving me with more free time than normal on a weekday. I did an AM run (1 mile at 7-7.4 MPH) before saying good bye to him and heading off to work. I decided to do a PM run as well since I was home alone. However, my attempt to pair my headphones with the TV ran into a snag and the app I wanted to watch was very low volume, so I substituted a walk instead. I did a brisk walk at 3 MPH, carrying 1lb weights and inclines 3 and 7 for 17 min.

Thursday: another free evening, so I slept in a few minutes in the morning and had another PM run. This time I ran 2 miles in 16 :50, it felt like it took forever but I made it! I finished up with 9 min of yoga to stretch. Great thing about being home alone–I had salad both nights so I didn’t have to cook!

Friday: My weekly 35 minute run on the treadmill. Since I am trying to go slower occasionally, I set it at 6.0 MPH and did exactly 3.5 miles.

Saturday: a busy day! My husband wanted to go to Portland to a boat salvage, so I figured out everything I’d like to do in the city. We hit Trader Joes, the salvage and a music store–for him. I have no ability beyond enjoying music. Which I do, greatly. Because I knew we wouldn’t be home early (and I had company coming that night) I did my treadmill program workout first thing in the morning. I spontaneously picked #10, which had max speed of 6.8 @ #4 incline alternated with 4.9 and 5.3 speeds with max of #8 incline. Needless to say, I felt well exercised when I was done! The last stop we made before coming home was to shop for sneakers. I tried on several, finally settling on Ghost 12s as they felt more like my 10s. I got them at Dicks, which is great because if I run in them (and keep them clean), I can still return them.

Sunday: my testing sneakers run! I simply planned on 20 minutes, but then they felt ok, so I added another 5 minutes. At that point I was at 2.8 miles, so I figured, hey, lets just do a 5k. Later in the day Daisy and I went for a walk with Jerb and Lelah. Lelah is a friend of mine, and Jerb is a retired greyhound that is a friend of Daisy. Amazingly, her little legs go so fast and his long steps are pretty languid, they really walk very well together and we did a slow 2.26 miles in 49 minutes. The sun was out and there was some melting puddles, but overall, a good time was had by all.

Speed. Or lack thereof.

A man by the name of Eliud Kipchoge set a miraculous time last October for the distance of 26.2 miles: 1:59:40.2. It was his second attempt for a sub 2 hour marathon. To bring it in, he had to shave 1 second off each of the 26 miles. Seems easy enough, but to lose focus for that one second could add seconds to each mile instead of shaving them off.

Kipchoge did it by picking a location he felt comfortable with, in temperatures that were peak for his running and with rotating pacers to keep him focused. Since it wasn’t official race, he didn’t qualify as an official world record. But he ran 23 miles in a row at a 5:19 pace.

Seeing as how I can’t run 1 mile in 5:19, I am suitably impressed. I am not chagrined, however. When I see a runner like that, I am inspired by what we can do. I don’t feel lessened because I can’t do it.

Kipchoge was already the dominant marathoner in the world. But he thought he could do better. And he did. I can certainly improve myself in my little corner of running.

I don’t compare my times to anyone but my own. So many things play into what kind of runner we are–genetics, determination, amount of time training, where and how we train. Frankly, I don’t want to run a sub-20 5K.

I like to enjoy my races. I go for the comradery, for the different courses, and to do better than I have previously. I really don’t want to spend the money and drive time just to run for 18 (or less) minutes.

I am always trying to increase my times and have better runs. But I don’t worry that my times are as good as someone else. My nephew is a foot taller than me, has 25 years on me and loves to train. I would be nuts to try to compare my time to his.

I freely admit I like to see where I place–and I am hoping to keep it in the top quarter of the racers. I look to see how far off I was from the person above me in time. But I don’t feel competitive with their time, only with my own. Keeps me much happier 🙂

Weekly Rundown

I gave myself some goals for the new year, which I (surprisingly) have been keeping up on. One thing I wanted to do was do a longer run at least once a week. So I planned a 30 minute run weekly on the treadmill, which usually equals out to 3.5ish miles.

I also knew I needed more interval training, I have a problem slowing down, as I mentioned last week. I also hate having to time my run in minutes–so many on, so many off–since that makes me concentrate on just how long I have been running, and how much further I have to go. I am much happier not looking at the clock! Especially on a treadmill. So I made a goal to do a program on my treadmill once a week, which makes me do interval training, but I can still throw a towel over the clock and not have to pay attention.

In January I managed to do it every week 🙂

In February I am going to increase to a 35 minute run. For the interval training, I have about 30 on my treadmill, so I am just picking one at random. I haven’t repeated any yet, I am guessing it will be a while before I do. My treadmill can vary both speed and incline, so each program is a mixture of each. My legs don’t always enjoy it, but it is definitely helping!

Monday: off

Tuesday: I did a mile on the treadmill as a warmup. I used #5 incline at 6.5-7.2, which made my mile 8:37, and the hill not too bad. I cheated and only did half of my resistance training, but that is still better than none. I was squeezing it in before work, and didn’t give myself quite enough time.

Wednesday: an evening workout with my resistance training. I did set B at 1×14, and finished with yoga stretches. I had planned on a run, but I was talking to my husband as I put my shoes on. Then realized I hadn’t put my braces on. Argh. Now, I could have run upstairs, grabbed them, taken the shoes off and then back on. But I thought it would be much easier just to do the resistance training. Certainly quicker.

Thursday: off again. This is becoming a habit! I guess I need to rework my plan for the week.

Friday: the day arrived with an ice storm. I was thankful I didn’t have to go to work in it, as I have Fridays off. I got on the treadmill, doing my 35 minutes, instead of 30, at a steady 6.6 MPH for 30, then I sped up a bit for the last 5 minutes at 7-7.5. I finished with a five minute cool down walk, making the total work out 4 miles. My feet hurt–I think my sneakers are not going to be good for long distance- and I felt tired. But I was so glad I did it.

Saturday: a chilly but bright day, and I took Daisy for a walk, 1.86 in 34 minutes. It might have been a mite quicker if I hadn’t had to take pictures of all the ice. Daisy was getting frustrated that I kept stopping–now she knows how I feel about her sniffs! After we finally got back, I stretched out with Candlelite yoga for 35 minutes.

She was on the move, enjoying the fresh air

Sunday: I finished the week with the program run on my treadmill. The program ran about 1.9 miles, with speed intervals of 4.9 to 6.8 mixed with 3.0 MPH. The inclines varied from 4, 6, and 10. I will say, 10 is tough. The others I don’t notice much–most likely thanks to the hills I am surrounded by!

Weekly Rundown

As January ends and February begins, I am feeling pretty good. I also have an early case of spring fever as January was rather mild for this corner of the northeast. The horses spent most of the month sans blankets, unless we were expecting precipitation, which was just as likely to be rain as snow. I got to go out for some runs and walk Daisy, and now I just want it to be over. Too bad we have two months left. I doubt they will be as kind.

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM run on the treadmill. I only did a mile, but it was a good brisk run at 7.0 to 7.6 MPH, in 8:12, that started my day off right. I had to water the horses in the morning too, so that was a little weight lifting, right? At this time of year I have to carry two five gallon containers out–not that they always have to be full. My next barn will be closer to the house!

Wednesday: I was lazy and didn’t get up early enough to exercise. When I got home I did 2 miles on the treadmill (16:17), then my Burpees for the day. I started splitting up the types of Burpees I was doing–and in sets of 5. I did them without a break, it just seemed like less if I was only counting to five before starting over (every little bit helps). I did a push up set, then 5 jacks, 5 regular, 5 more where I was on the balls of my feet during the upright portion (up and down), and then the last 4 with push ups again.

Thursday: off again. It is rare that I take two days off in a week. But if I do, it is usually Thursday that I run out of steam.

Friday: Last day of burpees! Considering how few I actually did for the month (280), I was very happy to see them go. I took Daisy for a walk, and I tried to slow her down so we could go further. She was pretty happy to get out, so that was difficult but we did do 1.7 miles. Hopefully she will be in shape when spring hits and we can go further and further! I had decided to slow myself down as well, realizing that I was always trying to improve my time and not doing any relaxing, slower runs. I went out to the Rail Trail early–man, was it chilly–and started without a real plan. My plan for my relaxing run ended when the little Endomondo voice said my first mile was 9:26. Then the little voice in the back of my head started wondering if I could do a sub 30 minute 5K. Turns out I can-barely. 28:55. Not bad for an mid winter run.

Saturday: had a busy day planned (shopping and Star Wars with the girls), so I started it out right by taking Daisy out for a brisk walk. I knew I didn’t have a lot of time so I let her go as fast as she wanted. We did a quick mile in 17:31. Might have been a little faster if I hadn’t stopped to take pictures!

sure was a pretty morning

Sunday: warm weather again 🙂 Decided to go out for 2 miles, at an easy pace–really! Now the hills on the way out helped, but it is so hard not to speed up. I always want to push. I had to keep consciously slowing down on my return. I was fairly proud of my 2 mile run that took 22:39. I followed that with 35 minutes of relaxing, stretchy yoga. My favorite is Candlelite Yoga with Sarah Ivanhoe. Definitely makes my run sore muscles relax.

The difference a run makes….

I have to admit, I haven’t felt much like a runner recently. That is probably why I haven’t been posting much. I didn’t realize this until my run today. I mean, I ran a 30 day streak. How could I not feel like a runner?

Due to weather and lack of enthusiasm, I have been running all my miles on my treadmill (I got a new one, more on that later). It has rather reached the point that I don’t even want to go outside for my run, the treadmill is just so much easier. I have always been an outdoor runner, the treadmill was only supposed to be backup. How did this happen?

Fortunately, today was in the mid-30s. I had to go to town for all my normal weekend errands, and I decided to run on the Rail Trail while I was there. I figured it was mostly flat (easy) and they plow it (they don’t scrape down to the pavement, I discovered), so how hard could it be?

Mostly snow, a hint of pavement and a wee bit of
ice

It was probably my first outdoor run since October. Early October. And the miles outdoors are never as quick as the miles on the treadmill, which pretty much makes you run at the set speed regardless of how your legs feel, or what you are looking at, or if your lungs are blowing up. If you don’t keep the pace, you get your face rubbed by the belt. But outdoors, I have a hard time keeping a consistent pace. I tend to lollygag while sightseeing.

I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, so I didn’t have a real plan on speed or distance. Imagine my surprise when my app informed me my first mile was 9:43. Not bad considering I ran a loop around the lot, then dithered before stopping at my car to grab my gloves before heading down the trail.

I felt pretty good at that point, so I decided I would go out far enough to do a three mile run. But, of course, then I had to go out further. OCD is a bitch. I turned around at the two mile mark and made my goal to get back with a time under 40 minutes. I just made it (39:21).

But I feel like a runner again. Why?

I felt great the whole run. It was something I was enjoying, not something I had to do. I love nature, so being out in it relaxed me in a way the treadmill just can’t. The last mile had the most uphill grades, and the wind was pushing against me, and I had already put 3 miles behind me, but it was my fastest mile. I realized I could still do that, go out for longer runs (3.5 is the longest I have run since summer), on uncertain ground, push hard and truly enjoy every moment. That is why I run. And that is what I needed to remember.

A Whole New Year

Well, here we are mostly through the first month of the new year already. My streak has ended and I am on to a Burpee challenge for this month.

And it looks like winter has finally arrived in our neck of the woods.

After having more snow in the month of November than December or January (so far), we finally got dumped on. A wet layer on Monday and a fluffy layer Wednesday night. Might be good for some winter sports. What a pity I prefer summer sports!!

I finished my Streak on Christmas feeling stronger than I had in a while. I had clearly been slacking and the first couple of weeks were, um, not fun. I didn’t succeed in 2 miles everyday, but I did do 2 miles or more 80% of the streak. Now I am just trying to keep it going.

Even before the snow there was enough ice that running outside wasn’t going to be safe. It would be warm, everything would melt and then it got cold and everything froze again. Repeat ad nauseum. But my treadmill and I have become best friends. And my husband got me an Alpha Ball for Christmas, so I have been doing resistance training as well.

My Burpee challenge is not as, well, challenging as previous ones, but it is keeping me going. I started with 10, and every other day I Burpee (can I use that as a verb??) and add one to the count. Currently up to 21 — 22 tomorrow.

Now I have to figure out what I am going to do next month! Definitely need to keep my momentum going so I am shape for spring. I didn’t do many 5Ks last year, but I think this year I am going to aim for one a month. I don’t tend to make New Years resolutions, but I find that having a plan absolutely is key for me. Guess I am going to add some 5K tees to my collection!

A Slacker I Be

Well. I have been slacking.

Not only have I not posted in, you know, forever, I have not been as motivated to exercise. Wonder if the two are connected? I mean, this blog is kinda my accountability. I am going to guess the answer to that is a resounding yes!

But, just in time for all that yummy holiday food, I am back!

I have a new treadmill, and Runner’s World is doing a holiday run streak from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Thirty seven days of running. The suggested streak is you commit to just a mile every day and then do whatever more you can as time/energy allows.

I did the spring streak and really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment at the end. I think this time I am streaking 2 miles a day. I feel that part of my problem of not running as much is that I allowed myself to get into the habit on running only a mile before work. Not that I couldn’t run more, either time or energy-wise, it was just easier to convince myself that was all I needed to do.

I think that a 2 mile commitment will get me back into the running mode. And back into a bit more shape! I admit that running is not quite as fun as it was since it is not quite as easy as it was. Just lets me know where I need to go!

So before I go to family to eat, drink an be merry this Thursday, I will be running at least 2 mile 🙂

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 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